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The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in San Diego.

Harter Clingman talks about bringing COME FROM AWAY back to San Diego with the natio Interview Harter Clingman talks about bringing COME FROM AWAY back to San Diego with the national tour
by E.H. Reiter - May 15, 2022, San Diego

Interview with Harter Clingman, who plays police officer Oz Fudge in COME FROM AWAY. He talks about what it’s like to perform this show, the real-life people they portray on stage, and bringing the show back to San Diego.  COME FROM AWAY is playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre from Broadway San ...
Jonathan Sangster Talks Creating BOY: A NEW MUSICAL and its Concert Fundraiser at SDM Interview Jonathan Sangster Talks Creating BOY: A NEW MUSICAL and its Concert Fundraiser at SDMT Stage
by E.H. Reiter - May 12, 2022, San Diego

Interview with Jonathan Sangster book writer, conceiver, and co-lyrist of 'boy: a new musical' on creating the show, his talented cast, and the concert fundraiser Monday, May 16th at the SDMT Stage....
Rafael Payare Music Director and Conductor of THE SAN DIEGO AND MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORC Interview Rafael Payare Music Director and Conductor of THE SAN DIEGO AND MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS
by Ron Bierman - May 11, 2022, San Diego

The San Diego Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor Rafael Payare took up the notoriously difficult French horn at the age of 13. During an hour-long Zoom interview while he was in Montreal, I asked how he had managed to become a soloist less than six months later! “I have to admit it was a little...
Dancers Ioana Alfonso, Khori Michelle Petinaud, and Kolton Krouse Talk About BOB FOSS Interview Dancers Ioana Alfonso, Khori Michelle Petinaud, and Kolton Krouse Talk About BOB FOSSE'S DANCIN' at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - May 05, 2022, San Diego

BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN’ currently playing at The Old Globe and three of the show's dancers, Ioana Alfonso, Khori Michelle Petinaud, and Kolton Krouse talk about Fosse, working on the revival, and some of their favorite moments in the show. BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN’ is playing through June 5th at The Old Globe...
Jason Blitman talks about theatre kids and Greek gods in THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PER Interview Jason Blitman talks about theatre kids and Greek gods in THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL playing at San Diego Junior Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - May 04, 2022, San Diego

Jason Blitman talks about being a part of the original production team of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL and how he is now the director of the production playing at San Diego Junior Theatre through May 15th. ...
Laura Reynolds of THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at The Rady Shell And Jacobs Music Center Interview Laura Reynolds of THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at The Rady Shell And Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - May 01, 2022, San Diego

Can a symphony orchestra have a role in solving problems like homelessness and global warming? If you don't think so now, you might change your mind after a conversation with Laura Reynolds, the San Diego Symphony's recently appointed Vice President of Impact and Innovation. In 2015, while she was t...
RENT Music Director Tim Weil discusses his journey with the musical and this 25th Ann Interview RENT Music Director Tim Weil discusses his journey with the musical and this 25th Anniversary tour playing at San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - April 21, 2022, San Diego

Interview with Tim Weil the Musical Director of RENT and the Musical Supervisor for the national tour. RENT is playing April  22nd - April 24th at the San Diego Civic Theatre....
Jesus Quintero, Tijuana Hace Teatro's Executive Director talks about THE FRONTERA PRO Interview Jesus Quintero, Tijuana Hace Teatro's Executive Director talks about THE FRONTERA PROJECT making their West Coast Premiere at the WOW Festival
by E.H. Reiter - April 16, 2022, San Diego

THE FRONTERA PROJECT, an interactive, bilingual theater piece, makes its West Coast premiere on April 23 and 24 as part of La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival at the Arts District in Liberty Station....
Producer Amy Ashton Discusses WOW Festival at the Arts District Liberty Station from Interview Producer Amy Ashton Discusses WOW Festival at the Arts District Liberty Station from La Jolla Playhouse
by E.H. Reiter - April 15, 2022, San Diego

WOW Festival producer Amy Ashton talks about the festival, what to expect from this year's shows, and what she hopes it inspires in people for the future. The sun is shining and it’s the perfect time to go outdoors and see some theatre!  The La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival is back April 21- 24th at ...
Lukas James Miller talks about bringing TOOTSIE THE MUSICAL to the San Diego Civic Th Interview Lukas James Miller talks about bringing TOOTSIE THE MUSICAL to the San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - April 11, 2022, San Diego

TOOTSIE  the musical is bringing the hijinks from the 1982 hit movie (with some modern updates) to the stage.  Playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre from Tuesday, April 11th to Sunday, April 17th, Lukas James Miller brings a new character to the show, Max Van Horn.  Miller talks about the show, and...
Brandon Contreras Discusses the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT: A BANGIN' NEW MUSICAL Interview Brandon Contreras Discusses the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT: A BANGIN' NEW MUSICAL
by E.H. Reiter - April 07, 2022, San Diego

BHANGIN’ IT: A BANGIN’ NEW MUSICAL is bringing a new perspective on culture, identity, and dance to the La Jolla Playhouse stage.  Brandon Contreras, who plays Billy in this show, his favorite part of playing Billy, and what it’s like working on a world premiere musical. BHANGIN’ IT: A BANGIN’ NEW M...
Stephen Schmitz talks about the birth of Fenix Theatre Collaborative and their show B Interview Stephen Schmitz talks about the birth of Fenix Theatre Collaborative and their show BLUE/ORANGE
by E.H. Reiter - April 01, 2022, San Diego

Stephen Schmitz, Artistic Director and Vision Curator for Fenix talks about what to expect from Fenix, making theatre accessible, and their first show BLUE/ORANGE which is playing through April 16th....
Rae Henderson-Gray talks about bringing INTO THE WOODS to New Village Arts And Oceans Interview Rae Henderson-Gray talks about bringing INTO THE WOODS to New Village Arts And Oceanside Theatre Company
by E.H. Reiter - March 29, 2022, San Diego

Interview with Rae Henderson-Gray is pulling double duty for this production, both as the Managing Director of NVA and appearing as the Witch in the show.  She spoke withbus on the production, tackling such an iconic show and character, and why working this production has been a challenge and a drea...
David Ellenstein talks about bringing AN ILIAD back to North Coast Repertory Theatre Interview David Ellenstein talks about bringing AN ILIAD back to North Coast Repertory Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - March 28, 2022, San Diego

AN ILIAD the acclaimed production that was available via streaming last year returns live to the stage of the North Coast Rep through April 10th.  Director David Ellenstein talks about bringing the show back for live performances, how the show is still relevant today, and the brilliance of Richard B...
Yves Abel of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S ROMEO AND JULIET at San Diego Civic Center Interview Yves Abel of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S ROMEO AND JULIET at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - March 14, 2022, San Diego

Conductor Yves Abel arrived in San Diego from Europe a few days ago to begin rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet by French composer Charles Gounod. The Maestro does get around a lot, even for an internationally in-demand musician. His wife and boys five and eight sometimes travel with him when he conduc...
Miles Shrewsbery III and the cast of THE JUNGLE BOOK talk about bringing the music to Interview Miles Shrewsbery III and the cast of THE JUNGLE BOOK talk about bringing the music to life at Junior Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - March 11, 2022, San Diego

Junior Theatre is always a place where people of all ages kind enjoy the magic of live theatre. In their current production of THE JUNGLE BOOK, playing through March 20th, the cast and crew of the production had a master class in composition, music, and theatre from percussionist and composer Miles ...
 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY Concertmaster Jeff Thayer at The Conrad In La Jolla Interview SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY Concertmaster Jeff Thayer at The Conrad In La Jolla
by Ron Bierman - March 06, 2022, San Diego

Jeff Thayer was at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula when we spoke for an hour on Zoom. 'I'm usually here right before I have something big to do.' He was referring to upcoming performances of the ninth violin concerto of The Chevalier de St. George at The Conrad in La Jolla. As the San ...
Playwright Tony Meneses talks about bringing EL BORRACHO to The Old Globe Interview Playwright Tony Meneses talks about bringing EL BORRACHO to The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - February 24, 2022, San Diego

Tony Meneses talks about creating EL BORRACHO, the excellent cast, and why he loves working with The Old Globe.  EL BORRACHO is playing through March 20th at The Old Globe....
Dana Zimbric of CLASSICS 4 KIDS at San Diego's Balboa Theatre Interview Dana Zimbric of CLASSICS 4 KIDS at San Diego's Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - February 23, 2022, San Diego

In its most recent season, Classics 4 Kids reached nearly 37,000 people at 256 San Diego County schools, two thirds of them in lower income areas. You’d think Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber was performing the way more than 1000 young San Diego students cheer at a Classics 4 Kids concert. Music Direct...
Jahlil Burke Invites Audience to The Jungle in THE CHOIR OF MAN at Balboa Theatre Interview Jahlil Burke Invites Audience to The Jungle in THE CHOIR OF MAN at Balboa Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - February 20, 2022, San Diego

Jahlil Burke and THE CHOIR OF MAN want to welcome you to The Jungle. That's the name of the on-stage pub the show is set in with nine men all eager to have a pint and sing a song. Jahlil talks about the camaraderie of being on the road, the music mix that's sure to have you singing along, and how th...
Reginald Smith, Jr. in SAN DIEGO OPERA'S COSI FAN TUTTE at San Diego Civic Center Interview Reginald Smith, Jr. in SAN DIEGO OPERA'S COSI FAN TUTTE at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 10, 2022, San Diego

'I'm just Reggie from Atlanta' baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. explained during our hour-long discussion on Zoom. That may be how he would like to view himself, but it's hardly how most others do since he's also a Grammy winning opera star who's performed at the Met. Until high school, neither o...
Patrice Amon talks about the inspiration and creation of ON HER SHOULDERS WE STAND pr Interview Patrice Amon talks about the inspiration and creation of ON HER SHOULDERS WE STAND presented by TuYou Theatre and Turnkey Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - February 09, 2022, San Diego

Writer and director Patrica Amon talks about creating the work, the importance of the audience connection, and her personal inspiration for the show ON HER SHOULDERS WE STAND from TuYou Theatre and Turnkey Theatre - playing at the Bread & Salt Gallery from February 11th - 26th....
Coronado Playhouse Board Member Heather Barton Tjalm talks about their open Director Interview Coronado Playhouse Board Member Heather Barton Tjalm talks about their open Director and Co-Production Partner Submissions initiative
by E.H. Reiter - January 16, 2022, San Diego

Coronado Playhouse Board Member Heather Barton Tjalm talks about their open Director and Co-Production Partner Submissions initiative and their 2023 season. The Coronado Playhouse is accepting submissions for their plays, musicals, cabarets, and concerts for their 2023 season are open through Saturd...
The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse Excited to Participate in Upcoming BROADWAY AND Interview The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse Excited to Participate in Upcoming BROADWAY AND BEYOND: ACCESS FOR STAGE MANAGERS OF COLOR Networking Event
by E.H. Reiter - January 14, 2022, San Diego

The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse are excited to be a part of the networking event BROADWAY & BEYOND: ACCESS FOR STAGE MANAGERS OF COLOR. This event is continuing the mission of Broadway and Beyond to provide opportunity, education, and vital industry connections for stage managers of color. If y...
Elijah Rock talks about playing a singing sheriff in the musical DESPERATE MEASURES a Interview Elijah Rock talks about playing a singing sheriff in the musical DESPERATE MEASURES at North Coast Repertory Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - January 13, 2022, San Diego

North Coast Rep brings together Shakespeare and the wild, witty west in their production of DESPERATE MEASURES. No wild west story is complete without someone to bring law and order and Elijah Rock is happy to bring that role to life.  A classically trained singer, Rock talks about helping bring thi...
James Vásquez And Vanessa Davis discuss the impact of the BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS - Interview James Vásquez And Vanessa Davis discuss the impact of the BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS - Nominations open until 1/14/22
by E.H. Reiter - January 12, 2022, San Diego

One of San Diego’s favorite theatre events is coming up, but it can’t happen without your help!  The Broadway San Diego Awards are nothing without their talented performers who are nominated by their theatre educators and nominations are open through Friday, January 14, 2022....
Roxanne Layton talks about bringing the music of MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS at th Interview Roxanne Layton talks about bringing the music of MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS at the San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - December 26, 2021, San Diego

Mannheim Steamroller is such an indelible part of the winter and holiday season that I bet one of their songs is running through your heard right now, just from reading their name.  This group’s iconic sound, energetic performances, and passionate fan base mean that seeing them live is something you...
John Bell brings the iconic music of MY FAIR LADY to the San Diego Civic Theatre Interview John Bell brings the iconic music of MY FAIR LADY to the San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - November 30, 2021, San Diego

John Bell the musical director for MY FAIR LADY is the man in charge of making sure that lush, gorgeous music sounds vibrant and expressive in every city they perform in.  John Bell talks about what exactly his job entails, the magic of an orchestra, and his favorite musical moments of the show.  MY...
Bill Buell talks about bringing EBENEZER SCROOGE'S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW to li Interview Bill Buell talks about bringing EBENEZER SCROOGE'S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW to life at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - November 20, 2021, San Diego

EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW is back in town bringing a fast-paced, fun, and infused with local inspiration version of Dicken’s holiday tale to life.  Bill Buell who plays Scrooge talks about his history with the story, and the fun of bringing this reimagined story to the stage of...
Toneisha Harris of HAIRSPRAY at Broadway San Diego Interview Toneisha Harris of HAIRSPRAY at Broadway San Diego
by E.H. Reiter - November 14, 2021, San Diego

Interview with Toneisha Harris in her role as Motormouth Maybelle in the National Tour of HAIRSPRAY -playing at the Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre November 16th - 21st, 2021....