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

JUSTIN ALLEN SLAGLE of The Eastern talks about the magic it takes to create a new the Interview JUSTIN ALLEN SLAGLE of The Eastern talks about the magic it takes to create a new theatre company
by E.H. Reiter - July 18, 2019, San Diego

Between the magic, the performances, and the certain wizard who shall not be named, Justin Allen Slagle was able to find some time to chat about the The Eastern theatre company and what made PUFFS the perfect first show....
JOHN WELLS III of STRAIGHT at LOUD FRIDGE GROUP Interview JOHN WELLS III of STRAIGHT at LOUD FRIDGE GROUP
by E.H. Reiter - July 17, 2019, San Diego

Interview with Artistic Director John Wells III to chat about the company and their play STRAIGHT. Directed by Kate Rose Reynolds and Andrea Agosto, playing July 25th - August 4th at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center...
Rob Paulsen of ANIMANIACS LIVE! at Balboa Theatre Interview Rob Paulsen of ANIMANIACS LIVE! at Balboa Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - July 14, 2019, San Diego

ANIMANIACS: LIVE! brings Rob Paulsen, and Emmy Awarding winning cast of the show, and those beloved characters to the Balboa stage on Thursday, July 18th at 7:30pm.  ...
The Try Guys of THE TRY GUYS: LEGENDS OF THE INTERNET at Balboa Theatre Interview The Try Guys of THE TRY GUYS: LEGENDS OF THE INTERNET at Balboa Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - July 11, 2019, San Diego

An Interview with YouTube stars The Try Guys to discuss their theatrical extravaganza called THE TRY GUYS: LEGENDS OF THE INTERNET. They're bringing this theatrical event to the San Diego Balboa Theatre on Sunday, July 14th at 7:30pm....
Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE Interview Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE
by Gil Kaan - July 03, 2019, San Diego

Emmy-winning writer Mark Saltzman will be back on the theatrical boards with the world premiere of his ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, beginning July 10, 2019 at the North Coast Rep Theatre. Mark has based ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, his companion piece to GUYS AND DOLLS, on the short stories of Damon Runyo...
Ginger Costa-Jackson of San Diego Opera's CARMEN at San Diego Civic Center Interview Ginger Costa-Jackson of San Diego Opera's CARMEN at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - March 24, 2019, San Diego

Since 2011 Mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson has sung the title role in 12 different productions of Bizet's Carmen. She will star in yet another this month for San Diego Opera. From here it's on to rehearsals for nine performances of Bizet's masterwork at Seattle Opera. Is the singer tiring of Carm...
Frederica Von Stade of at San Diego Opera Interview Frederica Von Stade of at San Diego Opera
by Ron Bierman - March 05, 2019, San Diego

The famous mezzo soprano Fredericka von Stade is in San Diego this week rehearsing Three Decembers, one of several works written with her in mind by her close friend Jake Heggie. The chamber opera for three singers and 11 musicians will be performed three times next weekend at the 500-seat Patrick H...
Jeanna de Waal Talks Bringing DIANA To Life At La Jolla Playhouse Interview Jeanna de Waal Talks Bringing DIANA To Life At La Jolla Playhouse
by E.H. Reiter - February 18, 2019, San Diego

According to most fairy tales, it is when the beautiful, young maiden is married to her Price Charming that their 'Happily Ever After' can begin. DIANA, the world premiere musical at the La Jolla Playhouse explores what happens after the pomp and circumstance of the royal wedding?...
RENT'S Joanne, Lencia Kebede, Talks The 20th Anniversary Tour At The McCallum Theatre Interview RENT'S Joanne, Lencia Kebede, Talks The 20th Anniversary Tour At The McCallum Theatre and More
by David Green - February 06, 2019, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent for five performances, Friday, February 8, through Sunday, February 10. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan L...
Alisa Jordheim of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S RIGOLETTO at San Diego Civic Center Interview Alisa Jordheim of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S RIGOLETTO at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - January 28, 2019, Costa Mesa

Coloratura Alisa Jordheim will be debuting in the role of Gilda with baritone Stephen Powell in a San Diego Opera production of Verdi's Rigoletto. This is the fifth time he's sung the lead. The first time was in a Cincinnati Opera production in which Jordheim had only a few lines as a page. 'I feel ...
BWW Interview: The King Of The Forest! Nick Pearson Opens Up About Playing The Cowar Interview BWW Interview: The King Of The Forest! Nick Pearson Opens Up About Playing The Cowardly Lion In THE WIZARD OF OZ At The McCallum
by David Green - January 10, 2019, Costa Mesa

The greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, travels over the rainbow to Palm Desert for five performances at the McCallum Theatre. Performances are Friday, January 25, at 8:00pm; Saturday, January 26, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, January 27, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. This magical pro...
Michael Childers Brings A Star-Studded Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber To Palm Springs Interview Michael Childers Brings A Star-Studded Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber To Palm Springs in April
by David Green - December 13, 2018, Costa Mesa

Celebrated Producer Michael Childers will bring his latest edition of One Night Only to The McCallum Theatre on April 24, 2019 with a star-studded cast including Christine Andreas, John Barrowman, Liz Calloway and more. This season's ONO is a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and proceeds will benefit ...
Phoebe Flynn Accomplishes Satisfaction DARE-ing TO DREAM Interview Phoebe Flynn Accomplishes Satisfaction DARE-ing TO DREAM
by Gil Kaan - December 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

Having just started in Denver, Colorado; the national tour of DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM will land in southern California for dates at the STAPLES Center beginning December 13, 2018; with more cities through April 2019. Performance Director Phoebe Flynn was most gracious to take some time ...
David Bennett, Juan Carlos Acosta, And Walter DuMelle at San Diego Opera Interview David Bennett, Juan Carlos Acosta, And Walter DuMelle at San Diego Opera
by Ron Bierman - December 04, 2018, Costa Mesa

Can a musical drama set on a grim WW I battlefield make an audience feel good? Those working on the San Diego Opera's staging of All Is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914 are certain it can. The work tells the true story of the spontaneous unofficial truce between WWI enemies who left their trenches ...
Pasquale Esposito Opens Up About His Incredible Career, PBS Specials And His Upcoming Interview Pasquale Esposito Opens Up About His Incredible Career, PBS Specials And His Upcoming Concert At The Annenberg
by David Green - November 29, 2018, Costa Mesa

Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito returns to The Annenberg Theatre, located at The Palm Springs Arts Museum, for his fifth appearance on December 7 at 8:00 pm. The concert celebrates Italian Piazzas and is the live version of his newest PBS special. I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Esposito ...
NOT THAT JEWISH! A Chat With Comic Monica Piper As She Prepares For Her One Woman Sho Interview NOT THAT JEWISH! A Chat With Comic Monica Piper As She Prepares For Her One Woman Show In Palm Springs
by David Green - November 07, 2018, Costa Mesa

JFS Desert is proud to present an incredible afternoon with Emmy® Award winning comedy writer and stand-up comic Monica Piper for one performance only. This dynamic comedian who has written for Roseanne, Mad About You, Veronica's Closet and was the head writer of the #1 children's animated series Ru...
Catching Up With Dezart Performs' Artistic Director Michael Shaw As He Prepares To Ki Interview Catching Up With Dezart Performs' Artistic Director Michael Shaw As He Prepares To Kick Off Eleventh Season With CHURCH AND STATE
by David Green - November 06, 2018, Costa Mesa

Award-winning Dezart Performs opens it's eleventh season in the desert with the 'serious comedy' CHURCH AND STATE on November 9 at The Pearl McManus Theatre in donwtown Palm Springs. Production notes state: 'Three days before his bid for reelection, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff co...
Ann Noble BLISSfully Acting, Writing & Giving Back Interview Ann Noble BLISSfully Acting, Writing & Giving Back
by Gil Kaan - October 30, 2018, Costa Mesa

Playwright/actress Ann Noble, a well-known staple of the Los Angeles theatre scene, will next be exhibiting her acting talents in the joint world premiere of Jami Brandli's BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) opening at the Atwater Village Theatre November 3, 2018. We had the chance to catch Ann between ...
Stephen Lawless, Director of San Diego OPERA'S Civic Center Production of THE MARRIAG Interview Stephen Lawless, Director of San Diego OPERA'S Civic Center Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by Ron Bierman - October 17, 2018, Costa Mesa

Stephen Lawless will be directing the San Diego Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro this week. I met with him in the opera company's rehearsal room recently to discuss that, how he came to be a director, and his views of a director's responsibilities....
Pageant Of The Masters Artistic Director Diane Challis Davy Shares Her Vision Of An I Interview Pageant Of The Masters Artistic Director Diane Challis Davy Shares Her Vision Of An Incredible Summer UNDER THE SUN
by David Green - August 17, 2018, Costa Mesa

The world-famous Pageant Of The Masters, a theatrical celebration of great art recreated in tableaux vivants, and celebrating its' 85th anniversary of 'living pictures' as part of Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts, is in full bloom in Laguna Beach, with performances nightly through September 1. This s...
Gilbert Castellanos, Trumpeter, Curator of Three Jazz Concert Series, and Founder of Interview Gilbert Castellanos, Trumpeter, Curator of Three Jazz Concert Series, and Founder of The Young Lions Jazz Conservatory
by Ron Bierman - July 16, 2018, Costa Mesa

It's a marriage committed to musical excellence. Jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos says of his wife Lorraine, 'She's a classically trained guitarist, and her practice can be intimidating at times.' That helps motivate him to practice more, usually four or five hours a day. But she has said, his pra...
CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs Interview CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs
by David Green - June 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

The south of the border hotties, Chico's Angels, will make their Palm Springs debut with their hour-long variety show VIVA LAS CHICAS!: Chico's Angels Variety Hour. The show stars the heavenly trio Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman. VIVA LAS CHICAS opens tonight, June 12, and runs for th...
THE SHOW GOES ON! Broadway,Television And Screen Icon Kaye Ballard Talks About Her Ne Interview THE SHOW GOES ON! Broadway,Television And Screen Icon Kaye Ballard Talks About Her New Documentary Film And More
by David Green - June 04, 2018, Costa Mesa

On May 20, The Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs previewed an incredible new documentary, 'The Show Goes On', about the life and career of Broadway, Film and Television Icon Kaye Ballard to a 'more than full house'. In fact, two theatres were opened for the screening since demand far exceeded the numb...
Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Sy Interview Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony
by David Green - May 03, 2018, Costa Mesa

Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Joins The Coachella Valley Symphony for a very special 'one night only' concert that will feature her greatest hits and more on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Ms. Manchester may be best known for her hits 'Midnight Blue', 'Wheneve...
The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More Interview The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More
by David Green - April 10, 2018, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre recently announced its new lineup as it begins its fourth decade of presenting world-class artists and entertainers for Coachella Valley audiences. The new season includes McCallum debuts, iconic superstars, family-friendly entertainment, holiday sensations, and an outstanding r...
Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas Interview Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas
by Ron Bierman - March 17, 2018, Costa Mesa

I spoke recently with Elaine Alvarez who will be singing the lead role this weekend in the San Diego Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas by Mexican composer Daniel Catan and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Alvarez told me that when she got a call from the San Diego Opera's General Dire...
Producer/Director Chad Hilligus Talks Upcoming WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT And More Interview Producer/Director Chad Hilligus Talks Upcoming WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT And More
by David Green - March 02, 2018, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT for five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration. Produced and directed by Chad Hilligus, the li...
Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civi Interview Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 18, 2018, Costa Mesa

ise Lindstrom has returned to San Diego to sing the lead in Puccini's Turandot. We spoke for nearly an hour in a rehearsal room at the San Diego Civic Center where she'd just finished working on makeup for the performance. You might think that someone with Lindstrom's powerful voice would have kn...
Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater Interview Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater
by Ron Bierman - January 24, 2018, Costa Mesa

Bruce Stasyna, San Diego Opera's chorus master, will also lead the orchestra in the company's upcoming production of Astor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires. We met in the Civic Center's Copper Room recently to discuss that, his career, and more....
John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be Interview John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
by Gil Kaan - November 09, 2017, Costa Mesa

Conductor extraordinaire John Mauceri, at 72 years young, has the memory of a straight-A college kid vividly recalling detailed facts of incidents long ago right off the top of his head. The go-to expert on all subjects Leonard Bernstein, John will be conducting BERNSTEIN ON STAGE at the Valley Perf...
Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego Interview Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego
by Ron Bierman - November 03, 2017, Costa Mesa

As One, Laura Kaminsky's first opera, premiered in September 2014. While many contemporary operas are performed once and never heard again, it has been staged more often every year since then, and is already scheduled at nearly a dozen venues for 2018. In a recent phone interview Kaminsky and I spok...
Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Pa Interview Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Palm Springs
by David Green - October 12, 2017, Costa Mesa

Robin S, one of the most prolific dance artists of our time and Billboard Dance Chart Topper known for her mega hits 'Show Me Love' and 'Luv 4 Luv' will headline Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas Road Tuesday, October 31 from 5:00-10:00p.m. I had the chance to catch up with Robin to talk about her u...
Patrick Carfizzi of PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Theatre Interview Patrick Carfizzi of PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Theatre
by Ron Bierman - October 06, 2017, Costa Mesa

Bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi will be appearing in the San Diego Opera's production of Pirates of Penzance later this month. He and I met over an informal lunch to discuss that and much more....