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Backstage with Richard Ridge: How to Make a High-Flying Hit- The COME FROM AWAY Cast and Creatives Explain How They Made Their Show SoarBackstage with Richard Ridge: How to Make a High-Flying Hit- The COME FROM AWAY Cast and Creatives Explain How They Made Their Show Soar
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 28, 2017

Come From Away has been 2017's little musical that could. Soon after opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the show earned seven Tony nominations (picking up one for director Christopher Ashley), coming as quite a shock to the creative team that has been nurturing the project since the beginning. 'We expected Canadian high schools to do it... and now we're on Broadway,' explained creator David Hein. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Waitress, Betsy Wolfe, Thinks Back on FALSETTOS- In Movie Theaters Today!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Waitress, Betsy Wolfe, Thinks Back on FALSETTOS- In Movie Theaters Today!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 12, 2017

Beginning today, July 12, Live From Lincoln Center & Lincoln Center Theater will present Falsettos in movie theatres across the country. Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon-to-be-bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. Originally created under the specter of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle?class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Telly Leung Is Keeping One Jump Ahead as Broadway's New ALADDIN!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Telly Leung Is Keeping One Jump Ahead as Broadway's New ALADDIN!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 27, 2017

Agrabah has got a new prince in town! Earlier this month Telly Leung inherited the lamp at the New Amsterdam Theatre as Broadway's newest Aladdin. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge about how he got the part, why he joining the Disney legacy is so important to him, and so much more. Plus, watch him perform 'Proud of Your Boy!' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Nam to Nom- Broadway Baby Eva Noblezada Talks Bringing Kim HomeBackstage with Richard Ridge: From Nam to Nom- Broadway Baby Eva Noblezada Talks Bringing Kim Home
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 8, 2017

Eva Noblezada is living the American dream. She may be just a Broadway baby, but after making her debut at the age of 21, the Miss Saigon star has earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of Kim. Below, watch as she explains to Richard Ridge how she ended up at the Broadway Theatre and why she never thought it would happen! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Will Tony Day Be Johanna Day's Big Day?Backstage with Richard Ridge: Will Tony Day Be Johanna Day's Big Day?
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 7, 2017

After making her Broadway debut in 2000's Proof, Johanna Day earned her first Tony nomination for her performance as Claire. Now sixteen years later, she's back in her second Tony-nominated role- Tracey in Sweat. Below, watch as tells Richard Ridge why she's ready for it this time around! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Richard Thomas Is More Than a Little Happy About THE LITTLE FOXESBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Richard Thomas Is More Than a Little Happy About THE LITTLE FOXES
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 7, 2017

Richard Thomas made his Broadway debut at the age of seven, starring opposite James Earl Jones in Sunrise at Campobello. Now almost sixty years later, the stage and screen star is giving the performance of a lifetime as Horace Giddens in The Little Foxes. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge about his first Tony nomination! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Kelly Devine Explains How She Made Gander Move in COME FROM AWAYBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Kelly Devine Explains How She Made Gander Move in COME FROM AWAY
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 6, 2017

How do you transform twelve actors into 7000 people? Choreographer extraordinaire Kelly Devine has found a way in Come From Away, and she earned a Tony nomination in the process! Below, watch as she explains the process to Richard Ridge! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Is She Jonesing for Her First Tony?
Rachel Bay Jones Opens Up About Heidi HansenBackstage with Richard Ridge: Is She Jonesing for Her First Tony? Rachel Bay Jones Opens Up About Heidi Hansen
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 5, 2017

There is not a dry in in the Music Box Theatre after Rachel Bay Jones performs Heidi Hansen's heartbreaking 'So Big, So Small' in Dear Evan Hansen. Her emotionally raw performance has earned Jones her first Tony nomination and she tells Richard Ridge why it and the show mean so much to her below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: FALSETTOS Star Brandon Uranowitz Gets His Second Shot at Tonys Glory!Backstage with Richard Ridge: FALSETTOS Star Brandon Uranowitz Gets His Second Shot at Tonys Glory!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 4, 2017

Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz's life in the theatre had humble origins... in the basement of his childhood home. The Falsettos star is one of four actors in his cast (along with Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block) to earn a nod this season and he couldn't be happier for the recognition. Watch as he chats about his journey from a life of homemade fog machines to a career on Broadway in the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIABackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIA
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 3, 2017

Beloved stage and screen star Mary Beth Peil has picked up her second Tony nomination for her work in as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia. This time around she feels deserving of the honor, and she tells Richard Ridge why in the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor MurphyBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor Murphy
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 2, 2017

Just a little bit over a week away from Broadway's biggest night, star of Dear Evan Hansen, Mike Faist, is finally getting into the swing of awards season. The first-time Tony nominee has earned love from fans and critics alike for his complex portrayal of a teen in trouble. Below, watch as Faist chats with Richard Ridge about the complex Connor Murphy.  (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: They Know Where They've Been- Kristin Chenoweth & Neil Meron Reminisce About HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Backstage with Richard Ridge: They Know Where They've Been- Kristin Chenoweth & Neil Meron Reminisce About HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 26, 2017

Just a few months ago, Kristin Chenoweth was complaining about the new girl and singing about her time as Miss Baltimore Crabs as Velma Von Tussle in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Now she has joined producer Neil Meron to reminisce about the experience with BroadwayWorld and SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning WhizzerBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway in Falsettos, giving perhaps his most poignant performance to date as Whizzer. Below, watch as the Tony nominee joins BroadwayWorld and Sag-Aftra Foundation for a Career Conversation about how he found the character, why he adores his Falsettos family, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Olivier to Tony? How GROUNDHOG DAY's Andy Karl Found His PhilBackstage with Richard Ridge: From Olivier to Tony? How GROUNDHOG DAY's Andy Karl Found His Phil
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 24, 2017

Andy Karl may have only just begun his Broadway journey as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, but his road to Punxsutawney was a long one. Below, watch as the 2017 Tony nominee joins SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld to chat about winning his first Olivier Award, getting through his pre-opening night injury, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 23, 2017

Following the phenomenal success of their double platinum selling #1 UK album Together (released in the US by Decca Records), and a major sold out UK tour, musical legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will perform their first-and-only U.S. performance tonight, May 23. at New York City Center. Below, watch as the duo chats about performing together onstage, their friendship offstage and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The HAMILTON Cast Takes Their Shot- Watch the FULL Conversation!Backstage with Richard Ridge: The HAMILTON Cast Takes Their Shot- Watch the FULL Conversation!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2017

Hamilton was in da house! Just last week, Hamilton stars Javier Munoz,  Brandon Victor Dixon, James Monroe Iglehart, Mandy Gonzalez, and Bryan Terrell Clark joined SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.    (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 9, 2017

Regardless of how you know her, you probably love her for it. Since her broadway debut in 1991, Lea Salonga has been melting the hearts of audiences all over the world with her star turns in such shows as MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, ALLEGIANCE, and even her voice work in Disney classics like MULAN  and ALADDIN. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Stars, Michael Xavier & Siobhan Dillon, Talk Navigating SUNSET BOULEVARDBackstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Stars, Michael Xavier & Siobhan Dillon, Talk Navigating SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 26, 2017

Two of Broadway's newest stars come straight from the West End, where they've been navigating the twisting, frenzied SUNSET BOULEVARD, which opened earlier this month at the Palace Theatre. Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon, who star opposite Glenn Close in her triumphant return to the musical, met with Richard Ridge to open up about their famous co-star, their relationship on stage, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary CareerBackstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - January 29, 2017

She won your heart as Lottie Gee, Billie Holliday, and Bess (and that's been just the past few years). Audra McDonald has grown to be perhaps the greatest talent of this generation of live theatre- and she has six Tony Awards to prove it. From Ragtime to Macbeth, Carousel to A Raisin in the Sun, watch below as Richard Ridge chats with the 2017 SAG nominee as a part of SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations series. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's His Story- Chazz Palminteri Explains the Evolution of A BRONX TALEBackstage with Richard Ridge: It's His Story- Chazz Palminteri Explains the Evolution of A BRONX TALE
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 28, 2016

Every night at the Longacre Theatre, the cast of A BRONX TALE tells his story. Chazz Palminteri has made a musical out of his epic story, and earlier this fall it landed on Broadway. Below, watch as Chazz explains the evoulution of the show to BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge as a part of SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations Q&A series. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: How Do You Make a Live TV Musical? Insiders Tell All!Backstage with Richard Ridge: How Do You Make a Live TV Musical? Insiders Tell All!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 26, 2016

Marrying the most thrilling aspects of stage and screen, the recent resurgence of networks broadcasting live musicals has invigorated prime time 'appointment viewing' or 'event television.' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Opens Up About His Double Life on Stage and ScreenBackstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Opens Up About His Double Life on Stage and Screen
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 10, 2016

Whether you've caught him onstage at the Booth Theatre or tune in on Sunday nights to watch him on Showtime, Liev Schreiber is everywhere this season. Below, watch as the stage and screen veteran chats about his current projects, how he got started in the business, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have HappenedBackstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 26, 2016

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened  draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices -- through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along.  Below, Richard Ridge chats with Price about his journey with the musical, the creation of the documentary, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Final Frankie- JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas Brings His Act to Broadway!Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Final Frankie- JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas Brings His Act to Broadway!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 13, 2016

On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Tony, Grammy & Olivier Award-Winning Best Musical Jersey Boys will end its record-breaking, 11-year run after 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre. Who better to conclude the show's epic run than renaissance man Mark Ballas, who is making his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli. Below, watch as the 'Dancing with the Stars' superstar updates us on life at the August Wilson so far! (more...)
THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the TorchTHEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the Torch
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - September 16, 2016

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 3, watch as they chat about passing the torch to a new generation of performers and share advice for the new Broadway company. (more...)

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