BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Andrew Polec & Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELL and Sing Steinman!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 25, 2019
Strat and Raven have taken over New York City and for crying out loud, audiences couldn't be more thrilled about it. Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, the stars of Bat Out of Hell, reprise the roles they originated in London and Toronto for Bat Out of Hell off-Broadway. The new musical plays now through September 8 at New York City Center. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Dare to Be Scared by BEETLEJUICE's Alex Brightman & Sophia Anne Caruso!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 31, 2019
Every day-o at the Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway audiences are getting the fright of their lives from ghosts, demons, and a death-obsessed teenaged girl. In Beetlejuice, the eight-time Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the cult classic, leading players Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso take creepy to the next level. (more...)
BWW TV: George C. Wolfe Explains How He Brought the Bloody Tale of GARY to Life on Broadway
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 3, 2019
When it comes to directors of live theatre, they don't get much bigger than George C. Wolfe, who has a whopping seventeen Broadway credits on his resume. This season, Wolfe was back at the helm of the ship at the Booth Theatre, where he brought Taylor Mac's zany, 'batshit crazy' (-the Hollywood Reporter) and ingenious new play, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus to life. (more...)
BWW TV: Laura Benanti Opens Up About MY FAIR LADY, Motherhood, Melania and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 26, 2019
'It's not like I sat at home as a child wanting to be a movie star. I wanted to be Julie Andrews,' said Laura Benanti in an exclusive interview earlier this week with Richard Ridge. The Tony winner and Broadway favorite has played such cherished roles as Louise, Amalia, Maria, Cinderella and many more, but her sights were set early on her real dream role. (more...)
BWW TV: How Did KISS ME, KATE Change for 2019? The Company Tells All!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 28, 2019
What happens when Shakespeare meets Porter? Audiences are finding out eight times a week at Studio 54 when the Taming of the Shrew comes to life onstage within one of the most beloved musicals of the Golden Age. Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, opened just last month for a new generation of theatre-goers. (more...)
BWW TV: What Makes a Broadway Hit? THE PROM Cast and Creators Share Backstage Secrets!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 20, 2019
The Prom is still changing lives at the Longacre Theatre, where it will soon celebrate its 200th Broadway performance. As the cast and creative team dance towards another major milestone, they are taking time to reflect on their zazzy journey on Broadway so far... (more...)
BWW Exclusive: James Snyder, Jenny Jules & Matt Mueller Cast a Spell on Broadway in HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 19, 2019
Year Two has officially begun at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and that means that a brand new class of witches and wizards has begun a magical journey at Hogwarts (or the Lyric Theatre). Three of the show's 27 new cast members are James Snyder, Matt Mueller and Jenny Jules, who portray the dream team of the wizarding world- Harry, Ron and Hermione. (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Nicholas Podany & Bubba Weiler on Making Broadway Magic in HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 18, 2019
Year Two has officially begun at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and that means that a brand new class of witches and wizards has begun a magical journey at Hogwarts (or the Lyric Theatre). Two of the show's 27 new cast members are Nicholas Podany and Bubba Weiler, who play Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy respectively. (more...)
BWW TV: 5 Things You Need to Know About Broadway Power Couple Orfeh & Andy Karl
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 13, 2019
Love is all around at the Nederlander Theatre and it doesn't stop backstage... at least not when Broadway's favorite power couple is around. Orfeh and Andy Karl have moved to Rodeo Drive (or 41st Street) as Kit and Edward in Broadway's Pretty Woman. What do you need to know about the duo? BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge is breaking it down... (more...)
BWW TV: Susan Egan and Beth Fowler Relive the Magic of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 30, 2019
On April 18, 1994, a musical opened that would change the face of Broadway for years to come. Beauty and the Beast not only took New York City by storm, but marked the birth of Disney Theatrical Productions. Since then, its 10 Broadway titles (including current hits Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King) have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 62 Tony Awards, winning Broadway's highest honor 20 times. (more...)
BWW TV: Brian d'Arcy James, Holley Fain & Emily Bergl Reveal Backstage Secrets of THE FERRYMAN!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 27, 2019
There's a new Carney family in town. Earlier this month, a whopping fourteen new cast members joined the 35-member ensemble of The Ferryman, now performing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Amongst them are three-time Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James as Quinn Carney, Holley Fain as Caitlin Carney, and Emily Bergl as Mary Carney. (more...)
Backstage: FROZEN Director Michael Grandage Shares Show Secrets, Future Plans & Behind the Scenes Details!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 23, 2019
The cold still doesn't bother Michael Grandage, who, as BroadwayWorld reported this morning, has a busy couple of years ahead! That's because Frozen, which this week celebrates its first smash year at Broadway's St. James Theatre, will soon launch three international productions, joining the previously announced North American tour launching this fall. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The [title of show] Gang Finds a Way Back to Then! Hunter, Jeff, Heidi, Susan and Michael Get Ready to Reunite in Concert
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 8, 2019
They might have started as nine people's favorite thing, but in the thirteen years since [title of show]'s debut off-Broadway, far more fans have joined the party. (more...)
Bring on the Monsters! THE LIGHTNING THIEF Trio Talks Life on the Road & More
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 23, 2019
Percy Jackson has hit the road! The National Tour of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical has already visited cities across the country, and this March it returns to New York City for a six-performance run at the Beacon Theatre. Below, we chat with the show's three stars, Kristin Stokes, Jorrel Javier, and Percy Jackson himself, Chris McCarrell. Watch as they talk about slaying monsters onstage, why their fanbase is so special, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Teen Songstress Jackie Evancho Tells All About Her New Broadway Album, LGBTQ Activism and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 13, 2019
With her upcoming new album, 'The Debut', multi-platinum recording artist, Jackie Evancho will match her extraordinary voice with one of the most exciting re-emerging genres in popular music today: Broadway's new American Songbook. 'The Debut 'is set for a Spring release. 'The Debut' also marks the coming of age of this now 18 year old. No longer the child prodigy Jackie Evancho has blossomed into one of the greatest vocal talents in the world today. Some even compare her to an emerging Barbra Streisand. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Frank Wildhorn, Nan Knighton & Gabriel Barre Get Ready to Go Back Into the Fire with THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 8, 2019
In just two weeks, Manhattan Concert Productions will present a concert performance of Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's musical comedy The Scarlet Pimpernel at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Gabriel Barre (Stage Director) and Jason Howland (Music Director) reunite to lead the cast and creative team in this concert performance of The Scarlet Pimpernel. The performance will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from the across the United States, a professional cast and creative team, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's Chers Everywhere! Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond Talk All Things THE CHER SHOW!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - January 8, 2019
When in comes to portraying one of pop culture's biggest superstars of all time, it takes not one... not two... but three Broadway powerhouses to bring her to life onstage. Cher is on Broadway this season, played at three stages of her life by the incomparable Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond. Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with all three leading ladies as they chat about becoming the Star, Lady and Babe, wearing her iconic clothes, and what they've already learned from the living legend! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: As Good As Goldwyn- NETWORK's Tony Goldwyn Talks the Ups and Downs of a Career on Stage and Screen
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 16, 2018
Following seven steamy seasons on ABC's hit show, Scandal, which concluded its run last spring, Tony Goldwyn has made the leap back to Broadway- starring as Max Schumacher in Network. The play marks Goldwyn's third appearance on Broadway (Holiday and Promises, Promises), and he has all the while achieved success on both the big and small screen. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: American Success Story- Darren Criss Opens Up About His Career on Broadway, TV and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 13, 2018
From Harry to Hedwig; Blaine to Finch; Darren Criss has made quite a name for himself over the past decade on both stage and screen. 2018 has been an extra special year for the renaissance man however, as he led The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Andrew Cunanan- a role that won him an Emmy Award in September, as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations earlier this month. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Norm Lewis Talks Keeping It Nutcraker Cool This Holiday Season with New Album and Solo Show!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 9, 2018
Tony nominee Norm Lewis is keeping it cool this Christmas. Nutcracker cool, that is. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Jeremy Jordan Is Back on Broadway and Telling All About the Roles That Got Him Here!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 17, 2018
The last time Jeremy Jordan graced a Broadway stage, he was the king of New York- earning himself a Tony nomination for his performance in Newsies. Since 2012, the rest of the world has gotten to know him through his many appearances on both the big and small screen, playing characters as varied as Jamie Wellerstein, Winn Schott and Jimmy Collins. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Bobby Cannavale Separates Fact from Fiction in His Career on Broadway and Beyond!
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 11, 2018
Fact: Two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale is back on Broadway this season, starring opposite Cherry Jones and Daniel Radcliffe in The Lifespan of a Fact. In a recent interview with Richard Ridge, he opens up about the challenges of taking on this particular role, and separates fact from fiction when it comes to some of his past performances! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: You're a Mean One, Gavin Lee! Meet the New Grinch of This Holiday Season
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 3, 2018
All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but Gavin Lee, who was hard at work getting into character to play Dr. Seuss' most conniving character this holiday season, did not! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Cooper & Vosk & Ridge, Oh My! Getting Candid with the Witches of WICKED
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 26, 2018
A whole lot happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in, and Wicked has been telling that story to Broadway audiences for 15 years at the Gershwin Theatre. The milestone won't go by uncelebrated, as in just days, NBC will throw a joyous Halloween party for the ages, featuring songs from the blockbuster musical hit and a cavalcade of special guest stars, including Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Additional guest performers include Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Ledisi, Pentatonix and the current Broadway company of 'Wicked.' 'A Very Wicked Halloween' airs Monday Oct. 29th at 10PM ET/PT on NBC. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: She's Queen of the Kings! Catching Up with Brooklyn-Bound Heather Headley
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 13, 2018
She has already protected the Pride Lands, ruled Nubia, controlled center stage, and dominated the Juke Joint. What's next for Broadway's favorite beltress? (more...)