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...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: 90 Plays, 80 Films, and Lots of Stories- Catch Up with Stage and Screen Great- F. Murray Abraham
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 26, 2018
From his current gig as black ops specialist Dar Adal on Showtime's Homeland, to Cyrano, Shylock, Salieri and more, stage and screen star F. Murray Abraham's career has spanned over five decades, 90 plays and 80 films. Below, the 2018 Emmy nominee chats about some of his favorite roles, how he got into acting in the first place, and so much more. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: It Takes a Woman: Donna Murphy Dishes on the Roles that Brought Her to Dolly!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 4, 2018
'This job came up, and initially I thought, 'What a horrible idea! To star as Dolly Levi once a week? How do you do that?' That first performance- and I really didn't know how it was gonna land- the community was so welcoming. I was flabbergasted when I dropped that newspaper, said 'Dolly Levi' and it wasn't Bette Midler's voice!' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Just One of the Boys- Matt Bomer Reveals All About His Co-Stars, Character and Debut in THE BOYS IN THE BAND!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 19, 2018
The men of The Boys in the Band indeed are one integrated being, and part of that being is Matt Bomer, who makes his Broadway debut in the role of Donald. Watch below as Bomer chats with Richard Ridge about finally making his Broadway debut, and highlights of his career so far! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Reveals Which Big Broadway Show He Turned Down!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 15, 2018
Many Broadway fans came to know stage and screen star Jesse Tyler Ferguson for his iconic portrayal of Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. But in an alternate universe, a very different Broadway show might have been his big break. Below, Ferguson tells Richard Ridge all about that big decision that he had to make in 2005, and discusses his many other roles that have built his career. Watch the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Anna & Glinda & Lysistrata & More! FROZEN's Patti Murin Reflects on the Roles That Made Her Career
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 8, 2018
'I keep saying that I forgot that I know how to act, as opposed to making faces and appropriate gestures... It's a fairytale, sure. But it's a story that has to be told in a clear and concise way. [Michael Grandage] was the first person to tell me, 'You have to make it truthful. Don't just do things.' So Anna is rooted very deeply in truth.' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Chukwudi Iwuji on Living the Dream in Shakespeare in the Park's OTHELLO
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 23, 2018
'I was having a conversation with my manager... I was about to start The Low Road and I had just done Hedda Gabler in London. But I really enjoyed filming. I said, 'After I finish the Low Road, let's focus on filming. Barring, I don't know... Othello in the Park, I really don't want to do another play.' That's exactly what happened for Chukwudi Iwuji, who can currently be seen starring as the title character in Othello for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge about the character, the complexities of Shakespeare, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: An (Extra)Ordinary Man- Tony Nominee Harry Hadden-Paton Explains How He Ended Up in MY FAIR LADY
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 7, 2018
'Bart [Sher] and I spoke a long time about this character. I think the key to him is that he is passionate and obsessive about the work and his job. What's he's not good at is emotions- understanding other people's emotions and understanding his own emotions,' says Harry Hadden-Paton. 'The joy of an being an actor is taking someone on a journey. Now I'm digging my heals and making him cruel, patronizing and self-obsessed, then taking him on a journey of self-discovery that has come about through [Eliza].' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's a Broadway Super-Clique! A Chitchat with the Ladies of MEAN GIRLS
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 5, 2018
This is a cautionary interview... Don't be fooled by the characters they play. The ladies of Mean Girls are tight, and we've got the proof! Right before the show's whopping twelve Tony nominations rolled in earlier this week, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge sat down with five of the coolest ladies on Broadway: Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell and Barrett Wilbert Weed. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Not Your Average Joe Pitt- Lee Pace Talks ANGELS IN AMERICA and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 2, 2018
'I wish I could say that it's fun but it's not. It's painful and it's complicated.' Lee Pace has ruled Middle Earth, wandered the galaxy, and now he's come back home to Broadway. The star of stage and screen returns this season in the critically acclaimed revival of Angels in America, and he's not taking it lightly. Watch below as he chats with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge about the challenges of performing such heavy subject matter, how he gets through a two show day, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Joshua Jackson Is Speaking for Two Through His Broadway Debut
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 29, 2018
'For so many reasons this has been the single most challenging thing that I've ever done, but the most rewarding thing I've ever done.' Joshua Jackson, who makes his Broadway debut this season, knows that his experience in Children of a Lesser God has been a special one. Watch below as he chats with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge about the challenges of delivering dialogue for two, learning a whole new language for this role, and the joys of sharing the stage with his remarkable co-star, Lauren Ridloff. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Bringing the Band to Broadway- How THE BAND'S VISIT Became a Bonafide Hit!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 28, 2018
What makes a hit Broadway musical? Not even the pros really know, as the cast and creative team of The Band's Visit proved in a recent conversation with Richard Ridge. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Green Girl to Flower Child to Ice Queen- Caissie Levy Talks FROZEN & More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 25, 2018
'This is the story of my career... I have worked my way up. I am not someone who got out of college and got handed the plum Broadway roles. I started as an understudy. I started in the ensemble. I was on a non-Equity tour, then I got to Broadway after a year in Toronto with Hairspray and eighteen months on tour. I'm playing the long game and I think that has made me a better actor and company member.' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Their Side of SUPERSTAR- Sara Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon Reveal Backstage Secrets from NBC's Hit Broadcast!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 21, 2018
NBC was certainly rejoicing with 'Hallelujahs!' following the live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, when almost ten million viewers tuned in on Easter Sunday. Now, almost three weeks after the momentous night, Judas and Mary reunite! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Call on Horace! HELLO, DOLLY's! Victor Garber Relives Some of His Greatest Roles
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 22, 2018
He has played roles as varied as Jesus and Mr. Applegate; John Wilkes Booth and Thomas Andrews; Anthony and Professor Callahan. Nowadays he's bringing audiences to their feet eight times a week at the Shubert Theatre as Hello, Dolly's Horace Vandergelder. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: A New Evan Is Found - Meet the New Star of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Taylor Trensch!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 6, 2018
Words certainly do not fail Trensch as he opens up with Richard Ridge about his career so far, including his recent move from 44th Street to 45th. Watch the full conversation plus all-new highlights of Trensch in the show below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Keegan-Michael Key Talks Sketch Comedy, Shakespeare, Steve Martin and Beyond!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - January 22, 2018
In just a year, he's gone from comedy icon, to Shakespearean player to bonafide Broadway star. And he's not done yet! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Jason Alexander Looks Back on His Broadway Roots!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 11, 2017
The rest of the world might know him as Jerry Seinfeld's on-screen best bud, but theatre lovers remember him for the many roles he has played onstage over his four decade-long career. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Together Forever! Beth Leavel & Christopher Sieber Reunite for Paper Mill Playhouse's ANNIE
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 2, 2017
They've tied a knot we never can sever! Broadway favorites Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber are back at it this holiday season, reuniting in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of ANNIE. Watch below as the newest Hannigan and Warbucks open up with Richard Ridge about their history onstage together, what they love about this musical classic, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: 27 Years Later... Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Are Heading Back to Their Island
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 12, 2017
They already have a hit running on 44th Street. As of this week, their music is filling another theatre just six blocks north. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who have brought us such beloved shows as Ragtime and Anastasia, are taking us back to the Caribbean this season with the return of their 1991 musical, Once On This Island. While the duo was in tech, making final tweaks to the show before the start of previews, that stopped by Sardi's to chat with Richard Ridge about heading back to the island. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Cash In with JUNK Leading Man- Steven Pasquale!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 6, 2017
He has stolen hearts in Madison county, robbed settlers on the Natchez Trace, and now he's thieving on Wall Street. Or at least the characters he's played have... (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Man, The Glasses, The Legend... Hal Prince!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 8, 2017
'You can take an audience anywhere...' The wise Hal Prince means those words, and he has built a career off of them. Prince is a legend in the American theatre - the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America's most iconic musicals and has brought together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event, Prince of Broadway. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Meet HAMILTON's New Aaron Burr (Sir), Daniel Breaker!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - September 23, 2017
Daniel Breaker needs not wait for it any longer. Hamilton has a new Aaron Burr on Broadway, and this #Hamvet has his act down pat. Breaker joins the New York company after starring in the Chicago production, where he took over as the revolutionary rival after Wayne Brady departed the cast. Now he's chatting with BroadwayWorld about his new home at the Richard Rodgers and his long road to Hamilton. (more...)