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Interview: Theatre Life with Adrian Ries PhotoInterview: Theatre Life with Adrian Ries
by Elliot Lanes - July 15, 2022

Adrian Ries is currently living his theatre life as the musical director for the U.S. National Tour of The Band's Visit. The show runs through July 17th in the Eisenhower Theater at Kennedy Center. For those who can't see the tour in DC, it will conclude in Richmond VA playing from July 26th to the 31st.
Interview: Theatre Life with Bree Lowdermilk PhotoInterview: Theatre Life with Bree Lowdermilk
by Elliot Lanes - July 14, 2022

Theatre Life chats with Bree Lowdermilk, one of the most talented modern-day composers working in the musical theatre. You might know her work from her long association with book writer/lyricist Kait Kerrigan. 
Interview: Theatre Life with Melanie Moore PhotoInterview: Theatre Life with Melanie Moore
by Elliot Lanes - June 30, 2022

Today’s subject Melanie Moore is currently living her theatre life playing the iconic literary character Scout Finch in the U.S. Tour of To Kill a Mockingbird. The show is currently in performance at Kennedy Center’s Opera House and will play through July tenth.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Ivania Stack PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Ivania Stack
by Elliot Lanes - May 24, 2022

Today’s subject Ivania Stack is currently living her theatre life as the costume designer for There’s Always the Hudson at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The production runs through June fifth.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Andrew Lippa PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Andrew Lippa
by Elliot Lanes - May 23, 2022

Today’s subject Andrew Lippa is an award-winning composer/lyricist whose work spans all forms of music. On June fourth the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present Lippa’s Unbreakable for two performances only at 3:00 and 8:00pm. The event will be performed at The Lincoln Theatre.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Schele Williams PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Schele Williams
by Elliot Lanes - May 17, 2022

Today’s subject Schele Williams is currently living her Theatre Life as the director of the World Premiere TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) production Show Way The Musical now running in the Family Theater at Kennedy Center through May 29th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Michael John LaChiusa PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Michael John LaChiusa
by Elliot Lanes - May 5, 2022

Today’s subject Michael John LaChuisa is currently living his theatre life as the composer for the upcoming production of Our Town at Shakespeare Theatre Company. The production runs May 12th through June 11th in STC’s Sidney Harman Hall and features (wait for it) a FULL cast of DC performers.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams
by Elliot Lanes - April 28, 2022

Today’s subjects Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams are currently living their theatre lives performing in their mother/daughter self-created show about the ups and downs of being in show business entitled The Story Goes On. You can see these crazily talented ladies in action April 29th at the New Spire Arts’ Ausherman Theatre in Frederick, Maryland.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Bobby Smith PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Bobby Smith
by Elliot Lanes - March 15, 2022

Today’s subject Bobby Smith is a prime example of someone living his theatre life to the fullest. Currently he is performing in Signature Theatre’s excellent production of She Loves Me as parfumerie clerk Ladislav Sipos. The production runs through April 24th in Signature's MAX space.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Michael Rothhaar PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Michael Rothhaar
by Elliot Lanes - March 3, 2022

DC’S little jewel of a theatre company Washington Stage Guild (WSG) was built on producing the works of George Bernard Shaw. In its long and distinguished history of producing high quality theatre the company has produced over thirty productions of Shaw’s work.
 BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Aaron LaVigne Photo BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Aaron LaVigne
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2022

You know how many people in the performing arts think of themselves as Christlike or just consider themselves GOD? Today's subject Aaron LaVigne can actually get away with it because he is currently living his theatre life on tour playing the world's most famous carpenter Jesus in the North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. The production runs through March thirteenth in the Opera House at Kennedy Center.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Luz Nicolas  
Entrevista de BWW: “Vida Teatral” PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Luz Nicolas Entrevista de BWW: “Vida Teatral” con Luz Nicolás
by Elliot Lanes - February 16, 2022

Today’s subject Luz Nicolas is currently living her theatre life onstage at GALA Hispanic Theatre in the World Premiere production of La Casa De La Laguna (The House on The Lagoon) where she once again is demonstrating her fierceness as one of the area’s best performers. The production runs through February 27th. El sujeto hoy, Luz Nicolás, actualmente vive su “vida teatral” en el escenario del Teatro Hispano GALA con el estreno mundial de La casa de la laguna, donde una vez más demuestra su ferocidad como una de las mejores actrices del área. La producción se presenta hasta el 27 de febrero.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Yesenia Iglesias PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Yesenia Iglesias
by Elliot Lanes - February 9, 2022

Today’s subject Yesenia Iglesias is currently living her theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre in Daphne’s Dive which runs through March 20th in the ARK space. Last time Yesenia performed at Signature, she was getting beat up and bludgeoned to death in Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Read on to see how she decompressed nightly from such an intense experience.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Doug Besterman PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Doug Besterman
by Elliot Lanes - February 7, 2022

Anyone that has read my reviews or columns over the years knows that I always pay attention to the orchestrations and orchestrator of any given musical. Let’s face it, without the orchestrator, the score is only a piano. Today’s subject Doug Besterman has been living his theatre life for many years as an orchestrator for Broadway, regional, and West End theatre as well as doing scoring for films and TV.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Vernard J. Gilmore PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Vernard J. Gilmore
by Elliot Lanes - February 1, 2022

There is almost nothing consistent anymore in life with the current state of affairs but when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town, things almost feel normal again. The company will be performing in the Kennedy Center Opera House starting tonight through February 6th with four different programs to choose from.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Lisa Stephen Friday PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Lisa Stephen Friday
by Elliot Lanes - January 26, 2022

Today’s subject Lisa Stephen Friday has a remarkable story to tell as she is currently living her theatre life as the writer and performer of Trans Am. The show begins performances at Keegan Theatre on January 29th and will run through February 26th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kenny Seymour PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kenny Seymour
by Elliot Lanes - January 5, 2022

Today’s subject Kenny Seymour is currently living his theatre life being immersed with the Motown Sound as the Musical Supervisor and Arranger for the US National Tour of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations while still serving as the show’s Musical Director on Broadway. The touring version can be seen through January 16th in the Opera House at Kennedy Center. Coincidentally, the show closes on Broadway the same day.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Courtney Balan PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Courtney Balan
by Elliot Lanes - January 4, 2022

Today’s subject Courtney Balan is currently living her theatre life on tour as the self-absorbed Broadway star Dee Dee Allen in the TOTALLY original musical The Prom.  The show plays through January 16th in the Eisenhower at The Kennedy Center. It will then continue on locally to The Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD from Jan 18th through 23rd.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with William T. Newman Jr. PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with William T. Newman Jr.
by Elliot Lanes - December 7, 2021

Today’s subject William T. Newman Jr. is currently living his theatre life portraying the esteemed African-American playwright August Wilson in How I Learned What I Learned at WSC Avant Bard. The production marks the company’s return to LIVE performances and runs through December 19th at Gunston Arts Center in Theatre Two.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Arianna Rosario PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Arianna Rosario
by Elliot Lanes - November 1, 2021

When Signature Theatre begins performances of Rent tomorrow, November second, it will have been 600 days exactly since it was forced to stop performing it’s theatrical greatness due to the pandemic. Today’s subject Arianna Rosario is currently living her theatre life playing Mimi Marquez in the production whixh is directed by Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. The production runs through January second, 2022 in Signature’s MAX space.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Morgan Siobhan Green PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Morgan Siobhan Green
by Elliot Lanes - October 25, 2021

Today’s subject Morgan Siobhan Green is currently living her theatre life touring the country as Eurydice in the national tour of Hadestown which continues performing in the Opera House at Kennedy Center through October 31st. The production marks Ms. Green’s touring debut.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matthew Gardiner PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matthew Gardiner
by Elliot Lanes - July 20, 2021

Today’s subject Matthew Gardiner is a prime example of someone living their theatre life to the fullest. While he has directed and choreographed all over town and in Korea as well, by far the bulk of his career has been working at Signature Theatre. Since coming there in 2004, Matthew has either choreographed and or directed some of Signature’s most memorable productions while also serving as the company’s Associate Artistic Director since 2011.
 BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Adelina Mitchell Photo BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Adelina Mitchell
by Elliot Lanes - June 21, 2021

Sometimes a young artist makes a big impression on an ornery arts reviewer first time out of the box. Today’s subject Adelina Mitchell did just that to me and my wife a few years ago. More on that later on in the column. Now you can see her incredible talents for yourselves from the comfort of your own home Constellation Theatre Company’s streaming presentation of The Last Five Years. The production is available from June 22nd through July 11th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Debbie Allen PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Debbie Allen
by Elliot Lanes - June 5, 2021

Debbie Allen is one of those arts types that simply doesn’t fit into one category. I think it is safe to say she is an all-around goddess of the arts. Her list of achievements includes being directed by Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, choreographing the Oscars, being an executive producer and actress on the long running Grey’s Anatomy, and running a dance academy that bears her name.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Beth Hylton PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Beth Hylton
by Elliot Lanes - May 27, 2021

Today’s subject Beth Hylton is currently living her theatre life performing on your TVs and computer screens as the sole performer in Round House Theatre’s latest streaming production of Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. The show is available for viewing through June 13th.

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