The Roundtable

Video: Ahmad Simmons Has Found a Home in ILLINOISE
by Robert Bannon - June 14, 2024

Ahmad Simmons joins the Roundtable! Ahmad Simmons is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and creative producer based in New York City. He has been on Broadway in West Side Story, Hadestown, and most recent revival casts of Carousel and Cats. He is also a producer! His newly produced show “Invasive Species” is running til June 30th! He seems to be doing it all!

Video: Grease Got a Hold on THE OUTSIDERS' Jason Schmidt
by Robert Bannon - June 7, 2024

We have all read the book. We have all seen the movie. The timeless tale is now on Broadway with Tony Nominations galore. We had the chance to chat with Sodapop Curtis himself, Jason Schmidt. Watch the full video here!

Video: HELL'S KITCHEN's Jackie Leon Is on Fire
by Robert Bannon - May 31, 2024

In this video, Jackie Leon tells the story of how they received the part, audition process, dealing with the impostor syndrome of being in an Alicia Keys musical as her Broadway debut, the journey to feeling that they can do it, the support they received from some All-Star Cast-mates like Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon, and more!

Video: Brian d'Arcy James Is Still Smelling the Roses
by Robert Bannon - May 24, 2024

Tony Nominee Brian d’Arcy James is here! His turn in Days Of Wine and Roses was vocals, acting, and storytelling at its best. In this video, he tells us how he was able to tell that emotional rollercoaster eight shows a week!

Exclusive: Lily Santiago Is in Love with the World of MARY JANE
by Robert Bannon - May 17, 2024

Manhattan Theatre Club is on an award show tear this season! Tony nominations galore! One of the nominated shows, Mary Jane, is currently playing on Broadway through June 16. We had the chance to chat with one of the stars, Lily Santiago, about her Broadway debut!

Exclusive: Lea DeLaria Is Making Mother's Day Gay
by Robert Bannon - May 10, 2024

On Sunday, May 12 and June 2 (1pm), 54 Below will welcome Emmy Award winner Lea DeLaria for a brand new brunch show and she is here to tell us all about it! Watch as she discusses the show in this video.

Exclusive: Alex Hurt Talks Finding His Footing on Broadway in PATRIOTS
by Robert Bannon - May 3, 2024

This week, talk about an acting dynasty of a family... Alex Hurt is here! He is one of the stars of Patriots now playing at the Barrymore Theatre. His father, Academy Award-winning legend, William Hurt performed Hurly Burly at the Barrymore so things are full circle! What was Alex’s journey to Broadway? Why is this his “proper” Broadway debut? We find out in this video.

Exclusive: Chip Zien Looks Back on His Epic, 15-Show Broadway Career
by Robert Bannon - April 26, 2024

This week we welcome Broadway star Chip Zien to tell us all about Harmony, Into The Woods, Falsettos, and how his appearance in Merrily We Roll Along led him to be Howard the Duck! Watch the full video interview here.

Video: David Korins Unpacks His Three-Show Season
by Robert Bannon - April 19, 2024

We are talking scenic design with David Korins who seems to have designed every blockbuster show on Broadway. This season, he lent his creativity to Tommy and Here Lies Love. In the past seasons, he has designed everything from Hamilton, Beetlejuice, and Dear Evan Hansen to the Academy Awards, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and Bruno Mars performances, and even the set of Watch What Happens Live!

Exclusive: APPROPRIATE's Michael Esper Talks Acting Technique and More
by Robert Bannon - April 12, 2024

Welcome to another edition of The Roundtable on BroadwayWorld with film and Broadway star Michael Esper- now appearing in Appropriate over at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. In this video, watch as Michael chats about his latest gig and more!

Exclusive: How Rick Elice Found the Heart of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Robert Bannon - April 5, 2024

Welcome to another Edition of The Roundtable on BroadwayWorld. This week we are talking about writing the book of a musical with someone who changed the game. Rick Elice is the go-to writer for musical biographies after he co-wrote Jersey Boys. That show ushered in a new musical to Broadway and things have never been the same.

Exclusive: A Masterclass with THE NOTEBOOK's Dorian Harewood
by Robert Bannon - March 29, 2024

In this video, watch as I chat with The Notebook star Dorian Harewood, who is back on Broadway after 46 years. He tells us the road back to Broadway, how he found the beautiful chemistry he shares with co-star Maryann Plunkett, and why you need to bring your tissues to the theater. We also discuss his career, the medium of the stage, and why Dorian and Maryann are acting on stage even when they are not in the spotlight.

Exclusive: A Writer & His Muses- A Chat with LEMPICKA's Matt Gould & His Leading Ladies
by Robert Bannon - March 22, 2024

In this episode, we are joined by composer Matt Gould, who is making his Broadway debut with Lempicka after working on this project for over 14 years with Carson Kreitzer. He is bringing along the ladies, the muses of Lempicka, includng Lempicka herself, Eden Espinosa. 

The Roundtable with Robert Bannon Is Coming to BroadwayWorld
by Team BWW - March 15, 2024

After over 300 episodes and over one million viewers of The Roundtable on YouTube & The Broadway Podcast Network, The Roundtable begins airing exclusive weekly episodes on BroadwayWorld every Friday.