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Backstage with Richard Ridge: FROZEN's Michael Grandage  Gets Ready To Take the Cold Front Overseas!Backstage with Richard Ridge: FROZEN's Michael Grandage Gets Ready To Take the Cold Front Overseas!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 19, 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 ConcertBackstage 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 & MoreBring 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!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!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!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 ScreenBackstage 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!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!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!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!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 SeasonBackstage 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 WICKEDBackstage 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 HeadleyBackstage 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 AbrahamBackstage 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!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!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!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 CareerBackstage 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 OTHELLOBackstage 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 LADYBackstage 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 GIRLSBackstage 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!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 DebutBackstage 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!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...)

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