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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Calvin Leon Smith (‘Fat Ham’) on the ‘ultimate release’ of turning trauma into catharsis [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

The tone of “Fat Ham” runs the gamut from heavy drama to absurd humor, but Calvin Leon Smith admits, “don’t get the immediate gratification of laughter.” The actor portrays Larry i…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Andrew T. MacKay (‘Life of Pi’ composer) on making music in the rehearsal room to ‘get an instant reaction’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I really felt like theater was a family,” reveals Andrew T. MacKay. The composer has worked extensively on film, but his contributions to “Life of Pi” mark his first foray into comp…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 05:30PM

Chris Herbie Holland (‘Fat Ham’) on being a ‘healer’ for the audience: ‘We can choose joy everyday’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“One thing that I’ve always strived for…is to be a healer,” reveals Chris Herbie Holland. Lucky for him then, that his character Tio in James Ijames’ “Fat Ham” is the person re…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 04:30PM

Outer Critics Circle nominations: ‘New York, New York’ leads with 12, ‘Leopoldstadt’ has 6 by Sam Eckmann

The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, today announced the nominees for the 72nd Annua…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 02:00PM

Jordan E. Cooper (‘Ain’t No Mo’) on exploring ‘the mosaic of Blackness and queerness’ in America [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m one of those people who will always have to find something to laugh about,” reveals playwright and actor Jordan E. Cooper. During the summer of 2016, he was reeling from the killi…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 11:30AM

Alex Joseph Grayson (‘Parade’) on staying present and removing ‘the mask’ of Jim Conley [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Alex Joseph Grayson sees the Broadway revival of “Parade” as a chance to grow “more relaxed and more present as a performer.” The actor plays Jim Conley in the Michael Arden-helmed p…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 10:30AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

2023 Drama League Award nominations: 47 performers compete for Distinguished Performance by Sam Eckmann

The Drama League today announced the nominations for the 2023 Drama League Awards. Honoring achievements on and Off-Broadway, the nominations were announced this morning by Roger Bart (“Ba…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 03:45PM

Colton Ryan (‘New York, New York’ and ‘Poker Face’) on recreating the sound of the 1940s and working with legends [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m a nerd first,” Colton Ryan quickly points out. In that sense, the actor is having the time of his life on his two recent projects which have connected him with legends in the indu…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 12:30PM

Victoria Clark (‘Kimberly Akimbo’) on how her 16-year-old character teaches the preciousness of life [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I don’t think I’m done creating this part! It’s still an exploration,” reveals Victoria Clark in reference to the title character of “Kimberly Akimbo.” In this new musical fro…

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Brandon Uranowitz (‘Leopoldstadt’) explores Jewish ‘family, identity and memory’ in Tom Stoppard’s sprawling play [Exclusive Video Interview by Sam Eckmann

“The play is about family, identity and memory,” reveals Brandon Uranowitz when asked to synthesize the epic scope of Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt.” Having grown up Jewish within a…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Will Swenson (‘A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical’) lives out his ‘wildest dreams’ by embodying the iconic singer [Exclusive Video In by Sam Eckmann

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that I grew up on Neil Diamond,” reveals Will Swenson. “He’s my Dad’s favorite singer of all time. So it was just fed to us with our breakfast, p…

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Arian Moayed (‘A Doll’s House’) on discovering ‘deep truths’ through unconventional staging [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“We’re going after so many deep truths,” reveals Arian Moayed of the current revival of “A Doll’s House.” Director Jamie Lloyd has staged Amy Herzog’s new adaptation on a mostl…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 05:30PM

Crystal Lucas-Perry (‘Ain’t No Mo’ and ‘1776’) on exploring ‘what it meant to be Black in America, Black in the world’ [Exclusive Video by Sam Eckmann

When the pandemic shifted production schedules of two long-gestating projects, Crystal Lucas-Perry found herself performing in two powerful works back-to-back in her debut season on Broadway…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 03:30PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Patina Miller (‘Into the Woods’) on how motherhood helped her understand what The Witch is ‘fighting for’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“What’s exciting for me is being able to appreciate what’s come before me, but also not letting that cloud me in any way,” explains Patina Miller when discussing her portrayal of The…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Matthew Lopez and Amber Ruffin (‘Some Like it Hot’) on the ‘impossible work’ of writing the book of a musical [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“We’re both rowdy and silly so I think it was pretty clear that you could say whatever you wanted and it would be fine,” says Amber Ruffin of working with writing partner Matthew Lopez…

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Jennifer Weber (‘& Juliet’ and ‘KPOP’ choreographer) on being ‘inspired by the explosion of numbers in pop concerts’ [Exclusive Video by Sam Eckmann

”I love working with actors, it’s so fun,” says Jennifer Weber in our recent webchat. She adds, “Because you get to find what’s unique about each person and the way they bring thei…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

Lorna Courtney (‘& Juliet’) on finding empowerment through pop songs: ‘You have to light your own fire within’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Lorna Courtney gets the crowds at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to dance and groove in their seats eight times a week in the infectious new musical “& Juliet.” The show utilizes iconi…

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (‘Some Like it Hot’ composers) on creating an MGM-sounding score [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“Our characters are wrestling with very contemporary situations,” explains Scott Wittman of the musical “Some Like it Hot.” He and Marc Shaiman are the Tony-winning songwriting duo b…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Bonnie Milligan (‘Kimberly Akimbo’) explores the complexities of love and grief: ‘It’s an honor to provide that kind of catharsis’ [Exclusiv by Sam Eckmann

“What I find fun about these characters is how to make them human and as real as possible,” explains Bonnie Milligan. The actress is currently starring in the Broadway transfer of “Kim…

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Ariana DeBose will return to host 2023 Tony Awards in New York City’s Washington Heights by Sam Eckmann

Get ready for her to do the thing, again! Oscar winner and Tony nominee Ariana DeBose will return to host the 76th Annual Tony Awards, from the historic United Palace in New York City’s Wa…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

2023 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (round 2): Stephen McKinley Henderson, Linedy Genao confirmed as lead actors by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on April 11, for the second time during the 2022-2023 Broadway season, to discuss the eligibility of seven productions for the 76th Annual Tony A…

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Casey Nicholaw (‘Some Like it Hot’ director) on crafting an epic chase sequence: ‘It was seriously like Tetris’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“We just knew we wanted it to feel contemporary,” explains Casey Nicholaw of his new musical “Some Like it Hot.” Although the show is adapted from the classic film of the same name, …

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Martyna Majok (‘Cost of Living’) gets personal writing about ‘little miracles of connection’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“When I write plays, I hope that they’re useful,” confesses “Cost of Living” playwright Martyna Majok. “I write them partly to feel less alone myself. And I hope that in going to…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 05:30PM

Brian d’Arcy James (‘Into the Woods’) on finding new meanings in Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It was an extraordinary group of people,” says Brian d’Arcy James as he thinks of his “Into the Woods” co-stars. The actor notes that he was “the new kid on the block” given t…

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Stephen McKinley Henderson (‘Between Riverside and Crazy’) on ‘how precious family is’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It was a family type of thing,” says Stephen McKinley Henderson of working on “Between Riverside and Crazy.” The play reunited him with a longtime collaborator and friend, playwrigh…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 01:30PM
Friday, April 7, 2023

Robert Horn (‘Shucked’ book writer) on creating a new comedy that’s funny and empathetic: ‘I always start with the heart’ [Exclusive Video I by Sam Eckmann

“What I wanted to do was redefine what I think is an American classic kind of comedy for a new generation,” reveals Robert Horn. This mission has resulted in the riotous new show “Shuc…

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

Kevin Cahoon (‘Shucked’) channels Dust Bowl comedians to play a hysterical ‘simple philosopher’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s hilarious, sweet, universal,” declares Kevin Cahoon of the new Broadway musical “Schucked.” Original works spend years in development before they make it to the rialto, and t…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’ crashes Tonys race by Sam Eckmann

Apparently, it’s never too late to open a show on Broadway. With just 23 days left until the eligibility cutoff for the 2023 Tony Awards, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” has j…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 03:00PM

Wayne Cilento (‘Dancin’ director) honors the true ‘eclectic’ scope of Bob Fosse [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I tried to reference all of the stimulus in his head that led him to create amazing pieces of theater,” details director Wayne Cilento on honoring the legendary choreography of Bob Foss…

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Monday, April 3, 2023

JoAnn M. Hunter (‘Bad Cinderella’ choreographer) loves to ‘dance on the precipice’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

JoAnn M. Hunter didn’t plan on becoming a choreographer. She built a successful life as a dancer with a dozen Broadway credits before ever having idea to make a career shift. She admits th…

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Monday, March 27, 2023

‘Good Night, Oscar’: Tony nomination #3 for playwright Doug Wright? by Sam Eckmann

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announced that “Good Night, Oscar” by Doug Wright is a finalist for their 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. This prize h…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards