Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fall is Coming With A Crop Of Amazing Talent This Month at Feinstein's 54 Below

The end of the summer is nigh and fall is coming. Feinstein's 54 Below is starting to get the pre-fall season jumping off with some fabulous folks doing AMAZING shows!!!  Shoshana Bean  Jason Danieley,  Nicole Henry, and Krysta Rodriguez  are bringing their individual vocal stylings to the fame supper club.  Please enjoy my conversations with these amazing artists and watch them live from Feinstein's at the press previews.






















Thursday, July 11, 2019

So Happy For Juan Pablo Di Pace

The Totes Adorbs International Actor, Juan Pablo Di Pace. 
Now the gossip about the gorgeous International, hunk of man, actor, Juan Pablo Di Pace, coming out of the closet is wonderful news for many of us.  Trust me.  I am not mad at all.  In our brief 8 minutes together, I was so flustered, because chile, he's HAWT! He looks right into your eyes as he speaks to you with that Argentinian accent.  It is almost impossible to handle all of that with any kind of grace, especially when you are not prepared for all of that hotness wrapped in kindness.  At the time, I chose not to get all in his business, because honestly, it is none of my business.  Although, our mutual love of Chita Rivera should have been my clue, but I let it slide as Latin Pride.  Yes, I can totally see him in a revival of Kiss Of The Spiderwoman.   In any case, he is delightful. So, I hope that whatever prompted him to public ownership of himself was rooted in positivity.  I also hope that the industry lets him continue to be a commercially successful artist, and he gets to use his platform to make this world a little brighter.  Bienvenidos a La Familia, Juan!!!
Juan Pablo Di Pace at Fenstein's 54 Below. 
My 8 minutes of Heaven with Juan Pablo Di Pace.


Check out his Ted Talk, too. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

To The Actors and Creative Team of Camp Morning Wood




To the Cast and Creatives of Camp Morning Wood,

I hope that you know that my earnest conversations with you fab guys has been very popular on my podcast. I believe it is because after the tittering and kiki about the camp factor of your show, we also talked about what was absolutely genuine, brave, and wonderful about your show.  Sometimes, grabbing for low hanging fruit is just easy.  Obviously, he did not try to talk to any of you before seeing the show, because that would have given him a better perspective, instead of reaching for snark.  Remember that unfortunate moment of shadiness is going to haunt him a lot longer than it will bother you.  Heads up, teets out, and keep stepping, cuz huntys, ain't nobody got time for that.  I adore you all.
XO

  

Saturday, June 29, 2019

PRIDE and PODCAST

HAPPY PRIDE!!! 
Just in time for the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots that started the Gay Liberation Movement leading to the LGBTQIAA Community and countless numbers of PRIDE festivities happening all over the world, my podcast would like to take a moment and throw some love to some of the out and open performers working in theater today that have stopped by for a chat with me. Having made many strides in visibility, even professions like acting and performing had been plagued by a sort of Lavender Scare of its own. Closeted performers hid and still do hide their identity in order to advance their careers. For many of us in today’s world, it seems crazy to continue that charade. So, for the few and proud who are letting their light shine, I want to take a moment and just say, “HAPPY PRIDE!!!” and “ Hey, gurl, Hey!” 

 Gregory Allen Playwright, Screenwriter, Author, Actor stopped by my show to talk about what was his latest project,HIDING IN DAYLIGHT. Since that conversation, he’s turned that short play into a short film that recently celebrated a turn at the Cannes Film Festival. This particular piece speaks to the seemingly frightening place that our country MIGHT become. Usually he takes part in the annual Tony Predictions Show, but since he was at Cannes, he just sent his in via email. Please enjoy my conversation with this Out and Proud visionary.


Marcus Paul James the current high energy Tony Award Winning AIN’T TOO PROUD, all while living in his own truth. He is another one of those names that you need to know now, before the rest of the world discovers him. When he sat with me, he was promoting his cabaret show at the legendary supper club, Feinstein’s 54 Below. So in addition to his duties on Broadway, he will be participating in a new series called, Broadway Buskers, where he, along with a roster of other fabulous Broadway talent,will be beguiling Historic Times Square with his dulcet tones and some of his original music. Flash Back with me and perhaps meet for the first time, Marcus Paul James.



Anne Steele Singer/songwriter is one hard working woman, between performance gigs, writing and recording sessions,podcasting,all while maintaining a family life, who makes us all proud. She is currently touring and promoting her latest work, MADE OUT OF STARS. I loved sitting down with her to talk about all of it. Reacquaint yourself with Ms. Anne Steele.


Michael Kushner has made himself a household name among many in the Broadway Community as one of the “go to” photographers. His client list includes many of the fabulous divas working on the Great White Way. He has a distinct flair that comes from not only his confidence as a photographer, but also his love and passion about who he is, and an even clearer picture of what his purpose is. Please take some time and reconnect with this fabulous artist.

Jenn Colella is a Drama Desk Award winning , Tony Award Nominated, Actress, singer, comedian,  who stole my heart as the busy body gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, in CHAPLIN, and then stole the world’s heart as American Airlines pilot, Beverly Bass, in the Award Winning Musical, COME FROM AWAY. Although she stays attached to the show, she is workshopping a new Shaina Taub musical about the Suffragettes, and she will play the boy who won't grow up in Peter Pan this summer as part of Pittsburgh CLO's 2019 Summer Season. She and I had a great out and open conversation that included everything. I do have a mad crush on her, and you will too. Please revisit my conversation with her.

Tony Award Nominated Actor/Singer , Max Von Essen, is one of the most dashing and talented men of Broadway. We met when he was nominated for the Tony Award for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. He is currently touring the country as a Leading Man in FALSETTOS. He also has an album/CD available everywhere you can get music entitled, Call Me Old Fashioned:The Broadway Standard. Make sure to Download his Music and go see him as he tours the country. Tell him that i said "Hi", if you happen to meet him at the stage door.

Singer,Actress, and Impressionist, Carly Sakolove, caught me by surprise this year in her fun and amazing performance in Off Broadway’s The Book Of Merman. She has been an off and on cast member of Off Broadway’s The Wondrous Marvelletes, too. After announcing her recent engagement to her fiance, did I realize that she was living her fullest and best life as a complete artist. Please enjoy my conversation with her and discover Ms. Carly Sakalove while she is on her adventures. Embed:

Choreographer and budding fitness guru, Joseph Corella, and I met at his vibrant and fabulous booth at 2019 Broadway Con for his Broadway themed exercise video and classes. He’s creating the type of fitness craze that finally folks who love them some Broadway, can get fit to music that they know and love, with steps that you can learn and enjoy. He recently had a major national launch for 5,6,7, BROADWAY Along with his hunk of a lawyer husband, Joseph’s fitness empire is well on its way. Please revisit and enjoy my conversation with this totes adorbs Joseph Corella. EMBED:  

The Cast of Camp Morning Wood gets a special shout out from me, because they are not only OUT, but they are fully naked on stage, in a show that has more to it than meets the eye, and believe me, there is a lot for the eyes. Alex Gagne, Tim Garnham,Brady Vignes, Bryan Songy, Sean Stephens, Michael Witkes,Anthony Logan Cole, Courtney Dease, and Najee Gabay-Knight are baring it all, but their characters have heart and soul. Enjoy my conversation with these awesome and brave performers, and try to see the show before it closes on July 7th. Click here for more information on the show: https://campmorningwoodthemusical.com/

Sunday, June 16, 2019

CAMP MORNINGWOOD

The Cast of Camp Morningwood: A Very Naked Musical

"A fresh and all-new(d) off-Broadway musical" has pitched its tent on 42nd Street! Camp Morning Wood, A Very Naked Musical launched a four-week limited engagement. I got a chance to sit with some of the creatives and performers in this brave and heartfelt show during the last week before opening. Yes, ALEX GAGNE,  TIM GARNHAM,  BRYAN SONGY,  SEAN STEPHENS, MICHAEL WITKES , ANTHONY LOGAN COLE,  COURTNEY DEASE,  NAJEE GABAY-KNIGHT and BRADY VIGNES are baring it all, but their characters have heart and soul because of the creative minds and direction of MARC EARDLY and JAY FALZONE.  Please enjoy my conversation with these awesome creatives and brave performers.  For more information and tickets on CAMP MORNINGWOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL. Click HERE 

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Monday, June 10, 2019


Sometimes when you are a talented actor and just happened to be married to a newly minted Tony Award© Winner, people might overlook that you, too, have a song in your heart and show for a stage.  In her upcoming show, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET, I think Ms. Jessica Fontana is going to make sure that you know what she can do.  I had a blast and a lot of laughs with her.  We talk about not only her life, her show, her podcast, but we even  go to a weird place in reality TV. Please enjoy my conversation with the ab fab, Jessica Fontana.





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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

2019 Drama Desk Awards Have Come and Gone


The penultimate award show leading up to the Tony© Awards is the Drama Desk© Awards.  It is a celebration of both Broadway and Off Broadway theater.  In addition to the standard performance prizes for acting, music, sets, writing, and costumes, there are other categories like, Fight Coordinating, Hair and Wigs, Projections, and more.   I fortunately got a chance to work the Red Carpet and the Press Room.  I love working the Drama Desk Awards, because I get the chance to meet some of the new voices that are making interesting and innovative theater.   The list of nominees and winners show the vitality and ingenuity of American theater today. Its also one of the last chances that I get to either meet or briefly interview Tony©Award nominees.   Please enjoy some of the frenzy and fun of the red carpet excitement with me, as well as, a few intimate moments with some of this year's winners.

Red Carpet Part 1 with: THE KUPERMAN BROTHERS, PHIL LaDUCA DAVID YAZBECK*, RACHEL HOWKE, ROBERT HORN*, SCOTT ELLIS, SYDNEY JAMES HARCOURT, PETER NEGRINI, KATHERINE FREER, CAMILLE A. BROWN, DEBRA MONK, JAMIE BREWER*, MARK SONNENBLICK, JAMIE RODERICK, ERIN TREADWAY, MEGAN HILL, DAVID NEUMANN, BRANDON URANOWITZ, and RACHEL CHAVKIN*




Red Carpet Part 2 with: JOE ICONIS, GEORGE SALAZAR, DOMINIQUE MORRISEAU, JUSTIN ELLINGTON, SOARA JOYE ROSS, EDWIN DONOVAN, ARNIE BURTON, SAM HUNTER, LESLIE KRITZER, LIZA JESSIE PETERSON, DENIS JONES, MARY TESTA, STEVEN SKYBELL, and PATRICK VAILL




2019 Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Featured Actor in A Musical: ANDRE DE SHIELDS:



2019 Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Play, CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER.



2019 Drama Desk Award Winning Director of a Musical, RACHEL CHAVKIN.


2019 Dram Desk Award Winning Costume Designer, BOB MACKIE



The 2019 Drama Desk Award Winning Best Revival of a Musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF




2019 Drama Desk Award Winning Stage Fighting Coordinator, CLAIRE WARDEN


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Friday, May 31, 2019

BROADWAY HD Streams Different Theater Stages From Around the World Right To You

Multiple Award Winning (Tony©, Olivier©, Drama Desk©, etc., ), Broadway power producing couple, and founders of Broadway HD, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, stopped by for a chat about what's the latest happening with them and Broadway HD, including the release of the recent, West End Production of 42ND STREET, choreographed by Tony Award© Nominee, Randy Skinner, currently streaming on their service.

In the age of the streaming services, like NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, and HULU, one can see film/television/comedy and some theatrical events.  BROADWAY HD is the streaming service that makes theater fans and geeks giddy with excitement, by bringing us stage performances not only from Broadway, Off Broadway, and the West End, in addition to a host of classic and modern musical films.    In June, BroadwayHD celebrates Pride with the release of Del Shores award-winning play, Southern Baptist Sissies starring gay icon and Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) and Willam Belli (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Southern Baptist Sissies joins the growing library of LGBTQ+ titles on BroadwayHD such as Tony Nominee Falsettos and Indecent as well as the Michael Urie directed Bright Colors And Bold Patterns and Ivo van Hove’s Brokeback Mountain The Opera.

Sitting with Bonnie and Stewart, we talk about the convenience this service offers to its clientele, but we also note the importance of preservation of these performances.  I got the chance to not only spend time with both Bonnie and Stewart, and I also got to sit down with legendary choreographer, Randy Skinner to talk about his contributions to this production, as well as, his life and career in the theater.





Sit in on my wonderful conversation with legendary Tony Award© Nominated Choreographer, Randy Skinner.




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Friday, May 24, 2019

Dance! Dance! Dance!

After coming out of the 2019 Chita Rivera Awards, I notice that my affinity for dancers and choreographers has been a burgeoning love.   In previous episodes, I have had dalliances with Andy Blankenbeuhler (BANDSTAND, HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS), Christopher Gatelli ( CHER, SPONGEBOB, NEWSIES) and Joshua Bergasse (SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, SWEET CHARITY). But just in the past 2 weeks, you may have heard some of my moments reuniting with papi chulo, Sergio Trujillo (AIN'T TOO PROUD, JERSEY BOYS, SUMMER), Warren Carlyle( KISS ME KATE, HELLO DOLLY), David Neumann (HADESTOWN), the Kuperman Brothers (ALICE BY HEART), Shea Sullivan( NEUROSIS THE MUSICAL), and my first choreographer boyfriend in my head, Denis Jones (TOOTSIE, HOLIDAY INN, FLAMINGO KID).  Outside of Shea Sullivan, there are certainly a lot of men, huh?  As we move through the awards season, I had a great chance to meet 2 other women who are nominated for the last 2 awards given out this season, The Drama Desk Award© and of course, The Tony Award©.

2019 Tony Award© Nominated Choreographer, Camille A. Browm
Tony Award© Nominee for Best Choreography, Camille A. Brown (CHOIR BOY, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND), finally stops by the studio for a chat about her life, career, and yes the Tony Award Nomination.  She and I bonded with the right amount of laughter.  Come and get to know Ms. Camille A. Brown.

More about Ms. Brown: http://www.camilleabrown.org/"


2019 Drama Desk Award© Nominated Choreographer, Lorin Lotarro


When 2019 Drama Desk Nominee For Best Choreography, Lorin Lotarro (WAITRESS [in the UK, Broadway, and National Tour], SCANDALOUS), sits down with me, we talk about her career. her life, and the what it means to keep your eye on the prize. Check out my conversation with this fabulous woman."

All about Lorin Lotarro: http://www.lorinlatarro.com/



The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards© will be handed out on June 2, 2019, at Town Hall.  Click HERE for more information.

The Tony Awards© will be handed out on June 9, 2019, 8pm at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on CBS.  Click HERE for more information.




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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

2019 Chita Rivera Awards Show and Red Carpet Are A Blast



The 2019 Chita Award Show Red Carpet is the best place to see the hottest dancers and choreographers in one place honoring Broadway, Off Broadway, and Film's finest works of Dance. 
Every year that I get the great fortune to cover the Chita Rivera Awards, I LOVE every minute of it. The most fun that can be had on the Red Carpet before all of the fabulousness begins.  It is a blast every time.  You never know what things you have in common with these dynamic people in the most random of ways.   Naomi Kakuk and I's jaw dropping reunion and David Neumann's connection to someone from his past were my two personal favorite random moments EVER! The red carpet starts off a little slow and then moves with heated pace.  So many great folks and so little time to chat, but please enjoy the fun and folly.


Part 1 includes conversations with nominees: The Kuperman Brothers, Wesley Taylor, Sergio Trujillo
Edgar Garderno, Warren Carlyle, Brennan Caldwell, Emma Degerstet, Caroline Pope, Lorin Lotarro, Shea Sullivan, Naomi Kakuk, Irina Dvorovenko.





Naomi Kakuk and I's Amazing Reunion
2019 Tony Award Nominee, Camille A. Brown
The Prom's, Angie Schworer 


In Part 2: Lyrik Cruz, Griselle Ponce, Gail Freedman, Graciela Daniele, Ann Reinking, Samantha Burger, Katie Hamra, Ethan Slater, Corbin Bleu, David Neumann, Murray Hill, Brian Astokes Mitchell, Allyson Tucker, Jelani Remy.






More about the Chita Rivera Awards and the Winners: https://www.chitariveraawards.com/ 

  Bonus: 2019 Chita Rivera Awards Nominee Reception including conversations with I had the chance to talk to some of this year's nominees: James T, Lane ( KISS ME KATE) Angie Schworer (THE PROM) , Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (CHER SHOW) , Dionne Figgins (SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE), Rick and Jeff Kuperman (ALICE BY HEART), Shea Sullivan (NEUROSIS, A MUSICAL THAT GETS IN YOUR HEAD), Denis Jones (TOOTSIE) Sergio Trujillo ( AIN'T TOO PROUD)


Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 New Dramatist Luncheon Honoring Nathan Lane

3x Tony Award, 6x Drama Desk Award, Olivier Award Winning, Nathan Lane. Photo Credit Walter McBride
I recently covered the 2019 New Dramatist Luncheon as they honored 3x Tony Award©, Olivier Award©, 6x Drama Desk© Award WINNING, Nathan Lane.  I did not get to talk to him at the event, but I attached a link to my you tube moment with him after he won his 6th Drama Desk Award© for ANGELS IN AMERICA.    I talked to an avalanche of folks again: Caitlin Kinnunen* / Josh Lamon / Courtnay Collins/ Christopher Siebert (THE PROM), Bertie Carvel* (INK), Robert Horn* (TOOTSIE), Lee Roy Reams, Sergio Trujillo*( AIN'T TOO PROUD), Robin De Jesus*(BOYS IN THE BAND), Julie White* (GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS) , David Neumann*( HADESTOWN), Kerry Butler & Danny Rutigiliano (BEETLEJUICE), Camile A. Brown* (CHOIR BOY), 2x Tony AND Emmy Award winning ,Judith Light.  Please enjoy my conversations with these amazing people.

*Nominated for 2019 Tony Award© Nominee


3x Tony Award© Nominee, including 2019 for Best Featured Actor in A Play, Robin De Jesus
2019 Drama Desk© and Tony Award© nominee for Best Book of Musical for TOOTSIE, Robert Horn
2019 Tony Award Nominee For Lead Actress in a Musical, Caitlin Kinnunen
From 7x Tony Award Nominated Musical, THE PROM, Josh Lamon & 2x Tony Award© Christopher Sieber
From 7x Tony Award© Nominate Musical, THE PROM, Courtenay Collins
2019 Tony© & Drama Desk© Award Nominee, David Neumann
2007 Tony Award© Winner and 2019 Tony Nominee, Julie White
From 8x Tony Award© Nominate Musical, BEETLEJUICE, Danny Rutigiliano 
2019 Tony Award© Nominee, Best Book of a Musical, AIN'T TOO PROUD, Dominique Morisseau
2x Tony Award Nominee, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and 13x Tony Award Winning Producer, Daryl Roth




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Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Drama Desk Nominees Reception Is Always A Good Moment

Last week I went to the Drama Desk Award Nominations Reception at Green Room 42, here in NYC.  This is one of the last few events where you get to meet some of the newest folks doing theater OFF Broadway and On Broadway.  You also get a chance to chat to some of the actors who are nominated for this year's Tony Awards, as well.  In the first part of the press room madness, i had a chance to talk to:

Laurie Metcalfe* (HILLARY AND CLINTON), Soara Joy Ross (CARMEN JONES), Mark Sonnenblick & Jamie Roderick (MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET) , Scott Brown* (BEETLEJUICE), Denis Jones* ( TOOTSIE) , Scott Ellis* (TOOTSIE), Peter Negrini* (BEETLEJUICE), and Rebecca Naomi Jones (OKLAHOMA).




The madness continues with : Liza Jessie Peterson (THE PECULIAR PATRIOT), David Korins (BEETLEJUICE), David Yazbeck* (TOOTSIE), Rick and Jeff Kupperman (ALICE BY HEART), Damon Daunno* (OKLAHOMA), Zainab Jah (BOESMAN AND LENA), Peter Mills (THE HELLO GIRLS) , Joe Iconis & Charlie Rosen (BE MORE CHILL), Sydney James Harcourt (GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY). 



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Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 TONY© AWARD NOMINATIONS HAVE DROPPED

From L to R: Ken Finkelstein, Me, Paul Winkler

The Tony©Award

As you already know, the 2019 Tony Award Nominations have been announced.  Of course, I have plenty to say about them, but it is so much more fun to dish with friends.  This year , Paul Winkler (actor, theater lover, and social media baby),  Ken Finkelstein (Broadway Bon Vivant and Enthusiast), Gregory Allen via email ballot(actor/author/playwright/screenwriter/producer), and I, take a look at this year's nominees in ALL of the categories.  From the heavily lauded Hadestown to almost ignored Be More Chill, the nominees run the gamut.  I will admit that I am bummed that Orfeh & Eric Anderson from Pretty Woman, Angie Schworer & Christopher Sieber from The Prom, Leslie Kritzer and Alex Timbers from Beetlejuice were all ignored.  I will move on, and as long as they are treading the boards to packed houseS, they will somehow manage.  Please note that opinions expressed are those of the individuals expressing them.  Please enjoy the fun and sometimes dishy predictions. 

The Big Prizes aka What Will be Aired on TV


The Technical Awards aka What Happens During the Commercials

The Tony© Awards will be presented Sunday, June 9, 2018 at 8pm EST, LIVE from Radio City Music Hall, hosted by Tony© Award Winner, James Corden.


Also, stay tuned to more about our friend, Gregory Allen and his short film, HIDING IN DAYLIGHT

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 Chita Rivera Award Nominees




On Tony nominations Day Eve, a new tradition has emerged: The Chita Rivera Award Nominees Reception, celebrating the best in choreography on Broadway, Off Broadway, and Film.

I had the chance to catch up with some of this year's nominees: James T. Lane ( KISS ME KATE) Angie Schworer (THE PROM) , Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (CHER SHOW) , Dionne Figgins (SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE), Rick and Jeff Kuperman (ALICE BY HEART), Shea Sullivan (NEUROSIS, A MUSICAL THAT GETS IN YOUR HEAD), Denis Jones (TOOTSIE) Sergio Trujillo ( AIN'T TOO PROUD) Please Enjoy My Conversation with these fabulous folks.

                                                  2019 Chita Rivera Award Nominees

BROADWAY NOMINATIONS:

Outstanding Choreography
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom
Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Outstanding Male Dancer
Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me Kate
Rick Faugno, Kiss Me Kate
James T. Lane, Kiss Me Kate
Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Outstanding Female Dancer
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, The Cher Show
Gabrielle Hamilton, Oklahoma!
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Leslie Kritzer, Beetlejuice
Angie Schworer, The Prom

Outstanding Ensemble
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
Hadestown
King Kong
Kiss Me Kate
The Cher Show
The Prom

OFF-BROADWAY NOMINATIONS:

Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Raja Feather Kelly, If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart
Lorin Latarro, Merrily We Roll Along
Shea Sullivan, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head

Outstanding Male Dancer
Brennan Caldwell, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head
Zachary Downer, Alice By Heart
Brendan Henderson, Cleopatra
Jelani Remy, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart

Outstanding Female Dancer
Emma Degerstedt, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Mia Dilena, Alice By Heart
Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle
Dionne D. Figgins, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Naomi Kakuk, The Beast in the Jungle

Outstanding Ensemble
Alice By Heart , MCC Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Playwrights Horizons
Smokey Joe’s CafĂ©, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel
Twelfth Night, The Public Theater


FILM NOMINATIONS:

Theatrical Release

Isn’t It Romantic – (Release date, February 13, 2019, Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth) Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli; Additional Choreography, Nick Kenkel, Assistant Choreographer, Jon Rua

Mary Poppins Returns – (Release date, December 19, 2018, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Choreographers: Rob Marshall & John DeLuca; Co-Choreographer, Joey Pizzi; Associate Choreographer, Tara Nichole Hughes, Assistant Choreographer: Marlon Pelayo

Shine – (Release date, October 6, 2018, Alysia Reiner, David Zayas)
Director of Choreography: Lyrik Cruz, Choreographers, Charlie Garcia, Osmar Perrones, Grisselle Ponce

Swimming with Men – (Release date, December 7, 2018, Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves) Choreographer: Caroline Pope

The Nutcracker and The Far Realms – (Release date, November 2, 2018, Misty Copeland)
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett


Documentaries

Ballet Now – (Release date, July 20, 2018; Tiler Peck)
Director: Steven Cantor

Bathtubs Over Broadway – (Release date, November 30, 2018; Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner prior and other festivals, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, etc.)
Director: Dava Whisenent

Hot to Trot – (Release date, NY, August 24, 2018, nationwide rollout to follow)
Director: Gail Freedman

If The Dancer Dances – (Release date, July 24, 2018, Dance on Camera Festival)
Director, Maia Weschler

Moving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance – (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa)
Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer

   
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN IS REMEMBERED SINCERELY



SINCERELY OSCAR is a new Off Broadway musical celebrating one of Broadway's greatest lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein. With a book by Doreen Taylor, who also stars along with Azudi Onyejekwe this show / musical revue takes you through some of the most fantastic and iconic songs associated with Mr. Hammerstein, and a few more deep cuts from shows of which you might not know.  The show also uses his words from letters and speeches to create a narrative through line. In addition to my chat with the both Doreen and Azudi,  I also got to sneak in a chat with the show's Musical Director and Arranger, Lou Lanza. His arrangements will leave you wanting a cast album available before you leave that theater.   Under the direction of Dugg McDonough , the show also is the first to bring some audio visual "WOW"  Factor by using hologram technology as part of the show. It is definitely going to be a fabulous surprise for theater goers. For tickets and more information, click HERE . In the meantime, please enjoy my conversation with these awesome artists.  





     
Doreen Taylor, photo: Derek Brad
Azudi Olnyejekwe, Dorren Taylor. Photo: Derek Brad

Azudi Oneyejekwe, Photo: Derek Brad

Azudi Oneyejekwe and Me

Doreen Taylor and Me

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Andrew Lippa Is UNBREAKABLE With His Latest .



The first time that I met Tony© and Grammy© Award nominated, composer/lyricist, Andrew Lippa, it was just before the Broadway Opening of BIG FISH.  It was my first big, national, solo, radio "show" at Sirius XM.   I was then introduced to 2-time Tony© Award nominee and personal diva, Kate Baldwin( go see her in SUPERHERO) and 6-time Tony© Award winning Costume Designer, William Ivey Long.   

In that interview, along with book and screenwriter, John August, Mr. Lippa and I talked about the relationship between fathers and sons, and we shared a mutual moment about the loss of our own fathers.  I think it caught us all of guard, and I have never really forgotten that moment. You can only imagine how excited I am now to talk to him again about his latest project with Ghostlight Records, UNBREAKABLE.  This piece, featuring the San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus, explores some of the major events and a few often forgotten heroes of LGBTQ History.  He admits to being inspired by August Wilson's use of his decade by decade cycle of storytelling.  We talk about his show and so much more.  Please enjoy my conversation with the absolutely fabulous, Andrew Lippa.   Scroll down further and you can revisit the first time Andrew and I met, too.





The first time we met. From L to R: Andrew Lippa,  Me, and John August

Here's an excerpt from my first ever solo radio broadcast.


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