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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