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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