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BWW Interview: Artie Olaisen - Cabaret Connoisseur Keeping The Craft In The Light Photo BWW Interview: Artie Olaisen - Cabaret Connoisseur Keeping The Craft In The Light
by Stephen Mosher - October 22, 2020

Every year Artie Olaisen produces the Cabaret Gala for The Dallas Children's Theater, bringing some of the industry's brightest lights to a town that, one time, boasted a scene but that, now, could use some TLC and attention to revitalize the club and concert industry....
Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE'S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell's Ki Photo Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE'S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell's Kitchen, NYC
by Marina Kennedy - October 12, 2020

Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure on interviewing Chef Pettigrew about his career and Alfie's Bar & Kitchen for our 'Chef Spotlight.'...
BWW Review: BERKO: CLEVELAND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC at Cleveland Area Venues Interview BWW Review: BERKO: CLEVELAND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC at Cleveland Area Venues
by Roy Berko - October 24, 2020, Cleveland

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Kaliswa Brewster Talks Moliere In The Park's THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES Featuring an All-W Interview Kaliswa Brewster Talks Moliere In The Park's THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES Featuring an All-Woman Cast
by Chloe Rabinowitz - October 24, 2020, Cleveland

Kaliswa Brewster is starring alongside an all-woman cast in Molière in the Park's live stream of Richard Wilbur's translation of Molière's satire THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES, directed by Lucie Tiberghien. This production looks at the classic play through a modern lens, putting the focus on the power of jus...
Brett Loudermilk's Swallowing For Halloween Interview Brett Loudermilk's Swallowing For Halloween
by Gil Kaan - October 23, 2020, Los Angeles

This year's semi-finalist on America's Got Talent, sword-swallower extraordinaire Brett Loudermilk will be presenting THE BRETT LOUDERMILK HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Zoomed live online October 29 & 30, 2020. Special guests for this self-described 'CIRQUE DU SOLEIL meets PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE' include Gilbert G...
Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Peter Beck of PAISLEY in Tribeca Interview Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Peter Beck of PAISLEY in Tribeca
by Marina Kennedy - October 23, 2020, Food + Wine

Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure of interviewing Executive Chef Beck about his background and the Tribeca restaurant, Paisley for our 'Chef Spotlight' feature....
Kody C Jones, Director of THE LARAMIE PROJECT Virtual Staged Reading by Florida Rep E Interview Kody C Jones, Director of THE LARAMIE PROJECT Virtual Staged Reading by Florida Rep Education
by Emily Yorgey - October 22, 2020, Ft. Myers/Naples

Florida Repertory Theatre's Education program is performing a staged virtual reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT this Friday, October 23 at 6 PM. It will be broadcast live from their Historic Arcade Theatre Stage. Florida Rep is suggesting donations of $10 for students and $15 for adults to support their...
Ann Kittredge of FLASH FORWARD FRIDAY VIRTUAL SHORTS Interview Ann Kittredge of FLASH FORWARD FRIDAY VIRTUAL SHORTS
by Stephen Mosher - October 22, 2020, Cabaret

An exciting new project from Ann Kittredge debuts this week when she, Alex Rybeck and Matt Berman debut a new online series of abbreviated proportions....
Artie Olaisen - Cabaret Connoisseur Keeping The Craft In The Light Interview Artie Olaisen - Cabaret Connoisseur Keeping The Craft In The Light
by Stephen Mosher - October 22, 2020, Cabaret

Every year Artie Olaisen produces the Cabaret Gala for The Dallas Children's Theater, bringing some of the industry's brightest lights to a town that, one time, boasted a scene but that, now, could use some TLC and attention to revitalize the club and concert industry....
Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler Interview Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler
by Elliot Lanes - October 22, 2020, Washington, DC

My fellow theatregoers! Ever since this pandemic began, we have been asking when and if will live theatre return to the DC area. I am happy to report that the answer is a resounding YES and it is going to happen sooner than you maybe thought it would....
Tom Littler Talks 15 HEROINES at Jermyn Street Theatre Interview Tom Littler Talks 15 HEROINES at Jermyn Street Theatre
by Louise Penn - October 22, 2020, UK / West End

Next month Jermyn Street Theatre, the smallest producing house in the West End, celebrates 15 Heroines in a series of monologues written and performed by female and non-binary creatives. We asked the theatre's Artistic Director (and co-director of the plays) Tom Littler to tell us more....
Elizabeth Addison & Maurice Emmanuel Parent on BOSTON'S BLACK-OUT PERFORMANCES Interview Elizabeth Addison & Maurice Emmanuel Parent on BOSTON'S BLACK-OUT PERFORMANCES
by Andrew Child - October 21, 2020, Boston

The first time composer/ lyricist Elizabeth Addison saw Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play on Broadway, she felt self-conscious. The piece takes an unflinching swipe at racial tensions in ways that famously ignited passions of theatre goers of all races....
Master Mixologist: Kiowa Bryan-National Brand Manager for SPIRIBAM RUM Interview Master Mixologist: Kiowa Bryan-National Brand Manager for SPIRIBAM RUM
by Marina Kennedy - October 21, 2020, Food + Wine

Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure of interviewing Kiowa Bryan of Spiribam Rum for our 'Master Mixologist' feature and she shared some special recipes for our readers....
Maiya Quansah-Breed Talks RENT at Hope Mill Theatre Interview Maiya Quansah-Breed Talks RENT at Hope Mill Theatre
by Eleni Cashell - October 21, 2020, UK / West End

Maiya Quansah-Breed is going from playing Parr in SIX to Mimi, as she joins the cast of Rent. She chats about keeping her casting a secret for 7 months, rehearsing during a pandemic and why her love for the Six queens is indescribable....
Glen Neath Talks Darkfield's Immersive Audio Experiences Interview Glen Neath Talks Darkfield's Immersive Audio Experiences
by Constance Drugeot - October 20, 2020, UK / West End

BWW talked to Glen Neath, artistic director of DARKFIELD, a British immersive theatre company, which has been producing innovative work at the forefront of technology and theatre. As a response to the current climate, Darkfield Radio has been developed as a new project which delivers immersive audio...
BWW Feature: Bring on the PAGLIACCI, as Tomer Zvulun and The Atlanta Opera Still Conn Interview BWW Feature: Bring on the PAGLIACCI, as Tomer Zvulun and The Atlanta Opera Still Connect with Live Audiences, Starting Oct. 22
by Richard Sasanow - October 19, 2020, Opera

When the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus folded its tent for the last time, I’m not sure whether they held on to its title of “the Greatest Show on Earth.” But Atlanta is showing that there’s still a big tent around with some great shows to be seen. It’s the Atlanta Opera, headed by General...
Michael Berns' BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL On The Road To Broadway Interview Michael Berns' BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL On The Road To Broadway
by Gil Kaan - October 19, 2020, Opera

Songwriter, vocalist, and music producer Michael Berns has been keeping busy during these quarantined times producing a six-song EP of his theatrical show BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL. With the able vocal assist from his Broadway friends (Andy Mientus, Damon Daunno, Jennifer DiNola and Robert Torti), and...
James Vagias of American Theater Group Talks About PLAYLAB Interview James Vagias of American Theater Group Talks About PLAYLAB
by Marina Kennedy - October 19, 2020, New Jersey

American Theater Group (ATG), the New Jersey professional Equity theater company, is pleased to announce PlayLab, a new program designed to cultivate the next generation of talent and works. Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure of interviewing James Vagias, Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director o...
Kath Haling and Erico Montes Discuss New Dance Film HUSH Interview Kath Haling and Erico Montes Discuss New Dance Film HUSH
by Constance Drugeot - October 19, 2020, UK / West End

Performers from West End theatre and the Royal Ballet united to create a new song and accompanying dance film, Hush. The piece aims to highlight mental health issues during the Coronavirus pandemic, and to raise awareness of the UK's incredible performing arts sector during a difficult time....
Christine Joëlle of REACH at The Road Theatre Company Interview Christine Joëlle of REACH at The Road Theatre Company
by Shari Barrett - October 17, 2020, Los Angeles

For an inside look at the creation of 'Reach' by Jennie Webb, one of the four plays being streamed on Saturday, October 24 as part of the UNDER CONSTRUCTION Zoom series, I reached out to that play's producer Christine Joëlle, who shared how the short piece was created via a collaboration with the tw...
Artistic Director Karen Azenberg on Pioneer Theatre Company During the Pandemic Interview Artistic Director Karen Azenberg on Pioneer Theatre Company During the Pandemic
by Tyler Hinton - October 17, 2020, Salt Lake City

While the professional theatre is working to return to full productions in February (with perhaps a surprise sooner), it is focusing on keeping its full-time artists employed in the meantime with initiatives such as creating and selling artisan masks and the unique items in the theatre’s Second Act ...
Barry Edelstein and Michael Page from The Old Globe on how the theatre is helping peo Interview Barry Edelstein and Michael Page from The Old Globe on how the theatre is helping people do their civic duty
by E.H. Reiter - October 17, 2020, San Diego

Interview with Barry Edelstein and Michael Page from The Old Globe Theatre talk about why they felt it was important for The Globe to help make it easier for people to cast their vote....
Simon Lipkin Talks FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at Crazy Coqs Interview Simon Lipkin Talks FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at Crazy Coqs
by Caroline Cronin - October 16, 2020, UK / West End

Austin Winberg's musical First Date was first seen on Broadway in 2013. It's a classic American story of two mis-matched singletons in New York - Aaron and Casey - who end up on a blind date, and all the complications that come with that. Featuring a contemporary rock score by Alan Zachary and Micha...
Puzzle Master/Magician David Kwong Puzzlingly Mystifies INSIDE THE BOX Interview Puzzle Master/Magician David Kwong Puzzlingly Mystifies INSIDE THE BOX
by Gil Kaan - October 16, 2020, Los Angeles

Geffen Stayhouse's second full-length virtual production INSIDE THE BOX sold out its six-week run in minutes. Now extended through January 3, 2021, puzzle master and magician David Kwong will interact with his audience INSIDE THE Zoomed BOXes, weaving a tale of past puzzle-makers with puzzle-solving...
David Dower, David Howse, Tonasia Jones, And Harold Steward on SHIFTING LEADERSHIP IN Interview David Dower, David Howse, Tonasia Jones, And Harold Steward on SHIFTING LEADERSHIP IN A SHIFTING CLIMATE at ArtsEmerson & The Theater Offensive
by Andrew Child - October 16, 2020, Boston

As organizations convene to release comprehensive anti-racism plans, put out public relations fires as past transgressions come back into focus, and tighten their deadly clutch around maintaining a season subscription model, op eds and interviews circulate as leaders are asked, “what’s next?”...
Co-Directors Josh Rhodes and Lee Wilkins Talk DIVAS FOR DEMOCRACY: UNITED WE SLAY Interview Co-Directors Josh Rhodes and Lee Wilkins Talk DIVAS FOR DEMOCRACY: UNITED WE SLAY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - October 16, 2020, Broadway

On 10/18, The luminous divas of Broadway and Drag will come together in a spectacular virtual event to help promote voter participation, and increase voter awareness of issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community and the 2020 election, while treating viewers to epic Broadway belting, iconic lip syncs, ...
Blake McCarty and Blindspot Collective want to bring some GOOD TROUBLE to the theatri Interview Blake McCarty and Blindspot Collective want to bring some GOOD TROUBLE to the theatrical experience
by E.H. Reiter - October 16, 2020, San Diego

Interview with Blindspot Collective and Director of Artistic Development Blake McCarty on GOOD TROUBLE which premiers October 17th and runs through November 1st....
Glow Lyric Theatre's Jenna & Christian Elser Celebrate OPERA WEEK Interview Glow Lyric Theatre's Jenna & Christian Elser Celebrate OPERA WEEK
by Neil Shurley - October 15, 2020, South Carolina

'Opera is absolutely thrilling - it’s got just as much drama as your favorite Netflix show.'...
Charles L. Mee of UTOPIA at Cutting Ball Theater Creates a World We Would All Love to Interview Charles L. Mee of UTOPIA at Cutting Ball Theater Creates a World We Would All Love to Live In
by Jim Munson - October 15, 2020, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theatre has scored quite a coup in presenting the world premiere of Utopia, the latest work from Obie-winning playwright Charles L. Mee, available for streaming from October 16th through November 15th. Directed by Ariel craft, who is also Cutting Ball’s Artistic Director...
Scott Silven On Making His Magical JOURNEY During These Isolating Times Interview Scott Silven On Making His Magical JOURNEY During These Isolating Times
by Gil Kaan - October 15, 2020, Los Angeles

Mentalist/performance artist Scott Silven will west coast premiere his virtual creation THE JOURNEY for The Broad Stage opening October 20, 2020. Storyteller Scott will weave illusions and feats of imagination into his tales of his Scottish heritage for a maximum of 30 fortunate households per onlin...
Gwen Berger And Karen Vitco at Eagles Wing Studio Interview Gwen Berger And Karen Vitco at Eagles Wing Studio
by Donna Marie Nowak - October 14, 2020, Charlotte

'There is nothing greater than the arts to affect and shape the whole person,' says Karen Vitco, who along with founder Gwen Berger, is one of the directors of Eagles Wing Studio, a musical theater company in South Charlotte, North Carolina that has positively impacted and enhanced the lives of its ...
Kerry Ellis Talks CABARET ALL STARS at Proud Embankment Interview Kerry Ellis Talks CABARET ALL STARS at Proud Embankment
by Eleni Cashell - October 14, 2020, UK / West End

Kerry Ellis chats about joining Proud Embankment Cabaret All Stars, how she's been coping during lockdown and her favourite show costumes....
Tim Bond of VOICES OF DEMOCRACY at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Harnesses the Power of Interview Tim Bond of VOICES OF DEMOCRACY at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Harnesses the Power of Theater to Bring Us All Together
by Jim Munson - October 13, 2020, San Francisco

Under Artistic Director Tim Bonda??s leadership, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has just launched an ambitious new online initiative entitled Voices of Democracy, with the intention of encouraging audiences to get out the vote and stand up for racial justice. Leading up to the 2020 election, Voices of ...
Stephen L. Fredericks and SNOW WHITE at The Growing Stage Interview Stephen L. Fredericks and SNOW WHITE at The Growing Stage
by Marina Kennedy - October 13, 2020, New Jersey

The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey (TGS), located in the Historic Palace Theatre in Netcong reopens its doors to the public and kicks off its 39th season with SNOW WHITE....
Jacob Brandt Shares Details About the Release of 1969: THE SECOND MAN Original Concep Interview Jacob Brandt Shares Details About the Release of 1969: THE SECOND MAN Original Concept Album
by Chloe Rabinowitz - October 13, 2020, New Jersey

Throughout time, the distinction of being 'the first' has always held an enormous amount of historical weight. The 'first' person to create a motion picture, the 'first' person to operate an automobile, the 'first' human to step foot on the moon. But what about the second? 1969: The Second Man cente...
Kirk Coombs Talks SOLE MATES: THE MUSICAL (Studio Cast Recording) Interview Kirk Coombs Talks SOLE MATES: THE MUSICAL (Studio Cast Recording)
by David Clarke - October 12, 2020, New Jersey

The charming and witty SOLE MATES: THE MUSICAL didn't let COVID-19 keep their art in the dark. We chat with Kirk Coombs, the writer behind the surprisingly relatable tale about laundry items looking for their purpose, love, and more, about how he and his teamed pivoted in order to keep moving forwar...
Loren Hunter Interview Loren Hunter
by Josh Stent - October 12, 2020, Australia - Melbourne

Loren Hunter is a star! She has dazzled as Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz and sizzled as Seymour in Six. Hunter has also had the lucrative opportunity to appear in five world premier productions; Moonshadow, King Kong, Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical...
Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE'S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell's Ki Interview Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Darren Pettigrew of ALFIE'S BAR & KITCHEN in Hell's Kitchen, NYC
by Marina Kennedy - October 12, 2020, Food + Wine

Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure on interviewing Chef Pettigrew about his career and Alfie's Bar & Kitchen for our 'Chef Spotlight.'...
 Peter G. Kalivas, Artistic Director of PGK Project's World Premiere of INSIDE/OUT Vi Interview Peter G. Kalivas, Artistic Director of PGK Project's World Premiere of INSIDE/OUT Virtual Dance Event
by Valerie-Jean Miller - October 11, 2020, Dance

The PGK Dance Project (Peter G. Kalivas, Founding Artistic Director) has announced that the Company's fall 2020 season will begin with INSIDE/OUT, an immersive virtual dance performance event, on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m PST....
Gregory Maguire Talks 25th Anniversary Edition of the WICKED Novel, Dream Casts the W Interview Gregory Maguire Talks 25th Anniversary Edition of the WICKED Novel, Dream Casts the WICKED Movie and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - October 10, 2020, Dance

The novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire was published in 1995, and was further cemented into the fabric of our culture when it was made into a global phenomenon of a musical in 2003. A 25th anniversary edition of the novel is being released by HarperC...
Co-Founders Aldafi, Putri, and Adinda Introduce ASKARA, A New Indonesian Performing A Interview Co-Founders Aldafi, Putri, and Adinda Introduce ASKARA, A New Indonesian Performing Arts Platform
by Rakaputra Paputungan - October 09, 2020, Indonesia

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, as many performing arts communities and companies close their curtains for the time being, a new one emerges: ASKARA....
 Artistic Director, John J. Wooten of Premiere Stages and FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON Interview Artistic Director, John J. Wooten of Premiere Stages and FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON IT! From 10/15 to 10/18
by Marina Kennedy - October 08, 2020, New Jersey

Premiere Stages in Union, under the artistic direction of John J. Wooten, will present an outdoor production of the one-woman show, Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! The show will be performed from 10/15 to 10/18 at The Tent at The Liberty Hall Museum....