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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Holidaze Wishes: Local artist Ashley Zimmerman talks about the seasonal Cirque Dreams show by Debra Danese

A whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry The post Holidaze Wishes: Local artist Ashley Zimmerman talks about the seasonal Cirque Dreams show appeared fir…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Life in Oz: Interview with Celia Hottenstein in WICKED by Debra Danese

Actress Celia Hottenstein has taken on the role of Glinda in the national tour of Wicked. The musical sensation is the 4th longest running Broadway… The post Life in Oz: Interview with Ce…

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Singing Sondheim: Interview with Beth Stafford Laird in COMPANY by Debra Danese

Beth Stafford Laird is no stranger to life on the road. The actress, who grew up in Wayne, PA, counts COMPANY as her fifth national… The post Singing Sondheim: Interview with Beth Staffor…

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Making of a King: Lucas Pastrana in ELVIS by Debra Danese

Lucas Pastrana is preparing to make his Walnut Street Theatre debut in Elvis- A Musical Revolution. The actor, who is playing the role of Elvis,… The post The Making of a King: Lucas Past…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Making Music: Interview with Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra’s Beatrice Jona Affron by Debra Danese

Beatrice Jona Affron is celebrating her 30th year with the Philadelphia Ballet (formerly Pennsylvania Ballet.) The music director and conductor joined the company in 1993… The post Making…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

That’s Fetch: Interview with MEAN GIRLS’ Natalie Shaw by Debra Danese

Natalie Shaw grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and started her musical theatre training at an early age. After finishing her degree at the University… The post That’s Fetch: Interview with…

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Monday, July 3, 2023

The Life of a Lady M: Interview with Libby Lloyd of Moulin Rouge! The Musical by Debra Danese

Libby Lloyd is embracing the dance heavy role of Nini in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The Utah native started dancing at age 10. Lloyd went… The post The Life of a Lady M: Interview with Li…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

A Fright of a Night: Interview with Michael Biren of Beetlejuice by Debra Danese

Michael Biren always thought it would be possible to perform at the Academy of Music. The Cherry Hill, NJ native was exposed to the arts… The post A Fright of a Night: Interview with Mich…

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

He’s Just a Man: Interview with Kodiak Thompson in Jesus Christ Superstar by Debra Danese

Temple grad Kodiak Thompson returns to Philadelphia with the touring production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR The post He’s Just a Man: Interview with Kodiak Thompson in Jesus Christ Superstar…

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

The Art of Stepping: Interview with Valencia Springer of Step Afrika! by Debra Danese

Valenica Odeyka Emonni Springer has been stepping since childhood. The Brooklyn native got her start in the dance style through her mom, and is now… The post The Art of Stepping: Intervie…

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

A Fairytale Tour: Interview with Into the Wood’s Erica Durham by Debra Danese

Philadelphia resident Erica Durham is keeping busy on the national tour of Into The Woods. The post A Fairytale Tour: Interview with Into the Wood’s Erica Durham appeared first on phindie.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Divorced, beheaded, died, survived: Interview with Aryn Bohannon of SIX by Debra Danese

Aryn Bohannon plays each of the six wives of Henry VIII in the National Tour of SIX, in Philadelphia March 21-April 9 The post Divorced, beheaded, died, survived: Interview with Aryn Bohann…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Continuing the Legacy: Balanchine Répétiteur Colleen Neary returns for Philadelphia Ballet’s Dancing With Gershwin by Debra Danese

Philadelphia Ballet continues to honor its Balanchine roots with the spring production of Dancing With Gershwin. The post Continuing the Legacy: Balanchine Répétiteur Colleen Neary returns…

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

The return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Interview with Jeroboam Bozeman  by Debra Danese

As Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater prepares to return to Philly, Jeroboam Bozeman took some time to talk with writer, Debra Danese. The two reconnected… The post The return of Alvin Ai…

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Standing By: Interview with 1776 actor Sara Gallo by Debra Danese

Sara Gallo juggles many roles in her life onstage and off. The actor, teacher, and mentor is a standby for four roles in the touring… The post Standing By: Interview with 1776 actor Sara …

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

About Face: Actor Charles Everett on A SOLDIER’S PLAY by Debra Danese

Actor Charles Everett brings both his acting and military background with him as he tours with A Soldier’s Play. The post About Face: Actor Charles Everett on A SOLDIER’S PLAY appeared f…

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Monday, January 2, 2023

“You Oughta Know”: Interview with Jagged Little Pill’s Charles P. Way by Debra Danese

Charles P. Way says he is “elated” to be on the first national tour of Jagged Little Pill. The UArts grad will return to Philly as a… The post “You Oughta Know”: Interview with …

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Friday, December 9, 2022

All About the Bass: Interview with Adam Kubota of Postmodern Jukebox by Debra Danese

Bassist Adam Kubota is enjoying life on tour with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. The band performs today’s pop hits in the style of yesterday’s classics.… The post All About th…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Playing Ike: Interview with actor Garrett Turner of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by Debra Danese

Alabama native Garrett Turner is playing Ike Turner in the national tour of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. The post Playing Ike: Interview with actor Garrett Turner of Tina: The Tina Turner …

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

One Day More: Interview with Les Misérables’ Steve Czarnecki by Debra Danese

Steve Czarnecki says he is thrilled to be back on the barricade with the touring cast of Les Miserables. Steve not only plays an ensemble… The post One Day More: Interview with Les Misér…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Actor Ben Dibble steps into the ring in ROCKY, The Musical by Debra Danese

Actor and audience favorite Ben Dibble is set to take the stage in Walnut Street Theatre’s ROCKY, The Musical. The post Actor Ben Dibble steps into the ring in ROCKY, The Musical appeared …

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Little Girls Everywhere: Stefanie Londino in ANNIE by Debra Danese

Jersey Girl Stefanie Londino is coming to Philly with the cast of Annie. The post Little Girls Everywhere: Stefanie Londino in ANNIE appeared first on phindie.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Living a Fairytale: Kathryn Manger in Philadelphia Ballet’s CINDERELLA by Debra Danese

Philadelphia Ballet will be performing Cinderella at the Academy of Music, for 10 performances only, October 13-23, 2022. The post Living a Fairytale: Kathryn Manger in Philadelphia Ballet�…

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Monday, August 15, 2022

A Letter, a Lie, and the Role of a Lifetime: Alaina Anderson in Dear Evan Hansen by Debra Danese

Alaina Anderson is loving her time on the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen. The post A Letter, a Lie, and the Role of a Lifetime: Alaina Anderson in Dear Evan Hansen appeared first on phind…

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

A Recurring Theme: Actor Greg Wood on TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Debra Danese

Actor Greg Wood will return to Philly with the national tour of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD The post A Recurring Theme: Actor Greg Wood on TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD appeared first on phindie.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Acro on Ice: Cirque du Soleil’s Robert Tannion talks about Crystal by Debra Danese

Cirque du Soleil is known for pushing creative and physical limits. In the company's first ice show, Cirque expands those boundaries with both acrobats and skaters.  The post Acro on Ice: …

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Calling on Spirits: Mary Martello on her psychic role as Madame Arcarti in BLITHE SPIRIT by Debra Danese

Actress Mary Martello is back on the Walnut stage in the current production of Blithe Spirit. The post Calling on Spirits: Mary Martello on her psychic role as Madame Arcarti in BLITHE SPIRI…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The “Look” Behind Freestyle Love Supreme: Talking with Costume Designer Lisa Zinni by Debra Danese

Costume designer Lisa Zinni is heading back to the area as part of Freestyle Love Supreme (FLS). The Philly native found her passion for design… The post The “Look” Behind Freestyle L…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Philadelphia Ballet’s HUMANKIND: Interview with stager Thierry Michel  by Debra Danese

French native Thierry Michel staged Humankind on the Philadelphia Ballet, running at the Academy of Music May 12-15, 2022.  The post Philadelphia Ballet’s HUMANKIND: Interview with stager…

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Can’t Stop the Beat: Catching up with HAIRSPRAY’s Emmanuelle Zeesman and Helene Britany by Debra Danese

Broadways’ Tony Award winning musical Hairspray makes its return to Philadelphia this month. Two of the tours cast members- Emmanuelle Zeesman (Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron) and Hel…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Dancing in Pepperland: An interview with Nicole Sabella by Debra Danese

Dancer Nicole Sabella is returning to Philly this month with Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), celebrating the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Morris’ Pepperl…

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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
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