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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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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

RE!flecting on a career with PHILADANCO!: Interview with Kim Bears-Bailey by Debra Danese

As PHILADANCO! prepares for their upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center, Kim Bears-Bailey looks back on her illustrious career with the company. Bears-Bailey joined the company in 1981 a…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Actress Jenny Lee Stern is Always…Patsy Cline by Debra Danese

Bucks County native Jenny Lee Stern is returning to the Walnut to reprise her role as Patsy Cline. The Broadway veteran says she’s found her niche playing the legendary singer. The musical…

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Order Up! Interview with Shawn W. Smith of WAITRESS by Debra Danese

Shawn W. Smith returns to WAITRESS in the lead role of Earl. Smith joined the national touring cast of WAITRESS in 2019 after playing an ensemble role in the show. The musical is based on th…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Philadelphia Ballet’s Charles Askegard on the Brilliance of Balanchine by Debra Danese

Charles Askegard has spent his career perfecting the work of George Balanchine – first as a dancer with NYCB and now as the Philadelphia Ballet’s rehearsal director. The company will be …

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Return of Circa: Luke Thomas on Humans 2.0 by Debra Danese

Australia’s renowned Circa continues to defy the laws of gravity in their latest program, Humans 2.0. The contemporary circus troupe is returning to Philly with the follow-up to their 2018…

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Oh, What a Beautiful Role: Mitch Tebo in OKLAHOMA! by Debra Danese

Starring in the revival of OKLAHOMA!, actor Mitch Tebo brings his 40 years of theater experience to the stage as Andrew Carnes. Tebo originally played… The post Oh, What a Beautiful Role:…

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Fate Intervenes: Bex Odorisio on her role in Hadestown by Debra Danese

Bex Odorisio returns to Philly next week with the cast of Hadestown. The Ardmore native is playing Fate in the critically acclaimed musical, a tale of love, hope and inspiration adapted from…

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Actor Matt Loehr back on the road in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical by Debra Danese

Broadway veteran Matt Loehr is thrilled to be out touring again, this time in the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Loehr took… The post Actor Matt Loehr back on the ro…

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Jeroboam Bozeman on life as an Ailey dancer by Debra Danese

Jeroboam Bozeman had his first introduction to the Alvin Ailey Company at an early age. Since joining the company in 2013, his career has spanned… The post Jeroboam Bozeman on life as an …

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Pretty Woman: The Musical’s Jessica Crouch on her National Tour Role as Kit De Luca by Debra Danese

Jessica Crouch takes the role of Kit De Luca from Broadway understudy to national tour lead in the hit production, Pretty Woman: The Musical. She… The post Pretty Woman: The Musical’s J…

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Sean Thompson finds a whole new world at the Walnut with THE LITTLE MERMAID by Debra Danese

Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and the classic film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is delighting audiences at the Walnut Street Theatre now… The post Sean Thompson fin…

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Madeline Raube is back in Philadelphia for ANASTASIA at the Academy of Music by Debra Danese

The Broadway musical, Anastasia, is returning to Philadelphia this month in full regal splendor. The show first premiered on Broadway in 2017 and combines original music with popular son…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Here Comes the RAIN: Beatles tribute comes to Merrian Theater by Debra Danese

The Broadway Philadelphia series gearing up for the return of RAIN- A Tribute to the Beatles. The theatrical production takes audiences on a musical journey… The post Here Comes the RAIN:…

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Buzzing about the Walnut’s Season Opener: Bonnie Kelly and Karissa Harris talk about BEEHIVE by Debra Danese

Bonnie Kelly and Karissa Harris talk about portraying iconic superstars and bringing them to life on the Walnut stage.  The post Buzzing about the Walnut’s Season Opener: Bonnie Kelly and…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Back on Stage: Christine Cox talks about BalletX’s return this week at the Mann Center by Debra Danese

The limited-run engagement will showcase the work of Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, and Dwight Rhoden.  The post Back on Stage: Christine Cox talks about BalletX’s return this week at the M…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Local Actors Brett Stoelker and Jillian Gray return to Philly with LES MIS by Debra Danese

Smash hit LES MIS returns to Philly for a highly anticipated run, with two local actors joining the cast.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

An Important Role: Karen Peakes on playing Wilde at the Walnut by Debra Danese

Karen Peakes is portraying the sassy, outspoken Mrs. Allonby in A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at the Walnut

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Friday, January 24, 2020

A Good Matchmaker: Analisa Leaming talks about HELLO DOLLY! by Debra Danese

Long before swiping on dating apps, a professional matchmaker was the way to go for those seeking help  to find love.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Mike Cefalo’s Visit: PA native returns with Broadway tour of THE BAND’S VISIT by Debra Danese

Pittsburgh native Mike Cefalo is making his way across the country with a band of lost musicians.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Holidaze Season: Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg talks about the seasonal show by Debra Danese

Neil Goldberg is spreading holiday cheer one city at a time with his stage extravaganza Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

A Fairy Tale Role: Julia Udine on playing Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL by Debra Danese

Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Shrek has Julia Udine transforming between princess and ogre.

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All that Chat

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
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards