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Friday, May 6, 2022

Tony Winner Levi Kreis on Taking on Hermes and Greek Mythology in ‘Hadestown’ by Jenelle Riley

Levi Kreis was a born performer, a singer-songwriter touring for audiences from the age of 12 and landing a full scholarship to study piano at Vanderbilt University when he was only a sophom…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:28PM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

David Letterman, Howie Mandel and More Comics Share Comedy Store’s Impact on Their Careers by Jenelle Riley

After almost 50 years as an interviewer, comedian and talk show host, David Letterman’s pedigree on stage feels so firmly established that it’s hard to imagine a situation where he’d b…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM

How Comedy Store Co-Founder Mitzi Shore Transformed Iconic Comedian Hub by Jenelle Riley

No matter how many people tied to the Comedy Store you ask about the late Mitzi Shore, the connective tissue between their answers is an almost identical impression of the late owner. David …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM

Historic Comedy Store, Birthplace of Comedians David Letterman, Jim Carrey and More, Turns 50 by Jenelle Riley

The Comedy Store turns 50 this year, and it’s now known as a storied birthplace for the careers of literally hundreds of comedians — from David Letterman to Jim Carrey to Whoopi Goldberg…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Bringing Back the Laughs: The New York Comedy Festival Returns Live by Jenelle Riley

When Louis Faranda and his team started putting together the New York Comedy Festival after a year’s absence due to the pandemic, they knew it would be a lot of work — it always is. But …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Just for Laughs 2021 Festival Set for Hybrid Launch, Awards Show by Jenelle Riley

Just for Laughs Montréal is the world’s largest international comedy festival and this year it’s taking that notion to a new level. With COVID travel restrictions making it impossible t…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM

Creative Impact in Comedy Honoree Bert Kreischer on Becoming ‘The Machine’ by Jenelle Riley

Bert Kreischer can pinpoint the exact moment his life changed: Dec. 28, 2016. Before then, Kreischer had been a stand-up comedian for about 20 years and had achieved what appeared to be a go…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Aaron Sorkin on How He Considered Turning ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Into a Musical by Jenelle Riley

Aaron Sorkin is widely considered the king of film and TV dialogue. Actors line up for a chance to feast on his words and the opportunity to deliver a Sorkin-penned speech. And yet his monol…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Jamie Dornan on His Show-Stopping ‘Barb and Star’ Musical Number, Oscar Buzz and Tearing Up Shirts by Jenelle Riley

Jamie Dornan is happy to get silly, even showing up for an interview sporting a bikini t-shirt, swag from his new film. The film in question is “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” Krist…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:29PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

‘America’s Got Talent’ Champ Terry Fator Celebrates 10 Years at the Mirage by Jenelle Riley

Terry Fator always knew he’d be an entertainer when he grew up, he just didn’t know he’d be doing it as a ventriloquist or that he’d be one of America’s top — and top-paid — ta…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Nia Vardalos Brings the Tears and Laughter of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ to Los Angeles by Jenelle Riley

You may have heard of stage actors holding for laughs — when they have to wait to continue their lines because an audience is laughing so loud. But holding for tears? It’s happened, and …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:59PM
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Inheriting This Incredible Legacy’ With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ by Jenelle Riley

As with anyone who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey is the result of hard work and inspiration, along with influences and confluences that shaped and…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Thursday, November 1, 2018

NY Comedy Fest Touts Big Laughs, Return of Springsteen by Jenelle Riley

The New York Comedy Festival, founded 15 years ago by club impresario Caroline Hirsch, features hundreds of standups, sketch and improv artists performing all over the city over the course o…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Barry Jenkins On Losing His Temper, Advice From Denzel and Doing a Marvel Movie by Jenelle Riley

After his film “Moonlight” won the Academy Award, Barry Jenkins had a lot of offers — but not from Marvel. The filmmaker stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at T…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:06PM
Monday, August 20, 2018

Jennifer Garner Talks Walk of Fame, TV After ‘Alias’ by Jenelle Riley

Twenty years ago, Jennifer Garner thought her career couldn’t get better. She’d survived nine months of sleeping in a kitchen in Manhattan and eating spaghetti with butter while understu…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, June 8, 2018

Tony Honorees Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Lloyd Webber Can Enjoy the Show by Jenelle Riley

Here are some of the artists receiving special Tony Award honors on Sun., June 10. JOHN LEGUIZAMO Leguizamo has been a regular fixture on Broadway since his first show on the Great White Way…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM

Tony Nominees ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Angels in America’ Reflect British Invasion by Jenelle Riley

Broadway is as American as apple pie — or at least as American as the Big Apple. But this year, a lot of the nominees for Broadway’s biggest night have one thing in common: A British pas…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul’s ‘Greatest Showman’ Anthem ‘This Is Me’ Became a Smash Hit by Jenelle Riley

It’s been a good year for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting and composing duo better known as Pasek and Paul. After landing an Academy Award for their song, “City of Dreams” …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:23PM

Academy Awards Seek to Polish Image of Tainted Industry by Jenelle Riley

When the Academy Awards were first handed out 89 years ago, Variety reported at the time that the planning for the dinner and ceremony at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood took about a week o…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Variety Honors Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin and Daniel Kaluuya With Creative Impact Awards by Jenelle Riley

Every year, Variety hosts an intimate brunch where it honors 10 Directors to Watch and the recipients of the Creative Impact Awards the morning following the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scene Stealer: Beanie Feldstein Is the Best Friend We All Want In ‘Lady Bird’ by Jenelle Riley

While Saoirse Ronan soars as the title character in “Lady Bird,” she would be nowhere without her best friend Julie, played by Beanie Feldstein. The 24-year-old actress is also currently…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jeff Dunham’s Growing Empire Looks Forward by Jenelle Riley

Jeff Dunham has always maintained full control over the world of characters that he’s created, and over the years has built various companies (On a Stick Prods., Red Wire Blue Wire — “…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, August 14, 2017

Tituss Burgess Talks ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ Previews ‘Preacher’s Wife’ Musical by Jenelle Riley

Though it was billed as an evening with “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess on Saturday night at the Sayers Club, there was cause for double celebration when moderato…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:53PM
Thursday, June 15, 2017

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Co-Creator Aline Brosh McKenna on Season 3, Biggest Challenges by Jenelle Riley

Aline Brosh McKenna, the co-creator (with star Rachel Bloom) of the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” is hard at work on the third season of the musical comedy, after the season-two finale s…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Album to Include Tony Nominated Shows by Jenelle Riley

The hidebound tradition of the Broadway cast recording gets a shake-up this year, as the Tonys team with music label Broadway Records for an album that’s not songs from just one show – i…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cannes Facetime: Imogen Poots on Albee, ‘Mobile Homes’ and Roosters by Jenelle Riley

The British actress Imogen Poots recently seen in “Green Room” and “Roadies” will wrap her theater debut playing Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” before heading to Ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00AM
Monday, April 17, 2017

Walk of Fame Honoree Gary Sinise Reflects on Steppenwolf Theatre Memories by Jenelle Riley

Asked to pick his favorite memories at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Gary Sinise can only muster: “Oh, geez.” It’s a tall order, for sure, and one on which Sinise could spend hou…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Monday, April 10, 2017

Richard Gere on the Desperate but Optimistic ‘Norman’ and the Original Ending of ‘Pretty Woman’ by Jenelle Riley

It’s been 27 years since Richard Gere and Julia Roberts charmed their way through “Pretty Woman” and today Gere is seated in a room at the Beverly Wilshire, the very hotel where they s…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spirit Awards Hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney on Friendship, Indie Films and Day Drinking by Jenelle Riley

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are best friends who genuinely love working together; it’s not difficult to imagine them doing this for the next 40 years — particularly since the pair ar…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:05PM
Monday, February 20, 2017

Behind the Scenes Video of Ryan Gosling Playing Piano in ‘La La Land’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Jenelle Riley

For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if th…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:23PM
Friday, February 17, 2017

Behind the Song: The Journey of ‘La La Land’s’ ‘City of Stars’ by Jenelle Riley

Even before “La La Land” unspooled at festivals and in theaters, people were humming the tune “City of Stars” thanks to early teasers. The melancholy theme appears twice in the film …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:31PM

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