All stories by Gemma Wilson on BroadwayStars

Monday, November 27, 2023

In its new Seattle space, at age 25, is Teatro ZinZanni worth a night out? by Gemma Wilson

Can an incredible local singer, a new co-director and a sexy downtown space revive this dated dinner-theater experience?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

New-play readings are theater’s most fun, best-kept secret by Gemma Wilson

Getting in on the ground floor of Seattle theater is always worth it. Here's why our arts and culture writer loves new-play readings.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

‘Little Women’ at Seattle Rep: A feast of feminist low-hanging fruit by Gemma Wilson

How does "Little Women," adapted by playwright Kate Hamill from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1860s novel, fare at Seattle Rep? Read on for our review.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

At Village Theatre, Sarah Rose Davis steps into ‘Beautiful’ role by Gemma Wilson

Davis stars as beloved singer-songwriter Carole King in bio-musical “Beautiful,” now running at Village Theatre. 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

1 world premiere and 5 more great shows to catch this November by Gemma Wilson

From new family stories to re-imagination of a classic, a musical and intriguing virtual productions, there's lots of theater to be excited about this November.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Review: ‘Hotdish’ serves repressed Midwestern emotion with a smile by Gemma Wilson

The world premiere of Brendan Healy's funny, poignant look at family secrets (and recipes) runs through Dec. 2 at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Intiman at 50: Seattle’s shapeshifting theater reaches hard-won milestone by Gemma Wilson

Today's Intiman Theatre, which has survived a roller-coaster history, bears little resemblance to what it was decades ago. Why should it?

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Theater review: ‘Hadestown’ tackles love, art and the limits of each by Gemma Wilson

Tony-winning mythological musical "Hadestown" is back at Seattle's Paramount Theatre through Nov. 5. Here's what our critic thought of the popular production.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Mythical, minimal ‘Islander’ at Seattle Rep prompts us to pay attention by Gemma Wilson

"Islander," an enchanting two-actor musical, runs at Seattle Rep through Nov. 19.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

How a unique Seattle theater company bridges the generation gap by Gemma Wilson

SilverKite's Intergenerational Theatre Company creates plays designed to build community across generations.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

‘Cambodian Rock Band’ at Seattle’s ACT Theatre tries a tricky balance by Gemma Wilson

"Cambodian Rock Band" may have plenty of laughter but it's also deadly serious and moving, a family story of inherited trauma and gut-wrenching history inside layers of music and comedy.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Must-see Seattle theater in October 2023 by Gemma Wilson

Whether your October vibe skews toward spooky season, sweater season or moody season, local theaters have something to suit.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Why Seattle Shakespeare taking over Book-It scene shop is important to Seattle theater by Gemma Wilson

The 6,000-square-foot scene shop in South Park is a rare resource in increasingly expensive Seattle.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Seattle’s Taproot Theatre creates magic with ‘Last Drive to Dodge’ by Gemma Wilson

Andrew Lee Creech explores Black cowboy history in his world premiere play “Last Drive to Dodge,” now running at Taproot Theatre.

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Theater meets circus act in Seattle Rep’s joyful, wistful ‘Passengers’ by Gemma Wilson

This isn't your average "sit-and-watch" sort of play. Seattle Rep's "Passengers" marries acrobatics with theater while capturing the wistful romance of travel.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

How Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Peter Pan fare on Seattle stages by Gemma Wilson

A delightful “Matt & Ben” lands at ArtsWest while Reboot Theatre Company’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” misses the mark.

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Friday, September 8, 2023

Best bets for Seattle theater in September 2023 by Gemma Wilson

From "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical" to a cast of contemporary circus performers using acrobatics to tell stories, here's what you won't want to miss this month.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Seattle arts undergoing a ‘once-in-a-generation’ leadership change by Gemma Wilson

We're seeing a remarkable turnover in arts leaders in Seattle. What's behind it and what does it mean for the arts in this area?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

6 must-see shows in Seattle theaters in fall 2023 by Gemma Wilson

This fall is full of theater to get excited about, from big-budget touring musicals to local world premieres and more. Here are six to get started.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

We Need This Show! 40 Fun Facts in Honor of the 40-Year Anniversary of A Chorus Line by Gemma Wilson

Forty years ago, A Chorus Line, the beloved downtown musical celebrating the lives of Broadway's hard-working dancers, made its way uptown to the spotlights and footlights of Broadw…

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fabulous Fashion! Ranks the Top 10 Best-Dressed Stars at the 2015 Tony Awards by Gemma Wilson

Tonight's the night! The seats are filled and the lights are dimming at Radio City Music Hall, which can only mean that it's time for our favorite part of the Tony Awards: ranking th…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

What's Up, Kathy Fitzgerald? Wicked's Latest Madame Morrible Talks Elphaba Casting and Her New BFF Glinda by Gemma Wilson

Kathy Fitzgerald is used to blockbuster musicals, but there's something special about her current gig as the villainous Madame Morrible in the mega-hit Wicked: it thrills her 11-year-old dau…

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What's Up, Natasha Lyonne? The Blood From a Stone Star Opens Up on Surviving Her Own Career by Gemma Wilson

Natasha Lyonne's career path has been anything but straight and narrow. The indie film darling burst onto the scene in 1998's Slums of Beverly Hills, paid her mainstream dues in American Pie…

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Earnest's Dana Ivey on the Wonders of Wilde and Joining ‘The Greatest Club in the World' by Gemma Wilson

The lilting rhythms of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest may as well be Dana Ivey's mother tongue. The indomitable actress is tackling her fourth production of the play (one of h…

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Wicked's Etai BenShlomo on How Brando Led Him to Broadway by Gemma Wilson

Age and Hometown: 23. Coral Springs, Florida.Current role: Making his Broadway dubut as the lovelorn Boq in Broadway's Wicked. Movie Buff Fom Birth: Unlike many young Broadway stars, Etai (…

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Milk Train's Olympia Dukakis on Cher, Camera Fright and her Rose-Colored Career by Gemma Wilson

Olympia Dukakis may be best known for iconic film roles like Clairee in Steel Magnolias and her Oscar-winning turn as the sardonic Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, but she has certainly never g…

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What's Up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries Star on Not Having a Backup Plan by Gemma Wilson

It's been almost nine years since Kentucky-bred, Juilliard-trained Jennifer Carpenter made her Broadway debut in The Crucible alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. She's been in Hollywood …

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Merchant's Heather Lind on Papa Pacino and Playing Good Girls by Gemma Wilson

Age and Hometown: 27, Guilderland, NY.Current role: Making her Broadway debut as Shylock's lovestruck daughter Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.Double the Fun: While Lind was premiering in …

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Teal Wicks, Wicked's Newest Elphaba, Talks Rent, Idina and Her Tenacious ‘Twickies' by Gemma Wilson

On February 1, sunny Sacramento native Teal Wicks made her Broadway debut belting out some of the Great White Way's biggest notes as Wicked's latest Elphaba. Wicks, who has played the green …

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They Can Act, But Can They Bowl? Bobby Cannavale, Jesse L. Martin and More Roll One for Second Stage by Gemma Wilson

There's no doubt that Broadway stars are immensely talented people, but their confidence dips when it comes to one thing: bowling. "I'm not a good bowler, I've never been a good bowler, I wi…

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Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews by Gemma Wilson

Age and hometown: 34, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.Current role: Flouncing into her Broadway debut as the fickle Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest.The Kindness of Strangers:…

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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
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