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Friday, December 15, 2017

Interview: Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito on the Wacky Romance of ‘Hot Mess’ by Jose Solis

Max (Max Crumm) and Eleanor (Lucy DeVito) are thinking about getting married, but first they need to tell each other everything about their past. Eleanor talks about her mental health and is…

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Interview: Norm Lewis Returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with ‘Santa Baby!’ by Jose Solis

Tony nominee Norm Lewis return to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a new holiday show called Santa Baby! We spoke to him about his success this year with the immersive production of Sweeney T…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: A Christmas Carol by Jose Solis

(To the melody of “Jingle Bells”) [Verse 1] Safety from the cold Awaits inside Torn Page The mulled wine freely flows As carolers take the stage Songs of love and hope Steadily set the p…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Interview: Mr. Joe Iconis on Christmas Music, Sondheim, and His Annual Holiday Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Mr. Joe Iconis and Family return to Feinstein’s/54 Below for their 10th annual Christmas Extravaganza. We spoke to the bandleader about keeping the show fresh, getting to work with inc…

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Interview: Robert Creighton on ‘Frozen,’ Holiday Music, and His Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Robert Creighton, the star of Frozen and Cagney talks about his holiday show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, his favorite holiday traditions and why Christmas jazz is his favorite music genre…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Interview: Michael Cerveris of Loose Cattle on His New Christmas Album and the Meaning of the Season by Jose Solis

While many holiday albums are populated by fanciful snowmen, flying reindeer, and jolly old men, Loose Cattle’s Seasonal Affective Disorder features stories about people living different k…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Interview: Playwright Anna Ziegler on Why Her Characters in ‘Actually’ and ‘The Last Match’ Exist in Grey Areas by Jose Solis

Few living playwrights have the opportunity to have more than one of their works being produced in New York City at the same time; with productions of Actually at Manhattan Theatre Club, and…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Interview: Lake Simons and John Dyer Talk the Magic of ‘Tree Pop’ by Jose Solis

Remember those lovely winter scenes and figurines you loved so much growing up? Puppeteer Lake Simons and composer John Dyer have brought them to life in Tree Pop, a delightful multidiscipli…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Interview: Director Sean Graney on the Joyous Respect of His Interactive ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ by Jose Solis

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance has earned an unjust reputation as being a dated, old fashioned show better left as a curio of a time we should remember but not want to reli…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Interview: Christy Altomare on the Importance of Arts Education and Why Kindness Matters More Than Ever by Jose Solis

The luminous Christy Altomare will join Broadway legend Chita Rivera for  “An Evening of Song to benefit The Art Attack Foundation” featuring the artists of Yellow Sound Label including…

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Interview: Alice Ripley on Her Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Singing with Emily Skinner and Her Favorite Holiday Music by Jose Solis

Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner are back at Feinstein’s/54 Below with their show Unattached! in which they revisit some old favorites and introduce material they didn’t get to per…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Preview the Magic of ‘Kris Kringle The Musical’ by Jose Solis

Meet the cast of Kris Kringle The Musical as they preview some shows from the new musical and talk about their favorite holiday memories. Find out what’s in Andrew Keenan Bolger’…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Interview: Cathy Rigby on ‘Kris Kringle The Musical’ and the Legacy of ‘Peter Pan’ by Jose Solis

Few stage performances have been as definitive as Cathy Rigby’s portrayal of Peter Pan. Her work as the eternal boy must’ve shaped the lives of countless children who in Rigby saw their …

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Interview: Andrew Keenan-Bolger on ‘Kris Kringle The Musical’ and His Favorite Things About the Holidays by Jose Solis

From Newsies to Mary Poppins, Andrew Keenan-Bolger is a bona fide scene-stealer who imbues his characters with the right amount of sensitivity and charm. It’s no wonder he’s set to play …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Interview: The Cast and Playwright of ‘Afterglow’ Talk Romance and Theatre by Jose Solis

We sat down with the cast and playwright of Afterglow, a sexy new play that focuses on the relationship between three men trying to navigate love and sex in the era of PrEP, open relationshi…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Interview: Adam Kantor on Celebrating Female Composers with The New York Pops by Jose Solis

Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe will headline Women of Notes, a celebration of female composers from Dolly Parton to Mary Rodgers, put together by The New York Pops. Kantor is best known for his…

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Interview: Drew Droege on ‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’ by Jose Solis

After a critically acclaimed run in New York during the last quarter of 2016, Drew Droege is bringing his one man show Bright Colors and Bold Patterns back for a limited run at the Soho Play…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Interview: Nolan Gerard Funk on His Character in ‘Hello, Again’ and Why He Loves Going From Genre to Genre by Jose Solis

  Whether playing an a cappella sensation on Glee, an aspiring actor in The Canyons, or a rock star in Bye Bye Birdie, Nolan Gerard Funk knows how to deliver the vocals and the star pre…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Interview: Sope Dirisu on Playing the Lead in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Coriolanus’ by Jose Solis

After watching the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Coriolanus, it becomes clear that Sope Dirisu was born to be a star. The young actor first worked with RSC in 2012 but quickly …

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Interview: Denée Benton on the Gershwins, Singing at Carnegie Hall, and TV She Loves by Jose Solis

Tony nominee Denée Benton will join MasterVoices, Bryce Pinkham, Elizabeth Stanley and Kevin Chamberlin for a performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s Pulitzer winning musical Of The…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: Cafe Play by Jose Solis

Ingredients 1 Direction by Erin Mee 1 Choreography by Jonathan Matthews 1 Historic location (Cornelia Street Café) 1 Open mind 2 Glasses of wine (red or white) 7 Fearless actors 18 Scenes b…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview: Matt Doyle on Singing with The New York Pops and Why He Loves Taking Risks by Jose Solis

On October 27th, Matt Doyle will join guest star Ali Ewoldt to open the new season of The New York Pops. In 2017, Doyle has already delivered outstanding work as a swoon-worthy Anthony in Sw…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: KPOP by Jose Solis

Pop music is often judged and misunderstood for its lack of substance and depth, as if catchiness and joy were any less important than the depictions of pain and loss explored in other music…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Interview: Rinde Eckert on The Mask of Performance and Starring in ‘My Lai’ by Jose Solis

Rinde Eckert defies the conventions of form and structure with his boundary-pushing works which combine opera, musical theatre, film and dance. As a librettist he’s reinvented works of lit…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Interview: Puppeteer James Godwin on ‘The Flatiron Hex’ by Jose Solis

Puppeteer James Godwin is bringing back his critically acclaimed show The Flatiron Hex to New York, where it’s running at HERE Arts Center through the end of September. We caught up wi…

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Interview: Joshua Holden on Spreading Kindness Through ‘The Joshua Show’ by Jose Solis

After the success of the first installment of The Joshua Show, puppeteer Joshua Holden wanted to spread more kindness and good vibes to audience members of all ages, which is why he’s …

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Interview: Rachel Tucker on Playing Elphaba and Singing at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Rachel Tucker is making her Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut this week. We caught up with her via e-mail to learn what she has in store for the shows, playing beloved characters, and ho…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Interview: Geeking Out with Joe Iconis of ‘Be More Chill’ by Jose Solis

The promise of popularity and getting to date the cool kid are what most high schoolers dream of, and if there was some sort of magic way to achieve them probably very few would refuse it. I…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Interview: Transforming Roberto Bolaño’s ‘Distant Star’ Into a Timely Play by Jose Solis

Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star takes place in the aftermath of the Chilean coup that saw Augusto Pinochet oust and murder President Salvador Allende, in order to impose a reign of terror t…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Interview: Maria Friedman on Sondheim, Bernstein, and Thinking in Music by Jose Solis

Maria Friedman calls me from a landline in Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston (where she is directing Merrily We Roll Along), where a saleswoman (thank you, Paige!) has kindly let her use the phone…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Interview: The Team Behind ‘Aliens Coming!’ on Their Favorite Musicals and The Sound of Outer Space by Jose Solis

  Composer Joe Kelly and Musical Director Jonathan Evans discuss the influences and creative process behind their hilarious sci-fi musical Aliens Coming! What were the challenges in com…

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