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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interview: How The Debate Society Put a Sparkle of Wonder in ‘The Light Years’ by Jose Solis

The year is 1893 and theatrical impresario Steele MacKaye (Rocco Sisto) is working on the finishing touches for The Spectatorium, a massive 12,000 seat theater designed for the Chicago World…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Interview: Getting to Know ‘All the Fine Boys’ Leading Man Joe Tippet by Jose Solis

Despite what he’ll claim later in this interview, people know who Joe Tippett is. He’s the guy who’s been memorably stealing the scene by playing jocks-next-door, sensitive soldiers, a…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Interview: ‘Omega Kids’ Playwright Noah Mease on the Super Powers of Theatre Artists by Jose Solis

Two young men, both named Michael, get to know each other over the course of a rainy Saturday afternoon, as they sit on the carpet discussing the achievements of the Omega Kids, the superher…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Interview: Caissie Levy on Getting to Sing from the Kander and Ebb Songbook, and Why Making Art is More Important Than Ever by Jose Solis

On March 10th The New York Pops will celebrate the 90th birthday of Broadway legend John Kander with an evening of songs he created with the late Fred Ebb. In Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Interview: Caissie Levy on Getting to Sing from the Kander and Ebb Songbook, and Why Making Art is More Important Than Ever by Jose Solis

On March 10th The New York Pops will celebrate the 90th birthday of Broadway legend John Kander with an evening of songs he created with the late Fred Ebb. In Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Interview: Jason Craig on How Myths and Magic Inspired His Musical ‘Beardo’ by Jose Solis

We spoke to lyricist and book writer Jason Craig about his new show Beardo making its New York premiere at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The musical is based on the life of the mysterious Ru…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Interview: Director Jose Zayas on ‘En el nombe de Salomé’ and Why Theatre Needs More Latinx Stories by Jose Solis

It’s strange to realize a play that for the most part takes place in 19th century Dominican Republic, feels eerily appropriate for our times, and yet that’s precisely what happens in En …

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Judy Collins’ A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim by Jose Solis

Folk chanteuse Judy Collins owes the biggest hit of her career to Stephen Sondheim, her rendition of his “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music sent her into the stratosphere, an…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Interview: How Chilean Puppetry Company Silencio Blanco Finds Beauty in Simplicity by Jose Solis

HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in New York City presents the debut tour of Chilean company Silencio Blanco, who are bringing their show Chiflón, el silencio del carbón to American a…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Interview: Carson Elrod on His Work in ‘The Liar’ by Jose Solis

Any time Carson Elrod is onstage audience members are assured the ultimate kind of comedic performance: the one that engages with their brains, while tickling their funny bone. As the servan…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview: Richard Maxwell on His Revival of ‘Good Samaritans’ and Using Music When Words Aren’t Enough by Jose Solis

Richard Maxwell’s Good Samaritans takes place in the dining hall of a rehabilitation center where a counselor (Rosemary Allen) and her patient (Kevin Hurley) engage in a conversation about…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Interview: ‘Fun Home’ Lyricist Lisa Kron on Taking the Show Outside NYC, and the Importance of Activism by Jose Solis

On February 6th, distinguished guests, friends, and journalists got together at the ASCAP headquarters in New York City, to honor the recipients of this year’s Kleban Prize in Musical Thea…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Interview: Juan Pablo Di Pace on ‘Fuller House’, Doing Musicals All Over the World and Making His Debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

American audiences know Juan Pablo Di Pace for his turns in Dallas, A.D. The Bible Continues where he played Jesus, and of course Netflix’s immensely popular Fuller House where he stars as…

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Interview: Tom Kitt on Writing Songs and Getting to Play at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

The Tom Kitt Band will play February 9 and 11 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. We spoke with Kitt about how he selected songs for his upcoming show and the differences between composing musica…

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Interview: Brandon Uranowitz on ‘Falsettos’ and His William Finn Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Fresh off his stint in Falsettos, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz is set to perform at Feinstein’s/54 Below, February 8-11. We caught up with Uranowitz about the songs of William Finn …

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Interview: Mandy Gonzalez on ‘Hamilton’, Being a Latinx Role Model and Her Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jose Solis

Mandy Gonzalez will bring her solo show Raise the Roof to Feinstein’s/54 Below for two performances, February 12 and March 12. We spoke to the Hamilton star about what it’s l…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Interview: Tenor Michael Slattery on Master Voices’ Interpretation of Bach’s “St. John Passion” by Jose Solis

On Ferbuary 9, Master Voices will take on Bach’s masterful St. John Passion, which is considered by many to be his greatest work. Featuring a cast of new stars, a period instrument orc…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Interview: Cabaret Performer Michael Griffiths on The Staying Power of Madonna by Jose Solis

Australian entertainer Michael Griffiths is bringing his show In Vogue: Songs by Madonna to Feinstein’s/54 Below, so we spoke to him about his love for the legendary pop icon, why he t…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Interview: ‘Orange Julius’ Playwright Basil Kreimendahl on the Role of Theatre in Educating Audiences by Jose Solis

Even though Orange Julius has some elements that would lead some people to label it as either a “queer” or “Vietnam” play, its writer Basil Kreimendahl has managed to juggle with the…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Interview: Nellie McKay on Billy Tipton, Politics, and Why She Loves Playing Different People by Jose Solis

Jazz singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is bringing her show A Girl Named Bill – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton back to Feinstein’s/54 Below from January 26-28. Her revue focuses on …

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Interview: A.J. Muhammad on the 8th Edition of the Fire This Time Festival by Jose Solis

The Fire This Time Festival is celebrating its eighth landmark year. Since its creation, the festival has amplified the voice of African American playwrights, artists and performers, and has…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Interview: Why Sky-Pony Revels in Finding the Lighter Side of the Dark by Jose Solis

Sky-Pony’s concert at The Sheen Center on January 28th is being dubbed as “the most important” in their career so far, and with reason, coming off the success of their musi…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Two Theatre Designers Became Overnight Producers to Create a Post-Election ‘Sanctuary’ for Minorities by Jose Solis

Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, we saw a rare moment of truth in one of the President Elect’s tweets when he exclaimed that “the Theater must always be a safe and special p…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interview: James Monroe Iglehart on Doing Cabaret, and Why Theatre Matters More Than Ever by Jose Solis

We spoke to Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart about his upcoming concert at NJPAC, the importance of theatre in the aftermath of the election, and some characters on his bucket list. What ar…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interview: Marc Kudisch on the Relevance of ‘anatomy theater’, and the Similarities Between Opera and Broadway by Jose Solis

“Has there ever been such a wondrous and spectacular public execution?” asks Joshua Crouch, the perverse emcee in anatomy theater, the new opera by David Lang and Marc Dion which traces …

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Interview: Composer Missy Mazzoli on Discovering the Sound of ‘Breaking the Waves’ by Jose Solis

Composer Missy Mazzoli creates some of the most immersive soundscapes in contemporary opera, her layered work not only helps create the psychology of her characters, but also challenges the …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Jose Solis’ Favorite Theatre of 2016 by Jose Solis

Going to the theater never felt like more of a privilege than it did in 2016. Not only because it served as the ultimate escape from the harshness of the preceding 12 months – with saw…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Interview: Comedian Saulo García Explores Modern Communication in ‘Sin wifi también se vive’ by Jose Solis

You can tell Saulo García has years of experience in comedy for the way in which he reads a room. At the first performance of his show Sin wifi también se vive at Repertorio Español (thro…

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Interview: Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin on ‘The Illusionists – Turn of the Century’ by Jose Solis

Whether he’s hanging from the London Eye, or floating over metal pikes at the Palace Theatre in New York City, escapologist/daredevil Jonathan Goodwin always keeps the audience enthralled.…

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Interview: Eliot Glazer on the Holiday Edition of ‘Haunting Renditions’, His Love of the Past, and Madonna by Jose Solis

You haven’t heard Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” until you’ve heard Eliot Glazer sing it. The classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian fills the song with longing, sincere romance…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Interview: Emily Padgett on Starring in the Gritty Revival of ‘Sweet Charity’ by Jose Solis

We spoke to Emily Padgett about playing Helene in The New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity… From the moment we go into the theater and we see Georgia Stitt and her band, it beco…

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