All stories by Michael Gioia on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3 Playwriting Tips From David Mamet by Michael Gioia

The Pulitzer-winning and Tony-nominated playwright shares advice he’ll impart in his new online MasterClass.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Inside Chita Rivera’s Audition for West Side Story by Michael Gioia

As her Café Carlyle engagement approaches, the Tony Award winner shares her favorite songs to sing—including what one landed her the role of Anita.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swing Siblings: How Lissa and Mathew deGuzman Came to Cover the Full Ensemble of Aladdin’s National Tour by Michael Gioia

We ask them who got the offer first, who went on for the first preview, and what they’re most looking forward to with their first show together.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

What Song Booked Come From Away’s Chad Kimball His Broadway Debut? by Michael Gioia

The Tony-nominated star reveals the songs that booked him Broadway.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Broadway’s Christine Daaé Shares the Audition Songs to Sing as a Classical Soprano by Michael Gioia

Phantom of the Opera star Ali Ewoldt flips through her audition repertoire.

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Phantom’s Christine Shares Audition Songs to Sing as a Classical Soprano by Michael Gioia

Phantom of the Opera star Ali Ewoldt flips through her audition repertoire.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Audition Advice from In Transit’s Margo Seibert by Michael Gioia

What everyone must have in their audition cut—and it’s not that big belty note.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul Become Oscar Winners by Michael Gioia

The 89th Annual Academy Awards were handed out February 26 in Los Angeles.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Why Accompanying Herself at Auditions Paid Off for The Great Comet’s Grace McLean by Michael Gioia

The star of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 takes us through her audition repertoire.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

How a “City of Stars” Aligned for La La Land’s Composer to Meet Pasek and Paul by Michael Gioia

Justin Hurwitz was always a composer, but he needed to find the perfect pair to put words to La La Land’s melodies.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen’s Adult Stars Were Once Like Evan, Too by Michael Gioia

How Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson, and Rachel Bay Jones went from teens like Evan Hansen to the parents they play onstage.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

25 Years Later, Crazy for You’s Bobby Child Becomes Bela Zangler by Michael Gioia

Harry Groener returns to Crazy for You for a one-night-only concert February 19, starring Tony Yazbeck and Laura Osnes.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Cast of Significant Other Shares Their Best Worst Dates by Michael Gioia

On the night of their first preview, Gideon Glick, Lindsay Mendez, and the cast of Broadway’s Significant Other spill the details of their dating horror stories.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

All-Female Cast Sings Love Songs for V-Day by Michael Gioia

Loni Ackerman and Caroline Bowman are among the evening’s performers.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez Offers February 12 Solo Concert by Michael Gioia

The actor plays Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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The Songs Jessica Keenan Wynn Uses to Conquer the Audition Room by Michael Gioia

The Beautiful actor takes us through her audition repertoire.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Patti LuPone Joins David Yazbek in Concert by Michael Gioia

The composer of Off-Broadway’s Band’s Visit returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Jennifer Damiano and Lesli Margherita Stand Up Against Bullying in Concert by Michael Gioia

The second annual Broadway Against Bullying cabaret returns to New York.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Who Dear Evan Hansen’s Laura Dreyfuss Studies With to Prepare for Auditions by Michael Gioia

The star of the new musical takes us through her repertoire.

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How Aerial Staging Makes the Sea Come Alive in This Moby Dick by Michael Gioia

The production, cruising to theatres around the country, takes the epic Herman Melville story to new heights.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Perform at Chicago Voices Gala by Michael Gioia

The evening features artists with deep ties to Chicago.

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When Casting The Phantom of the Opera, It’s All About the Voice by Michael Gioia

Casting director Tara Rubin shares insight on what makes the perfect match for Broadway’s longest-running show.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Beth Leavel Joins Fellow Baby It’s You! Cast Member Liz Byrne in Concert by Michael Gioia

Byrne makes her solo debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with special guest Leavel.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nikka Graff Lanzarone Will Go It Solo at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Michael Gioia

The actor, recently seen in Sweet Charity, will explore her Hero Worship at the intimate venue.

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Bruce Vilanch Hopes His Petula Clark Jukebox Musical Will Go to Broadway by Michael Gioia

Sign of the Times was last seen at Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut.

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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at New Anastasia Artwork Outside the Theatre by Michael Gioia

Before it hangs outside the Broadhurst, we have a first look at a new poster for the upcoming Broadway musical.

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Watch Jon Rua’s Short Dance Film, a Love Letter to Hamilton by Michael Gioia

His original project, titled LoveFound, was funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

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Watch Live as Disney Cruise Lines Goes Behind the Scenes of Frozen by Michael Gioia

Disney Parks Live is live-streaming a behind-the-scenes video of Frozen.

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Ariana DeBose, Max Crumm, Ryann Redmond Celebrate Demi Lovato in Concert by Michael Gioia

The evening is held at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Chicago Premiere of Straight White Men Begins by Michael Gioia

Young Jean Lee wrote and directs the piece at Steppenwolf.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kinky Boots Will Play Germany by Michael Gioia

The German production is slated to begin in December 2017.

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