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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: 27 Years Later... Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Are Heading Back to Their Island by Richard Ridge

They already have a hit running on 44th Street. As of this week, their music is filling another theatre just six blocks north. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who have brought us such belo…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Cash In with JUNK Leading Man- Steven Pasquale! by Richard Ridge

He has stolen hearts in Madison county, robbed settlers on the Natchez Trace, and now he's thieving on Wall Street. Or at least the characters he's played have...

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Back in the Boots with Billy Porter and Stark Sands! by Richard Ridge

Lola and Charlie are reunited and it feels so good, according to Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Just last month, the duo officially returned to Kinky Boots, reprising the roles they created b…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Man, The Glasses, The Legend... Hal Prince! by Richard Ridge

'You can take an audience anywhere...' The wise Hal Prince means those words, and he has built a career off of them. Prince is a legend in the American theatre - the acclaimed director an…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Meet HAMILTON's New Aaron Burr (Sir), Daniel Breaker! by Richard Ridge

Daniel Breaker needs not wait for it any longer. Hamilton has a new Aaron Burr on Broadway, and this Hamvet has his act down pat. Breaker joins the New York company after starring in the Chi…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Meet the Murphys- Hangin' with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Michael Park & Jennifer Laura Thompson by Richard Ridge

The love is real at the Music Box Theatre. Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Park play the heads of Murphy family, but offstage they are just as close with their stage children and the res…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: How to Make a High-Flying Hit- The COME FROM AWAY Cast and Creatives Explain How They Made Their Show Soar by Richard Ridge

Come From Away has been 2017's little musical that could. Soon after opening at theGerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the show earned seven Tony nominations picking up one for director Christopher A…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Waitress, Betsy Wolfe, Thinks Back on FALSETTOS- In Movie Theaters Today! by Richard Ridge

Beginning today, July 12, Live From Lincoln Center amp Lincoln Center Theater will present Falsettos in movie theatres across the country. Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Telly Leung Is Keeping One Jump Ahead as Broadway's New ALADDIN! by Richard Ridge

Agrabah has got a new prince in town Earlier this month Telly Leung inherited the lamp at the New Amsterdam Theatre as Broadway's newest Aladdin. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Nam to Nom- Broadway Baby Eva Noblezada Talks Bringing Kim Home by Richard Ridge

Eva Noblezada is living the American dream.She may bejust a Broadway baby, but after making her debut at the age of 21, the Miss Saigon star has earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of Kim.…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Will Tony Day Be Johanna Day's Big Day? by Richard Ridge

After making her Broadway debut in 2000's Proof, Johanna Day earned her first Tony nomination for her performance as Claire. Now sixteen years later, she's back in her second Tony-nominated …

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Kelly Devine Explains How She Made Gander Move in COME FROM AWAY by Richard Ridge

How do youtransformtwelve actors into 7000 people Choreographer extraordinaire Kelly Devine has found a way in Come From Away, and she earned a Tony nomination in the process Below, watch as…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Is She Jonesing for Her First Tony? Rachel Bay Jones Opens Up About Heidi Hansen by Richard Ridge

There is not a dry in in the Music Box Theatre after Rachel Bay Jones performs Heidi Hansen's heartbreaking 'So Big, So Small' in Dear Evan Hansen. Her emotionally raw performance has earned…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: FALSETTOS Star Brandon Uranowitz Gets His Second Shot at Tonys Glory! by Richard Ridge

Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz's life in the theatre had humble origins... in the basement of his childhood home. The Falsettos star is one of four actors in his cast along with Chr…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIA by Richard Ridge

Beloved stage and screen star Mary Beth Peil has picked up her second Tony nomination for her work in as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia. This time around she feels deserving of the honor, …

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor Murphy by Richard Ridge

Just a little bit over a week away from Broadway's biggest night, star of Dear Evan Hansen, Mike Faist, is finally getting into the swing of awards season. The first-time Tony nominee has ea…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: They Know Where They've Been- Kristin Chenoweth & Neil Meron Reminisce About HAIRSPRAY LIVE! by Richard Ridge

Just a few months ago, Kristin Chenoweth was complaining about the new girl and singing about her time as Miss Baltimore Crabs as Velma Von Tusslein NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Now she has joined p…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer by Richard Ridge

Earlier this year, Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway in Falsettos, giving perhaps his most poignant performance to date as Whizzer. Below, watch as the Tony nominee joins BroadwayWorld an…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage! by Richard Ridge

Following the phenomenal success of their double platinum selling 1 UK album Together released in the US by Decca Records, and a major sold out UK tour, musical legendsMichael BallandAlfie B…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring! by Richard Ridge

Regardless of how you know her, you probably love her for it. Since her broadway debut in 1991, Lea Salonga has been melting the hearts of audiences all over the world with her star turns in…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole by Richard Ridge

In the opening song of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audiences quickly learn that Anatole who spends his money on women and wine is hot. When Lucas Steele hits the stage at th…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Stars, Michael Xavier & Siobhan Dillon, Talk Navigating SUNSET BOULEVARD by Richard Ridge

Two of Broadway's newest stars come straight from the West End, where they've been navigating the twisting, frenzied SUNSET BOULEVARD, which opened earlier this month at the Palace Theatre. …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Let Her Give You the Low-Down... Susan Stroman Talks PRINCE OF BROADWAY, LITTLE DANCER, and Returning to CRAZY FOR YOU! by Richard Ridge

Five-time Tony Award winnerSusan Stromanwill direct and choreograph Manhattan Concert Productions'25th Anniversary concert performances of Crazy for You. In addition to Stroman's choreograph…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career by Richard Ridge

Shewon your heart as Lottie Gee, Billie Holliday, and Bess and that's been just the past few years. Audra McDonald has grown to be perhaps the greatest talent of this generation of live thea…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's His Story- Chazz Palminteri Explains the Evolution of A BRONX TALE by Richard Ridge

Every night at the Longacre Theatre, the cast of A BRONX TALE tells his story. Chazz Palminteri has made a musical out of his epic story, and earlier this fall it landed on Broadway. Below, …

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Opens Up About His Double Life on Stage and Screen by Richard Ridge

Whether you've caught him onstage at the Booth Theatre or tune in on Sunday nights to watch him on Showtime, Liev Schreiber is everywhere this season. Below, watch as the stage and screen ve…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Final Frankie- JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas Brings His Act to Broadway! by Richard Ridge

On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Tony, Grammy amp Olivier Award-Winning Best MusicalJersey Boyswill end its record-breaking, 11-year run after 4,642 performances at theAugust WilsonTheatre. Who …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Exclusive Interview: Angela Lansbury Talks Singing 'Beauty & the Beast' Again & More by Richard Ridge

After a special evening, where Lansbury performed the titular classic 'Beauty and the Beast' with Alan Menken accompanying her on the piano, she sat down with BroadwayWorld to chat about the…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the Torch by Richard Ridge

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Pa…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Getting to Broadway by Richard Ridge

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Pa…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- The Beginning by Richard Ridge

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Pa…

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