Monday, June 22, 2015

Jonathan Groff: So Much Spring, and Summer by Michael Portantiere

A Tony Award nominee for Spring Awakening, Jonathan Groff has been away from theater for a while, making himself known and beloved in two of the most disparate roles imaginable: as the flawe…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 01:04AM
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni by Michael Portantiere

In collaboration with her husband John Pizzarelli, as well as solo appearances in musical theater, in concert and cabaret, on recordings, etc., the "singers' singer" Jessica Molask…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 08:52AM
Monday, May 4, 2015

Marin Mazzie is Leader of the Pack in Zorba! by Michael Portantiere

Zorba! may be the greatest Kander and Ebb musical you've never seen. A story of life and death in the Greek isles, originally produced and directed by Harold Prince, the show was well regard…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 03:29PM
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Marrin Mazzie is Leader of the Pack in Zorba! by Michael Portantiere

Zorba! may be the greatest Kander and Ebb musical you've never seen. A story of life and death in the Greek isles, originally produced and directed by Harold Prince, the show was well regard…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 12:34PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pardon My English by Michael Portantiere

The Musicals Tonight! production of the delicious 1933 musical Pardon My English, with a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind, opens tonight. Dire…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 08:44AM
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Justin Guarini Talks to the Trees (and Makes Beautiful Music) by Michael Portantiere

The lusty Lerner and Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon has a wonderful score, but it's not a show you see revived every day, which makes it a perfect choice for the City Center Encores! series.…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 12:05PM
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Randy Skinner Gets Together With the Gershwins and Tommy Tune at Encores! by Michael Portantiere

Choreographer Randy Skinner has had hits with a number of revivals, revisals, and others shows based on pre-existing, classic material, from 42nd Street to White Christmas to the City Center…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 05:32PM
Monday, November 3, 2014

Michael McKean Hops Aboard The Band Wagon by Michael Portantiere

Michael McKean would have an honored place in entertainment history if only as co-creator and co-star of one of the funniest, most creative films ever made: This Is Spinal Tap. (If you haven…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 10:32PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carnival Sets Up at Musicals Tonight! by Michael Portantiere

The beloved Bob Merrill/Michael Stewart musical Carnival has opened in a Musicals Tonight! production at Theatre Row. Heading the cast are Ali Ewoldt at Lili, Scott Guthrie as Paul Berthalet…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 08:28AM
Friday, July 11, 2014

Randy Redd Gets Pumped for Encores! by Michael Portantiere

Some performers (and theatergoers) have mixed feelings about the "actors doubling as musicians" trend that seems to have grown stronger in musical theater over the past decade or s…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 11:37AM
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Arlo Hill Sings Frank Loesser by Michael Portantiere

One of America's greatest composer/lyricists, Frank Loesser in a sense had three careers -- as a writer of stand-alone songs during the Tin Pan Alley era, songs for Hollywood films, and scor…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 09:21AM
Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Loss of Roses by Michael Portantiere

It's been a good couple of seasons for those of us who are such great fans of William Inge that we want to see even his most obscure works on stage. Last year, The Actors Company Theatre (TA…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 01:54PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Malcolm Gets: The French Connection by Michael Portantiere

Malcolm Gets was most recently seen on stage as one of the witches (!!!), along with Byron Jennings and John Glover, in Macbeth, and before that opposite Will Chase in The Story of My Life. …

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:20PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

$4,532,129 Worth of Easter Joy by Michael Portantiere

This year's East Bonnet competition was filled with delights, from a hilarious opening number with Rory O'Malley as an ambitious actor and Michael Riedel as Satan, to the roof-raising finale…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 09:00AM
Friday, April 4, 2014

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Together Again for 50-City Tour of Their Landmark Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Ellis Nassour

In 1970, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber burst onto the worldwide stage with the concept album of a musical about the last days of Jesus, the landmark rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, whi…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 10:50AM
Sunday, March 30, 2014

With The Most Happy Fella, Rob Berman Checks Off an Item on the Bucket List by Michael Portantiere

I consider myself spoiled -- or maybe privileged is the better word -- to have seen and heard several performances of Frank Loesser's operatic musical The Most Happy Fella with full orchestr…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 06:30PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Oh, Mary! by Michael Portantiere

Little Mary Sunshine, that delightfully silly operetta spoof by Rick Besoyan, is currently being revived by Musicals Tonight! at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre, directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills.…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 06:07PM
Friday, January 31, 2014

Rachel York: Busting Out All Over in Little Me by Michael Portantiere

It's not always easy to be funny and sexy on stage (or off) at the same time, but Rachel York managed that feat very well as Norma "Paris Makes Me Horny" Cassidy in Victor/Victoria…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 07:36PM
Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ethel Merman Meets the Gypsies of the Year by Michael Portantiere

This year's "Gypsy of the Year" competition at the Minskoff Theatre began with a tribute to the star of the original production of Gypsy, the great Ethel Merman, channeled by the w…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 12:49PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Up Close and Personal With Alan and Marilyn Bergman by Michael Portantiere

Like most other songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman are less well known by their own names than by the titles of the songs for which they have so beautifully written the lyrics: "The …

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 10:18AM
Monday, December 2, 2013

Sparkle! 2013 by Michael Portantiere

The second annual NYC edition of Sparkle!, a charity benefit Christmas concert put together and hosted by Scott Nevins, was held last night (Sunday, December 1) at XL nightclub, spreading ho…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 08:55AM
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jeremy Jordan: The Follow-Up Interview by Michael Portantiere

When last (and first) I interviewed Jeremy Jordan in September 2011, he was rehearsing for the leading role of Jack Kelly in the world premiere production of Newsies at the Paper Mill Playho…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:40PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sheldon Harnick: L'Chaim! by Michael Portantiere

On Sunday evening, October 27, Encompass New Opera Theatre honored the great lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, etc., etc.) with a gala event featuring so…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 11:20PM
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Class Notes: LaVon Fisher-Wilson, transition from Louisville, Kentucky. by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to Lavon Fisher-Wilson from "Newsies" about her transition from Louisville, Kentucky to the Broadway.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:08PM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Class Notes: Chelsea Packard, Jazz Singer/Actor by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to Singer/Actor Chelsea Packard about singing Jazz.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:04PM
Monday, September 16, 2013

Cat Chat with Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon by Michael Portantiere

A real-life married couple since 1999, Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon have worked together several times before on stage -- sometimes playing spouses, sometimes not. Now, they're taking on two o…

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 11:05AM
Friday, September 13, 2013

Class Notes: Drew Gasparini, Composer by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to composer Drew Gasparini about composing for SMASH.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:02PM
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Class Notes: Marni Raab, "Christine" in "Phantom Of The Opera" by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to Marni Raab about playing the role of "Christine" in "Phantom Of The Opera."

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 04:00PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Class Notes: Marcus Stevens, Actor Versatility by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to Forbidden Broadway actor Marcus Stevens. Marcus shares a few of his characters with us.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 03:58PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Class Notes: LaVon Fisher-WIlson, creating a youth Musical Theatre Company in Kentucky by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to Lavon Fisher-Wilson from "Newsies" about starting a youth theatre program in Kentucky.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 03:55PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Class Notes: Sally Ann Parsons, Costumer by Lauren Class Schneider

Lauren Class Schneider talks to costumer Sally Ann Parsons about making magic for Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

SOURCE: BroadwayStars at 03:53PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
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Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards