Why I Love to Travel for Theatre and Every Other Reason

I am a proud member of one of "those" families. My childhood photo albums are full of adventures in different locations all over the country and later, the world. I grew up in a very small town in a northern suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri. My father’s job came with the perk of traveling with clients and sometimes we would join him, so it became natural for all of us to want to explore the world outside the small town life. Later I would add my passion for theatre with my love of traveling. If there was a production I wanted to see, and I had the time off work, and had saved enough, I would book the tickets and see an amazing show and new city all at the same time.

An Open Letter to My Old High School Drama Club

It’s hard to believe it has been years since I left you. A little part of me still remembers the last curtain call for the last show I ever did with you. 

What’s even harder for me to believe is how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve done since then. I’ve graduated from college, where I got a degree in the same subject that you first got me into. I’ve slowly transitioned from acting to playwriting. Now, I’m living in New York City, in the hopes of following some of the very same dreams that you first made me think were possible.

Ten Tenors that are Gifts to the World

We’re doing a series that celebrates some of the very best voices for their vocal ranges, with a primary focus on (but not limited to!) theatre. Many will be well-known, while others you may not have heard of (until now). Hopefully, these lists will showcase a wide variety within the vocal classifications, to show there is no single way to create beautiful art!

Here are 10 tenors that are glorious gifts to the world!

"Unmasking What Matters" : An Exclusive Chat with “The Phantom Of The Opera” Star Sandra Joseph

Simply put, actress Sandra Joseph is the longest-running leading lady from the longest-running Broadway show of all time. Returning to her signature role as Christine in The Phantom Of The Opera, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the musical’s debut on Broadway; it won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. The show's worldwide gross receipts are estimated to be over $5.6 billion, and it had been seen by over 130 million people as of just a few years ago.

Ten Sopranos that are Gifts to the World

We’re doing a series that celebrates some of the very best voices for their vocal ranges, with a primary focus on (but not limited to!) theatre. Many will be well-known, while others you may not have heard of (until now). Hopefully, these lists will showcase a wide variety within the vocal classifications, to show there is no single way to create beautiful art!

Starting off, here are 10 sopranos that are glorious gifts to the world!

“Madman” Goes Off-Broadway: A Conversation with Ilia Volok of “Diary of a Madman”

Last October, I had the chance to review Diary of a Madman, an engaging one-person show based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol, and adapted and performed by the brilliant actor Ilia Volok. At the time, I considered it to be one of the best shows – and certainly the most memorable one-person show – I had seen in 2017. Now, in the wake of its initial run’s critical acclaim and box office success, the show is moving to the John Cullum Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors for an Off-Broadway limited engagement.

Actors? Social Activists? Or Both?

There has been a lot of speculation over whether actors and actresses should be publicly voicing support for the “#Metoo” movement, which started as a way of raising awareness to the pervasive sexual harassment (or worse) in our society.  Many believe that entertainers should do just that, entertain, and stay out of social or political commentary.

Understanding EVITA from an Indigenous Perspective

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote EVITA (partially) because Tim Rice was obsessed with Evita’s face on a postage stamp as a kid. One of their source materials was The Woman with the Whip (though never credited as such? Typical.), which was written by someone who was born in Argentina, had neither met Evita or had any basis for her “sources.” Why is this depiction of Eva Péron the most notable and given the most priority?

An Exclusive Chat with “Jersey Boys” Stars Nicolas Dromard & Mark Edwards

On behalf of OnStage Blog, I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the stars of Jersey Boys. Nicolas Dromard portrays Tommy DeVito, the Four Seasons guitarist that made most of the band’s business decisions in its early days. Mark Edwards plays Nick Massi, the deep-voiced Four Seasons bassist, who has his own take on how things really went in the early days. Both Dromard and Massi look and the sound the part, and both had some fun yet inspiring responses to contribute.