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Carolee Carmello Breaks into Songs

Carolee Carmello Breaks into Songs

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . For over three decades, Carolee Carmello has proven to be the consummate musical theater actress, tackling everything from 1776 to Mamma, Mia! to Hello, Dolly! and Sweeney Todd, earning the loyal devotion of fans, along with three Tony...

INTERVIEW WITH “OCTOBER STORM” PLAYWRIGHT JOSHUA ALLEN

INTERVIEW WITH “OCTOBER STORM” PLAYWRIGHT JOSHUA ALLEN

By Ron Fassler . . . Playwright Joshua Allen is bringing a bit of his native Chicago to Westchester this weekend, when his new play The October Storm opens at the Hudson Stage Company. Known for presenting shows by both seasoned and novice playwrights, this will be...

Fairycakes Coming to Make You Laugh

Fairycakes Coming to Make You Laugh

What Happens in Fairyland stays in Fairyland! Theater Pizzazz’ Sandi Durell and Magda Katz had one of the best times at the meet and greet event at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel for the incoming off Broadway comedy Fairycakes set to begin performances  October...

Speaking with Mark William

Speaking with Mark William

Video Interview By Sandi Durell . . . It was fun catching up with the young and talented Mark William who made his debut in the cabaret circuit back in November 2018, following up with several new shows and his first CD "Come Croon With Me." He hasn’t changed a bit...

Jay Armstrong Johnson

Jay Armstrong Johnson

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Through his stage appearances in such shows as On the Town, Hair, Scotland PA, and Hands on a Hardbody, Jay Armstrong Johnson has proven himself to be one of musical theater’s most versatile – and adorable – performers. He’s also become a...

Sandra Bernhard 

Sandra Bernhard 

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Sandra Bernhard has been part of our national consciousness for the past four decades, from movies such as The King of Comedy, TV shows including Roseanne and her incredible career as a live performer at the nation’s top clubs. This month,...

ISN’T IT RICH (LITTLE)?

ISN’T IT RICH (LITTLE)?

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Even though he was born in Canada, Rich Little certainly qualifies as an American icon. For close to 60 years, Little has made audiences all over this country – both famous and ordinary – laugh out loud with his spot-on impressions of...

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

Getting to know JLY . . . by Sandi Durell . . . https://youtu.be/YZioiLh6OPk In a live interview, via Zoom, with John Lloyd Young in California and TheaterPizzazz in New York City, a unique experience unfolded getting to know this Tony Award Winner known to audiences...

Speaking with Robbie Rozelle

Speaking with Robbie Rozelle

By Sandi Durell . . . Robbie Rozelle will be returning to 54 Below June 24 and July 14, almost a year to the date of the release of his debut album (Songs From Inside My Locker), with a completely new show for Pride. You know him, his razor-sharp wit and after reading...

About Legend Marilyn Maye

About Legend Marilyn Maye

Marvelous Marilyn Keeps Revealing More Secrets Readying for the Opera House in Hudson, NY. . . By Sandi Durell . . . This legend known as Marvelous Marilyn Maye, is not your typical performing artist. No, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Maybe it has to do with her...

Speaking with Marvelous

Speaking with Marvelous

MARILYN MAYE by Sandi Durell . . . Always a pleasure speaking with the Marvelous one. . . and finding out new information. Ms. Marilyn always has surprises and this 93 year old super star jazz chanteuse is full of them! So without further ado I invite you to check out...

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0 – #4

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0 – #4

By Matt Smith . . . . . Donna Vivino . . . And now, we’ve reached the end (Maybe? Perhaps? For now? We’ll see…). In wrapping up the second edition of our Quarantine Questionnaire series, we’re once again peeling back the curtain on our participants, looking at how...

Dorothy Lyman-New Play, We Have to Hurry

Dorothy Lyman-New Play, We Have to Hurry

Interview by Carole Di Tosti. . . Dorothy Lyman . . . The pandemic has impacted everyone on the planet. Some individuals have used the situation to strike forge new pathways. Others have been in a static state of dysfunction. However, many are thrilled that with...

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0 – #3

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0 – #3

by Matt Smith . . . Another week, another set of responses! Having last week been unwaveringly open and honest about both their current state of being and their feelings for the future, our panel now returns to the lighter side, declaring the dream Broadway partner...

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0

Quarantine Questionnaire 2.0

by Matt Smith . . . Kevin Chamberlin What’s in a word… or three? There’s no doubt the pandemic has us all navigating a cavalcade of emotions. From rage and anxiety, to excitement and hopefulness, there’s no telling what we could be feeling at any given moment. Of...

Quirky Q & A with Notable Names

Quirky Q & A with Notable Names

by Matt Smith . . . It’s certainly not an understatement to say life has been a rollercoaster throughout the last twelve months.  And as we’ve officially surpassed a year since the shutdown of our beloved Broadway and other theaters and performing arts spaces...

JULIE HALSTON-PFF BELTER

JULIE HALSTON-PFF BELTER

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Julie Halston is more than just one of the theater and cabaret world’s most beloved treasures. As the host of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation's (PFF) annual Broadway Belts for PFF! benefit, which will be...

André De Shields Speaks Truth

André De Shields Speaks Truth

Interview by Sandi Durell . . . When I received notice about Black History Month and the performers who were participating at Flushing Town Hall in its virtual 3-part stream of artists this month, I was excited to note André De Shields as one of them. I had the...

LILLIAS WHITE GETS SASSY

LILLIAS WHITE GETS SASSY

by Brian Scott Lipton . . . For four decades, Lillias White has been thrilling New York audiences with her virtuosic performances, from brilliantly playing Effie White in the 1987 revival of “Dreamgirls” to her Tony-Award winning work as the hardened prostitute Sonja...

Plummering the Depths of Words

Plummering the Depths of Words

Written by Harry Haun in 2012. . . Christopher Plummer Wins Oscar 2012 . . . There is a defining moment in Harold Pinter’s ”No Man’s Land” - a word, really—that betrays Christopher Plummer’s unbridled passion for the written text. Playing a shabby wannabe poet, he is...

Rona Siddiqui

Rona Siddiqui

By Sandi Durell Rona Siddiqui's career speaks for itself as a composer/lyricist, musical director and the 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient along with numerous awards under her belt, like the 2019 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award.  Her credits are amazing so rather...

ANYONE CAN WHISTLE FIRST COMPLETE RECORDING

ANYONE CAN WHISTLE FIRST COMPLETE RECORDING

Interview by Ron Fassler Stephen Sondheim, John Yap It’s still Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday year and a special gift has arrived long in the making: the First Complete Recording of Anyone Can Whistle, the second Broadway show for which he wrote both music and...

Quarantine Questionnaire 4

Quarantine Questionnaire 4

Robyn Hurder by Matt Smith Another day in lockdown, another set of responses! As we wrap up the first edition of our dynamic new Quarantine Questionnaire series, we’re taking an up-close and personal look at how this lengthy pause has affected our panel participants,...

Quarantine Questionnaire 3

Quarantine Questionnaire 3

by Matt Smith As the shutdown rages on, we continue our attempt to capture that deeply-missed theatrical magic with another round of reactions and replies in our Quarantine Questionnaire series! Having previously presented their most-played theatre ditties and...

Quarantine Questionnaire 2

Quarantine Questionnaire 2

. . . Josh Lamon. . . By Matt Smith To satisfy our long-festering cravings and yours, we reached out to a handful of industry names — including would-be current performers and alumni alike — to ask a few, short quirky Broadway-related questions as they relate to life...

Quarantine Questionnaire 1

Quarantine Questionnaire 1

by Matt Smith We may have, at this point, logged over 200 days in quarantine, but although states all over the country have begun to ease up on restrictions, it’s pretty clear this virus is showing no signs of slowing down. And with the recent news that our beloved...

Talking with Dr. Drama

Talking with Dr. Drama

    by Melissa Griegel   Alisa Hurwitz, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with her own practice in Massachusetts. In addition, she is a psychologist for the Broadway theater community. As “Dr. Drama,” Alisa applies her professional knowledge to consult...

Mattea Conforti

Mattea Conforti

  Interview by Carole Di Tosti   You are probably familiar with Mattea Conforti if you saw her on Broadway in the title role of Matilda the Musical at age 9. Since then this shining star has appeared in Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and...

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