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Elsie Cast

Elsie Cast

I spoke with Rachel Ferat of the Elsie Cast about the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We discuss the fantastic theater references held within, as well as exploring the mental health elements of the show, including addiction, suicide and borderline personality disorder. You can check out […]

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

There are moments when the full power of a musical is amplified and lifted beyond its prior potential by the events occurring outside of the theater walls. I witnessed such a moment this past summer during a stellar production of Ragtime when hatred and violence […]

Gillian Pensavalle Wrote the Other 51 – ADHD and The Hamilcast

Gillian Pensavalle Wrote the Other 51 – ADHD and The Hamilcast

What fan of the singular show Hamilton: An American Musical wouldn’t love to have its writer and star Lin Manuel Miranda over for drinks and four hours of talking about Hamilton? One enthusiast, Gillian Pensavalle, has done just that with her podcast, The Hamilcast. During […]

Dr. Drama in NAMI

Dr. Drama in NAMI

I often reference NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as a resource, so I am extra pleased to have been published on their website talking about mental health in musical theater.  You can check it out at https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2017/The-Top-Three-Musicals-About-Mental-Health Best, Dr. Drama

Karla Garcia – Finding Her Legacy

Karla Garcia – Finding Her Legacy

Karla Garcia’s dance career has led her to many achievements, including being on the brilliant television competition, So You Think You Can Dance, working with dance world icons such as Debbie Allen, and become a fantastic choreographer in her own right. She also has the […]

Molly Hager – What’s Inside

Molly Hager – What’s Inside

Molly Hager has been in the hit musical Waitress (ensemble and Becky understudy) since the show opened on Broadway, as well as having been a swing in the cult off-Broadway dark comedy hit, Heathers the Musical. The 31-year-old actress spoke openly about how, in spite […]

Josh Young – Make Them Hear You

Josh Young – Make Them Hear You

This past summer I walked into a theater where the face of the Statue of Liberty floated on a bare stage. The first pensive notes of the piano played and the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Ragtime began to unfold. I was moved by many of the […]

Samantha Massell – Shaping Perspectives

Samantha Massell – Shaping Perspectives

Samantha Massell has a pedigree that makes her ripe for leading a musical. She grew up in New York City a child of the arts, made her Broadway debut at the age of 12 in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme, and co-starred in a critically acclaimed […]

Tis Better to Give than to Receive – The 6 Best Online Spots for Broadway-Themed Shopping

Tis Better to Give than to Receive – The 6 Best Online Spots for Broadway-Themed Shopping

The adage about giving being better than receiving is true. If you have a Broadway lover in your life and want to thrill them with the perfect theater-themed gift,  look no further than this list. Below find the best places online to find Broadway merchandise, […]

5 Broadway Performances I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

5 Broadway Performances I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

Broadway always brings me to gratitude, for being present, for access, for art, for live theater. Some of the most memorable experiences I have had in that rarified environment have been from witnessing an incredible, mountain-moving performance. I am talking about the melding of actor […]