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Tag: mental health

Elsie Cast and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Elsie Cast and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Conversation with Rachel Milligan 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 […]

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

Jeremy Jordan – Accidental Actor

Jeremy Jordan – Accidental Actor

To watch Jeremy Jordan perform is to witness confidence and swagger personified, whether leading the newsboys’ strike in Newsies, exploring childhood imagination in Finding Neverland, or charming his way through a string of heists in Bonnie & Clyde. So you might be surprised to learn […]

Alexandra Silber – Radical Awe

Alexandra Silber – Radical Awe

Alexandra Silber has played many of the great roles in the West End, Broadway, and major concerts, including Julie Jordan in Carousel, Sophie de Palma in Master Class, Maria in West Side Story, and Amalia in She Loves Me. But the world she has spent the most time inhabiting by […]

Ilana Levine – The Power of Yes

Ilana Levine – The Power of Yes

There is no way to introduce this guest except to say that if you are not yet listening to her podcast, Little Known Facts, you need to start now. Ilana Levine is doing some of the most in-depth, intimate interviews out there. Her guests have […]

Joseph Morales: Are They Listening?

Joseph Morales: Are They Listening?

Hamilton: An American Musical is a singular piece of theater for any number of reasons, including the creative team’s ability for plucking young talent. Joseph Morales is one of the few actors on the planet who have earned the distinct honor of playing Alexander Hamilton […]

Top 10 Musicals about Mental Health

Top 10 Musicals about Mental Health

Art is a powerful medium for understanding ourselves and each other. As one of those art forms, theater can elucidate and educate, allowing us inside of the internal lives of the characters through song and dance in a way that other genres cannot, making it […]

Rodney Hicks: Finding Meaning in Art

Rodney Hicks: Finding Meaning in Art

Rodney Hicks is a 43-year-old Broadway veteran but it would be easy to mistake him for a master yogi. He has a fitness worthy of an athletic professional, creating an appearance that defies age, and a public presentation that exudes a level of peace and knowledge that comes from decades of philosophical study. […]

Hamilton and Bipolar Disorder – Why He Wrote Like He Was Running Out of Time

Hamilton and Bipolar Disorder – Why He Wrote Like He Was Running Out of Time

Hamilton: An American Musical is arguably and by all measures the most popular theater piece of the last one hundred years. The secondary market ticket prices are unprecedented (into the thousands of dollars for the best seats) and the show is sold-out well into 2018. The musical moved beyond Broadway […]