• Beyond the Stage Door with Brandon Michael Nase

    This week’s ‘Beyond the Stage Door’ interview is with Brandon Michael Nase. Hopefully you’re coming here after listening to either the audio or video interview with Brandon. Los Angeles & New York City based artist, Brandon Michael Nase, is a versatile performer of repertoire ranging from Musical Theatre to Pop, R&B, Jazz and Opera. He has recently been seen in Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Frozen Live at the Hyperion, Little Shop of Horrors , and Les Miserables. Equally adept on the concert stage, Brandon has performed across the United States and abroad as a soloist, most notably in Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messae di Gloria, and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Additionally, Brandon has had the privilege of performing…

  • Six Facts about Color Blind Casting

      Color Blind Casting is a hot topic in the entertainment industry right now. From Condola Rashad in Saint Joan to Joshua Henry in Carousel, it’s all everyone has been talking about since ‘Hamilton’ arrived. Just like any topic that blows up everyone has an opinion on it or will try to manipulate it. These six facts are for anyone on a creative team that might have the wrong idea about color blind casting and actors of color who are tired of having this conversation with people outside of its scope. Color blind casting is not a fad or trend Because of its recent popularity we tend to stick color…

  • Beyond the Stage Door with Cassondra James

    This week’s ‘Beyond the Stage Door’ interview is with Cassondra James from Broadway’s Tony nominated ‘Once on this Island’. Cassondra has traveled the world singing with Cory Henry and the funk apostles. And has performed with Christina Aguilera, Kim Burrell, Tituss Burgess, The original ladies of Chic, Laura Izibor, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, LaChanze, and Wynton Marsalis. so it’s needless to say that she is unbelievably talented and accomplished. In addition to her musical accomplishments, Cassondra earned her B.A. in sociology from Hofstra University, her Master’s degree in theological studies from Drew University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where…

  • Beyond the Stage Door with Jared Dixon

    Welcome to the inaugural ‘Beyond the Stage Door’ interview! The stage door is known in theatre as “The Third Act”, where the audience meets the actors they just watched perform. Think of this as your virtual stage door, your bridge to these performers after the lights go down. This series will give you an inside scoop on performance tips, tricks, and everything else.   The first guest is Jared Dixon from the first national tour of “The Color Purple”. Jared has spent the last year on tour with ‘The Color Purple’ and I wanted to ask him some questions about his experiences and more. So here’s that interview!   What…

  • We Tell the Story: Once on this island review

      FAMILY! Tonight, I saw my second Broadway show, Once on this Island. It was the singular greatest theatre experience of my life. I have been SEARCHING for every opportunity to see this show since it announced it was coming to Broadway. This show was a blessing to my soul! Honestly, truly, it is unlike any other musical experience. I have been anxiously waiting for MONTHS to see this show and on a whim after an eight hour rehearsal, My mom, little sister, and I went to enter the lottery for the show. They called nine names before she called my sister’s BUT when she did! My God, it was…

  • ‘Something Rotten’ A musical experience you didn’t know you needed.

    Something Rotten took the roof off the fox theatre and didn’t let up until bows.’ Something Rotten is THE show for theatre kids and goers everywhere. This show’s book is underrated, period. There’s no other way to describe it, but it remains one of the most loved shows that’s not technically a cult show. But ‘Something Rotten’ is absolutely brilliant, in every way. Some of these jokes are so layered that only geniuses could write them. At one point there was an entire line dedicated to songs from musicals with the word “wheels” in the title. What?!? I heard wheels of a dream (A song from ‘Ragtime’) and I audibly…

  • Todrick Hall: An Unprecedented Success

      Todrick Hall has achieved success like no other artist ever has. Todrick is one of the few theatre people to gain mainstream attention with ‘theatre culture’. I started watching his videos a decade ago, I promise you I didn’t think the guy singing at the drive thru would be where he is today. Over ten years, I’ve watched him do flash mobs, mashups, tours, TV shows, two documentaries, and two visual albums. I mean this wholeheartedly and with the pun intended, this man is Nonstop. I’m not going to breakdown his life and how he got to where he is because there’s a Youtube channel with 489 videos on…

  • Beginner’s Guide to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

    I know this is generally a theatre blog, but Avengers: Infinity War is too big not to talk about. We are less than a couple of weeks out from the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’! This movie is set to be the end of the MCU as we know it. This project has been kept so guarded that even cast members were given fake scripts. The Russo Brothers are about to bring about a new era of sci fi movies, not just the superhero category. Ryan Coogler just set a new precedent in superhero movies, becoming the third highest grossing US movie of all time. The Russos are maybe the…

  • Something Rotten! will play Atlanta’s Fox Theatre April 17-22

    Family! it is time and tickets are on sale now! Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, will make its Atlanta premiere at the Fox Theatre from April 17-22 as part of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta’s 2017/2018 season. Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting FoxTheatre.org, by calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St…

  • Serenbe Playhouse’s Little Mermaid review!

      The show must go on, my Serenbe Playhouse ‘Little Mermaid’ experience. FAMILY! I got to see Opening Night of The Little Mermaid at Serenbe Playhouse and I must applaud this cast. Theatre is about the recovery, if you mess up a line but recover well you just won the audience. At the end of the last number, the sound cut out. The orchestra somehow was disconnected and wasn’t coming through the speakers. This cast finished that song and in just enough time for the sound to get connected again. THEY FINISHED THE NUMBER WITH NO MUSIC. The audience was on its feet. An audience will forever respect the recovery…