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Interview with Christopher Tierney “Johnny” of DIRTY DANCING National Tour

March 8th, 2017 by admin

The national tour of DIRTY DANCING is currently sweeping the nation, which means we should all be getting tickets to have the time of our lives. The musical, adapted from the 1987 film, tells the iconic story of Baby and Johnny as the unlikely pair mambo their way through an unlikely love story and lots of dance lessons. The film, being sexy and edgy for its time, captivated audiences like none before.

The musical adaption adds in popular hits from the time period as well as dance numbers galore. Keeping “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” as the final song, the show is just pure nostalgic fun as lead actor Christopher Tierney alludes to in a quick BWW interview.

JCA: The story of DIRTY DANCING and the main characters are obviously iconic. Tell me how it feels to play Johnny in the national tour.

CT: It feels comfortable to play something that has mirrored my own life in a way.

JCA: Bouncing off of that, everyone thinks of Patrick Swayze as Johnny, but you probably want to be somewhat original as an artist. How do you straddle that line?

CT: By not throwing away the essence of what Patrick brought to the role, and what he brought to the role was sincerity.

JCA: The characters of Johnny and Baby have major chemistry. How were you and Bronwyn Reed, who plays Baby in the show, able to create that type of relationship on stage?

CT: By keeping our energy playful and frustrating. Bronwyn does a wonderful job of challenging me.

JCA: What should audiences expect when they come to see you and the cast of DIRTY DANCING on tour?

CT: Nostalgia, sexy and sexy nostalgia.

Interview courtesy of Broadway World  by Justin Cole Adams BroadwayWorld.com Nov. 27, 2016

 

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage! April 7-9, 2017

Tickets at Shubert.com by phone at 203-562-5666

Or at the Box Office at 247 College St., New Haven, CT

 

 

Life on Tour with Riverdance – Video Interview with two of the newest cast members

February 8th, 2017 by admin

Orlagh Carty and Ellen Bonner  sat down with our newest cast members Jenny Murray & Jessica Leach to find out how they are finding life on tour with Riverdance.

Interview taken from the Riverdance blog site – January 24, 2017

Riverdance will be at The Shubert Theatre, March 3-5, 2017

Tickets online at Shubert.com; or by phone at 203-562-5666

or at the box office window at 247 College Street New Haven

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! … What did that mean anyway?

January 30th, 2017 by admin

For a number of generations the above words immediately spark a memory of the theme song to the classic television series Laverne and Shirley.

However, many people are not aware of the origins of this silly, little ditty that Laverne and Shirley sang before every episode.

Schlemiel and Schlimazel are two Yiddish terms often used in a comical, but sometimes biting sense of humor.

A Schlemiel is an inept clumsy person and a Schlimazel is a very unlucky person. There’s a Yiddish saying that translates to a funny way of explaining them both.

A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup and a schlimazel is the person it lands on.

Hasenpfeffer is actually a German stew and I have no idea why it is part of this ditty except that when it is all put together you cannot help but laugh at how it sounds. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic here is the YouTube Link to the opening theme.

Humor has existed since the beginning of mankind, and recent scholarship even places it in one of history’s earliest recorded documents, the Old Testament.

For almost all cultures, humor actually springs out of tragedy. It is one of mankind’s original coping mechanisms. In fact, the term “Laughter in the trenches” originated out of the despair on both sides during the bloodiest battles of World War I.

But sometimes humor also springs forth out of innocence and gentleness. Just watch any young child playing and laughing and a smile cannot help but cross your face. I cannot even begin to tell you half the things my granddaughter does that makes us all laugh out loud.

This week, on most of our PBS stations, you too will get a chance to experience humor that springs forth from a joyous, loving place. My guest is Cindy Williams who portrayed Shirley Feeney in Laverne and Shirley.

 

From the moment Cindy entered our studio she had us in the palm of her hand. She exudes joy, charm, wit and grace and all in her presence could feel it. And, you too cannot help but be taken by this talented actress as we discuss her book Shirley, I Jest!. It is a memoir that proves your attitude about life can get you through the toughest battles we all face.

Whatever it was, we had to laugh at it or we’d try something else until we did!

Cindy Williams – Shirley, I Jest!

Enjoy the show and may you find the humor in even difficult times,

Barry

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Barry Kibrick Host and Producer of Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick seen on PBS.

11/09/2015 01:17 pm ET | Updated Nov 09, 2016

 

Menopause the Musical – starring Cindy Williams

at The Shubert Theatre New Haven

February 3-4, 2017

Shubert.com  for tickets

or by phone: 203-562-5666

or visit the box office and save on fees — 247 College Street, New Haven

 

Interview With: Decades Rewind: “We want you to sing and dance and have fun!”

January 6th, 2017 by admin

Trimming down the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s is a Herculean task. So when Decades Rewind co-founder Peter Gatti creates the set list for a live music retrospective, he looks to the prospective audience to determine which songs make the cut. If the audience isn’t likely to know all the words, it’s off the list. Simple as that.

“We’re loving it, and the crowds are really enjoying it, and we’re just having the time of our life.”

“The pool of material is just massive, which is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. The good thing is, as the show grows and we change the medleys, we have plenty to pull from. The hard thing is what do you pull?” says Gatti. “We want music that is immediately recognizable. Our mission from day one was to move people and bring them back in time. We hope that people will be able to revisit some good memories.”

Decades Rewind revisits the soundtracks of generations, beginning with the 80s and traveling back through the 70s and 60s, from Madonna to Motown and everything in between. A multi-media wall accompanies the music with visual displays of pop culture images relevant to each decade. The show is staged Dec 8 and 9 at the Times-Union Center for the Arts (www.fscjartistseries.org).

“There was such a common area of American culture with so many fads and changes. In the 60s, you had the hippie movement, if you will. The 70s had disco, which cut into rock ‘n roll for a while. Then rock came back in the 80s. Way back in the 60s you had Motown, which was really the first attempt at rock ‘n’ roll,” says Gatti.

The video wall features three screens choreographed with imagery from the Vietnam era, Woodstock footage, old cars, and former presidents along with the cost for a gallon of milk, house, or car in each decade.

“When we start the show, no one really knows what to expect. Is this a concert? Is it a musical? Is it a theatrical show? Quite frankly, it’s all of the above. But the audience doesn’t really know what to do yet.”

“It’s almost like a documentary. Decades Rewind represents the eras I grew up in, and there [are] just so many genres to choose from in those decades,” he says. “We include different styles with a disco medley, a funk medley, a pop medley and a dance with over 100 costume changes. We definitely try to keep it from getting stale.”

Unlike similar revues that keep the band in the background, Decades Rewind puts the band in the forefront. They all play an integral part of the show and enjoy equal time in the spotlight. “We are a full-fledged band. Our guitar players are amazing. There are no background tracks and because of that energy, the music sounds and feels like you remember it,” says Gatti. “The thing I hear most after every show is that it brought back so many memories like ‘we used to sing that in the car driving on vacation’ or whatever. Those are the things we try to bring out in people.”

With co-founder and drummer Mark Blinkhorn, Gatti began to conceptualize the Decades Rewind show based on the best times of his coming-of-age period. They recruited veteran players and developed a smoking live band to give the show a level of authenticity often missing from other musical tributes.

“When we start the show, no one really knows what to expect. Is this a concert? Is it a musical? Is it a theatrical show? Quite frankly, it’s all of the above. But the audience doesn’t really know what to do yet,” says Gatti. “After the first medley, one of our entertainers introduces herself and explains that this is audience participation. We want you to sing and dance and have fun. Going into our second medley, people start getting into it and by the time we get to the 70s, the disco ball is spinning and the whole place is standing up and dancing.”

“We want music that is immediately recognizable. Our mission from day one was to move people and bring them back in time. We hope that people will be able to revisit some good memories.”

Decades Rewind debuted in small theatres just last November and has been going strong ever since. “We started with about 14 songs, and one thing led to another, and the next thing you know we’re performing about 60 songs, give or take,” says Gatti. “We’re loving it, and the crowds are really enjoying it, and we’re just having the time of our life.”

Gatti says the song lineup is a reflection of the audience, but it also plays to the strength of the cast members. As a keyboard player, he looks forward to those moments in the show that allow him to show off his skills.

“We brought in some people that are very good at playing a specific style or artist, so we try to incorporate that as much as we can,” he says. “I’m a classic rocker at heart, and, although we enjoy playing everything, we do an arena rock medley. We do a song by Boston called ‘Foreplay’ with a big organ solo, and then right after that we do ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in its entirety which, to me, is one of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. I really enjoy playing it and the crowd sings along to every word. It’s one of my favorite moments in the show.”

Liza Mitchell December 6, 2016 – EUJacksonville

 

Decades Rewind: A Tribute to an Era 

January 29, 2017 Sunday 7pm

Shubert Theatre, New Haven

www.shubert.com

Interview with Sean Donnelly – one of the Shubert’s New Year’s Eve comedians

December 27th, 2016 by admin

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene. It’s called Meet Me In New York.

(Photo of Sean Donnelly by Mindy Tucker)

 

Sean Donnelly and I have crossed paths so often in New York City over the years, and even just recently, that we literally crossed paths in the East Village as I was running from a podcast to a show, and he was with his wife doing something normal couples do. Probably. Moreover, on consecutive weeks, I attended the launches of new weekly indie comedy rooms in Brooklyn and both of the showcases featured Donnelly. He’s a solid guy just looking at him, sure. But he’s also a solid stand-up guy. You can depend upon him to deliver a strong set.

Donnelly first showed up on my radar by hosting one of the weekly shows in the basement of former comedy club Comix (in Ochi’s Lounge) back in 2008, and in the intervening years, performed at various comedy festivals around America, became a “New Face” in Montreal for 2013, and made it on TV as a stand-up for Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Adam Devine’s House Party. He also has his own podcast with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain called My Dumb Friends on All Things Comedy, and this weekend, celebrates the release of his first comedy album, “Manual Labor Face,” and his edition of The Half-Hour on Comedy Central. The album is out today. The Comedy Central half-hour debuts Saturday.

So let’s get to know this other funny Sean!

Name: Sean Donnelly Arrival date: 2006 (to NYC) Arrived from: Long Island (I grew up right on the border of Queens and Nassau County) When and where did you start performing comedy? “I started at open mics in NYC mostly down in the West VIllage.”

What was your best credit before moving here? “I started here so my biggest credit before that was an audience member on The Ricki Lake Show.”

Why did you pick NYC over LA or anywhere else? “Picked NYC because I am from NY and I didn’t know how far I would go. I kinda didn’t realize you could go start somewhere else and then come to NYC.”

How did growing up in NYC shape your desire to be in show business? “I think being in NYC and coming in to check out comedy clubs got my love for stand-up even more intense. When I was like 19, I would come in and see Patrice (Oneal) and all those Tough Crowd guys at the Cellar and Boston Comedy Club. Having access to shows like that just makes you wanna do it that much more.”

Did growing up in NYC make it any easier to launch your comedy career here? “Well it helped because I didn’t have to do the whole ‘move to another town thing’ but I feel like it also hurt because I went through my comedy growing pains in the mecca of stand-up. I bet there are guys who see me now and just think of me from terrible open mics from back in the day.”

How long did it take to get your first paid gig in NYC after moving here? “I think like two years, I did a road show in Westchester that was a joint Bachelor/Bachelorette part. In NYC, it took me like three years I think till I started working at Stand-Up NY.”

How is this scene better/same/worse than the scene you moved from? “One thing I love in NYC is how you can get up five times a night if you want and have a whole spectrum of audiences from tourists to hipsters.”

Have you ever considered moving to L.A. or elsewhere to further your career? “Yes, I definitely would, but it would have to be for a showbiz-type job. I think the ideal situation would be to be able to bounce back and forth but that would cost too much right now. I always say I would love to move out of NYC in general, but when I really think about it, I do love it and it has really helped me get to the point I am at now and hopefully will help me get better as a comic as time goes on.”

Can you describe an “only in New York City” moment from your experience here? “This city messes you up. I recently saw a homeless guy in Alphabet City giving the finger to an ambulance that was blaring its sirens. The most New York part was my reaction. I’ve lived in the city so long that the minute I saw that I thought ‘Yeah F%&*K that ambulance!’”

What tip would you give to any comedian who moves here? “Leave your ego at whatever city you came from. There are so many comics here so be prepared to eat S%$T and not just onstage but off as well. It can be really rough at first, but stick it out and it will make you a better comic.

Where do you see yourself five years from now? “I hope to be touring a bunch but on my own terms. Maybe even have my own show, which would be amazing because it would mean I could do stand-up that way — on my own terms. That is the way I think of this whole thing. Everything helps me do more stand-up.”

You can see Sean Donnelly performing regularly around New York City. His first Comedy Central Records release is called “Manual Labor Face,” .

Article Posted by Sean L. McCarthy | Nov 13, 2015 | Interviews, Meet Me In New York | |

 

Sean will be performing at the Shubert New Haven as part of the “First Night of Funny” – New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2016  – 8pm. 

Click HERE for tickets and for more information

 

 

Pink Martini’s China Forbes grew up in an odd household. Her sister made a movie about it

December 9th, 2016 by admin

Maya Forbes and her younger sister China grew up in unusual circumstances. Their father Cameron Forbes was born into a wealthy Boston family — Secretary of State John Kerry is a relative — and suffered from bipolar disorder. Their mother is African American and met her husband when they worked at a public TV station in Boston in the 1960s. Cameron Forbes was hospitalized at times because of his illness but was a strong, loving presence in his daughters’ lives and became their primary caregiver when their mother attended graduate school in New York.

Both women graduated from Harvard University (as did their father) and went into the arts. Maya Forbes became a screenwriter, first for “The Larry Sanders Show” and later for movies (“The Rocker”) and TV miniseries (“The Kennedys”). China Forbes is the lead singer for Pink Martini and a longtime Portland resident who has released a solo album and is studying opera.

Their childhood has been a continuing source of inspiration. China Forbes has written a number of songs about it and Maya Forbes’ new movie “Infinitely Polar Bear” is a lightly fictionalized account of their lives during the period when their mother moved to New York. Mark Ruffalo plays their father, called Cam Stuart in the movie, and Zoe Saldana is their mother. Imogene Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes’ daughter, plays a character based on the young Maya Forbes.

China Forbes, left, and her sister Maya Forbes. Maya Forbes wrote and directed "Infinitely Polar Bear," a movie about their childhood. (Wally Wolodarsky)

China Forbes, left, and her sister Maya Forbes. Maya Forbes wrote and directed “Infinitely Polar Bear,” a movie about their childhood. (Wally Wolodarsky)

The Forbes sisters laughed easily and teased each other affectionately in a joint interview. Maya Forbes started by talking about how long she worked on the script and got it made with the help of J.J. Abrams, the “Star Wars” director.

“I worked on it and worked on it and tried to get the tone right,” Maya Forbes said. “I wanted a tone that would be both poignant and have a lot of pathos to it but also humor. That took me many years, working on it not consistently but working on it and setting it aside, working on it and setting it aside.

“When it was finally finished I got it to J.J. Abrams, who embraced it and wanted to help get it made. Then we got Mark Ruffalo attached and it took some years to get the financing before we finally shot the film.”

I asked Maya Forbes if it was hard to put her feelings aside and write about herself as a character in a movie.

“Well, I never put feelings aside. I put feelings into the script (laughs),” Maya Forbes said. “I wanted to put complicated feelings across — there was a lot of love but also anger and frustration and for me wanting to take care of my father and have him be OK. For him, wanting us to launch into the world, his two girls, but also wanting us to be with him. All of those complicated feelings I put into the movie.”

At this point China Forbes joined the conversation, and Maya Forbes asked her the same question: “China, do you think it was hard for me to do a personal project?”

“No, but it was such a long time coming in your career,” China Forbes said. “I kept expecting you to do something much more personal than you were doing, and when it finally started it was a relief to all of us. I don’t think there was any hesitation about you tackling the subject matter. I don’t think you were holding back at all.”

Maya Forbes: “It definitely was difficult, but I wanted to humanize somebody I loved. I wanted to do this portrait of a person that I loved who suffered from bipolar disorder and some of the things that were hard about it and some that were really great about it.

“He was a person. He was not just a person with an illness; he was a full person, in some ways a bad father and in some ways a wonderful father. Ultimately a wonderful father, I felt, even though when you put those things on paper it might not look like the greatest father. After having children of my own and reflecting on my childhood I felt that I had learned so much from him and from this whole experience that we went through. I evolved as a person, maybe sometimes too quickly, growing up too quickly. But we all go through life wrestling with different emotions and I feel like I learned how to do all that very well.”

I asked China Forbes how it felt to have her sister make a movie out of their lives.

“I was really excited because first of all it’s an amazing experience to sit in a theater and watch something very close to your childhood on the screen,” China Forbes said. “It’s an incredible gift. When I was at Sundance and I saw the movie, the final cut for the first time, it was like a living, breathing photo album of my childhood. Having lost my dad so long ago it was a gift to see him again. I was just captivated and delighted and crying.

“It wasn’t hard for me, I guess because I’m a songwriter and I put my personal life into my songs. For me, it’s just been a joy.”

Maya Forbes’ daughter plays her in the movie. But who could capture the young China Forbes?

Maya: “I did think about that. I thought about her love of purple (laughs).”

China: “I do love purple!”

Maya: “You really loved it then!”

China: “Lavender, a whole lavender outfit!”

Maya: “I certainly wanted to find a little girl who had a lot of flair. The funny thing is that my daughter, who plays my character, reminds me a lot of China when China was little. She’s a performer, and she plays the “me’ part, and I’m not really a performer.”

China: “Although Maya was the lead in ‘Anything Goes.’ She played Reno Sweeney. And you did some theater in high school. You were in ‘The Fantasticks.'”

Maya: “I was a performer, but not now.”

China: “No, not now.”

Maya: “Oh thanks! … Yes, I looked for a little girl with charisma and flair and has the singing/dancing gene, although it’s hard to find someone who can sing as well as China.”

China: “Awww.”

Maya: “And then my mother found out she would be played by Zoe Saldana, who’s such a graceful, wonderful actress — everyone was happy. My father obviously is not alive but I think he would have really hit it off with Mark Ruffalo. That’s not really what you’re going for when you make a personal project — when you ruffle feathers, you ruffle feathers. But I approached the project with such empathy — I was angry at other people at the time we depict in the movie but I’m certainly not angry now. It didn’t dissipate for a long time but I really wrote the movie from a place of really appreciating what everybody had to go through.”

I asked China Forbes whether she felt that her childhood made her a more artistic person.

China: “I do. I think it’s not an accident that we are both artists because I think when you go through that kind of childhood you need to make sense of it for the rest of your life. Expressing it through writing or music is incredibly cathartic. I think I’ll be having my own internal wrestle with that for a lifetime as well.

“When I look back I wouldn’t change a thing. But at the time, of course, when I was 8, I would have changed everything. Maya really captured the embarrassment of living in an apartment where we didn’t want anyone to come over. Now I have a beautiful house and I want everyone to come over. I righted that part of my struggle and become very home-oriented.”

Maya: “Your house is very beautiful, and you’ve taken part of it from our childhood.”

China: “Yeah, it’s like I’ve taken what’s beautiful instead of what was squalid (laughs) and created this bohemian fantasy (laughs).”

Maya Forbes made “Infinitely Polar Bear,” and China Forbes wrote songs about the same period.

China: “Oh yeah, from the beginning. I put out an album in 1995 and there’s a song called ‘Doorways’ that’s about my dad and a song called ‘I Can’t Cry’ about not being able to deal with your emotions. In the movie my character says ‘I don’t cry anymore’ but Maya’s character totally cries. She’s always the emotional gateway to whatever’s happening with our family. She’s the one who experiences it and I’m sheltered by the older sister and shut down from all feelings. Years later I wrote about that and I had to work to try to undo that shutdown I created for myself as a protection.

“And then of course my song ’78,’ which was the title song of my last album, is all about this exact moment when my mom goes to New York, which is what this movie is about. I wrote a song about it and Maya wrote an entire movie about it. Which is typical because she’s the older one and she’s smarter and will write a really long, 90-page version of it and I’ll write a three-paragraph song (laughs).

Maya: “That is not true! But for you to say it is so sweet! … I want to add one thing about why we’re both artists. Our parents did love art — we went to the movies all the time and the theater all the time, and they really encouraged self-expression. It’s not always the greatest when your kids are expressing themselves loudly and obstinately right and left, but I do think my father — both of them — I think they understood that we were going through a difficult situation and it was important to express yourself even though it wasn’t always fun to hear it.”

China: “I remember one time I was playing and singing so loudly that our cat jumped on my back and chased me out of the room. It was speaking for the family, I think. My dad was really nice and he wouldn’t say ‘Shut up!’ But the cat did.”

Maya: “I couldn’t use that! Unfortunately you can’t train a cat … I’m laughing so hard because I witnessed that moment and it was crazy.”

China: “That kitty was so mean.”

By Jeff Baker | The Oregonian/OregonLive The Oregonian July 17, 2015

 

Pink Martini with China Forbes will be at the Shubert for One Night Only

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8pm.

For tix: shubert.com

David Sedaris on The Santaland Diaries — The comedian’s experiences as a wicked department store elf make an off-Broadway hit

November 23rd, 2016 by admin

No matter what you plan on doing this Black Friday Weekend, don’t miss David Sedaris’ THE SANTALAND DIARIES, starring Ian Galligan, here at the Shubert!

This wickedly funny one-man show is guaranteed to get you into the holidays off to a hilarious start!

 

Check out this article from 1996, when the show first opened Off-Broadway, for a bit of the backstory on how it came to be – and why you should add it to your to-do list this weekend…

David Sedaris on The Santaland Diaries – The comedian’s experiences as a wicked department store elf make an off-Broadway hit

December 13 1996

“I’ve always loved Christmas,” admits David Sedaris with exasperation. “I was surprised when people read The Santaland Diaries and thought I was anti-Christmas.”

Actually, the misunderstanding is natural considering the material: Santaland, Sedaris’ caustic true-life tale of his two-year stint as a Macy’s department store elf who offers more holiday sneer than cheer, comes to wickedly hilarious life in a one-man stage adaptation. The sold-out show has quickly become a popular alternative to traditional holiday shows in theatres across America.

After Sedaris quit a teaching job in Chicago (where he studied painting at the prestigious Art Institute) and moved to New York, the only work he could find was doling out candy canes for $7 an hour. But the North Carolina native’s quirky manner didn’t meld with his new elf persona. “You go from people calling you ‘Mr. Sedaris’ to calling you ‘Crumpet,”’ he deadpans. “It plays games with your psyche.”

Actor Ian Galligan as Crumpet

Actor Ian Galligan as Crumpet

Author David Sedaris in his actual Macy's elf costume

Author David Sedaris in his actual Macy’s elf costume

Sedaris, who turns 40 the day after Christmas, turned those games to his advantage. “I wrote it thinking parody, satire,” he laughs. When acclaimed stage director Joe Mantello first read Santaland Diaries in Sedaris’ best-selling 1994 collection Barrel Fever, he saw it as theater. “David’s writing is so peculiar and twisted,” says Mantello. “I had to bring it to the stage.” With Sedaris, Mantello has made Santaland into a funny and poignant tour de force.

“If you play your cards right, Christmas is a time for getting stuff. I’m happy to give. But,” Sedaris says with an elfin grin, “I don’t want to take any chances on getting.”

THE SANTALAND DIARIES runs at the Shubert Theatre THIS WEEKEND – November 25-27! Ticket are on sale now and include a pre-show holiday reception one hour prior to show, including complimentary cocktail and light hors d’oeuvres. Click here for tickets & information: http://bit.ly/2cI2FOt

 

Interview: Tatyana Lubov – A Fairytale Journey to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

October 21st, 2016 by admin

Small town girl moves to New York City with dreams of breaking into the highly-competitive world of Broadway and musical theatre. Newcomer Tatyana Lubov did just that when she defied odds and landed the title role in the fresh new national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

Lubov, a Cottage Grove native, who attended Monona Grove High School, honed her craft under the tutelage of her talented parents, Mom, the choir director, and her dad, with a deep history in the Madison music scene and director of the school’s musicals.

Photo: Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes

Photo: Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes

I was excited to talk with Ms. Lubov about her journey from new kid in the Big Apple, to lead actress originating the touring role of Ella. She had lived in New York City a mere four months when she went to an open casting call for CINDERELLA. She was number 412 in line to audition, but after waiting all day, was never seen. In a stroke of luck, she was encouraged to send in a video audition, which she promptly did, catching the eye of the creative team and earning a callback.

Many call backs later she received the life-altering phone call. Because Lubov had not yet landed an agent, the casting director called her directly to share the good news that she will be stepping into the glass slippers. When asked how she told her parents, Lubov said, “My mom was actually coming out to NY with her students. So I waited and told her in person in Times Square, and she just squealed.”

At the time we spoke, Lubov was deep in rehearsals. I asked if she had developed any favorite numbers from the show. She said, “I really like the first number of the show. It’s one I don’t even sing in that much, but I get to listen to the cast sing this beautiful opening number. For me, it’s that moment I feel really lucky to be surrounded by such a great and talented cast. And it almost sounds like a hymn, and it’s such a beautiful opening for the show.”

While we all know the story of Cinderella, the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is an updated show with a few twists. Lubov said, “It’s very contemporary how it’s written. It’s very witty and fun. Something that’s important for me is that Ella has been created into a much stronger character and is even politically involved with Prince Topher. She’s been created as an equal with the prince and that’s so important for little girls to see nowadays, and I think it will be very inspiring.

I wondered why I hadn’t heard more about Ms Lubov’s theatre experience in the Madison area, but she said other than high school productions (she was one of Overture’s Tommy Award Recipients), she wasn’t really involved beyond one summer working as a stage manager for CTM. After high school she earned a BFA in musical theatre from UW Stevens Point.

But the word is definitely out now. As Lubov graces the stage in Overture Hall, there will be a large cheering section including her parents and more than 150 students, leaving Lubov both nervous and excited to show them what she’s doing.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein‘s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacificand The Sound of Music.

Mr. Douglas Carter Beane‘s book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

October 4, 2016 By Angie Stanton, Broadway World

 

Video Clip – David Sedaris interview with Jonathan Ross

July 25th, 2016 by admin

Sedaris discusses his book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. David discusses the complexities of Chinese food and working with monkeys with Jonathan.  Published on May 11, 2016

 

An Evening with David Sedaris – at The Shubert Theatre – Thursday, October, 6th at 8pm.

Tickets on Sale Now at Shubert.com

 

 

 

 

Go Backstage at the National Tour of “Cinderella” with this behind-the-scenes video!

July 7th, 2016 by admin

 

Paige Faure played “Ella” in the National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 2014. And she’s your tour guide for this amazing behind-the-scenes video!
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be at the Shubert New Haven
November 11-13, 2016
Tickets now on sale at www.shubert.com call the Shubert Box Office at 203-562-5666, or stop by 247 College Street, New Haven. 
The Box Office is open Monday thru Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm.