My first introduction to Billy Lewis Jr. was watching him on Fox's Glee as cheerleader & Glee club member "Mason McCarthy." When I heard he was going to be starring in the Off-Broadway spectacle The Portal I immediately dialed his number & lucky for me, Billy answered my call! The Portal is a rock odyssey: part concert, part movie, and part performance. The Portal not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence & empowerment. The Portal is currently playing at Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC!
One of my favorite kind of interviews is one that comes from a performer doing something fresh that I have not seen before. When Shane Shane was brought to my attention about his show Tonight's Special which is an all request format of jokes, stories, songs, and videos chosen by the audience, I immediately ordered up an interview & Shane Shane answered my call. Shane Shane's Tonight's Special plays the FIRST TUESDAY of every month at Sid Gold's Request Room!
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I adore Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar. Nick Cearley had been on my radar for some time, but it wasn't until Bucks County Playhouse's 2013 production of Rocky Horror that I got to interview him. What a great 360 moment now to interview Nick yet again about another show he's doing at Bucks County Playhouse. Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious play about an underemployed actor working for Barbra Streisand. It will play Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA from November 5-26!
I grew up watching Leeza Gibbons on Entertainment Tonight interview all my favorite celebrities. I loved her interview style: approachable, sensitive, and positive. As someone whose grandmother had dementia, I really cheered for her on Celebrity Apprentice, overjoyed she won $700,000 for Leeza's Gibbons Memory Foundation. Leeza has been a constant inspiration for me, so to have the opportunity to interview one of my idols is a real dream come true!
The hills are alive with the sound of Heil Hitler! Ever since I was a kid, I have loved The Sound of Music. The one part of the film I never cared for was the part about the Von Trapp's being chased by the Nazi's, but when I heard about Andrew Bergh's show The Radicalization of Rolfe, a new play inspired by the secondary, but vital character of "Rolfe" and his climb through the Third Reich while incorporating the questioning of "Rolfe's" sexuality, I was very intrigued. The Radicalization of Rolfe will play the SoHo Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series from October 23-29!