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Thursday
Aug132015

Call Redialed: Stuart Williams: The Report: 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival!

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Taylor Hooper PhotographyIt has been five years since I first interviewed Stuart Williams. We first met when he was starring in Billy Carver and the Children in Mind at Manhattan Theatre Source. With talent, good looks, and that enticing British accent, I had no choice but to approach Stuart after the show to see if he would be willing to do an interview with me. Stuart was so kind, that he agreed, on the spot, to do an interview. I have been following Stuart's career ever since that fateful day, which is why I am beyond excited that Stuart is back on stage this summer (reuniting with fellow Billy Carver alum Jenny Green) in the world premiere of The Report which is part of the 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 15-28 at Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker Street). Click here for tickets!

The Report examines the true, unknown story of the British government’s cover-up of the deadliest civilian tragedy of World War II. On March 3, 1943, 173 people died in London’s Bethnal Green tube station, which served as a bomb shelter during air raids. But not a single bomb was dropped that fateful night. The cause of this disaster was kept secret for almost 30 years, until a young BBC journalist making a documentary began to uncover what actually took place. As the truth is revealed, we discover how trauma, fear and the paranoia of war impact our very humanity, and how the specter of a single public calamity resonates throughout multiple generations. If you are inspired by this play, please consider making a donation to the funding of a beautiful monument paying tribute to the victims at the site of the disaster: http://www.stairwaytoheavenmemorial.org/donateonline.html

For more on Stuart be sure to visit http://www.stuartwilliams.info and follow The Report at http://www.thereporttheplay.com, on Facebook and on Twitter!

1. This August you are starring in The Report, as part of the NYC Fringe Festival from August 15-28. The Report is based upon the largest WWII civilian disaster in the UK and the subsequent cover-up by Churchill's war department. What made you want to be part of this production? Last summer I was approached by the founding members of Cutting Hedge Productions to take part in a staged reading of The Report. I was exceedingly grateful and absolutely riveted upon reading the script. I called my Nan who was living in the East End of London at the time and would have been about 12 years old. Although she lived only five miles away from Bethnal Green, where this tragic incident occurred, she had no knowledge whatsoever of it's occurrence. I knew then that this was a story that needed to be told.

2. What do you identify most with about your character? He is driven and spirited but at the same time humble. He is well aware of his strengths AND his shortcomings. And his sideburns. I really identify with his sideburns.

Stuart Williams rehearsing "The Report"3. The Report is being directed by Alan Muraoka. What has been the best part about working with him so far? This is a true ensemble piece and it volleys between past and present at a tremendous pace. There's a lot to keep an eye on. With a beautiful balance of nurture and determination, Alan has managed to paint a very detailed and specific picture of those two worlds. He also happens to be a kind, genuine and generous artist.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing The Report? As an audience member, nothing makes me happier than leaving the theatre with unanswered questions buzzing in my head. If it's truly effective, they're still there in the morning. Moral scruples make for fantastic stories. "What would I have done?" "Where is the line between right and wrong?" Black and white are boring. Grey is where it's at.

5. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see The Report, what would that reason be? To be reminded of the human condition. There will always be tragedies, but so, too, will there always be hope. Only through accepting our grief may we move beyond it.

Stuart Williams and "Report" writer Martin Casella6. It's been three years since you were on stage. What made you take a break from acting and what was it about this show that lured you back? I wasn't taking a break from acting necessarily, but I got caught up in the business of acting. I was making a push to get more on-camera experience, so there were student films, short films, commercials, and my first television job, but the goal all along was to get back to the theatre. I was just trying a new strategy. I had a friend give me a great analogy describing the journey of acting in a play as a piece of music; with an arc, rising intensity, climax, denouement, etc., whereas acting in a film is akin to singing the same 4 bars over and over, very loudly. Go! I knew that it was going to take a stellar piece to knock me off that trajectory and remind me I'm really better suited at being an actor than a hustler.

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Taylor Hooper Photography7. How does it feel to be back on the boards? Will we have to wait another three years to see you after this run or will you keep entertaining audiences with your talent? Fantastic! Nothing creates a spark in me quite like the very cerebral process of stepping into a text and the very visceral process of stepping into a character. I can't explain the high I get when things start to fall into place one discovery at a time. I certainly hope it's not another three years, Adam, and that's very kind of you to say so.

8. What did you learn about yourself during this hiatus? In stepping away from the stage, I was reminded why I chose to do this with my life.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would instantly be able to speak every language I came in contact with.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? This one's easy. When I'm not on stage or in front of a camera, I can be found behind a bar. Unheard of, I know! My creation "The Highland Hussy" can be found on the cocktail list at Annabel in Hell's Kitchen. It consists of Bank Note Blended Scotch Whisky, Cherry Heering Liqueur, house infused Ginger-Orange simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, a few dashes of orange bitters and a splash of seltzer. Served in a Collins glass with healthy lemon twist and a sexy brandied cherry. It's somewhere between a Debonair and a Blood and Sand. And it's pretty tasty if I do say so myself.

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Alberto Hidalgo VergaraMore on Stuart:

My grandparents were children of the blitz; heroes quite by happenstance. My nan lived just five miles up the road from Bethnal Green and, like many others, had no knowledge of this incident. The fear, of course, is that we will learn nothing from history, but the greater fear is that we might be denied these lessons because history has been silenced. I am humbled to play a part in telling this story and beyond grateful to Marty, Alan and my own nanny Joy. Deeply proud I am of my East End heritage. NY credits: U.S. premier of Dr. Andrew Harrison’s The Future (Isaac) at P.S.122, rogerandtom (Rich/Will) at 59E59 Theaters with Personal Space Theatrics, U.S. premier of The Safari Party (Daniel) by Tim Firth (also P.S.T.), Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Louis Nowra’s Cosi (Henry) with Australian Made Entertainment, Gary Owen’s Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Matthew D. Melody), and David Eldridge’s Under the Blue Sky (Nick) with Mind the Gap Theatre Co.  Television: Turn: Washington’s Spies, AMC www.stuartwilliams.info.

Thursday
Aug132015

Call Answered: Adam Overett: Popesical: A Papal Musical Comedy: 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival

Adam Overett and Call Me Adam at "Bound for Broadway with Liz Callaway" It's Adam x 2! Can you handle all this Adam?? I first came to know Adam Overett when I attended Bound for Broadway with Liz Callaway in 2013. I was so impressed by Adam's performance (okay and good looks), I knew, I just had to talk with him. Well, after two years of staying in touch, I am overjoyed that we finally get to do an interview together for his show Popesical: A Papal Musical Comedy that is premiering in the 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 20-29 at Theatre 80 in NYC's East Village (80 St. Marks Place), presented by Tilted Windmills Theatricals. Click here for tickets!

In Popesical: A Papal Musical Comedy, The Pope is dead. The Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel, where they will compete in a series of grueling "Papal Challenges" to choose the new Pope. For whom will the white smoke rise?

For more on Adam be sure to visit http://adamoverett.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

1. Your show, Popesical, is playing in the NYC International Fringe Festival from August 20-29. What made you want to bring Popesical to the Fringe Festival as opposed to one of the other theatrical festivals in the city? This is my first show with the Fringe, but the producers of POPESICAL, Tilted Windmills Theatricals, have produced shows at the Fringe before, including SILENCE! THE MUSICAL and YEAST NATION, so they know the territory and thought Fringe was the best place to start this show off. They love the fun, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants scrappiness of this festival, and I've been having a blast myself. It's a great lesson in being flexible and economical, and I love theater that calls on those qualities.

2. Popesical is about a group of Cardinals who compete in top-secret "Papal Challenges" to succeed the Pope. What made you want to write this show? When Pope John Paul II died, I was fascinated by the idea of this conclave, this centuries-old tradition that is conducted entirely in secret in the Sistine Chapel, one of the most incredible rooms on earth. I found myself wondering, what could they possibly be doing and talking about in there? How does one prove that he is the best person to serve as the Vicar of Christ? Years later, I had the opportunity to write a 15-minute show in a week for a group of eight talented theater students from UC Irvine, and I wrote a short piece about the conclave, with all of them in Cardinal roles that showed off their particular talents. As I worked on it, I started to think it was also, in a way, a kind of metaphor for religion -- you don't know what happens in there, so you have to take it on faith. You are asked to trust what is hidden from you, what you can't see. And I think that faith and trust have their upsides and their downsides, and I'm very interested in that. So I expanded it into a full-length musical.

Cast of "Popesical: A Papal Musical"3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Popesical? I want them to laugh like crazy. And then I want them to be surprised to find themselves really moved. And I hope they leave thinking that maybe the real point of all this -- all these traditions, all this faith and trust -- is to learn to love each other and ourselves better.

4. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Popesical, what would that reason be? If you don't, you'll go to hell. It's definitely one of the Commandments.

5. What excites you about having this cast bring Popesical to life? What made you want to have Drew Geraci direct this show? In my first conversation with Drew, I knew he had both the humor and the heart that this show requires -- that he really got it, and that we were passionate about it in the same way. Same with the cast -- they're unbelievable. Watching them in rehearsals is a total delight. Each of them belongs in this crazy conclave. Being an actor myself, I find that the best part of creating a show is finding a synergy between the material and the cast, and the connection among the actors themselves. I want the cast of this show to feel like a family, a wacky family of Cardinals that love to play together, and with this group we've found them. It's incredibly rewarding.

The Cardinals of "Popesical; A Papal Musical"6. Who or what inspired you to become a writer/performer? I started writing new lyrics to songs we learned in first grade. I showed them to my teacher and she said, "You should be a lyricist. Do you know what is?" I didn't, but I was happy to find out. Not long after that, I started listening to cast albums, thinking, "I want to have made this, and to be in it." And off I went.

7. What's the best advice you've ever received? "People will try to pigeon-hole you. Don't let them. Be yourself." It can be very hard -- to trust yourself, love yourself, be yourself -- but it is always the best thing you can do. I got this from a producer I worked for shortly after graduating college. He turned out to be very right. (And a good producer -- he won the Tony for GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE).

Adam Overett composing8. What have you learned about yourself from being a writer/performer? I've learned a lot about the different sides I have. It may be sort of a given that a writer's main character will reflect the writer strongly, but I've found that every character, including the villains, expresses something I carry in me. I find myself surprised after writing something, like, "I didn't know I thought or felt that way."

After writing this show, I realized I have a much more complex relationship with religion than I thought I did. My stories tend to be about people who find in themselves a greater strength than they ever thought they had. So perhaps a lot of what I do as a writer is looking for my own inner strength.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flying. Cliche I know, but I think it would be freaking awesome.

10. Favorite way to stay in shape? Ice cream and pizza. They have never steered me wrong.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs, or boxer-briefs. Some compromise can be a good thing.

Adam OverettMore on Adam:

As a composer/lyricist/librettist, he is the creator of MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL (2014 world premiere production at Bay Street Theatre; 2013 developmental lab production at the Duke Theatre, produced by Martin Platt, David Elliott, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Patrick Blake, Jhett Tolentino & Joan Raffe, 2013); POPESICAL (2012 developmental production at the Lyric Theatre in LA, 2013 concert performance at Joe’s Pub, NYC); CALL IT COURAGE (based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Armstrong Sperry), which had its premiere youth production at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin, TX (2010), where it was nominated for five B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production of Youth Theatre; and many other works. He also contributed music and additional lyrics to the current off-Broadway hit CLOWN BAR (The Box, summer 2014, NYC) by Adam Szymkowicz.

As an actor, Adam has appeared on Broadway and on national tour in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, understudying and performing the role of "Fabrizio." He played "Neil Kellerman" in the national tour of DIRTY DANCING, and is currently in the cast of MURDER FOR TWO at New World Stages, after appearing in productions of the show at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Adirondack Theatre Festival, and the 42nd St. Moon Theatre in San Francisco. He originated the role of "Herb" in the off-Broadway show JUNIE B. JONES (by Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, based on the bestselling book series) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and has performed in many other productions throughout New York City and the country.

He has been a Musical Theater Fellow at the Dramatists Guild (2010-2011), a Lucille Lortel Award nominee for his contribution to the score of the Off-Broadway musical WE THE PEOPLE (2011), and a two-time Harrington Award winner as a member of both the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop and Librettists Workshop. He has also been a resident writer at the Goodspeed Mercer Colony and CAP21 (2013). His song "My Sky," performed by Stephanie J. Block, is featured on the album No More Revivals, released by Sh-K-Boom Records.

Adam is a member of the Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop at BMI, where he won the Jerry Harrington Award for Excellence. He has studied musical theater writing with Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME), Adam Guettel (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA), and with Andrew Lippa (THE ADDAMS FAMILY), and participated in the Nautilus Workshop on musical theatre collaboration at New Dramatists in 2010. Adam has also authored the short musical MAKING THE CALL; the screenplay The Swallow’s Nest; and several plays, including PASSPORT, STANDING GUARD, and THE BIRDBATH.

Adam is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in dramatic literature and music, and won the John Golden Prize for New Musicals. He is represented by Abrams Artists.

Monday
Aug102015

Call Redialed: Facetime interview with Kenyon Phillips, Cady Huffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega: The Life and Death of Kenyon Phillips

Call Me Adam, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kenyon Phillips, and Cady HuffmanI've been very fortunate to make some great connections with many of my participants, so much so, that when they have a new show or a show coming back around, they often contact me to do a new interview. That was the case with Kenyon Phillips who wrote to tell me his show, The Life and Death of Kenyon Phillips, was coming back for one night only at Webster Hall on August 19 at 8pm, featuring two-time Tony Nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega and was being directed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, who played Kenyon's mom in the show last year and now Daphne, who was Kenyon's mother in a previous version of the show, is stepping back into the role of Kenyon's mom! Well, when I heard this news, I leaped at the opportunity to interview Kenyon, Cady, and Daphne all again.

We had so much fun together, laughing for an hour and a half! I wish I could have included it all, but what's here is pure fun and heart about this dynamic show that combines theatre, burlesque, acrobats, and so much more! Click here for tickets!

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS is a surrealist rock opera that uses circus, cabaret, burlesque, and vaudeville to trace the origins of downtown performance artist – and sex addict – Kenyon Phillips. Directed by Tony winner Cady Huffman, the show stars Phillips and his all-girl orchestral pop band, The Ladies In Waiting, along with TV personality Michael Musto, Tony nominee Daphne-Rubin Vega (RENT), and a host of aerialists, acrobats, and burlesquers from the NYC circus underground. After multiple sold-out performances at Joe's Pub and The Box, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS moves to the grand ballroom of Webster Hall for a one-night engagement that promises more songs, more thrills, and more chills than ever before.

For more on Kenyon be sure to visit http://www.TheKenyonPhillips.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram!

For more on Cady be sure to visit http://www.cadyhuffman.com and follow her on Twitter!

For more on Daphne be sure to visit http://www.daphnerubin-vega.com and follow her on Twitter!

Call Me Adam Facetime interview with Kenyon Phillips, Cady Huffman, and Daphne Rubin-Vega:

Friday
Aug072015

Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview: Evan Ruggiero: The One-Legged Song and Dance Man: Volume 3

One great thing about this world we live in is that it's made up of all different kinds of people. Everyone has their own struggles in life and I for one, have had my share of challenges in life: from being born prematurely and having the attending nurse tell my parents it was okay they didn't have a name picked out for me because I wasn't going to survive the early birth (and since I'm still here, she probably enjoyed eating her words) to being diagnosed with a learning disability in elementary school (though I am happy to report, I overcame my disability in college, even graduating with honors). It's these struggles that either makes us stronger or breaks us down, but whatever the outcome, lessons are learned and Evan Ruggiero, "The One-Legged Song and Dance Man," learned first hand just what it means to achieve your dreams no matter what the odds are!

I was so moved by our interview at 54 Below's press event about his upcoming show The One-Legged Song and Dance Man: Volume 3 that will be taking place on Friday, August 14 at 9:30pm. Evan's story is inspiring and after talking with him for the few moments we had together, I will never say "I can't" again!

The One-Legged Song and Dance Man: Volume 3 will take place at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Friday, August 14 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on 54 Below visit http://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Call Me Adam's interview with Evan Ruggiero, "The One-Legged Song and Dance Man":

Tuesday
Aug042015

Call Answered: Gary Waldman: What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical at The Triad

Growing up, I was very fortunate to spend many a Christmas vacations from school up in the Catskills with my family. From Kutsher's to The Fallsview to The Nevele, I was lucky enough to have this special time with my family peddle boating, playing golf, arcade games, dinners together and best of all seeing legends just starting out from Jerry Seinfeld to Penn & Teller in the hotel nightclubs. I can still vividly see my grandparents laughing hysterically as we all watched Jerry Seinfeld perform. Looking back, I see what a special time this was for me and my family.

When Penny Landau of Maya PR suggested I interview Gary Waldman (writer, director, composer/lyricist), I was more than happy to go back to this wonderful time in my life and talk to the guy who's show What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical is playing The Triad in NYC, chronicling his 35+ year career, beginning in the early 70's at Nan Acres Bungalows in South Fallsburg, NY & continuing through, well, today, with a personal tribute to growing up in the Catskills from a Baby-Boomer’s perspective.

What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical will run from August 1-September 6 at The Triad (158 West 72nd Street (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus). Click here for tickets!

For more on What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical be sure to visit http://www.fallsburgshow.com and follow the show on Facebook!

1. Your show, What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical, is going to be making it's NY Off-Broadway debut this August at The Triad on NYC's Upper West Side. What are you looking forward to about bringing this show to NYC? Wow. Where does one begin? The excitement of knowing your hard work and determination paid off well enough to bring your life's story to the theater capitol of the world (and my home town)...it is humbly surreal.

2. What made you want to write a show about growing up in the Catskills? It's actually a cool story...I was running a theater in Florida last year and we needed a "place-filler" to generate income over the summer (off-season in Florida) so I decided to throw together what was basically to be a nightclub act to run for just a few nights. It's the one thing in my 44-year career (I started singing at six) that I had never done. I was trained classically, sang in a rock band from my teens through my early 20's and from then on worked pretty much exclusively in the musical theater as a performer, director and producer...I had pretty much never gone onstage as myself. Being a musical theater person, I decided I needed a through line and since growing up spending my summers in the Catskills (where I also first began performing) left such an indelible mark on me I figured that was the best route to go. Turns out what I had scripted for myself bored me onstage and I began ad-libbing all of my dialogue. After the first or second show, we realized it wasn't a nightclub act at all...with a little honing, we had a musical! And the audience loved it, we got ravishing reviews and wound up stretching those "couple of nights" into over six weeks...only to be forced to close when "high season" came upon us and our musical theater series was opening...thereby bumping "...Fallsburg" out of the building.

3. What do you enjoy most about working with this cast? There are no words...but I'll create a few thousand. I'm up there with the absolute BEST people I know from the cast to the band to the crew. Chelsea Lee Wheatley and Elijah Word are hands-down the two best young singers I know, Jonathan Eisele the best dancer I know...and we've all worked together in several shows over the past few years...from the time they were, truly, kids. They call me Grandpa and I love it! Our music director, Jon Delfin toured the country with me for nearly seven years with the show, Paved With Gold and we first met when I went to him for a coaching session when I was 16 years old! Sheesh! Has it really been five years already? LOL

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical? Easy one! For all who didn't experience the magic of the Catskills, especially as a kid...let's hope they see for real why those of us who did have an almost "cult-like" camaraderie.

5. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see What I Learned In Fallsburg - the Hip, New Catskills Musical, what would that reason be? It's such a sweet show with such a talented cast and positive, often very funny message. And the music is the best "stuff" in my shopping bag from a 40+-year career.

Gary Waldman in "Sounds of Simon"6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Me. With tremendous support from my parents who just let me go where life took me...never pushing, never discouraging. So many of us "kids with good voice" are either pushed to the brink of madness or stifled by our parents. Mine did the perfect job.

7. What's the best advice you've ever received? Take more out of life than it takes out of you.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I'm a little crazy. I call it a disease LOL. There cannot be a less financially rewarding, professional-level career than musical theater. But if you have "the disease" you just don't care. You can never imagine doing anything else.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Printing money by twitching my nose like on Bewitched.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I would call it "The Movement"...one part Manischewitz, two parts prune juice.

Gary WaldmanMore on Gary:

Gary Waldman is known nationally as a producer, stage director, composer-lyricist & performer with a 35+ year professional career that has led him down virtually every path imaginable. He has been performing as a singer-actor in musical productions and in-concert since he was all of six-years-old...and yes, in the Catskills. As a performer, Gary was once best known for creating the lead role of "Izzie Jacobson" in the 7-year National Tour of Paved with Gold where he received ravishing reviews nation-wide and generated an enormous following. Paved With Gold was adapted for two-performers from the hit 1984-1986 off-Broadway musical, The Golden Land by Moishe Rosenfeld and Zalmen Mlotek and the music and dialogue was about 70% in Yiddish…a language he knew virtually nothing of as a 4th-generation-American, "Jewish kid from Queens"…it took about 18 months to learn the role and to speak and sing the language of his ancestors…a skill he has been called upon to coach scores of other performers in the 20+ years since.

Gary Waldman in "The Last Session"He began his professional producing career at the age of 23, wrote his first professionally produced musical, Meet Me at the Pitkin at 29 and began directing at 31. His 2005 production and re-conception of the Broadway musical, The Life ran for an unprecedented 8-month, sold-out run in Palm Beach County in 2004-2005 and garnered 19  Award Nominations, including 4 for Waldman himself. He made his off-Broadway debut in 2000 producing, directing and performing in Sophie, Totie & Belle. The show ran in several productions in south Florida, suburban NY and NJ in the years prior until his 1999 production in Fort Lauderdale caught the interested of New York investors who moved the Florida production directly to New York. 

Gary conceived and directed seven professionally produced and touring musicals, writing the original music, lyrics and full librettos to Snowbirds, Bungalow Bunnies, Meet Me at the Pitkin, and Midlife Madness and the concept and unique arrangements to I Write the Songs, Hey! Big Spender and The Sounds of Simon, the latter of which was first produced as an intimate 5-person "review-sical" in Palm Beach County in 2005 and was revived and re-conceived in June 2013 as a full-fledged musical complete with developed characters and an ensemble of singer/dancers (for a cast ranging from 12-16). The newly conceptualized Sounds of Simon ran for the entire summer of 2013 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, and then served as the premiere production of his new facility, Delray Square Performing Arts running through the end of April, 2014 for a total packed run of almost a full year.

Gary Waldman with Lainie Kazan & Mike BurstynMost recently, Gary fulfilled a 25-year dream of playing the lead role of "Charlie Anderson" in the south Florida revival of the classic music Shenandoah. He also starred in the title/lead roles in extended runs of Jesting With Danny Kaye, The Last Session, Hey! Big Spender, the 2013 production of Bungalow Bunnies and every production of The Sounds of Simon to unanimous raves. As a businessman, Gary has produced hundreds of professional theatrical runs, national tours, and operated five venues. He has worked with countless celebrities, politicians and luminaries including: Judy Collins, Leslie Uggams, Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson, Marilyn Michaels, Bruce Adler, Mal Z. Lawrence, Mike Burstyn, Yitzhak Perlman, The Israeli Philharmonic, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Representative Lois Frankel, Mayor Ed Koch, Donna Hanover Giuliani, Theodore Bikel among countless others, and is proud to have produced and managed his dear friend, the legendary singer/actress LAINIE KAZAN from 1995-1997.