Robert Britton Lyons has played the “King of Rockabilly,” Carl Perkins, in Million Dollar Quartet – the popular musical about the famed Sun Records session that brought together Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis — since the show’s first workshop production in Seattle. He has since gone on to play the role in Chicago, on Broadway, in the West End, and, now at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages, where the show resumed performances on July 28 after closing at the Nederlander Theatre in June. TheaterMania recently spoke with Lyons about his music background, his long run in this musical, and working with Melissa Etheridge.
THEATERMANIA: How has the transfer been from Broadway to New World Stages?… Read the rest
Adam Chanler-Berat made his Broadway debut as Henry in Next to Normal, a production he had been involved with from the very beginning at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage and Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. He recently finished creating the role of Peter inPeter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop.
Chanler-Berat is now starring as Mark Cohen in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent, at New World Stages. Opening night is set for Thursday, August 11th, 2011.
About.com’s Nick Orlando spoke with Chanler-Berat about Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical and his career.
Nick Orlando: Rent is back in New York! Were you a Rent fanatic growing up?
Adam Chanler-Berat: I don’t know what qualifies as a fanatic, but I remember trying to convince a non-theatre friend to listen to the soundtrack.
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Sanjaya Malakar was one of the most memorable contestants during Season 6 of “American Idol.” Since then, he went on to tour with the top 10 finalists from his season, wrote a book, “Dancing in the Music in My Head,” and released an EP. Malakar is now making his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway hit musical, Freckleface Strawberry, at New World Stages. The musical is based on the popular children’s book by Julianne Moore.
BroadwayWorld spoke with Malakar about his days on “Idol” and his off-Broadway debut.
What have you been up to since your “American Idol” days?
Working! I have been keeping busy working on a full-length album, and developing my songwriting.… Read the rest