Former MTV VJ La La Anthony is juggling many roles these days. She has her own reality show on VH1, La La’s Full Court Life, which follows her daily life as she moves back to New York City after her husband, Carmelo Anthony, is traded to the New York Knicks. She will soon be seen in the film Think Like a Manand is currently part of the rotating cast of Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre. TheaterMania caught up with Anthony to speak about her stage debut, her personal take on fashion, and seeing shows with her son.
THEATERMANIA: How did this role come about?… Read the rest
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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Much like everything else in New York, theater tickets are quite expensive, retailing for over $100 each.
Luckily, there are many great sources for discount tickets, allowing you to see Broadway and off-Broadway shows at a fraction of the retail price.
Here is your guide for cheap seats.
The best-known way to purchase discounted theater tickets is to visit a TKTS Discount Booth for same-day Broadway and off-Broadway tickets at up to 50% off. TKTS has three locations in NYC:
- TKTS Times Square – Broadway and 47th StreetAt this location, you can only purchase tickets for same-day performances, and during matinee hours, you can only purchase tickets for the matinee shows.
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Krysten Ritter has appeared on television in such series as Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls
, and, most notably, Breaking Bad
, in which she played Jane Margolis. She will soon be seen on the big screen in L!fe Happens
, an indie-comedy she co-wrote with Kat Coiro, Amy Heckerling’s comedyVamps
, and the indie drama, Refuge
, based on the stage play of the same title. This fall, she’s starring in the upcoming ABC comedy series, Apartment 23
, in which she plays a New York party girl.
As if that isn’t keeping her busy enough, she is currently appearing in Zach Braff’s play All New People at Second Stage Theatre alongside Justin Bartha, Anna Camp, and David Wilson Barnes.… Read the rest
Today, Broadway World is featuring David West Read, a young, yet already established playwright. His most recent play,The Dream of the Burning Boy, is currently part of the Roundabout Underground and is playing at the Black Box Theatre in New York City. Read is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School, and a recent graduate of the MFA program in Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been featured in the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, NYU’s Festival of New Works, the Toronto Fringe, and the SummerWorks Festival.
Broadway World reporter Nick Orlando spoke with Read about his current piece and upcoming projects.… Read the rest
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
Michael Balderrama has danced beside some of the biggest names in the music industry–Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. He came to New York in 1999 to star in Saturday Night Fever, and has since taken on roles in many other Broadway musicals, including Movin’ Out, Urban Cowboy, Hot Feet, and most recently, In The Heights, for which he won the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Next up, Balderrama will join the cast of the new LCT3 show When I Come To Die, where he will play prison guard Cooper. Previews begin January 31st, with opening night set for February 10th.… Read the rest