An Interview with Michael Lanphear from PIPPIN (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger department this year, I will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fourth show in the 2014-2015 series is PIPPIN The Musical

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Michael Lanphear, the show’s Acrobatic Coordinator.

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My next Broadway-inspired confession: The first time I saw Pippin (at my high school the year after I graduated), I walked out incredibly upset at the close of the show — I hated the ending! Which is mildly hilarious when I look back on the second time I saw it — a year after I graduated college, at Cain Park. And which is why I was so excited to see it again.

After attending this past Wednesday night’s performance, I say this production is a MUST SEE. The addition of the circus arts as a concept takes this musical to a new place, heightening audience members’ enjoyment from start to finish. The skill of the entire cast — the singers, dancers, circus performers — is top notch. Plus I was reminded just how much I love the score — such catchy songs embedded throughout!

…As for the ending? It makes a lot more sense at the age of 31 than it did at the age of 18… 

PIPPIN the Musical is in Cleveland February 3 – 15 at the Connor Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks yet again to the fantastic staff at PlayhouseSquare for including me as a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up:  Dirty Dancing…  

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Interview with Michael Horsely from White Christmas (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department this year, I will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The third show in the 2014-2015 series is White Christmas.

I have a serious confession to make: before this interview, I had NEVER seen the movie. Thank goodness for Redbox! So while I go add the DVD to my Amazon.com Wish List, you should visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Michael Horsely, the music director from White Christmas.

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White Christmas comes to Cleveland December 2 – 14 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks yet again to the wonderful staff at PlayhouseSquare for including me as a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up:  Pippin…  

Want to read my previous interviews? Check out:

Learn more about PlayhouseSquare with all of their social media happenings: follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, or on Instagram at @playhousesquare.

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Interview with Jess Goldstein from Disney’s Newsies (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department this year, I will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The second show in the 2014-2015 series is Disney’s Newsies.

This movie-musical made stage-musical was my JAM at the ripe age of 15. My friends and I would spent hours trying to figure out the choreography from each dance number while belting the songs from the top of our lungs. Many the high school show choir and drama club musical numbers were inspired by the piece, and it seemed like we all had “seize the day” scrawled on their textbook covers. So to say that I was excited to see it included in the KeyBank Broadway Series is an understatement. I was honored to conduct this interview and I can’t wait to see the show this evening!

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Jess Goldstein from Disney’s Newsies.

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Newsies comes to Cleveland November 4 – 16 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Thanks again to the great crew at PlayhouseSquare for allowing me to be a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up: White Christmas. It will be here before we know it…

Want to read another one of my interviews? Read my last interview — with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical.

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A SIDE NOTE SAVE-THE-DATE: Join me at the PlayhouseSquare Partners’ Jump Back Ball Kickoff Party this Monday, November 10th starting at 5:30PM at the new . More info is available at the Facebook event page (and here on the blog on Monday).

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