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Exclusive Interview with Stomp’s Alexis Juliano

The long running hit, Stomp is touring once again and folks in Baltimore better act quick. The show will be at the Hippodrome, March 18 – 19. I recently did an email interview with Alexis Juliano, one of the show’s stars.  Alexis is an award-winning dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is best known as a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance.

She has performed as a part of Tap Kids, the Hands Down Tap Project, Tap N Time, Jarod Grimes Underground Tap, Universal Studios’ winter parade, Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Gala, Capezio A.C.E. Awards, So You Think You Can Dance Tour and the Fox Presentation of Grease LIVE!

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Interview: Shaping Sound’s Nick Lazzarini

Saturday,, March 12th, Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater is going to be awashed in modern dance as Nick Lazzarini, the season one winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, brings his modern dance show Shaping Sound to Baltimore. Described as “an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. In After the Curtain, these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting.” The show should be a fun night on the town. I did an email interview with Nick earlier this week.

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Interview: Judson Mills from The Bodyguard Musical!

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Judson Mills as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard. Photos by © Joan Marcus

The 1992 movie The Bodyguard was a showcase for music legend Whitney Houston. The movie’s soundtrack defined the early part of the decade and spawned the super hit I Will Always Love You. It was only a matter of time before the movie musical became a real live musical. I’m surprised it’s taken this long, really. The touring production is hitting Baltimore this week, Tuesday Feb 28th through March 5th. Deborah Cox who has the unenviable task of playing the role Whitney immortalized. I caught up with Judson Mills who is taking on the task of playing Frank Farmer – the role Kevin Costner made famous.

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Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins’ Essential Evening

Now that Moonlight — based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by MacArthur Genius Grant winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney — has swept the Indie Spirit Awards, clearing a path for possible Oscar® wins at the 89th Academy Awards®, here’s a look back to a recently held event with Barry Jenkins, the film’s director. Continue reading Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins’ Essential Evening

At the 89th Oscars® – Luke Davies: For Best Adapted Screenplay

One of the films that caught the academy’s imagination was Lion which earned six nominations including best supporting actress for Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel for supporting actor, Greig Fraser for cinematography, Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann for original score — and Luke Davies for adapted screenplay.

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The Ancestors Are Smiling: “Moana” Exclusive from Director Ron Clements

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Moana is an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film. The film is also nominated for Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go” — written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Interview: The 100’s Eliza Taylor and Jason Rothman have words with Michelle!

Anyone who follows my ramblings know how much I absolutely loved the first two seasons of The 100 on The CW. You also probably followed my slow decent into madness during my weekly recaps of S3. I never believed that “rage quitting” was a real thing until The 100. It’s a strange feeling, being so passionate about something that it when it goes off the rails it literally enrages you enough to just saying “fuck it, I’m out.” I normally quit shows when I no longer care and am ambivalent.

This feels different, I know the cast and I still love the show and want to give S4 a chance but I know it’s going to drive me BatS crazy. I had the opportunity to talk to the show’s creator Jason Rothenberg and star Eliza Taylor and you all know I have no filter, so you can guess how it went. The 100 Season 4 premieres this week on The CW. Jason did tell Eliza to watch out for me, because I ask tough questions.

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Exclusive: Black Sails’ Eleanor and Max Talk to Michelle!

Starz’s Black Sails is finale season starts this week. A few weeks ago I had a talk with the two bad ass women from the show: Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie) and Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max). We talk a lot about their character growth through the last 4 seasons, what items they want to take from the set, the many loves of Eleanor, playing badasses, the Eleanor/Max/Vane relationship and more! Check out the two audio interviews after the break. Black Sails airs on Starz, Sunday nights and you can catch the current and past seasons on their excellent App.

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Exclusive: Ron Legler, President of Hippodrome Theater Talks Hamilton, 2017 Broadway Season and more!

Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre

Everyone knows that I love a good musical and one of my favorite theaters is Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater. I have front row season tickets (paid my own money). Last week the theater announced that yes, Hamiton IS coming to Baltimore in 2018. Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre, to talk about Hamilton and their amazing upcoming 2017 season which includes the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to one of the biggest broadway show of all time The Phantom of the Opera.

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