West of Broadway Podcast
Summary: On the West of Broadway podcast, Broadway veteran Will Armstrong discusses the vibrant musical theater scene on the West Coast, covering movie musicals, regional productions, national tours, and more with the cast, crew, producers, and supporters who make it all happen. If you want a lighthearted celebration of musical theater, you can find it all West of Broadway!
Will is FREAKING out over today's guest! George Salazar is coming off his iconic run in the hit Be More Chill to mount a reinterpretation of the classic Little Shop of Horrors starring alongside Mj Rodriguez (Pose) As “Audrey,” and Amber Riley (Glee) as “Audrey II” in a classic boy meets girl, power-hungry, R&B Singing, carnivorous plant strives for world domination. Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019 Tickets: PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
Will and Lara are talking Artists at Play and Greenway Arts Alliance's LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OFThe Chinese Lady with one of the stars Trieu Tran. September 7-29, 2019 | Greenway Court Theatre The Los Angeles premiere is directed by Rebecca Wear (Lauren Yee’s Samsara – Coeurage Theatre) and features Amy Shu (Susan Soon’s He Stanton’s We, the Invisibles – Cal State L.A.) as “Afong Moy” and Trieu Tran (LADCC Nominated for “Alan Strang” in Equus – East West Players) as “Atung.” THE CHINESE LADY is playing now through September 29, 2019 at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue) in Los Angeles. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, The Chinese Lady is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. Afong Moy (Shu) is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States from Canton in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been bought and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” For the next half a century, she performs for curious museum-goers, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event: how she walks with bound feet. As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. The Chinese Lady blurs the line between the observed and the observer, and gives us new eyes on the history of American entitlement and immigration. Named a New York Times Critic’s Pick in November 2018, the Times said of The Chinese Lady, “Extraordinary play...piercing...heart-rending...” and “...gently comical drama...”
Super excited about this episode! Lara and Will are joined in studio with 567 Broadway creator and friend of the pod Joseph Corella to discuss Will and Joseph's night at the Hollywood Bowl seeing opening night of the star studded 3 day run of Into The Woods and then, they are joined by Executive Director of The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Lou Spisto to tell us all about the 40th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring Chrissy Metz and Shoshana Bean at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on August 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
On This special episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara talk with Radio Host Maggie Mckay about opening night at The Pantages for Miss Saigon and then screen and stage star Ashley Argota talks about her very special production of Spitfire Grill at the Garry Marshal Theater.
On todays episode of West of Broadway, Lara talks about her experience at The Play that Goes Wrong. We talk with Mark Saltzman about his new show with a Guys and Dolls connection and we catch up with one of the creators of the Friends Musical Parody.
On this episode of West of Broadway, we discuss Lara's trip to the Pantages to see The Phantom of the Opera tour now playing til July 7th and then we touch on the Geffen Playhouse's production of Mysterious Circumstances. Inspired by The New Yorker article Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic by David Grann, the play centers around the true story of the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, the world’s foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes. After spending two decades searching for the missing papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Green came close to unlocking the secrets behind Holmes’ creator when he tracked down an elusive box which was said to be cursed. Featuring Hugo Armstrong, John Bobek, Austin Durant, Leo Marks, Ramiz Monsef, Helen Sadler & Alan Tudyk and playing untilJuly 14th. And finally, we get to speak with Joseph Corella, Dancer, Choreographer, Fitness Instructor and all around amazing human who created the new fitness sensation 567Broadway! Originally developed in Los Angeles to dedicated and enthusiastic class goers, Joseph has spent the past several years perfecting a fun filled home fitness dance workout for all levels that inspires movement, health and happiness by harnessing the magic of musical theater song and dance. In this non-stop cardio dance workout, you join Joseph Corella and his cast of real-life students as you follow along to the easy-to-learn dance fitness routines that will leave you shining bright like the Broadway STAR that you are! For more info go to https://www.567broadway.fitness/
On this special mini episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara talk with Noah Weisberg who is currently staring as Willy Wonka in the National Tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts til Sunday June 9th. Based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, with music by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Shaiman, a book by David Greig, and choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse. The production includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture. The show tells the story of Willy Wonka, world-famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous — and mysterious — factory is opening its gates...to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka's world of pure imagination.
On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara are joined by friend of the pod Wendy Rosoff to talk about the National Tour Production of Falsettos currently playing at the Ahmanson Theater and then, Lara and Will talk to Ariana Stultz of the Verdi Chorus who is performing in their one night only production "Love is Timeless." on May 4th!
On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara get to speak with 2 of the stars of the 36 th Season of The Verdi Chorus Spring 2019 Concert L’Amore e la Vita (Love and Life) Two performances only April 6-7, 2019 First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica Two of our guest soloists, Los Angeles Opera favorite Jamie Chamberlin and acclaimed tenor Nathan Granner, who are actually married in real life! In fact, Nathan proposed to Jamie onstage last fall at the conclusion of the Verdi Chorus 35th Anniversary concert! The Spring Concert is entitled L’Amore e la Vita (Love and Life), which Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum humorously calls “ the Rom-Com of opera,” and will feature selections from two Verdi operas – I vespri siciliani and Ernani, three Donizetti operas - Don Pasquale, La fille du régiment and L’elisir d’amore, as well as operatic sequences from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Delibes’ Lakmé, and Puccini’s La rondine. Tickets are available for purchase at www.verdichorus.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. Priority seating is available for $40, general admission is $30, seniors are $25, and students aged 25 and under with a valid ID are $10. After that, Will tells Lara all about his experience at Pasadena Playhouse's production of Ragtime which has been extended to March 9th. Tickets are available at: https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/ragtime/
On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong and Lara Scottsit down inside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre before the curtain rises on the National tour of #Cats. CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America and Lara and Will discuss the history how the show has evolved and the importance of Instagram famous cats on the Red carpet. Enjoy! CATS NOW PLAYING February 26 - March 24 2019 At the Hollywood Pantages Theater Tickets: www.hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/cats
In this episode of West of Broadway Will and Lara talk with FOX 11 Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas about the opening night of Hello Dolly at the Pantages Theater now playing until Feb 17th. The three rave about Betty Buckley's performance along with the entire fantastic production. They also discuss how they all met and their amazing friend Matthew Hoffman the founder of the inspiring charity Tuesdays with Matthew. Run don't walk to the Pantages Theater! We may see you there, because we are going back!
In this special "Mini Episode" of West of Broadway, Lara Scott talks with Bryce Charles who is starring as Sarah in Pasadena Playhouse's production of Ragtime. Bryce is ecstatic to be making her Pasadena Playhouse debut with Ragtime! She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from AMDA College and Conservatory. Regional Theater: Blues in the Night (dir. Sheldon Epps; The Wallis Annenberg). National Tour: The Book of Mormon (2nd National). TV: Encore, Blackish (ABC); Fuller House, Tales of the City (Netflix); Teachers (TV Land). Twenty years after its premiere, the great American musical returns to LA. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American dream. The award-winning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with the hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
It’s our first show of 2019, an this is going to be another incredible year of musical theatre here in Southern California….We love that there are so many CLASSIC shows this season that a lot of us will get to see for the first time… Lara talks about her experience at Wicked with her children and we also look back at the fantastic performance in Pasadena from the Lythgoe Family Panto's 'Wonderful Winter of OZ.) Then we discuss the amazing season to come at Pantages and Ahmanson! HELLO DOLLY (late January) KINKY BOOTS (February) CATS (late Feb) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (March) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (April) LES MISERABLES (May) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (June) RENT (July) the 20th anniversary tour Miss Saigon (late July) And then looking ahead to the fall…the national tour of FROZEN will roll into LA! And over in Downtown LA at the Ahmanson Theatre…. CINDERELLA (Feb) Matthew Bourne has transformed the fairy tale that we all know and love into a wartime romance! FALSETTOS (April) This is a Tony-award winner that is a funny and touching look at all the different possibilities of a modern family. INDECENT (June) The true story of a groundbreaking piece of theatre, GOD OF VENGEANCE, and the artists who risked their lives to perform it. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (July) Just like the name suggests, this is a play about a play where everything is going wrong in a classic murder mystery: actors forgetting their lines, a leading lady who is unconscious, a corpse that can’t play dead… We wish we had more time to cover more theaters, but if there’s something coming up that you’re looking forward to anywhere in Southern California, please reach out to us! @larascottmedia on FB, IG, and twitter and WillArmstrongPR across all platforms. We can’t wait to hear from you! So Once again! Happy 2019! If you’d like to catch up on any of our previous episodes from 2018…or even 2017….check out WestOfBroadwayPodcast.com.
It’s curtain up on another episode of West of Broadway, a celebration of musical theatre in Los Angeles with celebrity publicist and theatre veteran Will Armstrong https://www.instagram.com/willarmstrongpr/, along with radio host and theatre enthusiast Lara Scott https://www.instagram.com/larascottmedia/, On this episode we discuss the first national tour of the tony award-winning Broadway smash COME FROM AWAY which opened its los angeles engagement on November 28th at the Ahmanson theatre…and we were there!!! The story is centered around 9/11….and yet there are some very funny moments…it’s really beautifully done and not disrespectful at all…everyone that I could see around us seemed old enough to remember 9/11, and we all have so many stories around that—after the show, you and I were talking about where we were and what we were doing when we found out the first plane hit the world trade center…so there is a lot of emotion around this. And ultimately, the message is that out of tragedy something beautiful can be created. We are convinced you cannot see this show and NOT be changed when you walk out. All right let us know what you think after you see COME FROM AWAY: tix are available at https://www.centertheatregroup.org/ (and theatre is spelled T-H-E-A-T-R-E), and it’s playing through January 6th. ELF THE MUSICAL: Jennifer Lynn O’Hara, https://www.instagram.com/jenniferlynnohara/ one of our West of Broadway ensemble members, just checked out ELF THE MUSICAL! Tickets and Info: http://musical.org/elf-the-musical/ MARY POPPINS And we are joined in studio with friend of the pod and proud West of Broadway ensemble member actress, writer, and all around genius Wendy Rosoff https://www.instagram.com/wendy_rosoff/. Wendy of course last joined us for insight into Musical Theater Guild’s production of Sugar which she choreographed. but today she is giving us the details from exclusive star studded screening of the premier of the anxiously awaited feature film Mary Poppins returns. https://movies.disney.com/mary-poppins-returns
In this episode of West of Broadway, Will heads to the red carpet at the Pantages Theater for Opening Night of A Bronx Tale where he gets to talk one on one with the stars! Then we join Will and Lara to review A Bronx Tale before we are joined by Theater reviewer and new WOB Ensemble member Melanie Hooks to talk about In a Booth at Chasen's running at The El Portal Theater and then we meet Elizabeth Lucin and Craig Sherman fill us in on the Color Purple playing at Greenway Playhouse!