EXCLUSIVE: Passing Through on BWW

For the next two weeks, Broadway World has invited bookwriter Eric Ulloa and I to take you behind the scenes as we develop our latest musical PASSING THROUGH at the Goodspeed’s Festival of New Work.

Follow our BWW Guest Blog to learn about our inspiration, our writing process, and the progress we make in real time. Not mention you’ll get a firsthand account of developing a brand new musical at one of the premiere regional theatres in the country. Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Passing Through on BWW

Mind-Hacking the Audition Process

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The relationship between actors and the casting process can sometimes be antagonistic, and that’s super unfortunate. If you find yourself ripping your hair off over the audition/casting process, and feeling resentful toward casting directors who “always bring you in, but never cast you,” consider these 3 mind-hacks: Continue reading Mind-Hacking the Audition Process

The Most Underutilized Resource in Theater

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Rajiv Joseph is one of my favorite contemporary playwrights. I remember seeing his play A Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in Los Angeles and being blown away. It was political, yet personal. Surreal, yet plainspoken. It captured a place and a wonderment that I seek to find in my own writing.

In this Broadway.com interview on the occasion of his latest play Guards at the Taj, he describes a lesson he learned about collaboration: Continue reading The Most Underutilized Resource in Theater

MURDER Moves!

The New York Times has officially announced that Second Stage’s Summer Box Office Hit, MURDER FOR TWO, will move to New World Stages Beginning in October!

Moving to New WorldIf you missed the show over the summer – this is your chance to see it!

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I can’t wait to jump back into the hilarity with my partner in crime, Jeff Blumenkrantz.

Meanwhile, I’m currently BROADWAY BOUND in Los Angeles!

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Getting Away with Murder

I’m so freakin excited to share this with you guys.

This summer, I will be heading to New York City to make my Off-Broadway debut in Second Stage’s production of Murder for Two by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair. m42_center

Mixing classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie, everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters unfazed by the dead body on the floor. But this whodunit comes with a killer twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all thirteen suspects, and they both play the piano! This madcap mystery will tickle the ivories and your funny bone.

I will be playing the young investigator, and musical theatre/Broadway mainstay Jeff Blumenkrantz will play…everyone else.

murderfortwo If you don’t know, Jeff is an established songwriter as well as a Broadway actor.  One of his most famous pieces is “I Won’t Mind”, recorded by Audra McDonald.  Which begs the question…between Jeff, Joe, Kellen, and myself – how many songwriters does it take to mount a two-person show in New York City?  (Also – whoever at broadwayworld.com put Jeff and I shoulder-to-shoulder in that picture is a freaking genius.  Can anyone say Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen solving a murder on the UWS?)

The production will be directed by Scott Schwartz (which adds another songwriter to the mix if you count his father Stephen) and is scheduled to run from July 10 – August 10th.  So DO NOT miss this NYC.  I mean YOU.

For tickets and more info click here.

Crazytown Presents!

To all New Yorkers out there: here’s an event that I promise you won’t want to miss.

Joe’s Pub will be home to Crazytown Presents, November 14th at 9:30 pm, an evening of musical theatre, monologues, stand-up comedy, performance art and more from the writers of Crazytown Blog, an “artist’s asylum,” interpreted and performed by some of the funniest actors from the worlds of Broadway and Improv.

Among those set to appear at the one-night only event are:

Alex Brightman (Wicked), Jason Michael Snow ( The Book of Mormon),  Lauren Conlin Adams (Upright Citizens Brigade), Andrew Kober  (Hair), Oscar Montoya (The Pit), Carly Sakolove (Girls Night) and Sam Tedaldi (Spidermusical).

Crazytown is a blog that I regularly write for (look for me every tuesday!) and on November 14th at 9:30pm the blog is going live at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  So come support!!