Inside Broadway

Inside Broadway

Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy discuss everything theatre, behind the scenes, what to see on stage and interview the stars and people who make theatre happen.

Episodes

June 13, 2024 12 mins
Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with award-winning Black female choreographer Camille A. Brown.  Born and raised in New York, she is nominated for a 2024 Tony for Best Choreography for HELL'S KITCHEN. She talks about how she used her first-hand knowledge of New York's dance landscape in the 90s to help tell the story on stage. HELL'S KITCHEN is playing at the Shubert Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with Huey Lewis and Broadway's Tamika Lawrence and Zoe Jensen about THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL. They discussed the show's journey and the choices they made in life that brought them all to the Broadway stage. THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL plays at the James Earl Jones Theater. 
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with Olivier-winning director Maria Friedman. Friedman has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Broadway's MERRY WE ROLL ALONG. She talks about Stephen Sondheim's legacy and her friendship with him. MERRY WE ROLL ALONG is currently playing at the Hudson Theatre.
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Michael Riedel chats with WATER FOR ELEPHANTS writer Rick Elice about his recent Tony nomination and the show's theme of "finding a home." He discusses his dream to become an actor and the journey that led him to be a writer for shows like JERSEY BOYS. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS plays at the Imperial Theater. Christine Nagy was off this week.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with Elijah Rhea Johnson, who plays Michael Jackson in Broadway's MJ THE MUSICAL. Johnson talked about his year in the role and how to win a trip to see MJ on Broadway, the US tour, London, or Hamburg. To enter visit mjthemusical.com/doubleplatinum
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Michael Riedel chats with legendary lyricist Tim Rice about his new online songwriting master class.  Rice discusses the art of songwriting and how he developed his craft. For more on his class, visit www.bbcmaestro.com
Christine Nagy was off this week.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with director Des McAnuff about his reimagined version of THE WHO'S TOMMY. McAnuff directed the 1993 award-winning version and said the changes in the current production are "very targeted." THE WHO'S TOMMY opens at the Nederlander Theatre on March 28th.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chatted with Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, who were staring in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES. They explain how their 20-year friendship helped bring their performance to another level. DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES plays at Studio 54 until March 31. 
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with Casey Likes, who stars as Marty McFly in BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL. He reveals the advice Michael J. Fox gave him on opening night and how he has not watched the movie since he started rehearsals. BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL plays at the Winter Garden Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with Broadway star Caesar Samayoa about his role as Dr. Emilio Amigo in HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, the musical adaptation of the HBO documentary about young adults with autism. He said the role was "life changing." HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO is playing at the Belasco Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with Broadway veteran Chip Zien about his role as the "Rabbi" in the Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman musical HARMONY. He explains how the show touches on current themes. He also reminisces about working with Stephen Sondheim. HARMONY opened Monday, November 13, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
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December 6, 2023 12 mins
Michael Riedel chats with Nick Fradiani, Broadway's new Neil Diamond, in the bio-musical A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL. He crafted this performance after watching thousands of hours of Diamond on stage. A BEAUTIFUL NOISE is currently at the Broadhurst Theater.
Christine Nagy was off this week.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with choreographer and director Warren Carlyle about working with Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman on HARMONY. He explains his "accidental journey" to becoming a director and how he was always a storyteller. HARMONY opens Monday, November 13, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with actress Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, who is starring in the Broadway revival of SPAMALOT. She discusses the new modern sensibility and vibe of the production. SPAMALOT opens Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the St. James Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with playwright and director Theresa Rebeck about her play, DIG. She discusses how the show is relevant to the audience and that the straight play is not dead. She also talks about her other new show, I NEED THAT, starring Danny DeVito. DIG is currently playing Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theater.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with Tony-nominated actor Jarrod Spector about joining the cast of Hamilton. Spector steps into the role of King George III and talks about what it is like to join the cast of a show that changed the cultural landscape. Hamilton is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with two-time Tony nominee Alex Brightman about his return to Broadway in The Shark is Broken, a new comedy about the making of Jaws. Brightman plays the role of Richard Dreyfuss and talks about the dynamic with his co-stars Colin Donnell and Ian Shaw. He also discusses joining "the play club" after becoming known for musicals. The Shark is Broken is currently playing at the Golden Theatre.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with actor Joe Pantoliano, a.k.a. "Joey Pants," about his role in the off-Broadway show "Rock and Roll Man." He has always wanted to do a musical and is happy to check it off his bucket list. "Rock and Roll Man is at New World Stages on West 50th until September 1st.
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Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy chat with six-time Emmy and Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh about stepping into the role of Rosie Bryce in “Funny Girl” alongside Lea Michelle, what made her take the role, and how she feels about the remaining performances knowing that the show is closing next month. She also discussed some of the other highlights of her amazing career.
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June 28, 2023 17 mins
Michael Riedel chats with Stephanie J. Block & Marylee Fairbanks about their podcast 'Stages.' They connect with creative people and talk about how art threads through every stage of life. They also talk about personal projects they are currently working on. Christine Nagy was off this week.
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