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#BroadwayLife Ep. 16 with Jay Armstrong Johnson

I have known Jay Armstrong Johnson for almost 20 years, and I've had the privilege of watching him grow as an artist and amazing human being. He's currently playing Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

In this week’s #BroadwayLife episode, we discuss his early childhood as a professional performer, booking his first Broadway show without an agent and the glorious Halloween side project that fills his creative well.

Jay also shares his beautiful insight on being openly gay in the business and how representation in the entertainment industry has changes over the years. With an impressive career across theatre, TV and film, you won't want to miss what he has to say.

You can follow Jay on Instagram at @jay_a_johnson. You can click here to find tickets to see Jay in Phantom Broadway.

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#BroadwayLife Ep. 17 with Jonathan Freeman

This week's #BroadwayLife episode features Jonathan Freeman, who brings to life that sinister Sultan wannabe Jafar in Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway. It's a role he help create 27 years ago for the animated film, adding another iconic Disney villain voice to the history books.

You'd never guess he's originally from Ohio.

In this episode, Jonathan discusses the unusual and surreal experience of recreating a character after so much time has passed, the evolution of Broadway over his long, successful career, and the rise of box-office cache and celebrity culture in the theatre industry.

He also shares how he manages 8 shows a week and how staying open to the audience led him to work on an Oscar-nominated documentary. Plus, you'll learn his advice for living your BEST Broadway life!

You can purchase tickets to see Jonathan in Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway at www.aladdinthemusical.com.

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#BroadwayLife Ep. 18 with NaTasha Yvette Williams

This week's #BroadwayLife episode features NaTasha Yvette Williams. NaTasha has been sharing her gifted voice since she was three, singing in the choir at her church, and is now performing on Broadway as Becky in the musical Waitress.

In this episode, NaTasha talks about how she knew she was on the right career path, balancing motherhood with her work life (she has adorable twins!), and how she deals with perfectionism.

NaTasha made her Broadway debut in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and has an impressive resume including Porgy and Bess, A Night With Janis Joplin, Hairspray (where we met) and Chicago. She offers her keen insight on the differences between working on a steady, long-running production versus a younger show like Waitress. Plus, you'll learn her secret to living your BEST Broadway life!

You can follow NaTasha on Instagram @natashayvettewilliams, and purchase tickets to see her in Waitress on Broadway at waitressthemusical.com.

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#BroadwayLife Ep. 15 with Alton Fitzgerald White

This week's #BroadwayLife episode is with an actual Disney king. Alton Fitzgerald White originated the role of Mufasa in the first National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King and then took over the role in the Broadway company. He drew on his vast Broadway experience, as well as his deep-rooted dedication to service, for inspiration while writing his new book MY PRIDE - Mastering Life’s Daily Performance

In our interview, Alton redefines what it really means to be "lucky". He talks about his family background, how he came out of his shell and learned to ask for help, and how he applies service to every aspect of his life, including his acting career. Plus, he offers some very insightful advice on how to have a balanced, successful career on Broadway.

I have two special bonus goodies for you today. Click the image below to download one of this month's #BroadwayLife desktop background / screensaver images.

 

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#BroadwayLife Ep. 14 with Renee Marino

Some people stay in your life for a reason, and Renee Marino continues to be an inspiration for me since our college days. In this week’s #BroadwayLife episode, we discuss our friendship, her venture to Los Angeles after staring in a major Clint Eastwood film, and her return to NYC in Broadway’s upcoming Pretty Woman: The Musical.

 

Renee shared so much beautiful advice that I just couldn’t edit this video down. You need to see it all. So, make some popcorn and settle in for a fun and motivating conversation.

 
 

You can follow Renee on Instagram at @reneemarinoofficial, and to find out more about Pretty Woman: The Musical, click here.

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#BroadwayLife Ep. 13 with Christian Dante White

I’ve got a treat for you this week! It’s Episode 13 of the #BroadwayLife interview series with the amazing Christian Dante White, from the Broadway musical Hello Dolly!

Christian is the understudy for the role of Cornelius Hackl, and in this episode, he shares what it’s like to jump on stage with zero rehearsal. Plus, he shares how to stay cool when you audition in a room full of Broadway heavy hitters and how he he spends his one day off each week.

You'll also hear his advice on how to live your best Broadway Life, and why he’s not just an actor but an activist, supporting and inspiring the black community within the New York theatre scene.

You can follow Christian on Twitter at @dantechristian and on Instagram @christiandante. You can click here to find tickets for Hello Dolly! on Broadway.

 
 

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#BroadwayLife: Ep. 12 with Katrina Lenk

It’s a new year, and a new season of the #BroadwayLife interview series! This week, I’m premiering Episode 12 with actor, musician and songwriter Katrina Lenk, who is currently on Broadway in The Band's Visit.

Katrina originated the role of Dina in the award-winning musical, and in this interview, she discusses how that process differs from stepping in to replace an actor. She also shares how she turned uncertainty about her career into forward movement, how she stays strong and sane with her busy schedule, and what she did to let go of audition room anxiety.

 
 

You can follow Katrina on Twitter at @thekatrinalenk and her music, moxy phinx, at @moxyphinx. You can click here to find tickets to see her in The Band's Visit.

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