May 10, 2021
Tony award nominee and Emmy award winner Liz Callaway is an internationally acclaimed actress, singer, and recording artist whose Broadway credits include starring roles in Merrily We Roll Along, Miss Saigon, Baby, Cats and The Look of Love.
She can be heard singing the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the movie Anastasia, as well as numerous other animated features including Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, and The Swan Princess.
Her extensive concert and symphony career has included appearances in London, Paris, Sydney, and nearly every major city in the U.S. and she performs regularly with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, with whom she created and recorded the theme song to the sitcom The Nanny.
May 3, 2021
Valarie Pettiford is an award-winning actor, dancer and singer. She earned a Tony and Grammy nomination for Fosse and was one of the principal dancers in the first national tour of Bob Fosse’s Dancin and his last original musical Big Deal. She was part of the original cast of Sophisticated Ladies and was nominated for an Ovation Award as Julie in the tour of Showboat directed by the legendary Hal Prince.
Valarie was the first American to portray Velma Kelly in the West End revival of Chicago starring alongside Chita Rivera. When Ms. Rivera was inducted into The Kennedy Center Honors, she personally requested Valarie reprise the role.
Valarie is honored to be part of The Verdon Fosse Legacy, reconstructing Bob Fosse’s choreography and teaching it to a new generation of dancers including reconstructing four numbers for the hit FX show Fosse/Verdon starring Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell.
April 26, 2021
Two time Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar is chomping at the bit to return to Broadway in Mrs. Doubtfire and has been seen there previously in Something Rotten!, Big Fish, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Addams Family, Spamalot, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde, and Aspects of Love.
He appeared in London’s West End as Max Bialystock in The Producers and in several national tours of major Broadway shows, various celebrated productions Off-Broadway, several Encores! at City Center as well as regionally at Arena Stage, The Old Globe, the LaJolla Playhouse, and the McCarter Theater amongst others.
His film and television credits include Ghost Town, The Producers, “Madam Secretary,” “Smash,” “The Good Wife,” and three “Law & Order” series.
April 19, 2021
Verónica del Cerro and Michael Kevin Darnall are both accomplished actors in the Washington D.C. area.
Veronica’s credits include Othello at The Shakespeare Theatre Center, Arabian Nights at Constellation Theatre, El Paso Blue and Ana en el Tropico at GALA Theatre, August: Osage County at Everyman Theatre, Adventures of Homer at The Kennedy Center, Savage in Limbo at MetroStage, My Children! My Africa! and Rock n' Roll at Studio Theatre, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents at Roundhouse Theatre. Currently making her home base in Spain, she is beginning to devise and develop her own directorial projects.
Michael’s New York credits include Romeo & Juliet at TheatreRats, Beyond Therapy at Bohemian Archeology and Arden: The Lamentable Tragedie… at Spring TheaterWorks. In DC he has appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Mosaic Theatre Company, Theatre J, Imagination Stage, MetroStage and Constellation Theatre and he is a company member at The Hub and Spooky Action Theatre. His regional credits include the Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and Rhinoleap. Michael has been nominated five times for DC’s Helen Hayes Award, and he has appeared on HBO's The Wire.
Veronica and Michael will be starring together in Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, as part of MetroStage’s Tribute to the late great American playwright Terrence McNally streaming online from April 21-25 at MetroStage.org
April 12, 2021
Welcome back for Part 2 of my interview with Tony Award winner Betty Buckley!
In Part 1 Betty talked about growing up in Texas and how she first became interested in performing and musical theatre and everything in her life that prepared her for and led up to her first big break in the musical 1776 on Broadway.
In this week’s episode, Betty shares her experiences working in film and TV, her Tony winning role in Cats and playing Margaret White in the cult musical Carrie on Broadway. She also talks about her passion for teaching – which she is now doing online through the T. Schreiber Studio in New York.
April 5, 2021
In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress having won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in Cats (singing the famous tune “Memory”) and a Tony nomination for Triumph of Love.
She recently completed headlining the National Tour of the new Broadway Production of Hello Dolly! and received an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie and she has appeared multiple times Off-Broadway and at various regional theatres and concert halls across the country.
For over forty years Ms. Buckley has been a teacher of scene study and song interpretation, giving workshops in Manhattan and various universities and Performing Arts Conservatories around the country. She is now offering her Master Class online, enabling actors and singers the opportunity to work with her from anywhere in the world.
January 18, 2021
Emily Skinner has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s most engaging and versatile performers. She was last seen on Broadway in The Cher Show. Her other Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway (directed by Hal Prince in his final show) for which she received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Billy Elliott, Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce’s The Dead (opposite Christopher Walken), The Full Monty and Dinner at Eight.
Off-Broadway, Emily has appeared at City Center Encores!, Manhattan Theatre Club, WPA Theatre, The Transport Group, Madison Square Garden, York Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and the Roundabout Theatre and she has performed lead roles at many of the major regional theatres across the country.
Emily was nominated for a Tony Award (along with Alice Ripley) and received a Drama League Award for her performance as Daisy Hilton in the short-lived, but now cult classic, original Broadway production of Side Show.
January 11, 2021
Ewan Chung is an actor, singer, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. Highlights of his theatre work include Lost: The Musical, David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, and Washer/Dryer. He is also a member of the Award-winning sketch comedy troupe OPM.
Chung also has an extensive resume of work in film and has appeared on various popular TV shows including "Monday Mornings," "Bones," "Torchwood," "Boston Legal," "Chuck," "Heroes," "How I Met Your Mother," Stephen King's "Desperation," "Las Vegas," and "Sucker Free City."
He’s often writing, singing, speaking Chinese and French, recording audiobooks, and involved in various projects like the sci-fi web series "Shangri-La: Near Extinction," and podcasts like “The White Vault: Imperial” and “Vast Horizon”.
Chung will be playing the role of Will in the upcoming production of Terrence McNally’s Mothers & Sons for MetroStage in Alexandria, Virginia streaming online January 13-17 at MetroStage.org
January 4, 2021
Ilona Dulaski and Tom Story are two of the most respected and celebrated theatre actors in the Washington DC area.
Ilona is an accomplished actor, singer and voice over artist. She has performed in multiple productions at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Olney Theatre Center and Wayside Theatre among many others. Her portrayal of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class at MetroStage garnered rave reviews.
Tom has appeared as an actor in over 70 productions in New York, DC, and in many cities throughout the country. He is an Affiliated Artist at The Shakespeare Theatre Company where he has starred in works by Shakespeare, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, David Ives and others. He has also directed various productions at Baltimore Theatre Festival, Adventure Theatre, Solas Nua and Roundhouse Theatre. Tom is a graduate of Duke University and The Juilliard School and he has been nominated seven times for DC’s Helen Hayes Award. He last appeared at Metro Stage in the one person show “Fully Committed” where he played over 40 characters.
Ilona and Tom will be starring together for the first time as part of MetroStage’s tribute to the late great Terrence McNally in his play Mothers and Sons, streaming online Jan 13-17 at MetroStage.org
December 28, 2020
Mercedes Herrero has been a professional actor for over 30 years. She has performed on Broadway in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and her Off-Broadway credits include work at The Public Theatre, Intar, Manhattan Theatre Club and the original production of The Laramie Project at Union Square and BAM. She has also performed in both classical and contemporary plays at many regional theatres across the country.
Many may also recognize her from her extensive TV and Film work in all 4 Law and Orders, 3 seasons of House of Cards, Deception, Arranged and The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.
Mercedes is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA.