Broadway.tv & McDonald’s 42nd Street Search For Broadway’s Next Star
Jenna Schoen is excited to be a part of the Next Broadway Star competition. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory. A classical ballerina since the age of 10, Jenna has trained with American Ballet Theater, The Rock School, The Walnut Hill School and Burklyn Ballet. Performance credits include: Allegro, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver, Annie, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many thanks to Broadway.tv for this amazing opportunity! Fun facts: A libra, born and raised in NY, fashion lover, MJ fan, Gleek at heart!
Broadway.tv’s sister company, Red Carpet Network, caught up with Al Pacino at the Golden Globe Awards this weekend. Pacino walked away as winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in You Don’t Know Jack but not before taking a moment to reminisce over his role in Merchant of Venice.
Pacino expressed that Merchant of Venice has been “just a real trip.” As one of Shakespeare most controversial and thrilling plays full of love, betrayal, forgiveness and revenge the play was a perfect choice for 2010’s Shakespeare in the Park. But what started as an immensely popular summer production in Central Park became a critically acclaimed sold-out hit on Broadway. “To be in a hit like that… it doesn’t come along often. I think I’m enjoying it more now than I would’ve say 30 years ago.”
Unlike the movies, Pacino finds that “it’s a very fulfilling thing to do something every night. [Afterall] I believe I have a bit of the performer in me. I’m not sure of it now, for some reason, [I’m] trying to keep away from turning into Robin Williams in front of your eyes… it would be disturbing.”
Ultimately, theatre calls forth a craft from within yourself.“It’s like if you were a musician and you were playing in an orchestra and you playing Mozart or Beethoven and you got a chance to interpret that, play it every night… it give you some.” And so many audiences have walked away from Pacino’s impressive performance of Shylock with a new take on Shakespeare.
Merchant of Venice is currently playing at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) through the end of February before it goes on national tour.
You saw our interview with Zac Efron this week at the Me And Orson Wells New York City premier. After the standard questions around the movie, we asked Efron something more personal in what advice he has for young actors.
Efron has had great success as a young actor. Watch the video above to see what Efron had to say.
We had the chance to interview pretty much the entire cast of Nine. Directed by Rob Marshall, Nine sports a great cast including Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Fergie, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson.
Click here or the image above to see our interviews with the cast.
“He falls in love with theater, he falls in love with a girl…man, this is a lot like how my life went.”
Zac Efron says he received a phone call to be in with Me And Orson Welles the movie, read the script and was excited to get involved. In an interview with us at the New York City premier of the movie, Efron told us that he saw a little bit of himself in Richard Samuels, the character that he plays.
Efron’s love interest in the movie is played by Claire Danes. Efron says that he did not know Danes was going to be in Me And Orson Welles when he first signed on, but when he found out, he became nervous.
Watch the video above to see the full interview with Efron.
Judi Dench is one of the most successful stage and screen actresses in the world. While doing interviews for Nine the movie, we asked Dench what advice she has for young actors.
Dench told us that one of the most important things is staying determined and being aware of your surroundings. Dench says that being a stage and screen actor requires an abundant amount of energy. Dench says that you should watch actors that you admire and if possible, get their opinions on your representation of characters.
What was found most exciting from our interview with Dench is that she went into detail on the actors she observed and the technique she used when she was starting her acting career.
Watch the video above to see what Judi Dench says was the best piece of advice she ever received.
We think Stacy (Fergie) Ferguson is great. No, not because she called NetworkGlobal’s CEO cute, but rather because she is an amazing singer and actress.
Ferguson has had a very successful career in music. Now she is also making appearances in Hollywood productions as well. In Nine Ferguson plays the sexy and sensual Saraghina. Maury Yeston, writer of the Broadway production of Nine says that Ferguson almost steals the entire movie version of Nine with her performance.
Ferguson says that she anticipated being in Nine to be a lot more intimidating. Nine stars Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis, to just name a few. With a lineup like that, Ferguson says that she expected Hollywood attitudes. However, she says that making Nine was exactly the opposite, with the cast getting together and mingling like old friends.
One reason we admire Ferguson is because she stand for something. The Black Eyed Peas (and Ferguson as a solo artist) write lyrics and participate in events to get young people motivated in making positive change. We asked Ferguson why standing for something as an artist has been so important to her.
Watch the video above to see why Stacy Ferguson stands for progressive change and to see what advice she has for young people.
In Nine the movie, Katie Hudson plays a Vogue reporter who has a slight infatuation with Guido Contini played by Daniel Day-Lewis. Nine won the Tony for Best Musical in 1982 and the film is set to also receive great acclaim. With Hudson being in a movie musical, we asked her if she would ever like to come to Broadway to be in a live stage musical. She said absolutely and that she would like to be in A Chorus Line.
Watch the video above to see the advice Kate Hudson has for young actors.
On A Day Off From The Star Wars Tour, C-3PO Heads To Harlem
Anthony Daniels told us tonight that we was excited to attend the Dream Girls opening up in Harlem tonight. Daniels has been touring the United States with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight he had a night off from his tour and took the Mrs. to The Apollo to see Dream Girls. Watch the video above to see our interview with Daniels.
Finian’s Rainbow opened on Broadway some days ago. The show was highly anticipated and stars like David Hasselhoff and our favorite Golden Girl Rue McClanahan stopped by the see Finian’s Rainbow on opening night. Now you can relive the magic by clicking here or the image above to watch the opening night interviews.