April Mathis stops by to chat about starring in Toni Stone and more with Beth Stevens.
The day has arrived! The first trailer has been released for the highly anticipated film adaptation of Cats. The exciting trailer features the star-packed cast, including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, singing from Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic score and dancing Andy Blankenbuehler's thrilling choreography. Enter the world of the new film below and mark your calendar: Cats hits cinemas on December 20.
Beverley Bass, the trailblazing pilot who appears as a character in David Hein and Irene Sankoff's hit Broadway musical Come From Away, will tell her inspiring story in a new picture-book autobiography titled Me and the Sky, due out this fall. Joanie Stone will provide illustrations for the original from Random House Children's Books, scheduled for publication on September 10.
The book, which takes its title from her character's song in Come From Away, follows Bass, who was a young girl in the 1950s with big dreams of flying planes when she got older. But when she told her parents, they said that girls couldn't be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land.
After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Bass became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female-crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to U.S. airspace closures. After several days ...
Kerry Butler is once again back on Broadway originating a role in a new musical, and this time she's bringing Barbara Maitland to life on stage in Beetlejuice. The Tony-nominated musical marks Butler's 12th Broadway production and she's loving every minute. "It's going great over at the Winter Garden," Butler said to Beth Stevens in a recent interview on Broadway.com's #LiveAtFive. "I'm enjoying being dead. I love it! Playing someone eight times a week can really affect you as a person. I've had parts where I'm depressed and crying and it's really hard to shake, but Barbara is light and so happy. It's a good place to be eight times a week."
Based off of the 1988 Tim Burton classic film of the same name, Beetlejuice is jam-packed with humor and ghostly magic that still leaves Butler scared. "I do a lot of special effects and it's all old-school magic," she said. "In rehearsal, there's a moment where I'm levitating and my hand goes on fire and they said they were going to test the fireworks and explosions that are happening around me ...
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