Theater People



Interviews with Tony Winners, Broadway Legends, and Today's Hottest Theater Stars. Brought to you biweekly by Patrick Hinds and Mike Jensen.


  • Laura Osnes Talks "Bandstand" + The Cast of "The Play That Goes Wrong"

    10/07/2017 Duración: 41min

    Today's episode is in two parts, you guys! Up first is our dear friend Laura Osnes, making her FOURTH appearance on the podcast). Laura recently invited us to her perfectly appointed dressing room at the Jacobs Theater where she is starring as Julia Trojan in "Banstand." We talk about how it's been for her to see the show through from it's very first reading all the way to Broadway. In the Second half of the episode, we chat with "The Play That Goes Wrong's" Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer--co-writers and actors in the show. The pair share the show's Broadway Backstory and how it developed from a one-act being performed in a 60-seat theater above a put to the Olivier Award winning hit and Broadway favorite.

  • Derek Klena talks "Anastasia," Wicked," Dogfight" And More!

    26/06/2017 Duración: 34min

    The handsome, charming, and talented Derek Klena invited us to his dressing room at the Broadhurst theater to chat about starring in "Anastasia." He also shared the AMAZING story of his road to professional acting, and his work in "Carrie: The Musical," "Wicked," and "Dogfight." Enjoy!

  • Great Comet's Brittain Ashford

    19/06/2017 Duración: 43min

    It's no secret that I'm OBSESSED with "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"--I truly think it is one of the most powerful and affecting pieces of theater I've ever experienced. The first time I saw the show, I knew we had to have Brittain Ashford, who plays Sonya, on the podcast ASAP. Brittain has been with the show from the earliest readings and has played Sonya in all of the show's incarnations. In the episode we find out where she came from, how she met the show's creator Dave Malloy, and how it is to be making her Broadway debut in such an unusual and magnificent work.

  • Andy Blankenbuehler and Johanna Day on their 2017 Tony Nominations

    05/06/2017 Duración: 43min

    It's a 2017 Tony Extravaganza! In this two-part episode, we have two of this year's most loved nominees! Up first, two-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler ("In the Heights" "Hamilton) talks this year's "Bandstand" which he directed and choreographed. He is nominated for his choreography. In the second part of the show, we chat with Johanna Day about her work and Tony nomination for her work in this year's Pulitzer Prize winning "Sweat." I LOVED chatting with these two! Enjoy!

  • "Come From Away" Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein

    01/06/2017 Duración: 41min

    YOU GUYS! The "Come From Away" obsession continues! For today’s episode, I had the great honor of sitting down for a chat with the Irene Sankoff and David Hein who conceived the show and wrote the music, book, and lyrics. I could barely contain myself. The show, of course, is nominated for 7 Tony Awards this year including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Irene and David. It's also nominated for the all important Best New Musical. It was so exciting to get to chat with them about how the show came to be and it’s journey from their living room to Broadway. I loved them SO much! Enjoy!

  • Betty Buckley: Tony Winner and Broadway Legend

    22/05/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    I still can't breathe, you guys! Words cannot explain the pure exhilaration of sitting across the table from the one and only Betty Buckley and the concentration it took trying to sound smart while asking her questions! This Tony-winning Broadway legend certainly needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, Betty made her Broadway debut in 1969 in 1776--a role she won on her VERY FIRST DAY IN NEW YORK and for which she earned her first Tony nomination. Among many other credits, she originated the role of Grizabella in "Cats," the role for which she won her Tony, she also originated the title role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" as wells as in "Song and Dance," "Carrie" (!!!!!!!!!), and "Triumph of Love." She also won raves for playing Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" in both the West End and on Broadway. You can get her new album "Story Songs" on iTunes or wherever else you get your music. I'm obsessed with her. Enjor!

  • Come From Away's Caesar Samayoa

    15/05/2017 Duración: 39min

    Full Disclosure, you guys, I’m OBSESSED with "Come From Away" And I’m equally obsessed with today’s guest, Caesar Samayoa. Caesar plays multiple roles in the show including Kevin, who is one half of a gay couple in which both men are named Kevin, and Ali, a Muslim chef, both of whom are stranded in Gandor, Newfoundland on September 11th 2001 during the true events that make up the plot of "Come From Away". Caesar’s performances in the show are spellbinding and I was thrilled to get to ask him all the questions about it. Caesar made his new York city debut in 1998’s long running off-Broadway production of "R & J". He made his Broadway debut in 2006 in "Hot Feet." He was also seen in on Broadway in "The Pee Wee Herman Show" and "Sister Act" before landing his roles in "Come From Away." I love this guy! Enjoy!

  • Gabriel Ebert talks winning a Tony for "Matilda" and the new play "Gently Down the Stream"

    08/05/2017 Duración: 42min

    This was, without a doubt, one of the most fun and interesting interviews I've ever done, you guys. Gabriel Ebert talks being cast as Mr. Wormwood in "Matilda" at the age of 24--winning a Tony Award for the role at age 25--and a new and BRILLIANT play called "Gently Down the Stream" which is currently playing off-Broadway at the Public Theater.

  • Eva Noblezada: Miss Saigon's Leading Lady

    01/05/2017 Duración: 40min

    You Guys, I said it the day it happened and I'll say it again: The chat I had with Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada is one of the most memorable I've ever had. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I found her to be SO charming and SO funny and SO downright personable that I just wanted to talk to her for hours. I won't give too much away here, but her story of being literally plucked from obscurity--with NO professional theatrical credits--to lead the company of the "Miss Saigon" revival is amazing. She is such a delight! Enjoy!

  • "Come From Away"s Jenn Colella

    24/04/2017 Duración: 41min

    At Long Last the Jenn Colella interview is here! We couldn't be more excited to talk with the fabulous Broadway star about her work in this season's "Come From Away" and to hear her AMAZING and HILARIOUS stories from "If/Then," "Chaplin," "High Fidelity," and "Urban Cowboy." We're obsessed with her and you need to be too! Enjoy!

  • Ariana DeBose: "Hamilton"s Bullet & "A Bronx Tale"s Leading Lady

    20/04/2017 Duración: 38min

    You guys, We're OBSESSED with Ariana DeBose! Ariana is Currently co-starring as Jane in the critically acclaimed "A Bronx Tale"--directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zacks. She made her Broadway debut in 2012 in "Bring it On: The Musical" (one of my faves!) and went on to join the Broadway cast of "Pippin." In 2013 was invited by Lin-Manuel Miranda to participate in the first readings of the show that would become "Hamilton." She would stay wit the show through its off-Broadway and Broadway runs as a member of the ensemble and, notably, #TheBullet. Enjoy!

  • Gideon Glick: Significant Other's Leading Man

    17/04/2017 Duración: 34min

    28-year-old Gideon Glick is giving one of the most buzzed-about performances on Broadway this season as Jordan Berman, an unlucky in love New York City bachelor in the play "Significant Other." It was such a pleasure chatting with him about this star-making turn, his real life love life (which is going great!), and his earlier work on Broadway--2006's "Spring Awakening" and 2011's "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark." Enjoy!

  • Nathan Lee Graham of "The View Upstairs"

    10/04/2017 Duración: 45min

    I LOVE NATHAN LEE GRAHAM! As a lot of you know, I'm a bit of a gay history nerd, so I was thrilled recently to get to see Nathan--one of my favorite NYC actors--in the new off-Broadway musical, "The View Upstairs." The show tells the little-known true story of The Upstairs Lounge--one of the country's first gay bars--where an arsonist set a fire which killed many of the bar's patrons. Nathan made his Broadway debut in 2000 in Michael John Lachuisa's "The Wild Party." He was also seen in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and the acclaimed off-Broadway show "Wig Out." Enjoy!

  • Rebecca Naomi Jones (Episode 103)

    05/04/2017 Duración: 44min

    YOU GUYS!!! I've been pursuing this interview with Rebecca for YEARS! I'm totally obsessed. I first fell in love with this incredible woman in 2008 when I saw her in the Broadway production of "Passing Strange"--a show she'd been with since the 2007 production at The Public Theater. I fell even deeper in love with her when I saw her in 2010's "American Idiot," and, of course, I loved her in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." And now she's making her play Broadway debut--yes, that's a thing--in the TERRIFIC "Significant Other." Sheeeeeeeeee's amazing! Enjoy!

  • Michael Xavier: Sunset Boulevard's Leading Man

    03/04/2017 Duración: 30min

    You Guys! It was such a thrill to spend an afternoon chatting with the perfectly British and perfectly handsome and perfectly hilarious Michael Xavier. Currently starring opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, Michael is on loan to us from Mother England where he is one of the West End's biggest stars. With two Olivier nominations to his name, he's brought his charm and talent across the pond and is giving one of this season's most celebrated performances as Joe Gillis in one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest works.

  • Our 100th Episode Featuring Keala Settle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Daisy Eagan, and Beth Malone

    22/03/2017 Duración: 52min

    YOU GUYS!! Theater People is 100 episodes old!! To mark the occasion, we recorded this episode live at BroadwayCon. Basically I made some of my favorite guests listen to me talk about how much I love them. Hilarity ensued! Enjoy!

  • Michael Cerveris is Back! Plus Jose Llana & Laura Michelle Kelly Talk "The King and I"

    13/03/2017 Duración: 39min

    What an episode, you guys! In the first segment two-time Tony winner (and five time nominee!!!) Michael Cerveris is back to talk making his own music, acting, and life post-"Fun Home." In the Second half of the show, two of our favorite guests ,Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly, return to talk all things "The King and I" tour! Enjoy!

  • Rory O'Malley (Episode 99)

    07/03/2017 Duración: 44min

    You guys, we've been working on locking down an interview with today's guest Rory O'Malley for YEARS! He was originally scheduled to be the THIRD ever guest of Theater People! For this episode we talk all things "Hamilton"--he was King George on Broadway before heading off in the role on the national tour. We also talk about "Book of Mormon," "Little Miss Sunshine," politics, boyfriends, and everything in between. I looooooooooved chatting with him! Enjoy!

  • Shoshana Bean (Episode 98)

    27/02/2017 Duración: 51min

    We are SOOOOO excited to finally welcome everyone's favorite Screltress, Shoshana Bean to the show! As if I need to tell you guys, Shoshana made her Broadway debut in 2002 in the original cast of "Hairspray." She, of course went on to be the first replacement for the role of Elphaba in the Broadway company of "Wicked." She is also beloved internationally as a recording artist with her chart-topping albums "Superhero," "O'Farrell Street," and "Shadows to Light." We LOVE her! Enjoy!

  • Dear Evan Hansen's Rachel Bay Jones (Episode 97)

    21/02/2017 Duración: 29min

    YOU GUYS!! today is the day that we get to bring you our interview with the one and only Rachel Bay Jones. You all helped us book her when you all responded to my call via twitter to let her know just how much we wanted to chat with her. She is amazing and hilarious. She made her Broadway debut in 1989 in "Meet me in St Louis", She was in the recent Broadway revival of "Hair", she has a HILARIOUS story of understudying Patti LuPone in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" that she shares with us here. You probably also remember her as Catherine in the 2013 revival of "Pippin." And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been crying your eyes out listening to her and the rest of the cast on the recently released cast album of "Dear Evan Hansen" in which she stars as Heidi Hansen, Evan’s mom. We did this interview in her dressing room just before a show. She was warm and delightful and I LOVED chatting with her! Enjoy!

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