Episode 19: André Ward

In Episode 19 of his podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with André Ward about: How theatre solved the problem of what to do with an energetic little boy His Zen-like way of handling the news “no, you didn’t get the job” The key to remaining open to what the Universe has in…

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Episode 18: Ria Jones

In Episode 18 of his podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Ria Jones about: What her battle with cancer taught her and why she wouldn’t trade it for anything The joy of “getting into the bones of a character” How she delights in the rehearsal process  

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Episode 17: Bill Castellino

In Episode 17 of his podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Bill Castellino about: How meaning, relevance and beauty become “art” The importance of being grateful just to be in the room Why it’s not enough for a show to be “decorative” How the unexpected turn in the road is beneficial dramatically….and…

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Episode 16: Amanda McBroom

In Episode 16 of his podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Amanda McBroom about: When she figured out why she didn’t need a corset on stage anymore How songs are like little movies What the difference is between humility and false humility — and how to let each of them serve you…

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Episode 15: Laurence Luckinbill

In Episode 15 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Laurence Luckinbill about: Why we need to set aside time to laugh and enter our imagination What his life goals are at age 81 How he finds himself through portrayals of characters The power of ego to propel and destroy…

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Episode 14: Kelly Hall-Tompkins

In Episode 14 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof solo volinist, Kelly Hall-Tompkins about: In today’s episode, Kelly shares with us: Why she learned to find and follow “the unanticipated path” How she built the courage to “draw what I see, not what’s there”…

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Episode 13: Marc Tumminelli

In Episode 13 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Marc Tumminelli about: What the essential ingredient is for making life “infinitely better” Why it’s important to make things happen without the fear of rejection How the “artist’s brain” is always at work and ready to help The importance of…

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Episode 12: Sierra Boggess

In Episode 10 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Sierra Boggess about: Her answer to an age-old career riddle: which comes first: passion or opportunity? The value of NOT having a fallback career Why she is passionate that ANYTHING can be Broadway How to recognize the butterflies in your…

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Episode 11: Michael Strassen

In Episode 10 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Michael Strassen about: How he tackled persistent stage fright as an actor Why context is everything The “mind experiment” that happens between the audience and the actors each time a show is performed, and what the director’s role is in…

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Episode 10: John Barrowman

In Episode 10 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with John Barrowman about: What he has in common with Ponyboy from “The Outsiders” Why nerdy people never need to apologize Why he feels compelled to advocate for LGBT rights The story of his accidental “coming out” The necessity of not…

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Episode 09: Emily Skinner

In Episode 09 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Emily Skinner about: Her belief in the humanity of imperfection What it means to “win the lottery” as a professional actor Why catharsis and storytelling are at the heart of her performances How a perceptive elementary school teacher changed her…

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Fra Fee, Lucy Williamson and Madalena Alberto to star in THE FIX

ATOMICUS ENTERTAINMENT presents Fra Fee, Lucy Williamson and Madalena Alberto to star in the first production at the brand new Union Theatre   West End regulars Fra Fee, Lucy Williamson and Madalena Alberto are to star in THE FIX, the very first production at the brand new Union Theatre. Featuring book and lyrics by John…

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About FRIDA: The Musical by Dana P. Rowe & Michael Aman

FRIDA: The Musical Music by Dana P. Rowe | Book and Lyrics by Michael Aman Synopsis The musical, Frida, based on the incredible true story of beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, charts her rise above physical disabilities and the male-dominated art world to win the love and admiration of famed muralist Diego Rivera, become the…

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Episode 08: Stephen Mear

In Episode 08 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Stephen Mear about: The importance of working on things we’re weakest at What you can’t teach a dancer (hint: it’s NOT how to dance) How Mark Smith, his deaf partner, inspired his creative process for Mary Poppins Why he finds…

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Episode 07: Jennifer Ashley Tepper

In Episode 07 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Jennifer Ashley Tepper about: Why she wants us all to march over to the Mark Hellinger Theater (presently the Times Square Church) How juggling many projects at once stirs her creativity The gift of receiving the cast album to Pickwick…

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Episode 06: Jerry Mitchell

In Episode 06 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Jerry Mitchell about: What Meredith Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda have in common Why he doesn’t believe in luck The vital role that “clearing the shelf” plays in a focused life How he defines success (ed note: it doesn’t have to…

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Episode 05: Mark Shenton

In Episode 05 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Mark Shenton about: Why endeavoring on a full-time career in theatre journalism was “like jumping out of a plane without a parachute and hoping someone would throw one at you on the way down.” How he builds trust in others…

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Episode 04: Lucie Arnaz

In Episode 04 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Lucie Arnaz about: Why she’d love to play all of the great Patti Lupone parts in one weekend (editor’s note: how cool would THAT be???) What advice she would give to her younger self How to trust in saying “yes”…

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Episode 03: Albert Poland

In Episode 03 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Albert Poland about: How a plucky teenager from Indiana tracked down a living legend on a Warner Brothers set in 1955 What Judy Garland and Bruce Springsteen have in common Why no means yes, failures lead to successes and obstacles…

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Episode 02: Bob Avian

In Episode 02 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Bob Avian about: Why following his instincts and turning down the first dancing job offered to him led to his big break in West Side Story The advice he would give his younger self about taking risks Why working on…

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Episode 01: Cameron Mackintosh

In Episode 01 of his new podcast TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, Dana speaks with Cameron Mackintosh about: What he looks for when deciding to produce a musical What advice he would give to aspiring theatre artists What Hamilton and Les Miserables have in common What his proudest moments are How his willingness to seek…

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Signature Revs Up For One Helluva Spin

CBS This Morning, September 18th, 2015 “The Fix” The first two Republican debates had plenty of theater, but a play near Washington is bringing its own political intrigue. “The Fix” captures the absurd and sometimes seedier side of politics, at times hitting a little too close to home. Julianna Goldman reports from Arlington, Virginia. Click…

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Eastwick Makes Top 13 Most Chilling & Thrilling Musicals Of All Time

Thank you, Pat Cerasaro, of BroadwayWorld.Com for including us in this stellar list. We couldn’t be more pleased and proud. “With perhaps the most undervalued and criminally underrated score on a list overflowing with exceptional song stacks, Dana Rowe and John Dempsey’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK is one of the most impressive musicals of the…

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Eastwick Original Cast Promotional Video

Thanks to @JBoydRochford for bringing this video to my attention. What a treat to see this footage again of the Witches of Eastwick Original London Cast featuring Lucie Arnaz, Joanna Riding, Maria Friedman, Ian McShane, Rosie Ashe, Caroline Sheen and Peter Jöback! Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, directed by Eric Schaeffer, choreographed by Bob Avian and…

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FRIDA demo: “You Are Clay”

FRIDA Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and Lyrics by Michael Aman The musical, Frida, based on the incredible true story of beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, charts her rise above physical disabilities and the male-dominated art world to win the love and admiration of famed muralist Diego Rivera, become the artistic soul of her…

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10 Rules For Theatre Composers

by Dana P. Rowe 1. Get fluent in music. Music is the language of emotion and in order to communicate successfully in any language you must be able to listen, speak, read and write with understanding. Aaron Copeland’s book, What to Listen for in Music, is a must read for anyone who wants to make…

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Taste, Time, and Expectations: Minding the Artistic Gap

Welcome to another edition of “What do they know, anyway?” A collection of misfired critiques dedicated to empowering the artist and reminding us all that good art is indeed bulletproof. by Dana P. Rowe It all boils down to taste, doesn’t it?  Bad taste, it seems, is unforgiveable and good taste is synonymous with artistry.…

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4 Ways To Get That Song Written

by Dana P. Rowe   I’m on a 45 minute timer today.  And whether you are writing a song, finishing a scene in a play, writing a chapter in your book or getting a painting started, these tips will work for you.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and adapt.  Just get started. Arrrgh!!  I only…

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Tortuous, Crude and Irreconcilable Chopin

Welcome to another edition of “What do they know, anyway?” A collection of misfired critiques dedicated to empowering the artist and reminding us all that good art is indeed bulletproof. by Dana P. Rowe When I moved recently, I ran across some original classical music reviews I photocopied at the Indiana University music library over…

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5 Things You Can Do To Reboot Your Musical Career (No Matter Where You Live)

by Dana P. Rowe Feel stuck?  Need a boost?  We’ve all been there.  If you’re ready for an adventure, read on and challenge yourself to take action. You’ll eventually need to have a pencil and paper handy.  A desire to get honest with yourself would be helpful too. Let’s get going. 1) Find your tribe:…

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Peter Jöback’s New CD – I Love Musicals

Peter originated the role of Michael in the London Cast of Witches.  We’re proud to be included in his new CD, I Love Musicals – Peter Jöback (available on iTunes). “The most loved songs from the greatest musicals.”  Includes “Gestsemane” from JCSuperstar, “Pity the Child” from CHESS, “Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd and “Who’s The Man?”…

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Fine Company, Indeed!

John Barrowman, Philip Quast, Kathryn Evans and Krysten Cummings. What’s not to love? Could not be more pleased or honored to be in such fine company.  Click here for the full article.

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My Visit With Jonathan Baz

  I recently had time to visit with prolific blogger, Jonathan Baz, and I’m honored by and delighted to share his resulting profile with you. “With the UK’s first professional production of The Witches of Eastwick in five years opening at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre, I spent a brief while with composer Dana P.Rowe, to talk…

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