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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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ZOMBIE PROM: Warp Speed!

2 Actors, less than 10 minutes Lindsey Ohman (@elmoisme) and Brett Gowen (@BrettBGowen), students at Portage Northern High School in Portage, MI, rock ZOMBIE PROM in Warp Speed for their Forensics competitions. An abridged homage to the off-Broadway musical — ZOMBIE PROM Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and lyrics by John Dempsey Lindsey and…

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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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As Bruxas de Eastwick – Flickr Photos

Terrific photos from the beautiful 2011 Brazilian production of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.  

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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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BROTHER RUSSIA sizzle reel featuring Doug Kreeger

From the Signature Theatre production that ran from March 20th – April 15th, 2012 “Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.” — TIME Magazine Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey Music by Dana Rowe Scenic Design Misha Kachman Costume Design Kathleen Geldard Lighting…

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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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Teen Pop Broadway Collection

An age-appropriate collection of 28 musical theatre favorites from 20 shows that kids will want to – and be able to! – sing well. The songs come from a variety of contemporary shows, including 13, Bare, Billy Elliot, Children’s Letters to God, Fame, Footloose, How to Eat like a Child, Spring Awakening, Starmite, Zombie Prom…

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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 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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What The Critics Are Saying

“Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.”  ~ TIME Magazine “Lovingly propelled by a quirkily exuberant musical score by composer Dana P. Rowe that bursts with melody and musical wit.”  ~ Mark Shenton, The Stage “Wickedly enjoyable.”  ~ TIME Magazine “Something out of…

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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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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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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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The very first Witches of The Netherlands

The very first Witches of The Netherlands revealed with Jasper Taconis as leading men. Posted by Aruba Daily on September 22nd, 2012 Zoetermeer / Aruba – With a cast consisting of musicaltheater stars such as Joke de Kruijf (the Phantom of the Opera) and Linda Wagenmakers (Miss Saigon), rising star April Darby and Aruba’s very…

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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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Hilliard Davidson’s Production of ZOMBIE PROM

  It’s always great to hear from home and this is no exception.  It looks like Hilliard Davidson High back in Ohio put on a rock ’em sock ’em production of ZOMBIE PROM.  Then they wrote me the nicest email AND sent me all these pics.  It really made my day.  Thanks, everyone.  And thanks…

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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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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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As Bruxas de Eastwick – TV Commercial

 

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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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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 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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Original Demo from THE FIX

“Don’t Blame The Prince” from THE FIX Featuring Stephen Bienskie Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey This is the original 1997 demo recording for “Don’t Blame The Prince” featuring Stephen Bienskie as ‘Cal’.  The song was written after the London, Donmar Warehouse premiere and put in for the American premiere…

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InDepth InterView: Dana Rowe on BroadwayWorld.com

      by Pat Cerasaro Today we are talking to the composing half of one of the most talented and consistently exciting songwriting teams in musical theatre, Dempsey/Rowe – the force behind ZOMBIE PROM, THE FIX, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, and, now, the brand new rock musical at Washington, D.C.’s lauded and progressive Signature…

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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 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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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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FRIDA demo: “De Colores”

Broadway’s Natalie Toro (www.natalietoro.com) shares her magic with the FRIDA project. Frida Kahlo’s world shattered when she had a miscarriage. Everything she believed to be true has turned out to be false. It’s only when she turns her back on the rules she has been taught that her paintings come alive. And as Frida’s canvas…

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I Judged A Brazilian Reality Show About Broadway

      In fine company indeed; here with Jim Caruso and VP Boyle!  I’m a guest judge for the season’s final episode of ‘Dançando na Broadway‘.  The show’s beautiful host was Didi Wagner and other judges for this episode included Jennifer Cody, Caitlin Shaw and Bob Cline.   Directed by the amazing team of Tatiana…

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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 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 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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Guys ’N Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals

“The Showtime documentary Guys ’N Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals captures the sweat, bluster and possible insanity it takes to make high school theater in southern Indiana.” One school, Floyd Central High, rehearses ZOMBIE PROM for the International Thespian Festival.

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What a swell party this is!

Essential Audition Songs For Male & Female Vocalists: Comedy Songs To say I’m honored to be included in this collection is an understatement.  Well did you evah? Adelaide’s Lament (Guys & Dolls) Dirty Laundry (The Witches Of Eastwick) Everybody’s Girl (Steel Pier) I’m Gorgeous (The Apple Tree) I Went To A Marvellous Party (Set To…

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Actor/Muso production of Eastwick at The Watermill Theatre, UK

    Exciting news! An actor/muso* production of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK directed and choreographed by “Strictly Come Dancing” judge, Craig Revel Horwood, scheduled for UK’s Watermill Theatre from 25 July to 14 September. * Actor/muso is a style of staging a musical in which the actors double as musicians. “Strictly Come Dancing” is the…

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Interview Fourthwall Magazine: Dana P. Rowe

  I sat down with the lovely Emily Hardy from Fourthwall Magazine to talk about building artistic relationships, how my fourth grade elementary school teacher, Mrs. Martin, shaped my career, new projects, West End revivals and all things theatrical.  Thank you, Emily!   Read more here.

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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 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 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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