The guests for this episode are Sara Sheperd and James D. Gish, who play the roles of Carole King and Gerry Goffin respectively in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Carole King has long been one of the most prolific songwriters for decades. Beautiful is the story of her rise to a legendary status in the history music, detailing her songwriting partnership with her husband Gerry Goffin along with their relationship with fellow songwriting team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. It’s the story of true determination, where the good and bad times of her life helped shape the person she would become.
The guest for this episode is Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the role of Happy Man in the national tour of Pretty Woman: The Musical. During our chat, we talked about how he got his role on Pretty Woman, being on the Broadway company of Kinky Boots, how the Pretty Woman musical is the same and differs from the movie, and his latest album Broadway Soul Vol. 2, plus much more.
The guest for this episode is Aiyana Smash, making her national debut as Mimi Marquez on the RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour. During our chat, we talked about how she got the role of Mimi, how growing up in Mount Vernon molded her as person and how that translated into the musical theatre world, her experiences as a part of RENT and how she was able to relate to the Mimi Marquez, and how RENT is still relatable 25 years later. Aiyana also just released a new single titled “Queen”.
Episode #204: Ruthy Froch – IN THIS EPISODE: Hosted by music/pop culture journalist Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier, Fresh is the Word aims to tell the stories from a variety of different voices including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community through the artistic lens of pop culture. Joined by comic…
The guest for this episode is Nick Fradiani, who you might know as the 2015 winner of American Idol, but it now playing the role of Lorenzo in the national touring production of A Bronx Tale: The Musical. Since his time on American Idol, Nick released his debut solo project, Hurricane, in 2016 along with a follow-up EP in 2017, Where We Left Off.
Kiana June Weber, a classically trained, Celtic fiddler born and raised in Chelsea, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where she studied violin with Stephen Shipps. She previously performed with the violin-based ensemble Barrage and the Celtic band Gaelic Storm. Currently, Kiana June Weber plays the fiddle on the touring company of the Broadway musical Come From Away.