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 Caitlin Lester-Sams, who currently plays the role of Mrs. Bucket in the touring production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a fellow Michigander and graduate of Western Michigan University with a BFA, Caitlin shares with us some of her best memories of growing up in Michigan, along with how she began her journey in theater. We also talk about her experiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and much more, along with how great she is on Instagram.
The guest for this episode is James Delisco Beeks, who is currently playing the role of Judas in the 50th Anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. He previously played on Broadway musicals such as Kinky Boots, Aida, Ragtime, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. James is also an author with published poems and currently working on his new book entitled HisStory, and also recently re-release his music single “Lock You In”, available for download on all online streaming services.
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.