musicals

Episode #261: Kyle Taylor Parker – Happy Man in Pretty Woman: The Musical National Tour, Broadway Soul Vol. 2 Available Now

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.


Episode #260: Aiyana Smash – Mimi Marquez on RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour, Fisher Theatre in Detroit October 19th-24th, Plus New Single “Queen” Available Now

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 – Currently Plays the Role of Hodel in the Touring Production of Fiddler On The Roof, Limited Engagement at The Fisher Theatre in Detroit from March 10th – 15th, Creator of the (im)mature Web Series

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…


Episode #196: James Delisco Beeks – Playing Judas in the Re-imagined 50th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar Hitting The Detroit Opera House, February 4th-9th

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.


Episode #192: Nick Fradiani – 2015 American Idol Winner, Now Playing Lorenzo in the National Touring Production of A Bronx Tale: The Musical, Playing Detroit’s Fisher Theatre Starting January 21st

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.



Episode #180: Kiana June Weber – Fiddle Player in Come From Away Musical Coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Formerly in BARRAGE and GAELIC STORM

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.


Episode #156: Stephen Brower – Plays “Dmitry” on Touring Cast of ‘Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical’, Detroit Debut June 11th at the Fisher Theatre Before Stops in Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Madison

EPISODE #158: STEPHEN BROWER – IN THIS EPISODE: On Fresh is the Word, we like to deliver wisdom through great stories from the minds of bright creatives of pop culture. Through those stories, we like to dissect the journey of our guests and present actionable lessons and advice for our…