This Week on Broadway for January 21, 2018: Lena Hall


James Marino and Matt Tamanini talk with Lena Hall about her Obsessed series of albums, videos, and concerts.

Peter Filichia, Jena Tesse Fox, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson review John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, Jamaica @ Harlem Repertory Theatre, Disco Pigs @ The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Mint Theater Company’s production of Hindle Wakes, The Children, The Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project, Nate Staniforth’s Real Magic Tour, and Leonard Bernstein at 100 @ New York Public Library for the Performing Arts



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Guest: Lena Hall

Lena Hall Obsessed website

Lena Hall website

LENA HALL is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee who recently received widespread critical acclaim for her performance of the title role in the feature film Becks, which won the LA Film Festival and will be released in early 2018. Following her Tony winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lena toured North America alongside Josh Groban on his “Stages” tour and portrayed the dual starring roles of Hedwig and Yitzhak in Hedwig in Los Angeles (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination) and San Francisco. She originated the role of Nicola in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, and can be seen on HBO’s “Girls,” Amazon Prime’s “Good Girls Revolt”, and heard voicing the fan-favorite role of Countess Coloratura on “My Little Pony.” Hall’s most recent stage appearance was starring with Marisa Tomei in Lincoln Center Theatre’s How To Transcend A Happy Marriage. Hall’s two solo musical revues Sin & Salvation, which played the legendary Cafe Carlyle, and The Villa Satori: Growing Up Haight Ashbury both received rave reviews and have spawned live albums. @lenarockerhall


1. Tear Me Down
2. The Origin of Love
3. Sugar Daddy
4. Wicked Little Town
5. The Long Grift
6. Midnight Radio

SKB RECORDS, originally conceived to bridge the gap between theater and rock music, has become the leading independent force in the last 17 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Along with the company’s imprint Ghostlight Records, they have built a library of over 150 records including major Original Broadway Cast Recordings. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Sh-K- Boom/Ghostlight has won Grammy Awards for The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Other notable releases include cast recordings for 2017 Tony nominee Falsettos, 2016 Tony nominees Bright Star and She Loves Me and 2015 Tony nominee Something Rotten! as well as Disney’s Newsies. The label has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Billy Porter, Sutton Foster, Adam Pascal, Lea DeLaria, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Vereen, Christine Ebersole and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers with their extensive relationships with David Yazbek, Michael John LaChiusa and Michael Friedman, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Pasek & Paul, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Shaina Taub, Dave Malloy, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and Adam Gwon. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the acclaimed film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The label recently became part of the new Arts Music division at Warner Music Group.


JS + MP + JM: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart @ American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, through March 4, 2018

Book Recommendation: Drama: An Actor’s Education by John Lithgow

JF: Jamaica @ Harlem Repertory Theatre, Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street, through March 24, 2018

JS: Disco Pigs @ The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, through March 4, 2018

PF + MP: The Mint Theater Company’s production of Hindle Wakes @  The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through February 17th

(Peter’s review was pre-recorded)

TalkinBroadway: Hindle Wakes Theatre Review by Michael Portantiere – January 18, 2018

MP: The Children @ Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, Through February 4, 2018

JS: The Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project

JF: Nate Staniforth’s Real Magic Tour @ Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery

MP: Leonard Bernstein at 100 @ New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, through March 24th, 2018.


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Lena Hall Obsessed: Hedwig – “Sugar Daddy”


Lena Hall Obsessed: Hedwig – “The Long Grift”


Lena Hall Obsessed: Hedwig – “Midnight Radio”


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