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Laura Heywood Interviews airs LIVE Mondays and Wednesday from Noon-1PM Eastern. Following one week of exclusive on-demand access for subscribers, each episode will be available as a free Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and everywhere else podcasts are found.Laura Heywood Interviews embodies Lau… read more

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Laura Heywood Interviews Nick Cordero (From the Archives)

April 13th, 2020


Nick Cordero is a Tony nominated actor (Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress, A Bronx Tale). I sat down with him a few years ago at Build Series in New …

Laura Heywood Interviews Kyle Jarrow (Whisper House, Spongebob)

March 18th, 2020



Laura Heywood Interviews Steven Sater (Spring Awakening, Alice By Heart)

March 16th, 2020


Steven Sater is a Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winning lyricist, librettist, writer, poet and much more. He is the man responsible for Spring Awakening, the show that inspired the passion that led to Laura Heywood's …

From the Archives: The Girl From the North Country off-Broadway cast

March 10th, 2020


Featuring the music of Bob Dylan, with a book and direction by Connor Macpherson, The Girl From the North Country is now playing at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway.

In Fall 2018, Laura Heywood sat down with three of the …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ben Crawford (Phantom of the Opera)

March 2nd, 2020


Ben Crawford is currently and creepily embodying Broadway’s favorite malformed and maladjusted romantic hero: The Phantom of the Opera.Is hero the right word? He’s certainly the leading man. But that Phantom, he’s a …

Laura Heywood Interviews Tamar Greene and Fergie Philippe (Hamilton)

February 24th, 2020


Tamar Greene and Fergie Philippe are two of the newest cast members in HAMILTON on Broadway! Tamar, with a deep baritone and linebacker physique, is playing the larger-than-life George Washington — and Fergie is James …

Laura Heywood Interviews Morgan James (Memphis Magnetic)

February 19th, 2020


Morgan James has five Broadway credits, five solo albums — including her newest, “Memphis Magnetic” — and literally tens of millions of views on …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ann Harada (Emojiland, Avenue Q)

February 17th, 2020


Ann Harada's resume is, without a doubt, impressive. On Broadway she has sung Rodgers and Hammerstein, Boublil & Schonberg, Dolly Parton, Ahrens …

Laura Heywood Interviews Eden Espinosa (Lempicka, The Green Room 42)

February 12th, 2020


Eden Espinosa is known for playing Elphaba in Wicked, Brooklyn in Brooklyn: The Musical, and Maureen in the closing company of Rent. She recently returned from playing Trina on the National Tour of Falsettos and is …

Laura Heywood Interviews Benjamin Salka (Story Pirates)

February 10th, 2020


Story Pirates “pairs the best actors, comedians and musicians in the world with some of the most creative educators, and puts them together to create …

Laura Heywood Interviews Lesli Margherita (Emojiland: The Musical)

February 5th, 2020


If Broadway had a poster child for living out loud, it would be Lesli Margherita, currently starring as The Princess of Emojiland in Emojiland: The …

Laura Heywood Interviews Jim Caruso (Broadway at Birdland)

February 3rd, 2020


Jim Caruso made his Broadway debut alongside none other than Liza Minnelli in Liza’s At The Palace in 2008, which won a Tony Award for Best Special Event and also earned a Grammy nomination. He has performed at the …

Laura Heywood Interviews Jen Wheeler Kahn (Scenery Bags)

February 3rd, 2020


Jennifer Wheeler Kahn is the founder of Scenery Bags, a sustainable fashion company that uses reclaimed curtains, backdrops and stages from Broadway and touring shows to create purses, clutches, totes and other …

Laura Heywood Interviews Norbert Leo Butz (The Long Haul)

January 27th, 2020


Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz has appeared on Broadway in My Fair Lady, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, Rent, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Big Fish, Dead Accounts, Enron, Is He Dead, and Speed the Plow. The Last …

Laura Heywood Interviews Mykal Kilgore (A Man Born Black)

January 20th, 2020


Mykal Kilgore has appeared on Broadway in Motown, The Book of Mormon, and Hair; on TV, in The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar; and in the gorgeous City Center production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for A New World, …

Laura Heywood Interviews Jamison Stern (After Forever)

January 20th, 2020


Jamison Stern is a life-long actor who works constantly and puts everything he has into his characters. From one-man onstage triumphs like his recent …

Laura Heywood Interviews Sam Maher (

January 13th, 2020


Sam Maher is one of the most passionate, dedicated, informed consumers of theatre in New York. His website,, is designed to help you sort through the noise that’s prevalent on other sites — it’s quality, …

Laura Heywood's Holiday Hamilton Supershow

January 6th, 2020


Lin-Manuel Miranda. Leslie Odom, Jr. Phillipa Soo. Daveed Diggs. Renee Elise Goldsberry. Christopher Jackson. Okierete Onaodowan. Anthony Ramos. Alex …

Laura Heywood Interviews Daryl Roth, live at NAMT 2019

December 23rd, 2019


Daryl Roth is one of the most prolific, influential producers in the history of New York theatre. Her mission is to champion thought-provoking, …

Laura Heywood Interviews Tony Vincent (PCG Theatrical, American Idiot)

December 19th, 2019


Tony Vincent is a Rock/Broadway hybrid creature, having charted six songs before making his Broadway debut in RENT. He went on to appear in the film and Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You in …

Laura Heywood Interviews John Robert Allman (A is for Audra

December 16th, 2019


John Robert Allman is the author of "A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z." This book is a quintessential must-have gift for …

Laura Heywood Interviews Marty Thomas (Slow Dancing with a Boy

December 11th, 2019


Marty Thomas has basically been a star since he was a child. His first Broadway credit was when he was only eleven years old, in The Secret Garden; …

Laura Heywood Interviews Vivek Tiwary (producer, Jagged Little Pill)

December 9th, 2019


Vivek Tiwary is a lead producer of Jagged Little Pill, the new musical inspired by and featuring songs from the iconic Alanis Morissette album. JLP is a powerhouse rock show that is also an intimate family portrait, …

Laura Heywood Interviews Josh Lamon (Josh Swallows Broadway)

December 2nd, 2019


Josh Lamon is one of Laura's longest-lasting friends in the Broadway industry. Seen most recently in the Tony-nominated musical The Prom, his Broadway credits include Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf and Hair -- …

Laura Heywood Interviews Julie Taymor and Eve Ensler (from the archives)

December 2nd, 2019


Laura revisits conversations with two of her theatrical heroes, Julie Taymor and Eve Ensler. Taymor redefined both Disney and Broadway with her …

Laura Heywood Interviews Wes Taylor and Alex Wyse (Indoor Boys)

November 4th, 2019


Broadway actors Wesley Taylor (Spongebob Squarepants, The Addams Family, Rock of Ages) and Alex Wyse (Waitress, Spring Awakening, Lysistrata Jones) have teamed up on the short-form fictional series "Indoor Boys," an …

Laura Heywood Interviews Kyle Post (Kinky Boots, The Weirdo's Way)

October 28th, 2019


Kyle Post performed over 2000 times in Kinky Boots on Broadway, achieving his life's greatest dream. He then realized his purpose was to coach others to live their own. Kyle Post Life Coaching is the answer, and his …

Laura Heywood Interviews Kooman and Dimond (The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes)

October 14th, 2019


Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) are a New York City-based writing team for the stage and screen. The world premiere recording of their musical "The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes" is …

Laura Heywood Interviews Christian Dante White (My Fair Lady; Hello, Dolly!)

October 11th, 2019


Fresh off of the Broadway productions of My Fair Lady — where he played Freddy Einsford Hill and Hello Dolly, where he understudied — and often went …

Laura Heywood Interviews Rob Rokicki and the cast of The Lightning Thief (from the Archives)

October 9th, 2019


Rob Rokicki (composer), Sarah Beth Pfeifer and Kristin Stokes (actors) all made their Broadway debuts this season in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson musical. The show has had its own hero's journey: from one-hour …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ann Sanders Ivan Hernandez (Dear Evan Hansen)

October 7th, 2019


Ann Sanders and Ivan Hernandez have stepped into the shoes of Cynthia and Larry Murphy in the 2017 Tony Award winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen. They play the grieving parents of Connor and Zoe Murphy, who welcome Evan …

Laura Heywood Interviews Diana DeGarmo Ace Young

October 2nd, 2019


Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young met in the Broadway production of "HAIR" in 2010, connecting over their shared experience as American Idol contestants. …

Laura Heywood Interviews Eva Noblezada (Hadestown)

September 30th, 2019


Eva Noblezada stars as Eurydice in the 2019 Tony Award winning Best Musical, Hadestown,

It’s rare that an actress bursts onto the Broadway scene with as much power and relevance as my guest today. Making her debut at …

Laura Heywood Interviews Joel B. New (Monkey Trouble: Unleashed!)

September 25th, 2019


Joel B. New is the winner of the American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant and MAC's John Wallowitch Award. His musicals include "To Hell and Back,” performed at the New York Musical Festival in 2015; "McKenzie and …

Laura Heywood Interviews Julia Murney (#FiftyFabulousThings)

September 23rd, 2019


Julia Murney -- of Wild Party, Lennon, and Wicked fame -- is celebrating her 50th year of life by doing #FiftyFabulousThings. She is here to …

Laura Heywood Interviews Telly Leung (Aladdin, Glee)

September 18th, 2019


Telly Leung has been killing it on the Broadway stage for over a decade, with roles in Rent, Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Godspell, …

Laura Heywood Interviews Shoba Narayan (Hamilton, Great Comet)

September 9th, 2019


Just off of a triumphant run as Eliza Hamilton in the National Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical, followed by celebrating her wedding in a fete …

Laura Heywood Interviews Brenda Meaney (Little Gem at Irish Rep)

September 4th, 2019


Brenda Meaney is currently starring in "Little Gem" at Irish Repertory Theater as Lorraine, who is juggling roles as the single mother of a pregnant …

Laura Heywood Interviews Louie Pearlman Joel Esher (Joey Ron: A New Sixties Bubblegum Rock Musical)

September 4th, 2019


Louie Pearlman & Joel Esher are the creators of "Joey & Ron: A New Sixties Bubblegum Rock Musical," which will premiere off-Broadway this November at the Players Theatre.

Both Louie & Joel have been Story …

Laura Heywood Interviews Todrick Hall

September 2nd, 2019


Todrick Hall is known for a ubiquitous YouTube presence, the epic “Straight Outta Oz” visual album, judging and choreographing for RuPaul’s Drag …

Laura Heywood Interviews Rachel Sussman (theatre and event producer)

August 28th, 2019


Rachel Sussman is a Tony Award-nominated producer committed to cultivating dynamic, inclusive theatrical work through collaboration. With credits …

Laura Heywood Interviews Jawan M. Jackson (Ain't Too Proud)

August 26th, 2019


Jawan M. Jackson is currently on Broadway playing Melvin Franklin, one of the original and longest lasting members of the Temptations. From the group’s founding in the early 1960s to Melvin’s death in 1995, he never …

Laura Heywood Interviews Lena Hall (Bat out of Hell, Hedwig, Becks, Obsessed)

August 21st, 2019


Lena Hall is most recognizable for her Tony Award winning run as Yitzak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (a production that also won the Tony for best Revival of a Musical). She made her Broadway debut at age 18 in Cats and …

Laura Heywood Interviews Alice Ripley (The Pink Unicorn, Next to Normal, Side Show)

August 19th, 2019


Alice Ripley is one of the heavyweights of American Musical Theatre. A Tony winner for her star-turn as Diana in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical …

Laura Heywood Interviews Joe Iconis (Be More Chill, Love in Hate Nation)

August 14th, 2019


Joe Iconis is the composer and lyricist of Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Love in Hate Nation, The Black Suits, and more. Mr. Iconis has done a lot of interviews. This one is different. Rather than go over the …

Laura Heywood Interviews Christina Bennington (Bat Out of Hell: The Musical)

August 12th, 2019


Christina Bennington slays the role of Raven, the young ingenue of "Bat Out of Hell: The Musical," whose father is a tyrant ruling over a …

LHI Behind the Scenes Series: Dominic Grijalva, Graphic Artist (TeeRico)

August 7th, 2019


Dominic Grijalva, independent graphic artist and Design Director for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, kicks off the new Behind the Scenes Series on Laura Heywood Interviews, where we explore fascinating …

Laura Heywood Interviews Thomas Schumacher (From the Archives)

August 5th, 2019


Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatricals, joined Laura in November 2017 to talk about the 20th Anniversary of The Lion King on Broadway. They became fast friends, digging into his long history with the Walt …

Laura Heywood Interviews Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton)

July 31st, 2019


Nicholas "Nik" Christopher plays George Washington in "Hamilton: An American Musical," after starring in the touring production as Aaron Burr. He was …

Laura Heywood Interviews Annie Golden (Broadway Bounty Hunter)

July 29th, 2019


Annie Golden is the bad-ass muse of composer Joe Iconis and his co-writers on BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER, a "spoofsploitation" musical that sends up …

Laura Heywood Interviews Mark Thompson (Make it Plain on DNR)

July 24th, 2019


Mark Thompson, a friend and former (and now current, again!) colleague of Laura's is the host of Make it Plain (Mornings at DNR Studios). Every …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ryann Redmond (Frozen on Broadway)

July 22nd, 2019


Ryann Redmond is currently starring as Olaf in Disney's Frozen on Broadway. She is a veteran of Escape to Margaritaville, If/Then, and Bring It On: The Musical, in which she was cast as a Junior at NYU after being …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ari Afsar (Jeannette)

July 15th, 2019


Arianna "Ari" Afsar is a composer, singer, actress, activist and entrepreneur. 

Ari wrote the music and lyrics for "Jeannette" -- a new musical about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in Congress, which was recently …

Laura Heywood Interviews Mean Girls' Taylor Louderman, Grey Henson, Casey Nicholaw and Kate Rockwell (from the archives)

July 10th, 2019


Taylor Louderman, who plays Regina George; Grey Henson, who plays Damien, and Casey Nicholaw, director of the show, who sat down with me together; …

Laura Heywood Interviews Chase Brock (Be More Chill)

July 8th, 2019


Chase Brock brought "finger tutting" -- a style of digital choreography -- to Broadway as The Squip's signature language in the viral musical sensation "Be More Chill."

But Be More Chill is not Chase’s only …

Laura Heywood Interviews John Behlmann (Tootsie)

July 1st, 2019


John Behlmann is a standout in the Broadway comedy musical “Tootsie.” The character of Max Van Horn, reality show hunk, is central to the title’s emphasis on “comedy.” Max is a character original to this musical (he …

Laura Heywood Interviews Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots, Classic Whitney: Alive!)

June 26th, 2019


Kevin Smith Kirkwood, who appeared in nearly 2,500 performances of Kinky Boots on Broadway, is bringing back his iconic cabaret show "Classic Whitney: Alive!" A lifelong devotee of Whitney Houston, KSK celebrates her …

Laura Heywood Interviews Billy Porter and Sarah Brightman: from the archives

June 24th, 2019


Billy Porter and Sarah Brightman are stars of stage and screen who both deny convention and have skyrocketed into the pop culture milieu as a result.

Laura Heywood Interviews... Erich Bergen

June 19th, 2019


Erich Bergen, best known for "Madam Secretary" and "Jersey Boys" (the film), is back on Broadway in WAITRESS: The Musical for a limited time! He …

LHI presents: Laura Heywood on Fiercely Human with Beth Clayton

June 17th, 2019


In this special crossover episode, Laura is the interviewee on Beth Clayton's gorgeous podcast, "Fiercely Human." 


In …

Laura Heywood Interviews John Hodgman

June 5th, 2019


John Hodgman -- humorist, author, writer and podcast host -- joins Laura in-studio to discuss his upcoming book, "Medallion Status," in addition to his work on "The Tick," "The Daily Show," those famous "I'm a Mac / I'm …

Laura Heywood Interviews... Be More Chill's Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz, Stephen Brackett Chase Brock

June 5th, 2019


Be More Chill's Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz, Stephen Brackett & Chase Brock joined Laura Heywood at the world-famous Guggenheim Museum for their "Works & Process" series. 

Writers Iconis and Tracz, director …

Laura Heywood Interviews 2019 Tony Nominees Ali Stroker, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas Caitlin Kinnunen

June 3rd, 2019


Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!) and The Prom's Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas and Caitlin Kinnunen are all nominated for 2019 Tony Awards for their performances on Broadway! 

Laura Heywood Interviews Ilana Levine

May 27th, 2019


Ilana Levine, Broadway Actress ("You're A Good Man Charlie Brown") and host of Little Known Facts, joins Laura Heywood instudio for a conversation about passion, striving, achieving and celebrating those around us. 

Laura Heywood Interviews Sammi Cannold

May 22nd, 2019


Sammi Cannold is on the cutting edge of what theatre is becoming — a place where there are no boxes to think inside of, no limitations on the scope …

Laura Heywood Interviews Jon Hoche, the voice of King Kong

May 20th, 2019


Jon Hoche, an experienced singer, dancer, actor and puppeteer (War Horse, Soft Power, Vietgone, Little Shop of Horrors), combines his skills into the …

Laura Heywood Interviews Brittain Ashford

May 15th, 2019


Brittain Ashford of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" talks her upcoming album "Drama Club," which reinvents classic showtunes by stripping them down and excavating hidden darkness within. 

Laura Heywood Interviews Julie Halston (Tootsie: The Musical)!

May 13th, 2019


Julie Halston, currently starring as producer Rita Marshall in "Tootsie: The Musical" on Broadway alongside Tony nominees Santino Fontana and Lilli …

Laura Heywood Interviews John Cameron Mitchell

May 8th, 2019


John Cameron Mitchell, known best for creating Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is now the writer and star of the star-studded "Anthem: Homunculus," a …

Laura Heywood Interviews April Kidwell

May 6th, 2019


April Kidwell, writer & star of I, NOMI -- a one-woman satire based on SHOWGIRLS and I, TONYA -- joins Laura Heywood in studio.

But I had SEEN her onstage years before, when she played Jesse Spano in “BAYSIDE: The …

Laura Heywood interviews Katzie Guy-Hamilton

May 1st, 2019


Katzie Guy-Hamilton is a fantastic chef and a phenomenal human being. From the first time we met, she delighted me with her spirit — we were introduced at a dinner party, and became instant friends! Before that, I had …

Laura Heywood Interviews Kelly AuCoin

April 29th, 2019


Kelly AuCoin, aka "Dollar Bill" Stern on Billions, aka "Pastor Tim" on The Americans, joins Laura to talk about his iconic TV roles, his upcoming …

Laura Heywood Interviews Harold Kaufman-Gibbons on fun vs fitness

April 22nd, 2019


Harold Kaufman-Gibbons, aka the Steward of Strength from Mark Fisher Fitness, is in studio to talk fitness vs. fun, and whether they can co-exist. …

Laura Heywood Interviews Tiffany Villarin and Megan Hill (Do You Feel Anger?)

April 18th, 2019


Tiffany Villarin and Megan Hill discuss the play Do You Feel Anger?, running through April 27 at the Vineyard Theatre.

This special EARLY free episode of Laura Heywood Interviews is brought to you by The Vineyard …

Laura Heywood Interviews Thomas Sadoski

April 15th, 2019


Thomas Sadoski of Life in Pieces and The Network talks White Noise, the stunning new play by Suzan-Lori Parks at the Public Theater, as well as his work with INARA and War Child, and the importance of social justice in …

Laura Heywood Interviews... LAURA HEYWOOD

April 11th, 2019


She might be known as "Broadway's most influential fan," but there's more to Laura Heywood than being @BroadwayGirlNYC. In her first radio show in …

Laura Heywood Interviews Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band

April 11th, 2019


Laura interviews Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band, also known as "that funny singer with the dirty mouth who is in all of those movies" (Old School, Step …

Laura Heywood Interviews Rob Rokicki, Sarah Beth Pfeifer and Kristin Stokes

April 8th, 2019


Laura Heywood Interviews composer/ lyricist Rob Rokicki of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, along with actors Sarah Beth Pfeifer (Clarice & others) and Kristin Stokes (Annabeth) about the touring …

Laura Heywood Interviews Tonya Pinkins, Jasmine McLeish and Mary Archibold

March 27th, 2019


Tonya Pinkins and her collaborators Jasmine McLeish and Mary Archibold join Laura to discuss discuss the Truth & Reconciliation of Womyn plays at …

Laura Heywood Interviews Ty Defoe

March 27th, 2019


Ty Defoe is the kind of performer I (Laura Heywood) gravitate towards because he breaks so many boundaries and has dedicated his life to amplifying voices and stories of communities who are too often disregarded, …

Laura Heywood Interviews Mandy Gonzalez

March 27th, 2019


Laura Heywood interviews Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez, aka Hamilton's Angelica Schuyler, aka In The Heights' Nina Rosario, aka Wicked's Elphaba, aka Aida's Princess Amneris, aka upcoming The Who's Tommy's Mrs. Walker at …

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