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On Screen
Features

Taylor Louderman’s Been Playing Up The Comedy … And Playing Wordle

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Amanda Marie Miller

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January 20, 2022

The Broadway actress, recognizable as the original Regina George in Mean Girls and Campbell in Bring It On, is thriving in a new role – starring in the NBC sitcom Kenan. Alongside co-stars Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, Louderman plays “Tami,” an ambitious and well-intentioned news anchor who co-hosts a morning program called “Wake Up With Kenan!” Season Two of Kenan is currently airing on NBC, but in her freetime, Louderman continues to run her non-profit songwriting contest Write Out Loud.Last week, I met with Taylor over Zoom to chat about her transition between stage and screen in a conversation full of laughs and plenty of coffee. This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

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Off-Broadway
Features

WINNIE THE POOH Is The Breath Of Fresh Air You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Amanda Marie Miller

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January 18, 2022

Winnie the Pooh at Theatre Row is like a long exhale. Settling into a comfy chair, holding a warm mug. It’s a production that is crisp, beautifully executed, and - if you asked the toddler sitting near me at the performance - the most gripping story line ever written about a bear in dire need of honey. The characters, conventions, and general sound of the show bring something comfortable and nostalgic, easy to do since the source has been around since 1926. It is the production aspects however, that offer effortlessly lovely artistry in a format we don’t see too frequently. Each and every detail created this cozy little world, where I was just a guest in the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Cabaret
Reviews

JEANNA de WAAL Lights Up 54 Below — Review

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Amanda Marie Miller

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January 12, 2022

Jeanna de Waal’s debut cabaret show, performed Monday evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below, perfectly captured the spirit of a performer excited for the future and “a princess moving on'' after the hasty closing of Diana. Packed with superfans and sheep sweaters, the venue was filled with giddy looks between tables and a sense of wonder for what was about to unfold. Each song was met with a rumbling of whispers ringing out before lyrics could even begin, as many opted to quickly pull out their phones, set to record and share the drama of it all. de Waal had been at the center of the Diana universe for years, through the San Diego production, two rounds of Broadway previews, a Netflix recording under severe COVID precautions, and a run that would ultimately play 34 performances before closing on December 19, 2021. Years in the making, de Waal’s performance as the people’s princess turned heads while her solo show continued to win hearts.

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Broadway
Features

Madame Morribles Assemble - Six Magical Morribles to Step In On Broadway

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Amanda Marie Miller

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January 11, 2022

A frequently slept upon, yet key player for any production of Wicked, Madame Morrible stands out for her mysterious turn from mentor to villain- unless she was actually an antagonist all along. While we've had an excellent run of Morrible talent (Jayne Houdyshell, Carol Kane, Alexandra Billings,) there will maybe, probably, likely come a time when Wicked needs the publicity and ticket sales that come with a stunt casting. So, as a public service, I’ve rounded up six very bold choices for future Madame Morrible’s including Taraji P. Henson, Katie Couric, Kristina Wong, Ziwe, J. Smith Cameron, and Tavi Gevinson.

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On Screen
Features

Here’s All Your Broadway Favs in Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY

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Amanda Marie Miller

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December 10, 2021

Here is your roundup of all of the Broadway stars and talent involved in Steven Spielberg's new West Side Story. With a new screenplay by Tony Kushner, the film features a large cast of multi-talented actors, ranging from veteran performer and beloved EGOT-winner Rita Moreno to newcomer and New Jersey-native Rachel Zegler.

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