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I'm excited to introduce you all to Jed Feder for this week's edition of On The Road! Jed is a Colorado native and proud Northwestern Alum. He is currently touring the United States with the first national tour of Disney's hit Broadway musical, Aladdin! I hope you enjoy getting to know my new friend!
Hey babes. This is volume one of a new series I've decided to post where I feature things I'm currently obsessed with! I hope you all love these as much as I do -- what are you guys obsessed with?! Let me know in the comments below! And stay tuned for more future obsessions.
I am super exited about today's edition of On The Road because it features one of my talented Disney cousins, Zach Bencal! Zach is originally from New Hampshire and studied musical theater at the University of Hartford. He is currently on the road with the first national tour of Aladdin! Zach plays one of Aladdin's sidekicks, Babkak, and is one of the most hilarious guys I've ever met! I know I'm biased, but I highly recommend checking out Zach and the rest of the Argrabah crew when they pass through your city!
Welcome to this week's edition of On The Road, featuring the gorgeous Autumn Crockett Cooper! For those of you who are new to The Backstage Blonde, here's a little summary about what's going on. On The Road is an interview series shot by local photographers across the country featuring actors who are currently preforming in Broadway national tours. Practically everyone in the current Broadway company of Wicked was on the national tour before moving to the Great White Way, and I've always loved hearing their stories from the road. I think national tours are important because they make exceptional theatre accessible to people who might never make it to New York City. I first saw Wicked as a teenager when the tour came to Tampa, Florida! So I hope you enjoy getting to know my talented new friend and fellow Wicked family member, Autumn!
This post is dedicated to my favorite place in the entire world: New York City! I get asked questions about this beautiful metropolis from friends and tourists almost every week. So I thought it would be a great idea to compile all of the posts I've written about NYC into one giant blog post instead of sending out individual links. I hope some of this information is helpful and you love being in the city as much as I do!
Today's On The Road interview features Broadway actor Nick Cartell. Nick is an Arizona native and majored in Theatre at Arizona State University. He was on the road in 2013 with the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera and has been on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, Scandalous, and Cirque du Soleil Paramour! Nick is currently starring as the legendary character Jean Valjean in the national tour revival of Les Miserables. I love this interview and am so excited for you all to get to know my new friend!
This week's On The Road features one of my magical Wicked family members, Ginna Claire Mason! I first met Ginna Claire back in 2016 when I became a full-time dresser at Wicked, and we bonded immediately. Ginna Claire has been a such an encouragement in my life, and I am so blessed by her friendship! Ginna Claire is a Nashville native, and you might recognize her from the national tours of Newsies, Flashdance, or when she was a member of the Wicked's Broadway company as the Glinda standby. Currently, she is in Wicked's touring company and floating (in a giant bubble obvi) around North America starring as Glinda the Good Witch! I hope you enjoy getting to know my adorable friend a little bit better, and if you are ever lucky enough to meet this little angel in person, please give her a big hug from me!
For today's On The Road interview, I am so excited to introduce you to my new friend, Andrew Eckert! Andrew is a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and speech and a minor in dance. He is currently traveling across the country in the First National Tour of the gorgeous Broadway show An American in Paris. Click here to follow his adventures, and if you get the chance to meet him, please give him a hug from me!