Jena Tesse Fox is a lifelong theatre addict who has worked as an actress, a singer, a playwright, a director, a lyricist, a librettist, and a stage manager. While a student at Wells College, she also wrote for and edited the student newspaper, reviewing books, movies, and local theatre. By the time she graduated, Tesse knew that she was destined to be a theatre journalist, and so she is very excited to join the team of BroadwayWorld.com.
BWW Interviews: Anika Noni Rose Talks COMPANY
April 8, 2011
The Tony winning star, who is playing Marta in this weekend's concert at Avery Fisher Hall, talks about creating an iconic musical theater role from scratch.
BWW Reviews: THE WHIPPING MAN - Why Is This Night Different?
March 29, 2011
Matthew Lopez's gripping new play is running at Manhattan Theater Club.
Still Daisy Eagan After All These Years
March 27, 2011
The youngest female ever to win a Tony award, now all grown up, talks about her new one-woman show at the Laurie Beechman Theater.
BWW Interviews: Nathan Gunn & Kelli O'Hara: I'm a Little Bit Broadway, I'm a Little Bit Opera
March 17, 2011
Next Monday, Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn will perform a concert of Classic Broadway at Avery Fisher Hall.
BWW Recaps: Broadway by the Year: 1921
February 25, 2011
If 1921 was not a memorable year in terms of shows on Broadway, it certainly had plenty of memorable songs...
2011 Nightlife Awards Report
February 13, 2011
Last week's concert moved faster than previous years' had, but also felt calmer and gentler, with plenty of ballads and crooned jazz standards.
Cooper, Breaker & Boone - Three Stars Get 'Lost'
February 5, 2011
Chuck Cooper, Sherry Boone and Daniel Breaker talk about 'Lost in the Stars' at Encores!
BWW Interviews: Brian Stokes Mitchell Talks Pops, 'JAM,' RAGTIME and More!
December 10, 2010
Brian Stokes Mitchell talks about this weekend's holiday concert at Carnegie Hall, Women on the Verge and the role he wants to play again.
Judy Kaye Rings Some Bells
November 21, 2010
The Tony-winner, currently in Bells Are Ringing at City Center, talks about Comden and Green and the importance of real orchestras.
BWW Reviews: Broadway Melody Makers
October 28, 2010
The Broadway Cabaret Festival at Town Hall kicked off with a concert of hit songs that started on Broadway.
BWW Reviews: If It Only Even Runs a Minute 4
October 18, 2010
Fans of forgotten musicals should be flocking to this freshman concert series, which celebrates Broadway's hidden treasures.
BWW Interviews: Bryan Batt on a Hot Tin Roof
September 29, 2010
Bryan Batt will make his Feinstein's at Lowes Regency debut next week.
Natascia Diaz Talks Return to The Capeman
August 16, 2010
As The Capeman returns to New York, actress Natascia Diaz is also returning to star in a show she's loved for 12 years.
BWW Recap: All Singin,' All Dancin' at Town Hall
August 3, 2010
The Summer Broadway Cabaret event at Town Hall drew to a close on Monday with another celebration of the power of pure song and dance.
BWW Interviews: Bill Schermerhorn & Liz Callaway - Free to Dream
August 2, 2010
Liz Callaway and Bill Schermerhorn talk about their upcoming concert, young artists and the future of music and musical theater.
BWW Recap: 'Broadway Winners' with Baldwin, Kudisch, Gemignani and More!
July 20, 2010
With a title like Broadway Winners, and the simple concept of presenting songs from award-winning musicals (or songs that have won Grammys or Oscars in their own right), it's a fairly safe bet that a concert is going to be pretty damn great. And so it was at Town Hall on Monday, when Scott Siegel's Summer Cabaret Festival kicked off with the latest edition of the concert series. Directed by Alexander Gemignani and with musical direction by David Hahn, the concert focused on musical triumphs, and that sense of accomplishment carried across the evening as each song's pedigree was announced.
BWW Interviews: Melissa Driscol: Uncensored, Unedited and Uncut
July 14, 2010
Fans of piano bars and downtown cabarets have known Melissa Driscol for years as the perky and sweet songstress who cheerfully blends the sex-kittenish charm of Brigitte Bardot with the burlesque wit of Mae West. After a cabaret/one-woman-musical last year that narrated her dating life from adolescence to the present, she recreated the show to include some hot chorus boys and other performers, adding scenes and sketches as well as some original songs to round out the narrative. The final product, called Uncut, has been playing at the Stonewall Inn and other venues in the Village, and ends its current incarnation at the Triad tonight.
BWW Interviews: Linda Emond - Winter Tales in Summer
July 13, 2010
Linda Emond, currently starring in The Winter's Tale at the Delacorte, talks about Shakespeare, performing outdoors and free theater in New York.
BWW Interviews: The Adventures of Tim Watts, Environmental Theatrical Creator
July 9, 2010
Tim Watts has been generating buzz around the world with his fascinating multimedia performance 'The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, Deep Sea Explorer,' which is back in New York for the weekend.
BWW Reviews: Broadway by the Year: 1990-2010
June 23, 2010
If you had to choose just one song to represent an entire Broadway year, what would you pick?
BWW Interviews: Kelli O'Hara & Paulo Szot on Lerner, Loewe and Carnegie Hall
April 13, 2010
O'Hara and Szot will go from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Lerner and Loewe at Friday's Carnegie Hall concert.
BWW Interviews: Raul Esparza - Learning How to WHISTLE
April 6, 2010
The Tony-nominated actor talks about Sondheim, Encores!, Anyone Can Whistle, creating a character and making a career in New York.
BWW Reviews: HATE MAIL - Poison Pens
April 2, 2010
AR Gurney's Love Letters has become a staple of community and regional theaters, its simplicity and minimalism (performed by two actors reading their scripts from music stands) appealing to producers and actors alike.
BWW Reviews: Broadway by the Year: 1948
March 30, 2010
Three of the shows represented in last Monday's concert really need to come back to Broadway...or at least get an Encores! revival...
Bobby Cronin: Off the Beaten Path
March 28, 2010
Bobby Cronin, whose music will be featured on Sunday in a Metropolitan Room concert, talks about inspiration and creation.
BWW Reviews: EQUIVOCATION - Remember, Remember...
March 8, 2010
Shakespeare is commissioned to write about current events in Bill Cain's fascinating new drama, currently running at Manhattan Theater Club.
BWW Reviews: GIRLS IN TROUBLE - Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Provocative
March 8, 2010
The issue of abortion gets a decidedly one-sided study in Jonathan Reynolds' newest play, currently running at the Flea.
BWW Reviews: GOOD OL' GIRLS - A Little Bit Country
February 15, 2010
This country-fried musical revue celebrates Southern women, but never quite comes together.
BWW Interviews: George Hearn: Family and Friendship
February 6, 2010
This weekend, two-time Tony winner George Hearn is finally making his Encores! debut in Fanny, a 1954 musical.
BWW Reviews: The 2010 Nightlife Awards
February 4, 2010
It's a highlight of every winter, a celebration of the best entertainment in New York's nightlife scene. Combining jazz, comedy and cabaret, the annual Nightlife Awards famously eschew acceptance speeches in favor of performances, becoming a sampler of numerous artforms and introducing new artists to fans of different genres. Last Monday, some of the most gifted entertainers in all of these different subsets of nightlife took to the Town Hall stage for the seventh annual Nightlife Awards, with winners both past and present (and some other assorted guests) making some amazing music.
Jennifer Ashley Tepper: Everything is Possible
January 31, 2010
How do you become a producer of concerts and musicals by age 23? Just ask Jennifer Ashley Tepper, who has gathered some of the best talent in New York for a concert at the Laurie Beechman on Sunday night.
BWW Interviews: Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano - The Lunt-Fontannes of the Cabaret World
January 25, 2010
Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano talk about marriage, show biz, the Nightlife Awards and their upcoming gig at the Algonquin.