Broadway Lecture Series

Broadway Lecture Series

Join us for a chance to visit with and ask questions of the creative staff at each Broadway show. Learn about the show’s history, the director’s vision and concept and other behind-the-scenes information. Held one hour prior to curtain, the first Saturday matinee of a production in the Reid Cabaret Theatre. Free to all patrons. Space is limited! RSVP for each show lecture below.

Tuna Does Vegas in Casa Mañana's 2019-20 Broadway Season

Join us on February 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the Reid Cabaret Theatre to hear from Director, B.J. Cleveland and Executive Producer, Wally Jones. Wally and B.J. will discuss putting the show together, and answer questions. The lecture will run around 30 minutes to give you time to find your seats!

About B.J. Cleveland:
B.J. is an award-winning actor and director with a well over 450 shows to his credit in his 47-year career in the theater. He is a product of the Casa Manana Theater school appearing first as the Street Urchin in Mr. Scrooge in 1972, playing many heroes and animals as a resident company member in the 90’s. He most recently starred as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and sold out the Reid Cabaret Theatre with An Evening with Liza and Judy. Metroplex audiences have seen his starring roles in The Music Man, A Man of No Importance, Little Shop of Horrors, Big, Love! Valour! Compassion, The Foreigner, and in the regional premieres of The Producers (Max), The Nance (Chauncey) and in the penultimate role of God in An Act of God at Stage West. He is also recognized as the #1 Kid show Host on Television for over a decade with The Disney Afternoon and host of the Discovery Channel’s Route 66.  BJ has served as Artistic Director of Theatre Arlington for 16 years, Adjunct Theater Professor for UT-A, National Tour Director for Dallas Children’s Theater, and past President of the Live Theater League of Tarrant County – who awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Full Monty in Casa Mañana's 2019-20 Broadway SeasonJoin us on May 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the Reid Cabaret Theatre for a lecture series with Director, Parker Esse and Executive Producer, Wally Jones. Parker and Wally will discuss how the show came together and answer any questions the audience may have.

About Parker Esse:
Parker is a multi-award-winning, and story-driven director/choreographer. After performing regionally, in national tours, and as a featured performer on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Fosse, he began collaborating exclusively on multiple Regional and Broadway shows as an associate director/choreographer including Broadway’s Tony-Nominated Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities, as well as five Encores! productions (NY City Center). As Choreographer, Parker exploded onto the scene with the groundbreaking/reimagined Oklahoma! (Arena Stage) and Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis’ A Bed and a Chair directed by John Doyle (NY City Center Encores!). He has directed/choreographed for numerous NYC, Regional and International Theatres. He is an eight-time Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Choreography, winning for Arena Stage’s Oklahoma!The Pajama Game starring Donna McKechnie and recently for Anything Goes starring Corbin Bleu. This past season: Rags (Goodspeed), La Traviata (The Kennedy Center WNO), pre-Broadway Jukebox Hero featuring Foreigner’s Greatest (Ed Mirvish Toronto) and Lyrics & Lyricists Celebrates Oklahoma! at 75 (92nd St. Y).