Host Luisa Lyons chats with Brendan Bradley, actor, director, producer, “scrappy story-teller,” and pioneer in VR theatre.
In this episode, we explore the world of making digital theatre — seeing technology as an aid storytelling instead of a threat, doing theatre as an “elder millennial”, thinking of digital theatre as puppetry, diving into the extraordinary theatre/lecture piece Future Stages, how TikTok is changing how we view the process of creating theatre, and more!
Brendan Andolsek Bradley is a multi-award winning actor and creator, known internationally as "America's Scrappy Storyteller" with 100+ film and television credits, 50M+ views online, opposite some of the biggest stars in the world. He is a leader in live theater in virtual reality, establishing The Innovation Lab at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, co-founded The 5th Wall Forum, and is the Artistic Director of #OnBoardXR, which has supported and monetized 50+ artists around the world to bring their creative practice into web-based virtual reality. His first VR play, Jettison, was a Finalist for The Producer Guild of America's Innovation Award and he has performed live virtual reality across 3 continents, staring in the multi-award winning VR projects Welcome To Respite, Gumball Dreams and Non-Player Character. You can find Brendan and contact him on all platforms under the handle @brendanAbradley.
This Week on the Calendar
Find out where to stream these musicals and more on the Filmed Live Musicals calendar.
Sugar, Butter, Release Date Pie: Waitress Opening Up in Cinemas
Sara Bareilles’ musical based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelley film was filmed live on Broadway in 2021 starring Bareilles, Charity Angél Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, and Christopher Fitzgerald. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2023, the film will be released in cinemas across the United States by Fathom Events on December 7, 2023.
HEX Released on National Theatre at Home
Based on Sleeping Beauty, the new musical by Tanya Ronder, Jim Fortune, and Rufus Norris was filmed live at the National Theatre during its run in late 2022/early 2023. Available on demand via the National Theatre’s At Home.
RuneSical to be Released Online
A choose-your-own adventure musical comedy, RuneSical was created by British company GiggleMug. The musical was filmed live at The Town & Gown Theatre in Cambridge. It will be available for free on YouTube from September 29, 2023.
There can be miracles! The Prince of Egypt to be Released in Cinemas and Streamed Online
A musical adaptation of the DreamWorks animation which tells the story of Moses learning his true identity and following his destiny to be the leader of his people. Filmed live in the West End in 2019, The Prince of Egypt will be released in cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on October 19, and online in the United States via BroadwayHD on November 15, 2023.
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Host Luisa Lyons chats with the Grammy nominated, and Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Emmy Award winning Broadway producer Jim Kierstead. Jim’s extensive producing credits include Kinky Boots, Pippin, Hadestown, The Inheritance, The Lehman Trilogy and The Inheritance. He is also the co-founder of Broadway Virtual, a new company that aims to help artists develop work for stage and screen.
Jim shares how his background in computer science, and clinical and counseling psychology helps him be a Broadway producer, the importance of filmed theatre, capturing The Gospel According to Heather off-Broadway, why Broadway shows like Kinky Boots are being filmed in the West End, the virtual benefit of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the Yank 10th anniversary concert, and the movie version of Be More Chill!
Jim Kierstead (Producer) is a Grammy-nominated, Emmy, Olivier, and six-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, Pippin, Hadestown, The Inheritance, The Lehman Trilogy, and Company. In addition, he has been a co-producer of 25 Broadway productions. Off-Broadway projects include The Gospel According To Heather, Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominees). He has also produced extensively in London’s West End and produced Miami’s hit immersive show Amparo. Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The Abingdon Theatre Company and is the founder of the digital theatre content creation company Broadway Virtual.
On the calendar
This week in the *new look* streaming calendar:
The Eras Tour
Taylor Swift has announced that a film of her recent record-breaking Eras Tour, filmed live at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles in August, will be released in North American cinemas on October 13. Deadline reported that sales exceeded well over $10 million on the first day of the presale. If only theatre had a way to emulate the model of filming a live event with limited seats and making it available to millions of fans around the world…
The Prince of Egypt: Live from the West End
Disney’s stage adaptation of the 1998 animation was filmed live in the West End at the Dominion Theatre in 2021. According to Filmed on Stage the musical will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland in October, 2023.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
A 2013 documentary all about composer Marvin Hamlisch is now available to stream for free on All Arts. A composer, conductor, musical genius like no other, Marvin Hamlisch is the artist responsible for some of the most iconic music of our time. Hits like the Broadway sensation A Chorus Line and Oscar winning scores for The Way We Were and The Sting cemented his place in music history. At the extraordinary age of 31 he became one of two PEGOT winners ever, having won a total of 4 Grammys, 3 Oscars, an Emmy, Tony and a Pulitzer prize. Featuring interviews with close friends including: Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones and many more. Directed by Dori Berinstein. Available on All Arts.
Michael Jackson ONE: MJ Blue Sapphire Celebration of the King of Pop’s Birthday
A special panel and performance featuring the cast of ONE by Cirque du Soleil, a state-of-the-art visual and audio experience dedicated to the creative legacy of one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Michael Jackson. Features an interview with MJ: The Musical star and Tony Award winner Myles Frost. Filmed live at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Available on demand for free via YouTube.
Support a new musical: Grace and the Ghost
Written by up and coming composers Anna DeNoia and Joshua Villa, Grace and the Ghost tells the story of a reclusive young musician who spends her days alone in her room, singing songs for the friend she’s imagined in the shadow on her wall. When a city-wide blackout leaves her without light, however, she discovers her “imaginary friend” has been listening. In the darkness, Shadow is able to move around uninhibited, physicalized by Grace’s touch. The two discover how they are connected, explore the consequences of making physical contact, and wrestle with who should hold ownership over the body that exists between them— a depressed, living person who wishes they could disappear, or a spirit who wishes for a second chance. Learn more at Indiegogo.