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Table Talk w/Liam Tobin of ‘The Book of Mormon’

If you’ve phelt that Philly seems a little less angelic today than usual, one, blame it on the rain like Milli Vanilli, and two, it’s because the side splitting Broadway spectacle that was–and will certainly always be–the traveling national tour of Tony Award snatcher, The Book of Mormon, has packed up after a glory-us two week reign at the Academy of Music, and will now holy roll its way into Toronto, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Salt Lake City, naturally.

These past two weeks, Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s box office/gut destroying Great White Way wonder about religion, friendships, cultural differences, pretty much everything that makes you think, not only catered to sold out audiences every single night, but it proved to the mighty heavens above to be funny as shhh….

……we can’t even hear all of the jokes because everyone is laughing so God damn hard, which is why audiences crave The Book of Mormon and want to see it again and again…

….or maybe because it’s just a really, really spectacular show. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to agree with the fact that while Philly and basically the whole God forsaken world are changing everyday around us, we can always depend on entertainment to take us there to get away from all of that…and that’s exactly what The Book of Mormon did at the Academy of Music these past few weeks.

So, in a holy word..please, please come back..now? 

And we must give a halo or fifty (and some steak knives??) to the incredible cast and crew, in particular Broadway superstar, Mr. Liam Tobin, who not only stole our hearts as lead Elder Price every single night, but he’s just so damn cute and quite the gentlemen..and a newlywed…and he played Buddy the Elf!! 

So, while we’re all still reveling in gratitude for what The Book of Mormon did for all of us (thank you, again), get to know Liam just a little bit more as he sat down with Philly Mixtape while he was here and spilled some entertaining tea just about God damn everything. Now, take a seat and enjoy..because he is watching. 

Kicking off our spill, break some mugs for everyone on what it’s like to be in, well, this show. It’s a dream. It’s always great to have a job, but let alone such a great one! I’ve been a fan of Matt and Trey for so long and of the show for years! I [was] trying to get into it for such a long time. So, now to be playing Elder Price is kind of surreal for me.

There’s simply no denying that the show might hit a holy nerve or two along the way for those who haven’t seen it in all of it’s comedy glory, so what would you say about the whole audience experience and why it truly works for pure entertainment? It’s a great show..it’s so much fun. One of the best things is that we get to take it around the country and see the [different] audience reactions where ever we go and it’s amazing that it’s pretty much the same….people laughing their faces off for a couple of hours and having an awesome time! It can be profane or inappropriate at times and, you know, it’s got that South Park brand of humor on it, but what draws people to keep coming back is that there are great messages underpinning the show of friendship, acceptance and love. The show can basically be whatever you believe as long as it’s making the world a better place, than I think that’s valid, too.

Any pressure on doing a show of this caliber? Not to mention the fact that it’s beyond sold out every night….There’s always a bit of pressure because it comes with the territory…but I feel like a lot of us thrive on that pressure and go for it. Also, it’s just a lot of fun to do and it’s a really good time for us up there on the stage…it’s truly a privilege to do this every night!

Just to spill some personal tea…I see you got married last year…congrats! How does your fabulous wife Danielle handle your crazy touring schedule all of the time? Actually…she’s in the business as well and she’s on tour with me now! It’s been awesome and a real game changer.

You’ve also got quite the acting resume…West Side Story, Beautiful:The Carole King Musical, just to name an esteemed few. But if there’s one role you must explore a bit deeper for everyone right this very second is…..what was it like to play Buddy the Elf??? That was a blast. It was awesome because usually when you’re in the rehearsal room and you start goofing off, and they’re like, ‘Okay, guys…it’s time to settle down and get back to it,’ that show was kind of like…wait a minute..you have to use that goofiness. It was a great release. 

So, as creative artists, we’re prone to learning from our mistakes the hard way..for sure. What is one lesson or lessons that you’ve learned along the way that have not only helped you grow as a performer and artist, but as a person as well? The one thing that I will say is that I’ve definitely put my foot in my mouth plenty of times over the years. I always try to think before I speak…which has definitely helped me out! But, you know, sometimes..you just have to learn. 

Any words of wisdom you can spill for all future stage spotlight owners out there? There can be a lot of hard days in this business…unemployment is another one you have to prepare yourself for. Things don’t work out more often than they do. But..when they do…it can be the most rewarding experience that you can have. As long as you can stick through the hard times…because there will be hard times…I think it’s a really good life. But just realize the reality that the next job isn’t always around the corner. 

One last Book of Mormon mug shatter…describe…it all in one word or sassy phrase. Laugh your face off…because that’s truly been the experience with this show every night.

And that we most certainly did.

For much more with the oh, so talented Mr. Liam Tobin and the rest of the incredible cast of the traveling Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon, check all of this out right here to see if they’re taking over a city near you!

For much, much more of, well, all of it….tear up the dance floor of local and legendary entertainment life with Philly Mixtape right here and here!

 

 

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2019 Philly Spring Entertainment Guide

Contrary to popular belief (got shore traffic??), Memorial Day Weekend is only the unofficial start to summer….

…which not only means that there’s still plenty of time to get that body speedo/bikini-and-stilettos ready and worthy, but there’s still tons of late spring Philly entertainment shenanigans to get into of on this list you see before you! 

So, in a few sassy words check it all out and bag those tickets up…..now. 

Saturday/May 25th 

Legally Blonde:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre(through July 14th) 

The Who/Citizens Bank Park 

Treasure Island/Arden Theatre Company (through Sunday, June 9th) 

Fly Guy The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre (through Saturday, June 8th) 

Armin van Burren/Laidback Luke/Ocean Resort Casino 

Indecent/Arden Theatre Company(through Sunday, June 23rd) 

Sammy Hagar/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

No Vacation/PhilaMOCA 

Alesso/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City 

The Smithereens/World Cafe Live 

Cheat Codes/Premier Nightclub AC 

Nick Colionne/South Jazz Club 

The Dove & The Wolf/Johnny Brenda’s 

Billy Levy/Wells Fargo Center 

Jonah Mantranga/Kung Fu Necktie 

Trampa/The Foundry 

The Twindows/The Pharmacy 

Patrick Feliciano/Bourbon & Branch 

Gin Blossoms/Collective Soul/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Sunday/May 26th 

Zedd/Daer Nightclub @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC 

The Japanese House/The Foundry 

Tony Orlando/Resorts Atlantic City 

DJ Drama/Kung Fu Necktie 

90s Party/The Fillmore 

Hayden Arp/Bourbon & Branch 

A-Trak/Ocean Resort Casino 

Monday/May 27th 

Salvatore Ganacci/Ocean Resort Casino 

Tchornobog/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/May 28th 

Gogol Bordello/Wilma Theatre 

The Book of Mormon/Academy of Music @Kimmel Center (through Sunday, June 9th) 

Bobby McFerrin/World Cafe Live 

Bodega/Boot & Saddle 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever/Underground Arts 

Cub Sport/The Foundry 

HIGHDIVE/The Barbary 

Wednesday/May 29th 

Cruel Intentions:The ’90s Musical/Perelman Theater @ Kimmel Center (through Sunday, June 2nd) 

Paula Vogel’s Indecent/Arden Theatre Company 

L7/Union Transfer 

Pedro Capo/TLA 

Death Toll 80k/Kung Fu Necktie 

Frank Iero/The Fillmore 

Cavewoman/Ortlieb’s 

The Sh-Booms/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/May 30th 

Patti Smith/Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Duff McKagan/TLA 

Deorro/NOTO 

Hundredth/Voltage Lounge 

Duff McKagan/TLA

Final Judgement/Creep Records Store 

Jazmin Ghent/South Jazz Club 

Hundredth/Voltage Lounge 

Jazmin Ghent/South Jazz Club 

Joan Shelley/The Locks at Sona 

Sammus/Milkboy Philly 

Suzi Wu/Johnny Brenda’s 

Friday/May 31st 

Wombieland/Franklin Music Hall 

Exploring Horizons/Theatre Horizon(through June 2nd) 

Meek Mill/PPL Center 

Luke Bryan/Cole Swindell/BB & T Pavilion 

David Gray/The Met 

Glen Hansard/Merriam Theater @ Kimmel Center 

Pallbearer/Union Transfer 

The Mystery Lights/Kung Fu Necktie 

Henry Jamison/Boot & Saddle 

The Stolen/Creep Records Store 

Ona/Milkboy Philly 

Year of October/the graperoom 

Dieselboy/Warehouse on Watts 

Year of October/The graperoom 

DREAMERS/The Barbary 

Davido/NOTO 

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia/Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center 

Saturday/June 1st

The Roots Picnic w/Torey Lanez/Lil Baby/Joe Budden/City Girls/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Ludovico Einaudi/Merriam Theater @Kimmel Center 

Walk Off The Earth/The Fillmore 

Griffin House/The Locks at Sona 

Weyes Blood/Johnny Brenda’s 

Blasterjaxx/Haven Nightclub AC 

Mini Mansions/Underground Arts 

Lil’ Baby/NOTO 

Jackeim Joyner/South Jazz Club 

Joey DeFrancesco/Kimmel Center

Starcwrawler/Union Transfer 

Kurt Travis/Voltage Lounge 

Grits and Biscuits/TLA 

Combo Chimbita/Boot & Saddle 

James Supercave/Underground Arts 

Low Road/World Cafe Live:Upstairs 

Wax Wav/Ortlieb’s 

Omar Apollo/The Foundry 

Sunday/June 2nd 

Grouplove/BB & T Pavilion 

Chromeo/Wilma Theatre 

DJ Cam/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC 

Kevin Morbey/Union Transfer 

Bennett Wales/Milkboy Philly 

Fantastic Negrito/The Foundry 

Mindy Smith/The Locks at Sona 

Monday/June 3rd 

Frenship/Union Transfer 

Blackbear/The Fillmore 

FACS/Boot & Saddle 

LA Noche w/Los Hacheros/SEI Innovation Studio @ Kimmel Center (free!) 

Jamila Woods/The Foundry 

Tuesday/June 4th 

Machine Gun Kelly/TLA 

Geographer/Boot & Saddle 

Nalani & Sarina/Milkboy Philly 

Melanie Fiona/World Cafe Live 

Lor Choc/Voltage Lounge 

Pentatonix/PPL Center 

Wednesday/June 5th 

Michael Fraccaso/The Locks at Sona 

The Home Team/Creep Records Store 

Thursday/June 6th 

George Clinton & Friends/Franklin Music Hall 

Charly Bliss/The Foundry 

Anika/Boot & Saddle 

Cabin Dogs/The Locks at Sona 

RBRM/The Met 

Jackeim Joyner/South Jazz Club 

Hannah Wickland/Milkboy Philly 

Friday/June 7th 

Live and Bush/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City 

Frank the Man Music/The Met 

Rennie Harris/Funkedified/Merriam Theater (through Sunday, June 9th) 

New Found Glory/Franklin Music Hall 

Gin Blossoms/Collective Soul/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Sick of It All/Underground Arts 

David Allen/Diane Monroe/SEI Innovation Studio @Kimmel Center 

Remo Drive/Union Transfer 

Grapetooth/Boot & Saddle 

Rosali/Johnny Brenda’s 

Vicetone/NOTO 

Jackiem Joyner/South Jazz Club 

Slough Feg/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saturday/June 8th 

Twenty One Pilots/Boardwalk Hall 

Bill Maher/The Met 

The Rural Alberta Advantage/Boot & Saddle 

Local Natives/Union Transfer 

The Canvas People/Kung Fu Necktie 

Heather Mae/Philadelphia Folk Society 

Loud Luxury/Ocean Resort & Casino 

Zakke/Bourbon & Branch 

Mastodon/BB & T Pavilion 

Lincoln Durham/Ortlieb’s 

Sworn Enemy/Underground Arts 

Babyface/Tropicana Showroom 

Sunday/June 9th 

Patti Lupone:Don’t Monkey With Broadway/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center

O.A.R//The Met 

Wolfmother/Underground Arts 

Rooney/Johnny Brenda’s

OMB Peezy/Voltage Lounge 

Phil Roy/The Locks at Sona 

Monday/June 10th

Quintino/Haven Nightclub 

Alex & The Kaleidoscope/The Quaker School 

Tuesday/June 11th 

The National/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Hardo/Bourbon & Branch 

The Specials/TLA 

Matt Anderson/The Locks at Sona 

Wednesday/June 12th 

Jon Bellion/The Met 

Zapp/Swift Technique/World Cafe Live 

Mystic Braves/Johnny Brenda’s 

Asia/John Lodge/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Ginger Root/Kung Fu Necktie 

heavy coughin/The Barbary 

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties/The Foundry 

Thursday/June 13th 

Citizen Cope/The Music Box @ Borgata 

Cirque De La Symphonie/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center (through Friday, June 14th) 

Aaron Lewis/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

The Magician/NOTO 

Sinkane/Johnny Brenda’s 

Marcus Johnson/South Jazz Club 

Sun Ra Arkestra/Union Transfer 

Hedera/The Grape Room 

Moon King/Boot & Saddle 

Friday/June 14th 

Derek Hough/The Met 

Dave Matthews Band/BB & T Pavilion

The Lemonheads/The Foundry 

Will Varley/Milkboy Philly 

Chase Atlantic/TLA 

Sweet Spirit/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Color Fred/Kung Fu Necktie 

Will Varley/Milkboy Philly

David Ryan Harris/The Locks at Sona 

Sweet Spirit/Johnny Brenda’s 

Saturday/June 15th 

Billie Eilish/Denzel Curry/The Met 

Raiders of the Lost Ark:The Concert/The Mann 

Rachmaninoff & Mozart/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center 

Organ Day @Kimmel Center 

Dave Matthews Band/BB & T Pavilion 

Ignite/Voltage Lounge 

Killy/The Fillmore 

Dylan LeBlanc/Boot & Saddle 

Wu-Tang Clan/Borgata Hotel & Casino Event Center 

Feed Me/TLA 

Los Coast/World Cafe Live 

MC Lars/Underground Arts 

Primitive Man/Johnny Brenda’s 

Sunday/June 16th 

Slightly Stoopid/BB & T Pavilion 

JAUZ/Ocean Resort Casino 

Jocelyn/Chris Arndt/Boot & Saddle 

Earth and Helms Alee/Johnny Brenda’s 

Monday/June 17th 

Kim Petras/TLA 

Dezorah/Kung Fu Necktie 

Fury/PhilaMOCA

Tuesday/June 18th 

CATS/Forrest Theatre (through Sunday, June 30th) 

Dylan LeBlanc/Fowler Blast Furnace Room @Artquesst Center 

Wednesday/June 19th 

The Lonely Island/The Met 

Kikagaku Moyo/Underground Arts 

Juliana Hatfield/World Cafe Live 

Aaron Lewis/Wilma Theatre 

Charlotte Morris/The Fire 

Thursday/June 20th 

Dead & Company/Bob Weir/BB & T Pavilion 

Iyanla Vanzant/Perelman Theater @Kimmel Center 

Eros Ramazzotti/The Met 

The Wild Feathers/The Foundry 

Steve Cole/South Jazz Club 

For much, much more live music shenanigans this spring, check your floral printed life with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of wideopenpets.com 

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Table Talk w/J. Daughtry of ‘Miss Saigon’

What’s to say about the legendary Tony Award winning Broadway extravaganza that will always and forever be Miss Saigon besides, well, everything??

Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil‘s (see also Les Miserables) powerful musical about an extraordinary Asian woman named Kim and an American G.I, Chris, who’s also the father of Kim’s child, Tam, Miss Saigon is the absolute reason why we must put all of our troubles aside and head to the Academy of Music while the national touring production is in its final week of Philly domination until this Sunday, March 31st. 

Oh, yeah, there’s also a helicopter that flies onto the stage, a feast of pearl clutching dance routines and straight up life moments you’ll never forget, so you should get those tickets just to see…all of that. And yes, that actual image in your head of a helicopter flying onto the Academy of Music stage at this very Broadway moment in time is most likely accurate..so, grab everyone you know and go. 

But of course, a brilliantly incredible cast is another reason–if not the reason–to fly away with Miss Saigon while it’s still here, and this tremendously talented (and, like, so much more) cast is no exception as they truly gel and groove on stage together while taking the audience on an explosive entertainment ride of a lifetime. 

One of those esteemed cast members (you can meet them all right here) is fine Broadway actor J. Daughtry, whom some of you may recognize from Motown the Musical and The Color Purple. However, all of us certainly know him now from this riveting traveling production (it’s the last one, too!!) thanks to his powerful (and that voice!!) turn as Chris’ best friend, John

Mr. Daughtry was recently kind enough to take a grand seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table, where he broke Miss Saigon mugs about his humble banker-to-actor beginnings, why positive energy and light is crucial in the entertainment world, and why being part of an iconic show such as this one truly a big deal….because it really, really is. 

So, get those tickets while you can…but first, get to know the finely tuned and talented Mr. J. Daughtry right..now. 

Kicking off our spill, break some mugs for everyone on how you got your start on musical theater…. It actually goes back to when the banks crashed…I was a banker before I did this. So, when [they] crashed, things went crazy and the only fallback I had was my love for the theater. So, one thing led to another and I was in New York doing Broadway a little bit down the road. 

From banker to actor…that must have been one hell of a transition… It was rough! It took a couple of years for me to actually transition, I was living in DC and I was working for what was then Wachovia bank, which turned into Wells Fargo. I was a small business banker and our quotas went crazy and people were doing all kinds of illegal stuff to just stay afloat. So, I decided to leave the bank and not do any illegal stuff….but didn’t have a new job to fall back on. [After}, I started teaching music theory at a private Christian school in Maryland. While I was there, the music teacher passed away, so the principal of the school came to me and asked me to cover the chorus class until [they] found somebody. I said yes and began teaching it…and it was a lot of work to be doing! So, one day the principal came in just to check on the class and saw me teaching and said, ‘Mr. Daughtry, can I talk to you?” I thought I was getting fired!! She then said…’You’re really good at this…good to the point that this is what you should be doing.” Then she said that she would give me three days a week off and would bring in a substitute for me but made me promise her that I would use those three days to go to New York and audition. So, that’s what I did for an entire summer and from there it’s pretty much been job after job! 

I’m always one to say..funny how life works out even in the most unfortunate circumstances… Life had to get me into a position to be aligned in order to allow a flow to happen for things to just start coming! Sometimes I look back at the things that I’ve done and just think how it’s important to do a good job in that moment. Focus on what you’re doing now, make sure you’re doing a great job and consider that to be a seed and then it will pay off in the future..it has to pay off in some way. 

And getting back the vibes that you put out is always key… Everything is energy and it will return to you in whatever way that you give it. Even in relationships..the way we treat each other. The energy that you’re giving to somebody is going to be returned to you in some type of way..you have to be mindful of all of it. 

Okay, let’s talk about…this show. How does it feel to be a part of, well, this show?? So, this is the last time Miss Saigon will be on the road with this production team..this is the last go around! It’s a big deal to even be considered to even play the role of John because I knew that it was the last showing. [The producers] really wanted people who could really tell the story the way they envisioned it to be. Even now because the show is such a big show, when you’re on the stage every night you still feel how grand this moment is and how just to be a part of something so big is really important….and is really a big deal!

Speaking of big deals, Miss Saigon is certainly just that and some as it’s completely taken a hold of the city now starting in its second week. How do you and the cast maintain the energy every night during a lengthy run like this versus a week-long showing? In any show, it really depends on the cast. This cast in particular is passionate about this show and of their ow work, so they bring that to the stage every night and it keep it all going. No person is left behind, so to speak…we’re all giving it everything we have each and every night. We all completely throw ourselves into these roles and that’s truly what keeps the show alive no matter the length of the run. It’s also going back to the energy you give out and each cast member brings what they have and we just bounce the energy off of each other. 

Last but not least…please tell me the cast will have a little time to check out the city during your run…There are some rehearsals during the day, but they’re only for a few hours so we do get to experience every city that we’re in…including Philly! 

And there you have it, kids. For much more with the incredibly talented J. Daughtry…get those tickets to see Miss Saigon during its final week at the Academy of Music this week..right here, right now

For much more Philly loves Broadway truth and beyond, own the spotlight with Philly Mixtape right here and here

J. Daughtry cover photo courtesy of Kimmel Center