Wade Dooley: PZAZZ 101 Interview
September 21, 2012 – Call Me Adam
Wade Dooley is yet another rising performer/writer to keep your eye on! As a performer, some of his favorite credits include: “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” (Tour); “Scott Alan’s Monday Night New Voices” (NYC), “Forever Plaid,” and “Over the Pub” (Saint Michael’s Playhouse) along with regional productions of “Grease,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “CATS,” and “Crazy for You.” Also, Wade is the creator and book writer of a new musical, “Sunset City,” with lyrics by Brett Teresa and music by Bobby Cronin. Wade is a graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Web Series ‘PZAZZ 101’ Brings Broadway Stars Back to Acting School
September 12, 2012
Backstage chatted with Dooley about embodying the character of Mary, the benefits—and financial perils—of creating a web series, and dressing in drag in his character’s unique costume.
BB Special Edition with Wade and Maria
In today’s market it is almost a necessity as a stage performer to have your hands in as many pots as possible. Two great examples of this phenomena are the talented Wade & Maria. Their web series Pzazz 101 is sweeping the internet with its humorous take on the audition scene, but, it is truly the many skills of these talented individuals and their ability to multi-task that keeps both of their careers moving forward. Check out what they have to say on performing, producing, creating your own work, approaching name talent to work with you on your projects and so much more!
August 22, 2012
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DONNA MCKECHNIE, WILL SWENSON, JILL PAICE, JEREMY KUSHNIER AND JIM WALTON JOIN THE CAST OF BROADWAY-THEMED WEB SERIES PZAZZ 101
NEW EPISODES NOW AVAILABLE AT PZAZZ101.COM
(New York) Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Company, Promises, Promises), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hair), Jill Paice (Rebecca, Death Takes A Holiday, Curtains), Jeremy Kushnier (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Footloose) and Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd) have joined the cast of the Broadway-themed web series PZAZZ 101.
Created and performed by Wade Dooley (The Awesome 80s Prom), a new episode of PZAZZ 101 is released each Wednesday at www.PZAZZ101.com.
Also featured are Mary’s “regular” class members Megan Bowers, Danielle Faitelson, Paige Patterson, Maria Pendolino, Ernie Pruneda and Brian Marchetti.
The second season of PZAZZ 101 has been causing a stir on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with episodes featuring other previously-announced cast members including Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Baby It’s You), Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes) and her husband Nathan Johnson, Kyle Dean Massey (Wicked, Next to Normal), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, (A Little Night Music), Tony Yazbeck (Chicago, Gypsy), Elizabeth DeRosa (Mary Poppins), Taylor Sternberg (Jersey Boys), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q), Rashidra Scott (Sister Act) and David Hull (How to Succeed…).
“My dear friend, Mary, and I had such a wonderful time working together on my last headshot session,” said Laura Osnes. “She was so patient, despite my near-inadequacy, and I hope that my new headshot will really set me apart and help me win that Tony Award some day.” Osnes’s episode was one of the fastest climbing in series history with fans creating their own images and avatars on Tumblr. (http://lauraosnesfansite.tumblr.com/post/28486984914)
The series, directed by Isaac Klein (Assistant Director of Broadway’s West Side Story and Gypsy), is centered around Mary Shennanbargger, former performer turned teacher, as she helps Broadway’s best and brightest find their footing on the Great White Way. She knows everything there is to know about entertainment and she’s ready to share the wealth. Pull up a chair, grab a Werther’s and get ready to say “Wow!”
Season one of PZAZZ 101 featured Wesley Taylor (Smash), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot), Jenn Colella (High Fidelity), Marla Mindelle (Sister Act), Rachelle Rak (Catch Me If You Can) and, as always, Mary’s favorite pianist, James Jackson, Jr. (I Love Myself When I’m Laughing at Joe’s Pub). Previous episodes are available at PZAZZ101.com.
Season two of PZAZZ 101 is produced by Brian Marchetti and Maria Pendolino with photography by Jesse Patch and Ryan Hunter and original theme music and lyrics by Steven Silverstein (Blood Brothers, When Pigs Fly) and Andrew Zachary Cohen (Lombardi, Finian’s Rainbow).
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