Clayton Howe’s Entertainmentx

Getting to the Heart, Soul, and drive of top performers in the entertainment industry. Clayton Howe’s guests share their paths, struggles, and lessons learned. Entertainmentx inspires, uplifts, and educates everyone interested in a deep dive look at entertainment professionals and industry luminaries.

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2 days ago

Timothy Allen McDonald (itheatrics.com)(IG:@timmcdonaldnyc) is an award-winning musical theatre librettist, director, producer, and textbook co-author. Librettist credits include Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Paul Williams, Christopher Gattelli), Between The Lines (Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson) Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley), The Big One-Oh!(Dean Pitchford, Doug Besterman), The Book Thief (Jodi Picoult, Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson), and Breathe (co-conceived and written with Jodi Picoult). In 2021, Breathe was inducted into the Library of Congress to represent musical theatre authors’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim’s musicals are exclusively represented by Music Theatre International worldwide. Tim is the Founder of Junior Theater Festivals Worldwide which the New York Times hailed as “a rousing celebration of Theater.” JTFs are held annually in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. McDonald is also the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics which creates and adapts musicals for young people to perform in school and afterschool programs all over the globe. An estimated 36 million people attend these musicals annually in North America alone, which is three times the annual audience for Broadway.

6 days ago

Melanie Brook (melaniebrook.com)(IG:@mellyb14)  is a recent LA transplant where her television credits include "Dispatches from Elsewhere," "Mrs. Fletcher," "The Knick," "Modern Love" and several Comedy Central shorts. Born and raised in NY, Melanie became a staple in the off-Broadway and cabaret scene having written, produced, and performed several shows at Feinstein's/54 Below and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She will next appear in Project Pay Day on Apple TV and star in the upcoming film "Summertime Dropouts." In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, singing and playing the guitar.

Monday Sep 19, 2022

Melanie Brook (melaniebrook.com)(IG:@mellyb14)  is a recent LA transplant where her television credits include "Dispatches from Elsewhere," "Mrs. Fletcher," "The Knick," "Modern Love" and several Comedy Central shorts. Born and raised in NY, Melanie became a staple in the off-Broadway and cabaret scene having written, produced, and performed several shows at Feinstein's/54 Below and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She will next appear in Project Pay Day on Apple TV and star in the upcoming film "Summertime Dropouts." In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, singing and playing the guitar.  

Thursday Sep 15, 2022

Abbey O’Brien’s (abbeyo.com/abbeyo)(LI:@abbeyobriennyc)(IG:@abbeyobriennyc)career in the entertainment industry spans over 20 years. She kicked off her career as a Rockette on one of the world’s most renowned stages, Radio City Music Hall. Her professional experience is diverse, from Tony Award-winning cast member, to collaborating on an Emmy nominated TV show, to being on the creative teams of Tony winning Broadway shows, to choreographing music videos, directing original works, and working with major corporations.  Abbey has worked with famed actors Uma Thurman, Hugh Jackman, Hank Azaria, Sara Bareilles, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Martha Plimpton, David Hyde Pierce, plus acclaimed directors Mike Nichols, Diane Paulus, Casey Nicholaw, Des McAnuff, Rob Ashford, Jerry Mitchell, Josh Bergasse, Anne Reinking, Joe Mantello, Lear DeBessonet, Bebe Neuwirth, Sidi Larbi, Daniel Sullivan, Stafford Arima, Joe Calarco, Graciela Daniele, Lorin Latarro and many more.  Ms. O’Brien is currently the Associate Choreographer of not only Sara Bareilles’ Waitress the Musical, but Alanis Morissette’s 15 time Tony award nominated Jagged Little Pill. Abbey is also Resident Director of Jeffrey Finn’s Hot on Broadway, which creates evening length industrial shows for corporations across America.  Director/Choreographer credits: Rocky Horror Show,13 the musical, Meet Me in St.Louis, A Quarantine Cabaret Choreography credits include: ExtraOrdinary (Directed by Diane Paulus), Broadway for Biden (Directed by Liesl Tommy), NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Show, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Sugarland (Music Video), Big Fish (Directed by Eric Woodall), NYC Mayor’s Inner Circle Gala, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Directed by Julia Murney), Rock of Ages (Directed by Michael Berry), Mama Mia (Casa Mañana), American Idiot (TUTS), Dreamgirls (Directed by Lauren Kennedy), Spamalot (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), True Love (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Performa Gala (Jennifer Rubell), Wizard of Oz (NewArts), and many industrial/ corporate entertainment events.  Associate Director/Choreographer credits: Jagged Little Pill (Broadway and American Repertory Theater), Waitress (All Companies), #DateMe (Off-Broadway),Taste of Things to Come (The York Theatre and Chicago Broadway Playhouse), The Odyssey (Public Works at The Delacorte), Double Portrait (Film), Elf (Paper Mill Playhouse), Ragtime (Lincoln Center), Bernadette Peter’s Drama League Gala (The Plaza), NBC’s Smash, Company (Bucks Co. Playhouse), National Pastime (BCP), Plaid Tidings (BCP), Legs (Tory Burch commercial), Microsoft (Industrial), Norwegian Cruise Line (RWS), Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse). Some of her performing credits include: NBC's Smash, Broadway’s Spamalot, Broadway’s Pal Joey, Radio City Rockette’s, NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Longshot (Film), Martha Plimpton Sings? (Lincoln Center-American Songbook Series), Sinatra (Radio City Music Hall), No Strings (Encores!), The Met Gala (NYC), Carnivale (Radio City). Abbey O’Brien is also a National Adjudicator, Master Teacher, Guest Artist, and Creative Consultant.

Monday Sep 12, 2022

Abbey O’Brien’s (abbeyo.com/abbeyo)(LI:@abbeyobriennyc)(IG:@abbeyobriennyc)career in the entertainment industry spans over 20 years. She kicked off her career as a Rockette on one of the world’s most renowned stages, Radio City Music Hall. Her professional experience is diverse, from Tony Award-winning cast member, to collaborating on an Emmy nominated TV show, to being on the creative teams of Tony winning Broadway shows, to choreographing music videos, directing original works, and working with major corporations.  Abbey has worked with famed actors Uma Thurman, Hugh Jackman, Hank Azaria, Sara Bareilles, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Martha Plimpton, David Hyde Pierce, plus acclaimed directors Mike Nichols, Diane Paulus, Casey Nicholaw, Des McAnuff, Rob Ashford, Jerry Mitchell, Josh Bergasse, Anne Reinking, Joe Mantello, Lear DeBessonet, Bebe Neuwirth, Sidi Larbi, Daniel Sullivan, Stafford Arima, Joe Calarco, Graciela Daniele, Lorin Latarro and many more.  Ms. O’Brien is currently the Associate Choreographer of not only Sara Bareilles’ Waitress the Musical, but Alanis Morissette’s 15 time Tony award nominated Jagged Little Pill. Abbey is also Resident Director of Jeffrey Finn’s Hot on Broadway, which creates evening length industrial shows for corporations across America.  Director/Choreographer credits: Rocky Horror Show,13 the musical, Meet Me in St.Louis, A Quarantine Cabaret Choreography credits include: ExtraOrdinary (Directed by Diane Paulus), Broadway for Biden (Directed by Liesl Tommy), NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Show, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Sugarland (Music Video), Big Fish (Directed by Eric Woodall), NYC Mayor’s Inner Circle Gala, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Directed by Julia Murney), Rock of Ages (Directed by Michael Berry), Mama Mia (Casa Mañana), American Idiot (TUTS), Dreamgirls (Directed by Lauren Kennedy), Spamalot (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), True Love (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Performa Gala (Jennifer Rubell), Wizard of Oz (NewArts), and many industrial/ corporate entertainment events.  Associate Director/Choreographer credits: Jagged Little Pill (Broadway and American Repertory Theater), Waitress (All Companies), #DateMe (Off-Broadway),Taste of Things to Come (The York Theatre and Chicago Broadway Playhouse), The Odyssey (Public Works at The Delacorte), Double Portrait (Film), Elf (Paper Mill Playhouse), Ragtime (Lincoln Center), Bernadette Peter’s Drama League Gala (The Plaza), NBC’s Smash, Company (Bucks Co. Playhouse), National Pastime (BCP), Plaid Tidings (BCP), Legs (Tory Burch commercial), Microsoft (Industrial), Norwegian Cruise Line (RWS), Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse). Some of her performing credits include: NBC's Smash, Broadway’s Spamalot, Broadway’s Pal Joey, Radio City Rockette’s, NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Longshot (Film), Martha Plimpton Sings? (Lincoln Center-American Songbook Series), Sinatra (Radio City Music Hall), No Strings (Encores!), The Met Gala (NYC), Carnivale (Radio City). Abbey O’Brien is also a National Adjudicator, Master Teacher, Guest Artist, and Creative Consultant.

Thursday Sep 08, 2022

Alex Puette (alexpuette.com)(IG:@apuette) currently in Hadestown on Broadway was born and raised in a small town outside of Cleveland, OH, Alex fell in love with performing at a very early age. He made his stage debut in the pivotal role of Frog #1 in a local youth theatre production of Narnia: The Musical. The bug had bitten and Alex continued performing and training in Cleveland. He began working professionally at the age of twelve when he was cast in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of Bye Bye Birdie, and worked at several other notable regional theatres in the area.  At the age of eighteen, Alex was accepted into University of Michigan's highly selective and prestigious musical theatre program, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In NYC, Alex completed the two year Meisner training program at The William Esper Studio, and has studied acting with powerhouse teachers Scott Freeman, Matthew Corozine, and Andrew Stewart-Jones. He has also had the honor of studying voice with Matt Farnsworth and Mike Ruckles.  During his junior year of college, Alex got his Actors' Equity card at the St. Louis MUNY in the first regional production of The Producers, shortly followed by the first Broadway national tour of Legally Blonde upon graduating. Following Blonde, he continued to tour the country with the first national tours of Young Frankenstein and A Christmas Story. Internationally, Alex had the honor of performing at the distinguished Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Riff in West Side Story. In New York City, he has performed off-Broadway at the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre in the first revival of New Girl In Town, as well as in various workshops, readings, and festivals. After performing in Andrew Lippa's opera I Am Harvey Milk at Lincoln Center, Alex was personally selected by Lippa to participate in the out of town try out of his companion operas I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk at the Strathmore Arts Center outside of Washington, D.C., starring Kristen Chenoweth. Alex has been seen at some of the country's best regional theatres, including Kansas City Starlight, The MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.), and North Shore Music Theatre. Favorite roles regionally include Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain, Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Ernst in Cabaret.  Alex currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his husband, choreographer Billy Griffin, and their dog, Archie. 

Monday Sep 05, 2022

Alex Puette (alexpuette.com)(IG:@apuette) currently in Hadestown on Broadway was born and raised in a small town outside of Cleveland, OH, Alex fell in love with performing at a very early age. He made his stage debut in the pivotal role of Frog #1 in a local youth theatre production of Narnia: The Musical. The bug had bitten and Alex continued performing and training in Cleveland. He began working professionally at the age of twelve when he was cast in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of Bye Bye Birdie, and worked at several other notable regional theatres in the area.  At the age of eighteen, Alex was accepted into University of Michigan's highly selective and prestigious musical theatre program, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In NYC, Alex completed the two year Meisner training program at The William Esper Studio, and has studied acting with powerhouse teachers Scott Freeman, Matthew Corozine, and Andrew Stewart-Jones. He has also had the honor of studying voice with Matt Farnsworth and Mike Ruckles.  During his junior year of college, Alex got his Actors' Equity card at the St. Louis MUNY in the first regional production of The Producers, shortly followed by the first Broadway national tour of Legally Blonde upon graduating. Following Blonde, he continued to tour the country with the first national tours of Young Frankenstein and A Christmas Story. Internationally, Alex had the honor of performing at the distinguished Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Riff in West Side Story. In New York City, he has performed off-Broadway at the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre in the first revival of New Girl In Town, as well as in various workshops, readings, and festivals. After performing in Andrew Lippa's opera I Am Harvey Milk at Lincoln Center, Alex was personally selected by Lippa to participate in the out of town try out of his companion operas I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk at the Strathmore Arts Center outside of Washington, D.C., starring Kristen Chenoweth. Alex has been seen at some of the country's best regional theatres, including Kansas City Starlight, The MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.), and North Shore Music Theatre. Favorite roles regionally include Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain, Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Ernst in Cabaret.  Alex currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his husband, choreographer Billy Griffin, and their dog, Archie. 

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

Joe Barros (joebarros.com)(IG:@bisforbarros)(TW:@joebarros)(LI:@joe-barros) is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Joe recently directed and choreographed two national tours of A Charlie Brown Christmas (Gershwin Entertainment), the new musical Love and Yogurt in New York, the musical Aida in Singapore, and A New Brain at Five Towns College on Long Island. New York credits include the Broadway revival of Gigi (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Clark, Cagney (associate director, directed by Bill Castellino), the New York premiere of Dan Elish and Douglas Cohen’s The Evolution of Mann Off-Broadway (starring Max Crumm and Allie Trimm, cast recording on iTunes and Spotify), the world premiere of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s critically acclaimed rock musical Bastard Jones Off-Broadway, Nine at CAP21/Molloy College, Out of the Box Theatrics’ Alice in Alice’s (Alice in Wonderland at Alice’s Tea Cup with a company of actors with disabilities, co-writer, world premiere at Weathervane Theatre), I Married Wyatt Earp at 59E59 Theatres (Prospect Theater Co./NY Theatre Barn), Hard Times (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Choreography, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's A Taste of Things to Come (associate director, directed by Lorin Latarro, York Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Broadway in Chicago), and the world premiere of Cheryl Stern's Shoes & Baggage (The Cell). With New York Theatre Barn, Joe produced the new musical Sam's Room, inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate.

Monday Aug 29, 2022

Joe Barros (joebarros.com)(IG:@bisforbarros)(TW:@joebarros)(LI:@joe-barros) is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Joe recently directed and choreographed two national tours of A Charlie Brown Christmas (Gershwin Entertainment), the new musical Love and Yogurt in New York, the musical Aida in Singapore, and A New Brain at Five Towns College on Long Island. New York credits include the Broadway revival of Gigi (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Clark, Cagney (associate director, directed by Bill Castellino), the New York premiere of Dan Elish and Douglas Cohen’s The Evolution of Mann Off-Broadway (starring Max Crumm and Allie Trimm, cast recording on iTunes and Spotify), the world premiere of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s critically acclaimed rock musical Bastard Jones Off-Broadway, Nine at CAP21/Molloy College, Out of the Box Theatrics’ Alice in Alice’s (Alice in Wonderland at Alice’s Tea Cup with a company of actors with disabilities, co-writer, world premiere at Weathervane Theatre), I Married Wyatt Earp at 59E59 Theatres (Prospect Theater Co./NY Theatre Barn), Hard Times (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Choreography, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's A Taste of Things to Come (associate director, directed by Lorin Latarro, York Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Broadway in Chicago), and the world premiere of Cheryl Stern's Shoes & Baggage (The Cell). With New York Theatre Barn, Joe produced the new musical Sam's Room, inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate.

Thursday Aug 25, 2022

PC-J Entertainment was set up by PIERS COTTEE-JONES (pcjentertainment.com)(TW:@PiersCJ)(LI:@piers-cottee-jones)(IG:@pierscotteejones), formerly a producer at Rigmarole Productions, who’s notable credits include Hair (UK Tour), Madagascar (UK Tour), Dark Sublime (Trafalgar Studios) and Pippin (Southwark Playhouse). Piers’ desire to ensure that theatre is for all led to Dark Sublime being the first show at Trafalgar Studios to host a relaxed performance, on top of its 2 BSL interpreted performances. Notable credits include: Amélie (Criterion Theatre), Death Drop (Garrick Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre), Wonderville (Palace Theatre), Treason (Streamed from Cadogan Hall) and The World Goes ‘Round (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester).

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