Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Justin studied both Choral and Orchestral Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Justin's theatrical career began as a Musical Director/Conductor, working on numerous productions at theater companies across the country. Most recently, Justin has served as an Artistic Director and now a Contributing Editor for BroadwayWorld.com.
BWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE is Still a Hit, Despite Uneven Casting
December 3, 2012
A Chorus Line is the 1975 Broadway musical that gives audiences an inside look at what it's like to be a dancer. The action of the play takes place at a single audition in which 17 dancers all vie for a spot in a new Broadway show. Throughout the course of the evening we learn about the dancers; their personalities, their pasts, and most importantly what has shaped them into the performers they are today. When A Chorus Line opened in 1975 it was met with an outpouring of positive press, and wound up taking home 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for drama. This show has it all; an exciting score, explosive dancing, and a ton of heart. It's no wonder that it ran in NYC for a total of 6,137 performances (unprecedented at that time), and is beloved and highly recognized by millions.
BWW Reviews: TALLEY'S FOLLY Brings Romance to Florida Rep
December 2, 2012
If an evening of quiet laughter, tears, and sweet romance is what you're looking for, then the Florida Rep's current offering of Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Talley's Folly is for you. Set in 1944 rural Missouri, Talley's Folly tells the story of Sally Talley (Rachel Burttram) and Matt Friedman (Chris Clavelli), two unmarried and middle-aged lovers who are reunited one summer evening after a 7 day courtship that occurred one year prior.
BWW Reviews: Matt Kopec Makes 'Buddy' His Own in ELF THE MUSICAL
November 28, 2012
Matt Kopec brings real charm and charisma to the role of Buddy, making the role his own creation rather than a re-hashing of the infamous Will Farrell's film performance.
BWW Reviews: Florida Rep Opens 15th Season with Lots of Laughs and Lots of Heart in LEND ME A TENOR
October 28, 2012
The Florida Repertory Theatre's 15th Anniversary Season began Friday night with Ken Ludwig's farce, Lend Me A Tenor. Chris Clavelli directs the season opener and leads a first-rate ensemble cast to a night full of laughter, heart, and cheer.
BWW Reviews: Gulfshore Playhouse Creates a True work of ART
October 26, 2012
The current offering at Gulfshore Playhouse is a theatrical event that you won't soon forget. 'Art' is the 1998 Tony Award winning French play that examines the relationship between three middle-aged men who find themselves at the crux of their long friendship.
BWW Reviews: Gulfshore Playhouse's GOD OF CARNAGE Goes for Laughs Instead of Truth
October 21, 2012
Yasmina Reza is not known for creating comedic characters. She is known for creating extremely real and flawed characters that in their truth are incredibly comedic. There is a very nuanced but very real difference there. It is unfortunate that Nickell could not make heads or tails of thisbecause he had the talent in his cast to deliver it flawlessly.
BWW Reviews: 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL - Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
October 13, 2012
9 to 5: The Musical, based on the popular 1980 film, tells the story of Consolidated Industries employees Doralee (Zoe Kassay), Violet (Erin Romero), and Judy (Amanda Kuchinski) as they struggle to be respected in a male dominated work place. Sexism and harassment abound until the three girls plot revenge on their boss, Mr. Hart (Galloway Stevens). Throw in some mayhem, an exciting score penned by Dolly Parton herself, and you're left with the above premise spread over two full acts clocking in at around 2 and a half hours with intermission.
BWW Interviews: 9 TO 5's Director & Choreographer Amy McCleary at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
October 9, 2012
An interview with Director/Choreographer, Amy McCleary.