Podcast Episode 191 — Tony Nominated Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle
So many people out there would kill to sing and dance on Broadway.
But not all of them.
When the Billy Elliot-like Warren Carlyle danced over to the US from the West End (after appearing in a ton of big-time shows), he didn’t even think twice about wanting to tread the boards as a performer.
He dove right into creating the steps, instead of dancing ’em.
With that kind of focus and drive, it’s no wonder that he now has about a dozen credits on Broadway, from his Tony-nominated turns this season on Kiss Me Kate to his direction and choreography of Chaplin, Finian’s Rainbow, and more.
Warren is a big part of the Tony race this season (and my money is on him), but he still took time out of his busy rehearsal and cocktail party schedule to sit down with me and talk about:
- How he was a real-life Billy Elliot and why his Mum got him started on his journey.
- What made him hang up his dance belt and turn to a life of choreography.
- The process of creating a number . . . and how he knows when it is working and when it isn’t . . . .
- How he got “Too Darn Hot” from an 8 to a 10!
- What it’s like working with stars like Hugh Jackman and Bette Midler.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.