Actor David Larsen Talks The Book Of Mormon Tour

david-larsen(PCM) The Book of Mormon continues to break records as one of the top-grossing Broadway shows of all time. It has won nine Tony Awards including “Best Musical” since its’ debut on Broadway in 2001. Written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker/Matt Stone with Robert Lopez, the show is rip-roaringly hilarious and completely tongue-in-cheek, definitely not one for the easily offended!

The show will be coming to the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia, PA this week and we couldn’t be more excited to check out the performance. We caught up with actor David Larsen who plays the role of Elder Price in the show to talk about his character, life on the road, and more!

On what he is still learning after being with the show while touring the country David said “I would say every performance is different, so you are always learning something each time that you go up on stage. I would think that the details are a bit more minute than they had been a year and a half ago, but we just had the whole creative team out this past week and got a bunch of notes. We changed some things and the way things are being played so that’s a lot of fun and it continues to be new and fresh.”

He views his time on the road as valuable experience, for both his acting and singing. “This show, especially this role, is very tough vocally. It has been a challenge to not only do it one time, but to do it eight times a week. I feel I have become a much better singer because of this show.”

I asked David how important singing was in his life, let alone his career. “I went to college for it. I went to Carnegie Mellon University and I think the practical work experience of doing shows, particularly this role, when I first started learning it, I would go for runs and try to sing while I was running because I knew I was going to need the stamina, as well as, being able to sing long phrases without any breath.”

On the longevity and on-going success of Book Of Mormon, David summed it up very quickly. “I just think the show is so incredibly well-written! It is set up like a very traditional musical, but along with that, it has very contemporary dialogue and the way that the scenes are laid out.”

I agreed, and asked how he viewed the very relatable commentary on social issues such as religion, miscommunication, and commercialism and why it strikes a chord with the audience.

“It is definitely what strikes a chord and within the play there is a lot of crazy stuff being said on-stage and I feel like with such fun music, you don’t realize what they’re singing about because you’re just humming along to these great tunes. I think it’s just everything and the show is so incredibly well-constructed that you can get lost in the music and get lost in the dialogue or get lost in the humor or dance numbers.”

In our PC world, with so many individuals being offended by seemingly everything nowadays and The Book Of Mormon having nothing off limits, he again credited the writers, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. (laughing) “Nobody is safe with them! Misery loves company I suppose. I’m sure people still get offended but in the context of the show you can kind of let it go!”

Interviewing so many performers ‘on the road’, I asked about being in a new town every few weeks, for months on end. David made it clear on the pros and cons of life on a bus. “You are living out of a suitcase, so that can be tough. You don’t have any place to put some roots in the ground, so I think that’s the biggest challenge. That being said, it’s also a great joy because you get to see cities and parts of the country that you would never really spend time in. Appleton, Wisconsin, is not really a tourist destination, I would think, but I was really happy that I went there, as it was a great visit and a great city.”

With so much controversy the show was getting  from Conservatives like Glenn Beck (a Mormon) and other Traditional Americans, I asked if there was a noticeable difference in reaction to the show in some regions of the country. Larsen revealed,  “It was interesting to be in the more conservative markets to see how they would react, but people seem to love this show everywhere we go.”

His super-positive character of Elder Price, being the eternal optimist, may have had something to do with that. How much of his character came from himself?

“I think there is a lot of me that is Elder Price. I have always been a go-getter and a good kid, but I’m not quite as anal as Elder Price (laughs)! In my real life, I’m much more go with the flow but maybe in my younger years I was a little bit more so.”

When he’s not rehearsing, on stage, or on the road, he keeps himself busy. “I love being able to walk the streets in whatever town I’m in and just taking in the day to day life of the people who are living there. I love going to cool bars and restaurants.” I asked if he had any favorites. “Two of my favorite bars that I’ve been to is one in Washington, D.C. called Ivy and Coney, which is just this little dive Chicago/Detroit bar, so they had two different kinds of hot dogs and it was just a great atmosphere and I became friends with all the owners and the staff there. The other is a place I just visited last night in Boston called The Sevens in Beacon Hill, so anytime I can find a local bar or restaurant and get a feel for the people that are there and live like a local for a little bit is wonderful.”

His next stop in Philadelphia, just a few miles from the PCM headquarters. “I’ve never spent any time in Philly, so I’m honestly looking forward to exploring the entire city. I’ve rented an apartment in Olde City area by Independence Hall and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city. I have to cross-check the schedule, but if I can get to a Flyers game, that will be great as well!”

His plans for 2016 and any upcoming projects? “Cody Jamison Strand, who plays Elder Cunningham with me in the show and our former music director Sue Draus, we’ve written a musical review that’s going to be produced in Denver this January. I’m going to go out and direct that, so that’s kind of the next big thing other than Book Of Mormon that I’m working on right now. We’re very excited about creating new pieces of theater and putting them out there.” Would he like to direct? “Yes, I mean obviously I love performing, but to be on the other side of the table I think can only help your acting as well!”

The Book Of Mormon will be at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia, PA from November 24-December 27. For more information please visit:

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Seven Minute Reviews: A Sitdown with #HORROR’s Tara Subkoff

The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us and let’s face it… You need something to watch! After binging on Netflix’s Jessica Jones this weekend, you’ll still have like six days to go. That’s why you should check out IFC Midnight’s newest, #HORROR, the debut effort from screenwriter/director, Tara Subkoff, bowing today in theaters and VOD.

Inspired by actual events, a group of 12 year old girls face a night of HORROR when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the east coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12 year-old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.

Check out our exclusive interview with Tara Subkoff right here!



Nov 20 – IFC Center – New York, NY
Nov 20 – Arena Cinema – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 27 – Jacob Burns Film Center – Pleasantville, NY
Nov 27 – PFS Roxy Theater – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 27 – The Bill Cosford Cinema – Miami, FL
Nov 27 – Screenland Armour Theatre – KC, MO
Nov 27 – Sie FilmCenter – Denver, CO
Nov 27 – Filmbar – Phoenix, AZ
Nov 27 – Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Houston, TX
Nov 27 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Lubbock, TX
Nov 27 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Winchester VA
Nov 27 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
Nov 27 – Capitol Theatre – Cleveland, OH
Nov 27 – Coolidge Corner Theatre – Boston, MA
(Additional theatres/markets to be announced)

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GWAR Celebrate 30 Years! Exclusive Interview And Concert Review!


(PCM) Can you believe that GWAR has been wreaking havoc all over the planet for 30 years? For fans that is no surprise at all!  The longevity of this band is certainly due to their unwavering dedication and determination for world domination, and oh, you know, that whole music thing! GWAR has continued to thrive against all odds and show absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

As usual GWAR provided an amazing show during their recent stop at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. For me, attending a GWAR show is a bit bittersweet as I can still feel the tragic loss of the great Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie), however I give the remaining members of GWAR all the credit in the world for continuing to move forward while keeping the spirit of Oderus alive in the music.


For this tour we find our intergalactic space lords battling everyone’s favorite demon … the internet! GWAR is on a quest to kill the internet and that mission of course brought out the blood and gore (seriously, would it be a GWAR show without it?)!  GWAR are not a band for the sensitive or easily offended, but fans can truly appreciate their tongue-in-cheek and snarky humor. I adore that they are fearless when it comes to tackling a lot of subject matter that would otherwise be taboo to other artists.

For this tour, in particular, GWAR brought out several deep-cuts from throughout their 30 year history as a band including “Jack The World”, “I’m In Love (With a Dead Dog)”, “Meat Sandwich” and “Captain Crunch”. Hearing these songs live was a delightful treat for fans and the band’s set consisted of a perfect mix of both old and new material.


I had a chance to catch up with both Pustulus and Blothar of GWAR for an exclusive interview just prior to them slaying the stage!  Watch below to see us discuss everything from Thanksgiving to porn!

As GWAR continue their global domination on their 30th Anniversary tour, the intergalactic warlords have announced a special show for New Year’s Eve! “Midnight in the GWARden of New Year’s Evil” will take place December 31st at the National in GWAR’s adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. The event is presented by Night Prowler Productions and XL102.
This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as GWAR is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Special guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern HERE.

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Actor and Songwriter Danny Tieger Loves Matilda The Musical


(PCM) Thousands of young girls have fallen in love with Matilda and with shows on tour and on Broadway they now can get personal with the treasured children’s story.

This is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, the musical is amusing, smart, sweet, charming, heart-warming – a delight for both children and adults.

The Broadway Philadelphia series is presenting “Matilda The Musical,” at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from Wednesday, November 17 through Sunday, November 29, a perfect family holiday treat.

“Matilda The Musical,” is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician, and composer Tim Minchin.

This tour started on June 6 in Los Angeles and as it arrives in Philadelphia it is noteworthy that there have been more than 200 performances to date.

Actor, songwriter, author, and educator, Danny Tieger, portrays Matilda’s brother; the character of Michael Wormwood, in the current tour. The Connecticut native received early theater and creative arts training at the Watkinson School in Hartford, which gave him the confidence to perform in front of the entire school.

In addition to touring with Matilda, Tieger, 29, and his actress fiancée, Emily Spalding, have been promoting his first book for kids, “I Am Your Songwriting Journal,” an interactive way to bring out the love of music in children far and wide.

The two met the first day of college and have been soul mates and supportive partners every since, sharing many of the stops on the current Matilda tour.


Here is a recent excusive chat with Danny Tieger about touring with Matilda The Musical, his sharing his love for musical theater with friends and family members.

Q: What do you love about this show, Matilda The Musical?

Danny Tieger: The show started as a Christmas show before it made it to Broadway three years ago and is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, who also wrote the children’s books, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “ Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Q: Please tell me more about your attraction to it?

DT: It is magical in the way it lives from Matilda’s vision of the world. I play her brother and the understudy for their father, who is an example of what not to do in parenting since my parents have set me in front of a TV set and I am a direct opposite of Matilda, who has this vivid imagination. This is my first national tour and it is such a quality production.

Q: Please tell me about the three young actresses who play Matilda.

DT: They are fantastic. They each do such a clean and beautiful job with the show. So much rests on each of their shoulders every night. I love the small idiosyncrasies that each one brings to the role that is so consistently powerful as well.

Q: Why do you enjoy sharing music with children via your book?

DT: Music is this incredible unifier. When it comes to music I find that 100 percent of the class is engaged in this moment. There is real creativity and real time things happening in front of the kids – which are also what theater is all about.

Q: When did you fall in love with the theater?

DT: Early in my life. I had the opportunity to do a few shows with the Children’s Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, where I am from. We were definitely a performing family. Any time anyone would come to the house we would head to the “stairway landing theater” to create these special events.

Q: Sounds like fun.

DT: I also went to the Watkinson School in Hartford, where I was involved in 28 productions over the course of seven years of middle school and high school.

Q: How is that even possible?

DT: Well, we did three shows a year at the school and on top of that they would also divide middle and high school, I’d end up working on another show. It was really an incredible incubator. I was definitely the big fish in a small pond, so by the time I was in 9th grade I could stand in front of the whole school and perform comfortably.

Q: Was this a performing arts school like in the movie or musical Fame?

DT: No. But there was a creative arts program, it includes field trips and extra-curricula study in your field of choice. It was an incredible vehicle to really support young artists and it was all about giving them the space to think outside box they were creating in.

Q: So what else were you doing?

DT: Anything and everything – building sets and designing the lights. I wanted to be involved in everything that I possibly could.

Q: How did that inform your current career?

DT: It affirmed that this was the life I wanted and I needed to find a way to live it.

Q: So tell me how about your career path.

DT: I lived for seven years away from the theater and became a professional song writer, and that’s most of what I do when I am not home.

Q: You have a new book – please talk about it.

DT: It came out this past summer. It is a book for children called “I am Your Songwriting Journal, and you can find out more about it at

Q: Where did you go to college?

DT: Skidmore College in Upstate, New York. I spent my time writing musicals and performing them as well as writing plays. When I graduated I was a little burnt out on the theater process and gravitated toward film and TV.


Q: How did you come back to the stage?

DT: Well, I moved back to New York last October [2014] with my finance, Emily, and it was time to live closer to family. I had enough happening with my book to feel that my life in L.A. had led to something and I had the opportunity to come in for Matilda, and it just really clicked.

Q: In what way?

DT: So much of the movement that we do in the show is martial; it’s intention-based as opposed to technique-based. You don’t need to be a ballerina to be in this show, instead you need to be someone willing to flail about and I’ve always been great at flailing — given the opportunity.

Q: Tell me about life on the road.

DT: I would say that it is as glamorous and difficult as you can imagine. Arriving at a new city, a new theater, and working with a new set of local crew members – there is tremendous energy of putting up the show on the first Tuesday night.

Q: That’s the good part – and the other side?

DT: Well, of course there is the distance you feel from home, where you are not sure where to go for that cup of coffee first thing in the morning or what’s open for dinner after 10 at night. One thing that is helpful is that I usually find that one of the cast members has a strong affinity for a particular city from their own background, or doing a regional show there, and they know where to find the hidden gems and suggest it to everybody in the company. You can go below the surface with Road Tripper and some other apps pretty easily.

Q: Your fiancée, Emily, seems very supportive of you.

DT: In every way. She bought me a book about road food from I got this gig, of places across the country in those less traveled cities where I can find those places to go, especially when Emily isn’t there.

Q: That is a priority for you – right?

DT: Oh, yes. For me the most important thing is to finding my home on the road, especially when Emily is not with me, is for me to find my every day coffee shop my first day in the new city. And there is nothing better than if that coffee shop has that card punch for the free 10th cup of coffee. I like the normalcy of having that local spot; that’s very important to me.

Q: Who has seen the show?

DT: My friends and family. Everybody I know has seen this show. It feels
wonderful and special to share something that you love, worked on, and care about with the people that you love.

Q: Tell me the life lesson of Matilda?

DT: The world won’t change itself – that is the message in Matilda, as well as the lives I am interested in emulating, and I am hoping to do that with music and theater.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting, or at the Kimmel Center box office. For group sales of 10 or more call: (215) 790-5883.

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Sylvester Stallone, Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson And Crew Talk “Creed” Atop Philly’s Famous “Rocky Steps”!


(PCM) On an overcast and balmy November morning we gathered on the famous “Rocky Steps” that lead up to the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Art Museum to catch up with the cast and producers of the upcoming film “Creed” starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad. The film is directed and written by Ryan Coogler and produced by Irwin Winkler and Sylvester Stallone. It will be released in theaters on November 25, 2015, which also happens to the date of the 40th anniversary of the opening scene in the original “Rocky” film.

Walking up those famous steps in the morning was incredibly reminiscent of Rocky’s training montage in the 1976 original film and to realize that this film franchise is still just as relevant today as it was back then is a true testament to superb story-telling and character development that has been put forth in all of these films, “Creed” included.

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter was also on hand and commented that after having a chance to see “Creed” the previous evening “This film should definitely win an Academy Award, just like the first “Rocky”. This is a great film and shows Philly proud. It takes on a lot of issues and challenges and you’ll see it. The first film, in 1976, had a million dollar budget and was shot in only 28 days and literally put Philadelphia on the map. There are so many people across the country and across the world that know about Philadelphia. They know the theme music, as we use it all the time, for all kinds of events and activities in our city.  “Rocky”, the series and the theme, really is the story of Philadelphia. Tough times and tough challenges and never giving up … and always coming back.” 

Creed1Mayor Nutter went on to proclaim that with Rocky Balboa being named the seventh greatest movie hero according to the American Film Institute and Sylvester Stallone being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011 for his work on the Rocky Balboa character, having entertained and inspired boxing fans from around the world that Wednesday, November 25th would be “Creed” Day in honor of the upcoming film—opening that same day—which explores the next chapter in the “Rocky” saga.

Creed2After breaking into a bit of a song (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough), Stallone spends a few minutes praising the talent of actress Tessa Thompson who plays the role of Bianca in the film saying “She’s incredible in the film. While she is a bit shy, her artistry will speak volumes for her.” Stallone goes on to muse “It seems like I’ve been here a long time. When I started this film, I think my voice was squeaky and that shows you how long I’ve been around.”

“I started skipping rocks in the Schuylkill River over there when I was twelve years old, so to anyone out there that doesn’t think they can make it up these steps of life, which is kind of represented here by this museum, don’t you believe that, because if I can do it than you can do it! It’s just a matter of believing it and being reasonable with yourself and pushing yourself to the maximum of your abilities. That’s what this film is about … it’s about grabbing hold of an ideal, putting aside your fears, lowering your head and driving forward and taking the ones that you love along with you, because without that kind of support…without that family or that person holding your hand in the dark … it’s terrifying. Here’s to “Creed”, here’s to the “Rocky” family and most of all here’s to the people of Philadelphia who I love dearly. Keep punching!” 


We mentioned to Tessa Thompson that she had truly mastered the Philly lingo in the film to which she responded, “Thank you so much! My favorite character in this film, while I love “Rocky”, is actually the city of Philadelphia. I had such an amazing time being here and all I did was hangout basically! Ryan (Coogler) was like ‘just get here as soon as possible please’ because there is no better way to learn how to be a Philly jawn than to just spend a lot of time in Philly jawns. That’s what I did. I spent about two months just hanging out … I would go to hair salons … I just went everywhere and he insisted that I eat Philly cheese steaks and I ate a lot of those and I just had a tremendous time hanging out in this city. It’s a very unique and special place, so I feel very honored to get to play a woman that is born and bred here.”

When asked if there is anything about the Rocky character that he is still learning after seven films, Stallone replies “Yeah, there is and it usually comes through other peoples eyes when, like for example, when Ryan came up with this concept I wasn’t thinking along those lines, but I said that really does open up a whole avenue to deal with a subject that many people have dealt with that have family issues with that is something that is out of your control. The idea is that I think as long as you are open to other people’s suggestions there is more to go .. I would like to follow this character until eventually he’s an angel (laughs).”


Many of the fight scenes in “Creed” were incredible challenging and Michael B. Jordan reveals, ” I think one of the more challenging scenes for me was probably the fight scenes with the boxing choreography.  You are mentally tired and mentally fatigued, so it is very easy to make subtle mistakes. When you make mistakes in the boxing ring that can be the difference between knocked out or finishing the fight. The boxing scenes were definitely the most challenging for me!”

We asked if he got hurt at all and Jordan jokingly replies “I took a few real punches! Thanks Sly for that one!” Stallone laughs and responds “I know, I know, you deserved it”!  Director Ryan Coogler adds “Michael did all his own stunts in the movie. No one else wore his shorts and he was in there the whole time.” And as for the “Creed” saga continuing after this film, Stallone says, “Oh, absolutely without a doubt. The Rocky story has been pretty much documented and this movie is called “Creed”, so this is following this young man’s journey through all the trials and tribulations that lay ahead. The idea is, yes, we will be back.”

Mayor Nutter also gifted the team from “Creed” with individually inscribed miniature Liberty Bells to mark the occasion; they, in turn, presented the mayor with a framed rendering of the mural, created as a special tribute to the city, that was installed this morning at the Front Street Gym in North Philly, a location that features prominently in the new film.







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The Walking Dead’s Lennie James Discusses Morgan’s Morals, Survival And More!


(PCM) In last week’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” we learned a great deal about just what the character of Morgan had been up to while Rick and his group were battling for their lives in Terminus last season.

Morgan is played by actor Lennie James and he did an absolutely brilliant job showcasing the extreme emotional and mental turmoil that his character was forced to endure in his quest for some kind of survival in this drastically changed world.

His story takes the viewer on a journey through all the various stages of dealing with extreme grief and a mental breakdown. We see Morgan as a very broken man who with the help of a very special mentor have the ability to rise up and once again find the mental and physical fortitude needed for survival.

We caught up with Lennie James during Comic Con and when asked about his character becoming a moral compass of sorts for the rest of the group now that he has rejoined them in Alexandria he comments, “That’s a difficult question to answer because the notion of the moral compass is what the fans might read into Morgan’s actions. Morgan, you know, pretty much to a great or lesser extent, like everybody else is trying to function in the world. One of the things that’s brilliant about this show is that all the characters are the sum of their experience and as viewers of the show, as fans of the show, you’ve imparted that experience.

You know as you say, Daryl’s a completely different beast now than he was when we kind of first met him, and that transition is all Daryl and there’s very few shows … storytelling that’s out there at the moment where you see characters develop in that particular way. So, I don’t know about Morgan yet because I haven’t finished playing him.”

This season we have already seen some characters, Carol in particular, not necessarily agreeing with Morgan’s position of peace in order to survive in the world.  Lennie James says, “You know, sometimes the most incendiary thing you can do is to take a position of peace, and Morgan is kind of on one level going to stir things up by trying to take a passive position and that’s going to fly in the face of a few people’s ideas of how you survive in this present world and he’s gonna offer possibly an alternative that isn’t necessarily going land in the way that he hopes or expects it to land.”

Read more of our interview with the cast and crew of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” here!

Tune in for an all-new episode of the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” airing Sunday, November 8th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the fifth episode of season six, “Now,” written by Corey Reed and directed by Avi Youabian, the mood in Alexandria is quite grim after a number of setbacks. This might prove too much for the sheltered citizens inside the gates. Critics continue to rave about season six, including Tim Surette of, who said, “‘The Walking Dead’ is showing it can do everything right this season.”

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” reigns as television’s most watched drama for Adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Steven Yeun as Glenn; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; Chandler Riggs as Carl; Lauren Cohan as Maggie; Danai Gurira as Michonne; Melissa McBride as Carol; Sonequa-Martin Green as Sasha; Lennie James as Morgan. For season six, Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

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