The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that NY1 theater journalist Frank DiLella will return to the Birdland stage with the seventh episode of his new talk show, “Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella.” Frank’s very special guests will be superstar Ben Vereen and Motown’s Charl Brown. The event will be taped in front of a live audience on Monday, October 24 at 7pm. “Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella” is a regular theater-based live talk show featuring Broadway movers-and-shakers, impromptu musical performances, audience interaction, and a cocktail or two! Musical director for the show will be performer and composer Randy Redd. The show will be filmed and aired on Time Warner Cable’s Video On Demand System, and sponsored by LAB SERIES Skincare for Men.
Frank DiLella’s celebrity interviews, along with his in-depth reporting of the theatrical scene for NY1, have helped make him a universally trusted friend and confidant, as well as one of the most popular personalities in entertainment journalism.
Frank DiLella joined NY1 in 2004 and now produces and reports for “On Stage,” the news channel’s weekly half-hour theater program. Working the entertainment beat, DiLella has interviewed many legendary artists including Edward Albee, Tom Hanks, Vanessa Redgrave, Bono, August Wilson, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bette Midler, Hugh Jackman, Tom Stoppard, Carol Channing, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Jane Fonda, Elaine Stritch, Angela Lansbury, Lady Gaga, Tony Kushner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Ben Vereen. In the fall of 2009, DiLella and the “On Stage” team were honored by the New York Musical Theater Festival for their weekly coverage of NYC theater. In addition to filing reports on the Broadway and off-Broadway scenes, DiLella has traveled internationally to cover theater in Japan, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Germany, and Canada.
In May 2013, Time Warner Cable launched a spin-off of “On Stage” entitled “On Stage Across America.” The monthly program, which is produced and co-hosted by DiLella, shines a spotlight on Broadway theater, national tours, regional theater, and high school plays. In addition to his work at NY1, DiLella is a contributing correspondent for Playbill, the national theater magazine, and has given lectures on theater and journalism at Hofstra University and The American Theatre Wing. He has also appeared as a theater correspondent for the BBC, Sirius XM, “The Early Show” on CBS, CTV, The American Theatre Wing, and Al Jazeera TV – as well as in the 2010 documentary, “Pitmen Painters – A Brush with Broadway.” In 2013, he appeared on NBC’s “Smash,” portraying himself. DiLella received a B.A in communications/journalism with a minor in theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. DiLella has since returned to his alma mater as an adjunct professor teaching theater journalism.