2019 Year In Review: Celebrity Interviews

Sebastian Maniscalco at the Beacon Theater (Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media)

You’ve seen them on the big and small screens, have read their autobiographies, seen them walk the red carpet and most likely, you have liked their social media postings. They are our favorite celebrities. Sebastian Maniscalco, Richard Schiff, Rita Moreno, Chazz Palminteri, Cedric The Entertainer, Bill Hader, George Takei, Lenny Kravitz, Andy Grammer and Andrea Martin are just some of the celebrities we have had the great honor and pleasure of speaking with this year, regarding their hit television shows, upcoming movies, tours, Broadway shows and albums.

During comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco’s four sold-out shows at The Garden, he spoke to us about how he stays hungry for success and his newfound role in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix film The Irishman as “Crazy Joe” Gallo. Meanwhile, actor and director Richard Schiff caught up with Jennifer Fauci about his latest role as Dr. Aaron Glassman on ABC’s hit show The Good Doctor.

Rita Moreno’s Lydia hugging TV daughter Penelope, played by Justina Machado, in the current incarnation of One Day At a Time (Photo by Michael Yarish/Netflix)

Rita Moreno, the hardest working woman in show business, talked to Dave Gil de Rubio about her role on Netflix’s reboot of One Day At a Time, while actor Chazz Palminteri revisited his one-man version of the hit film A Bronx Tale when he came to the Paramount in Huntington.

More laughs were ahead this year when comedians Cedric The Entertainer and Bill Hader talked about their new shows, The Neighborhood and Barry, respectively. We also chatted with Star Trek’s Captain Sulu, George Takei about his new show The Terror: Infamy, which was based on his life as a child, when he was imprisoned his family in U.S.-run internment camps during World War II.

Raise Vibration is Lenny Kravitz’s eleventh studio album. (Photo by Emilie Fabiani)

On a musical note, rocker Lenny Kravitz spoke to Dave Gil de Rubio about his latest album Raise Vibration and his world tour. Singer songwriter Andy Grammer chatted with us about his latest album Naïve and his North American tour as well.

Actress, singer and comedian Andrea Martin reflected on her impressive decades long career while also starring as The Ghost of Christmas Past in Broadway’s A Christmas Carol. We chatted with a lot of celebrities this year—and rest assured—there’s a whole walk of fame to explore next year.

Read all of LIW’s celebrity interviews at longislandweekly.com.

Anthony Murray
Anthony Murray is a co-managing editor of Anton Media Group and is also the editor of Long Island Weekly, the Mineola American and New Hyde Park Illustrated News.

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