Frank DiLella’s celebrity interviews, along with his in-depth reporting of the theatrical scene for Spectrum News NY1, have helped make him a trusted friend and confidant within the theater and entertainment communities, as well as one of the most popular personalities in entertainment journalism in New York City.
He joined NY1 in 2004 and now hosts "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 and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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.
DiLella has acted as a contributing correspondent for Playbill, MANHATTAN Magazine and Broadway Direct, 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, and in 2017, he was the co-host of the official red carpet show for the Olivier Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In the spring of 2013, he launched "On Stage Across America," the first television program dedicated to Broadway, national tours and regional theater.
DiLella serves on the board of The Gershwin Awards and is a part of the selection committee for the annual Clive Barnes Award and Foundation.
He 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.