Our Favorite Things #85: Sing Out, Louise & Peter Filichia’s 100 Greatest Musical Episodes Part 2

This Week: Listening devices, Mrs. Lovett vs. Joanne, the role of the prompter, the top ten most produced high school plays and musicals, the soothing voices of NPR, a book that fortold the podcast, and Rob and Kevin debate the greatest musical episodes!

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

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#85 RON HUSMANN, Golden Age Leading Man

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One of Broadway’s greatest leading men, Ron Husmann, joins Rob and Kevin in a telephone discussion about his incredible Broadway career that started with Fiorello and was a whirlwind of big shows, big stars, and big hurdles. As Ron became a much sought after leading man, his resume began to add such credits as Tenderloin, All American, On the Town, etc. But, just as Ron’s talents were at its zenith, he soon began to lose the power of speech.  After many years, Ron vividly recalls the triumphs and tragedies that led to him to regain the power of speech.

 

Ron pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how advancements in medicines gave him back the power of speech, what was the first day of rehearsal like for the assumed to flop Fiorello, and why Debbie Reynolds was a creature of the stage.

 

Also, Ron shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Ray Bolger, and Frank Loesser.

 

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Our Favorite Things #84: Guys and Dolls 1976 Revival & Peter Filichia’s 100 Greatest Musical Theatre Moments Pt.1

This Week: Kevin passes the football, Rob is confused by the meaning of NFL, celebrating the all-black revival of Guys and Dolls, who wanted to be Broadway’s second Phantom, Peter Filichia ranks the greatest musical theatre moments in history.

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

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#84 MICHAEL LAVINE, Sheet Music Expert & Music Director

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If you are in the musical theatre business, chances are you have thanked heaven for the brilliance of Michael Lavine. While any one of us could easily go and pick up the scores to My Fair Lady, Carousel, Dear Evan Hansen, or Hamilton, what do we do when we need a song cut from one of those shows? Or, the whole score of a musical that closed on opening night? What if we want to see the cut songs from Oklahoma? We go to Michae Lavine, who owns one of the world’s largest private collections of musical theatre sheet music.

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he acquired nearly half a million different songs, what happened when Stephen Sondheim met Michael, and why we should all be celebrating the obscure!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on John Kander, Hugh Martin, and Jerry Herman!

 

Plus: Michael sings a never before recorded Sondheim song!

 

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Our Favorite Things #83: Show Music Magazine & Ralph Burns

 

This Week: Merrily We Roll Along, a secret YouTube clip, a magazine from the past, celebrating the orchestrator, and there WILL be trumpets!

 

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

 

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#83 The 2017-2018 Theatre Season w/ Peter Filichia

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As the Great Comet passes and the Bandstand plays the last tune, Rob and Kevin sit down with theatre critic Peter Filichia to recap the 2016-2017 theatre season and explore the 2017-2018 theatre seasons and the shows that are bound for Broadway!

 

Peter pulls back the curtain on the new season to discuss how William Goldman’s 1967-1968 exploration of Broadway, The Season, compares to 2017, what Denzel Washington brings to Broadway, and why the Marquis just might be better than the theatres it replaced.

 

Also, Peter shines the spotlight on Mean Girls, The Band’s Visit, Spongebob, and countless others.

 

NOTE: This recording was the last one made with our old sound board. There is a cracking sound that makes the interview feel as if it was recorded from the Miss Saigon helicopter. We apologize but feel that Peter’s wit and wisdom should compensate for our technology.

 

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Our Favorite Things #82: The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public & The Theater Posters of James McMullen

This Week: Thanking the Sound Gods, onstage mistakes, the Holy Grail of Broadway impressions is found within Robbie Rozzelle, Gwen Verdon wants to go to the movies, the joys of a second whorehouse, Tommy Tune does double duty, praising the poster, Lincoln Center’s greatest weapon, and much more!

 

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

 

Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4