#103: THOMAS Z SHEPARD: Record Producer

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Company. Sweeney Todd. Merril We Roll Along. 42nd Street. La Cage Aux Folles. Those original cast recordings, and so many others, were produced by the 12 time Grammy Award winning producer who revolutionized how a cast album gets produced, Thomas Z. Shepard. A protege of the great Goddard Lieberson, Thomas walked into Columbia’s studios in 1960, and helped bring so many of our favorite original cast recordings to life.

 

Thomas pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he produced Stephen Sondheim’s greatest albums including the infamous Company original cast recording,, what it was like taking on the volatile David Merrick, and why Follies in Concert almost never happened!

 

Also, Thomas shines the spotlight on Herb Ross, Linda Lavin, Jose Menendez, and the truth behind Elaine Stritch’s “The Ladies Who Lunch!”

 

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Our Favorite Things #102: Little Known Facts With Ilana Levine

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This Week: The wonderful Ilana Levine of the uplifting podcast Little Known Facts, drops by Shetler Studios to discuss her show, the inspiration behind the podcast, and what it was like learning from Robert Altman, Alan Alda, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Neil Simon, Kristin Chenoweth, and countless others.

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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#102 CHARLOTTE RAE, Golden Age Actress

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At 91, Charlotte Rae has no intentions of slowing down, as this interview will show. Charlotte began her career in Wisconsin and quickly conquered New York appearing in such musicals as Three Wishes for Jamie, The Threepenny Opera, Lil Abner, Pickwick, The Littlest Revue, and many others. Plus Charlotte was a pioneer of  live television having appeared in The Philco Television Playhouse, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The DuPont Show of the Week, and many others. Now, over a crackly phone connection, Charlotte sits down with Rob for a quick chat.

 

Charlotte pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she discovered a new talent named Sheldon Harnick, what it was like going to school with Paul Lynde, and why Charlotte always wanted to be a serious actress.

 

Also, Charlotte shines the spotlight on Michael Kidd, Lotte Lenya, and Golda Meir!

 

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Our Favorite Things #101: Kwamina & Car 54, Where Are You?

This Week: Looking back at Cole Porter’s Happy New Year. The joys of resolutions. Discussing Applause and the length of those songs. Fangirling on social media. Saraving Under The Influence.  The backstage saga of Kwamina. Richard Adler and Sally Anne Howes have some “creative differences.” Party lines are not so fun. Finding a Law and Order with a laugh track. Charlotte Rae wants to love Little Miss Pioneer. Lainie Kazan gets dumped for Katherine Helmond while Jean Stapleton stands by. George S. Irving sings a solo and 142 Tickets on the Aisle.

 

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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#101 2017 In Memoriam with Lee Roy Reams

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While 2017 was filled with so many theatrical highs (Ben Platt, The Band’s Visit, Spongebob, Bette Midler, etc), it was also a time to say good bye to some of the industry’s most beloved artists whose work made the theatre, and our world, a better place.

Rob and Kevin sit down with Broadway Royalty, Lee Roy Reams, and reflect on the passing of such legends as Barbara Cook, Mary Tyler Moore, Gemze de Lappe, Thomas Meehan, Liz Smith, Robert Guillame, and so many others.

 

But, in the tradition of the great Irish wakes, this episode features a lot of funny, juicy stories like Sammy Davis Jr trading in his gold chains for the Phantom mask, Joanne telling Cunegonde to take a ten, and Gomer Pyle seeking “The Impossible Dream.”

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Our Favorite Things #100: Company- An Original Cast Album & BygoneBroadway

This Week: Rob and Kevin wanna be in The Producers, discussing David Yazbeck’s The Band’s Visit, the effervescent Katrina Lenk, Spongebob Squarepants, Elaine Stritch Teaches Focus Pulling, documenting one of Broadway’s most original music, The Greatest Third Act in a Documentary, The Lost Art of Smoking & Singing, Blood Brothers, Kevin explains Instagram, Craig Burns and his love of history, obscure photos, Ben Brantley pans the gym, Insta looks back, 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.

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#100: The 100th Episode w/Rob and Kevin

100 Guests. 200 Favorite Things.

What started as a dream has evolved into one of the industry’s longest-running celebrations of the history of American Musical Theatre.

To celebrate their 100th episode, Rob and Kevin get the tables turned on them and are asked to look back on Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends by the one and only Robbie Rozelle.

Rob and Kevin reveal how they met, why they started the podcast, and what the future might hold for the show.

Plus, they reveal their favorite interviews, their most embarrassing moments, and never before heard stories about themselves and their guests.

And, of course, they debate George Furth dialogue, Goulet sings Dear Evan Hansen, Kevin’s love of RuPaul, and so much more in this hysterical retrospective.