Our Favorite Things #107: Jane Eyre & The Grand Tour

This Week: Kevin takes a break, Rob goes to Palm Springs, the reenactment of Charlotte Rae, Professor Rob Explains Live TV Dramas, Chinese gravestones….yes, Chinese gravestones, the pop-opera that came and went, celebrating Paul Gordon, when tech holds down a process, Alanis Morissette wants to be David Merrick, The Curse Of The Show Boat Overture, The Emcee tries to disappear, and Pizza and Showtunes!

 

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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#107 JEFF CALHOUN, Director

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We’re gonna whomp, and stomp, and whoop it up all night with the legendary director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun. From his days as a hoofer in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My One and Only, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas film, to helming the Broadway revivals of  Grease, DeafWest’s Big River, Jekyll and Hyde and the original Broadway companies of Brooklyn, Bonnie and Clyde, and Newsies, Jeff tells all to Rob and Kevin.

 

Jeff pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he befriended Tommy Tune, what it was like documenting the life of the infamous John Kenley, and why Grease ’94 started with a sock-hop!

 

Also, Jeff shines the spotlight on Dolly Parton, Laura Osnes, and Frank Wildhorn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #106: Company Rehearsal Footage & Broadway: Day And Night

This Week: Back to the firing of Annie, Rob tries a Barbara Walters impression, Life After Annie, discussing the original Effie, a celebration of Nell Carter, the joys of opting down, Kevin jaunts to gay Paree, Rob’s Cole Porter lullaby, Hal Prince and his hands on direction and Elaine Stritch needs a hand, the brilliance of Dean Jones, how the art of direction has changed, an original Company cast member throws some shade at John Doyle, the brilliance of NT Live, the merits of the new Follies with Imelda Staunton, the inspiration of BC/EFA, a coffee table book and its potent imagery, the Emcee comes to life, Lilias White lives her best life, and Helen Hayes’ heroes.

 

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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#106 CHIP ZIEN, Actor

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It Takes Two…well, almost two…… glorious hours to look back on the career of Broadway’s favorite neurotic, Chip Zien.  One of entertainment’s most recognizable character actors sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim, Bill Finn, James Lapine, and what it was like to create such roles as Falsetto’s Marvin AND Dr. Mendel, and Into The Woods’ The Baker.

 

Chip pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a lunch break from a shoe store led to his big break, what it was like meeting Bill Finn for the first time, and why he really wants to go to ComicCon!

 

Also, Chip shines the spotlight on Dustin Hoffman, Joanna Gleason, Mike Nichols, and Howard the Duck!

 

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Our Favorite Things #105: Summer Heights High & Broadway’s New Annie: The Search For A Star

This Week: Kevin goes In Transit, the kindness of Bobby and Kristen Lopez, impromptu Frozen karaoke, Rob discusses the Feinstein’s/54 Below reunion concert of Memphis with Chad Kimball, some Dear Evan Hansen surprises at 54 Celebrates The Music Box, Rockabye Hamlet returns, the 50th Anniversary celebration of The Happy Time, Kevin goes down under….again, the brilliance of Chris Lilley, Annie and Sandy get fired, Andrea McArdle pulls no punches, the new Miss Hannigan number, Kevin’s greatest punchline, and Barbara Walters is shady.

 

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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#105 JOANNA GLEASON, Tony Winning Actress

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Come spend a moment in the woods with one of Broadway’s finest artists, Joanna Gleason, who not only won a Tony Award for her magnificent portrayal of The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, but also starred in such Broadway hits as I Love My Wife, Social Security, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Joanna’s career is not just limited to the theatre as she has appeared in dozens and dozens of film and television works including Boogie Nights, The West Wing, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hello, Larry, and more!

 

Joanna pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how every night she paid tribute to her I Love My Wife costar Lenny Baker in Into the Woods, what it was like being in a rehearsal room with Mike Nichols , and why Joanna returned to the well-known disaster Nick and Nora after twenty years!

 

Also, Joanna shines the spotlight on Arthur Laurents, John Spencer, and Stephen Sondheim

 

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Our Favorite Things #104: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris & Contradictions: Notes On Twenty Six Years In The Theatre

This Week: Rob creates a new character- Kyle, the Straight Guy Who Doesn’t Understand Musicals, Kevin makes a Super Bowl pick, Encores! Off-Center Series, the joys of local orchestras, debating the merits of Songs for a New World, Parisian musicality, Off-Broadway’s beautiful landscape, David Bowie’s favorite musical theatre album, alternative Newsies casting, the unknown Johnny Mercer musical, The Prince of Broadway buys a typewriter, observations on the future of theatre from 1974, and a glimpse into the world of Hal Prince.

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