#142 VIVIAN REED, Singer

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Two Tony Award nominations. Drama Desk Award Winner. Obie Award Winner. Recognition from the NAACP,  Dance Education of America, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed List. These are some of the many recognitions bestowed upon one of the world’s most celebrated artists of cabaret: Vivian Reed.

Vivian dropped by Shetler Studios to discuss her Broadway appearances in That’s Entertainment, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Me Nobody Knows, Marie Christine, and so many others. Plus, Vivian reveals the secrets to her teaching technique that will make all of you re-examine the essence of an effective performance.

Vivian pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she became a renaissance woman of the arts, what it was like putting together her new Lena Horne tribute show, and why she believes in the power of teaching!

Also, Vivian shines the spotlight on Rosetta LeNoire, Lena Horne, and Charles “Honi” Coles!

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Our Favorite Things #141: Triumph Goes To The Tony Awards & The Last Ship

This Week: The Tonys go to the dogs and Sting goes to Broadway.

 

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#141 GERRY VICHI, Character Actor

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His Broadway debut was made at an age when some actors consider retiring from the business. But, countless credits later, Gerry Vichi has no intention of stopping anytime soon. His adorable mug has been seen in such musicals as Woman of the Year, Ain’t Broadway Grand, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Something Rotten and the revivals of Anything Goes, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie Get Your Gun.

 

Gerry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a champion for diversity, what it was like sharing the stage with Lauren Bacall, and why it is never too late to follow your dreams.

 

Also, Gerry shines the spotlight on Bobby Clark, Harry Guardino, and Patti LuPone!

 

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Our Favorite Things #140: Shangri La Plaza & Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers

This Week: A musical mall & Billy Porter goes old school.

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#140 PATTI MARIANO, Golden Age Child Actress

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She held one of Seventy-Six trombones, she heard about Hugo and Kim during The Telephone Hour, and she got to Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. She is Patti Mariano one of the Golden Age’s busiest child actors having appeared in the original productions of The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Sail Away, I Had A Ball, George M, Godspell, Rags, The Full Monty, and the 2001 production of 42nd Street.

 

Patti pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Mickey Rooney was the perfect star, what it was like sharing the stage with Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and why she became an integral force in the preservation of American Musical Theatre dance!

 

Also, Patti shines the spotlight on Meredith Wilson, Chita Rivera, Buddy Hackett, and Lee Theodore!

 

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This Week: An Instagram with history & The Onion for Actors.

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#139 MICHAEL MCCORMICK, Actor

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Sit down, John………because Michael McCormick, one of Broadway’s busiest character actors, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on a career that has had him appear in such musicals as Oliver, La Bete, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Marie Christine, Gypsy, Curtains, Hello, Dolly and many more!

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how being a child actor became the foundation of his work ethic, what it was like coming full circle with Bernadette Peters, and why he won the role of John Adams in the revival of 1776!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Bette Midler, Victor Garber, and Christine Baranski!

 

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Our Favorite Things #138: Marin Mazzie (1960-2018)

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This Week: Remembering the great Marin Mazzie.

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#138 ETHAN MORDDEN: Author

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He has inspired countless generations with his observations on the world of musical theatre and his literary output is staggering. His name is Ethan Mordden and just a few of his books are: When Broadway Went To Hollywood, Anything Goes: A History of the American Musical, Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s, Sing For Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s, Beautiful Mornin: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s, Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s, Open A New Window: The Broadway Musical in the 1960s, One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s, The Happiest Corpse I Have Ever Seen: The Last 25 Years of the Broadway Musical, and biographies on Kurt Weill, Florenz Ziegfeld, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many others.

His most recent book, All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago, is now available in stores and on kindle.

 

Ethan pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he fell in love with musical theatre, what musicals are deserving of a second look, and why Bob Fosse is the most iconic choreographer in musical theatre history.

 

Also, Ethan shines the spotlight on Gwen Verdon, Tony Randall, and Maurine Dallas Watkins!

 

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Our Favorite Things #137: The Sound of Broadway Music & Sally Mayes: Our Private World

This Week: Celebrating orchestrators in print and on CD!

 

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#137 BRUCE VILANCH, Writer

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He has kept audiences in stitches for over forty years and today its Rob and Kevin’s turn as Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, the man behind the quips heard at the Tonys, Oscars, and Emmys swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career as a writer, actor, and activist!

 

Bruce pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur sang Kurt Weill with a wookie, what it was like crafting the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, and why The Vamp might have been the most fabulous musical no one ever saw!

 

Also, Bruce shines the spotlight on Carol Channing, Joan Crawford, and Virginia Mayo!

 

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Our Favorite Things #136: The Carol Channing Show & Underfoot in Show Business

This Week: Carol Channing eats a wiener & Helene Hanff leans in!

 

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#136 LUCIE ARNAZ, Actress

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One of the industry’s most beloved artists, Lucie Arnaz, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about her fifty plus year stage career. From her roots on CBS’ Here’s Lucy, starring her mother Lucille Ball, to her celebrated concert career, Lucie has been entertaining audiences in such shows as Seesaw, My One and Only, Lost in Yonkers, Social Security, Once Upon a Mattress, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I Do! I Do! and, the musical for which she received her Tony Award nomination, They’re Playing Our Song!

 

Lucie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Michael Bennett taught her opening night etiquette, what it was like being 8 months pregnant in a National Tour of Whose Life Is It Anyway, and why Rudy Vallee sucked at charades!

 

Also, Lucie shines the spotlight on John Kenley, Kay Medford, Mike Nichols, and David Craig!

 

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Our Favorite Things #135: Liza on HSN & Score: A Film Documentary

This Week: Liza Minnelli sells some jewelry & the art of film scoring.

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#135 The 2018-2019 Broadway Season w/ Peter Filichia

This week Rob, Kevin, and celebrated author and historian, Peter Filichia, look forward to the 2018-2019 theatrical season and discuss all the shows that are announced to come, rumored to come, and those that have already came!

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Our Favorite Things #134: Barbara Harris & Here’s The Thing: The Hidden Trove of Musicals by Broadways Greatest Talents

This Week: Remembering Vivian Matalon, Brian Murray, Craig Zadan, and Barbara Harris and looking back on industrial musicals.

 

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#134 ROBERT SHER, Grammy Nominated Record Producer

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While Robert Sher’s career has been most significant for producing the Grammy nominated cast recordings of such Broadway musicals as Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sugar Babies, and the most recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, today we are celebrating Robert’s passionate work to preserve many of the musical theatre’s most obscure gems and for those scores to be elevated in the minds, and iTunes, of those who love musicals.

 

Robert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a boy who loved musicals became a seven time Grammy nominee, what it was like working with obscure record producer Bruce Yeko, and why Robert needs all of your help to get some of Broadway’s most obscure gems out to eager listeners, including Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen and Sandy Duncan’s Peter Pan!

 

Also, Robert shines the spotlight on Debbie Reynolds, Teresa Stratas, and Stephen Schwartz!

 

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Our Favorite Things #133: Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free & Promises, Promises

This Week: Praising the genius that is Jessica Vosk and reinventing the sound of music with Burt Bacharach.

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#133 BILLY GOLDENBERG, Composer

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He might have written “Fifty Percent” but today we get one hundred percent of the Emmy Award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg, who has worked with everyone from Bea Arthur to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley to Mike Nichols, Diana Ross to Steven Spielberg. Billy’s Broadway credits include the dance music to Let It Ride, 110 in the Shade, High Spirits, Henry Sweet Henry, the music to Ballroom, and the creator of Bea Arthur: On Broadway.

 

Billy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur taught him comic timing, what it was like working with a quixotic Michael Bennett, and why he helped launch Marvin Hamlisch’s career!

 

Also, Billy shines the spotlight on Maureen Stapleton, Dorothy Loudon, and Bob Merrill!

 

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Our Favorite Things #132: Off The Wall At Sardis & Part Of Your World: The Alan Menken Album

This Week: Getting your picture up at Sardis and the undiscovered world of Alan Menken

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#132 DEBBIE GRAVITTE, Tony Award Winning Actress

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The musical theatre goddess that is Debbie Gravitte swings by Shetler Studios to tell Rob and Kevin about her amazing career that got started doing Annie Get Your Gun with Gower Champion all the way up to her filling Eydie Gorme’s shoes in the 50th Anniversary concert of Golden Rainbow! In between, there is Perfectly Frank, Zorba, Swing, Jerome Robbins Broadway (for which she won the Tony Award), They’re Playing Our Song, and so much more!

 

Debbie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Anthony Quinn fooled an audience into forgiveness, what it was like working for Jerome Robbins, and why Bea Arthur’s love of oysters was unsettling!

 

Also, Debbie shines the spotlight on Debbie Reynolds, Ruth Brown, and Stephen Schwartz!

 

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Our Favorite Things #131: TDF & Hello, Again

This Week: The ten most produced high school plays/musicals, why we loved Head Over Heels and Bonnie Milligan, the generosity of TDF, and Michael John LaChuisa goes around and around.

 

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#131 JOSHUA ELLIS, Press Agent

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Stop the presses…….literally! One of Broadway’s most respected press agents, Joshua Ellis, has the spotlight shifted from his glittering clientele and focused firmly on him in this delightful interview which covers some of the 100 plus shows Joshua has worked on including Into the Woods, 42nd Street, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, The King and I, Morning’s at Seven, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

 

Joshua pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Barbra Streisand and Yul Brynner shared a clandestine car trip, what it was like working for the wily David Merrick, and why Carol Channing is the savviest person in show business!

 

Also, Joshua shines the spotlight on Eva LeGallienne, Eartha Kitt, and Ethel Merman.

 

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Our Favorite Things #130: Elaine Stritch At Liberty & Staatstheater Kassel

This Week: Revisiting Stritch & Spongebob meets West Side

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#130 RANDY SKINNER, Choreographer

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Get out your tap shoes, Francis, because four time Tony nominated choreographer, Randy Skinner, is here to waltz us all back in time for an intimate retrospective of his career. From working at the famed Kenley Players to being the keeper of the 42nd Street flame, Randy’s career includes turns (both onstage and off) with 42nd Street, Babes in Arms, Ain’t Broadway Grand, State Fair, Do Re Mi, George M, Lone Star Love, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Dames at Sea, and many more!

 

Randy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Ginger Rodgers influenced his work, what it was like learning from Gower Champion, and why he loves the art of teaching.

 

Also, Randy shines the spotlight on Fred Astaire, David Merrick, and John Kenley!

 

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Our Favorite Things #129: Gary Beach (1947-2018)

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This Week: Remembering Tony Award winner Gary Beach.

 

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#129 JOHN LEE BEATTY, Tony Award winning set designer

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One of Broadway’s busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain’t Misbehavin, Talley’s Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores!

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a day with Michael Kidd transformed his career, what it was like working with Ming Cho Lee,  and why he is the go to designer for living rooms everyone wants to live in!

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Douglas W Schmidt, Richard Maltby Jr, and Gerald Gutierrez!

 

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Our Favorite Things #128: You’ll Never Walk Alone & Fraver By Design

This Week: Remembering Liliane Montevecchi and Jeff Loeffelholz, soccer teams love musical theatre, and an essential coffee table book!

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#128 PENNY FULLER, Actress

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It may not be Halloween but we got the one and only Eve Harrington, Penny Fuller, with us in today’s episode! Penny has been an Emmy Award winning familiar face on TV with such credits as The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, One Day At A Time, Matlock, and Judging Amy but the theatre is her home with appearances in the original Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Applause, Rex, The Dinner Party, and the most recent revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

 

Penny pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won the role of Broadway’s most sinister ingenue, what it was like losing her head to Nicol Williamson, and why she was almost Mabel Normand!

 

Also, Penny shines the spotlight on Lauren Bacall, David Merrick, Robert Redford, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

 

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Our Favorite Things #127: Girl Crazy & All That Jazz: The Life And Times Of The Musical Chicago

This Week: Looking at Songs For A New World, Jagged Little Pill, Ethel Merman, Ginger Rodgers, and the wicked Windy City.

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#127 BARRY MCNABB, Choreographer

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5,6,7,8…..get out your tap shoes, Francis, because we are sitting down with the one and only Barry McNabb who will dance his way into all your hearts. Barry not only appeared in the original Broadway productions of Phantom and Me and My Girl but has been Irish Rep’s resident choreographer for years and years.

 

Barry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was made a television superstar with over fifty ladies of the evening, what it was like working for Fosse, and why the physical shape of dancers transformed in the 80s!

 

Also, Barry shines the spotlight on Robert Lindsay, Gillian Lynne, and Michael Crawford!

 

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Our Favorite Things #126: Connie and Carla & The World Only Spins Forward

This Week: Sorry, folks, we got sound issues BUT its pretty much a drag themed, Stephen Spinella loving episode!

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#126 DAVID SHIRE, Oscar & Grammy Winning Composer

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David Shire’s melodies have earned him an Oscar, a Grammy, countless Emmy and Tony nominations, as well a special place in the hearts of audiences spanning as far back as 1960. David drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career and revisit not only such films as The Conversation, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, All The President’s Men, Return to Oz, Zodiac, Norma Rae, and Saturday Night Fever, but to explore his collaboration with Richard Maltby Jr that produced such musicals as Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby, Take Flight, Big, Closer Than Ever, Love Match, How Do You Do, I Love You, and The Sap Of Life.

David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he and Richard Maltby Jr created some of the canon’s most known works, what it was like being a rehearsal pianist on some of the Golden Age’s most iconic musicals, and why he was fired by his own brother in law!

Also, David shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Barbra Streisand, and Francis Ford Coppola!

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Our Favorite Things #125: Punchy Players & Kay Starr

This Week: Judy Garland gets some groceries & the Wheel of Fortune lands on Kay Starr!

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#125 HARVEY EVANS, Broadway’s Most Beloved Ensemblist

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A dancer’s life on Broadway can be limited, but, if you are Harvey Evans, your abilities have no boundaries. Starting with his first Broadway credit in 1957’s New Girls In Town, Harvey’s incredible resume includes the original Broadway productions of West Side Story, Redhead, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Anyone Can Whistle, George M, Our Town, The Boyfriend, Follies, Sextet, Barnum, Sunset Boulevard, and The Scarlet Pimpernel!

 

Harvey pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he grew up watching Gwen Verdon dance and then became one of her most favorite dance partners, what it was like working for Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, and why his favorite time of day is AfterDark!

 

Also, Harvey shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Henry Fonda, and Larry Kert!

 

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Our Favorite Things #124: David Craig & American Dance Machine

This Week: Recapping the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, celebrating a titan of musical theatre’s vocal heritage, and dusting off great dances from musicals of yesteryear!

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#124 BETH LEAVEL, Tony Award Winning Actress

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She might have once been a drowsy chaperone but the brilliant artist who created her, Beth Leavel, is an energetic life force whose passion for the art of musical theatre is infectious. Beth drops by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and discuss her incredible career which not only boasts a Tony Award but featured her gracing the Broadway stages of such shows as 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Baby It’s You, Bandstand, and the upcoming The Prom.

 

Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how becoming a Dame led to a Tony Award, what it was like fighting in the Civil War, and why she never encores “I’ve Got Rhythm!”

 

Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Mike Ockrent, Bobo Lewis, and many more!

 

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Our Favorite Things #123: Forgotten Tony Awards Categories

This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood discuss Tony Award categories that are no longer part of the ceremony and suggest ones that should be included.

 

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#123: The 2017-2018 Tony Awards Best Musical Nominations

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This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood grab their ballots and kiki about the 2017-2018 Tony Award Musical Nominations.

 

From a stranded band to a clump of mean girls to a sponge fighting a volcano to frozen princesses, from Eliza Doolittle to Carrie Pipperidge, all things musical are discussed, disected, and debated in this week’s episode!

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Our Favorite Things #122: Egregiously Overlooked at the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations

This Week: Individuals, and shows, who should have been nominated for the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations.

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#122 The 2017-2018 Tony Award Nominations: Plays

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Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood all sit down with their ballots and review the 2017-2018 Best Play Tony Award nominations.

From Uma Thurman to Glenda Jackson, from Marvin’s Room to The Iceman Cometh, and everything in between, all of the highs and lows, are thorughly discussed and explored before the winners are announced!

The Tony Awards will be on CBS on Sunday, June 10th, at 8:00pm EST.

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Our Favorite Things #121: Starting Here, Starting Now & Emerald City

This Week: Saying goodbye to Patricia Morison, the new Gwen Verdon documentary, Rob explores Boston, Maltby and Shire become the heroes of all BFAs, and a public access show gives us a glimpse into days gone by.

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#121 CONRAD JOHN SCHUCK, “Daddy Warbucks”

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The sun won’t come out tomorrow because it is here now and its name is Conrad John Schuck. One of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable character actors, whose on screen credits include MASH, McMillan & Wife, Star Trek, and The Golden Girls (Gil Kessler for Mayor), Conrad first got started on stage as a resident player at ACT which was then followed by countless theatre credits, most notably as Daddy Warbucks in Annie, for which he currently holds the record as the actor who has played that role the most!

 

Conrad pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a legendary part of cinema history, what it was like sharing the stage with Madeline Kahn, and why the 1997 revival of Annie led to one of Broadway’s most epic firings!

 

Also, Conrad shines the spotlight on Robert Altman, Rue McClanahan, and Charles Nelson Reilly!

 

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Our Favorite Things #120: Helen Costa & Dinah Shore: The Kander & Ebb Show

This Week: Rob has a wicked good time in Boston, sending love to Ruthie Ann Miles, revisiting Me and My Girl, Encores’ announces its 26th Season, Big Fish deals with Big Bigots, the joys of musical theatre performance in Culver City, and Kander and Ebb revive Dinah Shore.

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#120: HELEN GALLAGHER, Tony Award Winner for Pal Joey & No No Nanette

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In January of 2017, Rob and Kevin sat down with two time Tony Award winner Helen Gallagher to discuss her incredible life and career. If you are a listener of the podcast you will know that a virus erased the entire interview.

But, through the sheer kindness of Ms. Gallagher, Rob and Kevin got a second chance to interview her. So, without further ado, here is that interview:

You can dance with any girl at all but why would you when the lovely Helen Gallagher is right here and ready to look back on her amazing journey which includes the original productions of Billion Dollar Baby, Brigadoon, High Button Shoes, the 1952 Pal Joey (for which she won a Tony Award), Make a Wish, Hazel Flagg, The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, and the 1971 No, No, Nanette for which she won her second Tony Awards.

 

Helen pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won over Agnes DeMille, what it was like sharing a dressing room with Elaine Stritch, and why she went from refusing Sweet Charity to getting a Tony nomination!

 

Also, Helen shines the spotlight on Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Nanette Fabray, Gwen Verdon, and Bobby Van!

 

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Our Favorite Things #119: Pirate Jenny & The Show Makers

This Week: Rob discusses The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington, The York Theatre’s Unexpected Joy, The Boys in the Band, the importance of Mart Crowley, Rob and Kevin appear on Sashay Away with Barry, Rob debuts his new impression of Old Lucy, the world of Kurt Weill, Sasha Velour goes to the Weimar, Bea Arthur loves a declaration, an exploration of directors and their craft.

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#119 JIM MORGAN, Artistic Director of The York Theatre

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For over forty years, Jim Morgan has been one of the most recognizable names in the New York theatre. For twenty years, Jim has served as the the artistic director of the acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company, The York Theatre. And, for twenty years before that, he was one of their most trusted set designers. Jim’s eye for taste and talent has led to some of Off-Broadway’s most recent hits including The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Cagney, Desperate Measures, Souvenir, and Enter Laughing, as well as cultivating the Musicals in Mufti series which gave audiences second looks at The Grass Harp, Grind, The Grand Tour, Regina, and 100 more.

 

Jim pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a job interview led to a thirty plus years of employment, what it was like doing Sweeney Todd on a basketball court, and why an incognito Sondheim always gets recognized!

 

Also, Jim shines the spotlight on Janet Hayes Walker, Sheldon Harnick, and the great team of Jones and Schmidt!

 

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Our Favorite Things #118: Act One & A Leap of Faith

This Week: Mispronunciations at the Tony noms, The Tony Award Best Ensemble, the Gypsy Robe gets a new name, Sierra Boggess leaves the West Side, To Kill A Mockingbird goes to Court,  Moss Hart captures life upon the wicked stage, and Faith Prince rides a mule!

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#118 KAREN ZIEMBA, Actress

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Are you willing to ride? If so, then you will get to hear the enchanting Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba look back on her incredible career which includes show stealing turns in And The World Goes Round, Crazy For You, Steel Pier, Contact, Curtains, The Prince of Broadway, and so many more!

 

Karen pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how she became a muse for John Kander and Fred Ebb, what it was like being in the room with Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse, and why selling programs at the Kenley Players was a highlight of her youth!

 

Also, Karen shines the spotlight on Bill Irwin, Hal Prince, and, of course, Susan Stroman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #117: Michael Riedel vs Amy Sedaris & A Very Special Message from Kevin

This Week: Amy Sedaris goes after Michael Riedel & Kevin shares an important message.

 

This week’s episode is dedicated to Floyd Thomas.

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#117 JANE SUMMERHAYS, Tony Nominated Actress

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The wry, witty, and sophisticated Tony nominee Jane Summerhays swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her incredible career in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Me and My Girl (for which she was nominated for the Tony), Lend Me A Tenor, The Wild Party, and what it was like to learn from artists like Barbara Cook, Wally Harper, and Mabel Mercer.

 

Jane pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she fled Utah, what it was like inhabiting the role of Sheila Bryant from A Chorus Line, and why Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller were her best teachers.

 

Also, Jane shines the spotlight on George C. Wolfe, Eartha Kitt, and Michael Bennett

 

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Our Favorite Things #116: I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole & Into the Woods MTI Conversation Piece

This Week: The genius of “Give Me Fat Boy’s Famous Arrow,” holograms of Cassie and Sheila, altering original staging, Kevin throws some Dolly shade, Whatever Happened To Baby Vanjie, a Better sing along, revisiting The Madwoman of Central Park West, Rob sings a solo, Wakefield Poole makes Broadway history, how a porno funded A Chorus Line, Sondheim goes for a walk in the woods, James Lapine buys an armchair, and Lil Marty stars in Anyone Can Whistle Jr.

 

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#116 SEYMOUR RED PRESS, Music Coordinator

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At 94 years old, Tony Award winner Seymour Red Press is one of the most beloved artists working on Broadway. As a music coordinator, Seymour has helped bring to life such musicals as Dreamgirls, Nine, Once on this Island, The Light in the Piazza, Shuffle Along, Bright Star and the revivals of Gypsy, Anything Goes, Carousel, and so many more!

 

Seymour pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a side man to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, what it was like to duet with Patti LuPone, and why a little pressure got him the best bands at the Palace!

 

Also, Seymour shines the spotlight on Jule Styne, Elvis Presley, and John Kander!

 

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Our Favorite Things #115: Guys and Dolls- Off The Record & The NT Collection

This Week: Kevin and Rob have a dialect-off, Rob redecorates, Kevin sweats it out, Rob reveals some upcoming 54 Below shows, Kevin goes to the Catskills, Rob introduces to the Kutcher Emcee, the merits of talkbacks, Nathan Lane vs. Faith Prince, Victoria Clark needs a hug, Jackie Mason tackles Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Mason goes into Les Miz, four books that praise the National Theatre, the brilliance of Nicholas Hytner,

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#115 MICHAEL RIEDEL, Journalist

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Brace yourselves because the infamous Assassin of Broadway, Michael Riedel, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his career and to celebrate the great legends that fascinated him when he first began in this business. Michael also discusses his incredible book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway, which is required reading for anyone who loves the theatre, plus lets loose with gossip from the Great White Way.

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he came to write Razzle Dazzle , what it means to be a modern day Walter Winchell, and why a fishbowl of napkins and matchbooks made him the most feared man on Broadway.

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on a sweaty Alan Rickman, an outrageous Dorothy Loudon, and a supportive Gerald Schoenfeld!

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Our Favorite Things #114: Two’s Company & Every Little Step

This Week: Merman becomes a critic, discussing the new Angles in America, praising Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane takes on Peter Sellars, Stritch goes multi-cam, Lucy plays Dolly, Madeline Kahn takes a walk, Elaine conquers the West End, the legacy of Elaine Stritch, accentuating the positive, being on the line (for real), how a revival comes to life, the A Chorus Line legacy, the secret passageways of Broadway, loving Michael Bennett, Freddie Martinez makes a comeback, and Rob brings out new impressions.

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#114 MICHAEL STAROBIN, Orchestrator

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Two-time Tony Award winning orchestrator, Michael Starobin, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his illustrious career with Rob and Kevin. As an orchestrator, Michael created those magical charts for such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Falsettos, the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival, Next to Normal, Once on this Island, Legs Diamond, Carrie, Romance/Romance, and Rags!

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he discovered the world of orchestrating, what film composers are his favorites, and why Carrie would’ve been a big hit in Athens!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Tom Kitt, and Bill Finn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #113: Grand Hotel & Footnotes

This Week: Kevin has sound issues, Rob and Kevin go to Encores’ Grand Hotel, the brilliance of Josh Rhodes, Anita Gillette sings the lullaby of Birdland, Tommy Tune reinvents a a forgotten musical, celebrating David James Carroll, the history of At The Grand, was Kismet really a hit, Goulet gets dissed, Joan Deiner Diner, the 1989-1990 musical season, the infamous Grand Hotel commercial, Michael Jeter’s brilliance, Tommy Tune Types a Tell All, Mae West gets fired from Sephora, and NYC’s sketchiest hotel.

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#113 DEBORAH GRACE WINER, Author

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What happens when you put three obsessive fans of the American Songbook into the same room? Well, you get this week’s episode with acclaimed author and champion of the great American Songbook, Deborah Grace Winer. Deborah’s passion not only extends into the literary world, where she wrote Sing Out Louise: 150 Stars of the Musical Theatre Remember 50 Years of Broadway, The Night and the Music: Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson Inside the World of Cabaret, and On the Sunny Side of the Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields, she served for ten years as the Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists Series and is now the Artistic Director of the Classic American Songbook Series at Feinstein’s/54 Belo.

 

Deborah pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she first became enamored of the American songbook while her contemporaries were rocking out to The Beatles, what it was like rubbing elbows with Betty Comden and Rosemary Clooney, and why Elaine Stritch never met a fruit she didn’t like!

 

Also, Deborah shines the spotlight on Dorothy Fields, Paul Newman, and Sheldon Harnick!

 

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Our Favorite Things #112: National Theatre Live & 110 in the Shade 2007 Revival

This Week: Evan Hansen needs to do laundry, debating the baseball glove song, Rob’s new shower playlist, Rob toots his horn, directorial tips from Susan H Schulman, James Lipton returns, Savage AF with actors, Rob defends directors, the celebration of British theatre, connecting global audiences, Audra McDonald needs some rain, JAY Records and John Yap return, and celebrating Jones & Schmidt.

 

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#112 RICK MCKAY: 1956-2018

 

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On January 29th, 2018, we lost our 37th guest, Rick McKay.

We always wanted Rick as a guest but we didn’t put him at the top of our list because he was so young and we thought “Oh, we got plenty of time.” Well, to paraphrase The Secret Garden, how could we ever know?

Rick was one of our show’s biggest supporters and immediately ingratiated himself to us when he opened our studio door and said “Now, which one of you loves Joyce DeWitt?”

His work on Broadway The Golden Age is astounding and we so hope we will one day see what Rick had in store for the second and third part of his trilogy.

In his honor, we have reposted our interview with him, which was conducted in October of 2016.

We send our love to his siblings Stephen, Linda, Sandy, Stacie and Hope.

Here again is the fabulous Rick McKay.

 

Our Favorite Things #111: A Jolly Theatrical Season & The Music Box Theater

This Week: Bombshell Bernadette, revisiting Broadway commercials, Betty Bacall stars in Get Out, the reality of commercials, Kevin reveals his favorite summer stock role, Rob recounts his community theatre roles prior to the era of political correctness, recounting The York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti, the comedy team of Charles Nelson Reilly & Robert Morse, a Golden Age KiKi, Kevin hordes his records,celebrating a building, a home for diversity, the kindness of Irving Berlin, Bea Arthur sings “What’ll I Do,” the logic of George M. Cohan, seeking the demo of Rainbow Jones, contemplating In My Life, and the world of Charles Nelson Reilly.

 

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#111 LEE WILKOF, Actor

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Lift up your head, wash off your mascara, and get ready to be entertained by the original Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors, Tony nominee Lee Wilkof. While audiences are familiar with Lee’s counltess stage appearances in such shows as Little Shop of Horrors with Ellen Greene, Sweet Charity with Debbie Allen, Assassins with Victor Garber, She Loves Me with Boyd Gaines, Kiss Me Kate with Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick,  Lee is also a familiar face on screen having appeared in Delta House, Law & Order, Private Parts, and Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead and, behind the camera, as the director of the fabulous No Pay, Nudity.

 

Lee pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his performance as Seymour won him a trip down the aisle, what it was like collaborating with Howard Ashman, and why Brushing Up His Shakespeare led him to tears and a Tony nomination!

 

Also, Lee shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Kathleen Marshall, and Norman Lear!

 

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Our Favorite Things #110: Show Tunes & Wildcat

This Week: A new Favorite Things theme song? A “Change” medley. A Broadway Kiki. Kevin gets outed for his love of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Shout-out to Bubba’s on Ditmars. Kevin’s enthusiasm for Lip Synching for their lives. Alexis Michelle and the wonderful Broadway Match Game at Feinstein’s/54 Below. How do revivals alter their texts to fit modern sensibilities? What topics have musical theatre not tackled? Things get a bit political. The love of reference books. The brilliance of Steven Suskin. Rob’s Frat Bro comes back. Taking a look back at Encores’ Hey, Look Me Over! Kevin outs Rob for his secret love of Lucy. Lucy Ricardo strikes oil. Fred Mertz makes an appearance. In praise of Lucille Ball and Leaning In.

 

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#110 LARRY FULLER: Choreographer Pt. 2

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Rob and Kevin are back for another round with one of the most celebrated choreographers of the 1970s, Larry Fuller. Joining us via phone from his new home in Palm Springs, California, Larry looks back on choreographing the original productions of Hal Prince’s A Little Night Music (film), On The 20th Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Doll’s Life.

 

Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he calmed the nerves of the First Lady of Argentina, what it was like jumping into the world of Merrily We Roll Along, and why he is excited to revisit his works.

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, and Ron Fields!

 

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Our Favorite Things #109: Myths and Hymns & Nanette Fabray

This Week: Happy Birthday, Robert! Robert’s birthday hallucinations. Bergman’s moody movies. A plug for the brilliance of Film Forum. Looking at The New Group’s Jerry Springer: The Opera. When does John Rando sleep? The prophetic nature of Jerry Springer. Where is The Princess Bride musical? Praising Adam Guettel. The Light In The Piazza. Celebrating the life of Nanette Fabray. Advocation in the Arts. Ed Sullivan makes a mistake. Beethoven underscores The King of Comedy. Before DeafWest, there was Nanette Fabray. Yente the Matchmaker meets Nanette. And a very special Elaine Epilogue.

 

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#109 LARRY FULLER, Pt. 1- Choreographer

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Grab your good friend Sweeney and snag a comfy seat on the 20th Century as Rob and Kevin speak to one of the most celebrated choreographers of the 1970s, Larry Fuller. Joining us via phone from his new home in Palm Springs, California, Larry looks back on a career that included appearances in the original productions of The Music Man, Donnybrook, Kean, Bravo Giovanni, and Funny Girl, plus choreographing the original productions of Hal Prince’s A Little Night Music (film), On The 20th Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Doll’s Life.

 

Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he assisted the late, great Carol Haney, what it was like creating dance steps for the First Lady of Argentina and Che Guevera, and why a trip to Europe launched his career.

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, and Madeline Kahn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #108: The Rink & Tom Aldredge

This Week: Kevin busts out some Le Jazz Hot, the output of Frank Loesser, Rob challenges with some Pleasures and Palaces, looking at “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, political correctness in theatre, the Al Jolson of the Senior Circuit, celebrating under-appreciated Kander and Ebb, Liza wants to be serious, George Costanza skates, the man behind “Once Upon A Time”, the world of character actors, the dedication to craft, and why character actors have the best careers.

 

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#108 KEVIN CHAMBERLIN, Tony Nominated Actor

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Let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.

 

Kevin pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was busted as a wee lad for bootlegging, what it was like creating the roles of Horton and Fester in two of high school’s most produced musicals, and why he loves developing new works!

 

Also, Kevin shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Ahrens and Flaherty, and Detective Beth Fowler!

 

A big thanks to listener/brilliant artist Ray Kampf who set up this interview. Check out his work here: http://raykampf.com

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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#104 KATHLEEN MARSHALL, Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer

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Brush Up Your Marshall because we have three time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, to discuss all things theatre, dance, and musical theatre history! From an actress in the chorus of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera to associate choreographer, from reality TV show judge to Artistic Director, Kathleen has held every job imaginable and is still raring to do more! Her Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate, Wonderful Town, Grease, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and so many more!

 

Kathleen pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she and her brother, Rob, fell in love with the business living in Pittsburgh, PA, what it was like to bring a contemporary lens to Golden Age musicals, and why her first Broadway visit involved strippers and animals chilling in a hotel room.

 

Also, Kathleen shines the spotlight on Michael Blakemore, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, Graciela Daniele,  and Donna Murphy!

 

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Our Favorite Things #103: Richard Skipper

This Week: Wave your little hand and say Hello, Skipper because the expert on all things Dolly, Richard Skipper, swings by Shetler Studios to celebrate Dolly, both Carols (Channing and Burnett), and look back on the career of Ms. Channing and to reveal what he is planning for Richard Skipper Celebrates Carol Channing’s 97th Birthday at The Laurie Beechman on January 31st, 2018, at 8pm.

 

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#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.

 

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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!

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

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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.

Our Favorite Things #99: The Year Without a Santa Claus & Minnie’s Boys

This Week: Christmas songs vs Hanukah songs. The Heat Miser makes an appearance. The joys of Stop Motion. Rob loses the button. Kevin does an impression. Hazel wants to sing. Groucho offers some creative consulting. Shelley Winters tries to sing. Lewis Stadlen meets Groucho. Clive Barnes hits a new low. Shelley Winters hits a note. RCA walks away. Tattoo sings a solo.

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#99 RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER: Director

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In one of the most versatile careers on record, Richard Jay-Alexander has pretty much done it all. Starting first as a PA on Broadway, then moving his way up to stage manager, it was his collaboration with uber-producer Cameron Mackintosh where Richard really thrived, becoming the Associate Director and Executive Producer of a new show called Les Miserables. Together, they led the revolution of how a Broadway musical is produced and viewed by global audiences. As if that wasn’t enough, Richard is the foremost “diva whisperer”, having directed the concerts of Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth, and countless others. Now, he is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to look back on it all.

 

Richard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how best to create and direct a one person show, what it was like seeing Les Miserables for the first time (grab tissues for this one), and why honesty is always the best policy…..always!

 

Also, Richard shines the spotlight on Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and Bernadette Peters!

 

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Our Favorite Things #98: Clownaround & The Scarlett Letters

This Week: Rob and Kevin celebrate winter, hanukah, and the lovely month of December! Plus, the holy grail of cast recordings and the burning of Rome…..Harold Rome.

 

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#98 JERRY ADLER: Stage Manager of My Fair Lady, et al

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53 Broadway credits and counting. Yes, that record belongs to the incredible Jerry Adler, who is Equity’s third oldest working member. Jerry swings by Shetler Studios to discuss what it was like stage managing the original productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, My Fair Lady, The Apple Tree, Coco, and countless others.

 

Jerry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how the first preview of My Fair Lady was one of the longest performances of his career, what it was like stage managing Katherine Hepburn , and why Jose Ferrer’s greatest performance was in his dressing room.

 

Also, Jerry shines the spotlight on Julie Andrews, Moss Hart, and Barbara Harris!

 

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Our Favorite Things #97: Rick Skye

This Week: The incredible Rick Skye, who has made a career of impersonating Liza Minnelli, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career, his show, and his fabulousness! Rick has long been a Judy/Liza fan but this episode looks back on how it all got started.

 

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#97 LAURENCE GUITTARD: Actor

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Today we are not in praise of women, but, in praise of the original Count Carl-Magnus, Laurence Guittard. One of Broadway’s greatest voices swings by Shetler Studios to discuss some of the shows Laurence has appeared, including Baker Street, Man of LaMancha, Anya, A Little Night Music, Love Match, Oklahoma, and countless others.

 

Laurence pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Christopher Walken knocked out a man onstage, what it was like creating Carl Magnus, and why the son of a chocolate dynasty dedicated his life to theatre!

 

Also, Laurence shines the spotlight on Fritz Weaver, Richard Kiley, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, and Agnes DeMille!

 

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Our Favorite Things #96: Mad Hot Ballroom & Everything Was Possible

This Week: Rob and Kevin chat about their Thanksgivings, when it is apporpriate to play Turkey Lurkey Time, Rob’s dad plays a trick, revisiting community theaters, the joys of teaching, nostalgia appropritate casting, and 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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#96 KAYE BALLARD: Golden Age Star

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It’s not going to be a lazy afternoon when the great Golden Age musical comedy star, Kaye Ballard, sits down with Rob in her Palm Springs home to look back on her incredible career that includes the original productions of The Golden Apple, Carnival, Molly, plus Top Banana with Phil Silvers, The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden, Cinderella with Julie Andrews, and countless appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and The Muppet Show.

 

Kaye pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up on the cover of Life Magazine, what it was like discovering Paul Lynde, and why Kaye was saved from a life in prison by the generosity of Spike Jonze.

 

Also, Kaye shines the spotlight on Eve Arden, Bert Lahr, and Phil Silvers!

 

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Our Favorite Things #95: Dear World & Theatre Week Magazine

This Week: Rob and Kevin have a matinee cocktail and get on the air, things get a bit dirty, Bob Fosse becomes resourceful, discovering brothers in podcasting, Kevin doesn’t cast Rob, Rob shows Bebe how to dance, newbie Mary Beth Peil, Kurt Weill loves Twinkies, Rob sings from The Visit, Rob and Kevin play their favorite theatre game and you can play too, the return of Freddie Martinez, the brilliance of David Yazbeck and The Band’s Visit, Jerry Herman needs some lyrics, the saga of Dear World, Rob wants more swag, celebrating the great articles of Filichia, Mandelbaum, Riedel, and the Broadway gossip no one knows nor no one wants to know, and Freddie Martinez does summer stock.

 

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#95 TOVAH FELDSHUH: Actress

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Come down from your balcony, Golda, because Tovah Feldshuh is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career in theatre, film, and television. Tovah dissects not only her process, but, her collaborations with countless directors, writers, and fellow actors. From Cyrano to Pippin, Sarava to Yentl, Hello, Dolly to Gypsy, Tovah takes everyone down memory lane with love and laughter.

 

Tovah pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she became Golda Meir, what it was like becoming Yentl, and why a spontaneous cartwheel made her a star!

 

Also, Tovah shines the spotlight on Christopher Plummer, Jerry Zaks, and, of course, Sarava!

 

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Our Favorite Things #93: Celebration & Merman’s Apprentice

This Week: Rob and Kevin sing from Sunset Boulevard, the insanity of recitative, Rob and Kevin try to speak with the young kids, Kevin advocates for Lil Abner, the brilliance of Jones & Schmidt, how J&S really led the musical theatre revolution, the saga of Grover’s Corners, Ethel Merman plays teacher, David Merrick sings, and the brilliance of musicals within musicals.

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#94 MIMI HINES, “Funny Girl”

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No one is going to rain on your parade today because the wonderful survivor of over sixty years of show business, Mimi Hines, joins Rob and Kevin for one of their most intimate and revealing interviews to date with the star of Funny Girl and countless television specials, late night talk shows, and nightclub acts.

 

Mimi pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up replacing Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, what it was like working in burlesque, and why she wakes up every day wanting to sing a song!

 

Also, Mimi shines the spotlight on Phil Ford, Ed Sullivan, and Ethel Merman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #94: Musicals101.com & Grease 2

This Week: Rob announces his cast for Woman of the Year at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joyce DeWitt is a goddess, Rob gets starstruck over Janet Wood, Angela Bower is Miss Mannerly, who’s nice vs who isn’t, Judith Light takes out the ladies who lunch, the genius of John Kenrick, the definitive musical theatre website, greasing the lightning again, Sandy’s cousin needs a girlfriend, and the class of Rydell High needs social security.

 

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#93 CADY HUFFMAN, “The Producers”

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Well, we’ve got her, so we are going to flaunt her. The wonderful, Tony Award winning  Cady Huffman swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her career, including such shows as La Cage Aux Folles, Big Deal, The Will Rogers Follies, Steel Pier, The Producers, The Nance, and many others!

 

Cady pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she danced for Bob Fosse, what it was like being a teenage drag queen , and why she got the role of Ulla in The Producers.

 

Also, Cady shines the spotlight on Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane, and Bob Fosse!

 

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Our Favorite Things #92: Alice Playten & No Pay, Nudity.

This Week: Rob and Kevin discuss color blind casting in musical theatre and what can musical theatre programs across the country to do to help lead the cause, our guests send us swag, celebrating the great Kafritz & Mamie Eisenhower,  Alka Seltzer’s greatest commercial, spilling the tea on Weekend at Bernies, Nathan Lane can’t get work, Donna Murphy goes to acting school, and the follies of the AEA.

 

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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#92 TONY ROBERTS, Actor

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Everyone step to the rear and let Tony Roberts take the day. One of America’s most beloved character actors drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career with Rob and Kevin. While Tony’s film career includes such movies as Annie Hall, Play It Again, Sam, and Serpico, we will discuss his amazing theatre career, which includes How Now, Dow Jones, Sugar, Barefoot in the Park, Don’t Drink the Water, Xanadu, and Victor/Victoria.

 

Tony pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a broken leg led to fifty years of work, what it was like to work with Woody Allen, and why Bob Merrill had him audition in his living room.

 

Also, Tony shines the spotlight on Al Pacino, Neil Simon, and Walter Matthau!

 

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Our Favorite Thing #91: The Worst Witch & Christine Pedi

This Week: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spookiness of the season, Rob and Kevin reveal their costumes, Mrs. Garrett pulls a Patty Duke, Tim Curry can’t find his tambourine, Charles Strouse gets spooky, Big Daddy Whiz goes to the pumpkins, Rob meets Christine Pedi, Liza Minnelli has a pokerface, Rob plays Daddy Warbucks, and Christine Pedi wants to save the Cafe Edison!

 

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#91 KEN PAGE, “Old Deuteronomy”

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Even if your feet’s too big come to the heavyside layer and join Rob and Kevin as they sit down with the incredible star of The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin, Cats, and the iconic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the warm and wonderful Ken Page.

 

Ken pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a young boy from Missouri became one of Broadway’s most beloved actors, what it was like learning to play a cat, and why he still loves being the Oogie Boogie.

 

Also, Ken shines the spotlight on The MUNY, Trevor Nunn, Nell Carter, and Tim Burton!

 

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Our Favorite Things #90: Center Stage & The Van Johnson Saga

This Week: Life post-Merrily We Roll Along, Kevin gets to watch The World Go Round, Rob brings back 24 Broadway Bound musicals, Rob breaks the rules that Kevin follows, Van Johnson sees red, Letterman loves La Cage, the joys of My Mama’s Attic, Kevin is a dancer and a dancer dances, celebrating Center Stage, and Donna Murphy hits the barre.

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#90 NEVA SMALL, “Chava” in Fiddler On The Roof

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Everyone’s favorite little bird, little Chavala, Neva Small, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her fabulous career both onstage and on the screen. Neva takes us back to the filming of the immortal Fiddler on the Roof film, as well as how her career as a child actress led to her Broadway appearances in Something More, Henry, Sweet Henry, The Impossible Years, Frank Merriwell, and Something’s Afoot.

 

Neva pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she landed the role of Chava, what it was like sharing the stage with Barbara Cook , and why she now makes her home in education!

 

Also, Neva shines the spotlight on Alice Playten, Alan King, and Topol!

 

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Our Favorite Things #89: Musical Theater Today

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This Week: Rob and Kevin sit down with Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, the co-founders and editors of Musical Theater Today, a new, yearly periodical inspired by the extraordinary variety of artists, institutions, and audiences engaged in the musical theatre world. Ben and Lucas not only discuss the genesis of the book but discuss some of its contributors and its most fascinating articles.

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#89 PAT BIRCH: Choreographer

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The musical theatre of the 1970s offered audiences the most diverse style of musical entertainment. There were traditional golden age shows, concept shows, revivals, nostalgia crazes, social commentary shows, and Pat Birch was involved in every genre.

While audiences best know her as the choreographer of both the stage and movie versions of Grease and the director and choreographer of Grease 2,  plus her resident choreography gig on the first six years of Saturday Night Live, her work on Broadway includes A Little Night Music, Over Here, Truckload, Pacific Overtures, They’re Playing Our Song, and countless others.

Pat pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got Steve Martin to dance, what was it like to hand jive , and why Grease 2 might just be better than Grease.

Also, Pat shines the spotlight on John Travolta, Robert Altman and Gilda Radner

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Our Favorite Things #88: Woman of the Year Rehearsal Video & The Librettos of Neil Simon

This Week: Looking back on The Last Five Years, celebrating Honeymoon in Vegas, creeping on JRB, Merrily We Roll Along opens this Friday, international Sondheim, back to Bacall, a sneak peak of a bygone Broadway, teaching Bacall to dance, the librettos of Doc Simon, secrets of A Chorus Line, the importance of the libretto, Sid Caesar, the grittiness of Charity, what its like to show doctor, musicals that have other, unaccredited creators, the loss of obscurity, is Joshua Harmon the new Neil Simon, the “boulevard comedy” and a demand for humor in the theatre.

 

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#88 PETER BOGYO: General Manager

Peter Bogyo, author of Broadway General Manager: Demystifying The Most Important And Least Understood Role In Show Business, sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his wonderful new book and how a General Manager serves a play or musical. Peter looks back on a career that includes the orignail production of Sondheim’s The Frogs, Starmites, Fortune’s Fool, Anyone Can Whistle: In Concert, and so many more!

 

Peter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he went from swimming with Sondheim at Yale to one of Broadway’s most respected leaders, what infamous Broadway musical is going to be the inspiration for his new book, and why the “General Manager” is one of the most cruical, and most misunderstood, roles in theatre.

 

Also, Peter shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, and Arthur Laurents

 

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Our Favorite Things #87: Ben Rimalower

This Week: Hide the children because this episode gets a bit naughty with acclaimed writer and director Ben Rimalower (Patti Issues, Bad With Money). The gents discuss Patti LuPone as a gateway drug, Ben’s Top 5 Divas, the joy of ranking cast albums, the best auditions ever seen, what was Ben’s most controversial Playbill article, what its like to have Patti in the audience, Into The Light returns, then it just all goes downhill, and a lengthy discussion about length, what shows need to come back, a case for why The Wiz movie is better than The Wiz stage play and Rob does Robert Goulet in Fiddler.

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#87 CAROLE DEMAS, “Sandy” from Grease

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Rob and Kevin go together with Broadway’s original Sandy, Carole Demas, on this week’s fascinating episode. Carole looks back not only on her time with Grease, and what it was like to create one of Broadway’s most iconic heroines, but also Carole discusses the resilience she created within herself when she was let go from both the revival of No, No, Nanette and Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife.

 

Carole pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got the role of Sandy in Grease, what went on behind the scenes during her involvement with both No, No, Nanette and The Baker’s Wife, and why she proudly embraces her Grease heritage!

 

Also, Carole shines the spotlight on David Merrick, Patti LuPone, and Jeff Conaway!

 

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Our Favorite Things #86: 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!

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#86 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 #85: 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.

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#85 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 #84: 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!

 

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#84 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 #83: 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!

 

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#83 MEL MILLER, Artistic Director of Musicals Tonight

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For many young musical theatre actors, a rite of passage in their New York City development is appearing in one of the many wonderful productions that are produced by the award winning Musicals Tonight, a theatre company whose mission is to produce those really obscure works from the musical theatre canon. Since its inception it has been run by Mel Miller, an ardent lover of the art of musicals.

 

Mel pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Musicals Tonight was first created, what has been his most challenging project, and why audiences from all over the world embrace the “neglected” musical.

 

Also, Mel shines the spotlight on Fats Waller, Robert Stack, and George S. Irving!

 

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Our Favorite Things #82: SisterElla & Smile

This Week: Mourning Thomas Meehan, celebrating the great bookwriters of yesterday and today, Michael Jackson wants to be David Merrick, Larry Hart meets Larry Hart, Diane Sawyer snoops around Smile, Ariel wants to go to Disneyland, and the puzzlement of the 1986-1987 Broadway season.

 

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#82 SUSAN H. SCHULMAN, Director

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The Secret Garden. Little Women. Violet. The revivals of Sweeney Todd and The Sound of Music. All that, and many more, were directed by Susan H. Schulman, one of the very first female directors of musical theatre. At a time when women were rejected from Yale’s graduate directing program, and told to become actresses not directors, Susan triumphed in New York, and abroad!

 

Susan pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got a bunch of hog farmers into The Hot Box, what was the genesis of her acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd , and why she slept everyday outside the offices of a producer!

 

Also, Susan shines the spotlight on Hugh Wheeler, Sutton Foster, and Stephen Sondheim!

 

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Our Favorite Things #81: Not Since Carrie & Yma Sumac

This week: Praising the bible of Musical Theatre geekdom, Where in the World is Ken Mandelbaum, the Beckettian podcast from last week, praising Yma Sumac (or, Amy Camus), what would go in a Not Since Carrie 2, and more!

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#81 CLINT RAMOS, Set & Costume Designer

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One of Broadway’s most acclaimed designers, Clint Ramos, joins Rob and Kevin, via phone, to discuss his illustrious career, which includes collaborating on such recent productions as Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Violet, Six Degrees of Separation, Kid Victory, and countless others.

Clint pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how became the first person of color to win a Tony Award in his category, what was the process of creating the fascinating Kid Victory set design,  and why he made five dresses out of metro cards. Plus, Clint opens up about his work with SLAM-NYC, NYC’s first ever recovery high school, and FIERCE NY, an organization dedicated to building the leadership of LGBTQ persons of color.

Also, Clint shines the spotlight on Liesl Tommy, Oskar Eustis, and the next generation of designers!

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Our Favorite Things #80: Barbara Cook (1927-2017)

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This Week: Remembering Barbara Cook

 

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#80 LARRY GROSSMAN, Composer

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Yes, mama, there’s a rainbow but stop looking at it long enough to listen to Tony nominated composer Larry Grossman discuss what it was like not only working on Minnie’s Boys, Goodtime Charley, Grind, A Doll’s Life, and Snoopy, but to discuss what it was like working with Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and the Muppets!

 

Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he won over Groucho Marx, what it was like working with Shelley Winters, and why Goodtime Charley will one day be appreciated (plus, who was slated to originally star in Goodtime Charley will blow your mind!)

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Joel Grey, Hal Prince, and Kermit the Frog!

 

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Our Favorite Things #79: Listener Tweets!

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This Week: Rob and Kevin answer listener’s tweets and messages. Emulating our friends at Broadwaysted, Stritch doesn’t need your help, Rob sings some Loesser, fighting over some revivals, biggest lessons from each guest, the generosity of legends, Joanne wants to be a lady who karaokes, talking to the ghost of Hammerstein, the oddest casting of Chicago, and Dear Robert Preston!

 

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#79 JOHN BOLTON, Actor

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One of Broadway’s funniest guys, John Bolton, sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his incredibly wild and varied career. From Damn Yankees to Contact, Spamalot to A Christmas Story, to this year’s smash hit, Anastasia, John looks back on it all and offers us a glimpse into what it is like being a contemporary character actor.

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he learned at the feet of Jerry Lewis, what it was like being a Susan Stroman standby, and why fighting Tim Curry was one of his most hair raising adventures.

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Victor Garber, Mike Nichols, and Pasek and Paul !

 

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Our Favorite Things #78: Broadway & Hollywood Legends: The Songwriters- Kander & Ebb & Capitol Sings Collection.

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.

 

This Week: Singing Sunday, praising Broadway Briefing, the fight for Casting Directors, Kevin has a kiki with the Giants, Jason Robert Brown’s odd writing spaces, putting a twist on a Gershwin classic, Fred Ebb teaches Liza how to sell a song, and the bitterness of “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?”

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#78 JASON GRAAE, Cabaret Artist

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Put on your plaid jacket because original Forever Plaid cast member, Jason Graae, is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to talk about his career in theatre, cabaret, and the land of voice over. Jason’s numerous credits include over 45 recordings, the original casts of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Stardust, and A Grand Night for Singing, and, a personal favorite, the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun!

 

Jason pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he has conquered the world of cabaret, what was the inspiration behind his racy album cover, and why Los Angeles actually does have a thriving theatre community and how Angelino artists can make it even stronger!

 

Also, Jason shines the spotlight on Faith Prince, Charles Strouse, and Jerry Herman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #77: 1985 Tony Awards & It’s Only Life

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This Week: The return of Freddie Martinez, Kevin’s strange obsession Rob’s shower playlist, Kevin abuses the word “kiki,” the correct way to listen to a cast recording is debated, Kevin is attacked by a Fantastick mosquito, Bert from Mary Poppins becomes a theatre cat, Rob celebrates being a Quilter, Carol Channing is The King of Siam, Rob breaks out a Yul Brynner & Rob & Kevin have dueling Channings, plus the beat boxing of John Bucchino and Friends.

 

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#77 ROBERT CUCCIOLI, Actor

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This is the moment because Broadway’s very own Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, Robert Cuccioli, sits down with Rob & Kevin to look back on his career as both an actor and a director. Robert discusses such projects as And The World Goes Round, Rothschild & Sons, Les Miserables, plus his unyielding love of Shakespeare.

 

Robert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how the basement of a Gristedes gave him a chance to shine, what it was like creating the role of Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, and why a terrible audition lead him to a great job!

 

Also, Robert shines the spotlight on Richard Harris, Woody Allen, and Frank Wildhorn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #76: Richard Kiley & The Alchemy of Theatre

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This Week: Broadway bitmojis, Rob tries out a new impression, the great Madwoman of Central Park West debate of 2017, Attack of The Elvis Impersonators, Jim Brochu in Zero Hour, which episodes of The Golden Girls make Rob & Kevin reach for the hanky, Bea Arthur shows shade at Jerry Herman, Rob sings a theme song, The Public Theatre controversy, has America created its own blacklist, Don Quixote sings about the wind, and a Robert Viagas book that reflects our ideas of collaboration.

 

 

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#76 MICHAL COLBY, The Algonquin Kid

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Imagine growing up in a world where your neighbors were Tennessee Williams, The Marx Brothers, Alan Jay Lerner, Noel Coward, Arthur Miller, and scores of others. For Michael Colby he did grow up in such a world because his grandparents owned New York’s famous Algonquin Hotel. Now, Michael swings by Shetler to discuss with Rob and Kevin his enviable life as a real life Eloise of The Plaza.

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became the confidante of some of the Algonquin’s most infamous residents, what prompted a flashing by Norma Jean, and why Harpo Marx never traveled alone!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Vivien Leigh, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lorenz Hart!

 

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Our Favorite Things #75: The Fig Leaves Are Falling & A Broadway Musical

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This Week: Rob & Kevin discuss their summer plans, Kevin finds his Doonesbury, haggling with record stores, Hello Muddah, Hello Allan Sherman, and a forgotten musical makes a return after 40 years!

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#75 LARRY HOCHMAN, Orchestrator

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Sound the drums because Tony Award winning orchestrator Larry Hochman swings by Shetler Studios to discuss with Rob and Kevin the art of being an orchestrator. Larry’s works has been heard in the original productions of Spamalot, The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten and the revivals of She Loves Me, On the 20th Century, and Hello, Dolly!

 

Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Jerry Zaks would “meat” Larry Hochman, what is the function of an orchestrator, and why he was terrified meeting Sir Paul McCartney !

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten and Hello, Dolly!

 

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Our Favorite Things #74: Nancy LaMott & On The Sunny Side Of The Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields

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This Week: Rob & Kevin recap the 2017 Tony Awards broadcast, dream cast Kevin Spacey, praise the madness of Aunt Jackie, celebrate a singer gone too soon, and praise a lyricist who needs more recognition!

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#74 CAROLEE CARMELLO, Actress

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You might not know this man but you sure will know this woman, the effervescent Carolee Carmello.  Carolee swings by to discuss Falsettos, Parade, Lestat, The Addams Family, Scandalous, Tuck Everlasting, and so much more!

 

Carolee pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how a business major went on to become a three time Tony nominee, what song did she hear in someone else’s dressing room that gave her a panic attack , and why she is not a fan of the rehearsal process!

 

Also, Carolee shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, and Kathie Lee Gifford!

 

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Our Favorite Things #73: SCTV & The Season

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This Week: A spirited discussion about the Portland “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the role of diversity in casting, the power of imagination, an exploration of William Goldman’s great book, and a celebration of the brilliance of Canadian comedy!

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#73 MARK SENDROFF, Lawyer To The Stars

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Order in the court because entertainment lawyer to the stars, Mark Sendroff, swings by the studios to discuss his life, career, and what he has learned from his legendary client list with Rob and Kevin. You’ll hear no objection from us as Mark discusses his profession and what he loves most about his job.

Mark pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became the legal eye for some of Broadway’s biggest legends, what really happened at his infamous 50th birthday party, and why he is so passionate about fighting for the rights of orchestrators!

Also, Mark shines the spotlight on Nancy LaMott, Marilyn Maye,  and Bette Davis!

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