#31 PETER FILICHIA, Critic

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You would be hard pressed to find someone who loves the theatre more than Peter Filichia. For years, Peter’s observations on musical theatre have inspired countless actors, directors, and writers to start a career in show business. Now, Peter talks to Rob and Kevin, his two biggest fans, about the importance of arts education, for whom a critic should be crafting their reviews, and why he still loves the theatre. Plus, memories of Senator Joe, The Wiz, and My Fair Lady!

Our Favorite Things #30: The Goodbye Girl & Prettybelle

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: Great writers. Great director. Great actors. Where did they go wrong?

 

#30 CAROL LAWRENCE, “Maria” in West Side Story

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For over fifty years, the beautiful voice of Carol Lawrence has filled our hearts. No one will capture the love, yearning, and heart break of Maria, the doomed heroine in West Side Story, better than the actress who originated the role: Carol Lawrence.

Joining Rob and Kevin from her home in California, Carol talks about the power of West Side Story, what it was like working with Jerome Robbins, and how the theatre still has the power to heal all souls.

 

Our Favorite Things #29: A Time For Singing & The Happy Time

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: Two musicals that are “memory plays”

#29 BRUCE YEKO, Record Producer

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Bruce Yeko is one of the most fascinating men in show business. If it wasn’t for Bruce we wouldn’t have the original cast recordings of such musicals as The Baker’s Wife, In Trousers, Prettybelle, and countless other musicals that no commercial record company would have produced. Selling off his massive baseball card collection, Bruce used those funds to¬† produce over 300 cast recordings, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Rob & Kevin traveled to visit Bruce in Connecticut and hear how he negotiated with William Finn, championed Stephen Schwartz, over pay Angela Lansbury, and why he loves exposing new audiences to hidden treasures!

Our Favorite Things #28: Sherry & Bright Eyed Joy: The Songs of Ricky Ian Gordon

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

This Week: James Lipton writes a musical & Kevin extols the virtues of having three names!

 

#28 LAWRENCE MERRITT, Gypsy

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In his 78 years of entertaining, Lawrence Merritt has truly seen it all. From dancing on Broadway in Golden Rainbow and Pippin, to modeling for the greatest magazines, to being an underwater dancer in Paris, Lawrence is not short on amazing stories. Sit back and let Lawrence take you on an incredible ride that includes the likes of such folks as Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, and Bob Fosse!