Our Favorite Things #65: Grind & The Ethel Merman Disco Album

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: Odd marketing, SNL does theatre, political correctness in musical theatre, Hal Prince tackles racism, and Ethel Merman sings Nirvana.

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#65 SUE FROST, Producer

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Sue Frost is one of the most inspirational producers working on Broadway. In addition to her indefatigable generosity, Sue is one of the theatre’s loudest advocates for new musicals. In addition to the Tony Award winning Memphis, Sue also produced Make Me A Song, First Date, Doctor Zhivago, and one of Behind the Curtain’s favorite musicals, this season’s Come From Away.

 

Sue pulls back the curtain on her career, including how a train ride to Washington DC cemented her journey, what was the impetus to produce Come From Away, and why she refunded 1,506 people in one night! Also, Sue walks us through the process of producing a new musical!

 

AND, Sue shines the spotlight on Chita Rivera, Donny Osmond, and Doug Henning, who could make an entire audience disappear!

 

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Our Favorite Things #64: “From This Moment On” & Mr. Wonderful

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: Rob and Kevin debate leaving shows at intermission and “second act”-ing a show. Plus, Ann Miller’s fourth wall, Bob Fosse’s debut, Sammy Davis Jr comes to Broadway, and Freddie Martinez makes a come back.

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#64 RICHARD MALTBY JR- The Creation of Miss Saigon

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“I had such a great time with those two sessions, I’m wondering if you’d like to do a third.  With Miss Saigon opening in March, I wouldn’t mind doing a detailed description about how that show was written. There’s a real story there and it’s never been told. ”

And with that email Rob and Kevin quickly secured a location to sit down and hear Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr look back on the creation of Miss Saigon.

Richard pulls back the curtain on the creation of Miss Saigon, including how a stage manager got him onto Miss Saigon, what was the controversy behind Jonathan Pryce’s casting, and why Miss Saigon needed a revival in 2017!

Also, Richard shines the spotlight on Cameron Mackintosh, Lea Salonga, and Nick Hytner!

Note: Due to supernatural forces beyond our control, Rob’s mic cuts out towards the end. It was either a glitch or the ghost of David Belasco being mischevious.

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Our Favorite Things #63: Joan McCracken & Irene

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: Celebrating four legends who are no longer with us! Plus, Rob and Kevin recount some of the most bizarre theatre they have ever seen.

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#63 ANITA GILLETTE, Actress

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The Secret Service might make her nervous but it doesn’t stop the wonderful Anita Gillette from telling all in this fascinating interview. Anita invited Rob and Kevin over to her apartment to look back on her Broadway credits including Gypsy, All-American, Mr. President, Cabaret, and many others.

 

Anita pulls back the curtain on her career, including how Irving Berlin dealt with critics, what it was like to work on the 1 performance flop Kelly, and why David Merrick sent her a bill!

 

Also, Anita shines the spotlight on Neil Simon, Gower Champion, and Ethel Merman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #62: Broadway Actors in TV Commercials & Mark Twain: The Musical

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: Nathan Lane needs a Nyquil & Mark Twain needs a melody!

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