Our Favorite Things #82: 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!

 

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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#82 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 #81: 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.

 

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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#81 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!

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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#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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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: Remembering Barbara Cook

 

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