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!

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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#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.

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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#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!

 

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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