#86 RON HUSMANN, Golden Age Leading Man


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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6 thoughts on “#86 RON HUSMANN, Golden Age Leading Man

      • Ron Husmann is still not working for me when I try to access it from Facebook or from Broadwayworld.com
        What are you doing to hear the interview? It is really important for me to hear this since I have been a huge Husmann fan since I first heard him in 1962 on the “All American” recording. I even saw him in “Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen” in its pre-Broadway tryout in Philadelphia. I also saw him in summer stock with the late Juliet Prowse in “Irma la Douce,” and on Broadway with Jane Powell in “Irene,” and Zizi Jeanmaire in “Can-Can.”

  1. Thank you a whole lot to whomever fixed the volume problem with the Ron Husmann interview so I could finally listen to it. What a joy it was for me to hear him telling backstage stories about the musicals in which Ron co-starred, many of which I saw or own the original cast recordings. It was especially remarkable to hear Ron speak, after knowing how he has suffered from multiple sclerosis for several decades. I so appreciate your series, Rob and Kevin.

  2. Ron Husmann holds a special place in my heart, and in my history on the stage. After hearing his glorious voice while we were on tour in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Florence Henderson, I was asked to recommend an Emile DeBecque for a production of SOUTH PACIFIC in Stl Louis, in which I was playing Nellie. The only voice I could think of was Ron. I was absolutely delighted when he accepted. He was the sweetest, most collaborative, most down to earth leading man I could ask for. At that time, he was first beginning to have problems with his voice, which broke my heart, but his acting brought such dignity and heart to that role. I am so happy that he is still sharing his rich history with all of us. God bless you, Ron!

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