#92 TONY ROBERTS, Actor

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Everyone step to the rear and let Tony Roberts take the day. One of America’s most beloved character actors drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career with Rob and Kevin. While Tony’s film career includes such movies as Annie Hall, Play It Again, Sam, and Serpico, we will discuss his amazing theatre career, which includes How Now, Dow Jones, Sugar, Barefoot in the Park, Don’t Drink the Water, Xanadu, and Victor/Victoria.

 

Tony pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a broken leg led to fifty years of work, what it was like to work with Woody Allen, and why Bob Merrill had him audition in his living room.

 

Also, Tony shines the spotlight on Al Pacino, Neil Simon, and Walter Matthau!

 

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Our Favorite Thing #91: The Worst Witch & Christine Pedi

This Week: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spookiness of the season, Rob and Kevin reveal their costumes, Mrs. Garrett pulls a Patty Duke, Tim Curry can’t find his tambourine, Charles Strouse gets spooky, Big Daddy Whiz goes to the pumpkins, Rob meets Christine Pedi, Liza Minnelli has a pokerface, Rob plays Daddy Warbucks, and Christine Pedi wants to save the Cafe Edison!

 

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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#91 KEN PAGE, “Old Deuteronomy”

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Even if your feet’s too big come to the heavyside layer and join Rob and Kevin as they sit down with the incredible star of The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin, Cats, and the iconic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the warm and wonderful Ken Page.

 

Ken pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a young boy from Missouri became one of Broadway’s most beloved actors, what it was like learning to play a cat, and why he still loves being the Oogie Boogie.

 

Also, Ken shines the spotlight on The MUNY, Trevor Nunn, Nell Carter, and Tim Burton!

 

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Our Favorite Things #90: Center Stage & The Van Johnson Saga

This Week: Life post-Merrily We Roll Along, Kevin gets to watch The World Go Round, Rob brings back 24 Broadway Bound musicals, Rob breaks the rules that Kevin follows, Van Johnson sees red, Letterman loves La Cage, the joys of My Mama’s Attic, Kevin is a dancer and a dancer dances, celebrating Center Stage, and Donna Murphy hits the barre.

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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#90 NEVA SMALL, “Chava” in Fiddler On The Roof

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Everyone’s favorite little bird, little Chavala, Neva Small, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her fabulous career both onstage and on the screen. Neva takes us back to the filming of the immortal Fiddler on the Roof film, as well as how her career as a child actress led to her Broadway appearances in Something More, Henry, Sweet Henry, The Impossible Years, Frank Merriwell, and Something’s Afoot.

 

Neva pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she landed the role of Chava, what it was like sharing the stage with Barbara Cook , and why she now makes her home in education!

 

Also, Neva shines the spotlight on Alice Playten, Alan King, and Topol!

 

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Our Favorite Things #89: Musical Theater Today

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This Week: Rob and Kevin sit down with Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, the co-founders and editors of Musical Theater Today, a new, yearly periodical inspired by the extraordinary variety of artists, institutions, and audiences engaged in the musical theatre world. Ben and Lucas not only discuss the genesis of the book but discuss some of its contributors and its most fascinating articles.

You can purchase this must have book here: http://amzn.to/2gbSMLq

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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#89 PAT BIRCH: Choreographer

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The musical theatre of the 1970s offered audiences the most diverse style of musical entertainment. There were traditional golden age shows, concept shows, revivals, nostalgia crazes, social commentary shows, and Pat Birch was involved in every genre.

While audiences best know her as the choreographer of both the stage and movie versions of Grease and the director and choreographer of Grease 2,  plus her resident choreography gig on the first six years of Saturday Night Live, her work on Broadway includes A Little Night Music, Over Here, Truckload, Pacific Overtures, They’re Playing Our Song, and countless others.

Pat pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got Steve Martin to dance, what was it like to hand jive , and why Grease 2 might just be better than Grease.

Also, Pat shines the spotlight on John Travolta, Robert Altman and Gilda Radner

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