Our Favorite Things #96: Mad Hot Ballroom & Everything Was Possible

This Week: Rob and Kevin chat about their Thanksgivings, when it is apporpriate to play Turkey Lurkey Time, Rob’s dad plays a trick, revisiting community theaters, the joys of teaching, nostalgia appropritate casting, 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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#96 KAYE BALLARD: Golden Age Star

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It’s not going to be a lazy afternoon when the great Golden Age musical comedy star, Kaye Ballard, sits down with Rob in her Palm Springs home to look back on her incredible career that includes the original productions of The Golden Apple, Carnival, Molly, plus Top Banana with Phil Silvers, The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden, Cinderella with Julie Andrews, and countless appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and The Muppet Show.

 

Kaye pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up on the cover of Life Magazine, what it was like discovering Paul Lynde, and why Kaye was saved from a life in prison by the generosity of Spike Jonze.

 

Also, Kaye shines the spotlight on Eve Arden, Bert Lahr, and Phil Silvers!

 

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Our Favorite Things #95: Dear World & Theatre Week Magazine

This Week: Rob and Kevin have a matinee cocktail and get on the air, things get a bit dirty, Bob Fosse becomes resourceful, discovering brothers in podcasting, Kevin doesn’t cast Rob, Rob shows Bebe how to dance, newbie Mary Beth Peil, Kurt Weill loves Twinkies, Rob sings from The Visit, Rob and Kevin play their favorite theatre game and you can play too, the return of Freddie Martinez, the brilliance of David Yazbeck and The Band’s Visit, Jerry Herman needs some lyrics, the saga of Dear World, Rob wants more swag, celebrating the great articles of Filichia, Mandelbaum, Riedel, and the Broadway gossip no one knows nor no one wants to know, and Freddie Martinez does summer stock.

 

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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#95 TOVAH FELDSHUH: Actress

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Come down from your balcony, Golda, because Tovah Feldshuh is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career in theatre, film, and television. Tovah dissects not only her process, but, her collaborations with countless directors, writers, and fellow actors. From Cyrano to Pippin, Sarava to Yentl, Hello, Dolly to Gypsy, Tovah takes everyone down memory lane with love and laughter.

 

Tovah pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she became Golda Meir, what it was like becoming Yentl, and why a spontaneous cartwheel made her a star!

 

Also, Tovah shines the spotlight on Christopher Plummer, Jerry Zaks, and, of course, Sarava!

 

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Our Favorite Things #93: Celebration & Merman’s Apprentice

This Week: Rob and Kevin sing from Sunset Boulevard, the insanity of recitative, Rob and Kevin try to speak with the young kids, Kevin advocates for Lil Abner, the brilliance of Jones & Schmidt, how J&S really led the musical theatre revolution, the saga of Grover’s Corners, Ethel Merman plays teacher, David Merrick sings, and the brilliance of musicals within musicals.

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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#94 MIMI HINES, “Funny Girl”

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No one is going to rain on your parade today because the wonderful survivor of over sixty years of show business, Mimi Hines, joins Rob and Kevin for one of their most intimate and revealing interviews to date with the star of Funny Girl and countless television specials, late night talk shows, and nightclub acts.

 

Mimi pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up replacing Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, what it was like working in burlesque, and why she wakes up every day wanting to sing a song!

 

Also, Mimi shines the spotlight on Phil Ford, Ed Sullivan, and Ethel Merman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #94: Musicals101.com & Grease 2

This Week: Rob announces his cast for Woman of the Year at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joyce DeWitt is a goddess, Rob gets starstruck over Janet Wood, Angela Bower is Miss Mannerly, who’s nice vs who isn’t, Judith Light takes out the ladies who lunch, the genius of John Kenrick, the definitive musical theatre website, greasing the lightning again, Sandy’s cousin needs a girlfriend, and the class of Rydell High needs social security.

 

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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