#105 JOANNA GLEASON, Tony Winning Actress

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Come spend a moment in the woods with one of Broadway’s finest artists, Joanna Gleason, who not only won a Tony Award for her magnificent portrayal of The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, but also starred in such Broadway hits as I Love My Wife, Social Security, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Joanna’s career is not just limited to the theatre as she has appeared in dozens and dozens of film and television works including Boogie Nights, The West Wing, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hello, Larry, and more!

 

Joanna pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how every night she paid tribute to her I Love My Wife costar Lenny Baker in Into the Woods, what it was like being in a rehearsal room with Mike Nichols , and why Joanna returned to the well-known disaster Nick and Nora after twenty years!

 

Also, Joanna shines the spotlight on Arthur Laurents, John Spencer, and Stephen Sondheim

 

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Our Favorite Things #104: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris & Contradictions: Notes On Twenty Six Years In The Theatre

This Week: Rob creates a new character- Kyle, the Straight Guy Who Doesn’t Understand Musicals, Kevin makes a Super Bowl pick, Encores! Off-Center Series, the joys of local orchestras, debating the merits of Songs for a New World, Parisian musicality, Off-Broadway’s beautiful landscape, David Bowie’s favorite musical theatre album, alternative Newsies casting, the unknown Johnny Mercer musical, The Prince of Broadway buys a typewriter, observations on the future of theatre from 1974, and a glimpse into the world of Hal Prince.

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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#104 KATHLEEN MARSHALL, Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer

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Brush Up Your Marshall because we have three time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, to discuss all things theatre, dance, and musical theatre history! From an actress in the chorus of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera to associate choreographer, from reality TV show judge to Artistic Director, Kathleen has held every job imaginable and is still raring to do more! Her Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate, Wonderful Town, Grease, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and so many more!

 

Kathleen pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she and her brother, Rob, fell in love with the business living in Pittsburgh, PA, what it was like to bring a contemporary lens to Golden Age musicals, and why her first Broadway visit involved strippers and animals chilling in a hotel room.

 

Also, Kathleen shines the spotlight on Michael Blakemore, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, Graciela Daniele,  and Donna Murphy!

 

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Our Favorite Things #103: Richard Skipper

This Week: Wave your little hand and say Hello, Skipper because the expert on all things Dolly, Richard Skipper, swings by Shetler Studios to celebrate Dolly, both Carols (Channing and Burnett), and look back on the career of Ms. Channing and to reveal what he is planning for Richard Skipper Celebrates Carol Channing’s 97th Birthday at The Laurie Beechman on January 31st, 2018, at 8pm.

 

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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#103: THOMAS Z SHEPARD: Record Producer

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Company. Sweeney Todd. Merril We Roll Along. 42nd Street. La Cage Aux Folles. Those original cast recordings, and so many others, were produced by the 12 time Grammy Award winning producer who revolutionized how a cast album gets produced, Thomas Z. Shepard. A protege of the great Goddard Lieberson, Thomas walked into Columbia’s studios in 1960, and helped bring so many of our favorite original cast recordings to life.

 

Thomas pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he produced Stephen Sondheim’s greatest albums including the infamous Company original cast recording,, what it was like taking on the volatile David Merrick, and why Follies in Concert almost never happened!

 

Also, Thomas shines the spotlight on Herb Ross, Linda Lavin, Jose Menendez, and the truth behind Elaine Stritch’s “The Ladies Who Lunch!”

 

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Our Favorite Things #102: Little Known Facts With Ilana Levine

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This Week: The wonderful Ilana Levine of the uplifting podcast Little Known Facts, drops by Shetler Studios to discuss her show, the inspiration behind the podcast, and what it was like learning from Robert Altman, Alan Alda, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Neil Simon, Kristin Chenoweth, and countless others.

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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#102 CHARLOTTE RAE, Golden Age Actress

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At 91, Charlotte Rae has no intentions of slowing down, as this interview will show. Charlotte began her career in Wisconsin and quickly conquered New York appearing in such musicals as Three Wishes for Jamie, The Threepenny Opera, Lil Abner, Pickwick, The Littlest Revue, and many others. Plus Charlotte was a pioneer of  live television having appeared in The Philco Television Playhouse, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The DuPont Show of the Week, and many others. Now, over a crackly phone connection, Charlotte sits down with Rob for a quick chat.

 

Charlotte pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she discovered a new talent named Sheldon Harnick, what it was like going to school with Paul Lynde, and why Charlotte always wanted to be a serious actress.

 

Also, Charlotte shines the spotlight on Michael Kidd, Lotte Lenya, and Golda Meir!

 

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Our Favorite Things #101: Kwamina & Car 54, Where Are You?

This Week: Looking back at Cole Porter’s Happy New Year. The joys of resolutions. Discussing Applause and the length of those songs. Fangirling on social media. Saraving Under The Influence.  The backstage saga of Kwamina. Richard Adler and Sally Anne Howes have some “creative differences.” Party lines are not so fun. Finding a Law and Order with a laugh track. Charlotte Rae wants to love Little Miss Pioneer. Lainie Kazan gets dumped for Katherine Helmond while Jean Stapleton stands by. George S. Irving sings a solo and 142 Tickets on the Aisle.

 

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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#101 2017 In Memoriam with Lee Roy Reams

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While 2017 was filled with so many theatrical highs (Ben Platt, The Band’s Visit, Spongebob, Bette Midler, etc), it was also a time to say good bye to some of the industry’s most beloved artists whose work made the theatre, and our world, a better place.

Rob and Kevin sit down with Broadway Royalty, Lee Roy Reams, and reflect on the passing of such legends as Barbara Cook, Mary Tyler Moore, Gemze de Lappe, Thomas Meehan, Liz Smith, Robert Guillame, and so many others.

 

But, in the tradition of the great Irish wakes, this episode features a lot of funny, juicy stories like Sammy Davis Jr trading in his gold chains for the Phantom mask, Joanne telling Cunegonde to take a ten, and Gomer Pyle seeking “The Impossible Dream.”

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