#109 LARRY FULLER, Pt. 1- Choreographer

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Grab your good friend Sweeney and snag a comfy seat on the 20th Century as Rob and Kevin speak to one of the most celebrated choreographers of the 1970s, Larry Fuller. Joining us via phone from his new home in Palm Springs, California, Larry looks back on a career that included appearances in the original productions of The Music Man, Donnybrook, Kean, Bravo Giovanni, and Funny Girl, plus choreographing the original productions of Hal Prince’s A Little Night Music (film), On The 20th Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Doll’s Life.

 

Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he assisted the late, great Carol Haney, what it was like creating dance steps for the First Lady of Argentina and Che Guevera, and why a trip to Europe launched his career.

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, and Madeline Kahn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #108: The Rink & Tom Aldredge

This Week: Kevin busts out some Le Jazz Hot, the output of Frank Loesser, Rob challenges with some Pleasures and Palaces, looking at “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, political correctness in theatre, the Al Jolson of the Senior Circuit, celebrating under-appreciated Kander and Ebb, Liza wants to be serious, George Costanza skates, the man behind “Once Upon A Time”, the world of character actors, the dedication to craft, and why character actors have the best careers.

 

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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#108 KEVIN CHAMBERLIN, Tony Nominated Actor

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Let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.

 

Kevin pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was busted as a wee lad for bootlegging, what it was like creating the roles of Horton and Fester in two of high school’s most produced musicals, and why he loves developing new works!

 

Also, Kevin shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Ahrens and Flaherty, and Detective Beth Fowler!

 

A big thanks to listener/brilliant artist Ray Kampf who set up this interview. Check out his work here: http://raykampf.com

 

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Our Favorite Things #107: Jane Eyre & The Grand Tour

This Week: Kevin takes a break, Rob goes to Palm Springs, the reenactment of Charlotte Rae, Professor Rob Explains Live TV Dramas, Chinese gravestones….yes, Chinese gravestones, the pop-opera that came and went, celebrating Paul Gordon, when tech holds down a process, Alanis Morissette wants to be David Merrick, The Curse Of The Show Boat Overture, The Emcee tries to disappear, and Pizza and Showtunes!

 

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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#107 JEFF CALHOUN, Director

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We’re gonna whomp, and stomp, and whoop it up all night with the legendary director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun. From his days as a hoofer in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My One and Only, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas film, to helming the Broadway revivals of  Grease, DeafWest’s Big River, Jekyll and Hyde and the original Broadway companies of Brooklyn, Bonnie and Clyde, and Newsies, Jeff tells all to Rob and Kevin.

 

Jeff pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he befriended Tommy Tune, what it was like documenting the life of the infamous John Kenley, and why Grease ’94 started with a sock-hop!

 

Also, Jeff shines the spotlight on Dolly Parton, Laura Osnes, and Frank Wildhorn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #106: Company Rehearsal Footage & Broadway: Day And Night

This Week: Back to the firing of Annie, Rob tries a Barbara Walters impression, Life After Annie, discussing the original Effie, a celebration of Nell Carter, the joys of opting down, Kevin jaunts to gay Paree, Rob’s Cole Porter lullaby, Hal Prince and his hands on direction and Elaine Stritch needs a hand, the brilliance of Dean Jones, how the art of direction has changed, an original Company cast member throws some shade at John Doyle, the brilliance of NT Live, the merits of the new Follies with Imelda Staunton, the inspiration of BC/EFA, a coffee table book and its potent imagery, the Emcee comes to life, Lilias White lives her best life, and Helen Hayes’ heroes.

 

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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#106 CHIP ZIEN, Actor

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It Takes Two…well, almost two…… glorious hours to look back on the career of Broadway’s favorite neurotic, Chip Zien.  One of entertainment’s most recognizable character actors sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim, Bill Finn, James Lapine, and what it was like to create such roles as Falsetto’s Marvin AND Dr. Mendel, and Into The Woods’ The Baker.

 

Chip pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a lunch break from a shoe store led to his big break, what it was like meeting Bill Finn for the first time, and why he really wants to go to ComicCon!

 

Also, Chip shines the spotlight on Dustin Hoffman, Joanna Gleason, Mike Nichols, and Howard the Duck!

 

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Our Favorite Things #105: Summer Heights High & Broadway’s New Annie: The Search For A Star

This Week: Kevin goes In Transit, the kindness of Bobby and Kristen Lopez, impromptu Frozen karaoke, Rob discusses the Feinstein’s/54 Below reunion concert of Memphis with Chad Kimball, some Dear Evan Hansen surprises at 54 Celebrates The Music Box, Rockabye Hamlet returns, the 50th Anniversary celebration of The Happy Time, Kevin goes down under….again, the brilliance of Chris Lilley, Annie and Sandy get fired, Andrea McArdle pulls no punches, the new Miss Hannigan number, Kevin’s greatest punchline, and Barbara Walters is shady.

 

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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