Our Favorite Things #113: Grand Hotel & Footnotes

This Week: Kevin has sound issues, Rob and Kevin go to Encores’ Grand Hotel, the brilliance of Josh Rhodes, Anita Gillette sings the lullaby of Birdland, Tommy Tune reinvents a a forgotten musical, celebrating David James Carroll, the history of At The Grand, was Kismet really a hit, Goulet gets dissed, Joan Deiner Diner, the 1989-1990 musical season, the infamous Grand Hotel commercial, Michael Jeter’s brilliance, Tommy Tune Types a Tell All, Mae West gets fired from Sephora, and NYC’s sketchiest hotel.

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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#113 DEBORAH GRACE WINER, Author

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What happens when you put three obsessive fans of the American Songbook into the same room? Well, you get this week’s episode with acclaimed author and champion of the great American Songbook, Deborah Grace Winer. Deborah’s passion not only extends into the literary world, where she wrote Sing Out Louise: 150 Stars of the Musical Theatre Remember 50 Years of Broadway, The Night and the Music: Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson Inside the World of Cabaret, and On the Sunny Side of the Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields, she served for ten years as the Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists Series and is now the Artistic Director of the Classic American Songbook Series at Feinstein’s/54 Belo.

 

Deborah pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she first became enamored of the American songbook while her contemporaries were rocking out to The Beatles, what it was like rubbing elbows with Betty Comden and Rosemary Clooney, and why Elaine Stritch never met a fruit she didn’t like!

 

Also, Deborah shines the spotlight on Dorothy Fields, Paul Newman, and Sheldon Harnick!

 

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Our Favorite Things #112: National Theatre Live & 110 in the Shade 2007 Revival

This Week: Evan Hansen needs to do laundry, debating the baseball glove song, Rob’s new shower playlist, Rob toots his horn, directorial tips from Susan H Schulman, James Lipton returns, Savage AF with actors, Rob defends directors, the celebration of British theatre, connecting global audiences, Audra McDonald needs some rain, JAY Records and John Yap return, and celebrating Jones & Schmidt.

 

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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#112 RICK MCKAY: 1956-2018

 

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On January 29th, 2018, we lost our 37th guest, Rick McKay.

We always wanted Rick as a guest but we didn’t put him at the top of our list because he was so young and we thought “Oh, we got plenty of time.” Well, to paraphrase The Secret Garden, how could we ever know?

Rick was one of our show’s biggest supporters and immediately ingratiated himself to us when he opened our studio door and said “Now, which one of you loves Joyce DeWitt?”

His work on Broadway The Golden Age is astounding and we so hope we will one day see what Rick had in store for the second and third part of his trilogy.

In his honor, we have reposted our interview with him, which was conducted in October of 2016.

We send our love to his siblings Stephen, Linda, Sandy, Stacie and Hope.

Here again is the fabulous Rick McKay.

 

Our Favorite Things #111: A Jolly Theatrical Season & The Music Box Theater

This Week: Bombshell Bernadette, revisiting Broadway commercials, Betty Bacall stars in Get Out, the reality of commercials, Kevin reveals his favorite summer stock role, Rob recounts his community theatre roles prior to the era of political correctness, recounting The York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti, the comedy team of Charles Nelson Reilly & Robert Morse, a Golden Age KiKi, Kevin hordes his records,celebrating a building, a home for diversity, the kindness of Irving Berlin, Bea Arthur sings “What’ll I Do,” the logic of George M. Cohan, seeking the demo of Rainbow Jones, contemplating In My Life, and the world of Charles Nelson Reilly.

 

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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#111 LEE WILKOF, Actor

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Lift up your head, wash off your mascara, and get ready to be entertained by the original Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors, Tony nominee Lee Wilkof. While audiences are familiar with Lee’s counltess stage appearances in such shows as Little Shop of Horrors with Ellen Greene, Sweet Charity with Debbie Allen, Assassins with Victor Garber, She Loves Me with Boyd Gaines, Kiss Me Kate with Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick,  Lee is also a familiar face on screen having appeared in Delta House, Law & Order, Private Parts, and Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead and, behind the camera, as the director of the fabulous No Pay, Nudity.

 

Lee pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his performance as Seymour won him a trip down the aisle, what it was like collaborating with Howard Ashman, and why Brushing Up His Shakespeare led him to tears and a Tony nomination!

 

Also, Lee shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Kathleen Marshall, and Norman Lear!

 

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Our Favorite Things #110: Show Tunes & Wildcat

This Week: A new Favorite Things theme song? A “Change” medley. A Broadway Kiki. Kevin gets outed for his love of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Shout-out to Bubba’s on Ditmars. Kevin’s enthusiasm for Lip Synching for their lives. Alexis Michelle and the wonderful Broadway Match Game at Feinstein’s/54 Below. How do revivals alter their texts to fit modern sensibilities? What topics have musical theatre not tackled? Things get a bit political. The love of reference books. The brilliance of Steven Suskin. Rob’s Frat Bro comes back. Taking a look back at Encores’ Hey, Look Me Over! Kevin outs Rob for his secret love of Lucy. Lucy Ricardo strikes oil. Fred Mertz makes an appearance. In praise of Lucille Ball and Leaning In.

 

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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#110 LARRY FULLER: Choreographer Pt. 2

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Rob and Kevin are back for another round with 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 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 calmed the nerves of the First Lady of Argentina, what it was like jumping into the world of Merrily We Roll Along, and why he is excited to revisit his works.

 

Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, and Ron Fields!

 

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Our Favorite Things #109: Myths and Hymns & Nanette Fabray

This Week: Happy Birthday, Robert! Robert’s birthday hallucinations. Bergman’s moody movies. A plug for the brilliance of Film Forum. Looking at The New Group’s Jerry Springer: The Opera. When does John Rando sleep? The prophetic nature of Jerry Springer. Where is The Princess Bride musical? Praising Adam Guettel. The Light In The Piazza. Celebrating the life of Nanette Fabray. Advocation in the Arts. Ed Sullivan makes a mistake. Beethoven underscores The King of Comedy. Before DeafWest, there was Nanette Fabray. Yente the Matchmaker meets Nanette. And a very special Elaine Epilogue.

 

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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