#118 KAREN ZIEMBA, Actress

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Are you willing to ride? If so, then you will get to hear the enchanting Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba look back on her incredible career which includes show stealing turns in And The World Goes Round, Crazy For You, Steel Pier, Contact, Curtains, The Prince of Broadway, and so many more!

 

Karen pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how she became a muse for John Kander and Fred Ebb, what it was like being in the room with Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse, and why selling programs at the Kenley Players was a highlight of her youth!

 

Also, Karen shines the spotlight on Bill Irwin, Hal Prince, and, of course, Susan Stroman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #117: Michael Riedel vs Amy Sedaris & A Very Special Message from Kevin

This Week: Amy Sedaris goes after Michael Riedel & Kevin shares an important message.

 

This week’s episode is dedicated to Floyd Thomas.

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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#117 JANE SUMMERHAYS, Tony Nominated Actress

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The wry, witty, and sophisticated Tony nominee Jane Summerhays swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her incredible career in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Me and My Girl (for which she was nominated for the Tony), Lend Me A Tenor, The Wild Party, and what it was like to learn from artists like Barbara Cook, Wally Harper, and Mabel Mercer.

 

Jane pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she fled Utah, what it was like inhabiting the role of Sheila Bryant from A Chorus Line, and why Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller were her best teachers.

 

Also, Jane shines the spotlight on George C. Wolfe, Eartha Kitt, and Michael Bennett

 

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Our Favorite Things #116: I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole & Into the Woods MTI Conversation Piece

This Week: The genius of “Give Me Fat Boy’s Famous Arrow,” holograms of Cassie and Sheila, altering original staging, Kevin throws some Dolly shade, Whatever Happened To Baby Vanjie, a Better sing along, revisiting The Madwoman of Central Park West, Rob sings a solo, Wakefield Poole makes Broadway history, how a porno funded A Chorus Line, Sondheim goes for a walk in the woods, James Lapine buys an armchair, and Lil Marty stars in Anyone Can Whistle Jr.

 

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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#116 SEYMOUR RED PRESS, Music Coordinator

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At 94 years old, Tony Award winner Seymour Red Press is one of the most beloved artists working on Broadway. As a music coordinator, Seymour has helped bring to life such musicals as Dreamgirls, Nine, Once on this Island, The Light in the Piazza, Shuffle Along, Bright Star and the revivals of Gypsy, Anything Goes, Carousel, and so many more!

 

Seymour pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a side man to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, what it was like to duet with Patti LuPone, and why a little pressure got him the best bands at the Palace!

 

Also, Seymour shines the spotlight on Jule Styne, Elvis Presley, and John Kander!

 

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Our Favorite Things #115: Guys and Dolls- Off The Record & The NT Collection

This Week: Kevin and Rob have a dialect-off, Rob redecorates, Kevin sweats it out, Rob reveals some upcoming 54 Below shows, Kevin goes to the Catskills, Rob introduces to the Kutcher Emcee, the merits of talkbacks, Nathan Lane vs. Faith Prince, Victoria Clark needs a hug, Jackie Mason tackles Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Mason goes into Les Miz, four books that praise the National Theatre, the brilliance of Nicholas Hytner,

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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#115 MICHAEL RIEDEL, Journalist

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Brace yourselves because the infamous Assassin of Broadway, Michael Riedel, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his career and to celebrate the great legends that fascinated him when he first began in this business. Michael also discusses his incredible book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway, which is required reading for anyone who loves the theatre, plus lets loose with gossip from the Great White Way.

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he came to write Razzle Dazzle , what it means to be a modern day Walter Winchell, and why a fishbowl of napkins and matchbooks made him the most feared man on Broadway.

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on a sweaty Alan Rickman, an outrageous Dorothy Loudon, and a supportive Gerald Schoenfeld!

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Our Favorite Things #114: Two’s Company & Every Little Step

This Week: Merman becomes a critic, discussing the new Angles in America, praising Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane takes on Peter Sellars, Stritch goes multi-cam, Lucy plays Dolly, Madeline Kahn takes a walk, Elaine conquers the West End, the legacy of Elaine Stritch, accentuating the positive, being on the line (for real), how a revival comes to life, the A Chorus Line legacy, the secret passageways of Broadway, loving Michael Bennett, Freddie Martinez makes a comeback, and Rob brings out new impressions.

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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#114 MICHAEL STAROBIN, Orchestrator

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Two-time Tony Award winning orchestrator, Michael Starobin, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his illustrious career with Rob and Kevin. As an orchestrator, Michael created those magical charts for such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Falsettos, the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival, Next to Normal, Once on this Island, Legs Diamond, Carrie, Romance/Romance, and Rags!

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he discovered the world of orchestrating, what film composers are his favorites, and why Carrie would’ve been a big hit in Athens!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Tom Kitt, and Bill Finn!

 

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