Our Favorite Things #122: Egregiously Overlooked at the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations

This Week: Individuals, and shows, who should have been nominated for the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations.

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#122 The 2017-2018 Tony Award Nominations: Plays

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Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood all sit down with their ballots and review the 2017-2018 Best Play Tony Award nominations.

From Uma Thurman to Glenda Jackson, from Marvin’s Room to The Iceman Cometh, and everything in between, all of the highs and lows, are thorughly discussed and explored before the winners are announced!

The Tony Awards will be on CBS on Sunday, June 10th, at 8:00pm EST.

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Our Favorite Things #121: Starting Here, Starting Now & Emerald City

This Week: Saying goodbye to Patricia Morison, the new Gwen Verdon documentary, Rob explores Boston, Maltby and Shire become the heroes of all BFAs, and a public access show gives us a glimpse into days gone by.

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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#121 CONRAD JOHN SCHUCK, “Daddy Warbucks”

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The sun won’t come out tomorrow because it is here now and its name is Conrad John Schuck. One of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable character actors, whose on screen credits include MASH, McMillan & Wife, Star Trek, and The Golden Girls (Gil Kessler for Mayor), Conrad first got started on stage as a resident player at ACT which was then followed by countless theatre credits, most notably as Daddy Warbucks in Annie, for which he currently holds the record as the actor who has played that role the most!

 

Conrad pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a legendary part of cinema history, what it was like sharing the stage with Madeline Kahn, and why the 1997 revival of Annie led to one of Broadway’s most epic firings!

 

Also, Conrad shines the spotlight on Robert Altman, Rue McClanahan, and Charles Nelson Reilly!

 

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Our Favorite Things #120: Helen Costa & Dinah Shore: The Kander & Ebb Show

This Week: Rob has a wicked good time in Boston, sending love to Ruthie Ann Miles, revisiting Me and My Girl, Encores’ announces its 26th Season, Big Fish deals with Big Bigots, the joys of musical theatre performance in Culver City, and Kander and Ebb revive Dinah Shore.

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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#120: HELEN GALLAGHER, Tony Award Winner for Pal Joey & No No Nanette

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In January of 2017, Rob and Kevin sat down with two time Tony Award winner Helen Gallagher to discuss her incredible life and career. If you are a listener of the podcast you will know that a virus erased the entire interview.

But, through the sheer kindness of Ms. Gallagher, Rob and Kevin got a second chance to interview her. So, without further ado, here is that interview:

You can dance with any girl at all but why would you when the lovely Helen Gallagher is right here and ready to look back on her amazing journey which includes the original productions of Billion Dollar Baby, Brigadoon, High Button Shoes, the 1952 Pal Joey (for which she won a Tony Award), Make a Wish, Hazel Flagg, The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, and the 1971 No, No, Nanette for which she won her second Tony Awards.

 

Helen pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won over Agnes DeMille, what it was like sharing a dressing room with Elaine Stritch, and why she went from refusing Sweet Charity to getting a Tony nomination!

 

Also, Helen shines the spotlight on Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Nanette Fabray, Gwen Verdon, and Bobby Van!

 

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Our Favorite Things #119: Pirate Jenny & The Show Makers

This Week: Rob discusses The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington, The York Theatre’s Unexpected Joy, The Boys in the Band, the importance of Mart Crowley, Rob and Kevin appear on Sashay Away with Barry, Rob debuts his new impression of Old Lucy, the world of Kurt Weill, Sasha Velour goes to the Weimar, Bea Arthur loves a declaration, an exploration of directors and their craft.

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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#119 JIM MORGAN, Artistic Director of The York Theatre

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For over forty years, Jim Morgan has been one of the most recognizable names in the New York theatre. For twenty years, Jim has served as the the artistic director of the acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company, The York Theatre. And, for twenty years before that, he was one of their most trusted set designers. Jim’s eye for taste and talent has led to some of Off-Broadway’s most recent hits including The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Cagney, Desperate Measures, Souvenir, and Enter Laughing, as well as cultivating the Musicals in Mufti series which gave audiences second looks at The Grass Harp, Grind, The Grand Tour, Regina, and 100 more.

 

Jim pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a job interview led to a thirty plus years of employment, what it was like doing Sweeney Todd on a basketball court, and why an incognito Sondheim always gets recognized!

 

Also, Jim shines the spotlight on Janet Hayes Walker, Sheldon Harnick, and the great team of Jones and Schmidt!

 

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Our Favorite Things #118: Act One & A Leap of Faith

This Week: Mispronunciations at the Tony noms, The Tony Award Best Ensemble, the Gypsy Robe gets a new name, Sierra Boggess leaves the West Side, To Kill A Mockingbird goes to Court,  Moss Hart captures life upon the wicked stage, and Faith Prince rides a mule!

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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