Our Favorite Things #126: Connie and Carla & The World Only Spins Forward

This Week: Sorry, folks, we got sound issues BUT its pretty much a drag themed, Stephen Spinella loving episode!

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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#126 DAVID SHIRE, Oscar & Grammy Winning Composer

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David Shire’s melodies have earned him an Oscar, a Grammy, countless Emmy and Tony nominations, as well a special place in the hearts of audiences spanning as far back as 1960. David drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career and revisit not only such films as The Conversation, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, All The President’s Men, Return to Oz, Zodiac, Norma Rae, and Saturday Night Fever, but to explore his collaboration with Richard Maltby Jr that produced such musicals as Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby, Take Flight, Big, Closer Than Ever, Love Match, How Do You Do, I Love You, and The Sap Of Life.

David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he and Richard Maltby Jr created some of the canon’s most known works, what it was like being a rehearsal pianist on some of the Golden Age’s most iconic musicals, and why he was fired by his own brother in law!

Also, David shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Barbra Streisand, and Francis Ford Coppola!

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Our Favorite Things #125: Punchy Players & Kay Starr

This Week: Judy Garland gets some groceries & the Wheel of Fortune lands on Kay Starr!

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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#125 HARVEY EVANS, Broadway’s Most Beloved Ensemblist

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A dancer’s life on Broadway can be limited, but, if you are Harvey Evans, your abilities have no boundaries. Starting with his first Broadway credit in 1957’s New Girls In Town, Harvey’s incredible resume includes the original Broadway productions of West Side Story, Redhead, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Anyone Can Whistle, George M, Our Town, The Boyfriend, Follies, Sextet, Barnum, Sunset Boulevard, and The Scarlet Pimpernel!

 

Harvey pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he grew up watching Gwen Verdon dance and then became one of her most favorite dance partners, what it was like working for Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, and why his favorite time of day is AfterDark!

 

Also, Harvey shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Henry Fonda, and Larry Kert!

 

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Our Favorite Things #124: David Craig & American Dance Machine

This Week: Recapping the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, celebrating a titan of musical theatre’s vocal heritage, and dusting off great dances from musicals of yesteryear!

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#124 BETH LEAVEL, Tony Award Winning Actress

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She might have once been a drowsy chaperone but the brilliant artist who created her, Beth Leavel, is an energetic life force whose passion for the art of musical theatre is infectious. Beth drops by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and discuss her incredible career which not only boasts a Tony Award but featured her gracing the Broadway stages of such shows as 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Baby It’s You, Bandstand, and the upcoming The Prom.

 

Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how becoming a Dame led to a Tony Award, what it was like fighting in the Civil War, and why she never encores “I’ve Got Rhythm!”

 

Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Mike Ockrent, Bobo Lewis, and many more!

 

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Our Favorite Things #123: Forgotten Tony Awards Categories

This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood discuss Tony Award categories that are no longer part of the ceremony and suggest ones that should be included.

 

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#123: The 2017-2018 Tony Awards Best Musical Nominations

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This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood grab their ballots and kiki about the 2017-2018 Tony Award Musical Nominations.

 

From a stranded band to a clump of mean girls to a sponge fighting a volcano to frozen princesses, from Eliza Doolittle to Carrie Pipperidge, all things musical are discussed, disected, and debated in this week’s episode!

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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