#131 JOSHUA ELLIS, Press Agent

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Stop the presses…….literally! One of Broadway’s most respected press agents, Joshua Ellis, has the spotlight shifted from his glittering clientele and focused firmly on him in this delightful interview which covers some of the 100 plus shows Joshua has worked on including Into the Woods, 42nd Street, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, The King and I, Morning’s at Seven, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

 

Joshua pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Barbra Streisand and Yul Brynner shared a clandestine car trip, what it was like working for the wily David Merrick, and why Carol Channing is the savviest person in show business!

 

Also, Joshua shines the spotlight on Eva LeGallienne, Eartha Kitt, and Ethel Merman.

 

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Our Favorite Things #130: Elaine Stritch At Liberty & Staatstheater Kassel

This Week: Revisiting Stritch & Spongebob meets West Side

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#130 RANDY SKINNER, Choreographer

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Get out your tap shoes, Francis, because four time Tony nominated choreographer, Randy Skinner, is here to waltz us all back in time for an intimate retrospective of his career. From working at the famed Kenley Players to being the keeper of the 42nd Street flame, Randy’s career includes turns (both onstage and off) with 42nd Street, Babes in Arms, Ain’t Broadway Grand, State Fair, Do Re Mi, George M, Lone Star Love, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Dames at Sea, and many more!

 

Randy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Ginger Rodgers influenced his work, what it was like learning from Gower Champion, and why he loves the art of teaching.

 

Also, Randy shines the spotlight on Fred Astaire, David Merrick, and John Kenley!

 

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Our Favorite Things #129: Gary Beach (1947-2018)

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This Week: Remembering Tony Award winner Gary Beach.

 

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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#129 JOHN LEE BEATTY, Tony Award winning set designer

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One of Broadway’s busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain’t Misbehavin, Talley’s Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores!

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a day with Michael Kidd transformed his career, what it was like working with Ming Cho Lee,  and why he is the go to designer for living rooms everyone wants to live in!

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Douglas W Schmidt, Richard Maltby Jr, and Gerald Gutierrez!

 

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Our Favorite Things #128: You’ll Never Walk Alone & Fraver By Design

This Week: Remembering Liliane Montevecchi and Jeff Loeffelholz, soccer teams love musical theatre, and an essential coffee table book!

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#128 PENNY FULLER, Actress

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It may not be Halloween but we got the one and only Eve Harrington, Penny Fuller, with us in today’s episode! Penny has been an Emmy Award winning familiar face on TV with such credits as The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, One Day At A Time, Matlock, and Judging Amy but the theatre is her home with appearances in the original Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Applause, Rex, The Dinner Party, and the most recent revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

 

Penny pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won the role of Broadway’s most sinister ingenue, what it was like losing her head to Nicol Williamson, and why she was almost Mabel Normand!

 

Also, Penny shines the spotlight on Lauren Bacall, David Merrick, Robert Redford, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

 

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Our Favorite Things #127: Girl Crazy & All That Jazz: The Life And Times Of The Musical Chicago

This Week: Looking at Songs For A New World, Jagged Little Pill, Ethel Merman, Ginger Rodgers, and the wicked Windy City.

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#127 BARRY MCNABB, Choreographer

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5,6,7,8…..get out your tap shoes, Francis, because we are sitting down with the one and only Barry McNabb who will dance his way into all your hearts. Barry not only appeared in the original Broadway productions of Phantom and Me and My Girl but has been Irish Rep’s resident choreographer for years and years.

 

Barry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was made a television superstar with over fifty ladies of the evening, what it was like working for Fosse, and why the physical shape of dancers transformed in the 80s!

 

Also, Barry shines the spotlight on Robert Lindsay, Gillian Lynne, and Michael Crawford!

 

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