#144 DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA: Actress

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In one of their most inspiring interviews to date, Behind the Curtain sits down with one of Broadway’s most respected artists, Daphne Rubin-Vega, to discuss not only her career in such shows as Rent, Miss You Like Hell, A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Miserables, and more, but to spotlight the role of diversity and politics in the creation of art.

 

Daphne pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got cast in Rent and Miss You Like Hell, what it is like being an artist who is classified as “other”, and why your authentic self is the best self to present at auditions.

 

Also, Daphne shines the spotlight on Jonathan Larson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Quiara Alegria Hudes!

 

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Our Favorite Things #143: Everything’s Coming Up Roses- The Overtures of Jule Styne & The Nightmare Before Christmas

This Week: The genius of Jule & Danny!

 

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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#143 STEVEN SUSKIN, Author

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One of Broadway’s most respected chroniclers, Steven Suskin, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his career as a General Manager AND as the author of such books as Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers, Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre (1943-1964), More Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Musical Theatre (1965-1981), The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations, The Broadway Yearbook, A Must See: Brilliant Broadway Artwork, and Second Act Trouble: Behind The Scenes At Broadway’s Big Musical Bombs.

 

Steven pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became one of musical theatre’s most respected historians, what it was like working for the abominable showman David Merrick, and why the infamous Sarava commercial has a much deeper meaning than we all thought!

 

Also, Steven shines the spotlight on Irving Berlin, Mitch Leigh, and George Abbott!

 

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Our Favorite Things #142: Side Show & It’s A Hit: The Backstage Book of Longest Running Broadway Shows 1884 To The Present

This Week: Shows that ran over five hundred performances & one show that did not.

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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Bonus Episode: Theatre Geeks Anonymous Podcast & Us!

This week only we are offering a bonus episode with our friends Pamela and Ebony over at the great podcast Theatre Geeks Anonymous!

Rob, Pamela, Ebony, and not Kevin because he went camping, sit down and discuss four shows that ran only 1 performance only: A Broadway Musical, La Strada, and Heathen/Aloha: The Spectacular New Musical, The Moony Shapiro Songbook!

Check them out here: https://apple.co/2Ou4FfK

 

#142 VIVIAN REED, Singer

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Two Tony Award nominations. Drama Desk Award Winner. Obie Award Winner. Recognition from the NAACP,  Dance Education of America, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed List. These are some of the many recognitions bestowed upon one of the world’s most celebrated artists of cabaret: Vivian Reed.

Vivian dropped by Shetler Studios to discuss her Broadway appearances in That’s Entertainment, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Me Nobody Knows, Marie Christine, and so many others. Plus, Vivian reveals the secrets to her teaching technique that will make all of you re-examine the essence of an effective performance.

Vivian pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she became a renaissance woman of the arts, what it was like putting together her new Lena Horne tribute show, and why she believes in the power of teaching!

Also, Vivian shines the spotlight on Rosetta LeNoire, Lena Horne, and Charles “Honi” Coles!

Tickets for Vivian’s show at The GreenRoom 42 can be found here: https://bit.ly/2QQpi2i

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Our Favorite Things #141: Triumph Goes To The Tony Awards & The Last Ship

This Week: The Tonys go to the dogs and Sting goes to Broadway.

 

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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#141 GERRY VICHI, Character Actor

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His Broadway debut was made at an age when some actors consider retiring from the business. But, countless credits later, Gerry Vichi has no intention of stopping anytime soon. His adorable mug has been seen in such musicals as Woman of the Year, Ain’t Broadway Grand, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Something Rotten and the revivals of Anything Goes, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie Get Your Gun.

 

Gerry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a champion for diversity, what it was like sharing the stage with Lauren Bacall, and why it is never too late to follow your dreams.

 

Also, Gerry shines the spotlight on Bobby Clark, Harry Guardino, and Patti LuPone!

 

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Our Favorite Things #140: Shangri La Plaza & Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers

This Week: A musical mall & Billy Porter goes old school.

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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#140 PATTI MARIANO, Golden Age Child Actress

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She held one of Seventy-Six trombones, she heard about Hugo and Kim during The Telephone Hour, and she got to Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. She is Patti Mariano one of the Golden Age’s busiest child actors having appeared in the original productions of The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Sail Away, I Had A Ball, George M, Godspell, Rags, The Full Monty, and the 2001 production of 42nd Street.

 

Patti pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Mickey Rooney was the perfect star, what it was like sharing the stage with Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and why she became an integral force in the preservation of American Musical Theatre dance!

 

Also, Patti shines the spotlight on Meredith Wilson, Chita Rivera, Buddy Hackett, and Lee Theodore!

 

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