Our Favorite Things #148: Hadestown & Nunsense: TV Pilot

This Week: We go to heaven & hell

 

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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#148 NEIL MERON, Producer

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It is hard pressed to find someone who loves musical theatre as much as Emmy and Oscar winning producer Neil Meron. He loves musical theatre so much that he is determined to bring some of the canon’s greatest works from the Great White Way into the living rooms of eager audiences all across the world.

Along with Craig Zadan, he was the executive producer on the cultural shifts known as NBC’s The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live, The Wiz Live, Hairspray Live, Jesus Christ Superstar Live, and on May 19th, 2019, Hair Live.  Plus, the television adaptations of Gypsy, Cinderella, Annie, and The Music Man. Oh, and there was the Academy Award winning Chicago and the backstage epic known as Smash. We don’t know when he sleeps but we are so glad that he dropped by Shetler Studios to discuss his life and career with Rob and Kevin.

 

Neil pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his industrious letter writings led to meeting his partner Craig Zadan, what it’s like putting together a televised musical event, and why 1776 Live is his dream project!

 

Also, Neil shines the spotlight on Robert Morse, Bette Midler,  and Stephen Sondheim!

 

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More info on NBC’s HAIR LIVE can be found here: https://www.nbc.com/hair-live

Our Favorite Things #147: It Happened On Broadway & Kup’s Show

This Week: Broadway’s rich history & Lucy Doesn’t Love Mamet

 

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.

 

Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

 

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#147 MARY STOUT, Actress

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Yes, we all know about her unfortunate run in with a hot dog cart, but there is so much more to incredible character actress, Mary Stout, who has appeared on Broadway in Copperfield, Me and My Girl, A Change In The Heir, Beauty and the Beast, My Favorite Year, and Jane Eyre! There was a Christmas with Sergio Franchi, a moment with Bill Cosby, and a dream with Tommy Tune!

 

Mary pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she went from the dinner theatre circuit to the Great White Way, what it was like being immortalized in Title of Show, and why “T**S For Tito” is her very own Broadway catch-phrase!

 

Also, Mary shines the spotlight on JK Simmons, Dan Goggin, and Helen Hayes!

 

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Our Favorite Things #146: The Musicals No One Came To See & A Mighty Wind

This Week: Flops from before 1983 & a mighty wind is blowing you and me!

 

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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#146 GLEN KELLY, Dance Arranger

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Woody Allen. Stephen Sondheim. Mel Brooks. Alan Menken. Eric Idle. These are only a few of the artists whom the wonderful Glen Kelly has had to give music, and sometimes lyrics, to in his career as one of Broadway’s most respected dance arrangers and musical supervisors. Perhaps best known for his work with on The Producers, Glen’s work has been heard on some of Broadway’s greatest hits including Mean Girls, Aladdin, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book of Mormon, The Frogs, Bullets Over Broadway, and this season’s very own The Prom!

 

Glen pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he and Mel Brooks created one of the most iconic scores of the 21st Century, what exactly a dance arranger does, and why he loves a night at the opera!

 

Also, Glen shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Susan Stroman, and Woody Allen!

 

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Our Favorite Things #145: The Drama Book Shop & Charles Pierce

This Week: A wonderful bookstore goes away & an actor paves the way for drag,

 

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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#145 CAROLE COOK, Actress

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In one of the funniest episodes to date, Carole Cook brings Rob and Kevin into her LA home to look back on her eighty plus years in the business! From summer stock (where she does Sophie Tucker in Kismet….don’t ask) to The Lucy Show, to being the second person to play Dolly to being the first person with a witty line, the incomparable Carole Cook looks back on her time in theatre, movies, and television, with wit, grace, and a penchant for four letter adjectives.

 

Carole pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she caught the eye of Lucille Ball, what it was like being onstage to hear Gower Champion had died, and why she is still making headlines at 94 years old!

 

Also, Carole shines the spotlight on Joanne Worley, John Kenley, and David Merrick.

 

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Our Favorite Things #144: Throwback Thursday Halloween Episode! Boo!

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This Week: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spookiness of the season, Rob and Kevin reveal their costumes, Mrs. Garrett pulls a Patty Duke, Tim Curry can’t find his tambourine, Charles Strouse gets spooky, Big Daddy Whiz goes to the pumpkins, Rob meets Christine Pedi, Liza Minnelli has a pokerface, Rob plays Daddy Warbucks, and Christine Pedi wants to save the Cafe Edison!

 

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.

 

Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4