#153 The 2018 In Memoriam Episode with Lee Roy Reams

This year we lost so many legends from Marin Mazzie to Gary Beach, Neil Simon to William Goldman, Rick McKay to Craig Zadan. We end our year celebrating their life and legacy with a legend who called many of these artists friends, colleagues, and companions: the incomprable Lee Roy Reams.

 

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Our Favorite Things #152: My Little Tonys & Harold Prince: The Director’s Life

This Week: Celebrating a new podcast and an experienced legend!

 

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#152 FRANK RICH, Critic for The New York Times 1980-1993

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While he was known by many as The Butcher of Broadway, Frank Rich is still considered to be one of the greatest critics who ever covered The Great White Way. Despite that savage moniker, he was, and is, a proud theater geek whose desire to collect obscure anecdotes and musicals makes him a kindred spirit to all of us.

 

Frank pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first fell in love with the theatre, what it was like battling some of Broadway’s greatest names, and why David Merrick was a consistent source of frustration and inspiration!

 

Also, Frank shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Gelb, and Wendy Wasserstein.

 

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Our Favorite Things #151: The Ten Greatest Moments of 2018

This Week: Rob & Kevin look back on the top ten greatest theatrical moments of 2018. From Elaine May to Jessica Vosk, from Angels in America to The Prom, all of this year’s greatest moments are celebrated!

 

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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#151 ANDRE BISHOP, Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater

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It would be hard pressed to find someone who, in the past thirty years, has influenced the development of the American Theatre more than Andre Bishop. For ten years, he was Artistic Director of Playwright’s Horizons, which was followed by his current stint as the Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theatre, which has given the American musical theatre such new works as A New Brain, Parade, Contact, and The Light in The Piazza, as well as revivals of South Pacific, The King & I, and My Fair Lady.

 

Andre pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became the artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, what it was like cultivating such works as Falsettos, Sunday in the Park with George, and The Heidi Chronicles, and why his biggest goal for LCT has still yet to be achieved!

 

Also, Andre shines the spotlight on Wendy Wasserstein, William Finn, and Bartlett Sher!

 

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Our Favorite Things #150: A Chorus Line on Donahue & Then and Now

This Week: Looking back on one of America’s greatest musicals and one of its favorite stars.

 

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#150 TONYA PINKINS, Tony Award Winning Actress

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She is as passionate offstage as she is on and her philosophy on life, art, and everything in between, makes Tonya Pinkins one of Broadway’s fiercest artists. From her Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along, to appearances in Jelly’s Last Jam (for which she won the Tony), The Wild Party, Play On, Caroline, Or Change, Radio Golf, and Holler If You Hear Me, plus her controversial associations with Mother Courage and Rasheeda Speaking, Tonya is one of the industry’s most, no pun intended, courageous artists.

 

Tonya pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she went from rejection to victory in Jelly’s Last Jam, what it was like creating Caroline, and why principles must outweigh art.

 

Also, Tonya shines the spotlight on George C Wolfe, Gregory Hines, and Eartha Kitt!

 

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Our Favorite Things #149: Song and Dance & The O’Leary Car Ride

This Week: The wonder of solos shows onstage…… and in a car.

 

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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#149 MARK WALDROP, Director

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Actor. Writer. Lyricist. Director. Mark Waldrop has done it all. His acting career started on Broadway with appearances in Hello, Dolly, The Grand Tour, Evita, and La Cage Aux Folles. Then there were stints directing Bette Midler, collaborating on Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly and Whoop-Dee-Doo, and shepherding Bea Arthur’s one woman show to Broadway!

 

Mark pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how When Pigs Fly came to be, what it was like directing Bea Arthur, and why Carol Channing is the ultimate star!

 

Also, Mark shines the spotlight on Joel Grey, Jerry Herman, and Howard Crabtree!

 

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