THE SET’S STILL WET #5: ROB MAITNER

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This Week: It is our fifth episode of The Set’s Still Wet, an exploration of the wild wonderful, wacky world of theater from sea to shining sea……or creepy church basement to dinner theater facing health code violations!

 

In this episode we meet NYC’s favorite Rob Maitner who pulls back the curtain on his community theater in New Jersey! Wow, oh wow, is all we can say because Rob will recount Uta Hagen’s performance in Reversal of Fortune, Bergen County Broadway, and his questionable choices as a pre-teen in Side By Side By Sondheim, the tallest Kim MacAfee, and so much more!

 

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#165 LYPSINKA (John Epperson)- Actor

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John Epperson is one of the most influential performers of this generation. Since the early 1980s John’s character Lypsinka, a woman whose entire show is lip-synching to iconic film clips, obscure musical theater performances, and more, has been a staple of the popular entertainment scene. John’s work in such shows as Dial M for Model, My Deah (a.ka. Medea), The Passion of the Crawford, I Could Go On Lip-Sinking! and so many others has inspired, and paved the way for, the current phenomenon of lip sinking in drag performance, as seen on today on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a young boy from Mississippi fell in love with musical theater, what it was like creating the character of Lypsinka, and why Dolores Gray should be a national treasure.

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Lady Bunny, Charles Busch and, of course, Lypsinka!

 

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Our Favorite Things #164: Move On: A Sondheim Adventure & Ruthless!

This Week: Rob & Kevin discuss Be More Chill, Prioritizing Yanni, Souvenir Cup Stealing, Gary:A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Hillary and Clinton, Oklahoma, Cyrille Aimee, Lauren Bacall, and more!

 

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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#164 MARC KUDISCH, Actor

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One of Broadway’s most beloved political scientists, three time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, swings by Shetler Studios to look back on his career which took him for Florida Atlantic University to Broadway in such shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, Assassins, The Apple Tree, 9 to 5, Hand to God, and such Off-Broadway musicals as The Thing About Men, See What I Wanna See, The Glorious Ones, and more!

 

Marc pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a character actor became one of Broadway’s most reliable leading men, what it was like finding his voice both on and off the stage , and why you should always follow your instincts in an audition!

 

Also, Marc shines the spotlight on Gene Saks, Rachel Bay Jones, and Jessica Tandy!

 

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THE SET’S STILL WET #4- AJ HOLMES, Team StarKid

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This Week: It is our fourth episode of The Set’s Still Wet, an exploration of the wild wonderful, wacky world of theater from sea to shining sea……or creepy church basement to dinner theater facing health code violations!

 

In this episode we meet The Book of Mormon’s AJ Holmes who pulls back the curtain on his career on the road in Click Clack Moo and other notable shows. AJ talks about how Team StarKid came to be, doing a Choose Your Own Adventure musical with Young Frankenstein, and being guilted into using less water by Nadine……..trust us, it’ll make sense once you listen!

 

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#163 KURT PETERSON, Actor

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You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow….well, you’re actually gonna love today because we have with us the one and only Kurt Peterson, who was Young Ben in the original production of Follies, as well as appearing in the original productions of Dear World, The Baker’s Wife, and the revivals of West Side Story and On The Town.

 

Kurt pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a discarded toothbrush led to his being cast in Follies, what it was like putting together the immortal Sondheim “Scrabble” Album, and why you should never trust a phone call from Ethel Merman!

 

Also, Kurt shines the spotlight on Victoria Mallory, Hal Prince, and Stephen Sondheim!

 

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To visit Kurt’s studios, head to: www.jameswilliamproductions.com

Our Favorite Things #162: Co-Op/Housewives & 1989 Tony Awards

This Week: Sondheim gets a send up and Angela Lansbury solves a crime!

 

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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#162 LONNY PRICE, Director

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Lonny Price is one of the industry’s most respected directors of both stage and screen. As an actor, he appeared in such shows as Merrily We Roll Along, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Dirty Dancing, Burn This, and so many more. But it is as a director Lonny is best known to audiences, having brought to life such musicals as A Class Act, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Urban Cowboy, Sunset Boulevard, plus countless musicals at Encores and the Ravinia Festival and the incomparable Live from Lincoln Center musicals including Candide, Company, Sweeney Todd, Camelot, and the brilliant Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.

 

Lonny pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his bar mitzvah led to his first Broadway job, what it was like creating Merrily We Roll Along, and why Elaine Stritch always wore a hat.

 

Also, Lonny shines the spotlight on George Abbott, Stephen Sondheim, and Patti LuPone!

 

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