#170 GRACIELA DANIELE, Director/Choreographer

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Graciela Daniele is one of Broadway’s most beloved director/choreographers with credits including the choreography for The Pirates of Penzance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Rink, The Goodbye Girl, Ragtime and directing such shows as Annie Get Your Gun (w/Bernadette Peters), Once On This Island, Marie Christine, and more. But, before she went behind the table, she was one of the most recognized dancers on Broadway having appeared in What Makes Sammy Run, Here’s Where I Belong, Promises, Promises, Coco, Follies, and Chicago.

 

Graciela pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how her first New York audition led to her Broadway debut, what it was like working with Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett, and why West Side Story was a seminal force in her life.

 

Also, Graciela shines the spotlight on Gwen Verdon, Michael John LaChuisa, Wilfred Leach,  and Kevin Kline!

 

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Our Favorite Things #169: Behind The Curtain: Broadway Composers & Lyricists Sing Their Songs & The Nervous Set

This Week: A glimpse into the creative process, a beatnik musical, plus reviews of Burn This, Hadestown, and Ink!

 

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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#169 WALTER WILLISON PT. 2- Actor

Part two of our two parter with Two by Two star, Tony nominee Walter Willison. In Part 2 of our interview with Walter, we look back on Walter’s life in the throes of Two by Two,  Pippin, Grand Hotel, and so much more.

Walter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Danny Kaye pushed back, what it was like being directed by Bob Fosse, and why Grand Hotel went from mess to brilliance in a short span in Boston.

Also, Walter shines the spotlight on Martin Charnin, Tommy Tune, and Wright and Forrest.

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THE SET’S STILL WET #6: BRANDON URANOWITZ

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This Week: It is our sixth 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 very special episode we meet two time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz, who is crushing it in Burn This. Brandon pulls back the curtain on his childhood theater in New Jersey and looks back on the highs and lows of being a child actor in the original Ragtime, what it was like finding his voice as an artist, and what projects he might want to create for himself in the next phase of his journey…..plus, Hal Prince, James Lapine, and Cathy Rigby…….

 

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#168 WALTER WILLISON, Actor – Pt. 1

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We are going two by two today because we are talking, in two parts, to Two by Two star, Tony nominee Walter Willison. In Part 1 of our interview with Walter, we look back on his beginnings in California, followed by the touring life, before appearing in such Broadway shows as Norman, Is That You, Two by Two, Pippin, Wild and Wonderful, and Grand Hotel.

 

Walter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became one of the industry’s most productive juveniles, what it was like being directed by George Abbott, and why you should never turn your back on Danny Kaye!

 

Also, Walter shines the spotlight on Maureen Stapleton, Vivian Vance, and Larry Kert!

 

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Our Favorite Things #167: Rian Keating & Liaisons: Reimagining Sondheim

This Week: A Behind The Curtain before Behind The Curtain, Sondheim gets rearranged, plus thoughts on Tootsie, What The Constitution Means To Me, and Ain’t Too Proud.

 

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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#167 MARGO SAPPINGTON, Choreographer

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Slip into your birthday suit because we have the choreographer of Oh! Calcutta! with us today! Yes, the one and only Margo Sappington, sits down with Rob and Kevin to talk about her appearances in Promises, Promises and Oh! Calcutta! as well as choreographing the revivals of Where’s Charley, Pal Joey and the original productions of Play Me A Country Song and Doonesbury.

 

Margo pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she created a William Shatner ballet, what it was like originating Turkey Lurkey Time, and why its always good to explore new boundaries in the dance.

 

Also, Margo shines the spotlight on Michael Bennett, Eleanor Parker, and Raul Julia!

 

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Our Favorite Things #166: Steve Brinberg

This Week: Rob & Kevin sit down with Steve Brinberg and discuss his 50th Anniversary Celebration for the movie version of Hello, Dolly, which will be two Wednesday night shows, April 17 and May 15, both at 7:00 PM, at The Green Room 42.

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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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#166 AUSTIN PENDLETON, Actor

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He has appeared in 250 movies and over 100 theatrical productions. His resume ranges from the original production of Fiddler on the Roof to the most recent Choir Boy, his scene partners have included E.G. Marshall, George C. Scott, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Barbra Streisand, and he is the author of the acclaimed Orson’s Shadow. He is Austin Pendleton and he is one of the more respected artists working in the entertainment industry.

 

Austin pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he received his greatest direction from Anne Bancroft, what it was like directing Elizabeth Taylor, and why Zero Mostel’s picture will never be in the dictionary under “consistent.”

 

Also, Austin shines the spotlight on Orson Welles, Maureen Stapleton, and Jerome Robbins!

 

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