#183 JEFF MCCARTHY, Actor- Urinetown

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Jeff McCarthy is one of the industry’s most recognizable faces and the King of the Cult Musical. On Broadway, he starred in The Pirates Of Penzance, Zorba, Smile, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Side Show, Urinetown (for which he was Tony nominated), and The Pirate Queen.  His TV and Film appearances include RoboCop 2, Cliffhanger, Animaniacs, All My Children, and, for years he was the voice of Michigan J. Frog, the mascot for the WB Channel.

 

Jeff pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Officer Lockstock came to be, what it was like working on Smile, and why it sometimes pays to be a Frog.

 

Also, Jeff shines the spotlight on Howard Ashman, David Letterman, and Anthony Quinn!

 

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Our Favorite Things #182: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me & Norbert Leo Butz Sings Dreamgirls

This Week: Ernest Goes To Shackleton and Norbert inhabits Effie!

 

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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#182 SONDRA LEE, Original Cast Member of Peter Pan and Hello, Dolly

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Her autobiography is entitled I’ve Slept With Everyone and, after hearing our interview with Sondra Lee, we think you will understand why. Sondra’s Broadway credits include High Button Shoes, Peter Pan (where she originated the role of Tiger Lily), Hotel Paradiso, Jerome Robbins Ballet: USA, Sunday in New York, and Hello, Dolly where she originated the role of Minnie Fay! In addition to those fabulous credits, Sondra has also served as one of the most respected acting coaches in film, having worked with Sally Fields, Ed Harris, John Malkovich, and Federico Fellini

 

Sondra pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won a role in High Button Shoes , what it was like working with Mary Martin, and why Marlon Brando was just more than a good actor.

 

Also, Sondra shines the spotlight on Phil Silvers, Jerome Robbins, and Carol Channing!

 

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Our Favorite Things #181: Donnybrook & Colored Lights

This Week: A forgotten musical and the history of Broadway’s most productive writing team.

 

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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#181 TOM JONES, Lyricist

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He created a revolution in the American musical theatre when he wrote the lyrics for The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in New York City history. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Tom Jones also wrote the lyrics to such musicals as 110 In The Shade, I Do! I Do!, Celebration, Harold and Maude, and more!

 

Tom pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first met Harvey Schmidt, what it was like creating The Fantasticks, and why he doesn’t think he will ever retire.

 

Also, Tom shines the spotlight on Mary Martin, Robert Preston, and Gower Champion!

 

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Our Favorite Things #180: Road Show & Geld/Udell

This Week: Celebrating the last work of Stephen Sondheim & the most popular songwriting team of the 1970s!

 

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#180 MARTIN CHARNIN (1934-2019)

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To honor the passing of Martin Charnin, this week we are posting his interview with us. Martin was a fantastic individual whose passion for the theater, and supporting young talent, was infectious.

The sun will come out tomorrow, but without Martin, it won’t shine as bright. RIP dear friend.

Our Favorite Things #179: Sunday in the Park with George DVD Commentary & Late Nite Comic 20th Anniversary Recording

This Week:  Looking back on two musicals from the 1980s!

 

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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#179 Summer Sale: SUSAN WATSON (Actress), JOHN SIMON (Critic), and CARLETON CARPENTER (MGM Actor)

Today is our Summer Sale here at Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends. Three for one!

In this episode you will hear portions of interviews with three guests whose interviews we have not aired. When we decide not to air an interview it’s for many reasons. Either the audio quality was not strong enough, or the guest only wanted certain portions aired, but it is never because what the guest had to see was not interesting. Because of their importance to the evolution of the American musical we wanted to give you our favorite portions of their interviews.

 

Up first is Susan Watson. Susan was the original Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Nanette in the 1971 revival of No No Nanette, and was in Ben Franklin in Paris, A Joyful Noise, and many others. We interviewed her over the phone from her home in Los Angeles.

 

John Simon was one of the most controversial theater critics of the 20thCentury. His reviews were vicious, harsh, hysterical, and quite often took the performer’s physical attributes to task. His reviews got him kicked out of the New York Drama Critics Circle. Sylvia Miles dumped food on his head. And, if he gave you a negative review, you can quote it from memory.

 

If you are a big MGM fan then the name of Carleton Carpenter must be familiar to you from the opening credits of such films as Father of the Bride, Three Little Words, Summer Stock, and Two Weeks With Love where, with Debbie Reynolds, he sang the infamous “Abba Daba Honeymoon.”

 

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