Our Favorite Things #187: The Ed Sullivan Show Bootlegs & I’m Breathless

This Week: Obscure Ed Sullivan clips resurface and Sondheim doesn’t want to vogue!

 

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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#187 BETH FOWLER, Actress

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From a murderous baker to a singing teapot to Hugh Jackman’s mother, today’s guest has done it all. The incomparable Beth Fowler, who is an intuition in the American Musical Theater, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss her career on Broadway in such shows as Gantry, A Little Night Music, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Baby, Beauty and the Beast, The Boy From Oz and, of course, her time on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.”

 

Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman, what it was like working with Leonard Bernstein, and why you should never have a movie night with Stephen Sondheim!

 

Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Christopher Hewitt, Hal Prince, and Patricia Routledge.

 

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Our Favorite Things #186: Gwen Verdon’s Final Stage Appearance & I Hear Sherlock Everywhere

This Week: Christopher Walken does a tap dance & Gwen Verdon steals the show!

 

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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#186 JOHN WEIDMAN, Book Writer

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One of Broadway’s most successful book writers, John Weidman, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his illustrious career as a book writer for such musicals as Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Big, Contact, and Bounce.

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his father Jerome Weidman influenced his career path, what was the inspiration behind “Pacific Overtures,” and why  he is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most frequent collaborators.

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, and Jerry Zaks!

 

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Our Favorite Things #185: Follies of God & The Brady Bunch Variety Hour

This Week: Rediscovering Tennessee Williams & Reinventing The Brady Family

 

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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#185 GRETCHEN CRYER, Lyricist

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She is one half of the first female songwriting team to hit Broadway and one of the most important figures in the American Musical Theater of the 1970s. Along with composer Nancy Ford, the wonderful Gretchen Cryer has given the world such musicals as Now Is The Time For All Good Men…., Shelter, and I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, as well as appearing in the original Broadway companies of Little Me, 110 In The Shade, and 1776.

 

Gretchen pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she and Nancy Ford created a partnership that would change the landscape for females in musical theater, what it was like jumping ship in Little Me, and why the Founding Fathers saved her career.

 

Also, Gretchen shines the spotlight on Joe Papp, Austin Pendleton, and Betty Buckley!

 

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Our Favorite Things #184: Hal Prince (1928-2019)

This Week: Celebrating the life and legacy of Hal Prince.

 

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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#184 CASEY NICHOLAW, Director

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The Book of Mormon. Mean Girls. The Prom. Aladdin. The Drowsy Chaperone. And that are only five of the many musicals that were directed and choreographed by one of the most productive men in musical theater: Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.

In between running to each of the four shows of his that are playing on Broadway, Casey swung by Shetler Studios to discuss his career with Rob and Kevin.

Casey pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how an airline salesperson saved his job, what it was like bringing to life some of Broadway’s most iconic musicals, and why you should never watch Mike Nichols watching your show.

Also, Casey shines the spotlight on Beth Leavel, Susan Stroman, and Tina Fey!

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Our Favorite Things #183: Pushing Daisies & The Office (Andy Stars In Sweeney Todd)

This Week: Watching some TV with Kristin Chenoweth & Andy Bernard!

 

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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