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Our Favorite Things #190: The Maury Yeston Songbook & A Class Act

This Week: Celebrating the lyrics of two geniuses…..and best friends!

 

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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#190 INGA SWENSON, Actress

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One of Broadway’s most legendary sopranos, Tony nominee Inga Swenson, joins Rob and Kevin via phone to look back on her incredible career which includes films like The Miracle Worker, television like Benson and The Golden Girls, and theater credits including New Faces of 1956, Peer Gynt, Camelot, 110 in the Shade, Baker Street and many others!

 

Inga pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ruffled the feathers of Shelley Winters, what it was like being dressing roommates with Dame Maggie Smith, and why she sued David Merrick!

 

Also, Inga shines the spotlight on Tyrone Guthrie, Fritz Weaver, and Richard Burton!

 

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Our Favorite Things #189: Tap Your Troubles Away & Renaissance Faires

This Week: Jerry Herman gets his due & Me thinks ye will enjoy the Renaissance Fair, mi lady.

 

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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#189 THE 2019-2020 MUSICALS: Sneak Peek w/Robbie Rozelle

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Mix some vodka stingers, take your jagged little pill, and let’s fly over Sunset because Rob, Kevin, and entertainment icon Robbie Rozelle are sitting down and examining the musicals slated to come in for the 2019-2020 Broadway Season.

We will discuss the jukebox musicals of Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Alaniss Morissette, the revivals of Company, West Side Story, Caroline or Change, and the new musicals like Six, Diana, Flying Over Sunset, and The Lightning Thief.

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Our Favorite Things #188: John Cullum’s Blog & Tom’s Trendy Tees

This Week: John Cullum creates a Vlog and who doesn’t want a Sarava T Shirt?

Blog: https://www.youtube.com/user/AIRBROADCASTING

T-Shirts: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TomsTrendyTees?ref=ks_wide&section_id=20791041

 

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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#188 The 2019-2020 Plays: Sneak Peek w/Robbie Rozelle

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The posters are going up, contracts are being signed, and three show queens in Queens have popped open a third bottle of Seagrams to discuss the upcoming 2019-2020 Broadway Season.

Beloved entertainer Robbie Rozelle joins Rob and Kevin to discuss the straight plays that are coming to the Great White Way: A Pinter play, a McNally revisit, Jesse Tyler Ferguson learns about baseball, Debra Messing has a birthday, Mary Louise Parker makes two trips to the Rialto, and so much more!

 

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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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#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!

 

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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#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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Our Favorite Things #178: American Musical Theater: A Chronicle & Curtain Times: The New York Theater 1965-1987

This Week:  Cracking the books on some summer reading!

 

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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#178 DAN GOGGIN, Nunsense Creator

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Get out your wimples and avoid the vichyssoise because the creator of the Nunsense franchise, Dan Goggin, is today’s guest!

Dan pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a discarded mannequin gave birth to the Little Sisters of Hoboken, what it was like working with some of entertainment’s greatest legends in the show, and why Nunsense is the franchise that will never go away!

Also, Dan shines the spotlight on John Kander, Rue McClanahan, and Kaye Ballard!

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Our Favorite Things #177: Lena Horne- The Lady and Her Music & Night of 100 Stars

This Week:  Lena Horne doubles the stormy weather & Maureen Stapleton sells a hot dog

 

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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#177 PETER GALLAGHER, Actor

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He is one of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable faces, having appeared on screen in American Beauty, Grace and Frankie, Center Stage, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and so many others. But, Peter Gallagher is truly a creature of the stage, having made appearances in Grease, A Doll’s Life, The Real Thing, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, Noises Off, and so many others!

 

Peter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a strong opinion led him to Mike Nichols, what it was like spending after hours with Jack Lemmon, and why the LAPD doesn’t like Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Also, Peter shines the spotlight on Glenn Close, Tom Stoppard, and Hal Prince!

 

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Our Favorite Things #176: Bob Merrill & The Southbank Show- Sweeney Todd

This Week: Bob Merrill gets a doggie & Hal Prince cuts a cast member

 

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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#176 ERNESTINE JACKSON, Tony Nominated Actress

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She was one of Broadway’s most respected singers, garnering two Tony nominations for her work in Raisin and the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls. Now, Ernestine Jackson sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her career which includes stints in Hello, Dolly, The Bacchae, Applause, Show Boat, Finian’s Rainbow, Brownstone, and many more!

 

Ernestine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she went from the United Nations to the Great White Way, what was it like sharing the stage with legend Lauren Bacall, and why Pearl Bailey kept performing on the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

 

Also, Ernestine shines the spotlight on David Merrick, Morgan Freeman, and Robert Guillame!

 

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Our Favorite Things #175: Forgotten Tony Awards Categories

This Week:  Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood discuss Tony Award categories that are no longer part of the ceremony and suggest ones that should be included.

 

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#175 THE 2018-2019 TONY AWARDS: MUSICALS

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From Stephanie J Block turning back time to Andre DeShields taking us back to Hadestown, from Santino Fontana taking New York by storm to a storm of egos invading an Indiana prom, the 2018-2019 musical season took us through uncharted territory and made audiences across the city cheer with joy!

Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood is back with us to look at all the musical nominations for the 2018-2019 Tony Season.

Don’t forget to watch the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th, at 8:00pm EST on CBS!

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Our Favorite Things #174: Egregiously Overlooked for the 2018-2019 Tony Awards Season

This Week: Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards Historian Bryan Hobgood look at all the wonderful artists and shows who were not nominated for a Tony Award this season and should have been nominated for their stellar work.

Performers like George Salazar in Be More Chill to Bonnie Milligan in Head Over Heels, plus To Kill A Mockingbird, Spencer Liff, Johnny Lee Miller, and, oh, so many more, are discussed and defended!

 

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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#174 THE 2018-2019 TONY AWARDS: PLAYS

From Bryan Cranston to being mad as hell to Johnny Lee Miller changing the face of journalism, from Glenda Jackson raging against a storm to Laurie Metcalf raging against the electoral machine, the 2018-2019 season was a rich, healthy, and robust time for plays on Broadway.

Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood is back with us to look at all the play nominations for the 2018-2019 Tony Season.

Don’t forget to watch the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th, at 8pm EST on CBS.

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Our Favorite Things #173: The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson & Now Is The Time For All Good Men…

This Week: The man who revolutionized design and the women who revolutionized theater.

 

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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#173 JAMIE DEROY, Producer

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One of New York’s most recognizable grande dames, Tony Award winning producer Jamie DeRoy, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss such topics as producing in the 21st century, stand up comedy in the 1980s, and what inspires her about commercial and not-for-profit theater. In the 2018-2019 season, Jamie was a producer on Pretty Woman, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, The New One, Network, To Kill A Mockingbird, Be More Chill, Ain’t Too Proud, King Lear, Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus, Tootsie, and Beetlejuice.

 

Jamie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how a Pittsburgh native became the toast of the Great White Way, what it is like to have 13 shows running on Broadway, and why Joan Rivers was her biggest fan!

 

Also, Jamie shines the spotlight on Natasha Richardson, Joe Iconis, and Mario Cantone!

 

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Our Favorite Things #172: Everyday Rapture & Six

This Week: Sherrie Renee Scott sings Mr. Rodgers & Henry VIII’s wives put on a 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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#172 TERRENCE MCNALLY, Playwright

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One of modern drama’s most prolific playwrights, Terrence McNally, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look at his upcoming production of Frankie and Johnny In The Clair De Lune, as well as take a look back on his incredible career which includes such shows as  Love! Valor! Compassion! Master Class, It’s Only a Play, The Ritz, and writing the book to such musicals as The Rink, Ragtime, A Man of No Importance, and many more.

 

Terrence pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first met muses Nathan Lane and James Coco, what it was like second acting during the Golden Age of Broadway, and why playwrights must look backward to look forward.

 

Also, Terrence shines the spotlight on Audra McDonald, Zoe Caldwell, and Geraldine Page!

 

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Our Favorite Things #171: Wish You Were Here & Head Of The Class: The Musicals

This Week: A dive into the onstage swimming pool & a journey to the center of campy 80s goodness.

 

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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#171 RICHARD KIND, Actor

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One of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable faces, Richard Kind, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Kevin and Rob about his obsession with theater and his appearances in Sly Fox, The Producers, Bounce, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and so many more!

 

Richard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he sang with Jose Ferrer, what it was like originating a Sondheim role, and why the stage will always be his true love.

 

Also, Richard shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Joanne Woodward, and Paul Newman!

 

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Our Favorite Things #170: Egregiously Overlooked & The Unmistakable Tammy Grimes

This Week: Julie Andrews gets snubbed and Tammy Grimes becomes a baritone

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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#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!

 

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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.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2OU1riN

 

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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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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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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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THE SET’S STILL WET #3: JULIA MURNEY

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This Week: It is our third 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 Broadway’s very own Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party) who pulls back the curtain on her times at Stagedoor Manor and the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Julia defied gravity, and logic, in such pre-teen productions as a Gypsy and Chicago, and she reveals her high school musical…….which will leave you all losing your mind!

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#161 TONY WALTON, Set Designer

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The one and only Tony Walton, one of Broadway’s most innovating and influential set designers, invites Rob and Kevin into his apartment to look back on his career which includes the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy, and designing such musicals as the original A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Golden Boy, The Apple Tree, Pippin, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Six Degrees of Separation, revivals of Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and such movies as Murder on the Orient Express, All That Jazz, and Mary Poppins!

 

Tony pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a boy from London became the toast of Broadway, what it was like burgling Bob Fosse’s home, and why Julie Andrews helped propel him into the stratosphere of design titans.

 

Also, Tony shines the spotlight on George Abbott, Sammy Davis Jr, and Jerome Robbins!

 

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Our Favorite Things #160: Alice Through The Looking Glass & Hercules

This Week: The genius of Bob Mackie & Alan Menken!

 

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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#160 SUSAN STROMAN, Tony Award winning director/choreographer

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Five Time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman swings by Shetler Studios to discuss her incredible career which includes the original productions of Crazy For You, And The World Goes Round, Big, Steel Pier, Contact, The Producers, Thou Shall Not, Young Frankenstein, The Scottsboro Boys, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, and so many more!

 

Susan pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she become one of the greatest interpreters of John Kander and Fred Ebb, what is her artistic process for creating choreography, and why Mel Brooks will never be an usher.

 

Also, Susan shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Mike Ockrent, and Bob Fosse!

 

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Our Favorite Things #159: Company (2019) & Show Time

This Week: Bobby Baby gets an update and Ethel Merman makes a mint!

 

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#159 GERARD ALESSANDRINI, Creator of Forbidden Broadway

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Get ready to laugh your tuchas off because the creator of Forbidden Broadway, Tony Award winner Gerard Alessandrini, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about the many incarnations of off-broadway’s most hysterical musical series!

 

Gerard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a game of telephone led to one of musical theater’s most iconic shows, what it was like creating Spamilton, and why Carol Channing demanded to be parodied.

 

Also, Gerard shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Christine Pedi, and Lin Manuel Miranda!

 

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THE SET’S STILL WET #2: ROBBIE ROZELLE

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This Week: It is our second 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 one and only BroadwayWorld Award winner Robbie Rozelle, the toast of New York’s cabaret scene, who pulls back the curtain on his Pennsylvania community theater experiences.

This really is the moment because Harvey Fierstein shows up in Jekyll and Hyde and Robbie will recount an age-blind production of Guys and Dolls that is filled with drunken debauchery, on and off the stage!

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#158 MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA, Composer

101168-9Rob and Kevin are having a wild, wild party with the brilliant composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa whose works include Hello, Again, The Wild Party, First Ladies Suite, First Daughters Suite, Giant, Little Fish, See What I Wanna See, Bernarda Alba, Queen of the Mist, and so many others!

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he chose to tackle the lives of America’s First Ladies, what it was like creating The Wild Party and Hello, Again, and why he is the pioneer of the Upper West Side.

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Audra McDonald, George C Wolfe, and Mary Testa!

 

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The Set’s Still Wet, Episode 1: Rebecca Spigelman

 

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This Week: It is our first 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 cabaret favorite Rebecca Spigelman who pulls back the curtain on her childhood theater in Los Angeles. Wow, oh wow, is all we can say because Becky will recount her starring role as 12 year old Mama Rose and her questionable choices as Sandy/Audrey in Rockin at the Hop! What is Rockin at the Hop you ask…….just wait and see!

 

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#157 LINDA LAVIN, Tony Winning Actress, Pt. 1

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The one and only new girl in town, Tony Award winner Linda Lavin, joins Rob and Kevin for a phone chat that discusses not only her appearances in A Family Affair, It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman, Broadway Bound, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, but what inspires her as an artist, what it was like making the rounds during her formative years, and how she like to collaborate with directors and writers.

 

Linda pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how a trip to a construction site launched her career, what was it like being in the room with Neil Simon, and why she learned her greatest acting lessons from Mike Nichols and a stranger!

 

Also, Linda shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Olympia Dukakis, and Milton Rosenstock!

 

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Our Favorite Things #156: Goodspeed Musicals & Nell Carter

This Week: Celebrating a home for new musicals and a legend who left us too soon.

 

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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#156 RICHARD FRANKEL, Producer

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Richard Frankel is one of Broadway’s most respected producers and is one of the co-owners of Feinstein’s/54 Below, arguable the most influential cabaret space in the world. As a producer, his passion for theater led to audiences discovering such theatrical pieces as Penn & Teller, Driving Miss Daisy, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Stomp, Angels in America, The Producers, Hairspray, and revivals of The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music, Company, Sweeney Todd, and so many others.

 

Richard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his beginnings in theater were shaped at La Mama, what was it like creating the incomparable Feinstein’s/54 Below, and why El Grande De Coca Cola is more important than we think!

 

Also, Richard shines the spotlight on Penn & Teller, Mel Brooks, and Ellen Stewart!

 

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Our Favorite Things #155: Carol Channing (1921-2019)

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This Week: Celebrating the life of Carol Channing

 

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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#155 DEE HOTY, Tony nominated actress

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She’s Dee-lightful, she’s Dee-licious, she’s Dee Hoty! Three time tony nominee Dee Hoty swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her illustrious performing career which includes starring roles in Barnum, Me and My Girl, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Follies, Footloose, Mamma Mia, Gigi, and Bright Star!

 

Dee pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up filling the boots of Miss Mona, what was it like working on the incredible City of Angels, and why Ann Miller never met an audience she didn’t like.

 

Also, Dee shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Robert Lindsay, and Tommy Tune.

 

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Our Favorite Things #154: Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks & Marie Christine

This Week: Celebrating Maria & Marie Christine

 

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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#154 CHRISTINE PEDI, Actress & Host of On Broadway on Sirius XM

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Today’s guests are Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Channing…..well, not really, but you would think we had them all in one place at the same time because our guest this week is the fabulous impressionist, and host of Sirius XM’s On Broadway, the sensational Christine Pedi!

 

Christine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got direction from Elaine Stritch, what it was like discovering her talents for impressionism, and why Blossom Dearie might never appear in public……..but she made an appearance for us!

 

Also, Christine shines the spotlight on Gerard Alessandrini, Seth Rudetsky and Liza Minnelli!

 

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An Exciting Announcement From Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends!!!!

A Chorus Line with 56 pre-teens.

A Tevye who sells bagels, not milk.

A theatre that doubles as a functioning airport.

This, and so much more, will be discussed on our new addition to Behind The Curtain: HAPPY OPENING, THE SET’S STILL WET.

HAPPY OPENING, THE SET’S STILL WET will have Rob & Kevin sitting down with some of Broadway’s most beloved performers as they look back on the craziest, weirdest, and oddest shows they have ever performed in before they hit the Great White Way!

HAPPY OPENING, THE SET’S STILL WET will also look at all those summer stocks, theaters in a barn, theaters in a mall, theaters on a boat, college black-boxes, high school gymnasiums, and sketchy parks that we once gladly called our theatrical homes.

Starting on February 1st, 2019, HAPPY OPENING, THE SET’S STILL WET will be posted every other week for all of us to enjoy!

We can’t wait to have you join us on this madcap adventure through the wild, wacky, wonderful world of theatre!

Our Favorite Things #153: Playbill Trading Cards & The Birdcage

This Week: Playbill makes trading cards fun & Nathan Lane ffffffffffffoxtrots

 

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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#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!

 

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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#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.

 

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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#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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Our Favorite Things #148: Hadestown & Nunsense: TV Pilot

This Week: We go to heaven & hell

 

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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#148 NEIL MERON, Producer

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It is hard pressed to find someone who loves musical theatre as much as Emmy and Oscar winning producer Neil Meron. He loves musical theatre so much that he is determined to bring some of the canon’s greatest works from the Great White Way into the living rooms of eager audiences all across the world.

Along with Craig Zadan, he was the executive producer on the cultural shifts known as NBC’s The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live, The Wiz Live, Hairspray Live, Jesus Christ Superstar Live, and on May 19th, 2019, Hair Live.  Plus, the television adaptations of Gypsy, Cinderella, Annie, and The Music Man. Oh, and there was the Academy Award winning Chicago and the backstage epic known as Smash. We don’t know when he sleeps but we are so glad that he dropped by Shetler Studios to discuss his life and career with Rob and Kevin.

 

Neil pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his industrious letter writings led to meeting his partner Craig Zadan, what it’s like putting together a televised musical event, and why 1776 Live is his dream project!

 

Also, Neil shines the spotlight on Robert Morse, Bette Midler,  and Stephen Sondheim!

 

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More info on NBC’s HAIR LIVE can be found here: https://www.nbc.com/hair-live

Our Favorite Things #147: It Happened On Broadway & Kup’s Show

This Week: Broadway’s rich history & Lucy Doesn’t Love Mamet

 

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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#147 MARY STOUT, Actress

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Yes, we all know about her unfortunate run in with a hot dog cart, but there is so much more to incredible character actress, Mary Stout, who has appeared on Broadway in Copperfield, Me and My Girl, A Change In The Heir, Beauty and the Beast, My Favorite Year, and Jane Eyre! There was a Christmas with Sergio Franchi, a moment with Bill Cosby, and a dream with Tommy Tune!

 

Mary pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she went from the dinner theatre circuit to the Great White Way, what it was like being immortalized in Title of Show, and why “T**S For Tito” is her very own Broadway catch-phrase!

 

Also, Mary shines the spotlight on JK Simmons, Dan Goggin, and Helen Hayes!

 

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Our Favorite Things #146: The Musicals No One Came To See & A Mighty Wind

This Week: Flops from before 1983 & a mighty wind is blowing you and me!

 

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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#146 GLEN KELLY, Dance Arranger

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Woody Allen. Stephen Sondheim. Mel Brooks. Alan Menken. Eric Idle. These are only a few of the artists whom the wonderful Glen Kelly has had to give music, and sometimes lyrics, to in his career as one of Broadway’s most respected dance arrangers and musical supervisors. Perhaps best known for his work with on The Producers, Glen’s work has been heard on some of Broadway’s greatest hits including Mean Girls, Aladdin, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book of Mormon, The Frogs, Bullets Over Broadway, and this season’s very own The Prom!

 

Glen pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he and Mel Brooks created one of the most iconic scores of the 21st Century, what exactly a dance arranger does, and why he loves a night at the opera!

 

Also, Glen shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Susan Stroman, and Woody Allen!

 

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Our Favorite Things #145: The Drama Book Shop & Charles Pierce

This Week: A wonderful bookstore goes away & an actor paves the way for drag,

 

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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#145 CAROLE COOK, Actress

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In one of the funniest episodes to date, Carole Cook brings Rob and Kevin into her LA home to look back on her eighty plus years in the business! From summer stock (where she does Sophie Tucker in Kismet….don’t ask) to The Lucy Show, to being the second person to play Dolly to being the first person with a witty line, the incomparable Carole Cook looks back on her time in theatre, movies, and television, with wit, grace, and a penchant for four letter adjectives.

 

Carole pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she caught the eye of Lucille Ball, what it was like being onstage to hear Gower Champion had died, and why she is still making headlines at 94 years old!

 

Also, Carole shines the spotlight on Joanne Worley, John Kenley, and David Merrick.

 

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Our Favorite Things #144: Throwback Thursday Halloween Episode! Boo!

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This Week: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spookiness of the season, Rob and Kevin reveal their costumes, Mrs. Garrett pulls a Patty Duke, Tim Curry can’t find his tambourine, Charles Strouse gets spooky, Big Daddy Whiz goes to the pumpkins, Rob meets Christine Pedi, Liza Minnelli has a pokerface, Rob plays Daddy Warbucks, and Christine Pedi wants to save the Cafe Edison!

 

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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#144 DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA: Actress

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In one of their most inspiring interviews to date, Behind the Curtain sits down with one of Broadway’s most respected artists, Daphne Rubin-Vega, to discuss not only her career in such shows as Rent, Miss You Like Hell, A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Miserables, and more, but to spotlight the role of diversity and politics in the creation of art.

 

Daphne pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got cast in Rent and Miss You Like Hell, what it is like being an artist who is classified as “other”, and why your authentic self is the best self to present at auditions.

 

Also, Daphne shines the spotlight on Jonathan Larson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Quiara Alegria Hudes!

 

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Our Favorite Things #143: Everything’s Coming Up Roses- The Overtures of Jule Styne & The Nightmare Before Christmas

This Week: The genius of Jule & Danny!

 

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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#143 STEVEN SUSKIN, Author

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One of Broadway’s most respected chroniclers, Steven Suskin, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his career as a General Manager AND as the author of such books as Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers, Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre (1943-1964), More Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Musical Theatre (1965-1981), The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations, The Broadway Yearbook, A Must See: Brilliant Broadway Artwork, and Second Act Trouble: Behind The Scenes At Broadway’s Big Musical Bombs.

 

Steven pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became one of musical theatre’s most respected historians, what it was like working for the abominable showman David Merrick, and why the infamous Sarava commercial has a much deeper meaning than we all thought!

 

Also, Steven shines the spotlight on Irving Berlin, Mitch Leigh, and George Abbott!

 

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Our Favorite Things #142: Side Show & It’s A Hit: The Backstage Book of Longest Running Broadway Shows 1884 To The Present

This Week: Shows that ran over five hundred performances & one show that did not.

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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Bonus Episode: Theatre Geeks Anonymous Podcast & Us!

This week only we are offering a bonus episode with our friends Pamela and Ebony over at the great podcast Theatre Geeks Anonymous!

Rob, Pamela, Ebony, and not Kevin because he went camping, sit down and discuss four shows that ran only 1 performance only: A Broadway Musical, La Strada, and Heathen/Aloha: The Spectacular New Musical, The Moony Shapiro Songbook!

Check them out here: https://apple.co/2Ou4FfK

 

#142 VIVIAN REED, Singer

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Two Tony Award nominations. Drama Desk Award Winner. Obie Award Winner. Recognition from the NAACP,  Dance Education of America, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed List. These are some of the many recognitions bestowed upon one of the world’s most celebrated artists of cabaret: Vivian Reed.

Vivian dropped by Shetler Studios to discuss her Broadway appearances in That’s Entertainment, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Me Nobody Knows, Marie Christine, and so many others. Plus, Vivian reveals the secrets to her teaching technique that will make all of you re-examine the essence of an effective performance.

Vivian pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she became a renaissance woman of the arts, what it was like putting together her new Lena Horne tribute show, and why she believes in the power of teaching!

Also, Vivian shines the spotlight on Rosetta LeNoire, Lena Horne, and Charles “Honi” Coles!

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Our Favorite Things #141: Triumph Goes To The Tony Awards & The Last Ship

This Week: The Tonys go to the dogs and Sting goes to Broadway.

 

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#141 GERRY VICHI, Character Actor

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His Broadway debut was made at an age when some actors consider retiring from the business. But, countless credits later, Gerry Vichi has no intention of stopping anytime soon. His adorable mug has been seen in such musicals as Woman of the Year, Ain’t Broadway Grand, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Something Rotten and the revivals of Anything Goes, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie Get Your Gun.

 

Gerry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a champion for diversity, what it was like sharing the stage with Lauren Bacall, and why it is never too late to follow your dreams.

 

Also, Gerry shines the spotlight on Bobby Clark, Harry Guardino, and Patti LuPone!

 

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Our Favorite Things #140: Shangri La Plaza & Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers

This Week: A musical mall & Billy Porter goes old school.

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#140 PATTI MARIANO, Golden Age Child Actress

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She held one of Seventy-Six trombones, she heard about Hugo and Kim during The Telephone Hour, and she got to Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. She is Patti Mariano one of the Golden Age’s busiest child actors having appeared in the original productions of The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Sail Away, I Had A Ball, George M, Godspell, Rags, The Full Monty, and the 2001 production of 42nd Street.

 

Patti pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Mickey Rooney was the perfect star, what it was like sharing the stage with Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and why she became an integral force in the preservation of American Musical Theatre dance!

 

Also, Patti shines the spotlight on Meredith Wilson, Chita Rivera, Buddy Hackett, and Lee Theodore!

 

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Our Favorite Things #139: broadwaytheatreposters & Hackstage.nyc

This Week: An Instagram with history & The Onion for Actors.

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#139 MICHAEL MCCORMICK, Actor

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Sit down, John………because Michael McCormick, one of Broadway’s busiest character actors, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on a career that has had him appear in such musicals as Oliver, La Bete, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Marie Christine, Gypsy, Curtains, Hello, Dolly and many more!

 

Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how being a child actor became the foundation of his work ethic, what it was like coming full circle with Bernadette Peters, and why he won the role of John Adams in the revival of 1776!

 

Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Bette Midler, Victor Garber, and Christine Baranski!

 

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Our Favorite Things #138: Marin Mazzie (1960-2018)

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This Week: Remembering the great Marin Mazzie.

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#138 ETHAN MORDDEN: Author

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He has inspired countless generations with his observations on the world of musical theatre and his literary output is staggering. His name is Ethan Mordden and just a few of his books are: When Broadway Went To Hollywood, Anything Goes: A History of the American Musical, Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s, Sing For Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s, Beautiful Mornin: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s, Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s, Open A New Window: The Broadway Musical in the 1960s, One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s, The Happiest Corpse I Have Ever Seen: The Last 25 Years of the Broadway Musical, and biographies on Kurt Weill, Florenz Ziegfeld, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many others.

His most recent book, All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago, is now available in stores and on kindle.

 

Ethan pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he fell in love with musical theatre, what musicals are deserving of a second look, and why Bob Fosse is the most iconic choreographer in musical theatre history.

 

Also, Ethan shines the spotlight on Gwen Verdon, Tony Randall, and Maurine Dallas Watkins!

 

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Our Favorite Things #137: The Sound of Broadway Music & Sally Mayes: Our Private World

This Week: Celebrating orchestrators in print and on CD!

 

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#137 BRUCE VILANCH, Writer

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He has kept audiences in stitches for over forty years and today its Rob and Kevin’s turn as Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, the man behind the quips heard at the Tonys, Oscars, and Emmys swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career as a writer, actor, and activist!

 

Bruce pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur sang Kurt Weill with a wookie, what it was like crafting the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, and why The Vamp might have been the most fabulous musical no one ever saw!

 

Also, Bruce shines the spotlight on Carol Channing, Joan Crawford, and Virginia Mayo!

 

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Our Favorite Things #136: The Carol Channing Show & Underfoot in Show Business

This Week: Carol Channing eats a wiener & Helene Hanff leans in!

 

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#136 LUCIE ARNAZ, Actress

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One of the industry’s most beloved artists, Lucie Arnaz, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about her fifty plus year stage career. From her roots on CBS’ Here’s Lucy, starring her mother Lucille Ball, to her celebrated concert career, Lucie has been entertaining audiences in such shows as Seesaw, My One and Only, Lost in Yonkers, Social Security, Once Upon a Mattress, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I Do! I Do! and, the musical for which she received her Tony Award nomination, They’re Playing Our Song!

 

Lucie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Michael Bennett taught her opening night etiquette, what it was like being 8 months pregnant in a National Tour of Whose Life Is It Anyway, and why Rudy Vallee sucked at charades!

 

Also, Lucie shines the spotlight on John Kenley, Kay Medford, Mike Nichols, and David Craig!

 

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Our Favorite Things #135: Liza on HSN & Score: A Film Documentary

This Week: Liza Minnelli sells some jewelry & the art of film scoring.

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#135 The 2018-2019 Broadway Season w/ Peter Filichia

This week Rob, Kevin, and celebrated author and historian, Peter Filichia, look forward to the 2018-2019 theatrical season and discuss all the shows that are announced to come, rumored to come, and those that have already came!

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Our Favorite Things #134: Barbara Harris & Here’s The Thing: The Hidden Trove of Musicals by Broadways Greatest Talents

This Week: Remembering Vivian Matalon, Brian Murray, Craig Zadan, and Barbara Harris and looking back on industrial musicals.

 

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#134 ROBERT SHER, Grammy Nominated Record Producer

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While Robert Sher’s career has been most significant for producing the Grammy nominated cast recordings of such Broadway musicals as Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sugar Babies, and the most recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, today we are celebrating Robert’s passionate work to preserve many of the musical theatre’s most obscure gems and for those scores to be elevated in the minds, and iTunes, of those who love musicals.

 

Robert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a boy who loved musicals became a seven time Grammy nominee, what it was like working with obscure record producer Bruce Yeko, and why Robert needs all of your help to get some of Broadway’s most obscure gems out to eager listeners, including Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen and Sandy Duncan’s Peter Pan!

 

Also, Robert shines the spotlight on Debbie Reynolds, Teresa Stratas, and Stephen Schwartz!

 

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Our Favorite Things #133: Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free & Promises, Promises

This Week: Praising the genius that is Jessica Vosk and reinventing the sound of music with Burt Bacharach.

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#133 BILLY GOLDENBERG, Composer

 

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He might have written “Fifty Percent” but today we get one hundred percent of the Emmy Award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg, who has worked with everyone from Bea Arthur to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley to Mike Nichols, Diana Ross to Steven Spielberg. Billy’s Broadway credits include the dance music to Let It Ride, 110 in the Shade, High Spirits, Henry Sweet Henry, the music to Ballroom, and the creator of Bea Arthur: On Broadway.

 

Billy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur taught him comic timing, what it was like working with a quixotic Michael Bennett, and why he helped launch Marvin Hamlisch’s career!

 

Also, Billy shines the spotlight on Maureen Stapleton, Dorothy Loudon, and Bob Merrill!

 

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Our Favorite Things #132: Off The Wall At Sardis & Part Of Your World: The Alan Menken Album

This Week: Getting your picture up at Sardis and the undiscovered world of Alan Menken

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#132 DEBBIE GRAVITTE, Tony Award Winning Actress

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The musical theatre goddess that is Debbie Gravitte swings by Shetler Studios to tell Rob and Kevin about her amazing career that got started doing Annie Get Your Gun with Gower Champion all the way up to her filling Eydie Gorme’s shoes in the 50th Anniversary concert of Golden Rainbow! In between, there is Perfectly Frank, Zorba, Swing, Jerome Robbins Broadway (for which she won the Tony Award), They’re Playing Our Song, and so much more!

 

Debbie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how Anthony Quinn fooled an audience into forgiveness, what it was like working for Jerome Robbins, and why Bea Arthur’s love of oysters was unsettling!

 

Also, Debbie shines the spotlight on Debbie Reynolds, Ruth Brown, and Stephen Schwartz!

 

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Our Favorite Things #131: TDF & Hello, Again

This Week: The ten most produced high school plays/musicals, why we loved Head Over Heels and Bonnie Milligan, the generosity of TDF, and Michael John LaChuisa goes around and around.

 

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#131 JOSHUA ELLIS, Press Agent

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Stop the presses…….literally! One of Broadway’s most respected press agents, Joshua Ellis, has the spotlight shifted from his glittering clientele and focused firmly on him in this delightful interview which covers some of the 100 plus shows Joshua has worked on including Into the Woods, 42nd Street, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, The King and I, Morning’s at Seven, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

 

Joshua pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Barbra Streisand and Yul Brynner shared a clandestine car trip, what it was like working for the wily David Merrick, and why Carol Channing is the savviest person in show business!

 

Also, Joshua shines the spotlight on Eva LeGallienne, Eartha Kitt, and Ethel Merman.

 

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Our Favorite Things #130: Elaine Stritch At Liberty & Staatstheater Kassel

This Week: Revisiting Stritch & Spongebob meets West Side

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#130 RANDY SKINNER, Choreographer

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Get out your tap shoes, Francis, because four time Tony nominated choreographer, Randy Skinner, is here to waltz us all back in time for an intimate retrospective of his career. From working at the famed Kenley Players to being the keeper of the 42nd Street flame, Randy’s career includes turns (both onstage and off) with 42nd Street, Babes in Arms, Ain’t Broadway Grand, State Fair, Do Re Mi, George M, Lone Star Love, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Dames at Sea, and many more!

 

Randy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Ginger Rodgers influenced his work, what it was like learning from Gower Champion, and why he loves the art of teaching.

 

Also, Randy shines the spotlight on Fred Astaire, David Merrick, and John Kenley!

 

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Our Favorite Things #129: Gary Beach (1947-2018)

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This Week: Remembering Tony Award winner Gary Beach.

 

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#129 JOHN LEE BEATTY, Tony Award winning set designer

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One of Broadway’s busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain’t Misbehavin, Talley’s Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores!

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a day with Michael Kidd transformed his career, what it was like working with Ming Cho Lee,  and why he is the go to designer for living rooms everyone wants to live in!

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on Douglas W Schmidt, Richard Maltby Jr, and Gerald Gutierrez!

 

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Our Favorite Things #128: You’ll Never Walk Alone & Fraver By Design

This Week: Remembering Liliane Montevecchi and Jeff Loeffelholz, soccer teams love musical theatre, and an essential coffee table book!

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#128 PENNY FULLER, Actress

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It may not be Halloween but we got the one and only Eve Harrington, Penny Fuller, with us in today’s episode! Penny has been an Emmy Award winning familiar face on TV with such credits as The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, One Day At A Time, Matlock, and Judging Amy but the theatre is her home with appearances in the original Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Applause, Rex, The Dinner Party, and the most recent revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

 

Penny pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won the role of Broadway’s most sinister ingenue, what it was like losing her head to Nicol Williamson, and why she was almost Mabel Normand!

 

Also, Penny shines the spotlight on Lauren Bacall, David Merrick, Robert Redford, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

 

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Our Favorite Things #127: Girl Crazy & All That Jazz: The Life And Times Of The Musical Chicago

This Week: Looking at Songs For A New World, Jagged Little Pill, Ethel Merman, Ginger Rodgers, and the wicked Windy City.

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#127 BARRY MCNABB, Choreographer

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5,6,7,8…..get out your tap shoes, Francis, because we are sitting down with the one and only Barry McNabb who will dance his way into all your hearts. Barry not only appeared in the original Broadway productions of Phantom and Me and My Girl but has been Irish Rep’s resident choreographer for years and years.

 

Barry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was made a television superstar with over fifty ladies of the evening, what it was like working for Fosse, and why the physical shape of dancers transformed in the 80s!

 

Also, Barry shines the spotlight on Robert Lindsay, Gillian Lynne, and Michael Crawford!

 

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Our Favorite Things #126: Connie and Carla & The World Only Spins Forward

This Week: Sorry, folks, we got sound issues BUT its pretty much a drag themed, Stephen Spinella loving episode!

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#126 DAVID SHIRE, Oscar & Grammy Winning Composer

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David Shire’s melodies have earned him an Oscar, a Grammy, countless Emmy and Tony nominations, as well a special place in the hearts of audiences spanning as far back as 1960. David drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career and revisit not only such films as The Conversation, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, All The President’s Men, Return to Oz, Zodiac, Norma Rae, and Saturday Night Fever, but to explore his collaboration with Richard Maltby Jr that produced such musicals as Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby, Take Flight, Big, Closer Than Ever, Love Match, How Do You Do, I Love You, and The Sap Of Life.

David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he and Richard Maltby Jr created some of the canon’s most known works, what it was like being a rehearsal pianist on some of the Golden Age’s most iconic musicals, and why he was fired by his own brother in law!

Also, David shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Barbra Streisand, and Francis Ford Coppola!

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Our Favorite Things #125: Punchy Players & Kay Starr

This Week: Judy Garland gets some groceries & the Wheel of Fortune lands on Kay Starr!

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#125 HARVEY EVANS, Broadway’s Most Beloved Ensemblist

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A dancer’s life on Broadway can be limited, but, if you are Harvey Evans, your abilities have no boundaries. Starting with his first Broadway credit in 1957’s New Girls In Town, Harvey’s incredible resume includes the original Broadway productions of West Side Story, Redhead, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Anyone Can Whistle, George M, Our Town, The Boyfriend, Follies, Sextet, Barnum, Sunset Boulevard, and The Scarlet Pimpernel!

 

Harvey pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he grew up watching Gwen Verdon dance and then became one of her most favorite dance partners, what it was like working for Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, and why his favorite time of day is AfterDark!

 

Also, Harvey shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Henry Fonda, and Larry Kert!

 

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Our Favorite Things #124: David Craig & American Dance Machine

This Week: Recapping the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, celebrating a titan of musical theatre’s vocal heritage, and dusting off great dances from musicals of yesteryear!

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#124 BETH LEAVEL, Tony Award Winning Actress

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She might have once been a drowsy chaperone but the brilliant artist who created her, Beth Leavel, is an energetic life force whose passion for the art of musical theatre is infectious. Beth drops by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and discuss her incredible career which not only boasts a Tony Award but featured her gracing the Broadway stages of such shows as 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Baby It’s You, Bandstand, and the upcoming The Prom.

 

Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how becoming a Dame led to a Tony Award, what it was like fighting in the Civil War, and why she never encores “I’ve Got Rhythm!”

 

Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Mike Ockrent, Bobo Lewis, and many more!

 

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Our Favorite Things #123: Forgotten Tony Awards Categories

This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood discuss Tony Award categories that are no longer part of the ceremony and suggest ones that should be included.

 

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#123: The 2017-2018 Tony Awards Best Musical Nominations

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This Week: Rob, Kevin and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood grab their ballots and kiki about the 2017-2018 Tony Award Musical Nominations.

 

From a stranded band to a clump of mean girls to a sponge fighting a volcano to frozen princesses, from Eliza Doolittle to Carrie Pipperidge, all things musical are discussed, disected, and debated in this week’s episode!

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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Our Favorite Things #122: Egregiously Overlooked at the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations

This Week: Individuals, and shows, who should have been nominated for the 2017-2018 Tony Award nominations.

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.

Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4