#89 NEVA SMALL, “Chava” in Fiddler On The Roof

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Everyone’s favorite little bird, little Chavala, Neva Small, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her fabulous career both onstage and on the screen. Neva takes us back to the filming of the immortal Fiddler on the Roof film, as well as how her career as a child actress led to her Broadway appearances in Something More, Henry, Sweet Henry, The Impossible Years, Frank Merriwell, and Something’s Afoot.

 

Neva pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she landed the role of Chava, what it was like sharing the stage with Barbara Cook , and why she now makes her home in education!

 

Also, Neva shines the spotlight on Alice Playten, Alan King, and Topol!

 

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Our Favorite Things #88: Musical Theater Today

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This Week: Rob and Kevin sit down with Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, the co-founders and editors of Musical Theater Today, a new, yearly periodical inspired by the extraordinary variety of artists, institutions, and audiences engaged in the musical theatre world. Ben and Lucas not only discuss the genesis of the book but discuss some of its contributors and its most fascinating articles.

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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

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#88 PAT BIRCH: Choreographer

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The musical theatre of the 1970s offered audiences the most diverse style of musical entertainment. There were traditional golden age shows, concept shows, revivals, nostalgia crazes, social commentary shows, and Pat Birch was involved in every genre.

While audiences best know her as the choreographer of both the stage and movie versions of Grease and the director and choreographer of Grease 2,  plus her resident choreography gig on the first six years of Saturday Night Live, her work on Broadway includes A Little Night Music, Over Here, Truckload, Pacific Overtures, They’re Playing Our Song, and countless others.

Pat pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got Steve Martin to dance, what was it like to hand jive , and why Grease 2 might just be better than Grease.

Also, Pat shines the spotlight on John Travolta, Robert Altman and Gilda Radner

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Our Favorite Things #87: Woman of the Year Rehearsal Video & The Librettos of Neil Simon

This Week: Looking back on The Last Five Years, celebrating Honeymoon in Vegas, creeping on JRB, Merrily We Roll Along opens this Friday, international Sondheim, back to Bacall, a sneak peak of a bygone Broadway, teaching Bacall to dance, the librettos of Doc Simon, secrets of A Chorus Line, the importance of the libretto, Sid Caesar, the grittiness of Charity, what its like to show doctor, musicals that have other, unaccredited creators, the loss of obscurity, is Joshua Harmon the new Neil Simon, the “boulevard comedy” and a demand for humor in the theatre.

 

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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#87 PETER BOGYO: General Manager

Peter Bogyo, author of Broadway General Manager: Demystifying The Most Important And Least Understood Role In Show Business, sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his wonderful new book and how a General Manager serves a play or musical. Peter looks back on a career that includes the orignail production of Sondheim’s The Frogs, Starmites, Fortune’s Fool, Anyone Can Whistle: In Concert, and so many more!

 

Peter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he went from swimming with Sondheim at Yale to one of Broadway’s most respected leaders, what infamous Broadway musical is going to be the inspiration for his new book, and why the “General Manager” is one of the most cruical, and most misunderstood, roles in theatre.

 

Also, Peter shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, and Arthur Laurents

 

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Our Favorite Things #86: Ben Rimalower

This Week: Hide the children because this episode gets a bit naughty with acclaimed writer and director Ben Rimalower (Patti Issues, Bad With Money). The gents discuss Patti LuPone as a gateway drug, Ben’s Top 5 Divas, the joy of ranking cast albums, the best auditions ever seen, what was Ben’s most controversial Playbill article, what its like to have Patti in the audience, Into The Light returns, then it just all goes downhill, and a lengthy discussion about length, what shows need to come back, a case for why The Wiz movie is better than The Wiz stage play and Rob does Robert Goulet in Fiddler.

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#86 CAROLE DEMAS, “Sandy” from Grease

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Rob and Kevin go together with Broadway’s original Sandy, Carole Demas, on this week’s fascinating episode. Carole looks back not only on her time with Grease, and what it was like to create one of Broadway’s most iconic heroines, but also Carole discusses the resilience she created within herself when she was let go from both the revival of No, No, Nanette and Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife.

 

Carole pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got the role of Sandy in Grease, what went on behind the scenes during her involvement with both No, No, Nanette and The Baker’s Wife, and why she proudly embraces her Grease heritage!

 

Also, Carole shines the spotlight on David Merrick, Patti LuPone, and Jeff Conaway!

 

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