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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. From actors to directors, designers to playwrights, press agents to general mana…

Robert W. Schneider and Kevin David Thomas


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    Revival: Michael John LaChiusa, Composer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 76:12


    To celebrate Michael John LaChiusa's new show LOS OTROS we are reviving our interview with him. After you listen, go buy some tickets and see the incredible Caesar Samayoa and Luba Mason shine in this beautiful show. MORE INFO ON LOS OTROS HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #285 NICK WYMAN, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 57:44


    Shows: Very Good Eddie, My Fair Lady, Network Born in Portland, Maine, Nick Wyman has had a 45-year career of film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.  After serving on Actors' Equity's governing council for twenty years, Nick was elected National President of the union and served for five years. He has served on the board of trustees of the Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and has been a trustee for twenty years of the Equity-League Pension & Health Funds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #284 DAVID LOUD, Music Director

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 61:21


    SHOWS: Merrily We Roll Along, She Loves Me, Curtains David Loud occupies a unique place in Broadway history: in addition to his distinguished body of work as a music director and vocal arranger, he has also originated three roles as an actor. He most recently served as Music Director for the Broadway premiere of The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. Other credits include the original Broadway productions of The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, Curtains, Ragtime, A Class Act, Steel Pier, and revivals of Porgy and Bess, She Loves Me, Company, and Sweeney Todd. He originated the role of Manny in Terrence McNally's Master Class (starring Zoe Caldwell), played Sasha (the conductor) in Curtains, and made his Broadway debut in Harold Prince's original 1981 production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. Off-Broadway, David created the vocal and dance arrangements for Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes ‘Round. He has created arrangements for Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Audra MacDonald, Victoria Clark, Paulo Szot, Liz Callaway, Betty Buckley, and Barbara Cook. He conducted the incidental music for Mike Nichols's revival of Death of a Salesman and collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and John Doyle on A Bed and a Chair, a jazz interpretation of Sondheim's music. Other recent projects include The Land Where the Good Songs Go, a concert of Jerome Kern songs at Merkin Concert Hall; First You Dream, a concert of Kander & Ebb songs that was broadcast on PBS; and three programs in the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists series: On A Clear Day: The Musical Vision of Burton Lane, Taking a Chance on Love: The Music of Vernon Duke, and A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration. He is a graduate of Yale University and has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and Fordham University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #283 JOHN RUBINSTEIN Pt. 2, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 68:14


    Shows: Pippin, Fools, Getting Away With Murder Celebrated actor John Rubinstein is back to talk about Fosse, Pippin, Mike Nichols, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, and so much more in the conclusion of our interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #282 VIRGINIA SEIDEL, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 56:36


    The delightful and darling Virginia Seidel looks back on her career which includes sharing the stage with Dorothy Lamour, Ethel Merman, Ray Milland, Leland Palmer, Douglas Fairbanks, John Raitt, and Sylvia Sims! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #281 STEVE ROSS, The Crown Prince of Cabaret

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 61:19


    The “Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” is what Steve Ross was dubbed many years ago. He hasn't lost his title. In fact, the only change today would be dropping “New York.” In the past decade alone Steve has performed around the country and around the world in every kind of venue – from Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center and from cabarets to theaters. An articulate man with a keen knowledge of the Great American Songbook's music and history, Steve has hosted radio series and outdoor concerts. This week Steve talks to Rob and Kevin about Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, and so many more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #280 RUPERT HOLMES, Songwriter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 65:39


    Shows: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains, The Nutty Professor Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, librettist Rupert Holmes drops in to discuss his incredible career as well as his new musical, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, which is about to open at The Ogunquit Playhouse.....and a sneak peek at a new Broadway bound musical. Rupert pulls back the curtain to reveal why Gilbert and Sullivan are at the foundation of his creations, how Joe Papp lured him to the world of musical theatre, and who might be the murderer in the infamous The Mystery of Edwin Drood Music Video. Plus: Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Cleo Laine, and so many more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #279 BAAYORK LEE, Director/Choreographer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 67:22


    Shows: A Chorus Line, Seesaw, Promises, Promises The one and only 4'10 bundle of dynamite, Baayork Lee, joins Kevin for a look back on her incredible career which includes appearances in The King and I, Flower Drum Song, Bravo Giovanni, Mr. President, Here's Love, Golden Boy, Promises, Promises, Seesaw, and A Chorus Line! Baayork pulls back the curtain to discuss what it was like working with Michael Bennett, how she created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line, and why she still continues carrying on the legacy today! Plus: Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr, and Tommy Tune! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #278 MICHAEL MCELROY, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 75:22


    SHOWS: Violet, The Wild Party, Big River One of Broadway's most beloved artists, Michael McElroy joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his acting career, discuss the process of creating Flick in Violet, and to walk listeners through his teaching methodology as the Head of MT at The University of Michigan. Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he handled obstacles in his undergraduate studies, what it was like working with George C. Wolfe, and why he became one of Eartha Kitt's bestie. Also, Michael shines the spotlight on Mandy Patinkin, Nathan Lee Graham, and Jeanine Tesori. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #277 Don Pippin (1926-2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 50:09


    To celebrate the life and legacy of Tony Award Winning Music Director Don Pippin, we are re-airing our interview with Don from 2016. May his memory be a blessing. Don Pippin, the music director of such hit musicals as Mame, A Chorus Line, and La Cage Aux Folles, invites Rob & Kevin to his favorite restaurant for club sandwiches, iced tea, and a look into a sixty year career that changed the world of musicals. Also, Don conducts Lauren Bacall, watches Angela Lansbury become a star, and reveals what happens at the ballet! Plus: Jerry Herman, Robert Preston, and Michael Bennett! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: My Favorite Broadway The Leading Ladies & Liza Minnelli At Carnegie Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 53:02


    This Week: Celebrating two major events that happened at Carnegie Hall. TRIVIA THIS SATURDAY!!!!! Venmo Robert-Schneider-5 a donation to get the code! MY FAVORITE BROADWAY LIZA MINNELLI: AT CARNEGIE HALL SOME PEOPLE WON'T GIVE LIZA 88 BUCKS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #276 HARVEY EVANS (1941-2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 69:15


    To celebrate the life of Harvey Evans we are re-airing our interview with Harvey which we conducted in 2018. 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 partner, what it was like working for Jerome Robbins, and why his favorite time of day is AfterDark! Also, Harvey shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Henry Fonda, and Larry Kert! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #275 STEPHEN SONDHEIM: A TRIBUTE

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 54:27


    Rob and Kevin look back on the life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021). The boys discuss their favorite Sondheim songs, moments, lyrics, mentorship, and their own interactions with the man himself. Instagram: @BroadwayCurtainPodcast Twitter: @BroadwayCurtain Facebook: @Broadwaycurtainpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #274 FALL FOLLIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 64:57


    The leaves are changing, there is a nip in the air, and your hosts are settling down by the fire to dish all about the past two months. Its time to look at the Tony Awards, Wicked casting, the Dear Evan Hansen film, some Goulet stories, Kevin's love of Dorothy Fields, and Rob's obsession with public access. Plus, they discuss Yeah, But Not Right Now, Six, Dana H, The Lehman Trilogy, Lackawana Blues, Chicken and Biscuits, and reveal some exciting things coming down the line for these two lovely musical theatre nerds: I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby Every Show Running: 1997 with Charles and Jeff Into the Woods Tickets J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company Tickets Fifty Key Stage Musicals Todd Buonopane Tickets Robbie Rozelle Tickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #273 WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER VACATION

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 84:46


    This week Kevin and Rob look back at their summer activities and all the things that have kept the theatrical news cycle running like The Bridge Production Group's visceral production of Title Of Show, the passing of Micki Grant and Jackie Mason, the new rules that have been implemented by Actor's Equity, the wonderful world of Jerome Kern and the Princess Musicals, the new season at Spotlight and Encores, an incredible Instagram celebrating black music, and why it is important to spread positivity in the world of musical theatre. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #272 SUMMER RERUN: Lee Roy Reams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 63:38


    Revisit our episode with Broadway legend Lee Roy Reams Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #271 LILLIAS WHITE, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 73:05


    SHOWS: How to Succeed (1995), The Life Fela! One of Broadway's most beloved artists, Tony Award winner Ms. Lillias White joins Rob and Kevin to look back on her acting career, discuss the process of creating Sonja in The Life, and to walk listeners through the process behind her new album, Get Yourself Some Happy. Lillias pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she handled sexism, what it was like collaborating with Cy Coleman, and why Tony Orlando was one of her favorite co-stars Also, Lillias shines the spotlight on Jim Dale, Pamela Isaacs, and LaChanze! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #270 SUMMER RERUN: Andre DeShields

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 58:16


    Revisit our episode with the legendary Tony Award winner Andre DeShields. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #269 SUMMER RERUN: Mimi Hines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 82:00


    Revisit our episode with the original funny girl herself, Mimi Hines! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #268 SUMMER RERUN: Don Pippin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 54:18


    Revisit our episode with iconic music director Don Pippin Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #267 SUMMER RERUN: George S. Irving

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 59:31


    Revisit our episode with Tony Award winner George S. Irving Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #266 SUMMER RERUN: Randy Graff

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 63:53


    Revisit our first episode with Tony Award winner Randy Graff. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #265 PODCAST CROSSOVER: Backstage Babble's Charles Kirsch Interviews Rob & Kevin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 66:30


    To celebrate Behind The Curtain's over 500 episodes, Backstage Babble's Charles Kirsch turned the tables on Rob and Kevin and made them the guests of honor. The boys look back on how they met, their favorite guests, their oddest interviews, and why they are passionate about preserving the oral histories of Broadway's hardest workers. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #264 LAINIE KAZAN, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 65:52


    SHOWS: Funny Girl, Seesaw (Detroit), My Favorite Year Lainie Kazan has done it all. Broadway, Off-Broadway, Movies, Television, Recordings, Nightclub Owner, Playboy Model, Fashionista, and provided audiences with indelible memories in such shows as Bravo, Giovanni, Seesaw (Detroit), My Favorite Year, TV shows like The Nanny, and movies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Lainie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won the role of understudying Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, what it was like out of town with Seesaw, and why she decided to become one of the first female club owners in a male-dominated field. Also, Lainie shines the spotlight on Peter O'Toole, Barbra Streisand, and Michael Bennett! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #263 JOHN RUBINSTEIN, Actor- Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 73:14


    SHOWS: Pippin, Getting Away With Murder, Wicked In Part One of our interview with John Rubinstein we hear how the man who has appeared in Pippin, Children of a Lesser God, Fools, Hurlyburly, M Butterfly, Ragtime, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not to mention The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Crazy Like a Fox, Feud, and so many more, has sustained a career as an actor, director, writer, and educator for over fifty years! John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he befriended Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, what it was like collaborating with Bob Fosse, and why he is such an advocate for Los Angeles theatre. Also, John shines the spotlight on Arthur Rubinstein, Stephen Schwartz, and Ben Vereen! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #262 CRAIG CARNELIA, Songwriter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 73:49


    SHOWS: Working, Is There Life After High School, Sweet Smell of Success Craig Carnelia, the man who has given the world such songs as Just A Housewife and The Mason from Working, The Kid Inside from Is There Life After High School, What You'd Call a Dream from Diamonds, At The Fountain, and One Track Mind from Sweet Smell of Success, and of course, Flight, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on these incredible songs. Craig pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he had an epiphany at No Strings, what it was like being in the room with Marvin Hamlisch, and why his new works emphasize social awareness. Also, Craig shines the spotlight on Wally Harper, Stephen Schwartz, and Hal Prince! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Buy Craig's new book, THE REASON TO SING, by clicking this LINK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #261 PAUL GEMIGNANI, Music Director

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 58:16


    SHOWS: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods One of Broadway's busiest music directors, Tony Award winner Paul Gemignani, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his career as a music director on such projects as Pacific Overtures, On the 20th Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, The Rink, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Passion, and many more! Paul pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got into the good graces of legendary music director Hal Hastings, what it's like collaborating with Stephen Sondheim, and why he wants to see the role of music director be elevated within the industry. Also, Paul shines the spotlight on John Kander, Cy Coleman, and Hal Prince Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #260 DEBRA MONK, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 73:55


    JOIN OUR PATREON TO HELP KEEP BTC ON THE AIR SHOWS: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Steel Pier, Curtains Yes, she's Everybody's Girl but today she is all ours! Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Monk joins the boys to look at her incredible career which includes the Broadway productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Prelude to a Kiss, Redwood Curtain, Company (1996), Steel Pier, Curtains, and so many more! Debra pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she discovered the meaning of "blocking," what it was like trading dirty jokes with Fred Ebb, and why she made her Broadway debut without an agent! Also, Debra shines the spotlight on Scott Ellis, Stephen Sondheim, and John Kander! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #259 DAVID GARRISON, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 74:00


    SHOWS: A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Titanic, and Wicked One of Broadway's most reliable character men, David Garrison, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his time in such shows as A History of the American Film, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Pirates of Penzance, Torch Song Trilogy, Titanic, Wicked, The Visit, and of course, Fox's Married: With Children where he played the square neighbor Steve Rhodes. David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got to Broadway without an audition, what it was like facing the angry ticket buyers of Torch Song Trilogy, and why he left one of the television's most successful sitcoms to return to the boards. Also, David shines the spotlight on Tommy Tune, Maury Yeston, and Susan Stroman! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #258 DAVID ZIPPEL, Lyricist

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 72:17


    SHOWS: City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella One of Broadway's most clever lyricists, Tony Award winner David Zippel, joins Rob and Kevin to look at the art of lyric writing (and which musicals every lyricist should listen to in order to be brilliant at their craft) and his collaborations with Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott, and his work on City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, Going Hollywood, Princesses, and the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cinderella. David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he transitioned from legal eagle to Broadway wordsmith, what it was like working with the one and only Cy Coleman, and why he thinks The Goodbye Girl deserves a second chance. Also, David shines the spotlight on Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, and Wally Harper! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #257 JULES FISHER + PEGGY EISENHAUER, Lighting Designers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 75:30


    SHOWS: Pippin, Chicago, and Angels in America Their collaboration is one of the longest in theatre history and their brilliant lighting designs have enriched every show on which they work. Solo, Jules Fisher was the lighting designer on the original productions of Pippin, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles and many more. Once Peggy Eisenhauer became his creative partner, their credits included Angels in America, Jelly's Last Jam, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, Ragtime, Shuffle Along, and so many more Jules + Peggy pull back the curtain on their career to discuss how Bob Fosse demanded new ideas, what it was like working under the guidance of Jo Mielziner, and why George C. Wolfe requested that black be a color in lighting. Also, Jules+Peggy shine the spotlight on Joe Mantello, Graciela Daniele, and Feder! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: Dancers Over 40 & Broadway by Ghostlight

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 36:15


    This Week: Looking at the organization DANCERS OVER 40 which helps transition older dancers into the next phase of their career and Marc Bonnani's YouTube channel BROADWAY BY GHOSTLIGHT which offers viewers an entertaining look at musical theater past. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #256 CHRISTINE ANDREAS, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 74:49


    SHOWS: My Fair Lady (1976), Oklahoma (1979), On Your Toes (1983) "Many singers have lovely voices. Very few interpret lyrics the way they were meant to be sung. And Christine Andreas does just that.” While that compliment was paid by Hal David, we feel there is no greater introduction than that to the carismatic Christine Andreas, whose credits include the revivals of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, On Your Toes, La Cage Aux Folles and the original companies of Legs Diamond, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the first tour of The Light in the Piazza. Christine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she kept dodging Mister Abbott, what it was like being choreographed by Agnes DeMille, and why Legs Diamond has no legs. Also, Christine shines the spotlight on Dina Merrill, George Rose, and Alan Jay Lerner! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: A Wonderful Guy by Eddie Shapiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 34:43


    This Week: An interview with Eddie Shapiro, author of A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater BUY THE BOOK HERE Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #255 MANNY AZENBERG, Producer

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 55:31


    SHOWS: Rent, Hamilton, 24 Neil Simon plays One of Broadway's most prolific producers, Tony Award winner Manny Azenberg, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his producing career, discuss the process of producing for the legendary Neil Simon, and walk listeners through the ins and outs of producing and general managing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Manny pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he angrily chased Neil Simon around Manhattan, what it was like working for abominable showman David Merrick, and why he thinks the theater is the nation's moral compass. Also, Manny shines the spotlight on Mercedes Ruhl, James Goldman, and Tom Stoppard! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #254 MARY TESTA, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 73:45


    SHOWS: In Trousers, 42nd Street (2000), Oklahoma (2019) For over forty years New York audiences have had the great pleasure of watching three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa light up the stage with her brilliant work in such shows as In Trousers, Barnum, The Rink, On The Town, 42nd Street, Xanadu, Oklahoma, Marie Christine, Queen of the Mist, and First Daughter Suite, amongst so many more. Now, Mary sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her career, her triumphs, and an intimate conversation about her strength and desire to keep telling stories. Mary pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she riffed in front of Stephen Sondheim (and how she got banned from some casting directors because of it), what it was like creating In Trousers, and why her ability to tell nothing but the truth has been her creative guiding light. Also, Mary shines the spotlight on William Finn, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Chita Rivera! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: The Untold Stories of Broadway (Vol. 4) & Wait For Your Laugh

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 26:46


    This Week: Celebrating Jennifer Ashley Tepper's new book and reviewing the documentary that focuses on the iconic Rose-Marie. KEVIN'S TRIVIA Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: The Music Man (1962) & The Addams Family Home Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 28:31


    This Week: Kevin discovers the 1962 film version of The Music Man and Rob discovers the antics of Jackie Hoffman Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    An Announcement from Rob & Kevin

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 3:59


    Faithful listener! Gather round for we have news! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: Tarot Card Reading With Sutton Crawford

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 26:26


    This Week: Sutton Crawford, Kevin's daily favorite thing, swings by to give the boys a tarot card reading! Sutton Crawford Website Sutton Crawford Instagram Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #253 NATHAN LANE, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 76:07


    SHOWS: The Producers, Love! Valour! Compassion, Angels in America There is no greater representation of modern Broadway than three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. His ability to transition from theatre to film, comedy to drama, tear-inducing laughter to heart-stopping pathos, all in one performance, is comparable to none. Nathan Lane has shared his gifts with audiences in such shows as the revivals of Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Odd Couple, Angels in America, and the original productions of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Producers, The Addams Family, November, Gary, and so many more! Nathan pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Eddie Bracken taught him comedy, what it was like collaborating with Terrence McNally, and why Joe Mantello jilted him for Laurie Metcalf! Also, Nathan shines the spotlight on Neil Simon, George C. Scott, and Jerry Zaks! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: No Applause Just Throw Money & Song by Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 30:29


    This Week: Looking into Trav S.D.'s book, No Applause- Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous and celebrating the BBC TV show Song By Song which was inspired by the success of Side by Side by Sondheim. Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #252 ANN REINKING

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 73:00


    A rebroadcast of our 2020 interview with Ann Reinking Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #251 REBECCA LUKER

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 67:50


    A rebroadcast of our 2017 interview with Ms. Luker Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #250 VICTOR GARBER, Actor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 70:53


    SHOWS: Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd, Noises Off If you don't believe that four time Tony nominee Victor Garber has range just think that he is one of the only actors in his career to play both Jesus and the Devil. Not only was he in both Godspell and Damn Yankees, Victor also appeared in Deathtrap, They're Playing Our Song, Sweeney Todd, Lend Me A Tenor, Art, Hello, Dolly and has created iconic on screen performances in Alias, The First Wives Club, Annie, Cinderella, Legally Blonde, and so many more! Victor pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he went from singing folk music to singing Sondheim, what it was like running the marathon of Noises Off, and why he might be coming back to The Great Bright Way quite soon! Also, Victor shines the spotlight on Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim, and Philip Bosco! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #249 THE 2020 IN MEMORIAM with Lee Roy Reams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 75:09


    While we all looked forward to saying good bye to 2020 we didn't look forward to saying goodbye to all of the wonderful artists that we lost this past year. From our elder statesmen like Terrence McNally to our youngest stars like Nick Cordero. The beautiful voice of Rebecca Luker to the brilliant dancing of Ann Reinking. We say goodbye to so many of these legends in our annual In Memoriam episode with Broadway's greatest legend, and resident wit, Lee Roy Reams. Lee Roy and the boys joyously look back on these incredible artists who left us with gushing memories, bawdy gossip, and a sense of gratitude that we got to live in the same era as the brilliant geniuses who have shaped the face of Broadway. We raise our glasses, at this. our traditional Irish wake, for the legends of yesterday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: Mary Neely & Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 40:45


    This Week: Exploring Liza Minnelli's need for 88 bucks, praising the Twitter sensation known as Mary Neely, and spending alone time with Sid Caesar and Angela Lansbury. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #248 TOM VIOLA, Executive Director of BC/EFA

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 73:04


    For over thirty years Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been advocating for those theatre artists who are in need of medicine, housing, rehabilitation, and counseling. At the forefront of this magnificent organization is their Executive Director, Tom Viola. Tom pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he joined Colleen Dewhurst in the daunting quest of saving the theatre community, what it was like shepherding such New York institutions as The Red Bucket Follies, Broadway Backwards, Nothing Like A Dame, and why he continues to advocate for those without a voice. Also, Tom shines the spotlight on Jerry Mitchell, Rodger McFarlane, and Phyllis Newman! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #247 ALBERT POLAND, General Manager

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 72:50


    SHOWS: Little Shop of Horrors, The Boy from Oz, Steel Magnolias BOOK: Stages: A Theater Memoir Albert Poland has long been one of the most iconic individuals in New York's Off-Broadway theatre movement. As a general manager, the one who keeps an eye on the budget and the individual who has to keep all parties creative and happy, he has worked on almost 100 different productions including The Homecoming, Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award, Best Revival), Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, Long Day's Journey Into Night (Tony Award, Best Revival), and Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Dirty Blonde, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Tony Award, Best Play), The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award, Best Play), As Is (Drama Desk Award, Best Play), The Price, the original productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Musical), Steel Magnolias, and One Mo' Time as well as Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Drama Desk, Best Play), Uta Hagen in Mrs. Klein, Eileen Heckart in The Waverly Gallery, Always Patsy Cline, Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Play), Vanities, David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, The Neon Woman, Tommy Tune Atop the Village Gate, Let My People Come, Stephen Sondheim's Marry Me a Little and Tom Lehrer's Tomfoolery. Mr. Poland operated the Astor Place Theatre from 1977 through 2000, during which time it was host to such long runs as A Coupla White Chicks, The Dining Room, The Foreigner, and Blue Man Group. He is the Co-Editor/Author, with Bruce Mailman, of The Off-Off Broadway Book published in 1972 by Bobbs-Merrill. As a performer, he appeared at Carnegie Hall, La Mama, Judson Poets Theater and the Village Gate. Mr. Poland's first venture in show business was as the founding president of The Official Judy Garland Fan Fan Club in 1955. Albert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he chatted up Judy Garland, what it was like creating theatre during the height of the AIDS epidemic, and why he knew Little Shop of Horrors would be brilliant. Also, Albert shines the spotlight on Lucille Lortel, Gretchen Cryer, and Hugh Jackman! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our Favorite Things: Adventcaroldnr & Fitness Walking with Sally Struthers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 23:37


    This Week: Laughing your way through December with a new instagram sensation and taking a short shorts stroll with Sally Struthers' 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. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #246 CHARLAYNE WOODARD, Actress

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 69:40


    SHOWS: Ain't Misbehavin', Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, Pretty Fire The brilliant and beloved Charlayne Woodard joins Rob and Kevin to look back on her career as both an actress and a playwright. Audiences have seen her in Hair, Ain't Misbehavin, Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, and her own autobiographical works including Pretty Free, Neat, In Real Life, The Night Watcher, Flight, and many others. Charlayne pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she found her voice through her family's guidance, what it was like crafting her own path both on and off the stage, and why theatre must be a place for social change. Also, Charlayne shines the spotlight on Micki Grant, Vinnette Carroll, and Andre DeShields! 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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