It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood because we are joined by Tony-winner Celia Keenan-Bolger. You Might Know Her From Diane and Broadway productions of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Celia opened up to us about the complicated feelings around rejoining the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird post-COVID lockdown and the murder of George Floyd. We also dug into her performance in one of our favorite movies of the last few years, Diane, how it feels to be an adult who continues to make a career playing younger folk, and whether she really originated the Toaster in the Brave Little Toaster musical. Celia was a total dreamboat. Follow us on social media @damianbellino || @rodemanne Real World LA getting reunion treatment a la Real World Homecoming:New York Tami Roman got an abortion and got her jaw wired shut Tami and Beth #1 are both lifetime reality stars Beth #2 who replaced David wore this iconic lesbian shirt ”I'm not gay, but my girflriend is” Dominic is an investment banker, Aaron works for Disney or some shit Justin Bieber has a new music video “Ghost” starring Diane Keaton Diane Keaton has a book of clown paintings called Clown Paintings Diane Keaton loves horses Starred opposite former YMKHF guest, Mary Kay Place (Ep 22) in the Kent Jones film, Diane Diane had a bevy of women in it: Deirdre O'Connell, former YMKFH guest, Joyce Van Patten (Ep 36), Phyllis Somerville, Andrea Martin, and Estelle Parsons Won a Tony for playing Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway opposite Jeff Daniels We lost the great Phyllis Somerville in 2020 Death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor led to a reckoning with racism on Broadway: “We See You White American Theatre” The Scott Rudin situation Aug 2019 there was a motorcycle backfire in TImes Square people thought was a mass shooting so they fled into the theater for safety Celia has played a child multiple times: Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie. Leslye Headland's play Bachelorette Celia's podcast, Sunday Pancakes has an intimate conversation with Kelli O'Hara. Celia originated the role of Clara in The Light in the Piazza, but the role was ultimately recast with O'Hara (who was originally in the ensemble) when it moved to Broadway. Kelli O'Hara on Sunday Pancakes Siblings are both in the biz and are openly queer (Maggie KB and Andrew KB) Bachelorette the play was turned into a movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan Adult audition song: “I Think I May Want to Remember Today” Richard Maltby and David Shire Kid audition song: “When We Grow Up” Free to Be You and Me OG Law and Order and SVU. She played sister of former guest, Samantha Mathis Ep 1, and acted opposite Ann Curry, who was excellent Top 3 performances of all time: Helen McRory in Uncle Vanya at BAM; Fun Home (off or on Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Tracee Chimo, Heidi Shreck, Reed Birney) Played Eponine in 2005 Les Miserables “On My Own” versions: 1) Lea Michelle 2) Samantha Barks 3) Katie Holmes Lea Michelle did Ragtime with Celia's brother Andrew Deirde O'Connell is the woman we would all drop everything to see (in fact she's in Dana H. on Broadway right now go see her!) The Gilded Age stars tons of theatre folk: Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kelli O'Hara, Donna Murphy, Katie Finneran Celia was NOT in The Brave Little Toaster musical reading Connecting this week's guest to next week's guest: Celia Keenan-Bolger Was in Diane with Joyce Van Patten Who was in the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs with Mandy Ingber Who was in Teen Witch with Zelda Rubinstein Who was in Poltergeist with NEXT. WEEK'S. GUEST. We all hate Jerry Van Dyke but we do like Craig T Nelson Correction: Coach was on ABC not NBC Bunnicula is IMPORTANT (sadly written by a married couple: Deborah and James Howe) Rikki Tikki Tavi or Tikk Tikki Tembo Serendipity: children's book on the Loch Ness Monster WTF is the Apple Cart Kids?? Anne recommends listening to EB WHite read you Charlotte's Web
With its infamously shrill child vocals, the holy warmth of Ms. Audra McDonald, and a character canonically referred to as “daddy,” 1999's Annie is made-for-TV perfection. Our little orphan heroine was correct when she sang the sun will come out tomorrow, but in 2021, how quickly will it burn our faces off? Watch the VIDEO VERSION of this episode HERE! Follow Sleepover Cinema on Instagram here! Follow Hannah and Audrey on Instagram here! Sleepover Cinema Tik Tok Sleepover Cinema Facebook Sleepover Cinema Twitter More about Too Pink Pictures For more details on this episode, go to www.evergreenpodcasts.com/sleepover-cinema! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 22 @OneMicNite Podcast w/ @MarcosLuis 74th Annual Tony Award Recap Winners with Award winning Actor/Filmmaker Host Marcos Luis recaps some of the highlights of the Tony Award Show .... CBS and the Tony Awards have announced the hosts for the 74th Annual Tony Awards/“The Tony Awards® Present: Broadway's Back!,” a four-hour event across multiple platforms that will celebrate the return to live theatre and commemorate the Tony Awards® for the 2019–2020 Broadway season. The event takes place live from the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City on Sunday, September 26 on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+. Tony and Grammy® Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated singer and actor Leslie Odom, Jr. will host “The Tony Awards® Present Broadway's Back!,” the live concert event celebrating the return of Broadway at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS. The evening will begin with Tony, Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning singer and actor Audra McDonald hosting the live presentation of the American Theatre Wing's 74th Annual Tony Awards® at 7:00pm ET/ 4:00pm PT on Paramount+. The Tony Awards http://www.tonyawards.com/ ***The Show: Follow/Contact IG/Fb/Twitter/Tumbler @OneMicNite or www.OneMicNite.com Host: ***Follow/Contact Ig/Fb/Twitter @MarcosLuis www.MarcosLuis.com `` You can support this podcast by Donating at our page: www.Anchor.Fm/onemicnite Discount Broadway Tickets: IG/Twitter @TKTS --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/onemicnite/support
Say my name 3 times. It must be spoken, unbroken. Curtain Up!, a three day outdoor festival taking place in the heart of Times Square. Curtain Up! will takeover Broadway stretching between 45th and 48th Streets. 22 unique events will take place on stages in Duffy Square and between 45th & 46th Streets. BPN will kick off the festival everyday that weekend with Wake Up, Broadway!. What's Up Broadway? host Ayanna Prescod and co-host Christian Lewis will be setting the tone before introducing your favorite theater talents to the stage. Here is our schedule: Friday, September 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. join the Be More Chill celebration of Joe Iconis' birthday, with the master creator himself and the fans who made the show what it is today. Hosted by How to Be More Chill's Ilana Levine and Sam Maher with special guest appearances and answers to fan submitted questions. Saturday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Freestyle Love Supreme cast members: Kaila Mullady, Anthony Veneziale, Tarik Davis, and James Monroe Iglehart join Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Creative Officer of the Charity Network and host of Broadway Gives Back to discuss the hit Broadway show returning to the Booth Theater in October. Sunday, September 19, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast!, a safe haven for Black theatre artists to talk about the real tea, will welcome esteemed guests from the Broadway community for a live podcast recording with hosts Drew Shade, Kim Exum and Ngozi Anyanwu. Broadway News: BEETLEJUICE is returning to Broadway in April 2022. The show will play at the Marquis Theatre in the spring. Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr., will host the 74th Annual Tony Awards on September 26. Audra, the Six-time Tony winner will lead the awards portion of the evening, streaming on Paramount at 7 PM ET, while Hamilton Tony winner Leslie is set to emcee the live concert event Broadway's Back!, airing at 9 PM on CBS, Paramount, and the CBS app. The theater community gathered for the Trans March on Broadway and Christian discusses the movement. Everyone's Talking about Jamie musical adaptation will release on Amazon on Friday, September 17. Casting: Is This A Room and Dana H. running in rep at the Lyceum have announced their full cast. Becca Blackwell, Will Cobbs, and Pete Simpson join Emily Davis in Is This A Room. The play recounts the story of the FBI investigation of former Air Force intelligence specialist Reality Winner. Deirdre O'Connell will reprise her role in Dana H., playing Hnath's mother as she recounts a terrifying kidnapping experience. Previews for Is This A Room begin September 24 and previews for Dana H. begin on October 1st. Nkeki Obi-Melekwe will succeed Adrienne Warren in the title role of Broadway's Tina—The Tina Turner Musical on November 2. The Book of Mormon will star Kevin Clay as Elder Price, Cody Jamison Strand as Elder Cunningham, Kim Exum as Nabulungi, Olivier Award winner Stephen Ashfield as Elder McKinley and Sterling Jarvis as Mafala Hatimbi. Be sure to download the BPN iOS app via bpn.fm/app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As we came to the end of part one of our conversation Will Swenson and I were talking about the deeper questions of who we are as artists and as individuals in the absolute importance of bringing ourselves, our full selves to the stage. This is certainly one of the biggest lessons that we have to learn as actors and performers, and I throw in a couple of questions about lessons he and his wife Audra McDonald have learned from each other. Also in this episode, the Final Five has been included. Though these five final questions are normally a bonus members-only episode, it's been added here as I try out a slightly different format for the show. What do you think? But we start off talking about Will's performance in the Broadway revival of HAIR back in 2009. It was certainly a vast departure from the Will I had known both on stage and off, and it seemed as though that show and the character of Berger in particular allowed him a freedom and an energy that he had never gotten to express on stage before. Sign up for the monthly WINMI Newsletter. If you'd like to watch Part Two of our conversation on YouTube, then become a WINMI supporter. Click the link below to get access to other special episodes and bonus content as well. Support WINMI and receive Members-Only Episodes Check out Artist Resources and follow WINMI on Instagram or Twitter Follow Will Swenson on Twitter ---------- Why I'll Never Make It is a Top 25 Theater Podcast on Feedspot, and is also a part of Helium Radio Network and a member of the Broadway Makers Alliance. Music in the episode by Borrtex is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
“The Good Fight” creators Michelle and Robert King and the show's stars Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald join The Post to discuss the series' success in tackling social justice issues through its creative portrayal of current events.
This is an encore episode of “The View.” The co-hosts will return Tuesday, Sept. 7 LIVE for our season 25 premiere and celebration! Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald spoke discusses incorporating events from Jan. 6 into the latest episode of her series “The Good Fight,” playing Aretha Franklin's mother in the upcoming film “Respect,” and reacts to Simone Biles withdrawal from Olympic events for her mental health. In Hot Topics, the co-hosts weigh in on some companies mandating vaccines, and more.
Chris and Taylor review the new biopic musical film "Respect," written by Tracey Scott Wilson with Liesl Tommy making her feature directorial debut. The film showcases the trails and tribulations of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, from her childhood up through her impressive career as a music icon. The film stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh and Hailey Kilgore.
In this episode, Ekemini and Christina are back at the table to review the movie RESPECT. There are spoilers and possible triggers concerning sexual assault, so if you are impacted by either, please heed this warning. RESPECT, starring Jennifer Hudson, follows the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church to her international superstardom. Aretha handpicked Jennifer to portray her in this film – the remarkable true story of Franklin's journey to find her voice and never lose faith. Her music shaped a generation, topping music charts with anthems still relevant today. From Think to Respect to Amazing Grace, Jennifer Hudson's live performances of Aretha's songs demand to be seen on the big screen. Respect also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess and Mary J. Blige. Watch RESPECT in theaters now! IVP First Nations Version Discount for Truth's Table Listeners: Truth's Table listeners can save 30% off First Nations Version when you order at https://www.ivpress.com/first-nations-version using promo code TRUTH21 offer expires on September 30, 2021. Black Women, join Truth's Table Black Women's Discipleship Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthstablediscipleship Support Truth's Table: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TruthsTable PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/TruthsTable Merchandise: https://www.teespring.com/truthstable
RESPECT Is out in theaters this weekend and The Outlaw John Rocha is here with his review of the film that stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige. It is directed by Liesl Tommy with a story by Tracy Scott Wilson and Callie Khouri. RESPECT follows the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of Franklin's journey to find her voice. Remember to LIKE and SHARE this review on your social media and to SUBSCRIBE to The Outlaw Nation YouTube channel below. Chapters: 0:00 Intro Social Media Plugs 1:26 Respect Cast and Crew and Synopsis 3:31 RESPECT Review and What I Liked 8:12 Things I Didn't Like 11:19 The Outlaw's Rating and Final Thoughts 11:45 Wrap Up and Social Media Plugs #RespectMovie #JenniferHudson #ArethaFranklin #Review #ForestWhitaker #MarlonWayans #AudraMacDonald #QueenofSoul #AmazingGrace Join me on Patreon, go to: https://www.patreon.com/johnrocha Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRochaSays Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therochasays Trailer Reactions from The Outlaw: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Film and TV Reviews from The Outlaw: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... The Geek Buddies playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... The Outlaw Nation Show playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... The Jedi Way playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... John and Wendy Explain the World playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... The Deep Cut playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...
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Special guest Kathia Woods joins the show this week for a bonus review of Respect, which stars Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in this musical biopic covering the highs and lows of the late Queen of Soul's early career. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige. The film was directed by Leisl Tommy in her feature debut, with a screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. Links: Follow us on Twitter: Jon Negroni, Will Ashton Check out our Cinemaholics Merch! Leave us a voicemail using The “Swell” App. We post new prompts every week or so. Check out our Patreon to support Cinemaholics! Email your feedback to cinemaholicspodcast [at] gmail.com. Connect with Cinemaholics on Facebook and Twitter. Support our show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cinemaholics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This is my review of Respect, the biographical drama film based on the life of American singer Aretha Franklin. Directed by Liesl Tommy (in her feature directorial debut), from a screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson, the film stars Jennifer Hudson as Franklin. Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige are featured in supporting roles. Respect is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on August 13, 2021 by United Artists Releasing, and in other territories by Universal Pictures. Listen to my thoughts and afterward, please share your opinions or questions. Also, I'm in pre-production of my 2nd feature film and it's mean the world to to me and the team if you checked out our crowdfund: https://igg.me/at/philsvitekfilm. RESOURCES/LINKS: -Autumn Into Fall - Bogota Film Crowdfund: https://igg.me/at/philsvitekfilm -Coach or Consultant Services: https://philsvitek.com/lets-work-together/ -Podcast Services: http://philsvitek.com/podcastservices -Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philsvitek -Merchandise: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/phil-svitek---360-creative-coach/ -Instagram: http://instagram.com/philsvitek -Facebook: http://facebook.com/philippsvitek -Twitter: http://twitter.com/philsvitek -Master Mental Fortitude Book: http://mastermentalfortitude.com -Idyll Film: http://philsvitek.com/idyll -Elan, Elan Book: http://philsvitek.com/elan-elan -In Search of Sunrise Film: http://philsvitek.com/in-search-of-sunrise
Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald discusses incorporating events from Jan. 6 into the latest episode of her series “The Good Fight,” playing Aretha Franklin's mother in the upcoming film “Respect,” and reacts to Simone Biles withdrawal from Olympic events for her mental health. In Hot Topics, the co-hosts weigh in on some companies mandating vaccines, and more.
This week, K and Warren continue their Annie vs Annie vs Annie smackdown with the 1999 Wonderful World of Disney version of Annie. We learn that the success of a plan rests on if Bernadette Peters is involved, we discuss the awesomeness of Victor Garber and Audra McDonald, and Warren gets bonus husband points in this episode of Tone Deaf! Promo: The Bird Brain Podcast Help out local theatres and check out BeAnArtsHero, Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, The Actor's Fund, and the Artist's Relief Tree to find out how you can help theatres survive the pandemic! Buy some merch at our TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/tonedeafmusical?ref_id=13889 Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/ajPg3JSg6e. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com
Denise Woods has been the ‘voice behind the voice' of a stellar array of actors for the last twenty years. She is currently coaching the Netflix feature film, The Harder They Fall, starring Idris Elba. As the creative consultant for Halle Berry's directorial debut of the film Bruised, she contributed to the authenticity of Berry's performance in the starring role. Denise was also the vocal coach for Mahershala Ali's Academy Award and Golden Globe winning performances in Green Book and the 3rd Season of HBO's True Detective. She coached Don Cheadle in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Black Monday, Academy Award winning actor Common, Golden Globe winner David Oyelewo, Golden Globe nominated actor Idris Elba, Academy Award nominated actor Will Smith for the title role in the film Ali and Ken Watanabe for his work in the film The Last Samurai. Denise worked with Audra McDonald on her fourth Tony Award winning performance for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on Broadway, and was Zoe Saldana's Dialect Coach in the feature film based on the life of Nina Simone. Her dialect coaching talents can also be heard in the 20th Century Fox film, Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, and the Focus Feature's film, Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo in the title role. Denise had the honor of coaching Tyler Perry for his role as Colin Powell in the 2018 Annapurna Pictures film, Vice; and she is featured in Perry's 2018 film, Acrimony, starring Taraji P. Henson, as the ‘only-heard' Therapist. Denise has trained executives for public speaking at corporations such as US Borax, UPS, and Bear Stearns. She has coached broadcast news anchors at NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Bloomberg News, The Today Show, CNN, Inside Edition, KTLA News, and the TV Guide Channel; and she has prepared NBA and NFL athletes for on-camera commentary. For over two decades, Denise's clients have included Jessica Chastain, Amber Heard, Anthony Mackie, Phylicia Rashad, Ellen Burstyn, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Soledad O'Brien, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, Paul Rodriguez, David Alan Grier, Victoria Rowell, Kellan Lutz, Ray Liotta, Portia De Rossi, Rachel Weisz, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright and Mike Myers. She is a graduate and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, and a long time faculty member of California Institute of the Arts. Denise is committed to giving disenfranchised voices the courage and tools to use their words, their thoughts and their stories in ways they never thought possible by dismantling fear, shame and insecurity. Her first book, The Power of Voice, published by HarperCollins Publishers, was released in January 2021. Connect with Denise Woods on IG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER , LINKEDIN: @speakitclearly Interested in future events? Visit: https://www.feisworld.com/events To find out how I built a business with a podcast started in 2014: https://www.feisworld.com/newsletter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feisworld/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/feisworld/support
This week's storytellers are Broadway Actor/Singer Kimberly JaJuan, Magician, Ballonist, and Sideshow Performer Zia Quill Kay, Magician and Podcast Host Kayla Drescher, and Celtic Magician Daniel Greenwolf. All the stories in this episode have to do with nightmares unfolding at and during performances. Kimberly talks about missing an entrance cue, Zia tells about a gig that was raided by SWAT, Kayla talks about exiting an illusion too early, and Daniel talks about a fireworks stunt gone wrong. Kimberly JaJuan The first story is told by Kimberly JaJuan, a singer and actor both on and off Broadway. She's a graduate of The Eastman School and of Julliard School earning both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees. Some of her more notable (and favorite) roles have been Singing with Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick, Jr. at the Papal visit at Madison Square Garden, portraying the role of Sarah in RAGTIME on Broadway, and creating the role of Lisette alongside classmate Audra McDonald in MARIE CHRISTINE. Most recently she could have been seen bringing HERCULES to life with the Public Works at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She's a long time member and manager of Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, professional choir of broadway artists, united to change lives through the power of music and service. She's also a broadway investor debuting as an Associate Producer on productions like American Son, Ain't Too Proud, and Hadestown to name a few. Here she is talking about the time she missed her entrance cue during a live performance. Zia Quill Kay The second story is by Zia Quill Kay, a balloon artist, magician, clown, and sideshow performer. It't not like he had a choice though, with parents who are also in the performance industry as well. Here he is telling about his very first close up magic gig that got raided by SWAT. Kayla Drescher The third story is my magician and podcast host Kayle Drescher, that creates magic that you care about and can really connect with on a human level. Her magic has taken her all over the world for clients like Microsoft, IBM, and Wells Fargo, among others. She also tours the world with the traveling show, Champions of Magic alongside other fellow magi and is planning to hit the road again in October! You may have seen her on TV shows like Access Hollywood, NBC's Today Show, where she was crowned “The Next Great Magician” by David Copperfield, or on Penn & Teller's Fool Us where Teller literally fell in love with her magic. She's also the host of the SHEzam Podcast, a show that hopes to make itself obsolete, as it brings change in the magic community and other neighboring industries. The goal being to inspire these industries to be more inclusive to all...and it's working! Here she talking about the time she left the box early in a grand illusion performance during Champions of Magic. Here's where you can find out more about Kayla: Kayla's Website: http://magicinheels.com/ Champions of Magic Website: http://championsofmagic.co.uk/ SHEzam Podcast: http://shezampod.com/ Daniel Greenwolf The final story is told by Daniel Greenwolf, an Award-Winning Magician, Writer, Creator, & Slightly Mad Irishman. His show takes Highly Visual Magic, Theatrical Storytelling, Exhilarating Irish Music, Interactive Comedy, & Thrilling Danger and wraps it in a Celtic Theme that has been described as "A Witty, Modern-Day Celtic Viking. Kinda like James Joyce with a Broad Sword." For Five Years In A Row he was voted as one of the Top Five Solo Variety Acts in theUS by the Renaissance Festival Podcast & Renaissance Magazine. He's opened for World-Renowned Musician WENDY RULE, the CAST OF BEATLEMANIA, as well as International Celtic Rock Group ENTER THE HAGGIS You may have also seen him featured in the Film Documentary MAGIC CAMP and on AMC Network's DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE starring Jason Segel and Sally Field. Here's Daniel telling about how him and a friend became human fireworks. Don't try this one at home. They're professionals? Here's where you can find out more about Daniel: Daniel's Website: https://www.danielgreenwolf.com/ Celtic Magic Show: https://www.celticmagicshow.com/ Share Your Own Stories! Do you have comments, suggestions, or want to share your own stories? Drop me a line! firstname.lastname@example.org Exclusive Content! Would you like exclusive content nobody else will hear? Consider supporting the shown on Patreon. You'll get the full interviews with each performer as I record them that includes all their stories all in one place with all the chat in between! Facebook Group Come hang out in our Facebook Group! Click here to join and jump in the conversation!
A tribute to one of the American Musical Theatre's most ambitious songwriters. We're joined by Steven Blier, artistic director of the New York Festival of Song, plus amazing renditions of Blitzstein's work by Patti LuPone, Rosemary Clooney, Audra McDonald, Paul Robeson and more.
For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/57WJ71XzLcI JOHN McDANIEL is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning Music Director, Composer, Director, Arranger, Orchestrator and Producer and is an Artistic Director at the Tony Award winning O'Neill Theater Center. Recently, McDaniel produced and directed a virtual concert of Sticks and Stones, for which he is also the composer, starring Audra McDonald and Javier Muñoz. He is also one of the camp directors of Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Boot Camp. John directed Into The Woods and Hair in Concert at the historic Patchogue Theater, Sondheim Originals at 54 Below and Piano Men at Birdland,. Broadway music credits include Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Orchestrations), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway and Company – the Original Cast in Concert at Lincoln Center. On Television: “The Rosie O'Donnell Show” (two Emmy Awards and eight nominations). John has collaborated with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett, Betty Buckley, Bette Midler and has guest conducted at 15 Symphony Orchestras across America, including 5 concerts with his hometown St. Louis Symphony. John received a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.
Here it is: Part 2 of my conversation with the brilliant Tony Sheldon! Tune in today to hear him discuss his New York career, including roles in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Amelie on Broadway, Charles Busch's Cleopatra, and The Band Wagon at Encores. Stories abound: A false promise from the Weisslers, giving suggestions to Charles Busch, how Beth Leavel helped him at the Tony Awards, his cut number from Priscilla, an odd backstage visit from Cloris Leachman, the Encores! show he had to turn down, why he thought Amelie on Broadway was a mistake, and living in Audra McDonald's basement. Plus: Roger Rees, Jordan Roth, Jerry Mitchell, Shirley MacLaine, and more!
This week's storytellers are broadway actor and singer Kimberly JaJuan, broadway actor E Clayton Cornelious, magician Ran'D Shine, and broadway actor Stanley Wayne Mathis. This week, in observance of Juneteenth coming up this Saturday, I'm featuring stories all from Black entertainers. If you're unaware of what Juneteenth is, having only glanced past it as a seemingly obscure holiday on your calender, Juneteenth, observed on June 19th is a day in which we celebrate the day that the slaves in Texas found out that the Emancipation Proclimation was happening. In short, it declared that "all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free." Although that happened in 1863, 158 years ago, Black people today unfortunately are still facing challenges of equality. It may or may not come as a surprise that these challenges also crop up for those in the entertainment industry as well. It's my goal this episode to shine light on some of these challenges to bring awareness and inspire change because this is something that needs to be addressed, not just by those experiencing it, but by all people. Kimberly JaJuan The first story is told by Kimberly JaJuan, a singer and actor both on and off Broadway. She's a graduate of The Eastman School and of Julliard School earning both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees. Some of her more notable (and favorite) roles have been Singing with Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick, Jr. at the Papal visit at Madison Square Garden, portraying the role of Sarah in RAGTIME on Broadway, and creating the role of Lisette alongside classmate Audra McDonald in MARIE CHRISTINE. Most recently she could have been seen bringing HERCULES to life with the Public Works at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She's a long time member and manager of Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, professional choir of broadway artists, united to change lives through the power of music and service. She's also a broadway investor debuting as an Associate Producer on productions like American Son, Ain't Too Proud, and Hadestown to name a few. Here she is talking about a time she had to be judicious with her words in regards to cultural differences having been asked for her thoughts on a scene being rehearsed. E Clayton Cornelious The second story is by E Clayton Cornelious, a 22 year broadway veteran with credits including The Caterpillar in Wonderland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Scottsboro Boys, and A Chorus Line. Add to this, a number of National Tour credits that include Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Jersey Boys, and Dirty Dancing. In addition to his countless theater credits, he's a broadway investor and producer as well as a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices. He's also a recent recipient of the, "Legacy Robe" for his role in the Broadway hit, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Here's E Clayton telling about a time he didn't land a role because he didn't fit the picture of what they were looking for. Here's where you can find out more about E Clayton: E Clayton's Website: https://www.eclaycorn.com Ran'D Shine The third story is my magician Ran'D Shine, the face of the new millennium magician who's magic has taken him around the world from Cape Town South Africa performing his one-man show, "Mysterious Ways," to Presidential Inauguration banquets at the White House. He is one of the most sought after magicians on the college circuit, and has been featured at Hollywood's 'Magic Castle' as well as 'Monday Night Magic', New York's longest running Off-Broadway magic show. Here's Ran'D talking about a time he was mistaken for waitstaff at a networking event and then questioned as if he didn't belong there. Here's where you can find out more about Ran'D: Ran'D's Website: https://www.randyshine.com Stanley Wayne Mathis The final story is told by Stanley Wayne Mathis, a broadway veteran who made his debut in 1990 in the revival of Oh, Kay!. His other credits include The Book of Mormon and the original casts of Jelly's Last Jam, The Lion King and Nice Work If You Can Get It, as well as revivals of Wonderful Town, Kiss Me, Kate and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Here's Stanley telling a few stories about things he's had to deal with as a Black man in the entertainmnet industry. Share Your Own Stories! Do you have comments, suggestions, or want to share your own stories? Drop me a line! email@example.com Exclusive Content! Would you like exclusive content nobody else will hear? Consider supporting the shown on Patreon. You'll get the full interviews with each performer as I record them that includes all their stories all in one place with all the chat in between! Facebook Group Come hang out in our Facebook Group! Click here to join and jump in the conversation!
What's better than 5 drummers on a podcast? When 3 of them are Broadway drummers! *******SUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW!!! www.richredmond.com/listen The Rich Redmond Show is sponsored by: Big Dot Lighting - Commercial LED Lighting Specialists -and- Bruce Cline Home Loans & Mortgage Refinance | Movement Mortgage www.musiciansmortgage.com Sammy Merendino: BIOGRAPHY. Sammy Merendino is an in-demand session drummer/programmer in NYC currently performing in the hit Broadway show "Diana the Musical". He has recorded and/or performed with many of the worlds top artists, including Cameo, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Foreigner, and many others. Sean McDaniel: Sean is the drummer for the currently running Broadway production of Disney's Frozen. On Broadway he has also originated the books for The Book of Mormon, Monty Python's Spamalot, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles, and Violet. Off-Broadway he originated the book for Hamilton. As a substitute on Broadway he has performed in 13 different shows. Sean is also the drummer for American Idol Runner-Up Clay Aiken. With Clay, Sean has toured the country and played on many TV shows. He has also performed with Aaron Tveit, Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson, Sting, Dolly Parton, Stephanie Block, Idina Menzel, Cheyenne Jackson, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ruben Studdard, Ariana Grande, and Jane Lynch. He maintains a busy freelance and recording schedule in New York City. Sean earned his BM at University of North Texas and his MFA at New York University. Warren Odze: Warren Odze is a broadway veteran and has been performing on broadway shows such as "The Life", "Civil War", "Kat and the Kings", "Seussical","Thoroughly Modern Millie", "Lennon" , "Come Fly Away", The Wedding Singer", “Priscilla", “Rocky” , “An American In Paris” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - in addition to performing on the Tony Awards, being the drummer for the 1968 season of the Dick Cavett Show, and recording with a long list of A List artists. Some Things That Came Up: -Sammy playing with Lauper -Conductor eyelines -How the pay scales work -Getting doubles -Foley takes -Owning a car in NYC? -Authentic styles now in Broadway performing -Finding a way to practice living in NYC Follow: SMDrums.com SammyMerendino.com Warren Odze The Rich Redmond Show is about all things music, motivation and success. Candid conversations with musicians, actors, comedians, authors and thought leaders about their lives and the stories that shaped them. Rich Redmond is the longtime drummer with Jason Aldean and many other veteran musicians and artists. Rich is also an actor, speaker, author, producer and educator. Rich has been heard on thousands of songs, over 25 of which have been #1 hits! Rich can also be seen in several films and TV shows and has also written an Amazon Best-Selling book, "CRASH! Course for Success: 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Personal and Professional Life" currently available at: https://www.amazon.com/CRASH-Course-Success-Supercharge-Professional/dp/B07YTCG5DS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=crash+redmond&qid=1576602865&sr=8-1 One Book: Three Ways to consume....Physical (delivered to your front door, Digital (download to your kindle, ipad or e-reader), or Audio (read to you by me on your device...on the go)! Buy Rich's exact gear at www.lessonsquad.com/rich-redmond Follow Rich: @richredmond www.richredmond.com Jim McCarthy is the quintessential Blue Collar Voice Guy. Honing his craft since 1996 with radio stations in Illinois, South Carolina, Connecticut, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville, Jim has voiced well over 10,000 pieces since and garnered an ear for audio production which he now uses for various podcasts, commercials and promos. Jim is also an accomplished video producer, content creator, writer and overall entrepreneur. Follow Jim: @jimmccarthy www.jimmccarthyvoiceovers.com
We're celebrating what would have been "Tony Sunday" with a festival of the most honored Tony Award winners--performers who have won multiple medallions: Audra McDonald, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, John Cullum, Chita Rivera and many more.
Arbender Robinson has been entertaining Broadway audiences for decades. His Broadway credits include In Transit, Shuffle Along, the 2014 revival of Les Miserables (where he was the first black man to play Marius on Broadway), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Lion King, The Book Of Mormon, Hair, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, and Hairspray. Arbender starred in the 2016 hit musical Shuffle Along alongside many Broadway Legends including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. The show was Directed by Tony Award Winner George C Wolfe and Choreographed by Savion Glover.
In today's episode, I welcome Natalie Cordone & Shawn Kilgore! This incredibly dynamic duo have amazing stories to share about the show that introduced them to each other, the creation of their own tribute show to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and all the adventures in between. (Fun fact: the cover image for this episode is of Natalie & Shawn!) Get in touch with Cordone & Kilgore: www.cordoneandkilgore.com Support Artfully Told: www.paypal.me/elevateart Artfully Told links: www.facebook.com/artfullytold | www.artfullytold.podbean.com | firstname.lastname@example.org Get a free audiobook through Audible! http://www.audibletrial.com/ArtfullyTold Schedule your own interview as a featured guest with Artfully Told! https://calendly.com/artfullytold/podcast-interview Episode 54 - Natalie Cordone & Shawn Kilgore Lindsey Dinneen: Hello, and welcome to Artfully Told, where we share true stories about meaningful encounters with art. [00:00:06] Krista: I think artists help people have different perspectives on every aspect of life. [00:00:12]Roman: All I can do is put my part in to the world. [00:00:15] Elizabeth: It doesn't have to be perfect the first time. It doesn't have to be perfect ever really. I mean, as long as you, and you're enjoying doing it and you're trying your best, that can be good enough. [00:00:23] Elna: Art is something that you can experience with your senses and that you just experiences as so beautiful. [00:00:31] Lindsey Dinneen: Hello, and welcome back to another episode of Artfully Told. I'm your host Lindsey, and I am so very excited to have as my guests today, Shawn Kilgore and Natalie Cordone. They are a performing duo that has been producing, writing and touring around the country for almost a decade. And they are currently the hosts of "Live! With Cordona and Kilgore." And I am so excited to chat with them about their artistic journeys and what they're up to now. I know their whole focus on is on positivity and light, and I'm just so excited that they're here. So thank you, Sean and Natalie, so much for being here today. [00:01:14] Shawn Kilgore: Thanks for having us. This is very exciting. I'm excited to be here. [00:01:18] Natalie Cordone: Yeah, we're thrilled to be here. Thanks, Lindsey. [00:01:20] Lindsey Dinneen: Of course. And it sounds like we have some guest artists as well. [00:01:25] Shawn Kilgore: Yes. I apologize for the, for the hounds in the background. [00:01:29] Lindsey Dinneen: It's all good. I have two dogs too. They might make a sound appearance at some point as well. [00:01:36] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. I'm not making any promises on my end, either. The pup is-- he's being good right now, but you just never know. [00:01:41] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah. You never know when they'll have to defend the house against the UPS driver. You just never know. [00:01:46] Shawn Kilgore: Exactly. [00:01:47]Lindsey Dinneen: Well, okay. So I would just love if you two wouldn't mind just sharing a little bit about your backgrounds, maybe how you got into art in general, into your specific fields, how you guys met, and maybe a little bit about what you're up to now, which is I know a tall order, but we'll just dive in and I can't wait to hear. [00:02:07] Shawn Kilgore: Absolutely, Natalie, go ahead. [00:02:09] Natalie Cordone: Sure. So my artistic journey actually began in a tutu when I was about three. So I started dancing in tap and ballet lessons like most of us did, and I was a dancer up until I was in college, but along the way, I joined the theater and became an actor and then didn't find my voice as a singer until I was in college, really, which is an odd journey and kind of very different from Shawn's. But then I started singing mostly opera and I sang with the Orlando Opera and got my Master's Degree in Acting, and became a professional actor right away and started dancing and singing in musicals. And along with singing with the opera, and along that journey is when I met Shawn. But let's have him tell you a little bit about him before we talk about how we met. [00:03:00] Shawn Kilgore: For me, I started singing from a very young age, mostly in church, and I was very involved in music all through school. But it wasn't really, until I was in eighth grade, I was about to be a freshman in high school when my mom took me to see my first big musical. And from the second that it started, I knew exactly that that's what I wanted to do. So I immediately got involved in theater, you know, and, and musical theater in, in high school. And that continued that on through my college years. That's what I studied both at a school in Ohio and then later at a school in New York City. And then I moved to Florida, South Florida, worked professionally for many, many years in regional theater throughout the state and then moved to central Florida. And that brings us to where Natalie and I connect. [00:03:43]Natalie Cordone: Oh, it's a good story. So, so the, the real story of how we met begins with Shawn's singing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He was doing this fantastic version of "Carousel," where he played Billy Bigelow. He was the big man on campus and it was a very coveted role and super exciting, singing with a full orchestra and in the midst of it, I was moving back from New York City. And we both got cast in a show together. So Shawn had been cast in the musical from the beginning and his partner in the show was supposed to be another actress. The show is called "Baby," and in the show, our two characters are desperately trying to get pregnant. I think that's a nice way of putting it. So in that show, we spent most of our time in a bed. That was our set. And so we got to know each other very closely, very quickly... [00:04:39] Shawn Kilgore: Yeah, a lot of intimacy from the day we met. [00:04:41]Natalie Cordone: And I just thought he was the most wonderful actor. And the only reason why I was cast in the role was that this whole time, the storyline it's really about how this couple cannot get pregnant. And the actress who was supposed to play the role, got pregnant. And so she was going to be five months and showing on stage, which would have made absolutely no sense. She's a wonderful actress and it's the only way she could have possibly lost the role. And so as I was coming back from New York, that theater called me and asked if I would do the show. And so I was thrilled to get a chance to work with Shawn and, and have it be my sort of return to this regional theater that I'd worked at many times. And so we did get onstage and, and get pretty close, pretty fast. And in the midst of that, I was doing a solo show. And Shawn said, you know, "Would you want to do a cabaret show with me?" And I'd done quite a few of them. And I said, "Yes, I'd love to work with you again, but can we do something even bigger and better than a cabaret?" And from there we put a band together and we got charts and we found that we loved the same kind of music. And so we loved singing together. And I couldn't imagine not working with him and having him in my life every day. And so we started creating theatrical concerts. And they got really popular pretty quickly. And so we created, we created well over a dozen shows at this point. And, and we started touring them around the country. So that's how we met. [00:06:10] Shawn Kilgore: And while we were doing that, we also became, because of Natalie, had also done a show with the Orlando Philharmonic. So we had sort of cultivated this relationship with, with that local orchestra here. And so we maintained that relationship and that brought us once they saw that we were what we were doing, they invited us to be guest vocalists. So then we would start to appear with the Orlando Philharmonic on a semi-regular basis for pops concerts and those kinds of things. And, you know, between the shows that we were producing and performing and the shows with the Philharmonic, our audience members would always come up to us and say that we reminded them of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. [00:06:47] Natalie Cordone: Yes. [00:06:48] Shawn Kilgore: So that led really sort of catapulted us into our next venture, which was creating a tribute show to, to those really incredible artists at the time. You know, we knew who they were, we had heard the names before and not really, you know, very well versed, you know, in their careers though. But now, you know, we have been-- that show, that's our longest running show. We've been touring with that show for almost eight years now. I think that show has played, you know, from everywhere to Las Vegas, to, to Miami. And so, so that show really has sort of been the biggest, the, the biggest thing that we've, that we've been focusing on over the past couple of years, but it's been great. We learned a lot about Steve and Eydie. They were really incredible entertainers and they both had incredible individual careers. And when they came together, for those out there that, that remember them, know that it was just magic and there was nothing like it. So for us to be able to sort of try to recreate that a little bit, we're not, we're not impersonating them. We are, we are simply tribute artists where, you know, we're, we're out there as ourselves singing their music. So that is sort of what we, that's what led us to this point now where we are now. [00:07:55] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. And we're about to do that show again, coming up as we come out of everything that's happened recently, it's super exciting to get to kick off our season with it. And while we were waiting to do that show again, is when we started our live with Cordone and Kilgore show, which is an online show where we are the interviewers. And we bring on a different guest every week because we found that what we really wanted to do during this time was just accentuate the positive as much as possible. One of the things that I love about Shawn so much, and I think what made us click from the beginning, is that we really both like to air on the sunny side of whatever's going on in any situation. And we found that anytime we would jump online and just sing a song or the rare occasions, when we got to sing together, people really were resonating with the fact that we were bringing some kind of light and positivity to the world and we wanted to be able to bring other people in to do the same. [00:08:55] So that's when we started our live interview show where we have it kind of like Regis and Kathy Lee back in the day, if they were to have sung together, which we do on every show, we get a chance to, to sing together, whether that's old footage of the last 10 years of our shows, or if we get to do it live and in person. And we get to bring on great guests, everyone from artists to dog rescues to people who are making drinks and bakeries and anything that makes us, you know, feel good. Yeah, and brings us positivity. [00:09:30] Shawn Kilgore: Yeah, we say, we say our goal is to accentuate the positive. Yeah, like, like she said every week. And so it's a, it's a nice thing to do. We talk about, you know, good news stories. We're talking about good things that have happened to us. We invite our guests to share, you know, stories of what's happened in their weeks that might've been positive or good. Yeah, so we're really enjoying it. So not only so people can join us live for that when we do it live, but it is also available as a podcast currently on Spotify and Stitcher, and hopefully coming soon to all other podcast platforms. [00:10:00] Lindsey Dinneen: Wow. That is so cool. I am so enamored with your stories. Oh my word. And the way that they intersected and I just love what you're bringing to the world. I think this is just so cool. And yes, this whole time I've been smiling because what great stories you guys have to share about, you know, how, how you all got started. And I, I resonate with you, Natalie, about getting started in a little tutu. I started dancing when I was four, but it wasn't for the dancing itself. It was for the costumes. Let's be real. [00:10:32]Shawn Kilgore: That's the one thing you guys have a lot in common. Natalie changes gowns I think maybe eight to 10, maybe 12 times in the show. [00:10:40]Natalie Cordone: I do have, I hope you do too at this point, but I'm so lucky that my work wear is actually two full closets of gowns in my house. 'Cause that's what I get to get dressed up in to go to work. So I'm with you on the sequins and rhinestones front for sure. [00:10:57] Lindsey Dinneen: Oh yeah, yeah, no completely. I, I still get extremely excited to put on a tutu and tiara. Still a wonderful moment. So yes, I resonate and yes, I do have actually in my house because you know, I also have a professional dance company. We have, I think, three closets that are fully devoted to dance costumes. It's ridiculous. But here we are. Yeah. [00:11:22] Shawn Kilgore: That's it, but I've actually worn a tutu one time. [00:11:25] Lindsey Dinneen: What, why? [00:11:27] Shawn Kilgore: It happened once. It was actually in high school, believe it or not. I can't believe I did it. And I can't believe I'm still alive after doing it. It was in a show. It was like, you know, our show choir was doing a Best of Broadway thing and we did the number "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from "Gypsy." And it was the two women came out to do the first two. And I came out and I was the ballerina butterfly. I was Tessitura. [00:11:50] Natalie Cordone: Okay. So the only time that this gets weird is that Shawn and I have once in our lives played the same role in a musical two different musicals, but we both-- [00:11:59] Shawn Kilgore: Two different productions, yeah. [00:12:00] Natalie Cordone: That's right. In the same musical, in "Nunsense." We both played Sister Mary Amnesia at two different times. He played it. I played it in "Nunsense" and he played it in "Nunsense Amen." so we've actually shared-- the three of us have all shared the experience of a tutu. And two of us have actually experienced being the same role on stage, which as a soprano and a baritone makes absolutely no sense, but we did it. We've done it. [00:12:22] Shawn Kilgore: I'm actually on the national cast recording of "Nunsense Amen," which is also available on Spotify, you know, out there that as Sister Amnesia on the recording. [00:12:30] Lindsey Dinneen: What! That is so cool. Oh, my word. You two. I love it. Okay. So I just, I was really tickled when you were talking about, you know, the first time you met and it was like, "Well, here we are. We're going to get to know each other real fast." Was that ever, and I guess I'm just curious about this in general, you know, not as an actress, I, is that ever just super awkward and difficult when you have to kind of jump into those roles and you're like, "Well, we're going to be up close and personal for awhile." [00:12:59] Shawn Kilgore: It really, it really depends on the other actor. And I think, you know, for me, I feel really lucky. From the moment I met Natalie, I knew that I was going to be friends with her. That was that it was going to go beyond. I had not in my wildest imagination could have dreamt that we would be where we are today. But I knew that we were going to be friends and we were going to be in each other's lives for a while. So you get lucky. So you get lucky with that casting, you know, it's, it's all about the other person in that situation 'cause it could have been a nightmare. You know what I mean? It really could have been a nightmare from day one. But thankfully, you know, we really, we connected and, and, you know, it turns out to be the show itself was a, it was an incredible show and we got to do some really wonderful moments together. We got to play the happiness of, of being a couple into the, the heartache of, you know, thinking you are pregnant and then finding out that you're not, again. You know those scenes were pretty powerful and to get to go through that together every, you know, eight times a week for however many weeks, it was, I think that's something that, that bonded us also, you know, [00:13:57] Lindsey Dinneen: Oh, for sure. [00:13:58] Natalie Cordone: Yeah, for sure. I was just going to say that chemistry piece of it is one thing that you can't make up, right? It's genuinely liking someone and then getting to fall in love with them over and over again. It's really special and I've, I've been lucky that I've never had a bad experience, but I've definitely had ones where you do sort of walk out and go, "Oh my gosh, I can do this eight times a week with this person. And it will be just a joy every night." It's so easy. And when you meet Shawn, everyone falls in love with Shawn. There's just no person that's ever not immediately been enamored with him. So I was very, very lucky on that front, but I think that it can be super awkward if you don't enjoy the person you're with. So I think that that was one of the things where, because we both had been professional actors for a long time, we both knew that when we met, it was like, "Oh, this is different. Like, this is special. Thank goodness. This is going to be fun." You know? [00:14:54] Lindsey Dinneen: Absolutely. And I can, I can relate to that just on the dancer level of when you're doing partnering, it is so physically close. I mean, you're, you're literally touching each other so that you can be supported in pretty cool ways in these different lifts and all sorts of different things. And I, I relate to the fact that sometimes I've worked with partners where it felt like a lot more work. I mean, I was also always lucky to have people who were awesome to work with, but yeah, when I met the, the guy who is currently my dance partner was like a very similar experience of, "oh, this is easy." And this is a lot of fun versus, you know, like, feeling like it's more of a job. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. And so your tribute show, I'd, I'd love to delve into that a little bit more. I think that is such a cool thing that you guys have developed and, and obviously you've gotten to tour with it and do all sorts of wonderful things. How long of a process was that to sort of write the show and, you know, come up with all of the different components. I mean, I, I can only imagine from my production experience, but I feel like this is a whole 'nother level when you're doing something to be a tribute to people who came before you essentially. [00:16:08] Shawn Kilgore: Yeah, absolutely. We sort of live, we sort of lived in their, in their music for a good period of time. Right? Not only like we listened to almost everything and like we went through there, you know, as much as possible. And to really try to, you know, look at every video we could find and read everything we could find. I mean, we, we fell in love with them, you know? And so then when we get to the point where we're creating the show, it really made us want to do them justice, you know? [00:16:35] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. And knowing that they were such a special couple for those of you guys that don't know Steve and Edyie were, they worked together and they lived together and were married for 55 years. So, and they were on over 90 albums between the two of them both together and separately. And they had hugely successful solo careers, but they also were one of the best known duos at the time. And we're friends with Frank Sinatra and toured with him and on the Carol Burnett Show, people knew them from the Carol Burnett Show. Yeah, it's a legacy. Yeah, all of that music that it was really hard for us to whittle it down to just a 90 minute show. I mean, that was part of the hard part was going in and saying, "But we love all of this stuff." How do we try to make, you know, how do we try to do them justice and tell their story in a way that resonates with ours. And also get to do this incredible music that spans so many decades, but still has a real through line of sophisticated pop music. That's really what they were known for. [00:17:41]And so that was the easy part was being able to sit back and sort of go, "Oh, what's good? Well, everything's good." Now the hard part is how do you pick what to do, what to do? And so, like Shawn said, we really did live in their world for a long time and, and touring with the show, one of the things that's been really great is that we've met a lot of people that were either related to, or were friends with, or worked with Steve and Eydie along the way. Everyone from like roadies, we had a guy who told us that he was, he worked backstage and that Edyie Gormé would sit there at a table Pac-Man that she used to travel with, like back when Gameboys, right, were a thing, or you couldn't put an app on your phone, she used to have one of those full tabletop things that they, she would sit and she'd have her hair in curlers with like a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other, playing this tabletop. And you can't find that, right, in an interview with Johnny Carson. You can only find that from people who knew them. So that's been really cool too, to sort of live in that space and have people resonate with the show so much that we always try to do, you know, some kind of a talk back with the audience if we can, after the show. And they've taught us just as much as we've entertained them. So that's been a really neat thing to, to add to our repertoire along the way. [00:18:55] Shawn Kilgore: It is. That's one of my favorite things about it is, is getting to meet the audiences afterward and getting, getting to meet the people who did work with them or they, they knew them. And getting those stories like that story that Natalie just told, like she said, not anything you would ever find on the internet. We would never know that if we didn't come across that person. And now that story is in the show, we tell that story in the show. So when people see the show, they're getting to hear, you know, the things that they knew and loved and remember about Steve and Edyie, but also some of these more personal touches that we're weaving into the story that we tell, you know, so it's, that's a really cool thing about it and, you know, see there's, their story really is probably, I would venture to say, even to this day, one of the greatest Hollywood love stories there is. They met on the original Tonight Show, you know, way, way back in the day when they, they were very young, they were cast as singers side by side-by-side with Steve Allen. They met there, you know, they fell in love. They were together for over 55 years and they managed to stay married and work together that closely for that long is, is really a remarkable thing, you know? [00:20:01] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. And what they did so beautifully too, was that onstage, they jabbed at each other, like only a married couple really can. And that's something that I think we're really lucky to be able to bring sort of that wit and humor into the show because it keeps it alive and fresh for us even after all these years, because I think we might have a very similar dynamic to what Steve and Edyie had on interviews and stuff just as people. So that's been fun to recreate too. People, our audiences swear that we're married. I mean, they, you know, they can't believe it when we tell them, we don't really tell them in the show, but if people ask us afterwards, you know? [00:20:38] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, yeah. Oh, that is so fun. I mean, but, okay. So then to be compared to, to such an iconic couple and yeah, what a feat in general, let alone with the pressures of being super famous and having these amazing careers and things like that. So kudos to them, but was it ever incredibly intimidating at all to sort of think like, "Oh my goodness, people are comparing us to them. How do we do this justice?" [00:21:05]Shawn Kilgore: I would say it's not really because we've never tried to impersonate them in any way. We really are going out there. We're singing in our own voices. We're talking as ourselves. We're not putting on their persona in any way. But we feel very good about the, the way that we're honoring them and their careers and their lives and what we've put together and our audience, you know, based on what the audience is say, you know, it's, it's a good-- we feel, we feel good about where we are with it and how it all just sort of came together. It all full sort of feels like it was meant to be for us. Maybe some might think a weird thing to say, but you know, the way our stories connected and how similar it is to their story, they met when they were cast on a show together, you know? So did we and we are doing this because people told us, you know, when they saw us perform together, that we reminded them of them. And so it just feels like the universe has told us this is what we're supposed to be doing. [00:21:59] Natalie Cordone: Yeah, the only time I can say I was intimidated was when we were doing our show, we sat down in Vegas for awhile and we found out afterwards that Steve Lawrence's people had sent people to come see the show. And I talked to them on the phone afterwards and they, they loved the show. They thought it was great. I'm glad I didn't know they were in the audience the night they were there. But knowing that they had like sent people to make sure that the show was-- because they'd heard, well, I mean, we had, we had told them we were coming and they had they come to sort of vet the show and it was nice to hear that they, they enjoyed the show-- but that I'm glad I didn't know ahead of time, I would have been a ball of nerves if I had known that they were listening to me saying her iconic songs on stage. [00:22:41] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, that makes complete sense to me. That is, that is so cool. Definitely meant to be, it sounds like. And now, I'm excited to hear that you guys are going to be able to go back to performing again. I know COVID sort of threw a curve ball at many different people, especially performing artists, but tell me a little bit more about your show that you're doing now, these live productions that interview people and things like that sounds like an incredible way to bring, like you said, positivity to the world. I'm just super curious how that came about and how that's going. [00:23:13] Shawn Kilgore: The funny thing is it came about. So after like eight months about of not being together, not singing any of our tunes, we were both feeling good. We got together, we had maybe a bottle, maybe a bottle and a half of wine. And we were like, "Hey, let's play Russian roulette with our songs and see what we remember." And we decided to do it live on Facebook. [00:23:34] Natalie Cordone: I'm glad that we know each other well enough that we were okay. If things didn't go well, because it was good, it was fun. It wasn't always good. I guess that's a good... [00:23:43] Shawn Kilgore: That's a perfect way of saying it, but even when it, yeah, even when it wasn't, it was still fun, you know, so that's kind of how it all started. We enjoyed it. We had, you know, we got great feedback from that and that's sort of pushed us in the direction of trying to do something on a more regular basis. And, and now we're sort of, have delved into this world of podcasting and podcasting with video, and I'm really excited about the, about the direction, the direction of it. [00:24:08]Natalie Cordone: And Sean and I had both expected along the way that we would be broadcast journalists. It's odd. That was where we kind of had both begun thinking our careers would end up and it's fun to have brought it full circle where that's really sort of what all podcasters and video podcasters are doing now. And it's neat to come back to that sort of love of ours that we had to put aside while we were touring all over the place for the last umpteen years together. [00:24:33] Shawn Kilgore: And we really are about sort of modeling the show after sort of, so it is sort of modeled after that sort of Live with Regis. And I always say Regis, but... [00:24:41] Natalie Cordone: I like the Regis and Kathie Lee and we can stick with that one. We can go old school, Shawn, that's alright. [00:24:46] Shawn Kilgore: Kathy Lee would sing sometimes, but she would not have Regis sing with her. [00:24:50] Natalie Cordone: No, that's for sure. I think she might've pushed him off the stage, but she wouldn't have the bottom line. [00:24:54]Shawn Kilgore: So we sort of modeled after that kind of field. So it has a very fun lighthearted, we wanted it to be very conversational. We didn't want it to be about any one particular topic so that we could have, you know, it seems like, you know, even like how you're doing, you know, you have a variety of people in the arts, which is awesome. But yeah, so we sort of like, we, like Natalie said, we next week are having a, a baker on the show. And then, you know, we were having some other podcasters on the show and we have had musicians and like Natalie said, pet dog rescues. We've had, so open to just anything that would make anyone feel good or lift them up after, you know, a long day. Or a long year... [00:25:31] Natalie Cordone: Yeah, that seems to drag out. [00:25:33]Lindsey Dinneen: Yes, that's fantastic. I'm so glad you guys are doing that. And so, and I'm sure I have more questions, but I'm sure that there are people who are super interested in following your journey and connecting with you and, and, you know, getting to experience these live shows. Is there a way for people to find you and connect with you and, and support you? [00:25:54]Shawn Kilgore: Absolutely. [00:25:55] Natalie Cordone: They sure can! They can find us on Facebook. They can find us on YouTube and they can also find us on our website. And you can always look us up as Cordone and Kilgore. So if you find us on Facebook, it's Cordone and Kilgore, Instagram: Cordone and Kilgore, YouTube: Cordone and Kilgore, and then on the web it's cordoneandkilgore.com. So super easy. We are very unimaginative when it comes to naming things. So you can just always find us as. [00:26:22]Shawn Kilgore: It's just us. That's what, you know, this is a beautiful thing. It's just us. [00:26:26]Natalie Cordone: All the time everywhere. Our show, as of right now is streaming live at 7:00 PM Eastern time, 4:00 PM Pacific on most Mondays. And you can always find it after the fact on those channels as well. [00:26:40] Shawn Kilgore: Absolutely. And they are also posted to IGTV because we're not able to go live to Instagram, so they are edited and then posted to IGTV. And then again, you know, we take then the audio from it and then do an edit of that for audio podcasts that are currently available on Spotify and Stitcher. And then and again, hopefully we'll be expanding that audience pretty soon as well. [00:27:02] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, absolutely. Perfect. Well, that's, that's very exciting. I am personally delighted to follow your journey and also to support this live show in particular, because that just sounds fantastic. I can't wait to tune in, but yeah. So I'm, I'm just curious. I'm sure this has happened to you both on multiple occasions, but are there any stories that stand out to you? Where either somebody was experiencing art that you were creating or, you know, a show or something like that, or that you personally got to witness that was really impactful? It was kind of this moment to remember, like, I, I need to file this away because this is really special. [00:27:44]Shawn Kilgore: Yeah. [00:27:45]Natalie Cordone: From my own personal experience and watching someone else create that really moved me in a way that I'll never forget. I've seen so many shows, both my friends and other professionals' work, but the one that hit me, the strongest that I can sit here and put myself right back in the theater was-- I watched Audra McDonald do "110 in the Shade." And there is a song called "Old Maid" towards the end of the first act, I believe. And, and she ripped me to shreds. And I just remember, I'm still, I'm getting chills, just thinking about it as I'm sitting here. And it was the way that she connected to the material that she was singing. And it was that she was, she's a brilliant vocalist, but she was really experiencing that, the moment in a way that I could feel in my own body and my own soul, the way that she was experiencing that moment for that role. And I was sobbing in the audience and the audience was completely full. [00:28:54] I had gone to theater by myself, which I do often, and I didn't know either of the people sitting next to me and I know they thought I was nuts. I kept getting like those sideways glances of ,why is this? Why are you crying? Now the whole entire audience wasn't sobbing. And it, for me was one of those pinnacle moments of great art that I got to experience and is something that no one will ever get to do again, if you weren't in that theater. And I think that's what I love so much about live performance is that it is temporal. And when it's done, it's done. And any time I get to experience live performance, dance, music, if it's being made in front of you, that's something that no one can take away from you, right? My house could burn to the ground. I could lose everything I have, but no one can take that experience for me. And that's one of the things that I love so much about art and about live performance. [00:29:50] Shawn Kilgore: That's a great answer. I feel like that's why we as artists and why everybody who loves art comes back to it because you're always, I don't know. It's sort of like, when you have a moment like that, you want another one, so you seek it out. And so you're, it's like trying to chase that high. Yeah. I love it. So that, but that was a great answer, I think, but for me, I've had many impactful moments with art. My most recent one though, however, was getting to see a Bette Midler performance of "Hello, Dolly" in New York City for me now that I can tell you why I sobbed, not all the way through, but there were moments where, I mean, I, and not for, because it was, it was just the most amazing-- I don't know. And I'm getting chills thinking, just thinking about it, talking about it. Cause it was, you felt like I don't even know how-- I can't even put it in words. I'm at a loss for words, trying to even explain what it was, how it was, but... [00:30:45] Natalie Cordone: Well, I know that when they came out for "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," and I know we've talked about this, when they did the "Parade of the Costumes," it's what you've wanted every musical to ever be in all the world. And I know, I remember you talking about how she just touched you so much and I, I can feel it listening to you talking about it. [00:31:04] Shawn Kilgore: Yeah. Yeah, that's cool. That's cool. Yeah. Like, and after that iconic, the iconic "Hello, Dolly" number and just the roar of the, you know, in full Broadway theater. And as everyone like stood up and I, I swear it went on for like five minutes or more the, the standing ovation, like it was, yeah. I just love it. I love, yeah, that was awesome. [00:31:28] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, of course. That is so cool. Well, yeah, you both have incredible stories about art being impactful and really like the, the idea of the art addict. [00:31:38]Natalie Cordone: We might have to make a t-shirt. [00:31:41] Lindsey Dinneen: Thankfully it's the healthiest addiction you can probably have, right? Oh, man. I feel like that needs to be explored further. We might, you know, that's fantastic. [00:31:52] Natalie Cordone: Art might make you poor, but it'll definitely get you high. [00:31:53]Lindsey Dinneen: This is perfect. I love it. Oh my gosh. And I totally resonate with what you were both talking about with live theater. I mean, I'm so grateful that there are so many avenues nowadays to view art virtually whether it's a, you know, it's a musical or something else, but there's nothing that compares to live theater, even as a performer. I feel, you know, if you're taped it's, it's nice. I mean, I'm glad to have that so I can go back in and see it again. But there's nothing like that feeling of just being on stage and looking out into the audience and hopefully it's a super dark theater, so you don't see anyone's face, you know? Oh, that's awesome. That's so exciting. So when's your first live performance back? [00:32:40]Natalie Cordone: We are so lucky that we will be performing at the Grand Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin coming on June the 11th. It's a Friday night and there'll be a live broadcast of it as well that's completely free. So if this happens to air before June 11th than anyone wants to watch it, if you go to the, if you Google the Grand Oshkosh or watch any of our shows, we always try to put up a link for it. That night you can watch the free live broadcast of the show along with the 50 or so people that are going to be allowed into the house that are going to be socially distanced in the balcony for the night, but we get to have our three piece band with us. We're going to get to actually tour up there again. [00:33:19]Shawn Kilgore: And it will be a really nice stream too. It's going to be a three camera shoot and that's all thanks to, I believe a sponsor, right, Natalie? Somebody, a corporate sponsor, that's sponsoring these, the stream so that we can share the show with, you know, an even broader audience, which is awesome. [00:33:33] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, that is fantastic. You know, it's so interesting because again, in so many ways artists have had to really switch gears or be a little bit differently innovative, I would say. I think in general artists are very good at adapting, but yeah, I do like the fact that it's kind of opened the world to some of our artistic endeavors that might not necessarily get to see. Like, I wouldn't necessarily get to see that show, but now I can. And that's, that's really exciting, you know, and just to have those opportunities. So yeah. [00:34:06] Shawn Kilgore: Absolutely. There've been some crazy-- I just finished a project where it was eight actors, all in different states, all working with green screens. And it was a sketch comedy show, and that would have never happened, you know, if this didn't happen. So yeah, absolutely. There have been some, some good, some really interesting and cool things to come out of it, for sure. [00:34:27] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, absolutely. Well, first of all, your stories are just so fantastic. And I literally have been sitting here smiling the whole time. So this has been fantastic and wonderful. And I do have three questions that I always like to ask my guests if you two would be up for that. [00:34:44] Shawn Kilgore: Sure. [00:34:45] Natalie Cordone: Oh yeah! [00:34:46] Lindsey Dinneen: Okay. So first of all, how do you personally define art or what is art to you? [00:34:52]Natalie Cordone: Ooh. I feel like we should have studied. All right. So what is art to you? Apparently we answered this earlier and the answer is like a drug. I think art to me is self-expression in a way where you're attempting to communicate something that is incommunicable to another person. [00:35:10] Shawn Kilgore: That's good. I think for me, it's the opportunity to escape. [00:35:16]Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, absolutely. And then what do you think is the most important role of an artist? [00:35:23]Shawn Kilgore: To keep it alive, to keep it going. [00:35:26]Natalie Cordone: I think for me, it's to tell the truth, whatever your truth is in that moment, to be vulnerable enough, to be honest, in a way where you are sharing something real, sharing a piece of yourself with people that you might never meet or really get to know. [00:35:46]Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. Okay. And then my final question, and I'll define my terms a little bit, but do you think that art should be inclusive or exclusive? And what I mean by that is inclusive referring to artists who put their work out there and provide some context behind that, whether it's, you know, as simple as a title, or whether it's show notes, whether it's the context behind it, the inspiration sort of that, that prompted it. Versus exclusive referring to artists that put their work out there, but don't provide the context and basically leave it solely up to the viewer to determine what they will. [00:36:22]Shawn Kilgore: I, for me, I think inclusive because it should be also about the educational piece of it and to let young people growing up today know how it all works, you know, and hopefully to be able to inspire. [00:36:37] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. I think for me it can be, it can be valid in either direction. I think it's really up to the discretion of the artist as to what they want that experience to be for their viewer or their audience. I know for myself, I much prefer to make what would be considered inclusive art. And I think for the most part, I prefer to be the viewer of it as well. But I think that both of them are valid. It just depends on what the project is. I think, I know that wasn't really an answer, but I'm gonna, I'm gonna pick D, all of the above. [00:37:13] Shawn Kilgore: That's always the best-- if it's an option, I'm going with it. [00:37:17] Lindsey Dinneen: Right, right. No. And, and you're absolutely right. You're both right. I mean, there's value in both. And, and I think it's, it's really interesting to hear the answers to that particular question, because everyone has a different, you know, opinion, just like art is subjective, so is that question. I love it. Well again, thank you guys so very much for being here today. I'm just so thrilled to hear your stories. And I'm, I'm very excited about what you guys are doing. I'm going to mark it in my calendar to catch that live stream, because that's really exciting to me too. And, you know, with your, with your live shows that you're doing weekly, I think-- I just know that what you bring to the world brings so much positivity and light and value. And I just commend you two for doing that. And for choosing to look on the bright side, choosing to highlight the good that's happening, because that is so needed. And I just know that what you're doing is making a tangible difference in people's lives. And so I just want to commend you for that. And thank you for that because you know, it, it does take you time and effort and I appreciate it. So thank you. [00:38:29] Shawn Kilgore: That's very nice, Lindsey. Thank you so much. This was really a lot of fun. [00:38:33] Natalie Cordone: Yeah. Thank you. And we hope that you will be a friend of our show. We would love to have you on as a guest, not to put you on the spot, but we would love to have you. And so hopefully we'll get a chance to collaborate again because your spirit is so open and kind, and the work that you do here to, to gain the following of the people who rely on getting to hear you every week. We just were glad that we were able to share. [00:38:54] Lindsey Dinneen: Yeah, of course. And, oh my gosh, yes! I would absolutely love to be a guest. That would be a huge honor. [00:39:01]Natalie Cordone: We'll have our people call your people. [00:39:04]Lindsey Dinneen: Oh my gosh. Well, thank you again so much. I'm very much looking forward to that opportunity as well, but also, thank you so much for everyone who has listened to this episode. And, oh my goodness, if you're feeling as inspired as I am right now, I would just love if you would share this episode with a friend or two and we will catch you next time. [00:39:26] If you have a story to share with us, we would love that so much. And I hope your day has been Artfully Told.
RAGTIME Book by Terrence McNally | Music by Stephen Flaherty | Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | Based on “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow Episode Segments:2:12 - Speed Test5:06 - Why God Why10:43 - Back to Before14:14 – Putting It Together28:12 - What's Inside49:26 - How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?1:15:34 - Our Favorite Things1:24:54 - Corner of the Sky1:28:10 – What Comes Next?Works Consulted & Reference :Ragtime (Original Libretto) by Terrence McNallyRagtime by E.L. DoctorowRagtime: The Making of a Musical in “The Cultural Critic” by Steve Cohen Great Performances: Creating Ragtime (PBS – 1998)Stars in the House: Ragtime ReunionThe Making of a Musical: Ragtime at The Kennedy CenterSingular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway by Michael RiedelMusic Credits:"Overture" from Dear World (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music by Jerry Herman | Performed by Dear World Orchestra & Donald Pippin"The Speed Test" from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan | Performed by Marc Kudisch, Sutton Foster, Anne L. Nathan & Ensemble"Why God Why" from Miss Saigon: The Definitive Live Recording (Original Cast Recording / Deluxe) | Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr. | Performed by Alistair Brammer"Back to Before" from Ragtime: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | Performed by Marin Mazzie"Chromolume #7 / Putting It Together" from Sunday in the Park with George (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Performed by Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Judith Moore, Cris Groenendaal, Charles Kimbrough, William Parry, Nancy Opel, Robert Westenberg, Dana Ivey, Kurt Knudson, Barbara Bryne"What's Inside" from Waitress (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles | Performed by Jessie Mueller & Ensemble"Your Daddy's Son” from Ragtime: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | Performed by Audra McDonald"Maria" from The Sound of Music (Original Soundtrack Recording) | Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Performed by Evadne Baker, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Marni Nixon"My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music (Original Soundtrack Recording) | Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Performed by Julie Andrews"Corner of the Sky" from Pippin (New Broadway Cast Recording) | Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Performed by Matthew James Thomas“What Comes Next?” from Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) | Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Performed by Jonathan Groff
This week's storytellers are one-woman stunt show Martika, drag performer Edie, Broadway actor & singer Kimberly JaJuan, and magician Rudy Coby. In this episode all the stories are tied together with a theme of "Origin Stories." Martika: How She Went From Working in Veterinary Science to Performing Full Time The first story is told by Martika, an international variety entertainer based in Kansas City, MO. and is the C.E.O. of KC Entertainment Services, LLC. Having left a career as a veterinary technician more than ten years ago, she's toured the world solo, performing fire art stunts, escapes, and other sideshow danger acts. In fact, she's Kansas City's only woman sword swallower, and the only one woman show of this kind in the Midwest! She also teaches a variety of workshops in these disciplines establishing her even further as an expert. In her story, Martika tells about how she left a career in veterinary sciences to pursue a career in the entertainment world. Here's where you can find out more about Martika: Martika's Website: https://themartikashow.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themartikashow/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martikamd Edie: How the Character of Edie Was Created The second story is told by Edie, is a stage performer, dancer, actor, and drag performer most notably known for portraying the Emcee of Cirq du Soliel's Zumanity. In this story, we hear about how the character of Edie was created almost as if by accident! Here's where you can find out more info about Edie: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/tobiandpearl Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edie_entertainer/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edie.entertainer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/edieentertainer Kimberly JaJuan: Creating the Character Lisette in Marie Christine The third story is told by Kimberly JaJuan, a singer and actor both on and off Broadway. She's a graduate of The Eastman School and of Julliard School earning both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees. Some of her more notable (and favorite) roles have been Singing with Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick, Jr. at the Papal visit at Madison Square Garden, portraying the role of Sarah in Ragtime on Broadway, and creating the role of Lisette alongside classmate Audra McDonald in Marie Christine. Most recently she could have been seen bringing Hercules to life with the Public Works at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She's a long time member and manager of Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, professional choir of broadway artists, united to change lives through the power of music and service. She's also a broadway investor debuting as an Associate Producer on productions like American Son, Ain’t Too Proud, and Hadestown to name a few. In her story, Kimberly talks about creating the character Lisette in the show Marie Christine. Rudy Coby: Fond & Funny Memories Performing in the Original Cast of The Lion King on Broadway The final story comes from Rudy Coby, AKA Lab Man. You may have seen his ultra unique act on TV with him walking around on stage with four legs, or if you've been to a Marilyn Manson show, you've seen his work there as well, as Rudy designed all the special effects. In his story, Rudy shares the origin story of how Labman came about! Here's where you can find out more info about Rudy Coby: Watch his TV Specials: http://www.rudycoby.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rudycoby Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rudycoby Share Your Own Stories! Do you have comments, suggestions, or want to share your own stories? Drop me a line! email@example.com Exclusive Content! Would you like exclusive content nobody else will hear? Consider supporting the shown on Patreon. You'll get the full interviews with each performer as I record them that includes all their stories all in one place with all the chat in between! Facebook Group Come hang out in our Facebook Group! Click here to join and jump in the conversation!
A long-awaited episode that's too good, at least. Sondheim's masterpiece, devoured by an all-star line-up: Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Judy Collins, and many more.
On this week's episode, Regina and I fangirl (and continue to discuss) Disney's Animation Studio canon.Regina goes on a very long rant about today's Disney content, I give you Frozen vocals, and we both wonder why Audra McDonald didn't sing the Beauty and the Beast theme.Follow your host:https://www.instagram.com/andy_ricks/https://twitter.com/Andy_RicksFollow Regina Russell:https://www.instagram.com/reggirenee/
Content Disclaimer: Please note that this week’s episode contains discussions on eating disorders and suicide.Welcome to our final episode of season one of Stage Door Medium! This week, I’m joined by the insanely talented and insightful Tony Award nominated performer, Eva Noblezada! Eva’s Broadway credits include Kim in Miss Saigon and she is currently set to return in the role of Eurydice in Hadestown when Broadway resumes. This week, Eva and I discuss the importance of finding levity amidst heavy work, both in mediumship and the arts, as well as the need to separate ourselves from our job when we’re off the clock. In addition, we’ll talk all about the solar plexus chakra this week, the importance of remembering our wings, and I’ll share some tips I use before a reading to help stay grounded as well as protected. As usual, Eva will discuss her reading this week and I’ll share some insight on what I’ve learned in terms of who chooses to come through first and why. As usual, we’ll play our rapid fire wrap-up, as well as discuss why Patti LuPone might not like the turntable too much in Hadestown, and how Audra McDonald singing “Flowers” just might be the performance we all need. Also, be sure to check out Eva’s page and podcast, @theamarilloproject which focuses on growth through affirmation and conversation! Thanks for tuning in this season! Stay tuned for Season 2 announcements as well as some exciting live events I’ll be doing locally this summer. See you soon!Learn more about Eva:Instagram: @livevamaria The Movie in My Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQD31F5bOFcBook a reading with Jimmy!https://www.stagedoormedium.comInstagram: @stagedoormedium Youtube: Stage Door MediumStage Door Medium also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify PodcastsEditing: https:www.davidraydesign.comInstagram: @davidraydesignWatch on Instagram & YouTube
Connor and Dylan are joined by special guest Brittney Johnson (Wicked, Les Misérables). It’s good to see them, isn’t it? The dolls discuss the end of the pandemic, the impact of Audra McDonald, doing jigsaw puzzles with Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard, the brilliance of Search Party, Lillias White, sobbing at the end of Broad City, and making history as the first Black actress to play Glinda in Wicked on Broadway.Follow Brittney on Twitter & InstagramConnect with Brittney on Broadway PlusFollow DRAMA. on Twitter & InstagramFollow Connor MacDowell on Twitter & InstagramFollow Dylan MacDowell on Twitter & InstagramEdited by Maggie Montalto | Twitter & InstagramHERE is where you find official DRAMA. merch!SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PATREON HERE! Can you say “bonus episodes”? Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, rate us 5 stars, and leave a review!
In celebration of Black History Month 2021, let's take some time to honor contributions of Black people worldwide. We'll be highlighting various subjects through article readings from the interwebs. Just a bite-sized morsel to whet your appetite to learn more about these movers and shakers in Black History. Audra McDonald - Today's sources: https://audramcdonald.com/bio/ Disclaimer: The content in "Black History Minutes" is not original, but a voice-over narration of a published source for educational purposes. All credit to the original writers at the link(s) included in show notes. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ealymorningtea/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ealymorningtea/support
Adam Guettel's astonishing song cycle transforms into a multiple-episode virtual presentation by MasterVoices. Its artistic director, Ted Sperling, joins us to look at this work along with performances by Audra McDonald, Renee Fleming, Kelli O'Hara, Mandy Patinkin and more.
From the time she was nine years old, she knew she wanted to be on Broadway, but Audra McDonald has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. She has earned six Tony Awards, more than any other actor. She stars in movies and television shows and operas. She tours as a singer, and has a recording career. She may be the most versatile performer of her generation. But McDonald has had her struggles. She talks here about her incredible career, and about she's always carved a path forward by choosing the projects that scare her the most.
Feleceia Benton Wilson is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who is finding her voice not only as a business owner, but as a performer on the musical theater stage. This week as we continue to celebrate the stories of black women, we hear her chat about Audra McDonald - a Tony award winning African American performer whose unique voice has inspired singers like Wilson to embrace their own authenticity. Follow Feleceia: Instagram.com/heyfeleceia Feleceia.com
This episode, we talk about "Wheels of a Dream" from 1997's Ragtime as we continue our miniseries on love duets. Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell made this song iconic, and the pair discuss both their performances and the song's role in the show overall. But be warned: Erik drops a bombshell in this one. All clips are from the 1991 Original Broadway Cast Recording are used in accordance with the Fair Use Exemption for criticism and commentary. Buy/Listen to the Original Broadway Cast album on Amazon. Listen to the SMSTS playlist on Spotify. Follow the show on Twitter: @somuchstuffpod Email the show: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's get loud! In this week's episode, Michaela and Liam talk about the 2021 inauguration of President Joseph Robinette Biden and all the performances that came along with it like, J-Lo, Lady Gaga, and Garth Brooks, and of course the star of the show Bernie Sanders mittens. They also re-discover the talent, the grace, that is Barbra Streisand; as well as test Liams knowledge on Tony award winners like Audra Mcdonald, Nathan Lane and so much more! Follow us on Instagram @staysbetweenuspodcast @michaeladejoseph @liamjoshuamunn --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/this-stays-between-us/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/this-stays-between-us/support
Daniel J. Mertzlufft | Composer, Arranger, Music Director, Songwriterwww.danielmertzlufft.comInstagram/TikTok: @danieljmertzlufftDaniel Mertzlufft is a classically trained composer, arranger, music director, and songwriter based in New York City. He is most known for his viral sensations The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden featuring Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as his arrangement of “Remy The Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson that launched the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement, and The Grocery Store Musical, featured on ABC’s Good Morning America among other outlets, which is an arrangement of Lousia Melcher’s “New York Summer.” Most recently for Daniel is Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, a live streamed concert benefiting the Actor’s Fund produced by Tony-winning Seaview Productions, for which he serves as music supervisor, songwriter, and arranger of the 10 song performance.Daniel’s original works include Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic, Dot and the Kangaroo, commissioned by MTI Australaisa and iTheatrics, House Rules: A New Musical based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by Jodi Picoult, far memory, commissioned by Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar for Stephanie Blythe and Alan Louis Smith, Construction Site on Christmas Night. He also wrote on a new score for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre, The Letter; A New Opera, and a new score for Laura Eason’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer commissioned by MU Summer Repertory Theatre. He is a member of the advanced class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.Music Direction credits include; Off-Broadway: Sistas, 54 Below Sings – ABBA, Ariana Grande, Pop Hits of the 2000s, The Jonas Brothers. Readings: Monstersongs (NAMT), The Big One-Oh! TYA, and Hans Christian Anderson TYA (The Kennedy Center’s New Visions, New Voices). iTheatrics Music Direction credits include Off-Broadway: Sistas, 54 Below Sings – ABBA, Ariana Grande, Pop Hits of the 2000s, The Jonas Brothers. Readings: Monstersongs (NAMT), The Big One-Oh! TYA, and Hans Christian Anderson TYA (The Kennedy Center’s New Visions, New Voices). iTheatrics Workshops: Heathers HSE, Chicago HSE, Andrew Lloyd Webber for Young Actors Cats, Mary Poppins JR., G2K… Footloose, Newsies JR., Sister Act JR., The Drowsy Chaperone JR., My Fair Lady School Edition, Finding Nemo JR.Arrangement & Orchestration credits include “Princess” by Matthew Lee Robinson from Witches for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hans Christian Andersen(additional arrangements and underscoring) The Big One Oh! (Off-Broadway – additional arrangements and underscoring), “Children Will Listen” by Stephen Sondheim, commissioned by the Junior Theater Festival for the 20th anniversary of Broadway JR. “Rainbow Connection” by Paul Williams on the occasion of his acceptance of the Junior Theater Festival Legacy Award, and over 50 songs for Oh, What a Night!, The Rhythm of Life, & Fantastical Families, and more, at Transcendence Theatre Company.As an educator, he leads workshops at the international Junior Theater As an educator, he leads workshops at the international Junior Theater Festivals, Junior Theater Celebrations throughout the United States, and specialized music workshops for the Shubert Foundation and the NYC Department of Education. Daniel also graduated valedictorian from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Born in Florida, Daniel has also lived in Germany, Las Vegas, and spent his formative years in Buffalo, New York before moving to New York City.
On this episode I talked with Cailen about the moment she realized she wanted to be a theatre performer, how growing up in Fresno and going to school where Audra McDonald went to school made her realize that if Audra grew up where she did and made it then she could too, why she chose to study theatre at UC Irvine and continue with their program, the most valuable lesson she learned in college, her audition process for Mean Girls, how she puts herself into the shoes of Gretchen and Regina (two characters who are incredibly different) and plays them both so well, what her Broadway debut was like, how she works on self confidence in such a tough industry, teaching masterclasses and coaching up and coming performers, and MUCH MORE! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/backstagewithbeccab/support
Our newest buddy this week is none other than triple threat, Jay Armstrong Johnson (@Jay_A_Johnson)! You may know him from Lincoln Center’s production of Sweeney Todd (starring opposite Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald) (2014), from his most recent Broadway role starring as Raoul in Phantom, or as Will Olsen on ABC’s Quantico. Monica, Carley, and Jay join forces to tackle this tension-filled episode as we navigate a racially charged football game, Landry and Matt’s foray into the world of strippers, and Julie’s fresh serving of sass she dishes out to our beloved Tami and Coach. Join us this week as we chat about what it means to recognize your racist roots, giggle at Landry one-liners, and revisit our Texas childhoods filled with Veggie Tales, and….pawn shop visits? Happy Friday! Follow us @txforeverpod --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/txforeverpod/support
James Marino talks with Lindsay Jones about his two 2020 Tony Award nominations, the upcoming Audible release of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, (and possible future Broadway production) of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Audra McDonald and Carla Gugino. We also catch up with what Lindsay has been doing since March. read more
The recent spike in Americans suffering from anxiety and depression makes evident that COVID-19 has impacted our health in more ways than one. In this episode, Hillary talks with three people who have spoken openly about their own mental health struggles: Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, veterans advocate Jason Kander, and author Allie Brosh. Audra McDonald is a singer and actor who has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy. Onstage, she’s performed in numerous plays, musicals, and operas, including Carousel, Ragtime, and Porgy & Bess. On TV, she portrayed Dr. Naomi Bennett on the medical drama Private Practice, and in 2018, she joined the cast of the CBS All Access’ The Good Fight. Her latest solo album is Sing Happy. Jason Kander is a veterans advocate and a former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan. He was elected to the Missouri state legislature in 2008 and as Missouri Secretary of State in 2012. Jason is the founder of Let America Vote, an organization that fights to protect voting rights; the national expansion director for the Veterans Community Project; and co-host of the political podcast Majority 54. His memoir, Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage, was a bestseller. Allie Brosh is a former blogger and the author of Hyperbole and a Half (2013) and Solutions and Other Problems, which was published earlier this year. Find a full transcript here.
Welcome to the cult of Audra, honies! Dust off your TONY Awards to get in the door because this episode is for LEGENDS ONLY. We welcome host of Netflix's The Big Flower Fight, Kristen Giffith-Vanderyacht to swim in the luscious and magical waters of his diva: Audra McDonald! So get your Mom to drop you at Barnes and Noble and meet us in the CD Section because we are going back to Broadway this week to gush over this living legend's career on stage, screen and in the recording studio. So tribe up because we are plotting Ms. McDonald's EGOT and bopping through every soaring ballad as we worship Broadway's brightest star and the voice of our hearts: Audra Ann McDonald.
Here’s The Thing is moving from WNYC to iHeartRadio. Over the past several years, Alec has talked with some of the greatest artists, musicians, actors, writers, thinkers, public policy makers, and sports figures of our time. The final two programs on WNYC highlight a compilation of some of Alec’s favorite interviews from the past several years. This penultimate WNYC episode features clips from interviews with David Letterman, Audra McDonald, Carly Simon, Robert Osborne, and Jon Robin Baitz. Join Alec as he celebrates his accomplished guests and the Here’s The Thing catalog.
In episode 22, Broadway Workshop director and LITTLE ME host, Marc Tumminelli catches up with child star Alicia Morton. Alicia shares her story of growing up in the swamp of Louisiana and making a huge splash on Broadway in Les Miserables before starring as "Annie" in the Wonderful World of Disney's television remake of ANNIE on ABC. Alicia tells Marc the backstage story of attending a Loretta Lynn concert at the age of 3 how it changed her life forever, being part of the kids performing circuit - Star Power and Show Stoppers, performing Fosse at 6 years old, performing at Grand Ole Opry, booking Les Miserables on Broadway, moving to New York, sharing the role of Little Cosette with Lea Michelle, spending nearly 4 years in Les Mis, dealing with the loss of her father during her Broadway run, almost booking the 1997 revival of Annie, auditioning for the Annie TV movie, flying first class to LA for her Annie screen test, getting the call backstage at Les Mis that she had booked the Annie TV Movie, working with Rob Marshall, Victor Garber, Audra McDonald and Kathy Bates, moving to the Oakwood Apartments in LA, her connection to original "Annie" star - Andrea McArdle, becoming friends with Lindsay Lohan, missing out on playing Lizzie McGuire, recording "Tomorrow", The Annie premier night and everything that has happened since her incredible star turn. Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week's Getting Curious is a show like no other, since Jonathan is joined by the iconic Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Audra McDonald. She and Jonathan discuss the critical work she's doing as the co-founder of Black Theatre United, an organization that is advocating for equity in the theater world and the nation. They also discuss how theatergoers can continue to support the performing arts community, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (And stick around for the third act to hear Audra's recommendations for what to watch and listen to once you're done with the episode!) Follow Audra on Instagram @audramcdonald and Twitter @AudraEqualityMc, and learn more about Black Theatre United at www.blacktheatreunited.com. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.