Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Writer Martin Charnin
He created the role of Big Deal in the original WEST SIDE STORY. He changed the face of musical theatre, and pop culture, when he wrote ANNIE. And, now, Martin Charnin is sitting down for a two part interview with Rob and Kevin to talk about how he went from being an actor, to a lyricist, to a director.
In this interview, Martin talks about why he kept his career in musical theatre a secret from his father, what the WEST SIDE STORY audition process was like, and Martin reveals the greatest musical theatre idea that never was. Hint: It starred Norman Bates and Princess Winnifred!
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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS is a podcast dedicated to preserving the memories, wisdom, and anecdotes of Broadway's greatest artists. From actors to directors, designers to producers, this podcast gives listeners the rare chance to hear Broadway's most intimate stories from the legends who were there to see it happen. The podcast is hosted by SDC director Robert W Schneider and AEA actor Kevin David Thomas. It is produced through the generosity of Daniel J Gutierrez.
On Thursdays, Rob and Kevin release a mini-episode that reveals hidden gems of the musical theatre canon and highlight the merits of each gems. Previous cult musicals discussed include Personals, House of Flowers, Brownstone, and No Strings.
Previous guests on the Behind The Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends podcast include Tony Award winner Randy Graff (CITY OF ANGELS), Loni Ackerman (CATS), Tony Award winning director Walter Bobbie (CHICAGO), Spence Ford (MERLIN), Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long (THE PRODUCERS), Tony Award winning character actor George S Irving (OKLAHOMA), Artistic Director of City Center Encores! Jack Viertel (HAIRSPRAY), casting director Joanna Merlin (COMPANY), character actor and author Jim Brochu (ZERO HOUR), song and dance legend Lee Roy Reams (42nd STREET), President of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin (EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE), music director Don Pippin (A CHORUS LINE), poster designer Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo, Tony nominee Andre DeShields (THE FULL MONTY), Howard McGillin (ANYTHING GOES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Tony Award historian Bryan Hobgood, Joan Copeland (TWO BY TWO, PAL JOEY), Tony-winner Len Cariou (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, SWEENY TODD), George Lee Andrews (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), lyricist and librettist Scott Lee, theatre and TV legend Nancy Dussault, legendary orchestrator Larry Moore, Cast Album Producer Bruce Yeko, Broadway legend Carol Lawrence, theatre historian Peter Filichia, Broadway favorite Karen Morrow, legendary actor Ed Dixon, Broadway favorite Brad Oscar, Broadway documentarian Rick McKay, and Broadway alum Richard Roland.
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