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Date of Birth: July 15, 1931 (85)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female
Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Famed Press Agent Susan L. SchulmanExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Famed Press Agent Susan L. Schulman
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 28, 2016

In part one of Behind the Curtain's most fascinating interviews to date, Rob and Kevin sat down with famed press agent Susan L. Schulman to discuss her life and career, including such projects as Applause, State Fair, Dancin' and the infamous Dream. Susan pulls back the curtain on working side by side with such legends as Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Bob Fosse,  and the abominable showman himself, David Merrick.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Tenor Eddie KorbichExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Tenor Eddie Korbich
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 13, 2016

Everyone's favorite tenor, Eddie Korbich, is this week's guest on Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends. From starring in the original production of ASSASSINS, to playing Mr. Snow against newcomer Audra ANN McDonald, to surviving SEUSSICAL, Eddie Korbich has proven time and time again that he is not only one of Broadway's best, he is also one of its nicest. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Gets Scary with THE LORD OF THE RINGS Musical and Paul Lynde!Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Gets Scary with THE LORD OF THE RINGS Musical and Paul Lynde!
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 2, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Witches, goblins, ghouls, turntables, and disco babies! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Back the Legendary Martin CharninExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Back the Legendary Martin Charnin
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 31, 2016

Martin Charnin is back with Rob and Kevin to discuss the second part of his career which includes collaborations with Richard Rodgers, Charles Strouse, Dorothy Loudon, and Danny Kaye.  In part two of his interview, Martin discusses Streisand's audition for HOT SPOT, the 'joys' of working with Danny Kaye, and the advice he would like to share with all people performing ANNIE. Plus, Martin discusses the most bizarre production of ANNIE he has ever seen.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tyler Mount to Discuss his Favorite ThingsExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tyler Mount to Discuss his Favorite Things
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 26, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Tyler Mount from Broadway's The Tyler Mount Vlog stops by to share his favorite thing, which is divine....literally! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Writer Martin CharninExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Writer Martin Charnin
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 24, 2016

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. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Second-Generation Broadway Alum Richard RolandExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Second-Generation Broadway Alum Richard Roland
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 16, 2016

Great Grandpa Roland was a bandleader. Grandpa Roland was a trumpet player. Dad, Steve Roland, was in SOUTH PACIFIC. Mom, Liz Roland, was in MR. PRESIDENT. Their son, Richard Roland, was in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, TITANIC, FOLLIES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and countless others. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Documentarian Rick McKayExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Documentarian Rick McKay
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 9, 2016

BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE (2004) is the greatest documentary ever made about the pleasures and pitfalls of working in the arts. Directed by Rick McKay, Broadway: The Golden Age received countless awards from over 17 different film festivals. In this in depth interview, Rick tells Rob & Kevin the inspiration behind the documentary, how Bea Arthur's mail triggered an incredible roster of subjects to interview, and reveals what incredible goodies are in store for the next two movies in the series! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Nominated Funnyman Brad OscarExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Nominated Funnyman Brad Oscar
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 3, 2016

One of Broadway's greatest clowns, two time Tony nominee Brad Oscar, swings by Shetler to kibbitz with Rob & Kevin about his amazing career on Broadway. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Actor Ed DixonExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Actor Ed Dixon
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 25, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Two internet goodies! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Sondheim's Screenplay & MacFarlane's TV ShowExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Sondheim's Screenplay & MacFarlane's TV Show
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 21, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Stephen & Seth! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Stage, Screen Star and 'Broadway Stories' Host Todd BuonopaneExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Stage, Screen Star and 'Broadway Stories' Host Todd Buonopane
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 18, 2016

Get out your calendars as Rob, Kevin and special guest Todd Buonopane, host of the amazing podcast Broadway Stories, sit down and discuss all the shows slated to open in the 2016-2017 Season. From plays to musicals, revivals to special events, these three folks cover it all! Plus: Donny & Marie's summer stock appearances, the brilliance of The Great Muppet Caper, and Alton Brown's dinner theatre experience!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Scott WiseExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Scott Wise
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 11, 2016

Fosse. Bennett. Robbins. Scott Wise got to know and work with them all. His incredible dancing skills were featured in 13 Broadway musicals including A CHORUS LINE, CATS, CARRIE, and JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, for which he won the Tony Award. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Frank Rich's GHOST LIGHT, Blue GoboExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Frank Rich's GHOST LIGHT, Blue Gobo
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 8, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: The power of illumination!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Karen MorrowExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Karen Morrow
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 5, 2016

For over fifty years, the big, belt voice of Karen Morrow has been filling theatres and TV screens. While audiences across America will fondly remember her numerous appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, it is her live appearances on Broadway, blasting the roof of numerous theatres, that epitomize Karen Morrow. Joining Rob & Kevin via phone, Karen reminisces on how she became known as 'the flop queen', what it was like to share the spotlight with Buddy Hackett,  and how she counted Ethel Merman among her biggest fans. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Critic and Historian Peter FilichiaExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Critic and Historian Peter Filichia
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 28, 2016

You would be hard pressed to find someone who loves the theatre more than Peter Filichia. For years, Peter's observations on musical theatre have inspired countless actors, directors, and writers to start a career in show business. Now, Peter talks to Rob and Kevin, his two biggest fans, about the importance of arts education, for whom a critic should be crafting their reviews, and why he still loves the theatre. Plus, memories of Senator Joe, The Wiz, and My Fair Lady!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses THE GOODBYE GIRL & PRETTYBELLEExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses THE GOODBYE GIRL & PRETTYBELLE
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 24, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Great writers. Great director. Great actors. Where did they go wrong? (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Carol LawrenceExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Carol Lawrence
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 21, 2016

For over fifty years, the beautiful voice of Carol Lawrence has filled our hearts. No one will capture the love, yearning, and heart break of Maria, the doomed heroine in WEST SIDE STORY, better than the actress who originated the role: Carol Lawrence. Joining Rob and Kevin from her home in California, Carol talks about the power of WEST SIDE STORY, what it was like working with Jerome Robbins, and how the theatre still has the power to heal all souls! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Cast Album Producer Bruce YekoExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Cast Album Producer Bruce Yeko
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 14, 2016

Bruce Yeko is one of the most fascinating men in show business. If it wasn't for Bruce we wouldn't have the original cast recordings of such musicals as THE BAKER'S WIFE, IN TROUSERS, PRETTYBELLE, and countless other musicals that no commercial record company would have produced. Selling off his massive baseball card collection, Bruce used those funds to  produce over 300 cast recordings, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses James Lipton's SHERRY, Ricky Ian Gordon's 'Bright Eyed Joy'Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses James Lipton's SHERRY, Ricky Ian Gordon's 'Bright Eyed Joy'
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 10, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: James Lipton writes a musical & Kevin extols the virtues of having three names!  (more...)

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