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Date of Birth: July 15, 1931 (85)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Lyricist Lee AdamsExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Lyricist Lee Adams
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 27, 2017

Because he had a whole lot of livin' to do, Rob and Kevin's time with Tony Award winning lyricist Lee Adams was short but it did make them feel happy and rosy (or Rosie). The 93 year old Adams joined Rob and Kevin on the phone from his home in Briarcliff, NY.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Author and Actor Ron FasslerExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Author and Actor Ron Fassler
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 20, 2017

Imagine taking the proceeds from your paper route, training into NYC by yourself, and, for only $2, seeing the original 1776, COMPANY, FOLLIES, PIPPIN, and 196 other shows. And, at your tender age, writing a detailed review of what you just saw. Well, that's exactly what our guest Ron Fassler has done. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Leans in with Jeanine Tesori and Betty ComdenExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Leans in with Jeanine Tesori and Betty Comden
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 15, 2017

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: Leaning In with Jeanine Tesori & Betty Comden! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse for Part IIExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse for Part II
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 13, 2017

The sun will come out today because the Tony Award winning composer of Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie, and countless others, Charles Strouse is back to discuss his life after being anointed Broadway's Golden Boy (pun, intended). (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles StrouseExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 5, 2017

Put on a happy face because the Tony Award winning composer of BYE BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE, ANNIE, and countless others, Charles Strouse, invites Rob and Kevin into his penthouse apartment for a two part interview about his life and career. (more...)

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS Celebrates 1st Year AnniversaryBEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Behind The Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends, the iTunes podcast dedicated to preserving the memories, wisdom, and anecdotes of Broadway's greatest artists, celebrates its first year anniversary on February 1st, 2017. (more...)

The Actors Center Appoints New Executive and Artistic DirectorThe Actors Center Appoints New Executive and Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

For more than 20 years, The Actors Center has provided opportunities for NYC's professional stage, film, and television artists to deepen and develop their craft alongside likeminded peers. Now under the direction of longtime Center associate Charles Tuthill, the Center now boasts more than 200 peer-nominated members and is positioned to continue to impact the profession for generations to come. (more...)

American Bard Theater Explores Gender Roles, Race, and Death in VISIONARY VOICESAmerican Bard Theater Explores Gender Roles, Race, and Death in VISIONARY VOICES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct. The evening of one-act works include Trifles by Susan Glaspell (1916), Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner (1929), and The People by Susan Glaspell (1918). Performances will be staged at the Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 from February 15-March 5, 2017. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins to Direct VISIONARY VOICES at American Bard TheaterTonya Pinkins to Direct VISIONARY VOICES at American Bard Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chat's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Documentary and Pee Wee's Christmas SpecialExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chat's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Documentary and Pee Wee's Christmas Special
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 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: Pee Wee gives us the gift of The Del Rubio Triplets & Stephen Sondheim gives us the gift of wisdom.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Richard Maltby Jr. Part 2Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Richard Maltby Jr. Part 2
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 19, 2016

Richard Maltby Jr, acclaimed lyricist and director, sits down again with Rob and Kevin to pull back the curtain on his illustrious career. In this episode, Richard discusses how he met David Shire, looks back on Love Match & How Do You Do I Love You, two musicals that never came to Broadway, and the process of working with choreographers. Plus, Richard pulls back the curtain on such legends as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ronny Graham, and Cameron Mackintosh. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates HIGH FIDELITY and Bette MidlerExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates HIGH FIDELITY and Bette Midler
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 14, 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: Broadway gets down & Bette clams up. (more...)

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...)

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