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Date of Birth: July 15, 1931 (85)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female
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...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Legendary Dancer and Model, Lawrence MerrittExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Legendary Dancer and Model, Lawrence Merritt
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 7, 2016

In his 78 years of entertaining, Lawrence Merritt has truly seen it all. From dancing on Broadway in GOLDEN RAINBOW and PIPPIN, to modeling for the greatest magazines, to being an underwater dancer in Paris, Lawrence is not short on amazing stories. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Lecresia Campbell and A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCEExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Lecresia Campbell and A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 3, 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: Rob and Kevin go to two very different churches!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Choreographer Jack Cole & 'Lost in Boston'Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Choreographer Jack Cole & 'Lost in Boston'
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 27, 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: The grandfather of Broadway choreography and a look into the songs lost on the road to Broadway! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Legendary Orchestrator Larry MooreExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Legendary Orchestrator Larry Moore
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 24, 2016

Orchestrator Larry Moore has been praised by the New York Daily News as 'one of the most ingenious practitioners in his profession,' and you'll find no argument in that statement once you hear Larry's fascinating story. Stopping by to pull back the curtain on the role of an orchestrator, Larry tells Rob and Kevin what it was like orchestrating such musical series favorites as 'Unsung Musicals' and 'Lost in Boston,' which recording is the greatest cast album of all time, and how he got Stephen Sondheim his Pulitzer Prize! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats RIO, HALLELUJAH BABYExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats RIO, HALLELUJAH BABY
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 20, 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: June is bustin' out all over and the birds are flying down to Rio! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Theatre, TV Legend Nancy DussaultExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Theatre, TV Legend Nancy Dussault
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 17, 2016

Audiences across America remember Nancy Dussault as Ted Knight's wife in TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, Alan Arkin's wife in THE IN-LAWS, and as the original host of GOOD MORNING AMERICA. But before Nancy became a television and movie legend, she was heralded for her Broadway performances in DO-RE-MI, BAJOUR, and countless others! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats FLOYD COLLINS and Ethel Merman!Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats FLOYD COLLINS and Ethel Merman!
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 13, 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: FLOYD COLLINS gets stuck in a cave and Ethel Merman gets stuck in a sitcom! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Lyricist/Librettist Stephen ColeExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Lyricist/Librettist Stephen Cole
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 10, 2016

There are three types of musical theatre lovers: Fan, Obsessed, and Stephen Cole. Stephen, who has had a wonderfully varied career as a lyricist and librettist, invited Rob & Kevin over to the musical theatre mecca he calls his apartment to talk about the craft of writing, meeting Merman, and how social media sites, like Facebook's Forgotten Musicals page, is uniting musical theatre fans from across the globe! (more...)

MICHA Honors Connie Rotunda with Michael Chekhov Scholar AwardMICHA Honors Connie Rotunda with Michael Chekhov Scholar Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

? MICHA, the not-for-profit association dedicated to attending to actor/director/author Michael Chekov's artistic vision and technique, today announced the creation of The Michael Chekhov Scholar Award and its inaugural recipient, Connie Rotunda. Rotunda received her accolade and presented her work at  the organization's International Workshop and Festival last week in New London, CT. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SOUTH PACIFIC's Christine Toy JohnsonBWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SOUTH PACIFIC's Christine Toy Johnson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 29, 2016

Christine Toy Johnson has come full circle in a career with many facets: from her first Equity role to her current stint as Bloody Mary in Guthrie Theater's SOUTH PACIFIC, this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has been important to her. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Musical Comediennes; Dorothy Loudon, JUNOExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Musical Comediennes; Dorothy Loudon, JUNO
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 29, 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 Behind the Curtain celebrates two great comediennes of the American Musical Theatre, Dorothy Loudon and JUNO! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Record-Breaking Actor George Lee AndrewsExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Record-Breaking Actor George Lee Andrews
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 26, 2016

George Lee Andrews holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most performances in the same Broadway show, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. But, before he won that honor, he was Broadway's go-to character actor appearing in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, STARTING HERE, and ON THE 20TH CENTURY. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Intimate Musicals; THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, SPITFIRE GRILLExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Intimate Musicals; THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, SPITFIRE GRILL
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 22, 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, they discuss the joys of intimate musicals, including 'They're Playing Our Song' and 'Spitfire Grill.' (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Tony-Winning Legend Len CariouExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Tony-Winning Legend Len Cariou
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 19, 2016

Sweeney Todd. Frederik Egerman. Bill Samson. All of these roles, plus many others, were first brought to life by Tony Award winner Len Cariou. Sweeney Todd. Frederik Egerman. Bill Samson. All of these roles, plus many others, were first brought to life by Tony Award winner Len Cariou. Len dropped by Shetler Studios to share memories of his incredible career, including tackling Shakespeare, Sondheim, and everything in between. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks STEEL PIER, Musical Theater Book in Need of UpdatingExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks STEEL PIER, Musical Theater Book in Need of Updating
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 15, 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: A book that needs to be revised and a musical that needs to be revived! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Living Legend Joan CopelandExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Living Legend Joan Copeland
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 12, 2016

She was Arthur Miller's sister, a victim of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and one of New York's most respected actresses. Joan Copeland is a living legend whose career includes standing by for Vivien Leigh and Katherine Hepburn, sharing the stage with Danny Kaye, and bringing the words of her brother to vivid theatrical life. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Pick Winners in Tonys' Forgotten CategoriesExclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Pick Winners in Tonys' Forgotten Categories
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 8, 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. (more...)

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