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Date of Birth: November 18, 1945 (70)
Birth Place: Scranton, PA, USA
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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...)

VIDEO: CHICAGO Designer William Ivey Long Recalls Advice He Gave To Melanie GriffithVIDEO: CHICAGO Designer William Ivey Long Recalls Advice He Gave To Melanie Griffith
by Michael Dale - Aug 22, 2016

Beginning with Gwen Verdon in the original and resuming with Ann Reinking in the revival, some of Broadway's most talented triple-threats have taken on the role of Roxie Hart in Broadway's CHICAGO. (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...)

Lana Gordon Hits the Cell Block in Broadway's CHICAGO TonightLana Gordon Hits the Cell Block in Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome Lana Gordon in the role of Velma Kelly beginning tonight, Monday, August 15 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). (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...)

Berkeley Rep's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE Adaptation Finds CastBerkeley Rep's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE Adaptation Finds Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel, It Can't Happen Here. (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...)

BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Leaves Them On Their feet, Yelling and Applauding at PorthouseBWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Leaves Them On Their feet, Yelling and Applauding at Porthouse
by Roy Berko - Aug 1, 2016

The 1984 movie Footloose became a cult movie among teens and young twenties, not only because it showcased a rebel with a cause standing up for his rights, and displaying victory over misguided-adults, but because of the performance of Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormick. (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...)

Photo Flash: Worlds Collide When Takarazuka CHICAGO Meets Broadway Cast!Photo Flash: Worlds Collide When Takarazuka CHICAGO Meets Broadway Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Takarazuka, Japan's famous all-female musical theater troupe, makes its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with Takarazuka CHICAGO at Lincoln Center Festival July 20-24 only at the David H. Koch Theater, running concurrently with the Tony Award-winning show, with a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and now the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history.    Just yesterday, the cast of Takarazuka CHICAGO was introduced to the cast of New York City's Broadway production by producers Fran and Berry Weissler. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

VIDEO: CHICAGO's Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquin, Jaime Camil Meet Their Counterparts From Japan's TakarazukaVIDEO: CHICAGO's Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquin, Jaime Camil Meet Their Counterparts From Japan's Takarazuka
by Michael Dale - Jul 19, 2016

The Broadway cast members welcome the visitors from Japan's century-old troupe. (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...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 12, 2016

Broadway history has been made! For the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors are leading a Broadway musical. Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only through Sunday, July 31st  (when Mr. Camil ends his run).  Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for Marroquin's first curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

CHICAGO Makes Broadway History with Returning Star Bianca Marroquin TonightCHICAGO Makes Broadway History with Returning Star Bianca Marroquin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Broadway history will be made when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors will lead a Broadway musical. The producers of Chicago, Broadway's Longest Running American Musical, have announced that Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only beginning tonight, July 11th. (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...)

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