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Exclusive 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 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...)

BWW's On This Day - September 3, 2016
by - Sep 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Exclusive 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 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 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...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Starring Deaf Actor, Begins Tonight in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Exclusive 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' 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...)

Carmen Cusack, Zachary Levi and More Sign on for 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

New York City Center today announced additional casting for the concert performances of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, October 24 through 26. (more...)

Exclusive 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 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 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 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 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...)

MAD MEL AND THE MARRADIANS Premiere Scheduled for 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Just in time for the 2016 presidential election -- which some people believe features aliens as candidates -- acclaimed audio drama producer-director Mike Sargent is bringing Gary Morgenstein's four-part sci-fi political series Mad Mel and the Marradians to radio. Episode one is available at madmelsavestheworld.com beginning Saturday, October 15. (more...)

Broadway's Carmen Cusak to Make West Coast Concert Debut at Bay Area Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Bay Area Cabaret kicks off the new year presenting the West Coast concert debut of chanteuse Carmen Cusak as part of the 2016-17 season at the Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street) on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 5 p.m. (more...)

Red Crescendo Theatre Company Presents GODSPELL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Red Crescendo Theatre Company presents their inaugural production of Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak's timeless classic GODSPELL (2012 VERSION) performing December 10th - 18th, Saturdays and Sundays @ 2pm as well as Thursday December 15th @ 7pm, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Tickets are $12; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit gorillatangotheatre.com. (more...)

Exclusive 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...)

BWW's On This Day - November 24, 2016
by - Nov 24, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Carmen Cusack to Star in One-Woman World Premiere DO THIS at Gulfshore Playhouse; Sheryl Kaller to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse, Southwest Florida's Premiere Professional theatre, is very excited to announce that 2016 Tony Award-nominee Carmen Cusack will star in the one-woman, world premiere of Do This by Karen Siff Exkorn, which will run from January 7th through the 28th. (more...)

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...)

SEE IT BIG! Holiday Films Features 14 Classic and Unconventional Movies
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

With a wide selection of great movies by directors including Ingmar Bergman, Joe Dante, John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, Vincente Minnelli, and more, Museum of the Moving Image presents a holiday edition of its popular ongoing series See It Big!, from November 19 through December 24, 2016. The season opens this Saturday with back-to-back screenings of Tim Burton and Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas, screening in Dolby Digital 3-D; Barry Levinson's heartfelt, autobiographical Avalon, chronicling generations of a Jewish family in Baltimore; and Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen's funny yet philosophical family dramedy starring Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, and Michael Caine-with the last two films centered around Thanksgiving meals. (more...)

Exclusive 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' Discusses I LOVE MY WIFE and COLETTE COLLAGE
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 9, 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: Wife swapping set to music & Lady Holiday throws some shade! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Nominated Actor Paul Kandel
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 5, 2017

Up there, high, high in the lovely apartment in midtown Manhattan, lives the mysterious Paul Kandel. Who is this creature? What is he? How did he come to be there? Hush! Rob and Kevin will tell you as they sit down with the wonderful Mr. Kandel, best known for his role as Uncle Ernie in THE WHO'S TOMMY and as the voice of Clopin in Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats Bea Arthur's Wicked Tongue, Audra McDonald's Golden Voice
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 22, 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: The wicked tongue of Bea Arthur & the golden voice of Audra McDonald.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Three-Time Tony-Nominee Rebecca Luker
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 19, 2017

The hills are alive with the warmth and wit of three time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. Best known for her appearances in THE SECRET GARDEN, SHOW BOAT, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MARY POPPINS, and FUN HOME, Rebecca makes a splash on today's episode! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses COME FROM AWAY and 'Second Act Trouble'
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 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: Rob and Kevin invent the Broadway Home Shopping Network! Plus, a new musical and a good read!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Chuck Cooper
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 13, 2017

It 'Don't Take Too Much' to be excited that Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his forty plus year career onstage in shows like THE LIFE, PASSION, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE. Chuck pulls back the curtain on his career, including how he survived GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER, what was so magical about Cy Coleman's hands, and why he was the most musical washer machine you ever saw ! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates a Great Director and a New Book
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 1, 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: Remembering a great director and celebrating a new book! (more...)

Exclusive 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...)

Exclusive 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 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 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 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...)

BEHIND 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...)

Exclusive 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 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 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...)

WAM Theatre Sets Cast for Fresh Takes Reading of GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

WAM Theatre has announced the cast for the last of their 2016 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series, Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck, directed by Sheila Siragusa. The reading will take place on Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. (more...)

Exclusive 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...)


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Carmen Cusack and John Lloyd Young Join The Cast of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE at The Wallis
by Nora Dominick - Aug 26, 2016

Revolutionizing the live musical theater experience, the acclaimed company For The Record makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles in a new production, For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. This new show will bring the legendary filmmaker's soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret from September 21 through October 16 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem is co-produced by The Wallis and Ad Astra Live, and is made possible by the generous support of David C. Bohnett. (more...)

Bay Area Cabaret Presents West Coast Debut of Carmen Cusack
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Bay Area Cabaret kicks off the new year presenting the West Coast concert debut of chanteuse Carmen Cusack as part of the 2016-17 season at the Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street) on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 5 p.m.  (more...)


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Exclusive 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 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 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...)

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