Broadway's Backbone

Broadway's Backbone Broadway Backbone is hosted by Brad Bradley, who made his Broadway debut in the original cast of "Steel Pier" and followed that with "Annie Get Your Gun", "Thou Shalt Not" "Spamalot", "People in the Picture", "Billy Elliot", and "Chita: A Legendary Celebration." Brad got the idea for the podcast during a conversation he had with Chita Rivera as they were sitting on the dock in Cherry Grove, Fire Island talking shop. She told him that everyone should go through the chorus. It's where dues are paid, the craft is refined, and discipline is born. The seed was planted.


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Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with MY FAIR LADY's Cameron AdamsPodcast: Broadway's Backbone with Cameron Adams
Posted: Jun. 25, 2018


Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Broadway Shoe Designer Phil LaDucaPodcast: Broadway's Backbone with Broadway Shoe Designer Phil LaDuca
Posted: Jul. 13, 2018


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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with FROZEN's Charlie WilliamsExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Charlie Williams
Posted: Sep. 27, 2017


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Discusses Race in TheatrePodcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Discusses Race in Theatre
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with TDF's Victoria Bailey!Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with TDF's Victoria Bailey!
Posted: May. 9, 2018


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Rebecca EichenbergerExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE w/ Rebecca Eichenberger
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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Celebrates Broadway Debuts with Riza Takahashi, Benjamin Rivera & Alicia Charles!Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Celebrates Broadway Debuts
Posted: Jun. 13, 2018


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with James WalshExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with James Walsh
Posted: Sep. 14, 2017


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Goes In Depth on Race in TheatrePodcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Goes In Depth on Race in Theatre
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017


Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Broadway Shoe Designer Phil LaDucaExclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Broadway Shoe Designer Phil LaDuca
July 13, 2018

In this episode: Broadway show shoe designer Phil LaDuca began his career singing and dancing on Broadway with choreographers like Agnus De Mille. Now choreographers like Jerry Mitchell are calling him to design shoes for singers and dancers. Phil LaDuca is a definition of having a second act in life that is just as grand as the first, and the term my 'LaDucas' has become a noun. After a reconstructive knee surgery he took his eye for beauty and experience onstage and created the most sought after shoe on stage and screen. Since dance has changed from the days of 'bring out the chorus girls', Phil thought that shoes should change with it. He brought his idea to the big companies and they said dancers don't have ideas and the rest is history. With accolades like a Drama Desk awards and thanks from dancers who say he's saved their legs and careers, it's the thought of a child getting inspired from a performer in his shoes that keeps him on pointe.

Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with MY FAIR LADY's Cameron AdamsExclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with MY FAIR LADY's Cameron Adams
June 25, 2018

In this episode: My Fair Lady'sCameron Adams grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and devoted her time to basketball and dance. At 16 years old, she was cast in Susan Stroman's The Music Man,and basketball become a spectator sport. A self-proclaimed tomboy, Cameron loves to play Broadway dress upand it's usually in period clothing. Her secret to having worked with all the top Broadway choreographers is that she shows up, works hard and is always authentic. Her favoritepart is the rehearsal process because that's where she gets to make things. In Lincoln Center Theatre's My Fair Lady,she was allowed to be seen as an actor within the ensemble and that path she has made.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Celebrates Broadway Debuts with Riza Takahashi, Benjamin Rivera & Alicia Charles!Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Celebrates Broadway Debuts with Riza Takahashi, Benjamin Rivera & Alicia Charles!
June 13, 2018

In this episode: Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of TDF, talks about TKTS celebrating 45 years and parent company TDF celebrating 50 years in 2018. TDF (Theatre Development Fund) is an organization that believes the performing arts should be available to everybody.They sell the idea of going to all theatre, not shows in particular and that Broadway is for everyone. Victoria Bailey has been with the company for 17 years, started at Yale, and was the GM at MTC for 19 years. She believes that theatre creates empathy for lives different than our own, that TDF/TKTS has created theatre goers for generations, and is a prime example of having a successful life in the arts separate from the footlights.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with TDF's Victoria Bailey!Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with TDF's Victoria Bailey!
May 9, 2018

In this episode: Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of TDF, talks about TKTS celebrating 45 years and parent company TDF celebrating 50 years in 2018. TDF (Theatre Development Fund) is an organization that believes the performing arts should be available to everybody.They sell the idea of going to all theatre, not shows in particular and that Broadway is for everyone. Victoria Bailey has been with the company for 17 years, started at Yale, and was the GM at MTC for 19 years. She believes that theatre creates empathy for lives different than our own, that TDF/TKTS has created theatre goers for generations, and is a prime example of having a successful life in the arts separate from the footlights.

Exclusive Podcast: Phil LaDuca Teases Release of New Shoe on BROADWAY'S BACKBONE!Exclusive Podcast: Phil LaDuca Teases Release of New Shoe on BROADWAY'S BACKBONE!
April 26, 2018

In this episode:Broadway's Shannon Lewis grew up in a rural Canadian suburb and at age 19 was hand picked by Susan Stroman to make her Broadway debut, after a 'Crazy for You' casting director saw her in a Toronto theme park show. The essence of this podcast is having integrity, the importance of the respect of your peers, and to have your talent and drive ready, so that when someone opens a door for you, you can walk right in. With an impeccable work ethic that takes every opportunity seriously; whether in the ensemble, as a deputy, or as a principle; as well as having Gwen Verdon as a champion, the real Shannon Lewis is coming out of hiding. @realshanlew

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Book Writer, Joe DiPietroExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Book Writer, Joe DiPietro
April 9, 2018

In this episode:Broadway's Shannon Lewis grew up in a rural Canadian suburb and at age 19 was hand picked by Susan Stroman to make her Broadway debut, after a 'Crazy for You' casting director saw her in a Toronto theme park show. The essence of this podcast is having integrity, the importance of the respect of your peers, and to have your talent and drive ready, so that when someone opens a door for you, you can walk right in. With an impeccable work ethic that takes every opportunity seriously; whether in the ensemble, as a deputy, or as a principle; as well as having Gwen Verdon as a champion, the real Shannon Lewis is coming out of hiding. @realshanlew

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Shannon LewisExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Shannon Lewis
February 16, 2018

In this episode:Broadway's Shannon Lewis grew up in a rural Canadian suburb and at age 19 was hand picked by Susan Stroman to make her Broadway debut, after a "Crazy for You" casting director saw her in a Toronto theme park show. The essence of this podcast is having integrity, the importance of the respect of your peers, and to have your talent and drive ready, so that when someone opens a door for you, you can walk right in. With an impeccable work ethic that takes every opportunity seriously; whether in the ensemble, as a deputy, or as a principle; as well as having Gwen Verdon as a champion, the real Shannon Lewis is coming out of hiding. @realshanlew

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Stephen FlahertyExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Stephen Flaherty
December 28, 2017

Stephen Flaherty has two shows currently running on Broadway with 'Anastasia' and 'Once on this Island', a Tony award for 'Ragtime' and says that having an artistic faith is the best way to survive as a writer. In this episode he discusses how he had to audition for two of his biggest jobs, what true and honest collaboration is, and that in the theatre medium there is no such thing as final cut. He has learned that some of the best ideas came out of desperation, his greatest songs weren't written sitting in front of a piano, and that eventually you have to make a choice. You will learn soon enough if it was the right one.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Goes In Depth on Race in TheatreExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Goes In Depth on Race in Theatre
December 5, 2017

In this episode: The topic of race in theatre and the whitewashing on the professional stage with special guests Ann Harada and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Alan H. Green. In this episode, the topics of white privilege, color-blind casting, and the systematic disenfranchisement of people based on the color of their skin are hashed out and discussed at an honest mature level. We live in a time that hatred is spouted so freely, when the ultimate goal should be to see people for what's under their skin. Everyone has an innate worth and sense of equality and that POC are as much as, not less than. The theatre world is known for being all-inclusive, so let's educate ourselves and understand there is enough for everyone.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Discusses Race in TheatreExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Discusses Race in Theatre
November 13, 2017

In this episode: The topic of race in theatre and the whitewashing on the professional stage with special guests Ann Harada and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Alan H. Green. In this episode, the topics of white privilege, color-blind casting, and the systematic disenfranchisement of people based on the color of their skin are hashed out and discussed at an honest mature level. We live in a time that hatred is spouted so freely, when the ultimate goal should be to see people for what's under their skin. Everyone has an innate worth and sense of equality and that POC are as much as, not less than. The theatre world is known for being all-inclusive, so let's educate ourselves and understand there is enough for everyone.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Harvey EvansExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Harvey Evans
October 18, 2017

In this episode: James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with 'As Much as I Can,' a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. 'Jimmy And Carolyn' is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy's birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. http://queenstheatre.org/jimmy-and-carolyn

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with FROZEN's Charlie WilliamsExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with FROZEN's Charlie Williams
September 27, 2017

In this episode: James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with 'As Much as I Can,' a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. 'Jimmy And Carolyn' is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy's birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. http://queenstheatre.org/jimmy-and-carolyn

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with James WalshExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with James Walsh
September 14, 2017

In this episode: James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with 'As Much as I Can,' a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. 'Jimmy And Carolyn' is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy's birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. http://queenstheatre.org/jimmy-and-carolyn

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Andy BlankenbuehlerExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Andy Blankenbuehler
August 30, 2017

Hamiltonand Bandstand'sAndy Blankenbuehler has 3 Tony Awards, 3 shows running on Broadway, and 3,000 ideas in his head. He was always determined to be his best and to do this he realized that he had to stop apologizing, accept that problems gave him the best ideas, and that he works best when he is over prepared. He stopped performing because he wanted to tell stories and the ensemble (a group of distinct individuals) is the lens the story is told through. Having had to deal with personal tragedy and suffering, he knows first hand that art heals the soul.He must find an identity and do it as best he can, and that he married a superhero.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Ben CameronExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Ben Cameron
August 10, 2017

In this episode: Broadway Debut Special Episode with Mary Claire King (War Paint) Elliot Mattox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Kristen Smith Davis (Anastasia). These three talented performers are over the moon about making their debut in the 2017 season. They share their surprises, expectations, and fears and learned that sometimes you just have to stop and breathe. The biggest shock was realizing that when confronted with this ominous task at had, they were more than capable and that when preparation meets opportunity, embrace it.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Rebecca EichenbergerExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Rebecca Eichenberger
July 21, 2017

In this episode: Broadway Debut Special Episode with Mary Claire King (War Paint) Elliot Mattox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Kristen Smith Davis (Anastasia). These three talented performers are over the moon about making their debut in the 2017 season. They share their surprises, expectations, and fears and learned that sometimes you just have to stop and breathe. The biggest shock was realizing that when confronted with this ominous task at had, they were more than capable and that when preparation meets opportunity, embrace it.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Broadway Debut Special!Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE Broadway Debut Special!
June 29, 2017

In this episode: Broadway Debut Special Episode with Mary Claire King (War Paint) Elliot Mattox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Kristen Smith Davis (Anastasia). These three talented performers are over the moon about making their debut in the 2017 season. They share their surprises, expectations, and fears and learned that sometimes you just have to stop and breathe. The biggest shock was realizing that when confronted with this ominous task at had, they were more than capable and that when preparation meets opportunity, embrace it.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Hair Designer Mitchell BeckExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Hair Designer Mitchell Beck
June 14, 2017

In this episode:ROMAN HOLIDAY's associate Hair Designer Mitchell Becktalks about how the hair department is the first to arrive at the theatre, the last to leave, and they are usually kept in the basement. He wasn't ready for New York City, but after 14 years of touring, realized it was NYC or back to Indiana. He shares that hair in theatre, TV, and film are all the same language, just a different dialect;that creating wigs is similar to sculpting; and that the hair room is like the kitchen of the party... thebest place to be.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Juliet FischerExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Juliet Fischer
May 26, 2017

n this episode: Juliet Fischer was on track to be a Prima-Ballerina until the puberty fairy came a smacked her with a wand. After years of touring, being a Rockette, and toe tapping in PBS' 'Crazy for You' she finally made her Broadway debut.

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Felicia FinleyExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Felicia Finley
May 9, 2017

In this episode: Felicia Finley, soon to be in The Muny's'All Shook Up' was born in the Appalachian Mountains, raised in New Orleans, and simply tells it like it is. She started off in ballet, toured, was in the ensemble, was a swing, and then a stand-by and now cemented herself as a leading lady. It was Cy Colman who pushed her to embrace centerstage. Felicia is a woman that has the motto:know who you are, be yourself, and clip coupons along the way.



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