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by Behind the Curtain - Sep 6, 2017
This Week: Merrily We Roll Along, a secret YouTube clip, a magazine from the past, celebrating the orchestrator, and there WILL be trumpets! 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.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 27, 2017
This Week: Hide the children because this episode gets a bit naughty with acclaimed writer and director Ben Rimalower (PATTI ISSUES, BAD WITH MONEY). The gents discuss Patti LuPone as a gateway drug, Ben's Top 5 Divas, the joy of ranking cast albums, the best auditions ever seen, what was Ben's most controversial Playbill article, what it's like to have Patti in the audience, INTO THE LIGHT returns, a lengthy discussion about length, what shows need to come back, a case for why THE WIZ movie is better than THE WIZ stage play, and Rob does Robert Goulet in FIDDLER.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 24, 2017
Rob and Kevin go together with Broadway's original Sandy, Carole Demas, on this week's fascinating episode. Carole looks back not only on her time with Grease, and what it was like to create one of Broadway's most iconic heroines, but also Carole discusses the resilience she created within herself when she was let go from both the revival of NO, NO, NANETTE and Stephen Schwartz's THE BAKER'S WIFE.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 20, 2017
Listening devices, Mrs. Lovett vs. Joanne, the role of the prompter, the top ten most produced high school plays and musicals, the soothing voices of NPR, a book that foretold the podcast, and Rob and Kevin debate the greatest musical episodes!
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 17, 2017
One of Broadway's greatest leading men, Ron Husmann, joins Rob and Kevin in a telephone discussion about his incredible Broadway career that started with FIORELLO and was a whirlwind of big shows, big stars, and big hurdles.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 13, 2017
This Week: Kevin passes the football, Rob is confused by the meaning of NFL, celebrating the all-black revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, who wanted to be Broadway's second PHANTOM, and Peter Filichia ranks the greatest musical theatre moments in history.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 10, 2017
If you are in the musical theatre business, chances are you have thanked heaven for the brilliance of Michael Lavine. While any one of us could easily go and pick up the scores to MY FAIR LADY, CAROUSEL, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, or HAMILTON, what do we do when we need a song cut from one of those shows? Or, the whole score of a musical that closed on opening night? What if we want to see the cut songs from OKLAHOMA? We go to Michae Lavine, who owns one of the world's largest private collections of musical theatre music.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 9, 2017
The musical theatre of the 1970s offered audiences the most diverse style of musical entertainment. There were traditional golden age shows, concept shows, revivals, nostalgia crazes, social commentary shows, and Pat Birch was involved in every genre.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 4, 2017
This Week: Looking back on THE LAST FIVE YEARS, celebrating HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, creeping on JRB, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opens this Friday, international Sondheim, back to Bacall, a sneak peak of a bygone Broadway, teaching Bacall to dance, the librettos of Doc Simon, secrets of A CHORUS LINE, the importance of the libretto, Sid Caesar, the grittiness of Charity, what its like to show doctor, musicals that have other, unaccredited creators, the loss of obscurity, is Joshua Harmon the new Neil Simon, the 'boulevard comedy' and a demand for humor in the theatre.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 29, 2017
Everyone step to the rear and let Tony Roberts take the day. One of America's most beloved character actors drops by Shetler Studios to look back on his career with Rob and Kevin. While Tony's film career includes such movies as ANNIE HALL, PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM, and SERPICO, we will discuss his amazing theatre career, which includes HOW NOW, DOW JONES, SUGAR, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, DON'T DRINK THE WATER, XANADU, and VICTOR/VICTORIA.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 25, 2017
This Week: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spookiness of the season, Rob and Kevin reveal their costumes, Mrs. Garrett pulls a Patty Duke, Tim Curry can't find his tambourine, Charles Strouse gets spooky, Big Daddy Whiz goes to the pumpkins, Rob meets Christine Pedi, Liza Minnelli has a pokerface, Rob plays Daddy Warbucks, and Christine Pedi wants to save the Cafe Edison!
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 23, 2017
Even if your feet's too big come to the heavyside layer and join Rob and Kevin as they sit down with the incredible star of THE WIZ, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, CATS, and the iconic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the warm and wonderful Ken Page.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 19, 2017
This Week: Life post-Merrily We Roll Along, Kevin gets to watch THE WORLD GO ROUND, Rob brings back 24 BROADWAY BOUND musicals, Rob breaks the rules that Kevin follows, Van Johnson sees red, Letterman loves La Cage, the joys of My Mama's Attic, Kevin is a dancer and a dancer dances, celebrating CENTER STAGE, and Donna Murphy hits the barre.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 16, 2017
Everyone's favorite little bird, little Chavala, Neva Small, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her fabulous career both onstage and on the screen. Neva takes us back to the filming of the immortal FIDDLER ON THE ROOF film, as well as how her career as a child actress led to her Broadway appearances in SOMETHING MORE, HENRY, SWEET HENRY, THE IMPOSSIBLE YEARS, FRANK MERRIWELL, and SOMETHING'S AFOOT.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 12, 2017
This Week: Rob and Kevin sit down with Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, the co-founders and editors of Musical Theater Today, a new, yearly periodical inspired by the extraordinary variety of artists, institutions, and audiences engaged in the musical theatre world. Ben and Lucas not only discuss the genesis of the book but discuss some of its contributors and its most fascinating articles.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 8, 2017
Rob announces his cast for Woman of the Year at Feinstein's/54 Below, Joyce DeWitt is a goddess, Rob gets starstruck over Janet Wood, Angela Bower is Miss Mannerly, who's nice vs who isn't, Judith Light takes out the ladies who lunch, the genius of John Kenrick, the definitive musical theatre website, greasing the lightning again, Sandy's cousin needs a girlfriend, and the class of Rydell High needs social security.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 5, 2017
Well, we've got her, so we are going to flaunt her. The wonderful, Tony Award-winning Cady Huffman swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her career, including such shows as LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, BIG DEAL, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, STEEL PIER, THE PRODUCERS, THE NANCE, and many others!
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 26, 2017
It's not going to be a lazy afternoon when the great Golden Age musical comedy star, Kaye Ballard, sits down with Rob in her Palm Springs home to look back on her incredible career that includes the original productions of THE GOLDEN APPLE, CARNIVAL, MOLLY, PLUS TOP BANANA with Phil Silvers, THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW with Eve Arden, CINDERELLA with Julie Andrews, and countless appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON, THE LOVE BOAT, FANTASY ISLAND, and THE MUPPET SHOW.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 19, 2017
Come down from your balcony, Golda, because Tovah Feldshuh is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career in theatre, film, and television. Tovah dissects not only her process, but, her collaborations with countless directors, writers, and fellow actors.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 15, 2017
Rob and Kevin sing from Sunset Boulevard, the insanity of recitative, Rob and Kevin try to speak with the young kids, Kevin advocates for Lil Abner, the brilliance of Jones & Schmidt, how J&S really led the musical theatre revolution, the saga of Grover's Corners, Ethel Merman plays teacher, David Merrick sings, and the brilliance of musicals within musicals.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 13, 2017
No one is going to rain on your parade today because the wonderful survivor of over sixty years of show business, Mimi Hines, joins Rob and Kevin for one of their most intimate and revealing interviews to date with the star of FUNNY GIRL and countless television specials, late night talk shows, and nightclub acts.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 1, 2017
This Week: Rob and Kevin discuss color blind casting in musical theatre and what can musical theatre programs across the country to do to help lead the cause, our guests send us swag, celebrating the great Kafritz & Mamie Eisenhower, Alka Seltzer's greatest commercial, spilling the tea on Weekend at Bernies, Nathan Lane can't get work, Donna Murphy goes to acting school, and the follies of the AEA.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 3, 2018
Looking back at Cole Porter's Happy New Year. The joys of resolutions. Discussing Applause and the length of those songs. Fangirling on social media. Saraving Under The Influence. The backstage saga of Kwamina. Richard Adler and Sally Anne Howes have some 'creative differences.' Party lines are not so fun. Finding a Law and Order with a laugh track. Charlotte Rae wants to love Little Miss Pioneer. Lainie Kazan gets dumped for Katherine Helmond while Jean Stapleton stands by. George S. Irving sings a solo and 142 Tickets on the Aisle.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 29, 2018
Come spend a moment in the woods with one of Broadway's finest artists, Joanna Gleason, who not only won a Tony Award for her magnificent portrayal of The Baker's Wife in INTO THE WOODS, but also starred in such Broadway hits as I LOVE MY WIFE, SOCIAL SECURITY, and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 22, 2018
Brush Up Your Marshall because we have three-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, to discuss all things theatre, dance, and musical theatre history! From an actress in the chorus of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera to associate choreographer, from reality TV show judge to Artistic Director, Kathleen has held every job imaginable and is still raring to do more! Her Broadway credits include KISS ME KATE, WONDERFUL TOWN, GREASE, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, and so many more!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced the line-up today for the 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, continuing a 56-year tradition of free theater in Central Park.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 17, 2018
Wave your little hand and say Hello, Skipper because the expert on all things Dolly, Richard Skipper, swings by Shetler Studios to celebrate Dolly, both Carols (Channing and Burnett), and look back on the career of Ms. Channing and to reveal what he is planning for Richard Skipper Celebrates Carol Channing's 97th Birthday at The Laurie Beechman on January 31st, 2018, at 8pm.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 14, 2018
COMPANY. SWEENEY TODD. MERRIL WE ROLL ALONG. 42ND STREET. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Those original cast recordings and so many others were produced by the 12 time Grammy Award winning producer who revolutionized how a cast album gets produced, Thomas Z. Shepard. A protege of the great Goddard Lieberson, Thomas walked into Columbia's studios in 1960 and helped bring so many of our favorite original cast recordings to life.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 10, 2018
The wonderful Ilana Levine of the uplifting podcast Little Known Facts, drops by Shetler Studios to discuss her show, the inspiration behind the podcast, and what it was like learning from Robert Altman, Alan Alda, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Neil Simon, Kristin Chenoweth, and countless others.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 1, 2018
While 2017 was filled with so many theatrical highs (Ben Platt, THE BAND'S VISIT, SPONGEBOB, Bette Midler, etc), it was also a time to say good bye to some of the industry's most beloved artists whose work made the theatre, and our world, a better place. Rob and Kevin sit down with Broadway Royalty, Lee Roy Reams, and reflect on the passing of such legends as Barbara Cook, Mary Tyler Moore, Gemze de Lappe, Thomas Meehan, Liz Smith, Robert Guillame, and so many others.
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 4, 2018
It Takes Two...well, almost two...... glorious hours to look back on the career of Broadway's favorite neurotic, Chip Zien. One of entertainment's most recognizable character actors sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim, Bill Finn, James Lapine, and what it was like to create such roles as FALSETTOS Marvin and Dr. Mendel, and INTO THE WOODS' The Baker.
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 26, 2018
Grab your good friend Sweeney and snag a comfy seat on the 20th Century as Rob and Kevin speak to one of the most celebrated choreographers of the 1970s, Larry Fuller. Joining us via phone from his new home in Palm Springs, California, Larry looks back on a career that included appearances in the original productions ofTHE MUSIC MAN, DONNYBROOK, KEAN, BRAVO GIOVANNI, and FUNNY GIRL, plus choreographing the original productions of Hal Prince's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (film, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, SWEENEY TODD, EVITA, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and A DOLL'S LIFE.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018
 2017 Margaret Whiting Award winner JOSEPHINE SANGES taps into the Academy Award- winning songbook of HAROLD ARLEN ("I've Got The World on a String," "Stormy Weather," "Over the Rainbow, "Blues in the Night") with songs from Hollywood ("The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born") and Broadway ("St. Louis Woman," "House of Flowers") in her new show COME RAIN OR COME SHINE.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018
Following its critically acclaimed, successful 2017 spring season, New York's beloved Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the artistic direction of Virginia Johnson, will return to NY City Center for its annual homecoming season from April 4-7, 2018.
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 19, 2018
In this week's episode let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 12, 2018
We're gonna whomp, and stomp, and whoop it up all night with the legendary director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun. From his days as a hoofer in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, MY ONE AND ONLY, and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS film, to helming the Broadway revivals of GREASE, Deaf West's BIG RIVER, JEKYLL AND HYDE and the original Broadway companies of BROOKLYN, BONNIE AND CLYDE, and NEWSIES, Jeff tells all to Rob and Kevin.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 3, 2017
Today we are not in praise of women, but, in praise of the original Count Carl-Magnus, Laurence Guittard. One of Broadway's greatest voices swings by Shetler Studios to discuss some of the shows Laurence has appeared, including BAKER STREET, MAN OF LAMANCHA, ANYA, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, LOVE MATCH, OKLAHOMA, and countless others.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 27, 2017
100 Guests. 200 Favorite Things. What started as a dream has evolved into one of the industry's longest-running celebrations of the history of American Musical Theatre. To celebrate their 100th episode, Rob and Kevin get the tables turned on them and are asked to look back on Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends by the one and only Robbie Rozelle.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 20, 2017
Christmas songs vs Hanukah songs. The Heat Miser makes an appearance. The joys of Stop Motion. Rob loses the button. Kevin does an impression. Hazel wants to sing. Groucho offers some creative consulting. Shelley Winters tries to sing. Lewis Stadlen meets Groucho. Clive Barnes hits a new low. Shelley Winters hits a note. RCA walks away. Tattoo sings a solo.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 17, 2017
In one of the most versatile careers on record, Richard Jay-Alexander has pretty much done it all. Starting first as a PA on Broadway, then moving his way up to stage manager, it was his collaboration with uber-producer Cameron Mackintosh where Richard really thrived, becoming the Associate Director and Executive Producer of a new show called LES MISERABLES.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 11, 2017
53 Broadway credits and counting. Yes, that record belongs to the incredible Jerry Adler, who is Actor's Equity's third-oldest working member. Jerry swings by Shetler Studios to discuss what it was like stage managing the original productions of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, MY FAIR LADY, THE APPLE TREE, COCO, and countless others.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017
'People will say we're in love' with this wild western cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Oklahoma! Having directed last summer's hit Bye Bye Birdie Jenn Thompson returns to Goodspeed to take on the show that changed American musicals forever. For the first time at Goodspeed, this country classic will welcome city slickers, cowboys and everyone in between! So kick up your boots and join us for this lively and legendary musical which runs now through September 23 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. The show opens tonight, August 2, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 7, 2017
Yes, mama, there's a rainbow but stop looking at it long enough to listen to Tony nominated composer Larry Grossman discuss what it was like not only working on MINNIE'S BOYS, GOODTIME CHARLEY, GRIND, A DOLL'S LIFE, and SNOOPY, but to discuss what it was like working with Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and the Muppets! 
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 31, 2017
Thanking the Sound Gods, onstage mistakes, the Holy Grail of Broadway impressions is found within Robbie Rozzelle, Gwen Verdon wants to go to the movies, the joys of a second whorehouse, Tommy Tune does double duty, praising the poster, Lincoln Center's greatest weapon, and much more!
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2017
The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that its honorees for 2017 will be actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 24, 2017
This Week: Mourning Thomas Meehan, celebrating the great bookwriters of yesterday and today, Michael Jackson wants to be David Merrick, Larry Hart meets Larry Hart, Diane Sawyer snoops around Smile, Ariel wants to go to Disneyland, and the puzzlement of the 1986-1987 Broadway season. 
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 20, 2017
THE SECRET GARDEN. LITTLE WOMEN. VIOLET. The revivals of SWEENEY TODD and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. All that, and much more, were directed by Susan H. Schulman, one of the very first female directors of musical theatre. At a time when women were rejected from Yale's graduate directing program and told to become actresses not directors, Susan triumphed in New York, and abroad!
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 16, 2017
Praising the bible of Musical Theatre geekdom, Where in the World is Ken Mandelbaum, the Beckettian podcast from last week, praising Yma Sumac (or, Amy Camus), what would go in a 'Not Since Carrie 2, and more!
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 14, 2017
One of Broadway's most acclaimed designers, Clint Ramos, joins Rob and Kevin, via phone, to discuss his illustrious career, which includes collaborating on such recent productions as SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, IN TRANSIT, ECLIPSED, VIOLET, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, KID VICTORY, and countless others.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 10, 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: Celebrating Barbara Cook.