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by Behind the Curtain - Sep 9, 2018
One of the industry's most beloved artists, Lucie Arnaz, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about her fifty plus year stage career. From her roots on CBS' Here's Lucy, starring her mother Lucille Ball, to her celebrated concert career, Lucie has been entertaining audiences in such shows as Seesaw, My One and Only, Lost in Yonkers, Social Security, Once Upon a Mattress, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I Do! I Do! and, the musical for which she received her Tony Award nomination, They're Playing Our Song!
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 3, 2019
The posters are going up, contracts are being signed, and three show queens in Queens have popped open a third bottle of Seagrams to discuss the upcoming 2019-2020 Broadway Season.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 24, 2018
Sit down, John... because Michael McCormick, one of Broadway's busiest character actors, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on a career that has had him appear in such musicals as Oliver, La Bete, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Marie Christine, Gypsy, Curtains, Hello, Dolly and many more!
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 18, 2019
One of Broadway's most legendary sopranos, Tony nominee Inga Swenson, joins Rob and Kevin via phone to look back on her incredible career which includes films like The Miracle Worker, television like Benson and The Golden Girls, and theater credits including New Faces of 1956, Peer Gynt, Camelot, 110 in the Shade, Baker Street and many others!
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 17, 2018
Theatre historian Ethan Mordden pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he fell in love with musical theatre, what musicals are deserving of a second look, and why Bob Fosse is the most iconic choreographer in musical theatre history.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 11, 2019
Mix some vodka stingers, take your jagged little pill, and let's fly over Sunset because Rob, Kevin, and entertainment icon Robbie Rozelle are sitting down and examining the musicals slated to come in for the 2019-2020 Broadway Season.
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 10, 2018
He has kept audiences in stitches for over forty years and today its Rob and Kevin's turn as Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, the man behind the quips heard at the Tonys, Oscars, and Emmys swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career as a writer, actor, and activist!
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 29, 2018
In one of their most inspiring interviews to date, Behind the Curtain sits down with one of Broadway's most respected artists, Daphne Rubin-Vega, to discuss not only her career in such shows as Rent, Miss You Like Hell, A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Miserables, and more, but to spotlight the role of diversity and politics in the creation of art.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 22, 2018
One of Broadway's most respected chroniclers, Steven Suskin, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his career as a General Manager AND as the author of some of Broadway's best history books.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 16, 2018
Two Tony Award nominations. Drama Desk Award Winner. Obie Award Winner. Recognition from the NAACP, Dance Education of America, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Mr. Blackwell's Best Dressed List. These are some of the many recognitions bestowed upon one of the world's most celebrated artists of cabaret: Vivian Reed.
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 1, 2018
She held one of Seventy-Six trombones, she heard about Hugo and Kim during The Telephone Hour, and she got to Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. She is Patti Mariano one of the Golden Age's busiest child actors having appeared in the original productions of The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Sail Away, I Had A Ball, George M, Godspell, Rags, The Full Monty, and the 2001 production of 42nd Street.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 19, 2018
Yes, we all know about her unfortunate run in with a hot dog cart, but there is so much more to incredible character actress, Mary Stout, who has appeared on Broadway in Copperfield, Me and My Girl, A Change In The Heir, Beauty and the Beast, My Favorite Year, and Jane Eyre! There was a Christmas with Sergio Franchi, a moment with Bill Cosby, and a dream with Tommy Tune!
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 12, 2018
Woody Allen. Stephen Sondheim. Mel Brooks. Alan Menken. Eric Idle. These are only a few of the artists whom the wonderful Glen Kelly has had to give music, and sometimes lyrics, to in his career as one of Broadway's most respected dance arrangers and musical supervisors.
by Behind the Curtain - May 13, 2019
One of modern drama's most prolific playwrights, Terrence McNally, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look at his upcoming production of Frankie and Johnny In The Clair De Lune, as well as take a look back on his incredible career which includes such shows as Love! Valor! Compassion! Master Class, It's Only a Play, The Ritz, and writing the book to such musicals as The Rink, Ragtime, A Man of No Importance, and many more.
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 4, 2019
Lonny Price is one of the industry's most respected directors of both stage and screen. As an actor, he appeared in such shows as Merrily We Roll Along, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Dirty Dancing, Burn This, and so many more.
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 18, 2019
One of Broadway's most beloved political scientists, three time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, swings by Shetler Studios to look back on his career which took him for Florida Atlantic University to Broadway in such shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, Assassins, The Apple Tree, 9 to 5, Hand to God, and such Off-Broadway musicals as The Thing About Men, See What I Wanna See, The Glorious Ones, and more!
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 17, 2019
He is one of the entertainment industry's most recognizable faces, having appeared on screen in American Beauty, Grace and Frankie, Center Stage, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and so many others.
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 10, 2019
She was one of Broadway's most respected singers, garnering two Tony nominations for her work in Raisin and the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls. Now, Ernestine Jackson sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her career which includes stints in Hello, Dolly, The Bacchae, Applause, Show Boat, Finian's Rainbow, Brownstone, and many more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
Out of Box Theatre announces its 8th Season of intimate, thought-provoking and unexpected theatre. The season begins in August, 2019 with award-winning playwright Topher Payne's new hysterical farce, Entertaining Lesbians, which Payne directs as part of Out of Box's new Beta Test Performance Series bring new works by local playwrights to the stage.
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 30, 2018
Stop the presses.......literally! One of Broadway's most respected press agents, Joshua Ellis, has the spotlight shifted from his glittering clientele and focused firmly on him in this delightful interview. Today, we cover some of the 100 plus shows Joshua has worked on including Into the Woods, 42nd Street, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, The King and I, Morning's at Seven, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 23, 2018
Get out your tap shoes, Francis, because four-time Tony nominated choreographer, Randy Skinner, is here to waltz us all back in time for an intimate retrospective of his career. From working at the famed Kenley Players to being the keeper of the 42nd Street flame, Randy's career includes turns (both onstage and off) with 42nd Street, Babes in Arms, Ain't Broadway Grand, State Fair, Do Re Mi, George M, Lone Star Love, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Dames at Sea, and many more!
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 22, 2019
Her autobiography is entitled I've Slept With Everyone and, after hearing our interview with Sondra Lee, we think you will understand why. Sondra's Broadway credits include High Button Shoes, Peter Pan (where she originated the role of Tiger Lily), Hotel Paradiso, Jerome Robbins Ballet: USA, Sunday in New York, and Hello, Dolly where she originated the role of Minnie Fay!
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 17, 2018
One of Broadway's busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain't Misbehavin, Talley's Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018
36 years ago, on April 2, 1982, Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it claimed over them. On April 5th, just three days later, Britain responded and the ensuing 74-day conflict claimed 904 lives, including 3 civilians, as well as wounded thousands more.
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 6, 2019
Today's guests are Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Channing... well, not really, but you would think we had them all in one place at the same time because our guest this week is the fabulous impressionist, and host of Sirius XM's On Broadway, the sensational Christine Pedi!
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 28, 2019
The one and only new girl in town, Tony Award winner Linda Lavin, joins Rob and Kevin for a phone chat that discusses not only her appearances in A Family Affair, It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman, Broadway Bound, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, but what inspires her as an artist, what it was like making the rounds during her formative years, and how she like to collaborate with directors and writers.
Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony-Winning Producer, Co-Owner of Feinstein's/54 Below Richard Frankel
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 21, 2019
Richard Frankel is one of Broadway's most respected producers and is one of the co-owners of Feinstein's/54 Below, arguable the most influential cabaret space in the world. As a producer, his passion for theater led to audiences discovering such theatrical pieces as Penn & Teller, Driving Miss Daisy, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Stomp, Angels in America, The Producers, Hairspray, and revivals of The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music, Company, Sweeney Todd, and so many others.
Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with CITY OF ANGELS, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, BRIGHT STAR Legend, Dee Hoty
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 15, 2019
She's Dee-lightful, she's Dee-licious, she's Dee Hoty! Three time tony nominee Dee Hoty swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her illustrious performing career which includes starring roles in Barnum, Me and My Girl, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Follies, Footloose, Mamma Mia, Gigi, and Bright Star!
Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Lee Roy Reams Remembering the Legends we Lost in 2018
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 1, 2019
This year we lost so many legends from Marin Mazzie to Gary Beach, Neil Simon to William Goldman, Rick McKay to Craig Zadan. We end our year celebrating their life and legacy with a legend who called many of these artists friends, colleagues, and companions: the incomparable Lee Roy Reams.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
Greasepaint hosts hometown son and valley favorite Bob Sorrenson as director for the upcoming production of URINETOWN THE MUSICAL.
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 4, 2019
Rob and Kevin are having a wild, wild party with the brilliant composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa whose works include Hello, Again, The Wild Party, First Ladies Suite, First Daughters Suite, Giant, Little Fish, See What I Wanna See, Bernarda Alba, Queen of the Mist, and so many others!
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 28, 2019
The one and only Tony Walton, one of Broadway's most innovating and influential set designers, invites Rob and Kevin into his apartment to look back on his career which includes the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy, and designing such musicals as the original A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Golden Boy, The Apple Tree, Pippin, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Six Degrees of Separation, revivals of Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and such movies as Murder on the Orient Express, All That Jazz, and Mary Poppins!
Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with SPAMILTON, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Creator Gerard Alessandrini
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 15, 2019
Get ready to laugh your tuchas off because the creator of Forbidden Broadway, Tony Award winner Gerard Alessandrini, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about the many incarnations of off-broadway's most hysterical musical series!
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 3, 2018
Actor. Writer. Lyricist. Director. Mark Waldrop has done it all. His acting career started on Broadway with appearances in Hello, Dolly, The Grand Tour, Evita, and La Cage Aux Folles. Then there were stints directing Bette Midler, collaborating on Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly and Whoop-Dee-Doo, and shepherding Bea Arthur's one woman show to Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2018
Fountain Hills Theater is proud to announce the opening of An Act of God, a new comedy by 13 times Emmy winning writer David Javerbaum.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 24, 2018
While he was known by many as The Butcher of Broadway, Frank Rich is still considered to be one of the greatest critics who ever covered The Great White Way. Despite that savage moniker, he was, and is, a proud theater geek whose desire to collect obscure anecdotes and musicals makes him a kindred spirit to all of us.
Full Cast Announced For Birmingham Stage Company's Production of Liz Pichon's Best-Selling Series TOM GATES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018
Birmingham Stage Company today announces the full cast for their production of Tom Gates, written by Liz Pichon. Neal Foster directs Matthew Chase (Tom Gates), Ashley Cousins (Marcus/Granny), Matthew Gordan (Derek/Grandad), Amy Hargreaves (Amy/Delia), Daniel Harkin (Mr Fullerman/Dad) and Alice Redmond (Mum). The production opens on 20 March with previews from 14 February, and tours until 30 November 2019.
Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Legendary Lincoln Center Theatre Artistic Director, Andre Bishop
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 17, 2018
It would be hard pressed to find someone who, in the past thirty years, has influenced the development of the American Theatre more than Andre Bishop. For ten years, he was Artistic Director of Playwright's Horizons, which was followed by his current stint as the Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theatre, which has given the American musical theatre such new works as A New Brain, Parade, Contact, and The Light in The Piazza, as well as revivals of South Pacific, The King & I, and My Fair Lady.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018
Bay Area Cabaret kicks off the new year welcoming back Tony-nominated Broadway star Carmen Cusack on Sunday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. Ms. Cusack returns to the Venetian Room with an evening celebrating her favorite songs and the artists behind them including singer/songwriters past and present like Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Kate Bush and Kimbra, plus she'll offer a sampling of original tunes and Broadway selections.
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 11, 2018
She is as passionate offstage as she is on and her philosophy on life, art, and everything in between, makes Tonya Pinkins one of Broadway's fiercest artists. From her Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along, to appearances in Jelly's Last Jam (for which she won the Tony), The Wild Party, Play On, Caroline, Or Change, Radio Golf, and Holler If You Hear Me, plus her controversial associations with Mother Courage and Rasheeda Speaking, Tonya is one of the industry's most, no pun intended, courageous artists.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 5, 2019
The Book of Mormon. Mean Girls. The Prom. Aladdin. The Drowsy Chaperone. And that are only five of the many musicals that were directed and choreographed by one of the most productive men in musical theater: Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 5, 2018
The musical theatre goddess that is Debbie Gravitte swings by Shetler Studios to tell Rob and Kevin about her amazing career that got started doing Annie Get Your Gun with Gower Champion all the way up to her filling Eydie Gorme's shoes in the 50th Anniversary concert of Golden Rainbow! In between, there is Perfectly Frank, Zorba, Swing, Jerome Robbins Broadway (for which she won the Tony Award), They're Playing Our Song, and so much more!
Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack, Tony Yazbeck Will Lead FLYING OVER SUNSET At Lincoln Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Lincoln Center Theater, under the direction of André Bishop, has announced it will produce a new musical during its 2019-2020 season. FLYING OVER SUNSET, with a book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie, will feature choreography by Michelle Dorrance, and will begin previews March 12, 2020 and open on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton and Tony Yazbeck will head the cast with additional casting to be announced at a later date.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 20, 2018
While Robert Sher's career has been most significant for producing the Grammy nominated cast recordings of such Broadway musicals as Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sugar Babies, and the most recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, today we are celebrating Robert's passionate work to preserve many of the musical theatre's most obscure gems and for those scores to be elevated in the minds, and iTunes, of those who love musicals.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 12, 2019
She is one half of the first female songwriting team to hit Broadway and one of the most important figures in the American Musical Theater of the 1970s. Along with composer Nancy Ford, the wonderful Gretchen Cryer has given the world such musicals as Now Is The Time For All Good Men...., Shelter, and I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, as well as appearing in the original Broadway companies of Little Me, 110 In The Shade, and 1776.
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 12, 2018
He might have written 'Fifty Percent' but today we get one hundred percent of the Emmy Award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg, who has worked with everyone from Bea Arthur to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley to Mike Nichols, Diana Ross to Steven Spielberg.
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 8, 2019
Slip into your birthday suit because we have the choreographer of Oh! Calcutta! with us today! Yes, the one and only Margo Sappington, sits down with Rob and Kevin to talk about her appearances in Promises, Promises and Oh! Calcutta! as well as choreographing the revivals of Where's Charley, Pal Joey and the original productions of Play Me A Country Song and Doonesbury.
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 15, 2019
We are going two by two today because we are talking, in two parts, to Two by Two star, Tony nominee Walter Willison. In Part 1 of our interview with Walter, we look back on his beginnings in California, followed by the touring life, before appearing in such Broadway shows as Norman, Is That You, Two by Two, Pippin, Wild and Wonderful, and Grand Hotel.
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 1, 2019
He has appeared in 250 movies and over 100 theatrical productions. His resume ranges from the original production of Fiddler on the Roof to the most recent Choir Boy, his scene partners have included E.G. Marshall, George C. Scott, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Barbra Streisand, and he is the author of the acclaimed Orson's Shadow. He is Austin Pendleton and he is one of the more respected artists working in the entertainment industry.