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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends collects the wit, wisdom, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists from the Golden Age to Now. From actors to directors, designers to playwrights, press agents to general managers, this podcast is a celebration of the giants who helped shape the American Musical Theatre. Hosts: Robert W. Schneider & Kevin David Thomas
 
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SHOWS: Cactus Flower, How Now, Dow Jones, The Odd Couple Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winner, as well as Tony and Oscar nominee, Brenda Vaccaro joins Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career which includes the plays The Affair, Cactus Flower, How Now, Dow Jones, The Goodbye People, The Odd Couple, Jake's Women, the movies Midnight Cowboy,…
 
This Week: The genius of opera singer Diana Damrau & the wisdom of critic Elliot Norton 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. Become a sponsor o…
 
One of the foremost experts on American Musical Theatre, Professor Thomas S. Hischak, joins Rob and Kevin for an in-depth discussion about his books, his research, and some delightful tidbits about shows jumping the pond on his new book The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage. Thomas is the author of over thirty non-fiction bo…
 
This Week: Discussing the brilliant new book MUSICAL MISFIRES: THREE DECADES OF BROADWAY MUSICAL HEARTBREAK with its authors Thomas S. Hischak and Mark A. Robinson. 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, endea…
 
SHOWS: How To Succeed....., Seesaw, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Hilarious. Candid. Brilliant. How else can you describe the marvelously magnetic Michele Lee. Whether you loved her on Knott's Landing, cheered for her in Herbie The Love Bug, or were dazzled by her countless talk show appearances, you would enthusiastically agree that Michele Lee…
 
This Week: Looking back on Elaine Stritch's recording career & the genius that is Marilyn Maye 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. Become a sp…
 
SHOWS: The Lion King, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," and many more all sprung from the mind of today's guest, lyricist Sir Tim Rice, whose credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blondel, Evita, Chess, Beauty and the Beas…
 
On episode twelve of Gay Card Revoked, Rob and Robbie take a listen to the historic one night only concert known as JUDY AT CARNEGIE HALL which has been hailed as the greatest concert in history. Cabaret star Travis Moser enlightens the boys about Judy Garland's film career, her trials and tribulations leading up to this concert, why Judy Garland i…
 
This Week: Finding the perfect musical theatre playlists & Kermit dismisses Liza! 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. Become a sponsor of Behi…
 
SHOWS: Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Boys in the Band One of Broadway's busiest directors, Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his acting career, discuss the process of creating the shuttered Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, and to walk listeners through the process of creating Netflix's The Boys in The Band,…
 
This Week: Why the Whorehouse movie is better than the stage show & why we'd all rather be sailing. 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. Become…
 
SHOWS: The Producers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying One of Broadway's most iconic players, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick, takes a look back on the beginnings of his career as a stage actor and his appearances in Torch Song Trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, How to Succeed in Business With…
 
CW: Some passages of this podcast discuss the details of a murder case. It vs. Is: That's the discussion we have with playwright, and Hitchcock devotee, Erik Champney as we do a deep dive into Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 Rope which starred John Dall, Farley Granger, and James Stewart and dealt, loosely, with Leopold and Loeb, who were not only murderer…
 
This Week: The Best Belter in Show Business & Mario Cantone vs. Grand Hotel lady 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. Become a sponsor of Behin…
 
SHOWS: Titanic, On Your Feet, Uncommon Women and Others Get on your feet because we have one of Broadway's most beloved actresses, Alma Cuervo, who joins us to discuss her career which include appearances in Once In A Lifetime, Bedroom Farce, Censored Scenes From King Kong, Is There Life After High School, Quilters, The Heidi Chronicles, Titanic, W…
 
This Week: An interview with Sounds Of Broadway's Stuart Brown 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. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and …
 
SHOWS: The Band's Visit, Tootsie, The Full Monty One of Broadway's greatest songwriters, Tony Award winning composer David Yazbek, hops on podcast to tickle your funny bone. David's incredible career includes writing the scores to The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Band's Visit, and Tootsie, as w…
 
This Week: Exploring a new way to get your theatre news and celebrating an unsung icon 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. Become a sponsor of…
 
SHOWS: Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy for You, Moon Over Buffalo One of the most celebrated comic playwrights of this era, Ken Ludwig, joins Rob and Kevin for an in-depth look at the craft of playwrighting, structuring farce, and the essential comedies any aspiring playwright must read before they begin their journey into the theatre. Ken pulls back the cu…
 
This Week: Discussing the new musical THE ANXIETY PROJECT with its creators, Rachel Dean and David Brush 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. B…
 
SHOWS: A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along, Amour One of Broadway's most charming leading men, Malcolm Gets, joins Rob and Kevin for a look back on his incredible career as an actor whose works include The Moliere Comedies, Amour, The Story of My Life, MacBeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along, and for us 90s TV fans, his …
 
This Week: Stephen Sondheim wins an Oscar and the T-Rex from Toy Story discovers Sartre 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. Become a sponsor o…
 
SHOWS: Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast She has made teapots dance, witches turn from grunge to glam in seconds, and has used a garage door opener to free Bernadette Peters. Yes, Tony Award winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward has done all of that, and much more, in such shows as Sunday in the Park with George…
 
This Week: Psycho analysis sings a song & why you must always have Kosher Dill in your stage manager's kit. 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…
 
SHOWS: South Pacific, The Light In The Piazza, To Kill A Mockingbird There is not a genre that Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher has not explored in his varied, celebrated career. His directorial credits include the original productions of The Light In The Piazza, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Bridges of Madison County, Osl…
 
This Week: The Making of Miss Saigon and The Ed Koch Musical! 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. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and g…
 
SHOWS: The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon Three time Tony Award winning actor Hinton Battle joins us from Japan to look back on his illustrious career in such shows as The Wiz, Dancin, Sophisticated Ladies, Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon, Chicago, and of course, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, where he played Sweet in their iconic musica…
 
This Week: A new documentary explores standom in the musical theatre & revisiting a classic musical from the 1980s! 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 …
 
Two of the Behind The Curtain's favorite guests, press agent Joshua Ellis and critic Peter Filichia, join Rob and Kevin to look back on their interactions with some of Broadway's most famous, infamous, and truly bizarre legends of the theatre. Peter and Josh look back on the true world of Sir Laurence Olivier, the terror of a certain Broadway diva,…
 
On episode seven of Gay Card Revoked, Rob and Robbie get their Rachel Haircuts and throw on some smokey eyeliner as they head back into the beginning of the new millenium and explore one of the most iconic cult films to deal with LGBTQIA+ subject matter, the hysterical BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER Along with the soon to be married lovebirds Shannon Agnew …
 
This Week: Exploring Kevin David Thomas' cinematic endeavors in the post millennial era of film and Jacques Brel's legacy of music. 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 …
 
SHOWS: The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia Note: This interview was recorded via phone with Mr. O'Brien and may not have as clear of a sound as our other episodes. Trust us when we say the brilliance of Mr. O'Brien's wisdom outweighs any technical issues. The Tony Award winning Jack O'Brien is one of the industry's most versatile directo…
 
This Week: A delightful children's book and a thorough exploration of Britain's greatest musicals. 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. Become …
 
SHOWS: She Loves Me (1993), Curtains, Tootsie One of Broadway's busiest directors, Roundabout's Adams' Deputy Artistic Director Scott Ellis, joins Rob and Kevin for an exploration of acting, directing techniques, and the joys of being a Dad. Scott's incredibly versatile directing career includes the revivals of She Loves Me, Company, 1776, Harvey, …
 
This Week: Discussing Hamilton on the TV and Nick Cordero 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. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get e…
 
SHOWS: Pippin, Dancin, Chicago We've got Annie! The one and only Ann Reinking joins Rob and Kevin to look back on her career which includes appearing in Cabaret, Coco, Pippin, Over Here, Goodtime Charley, Dancin, and Chicago, as well as choreographing the revival of Chicago and co-directing the Tony Award winning Fosse. Ann pulls back the curtain o…
 
This Week: Music Director Kris Kukul swings by to discuss Ghostlight Records' new album The Liz Swados Project which features Michael Jackson, Sophia Anne Caruso, Taylor Mac, and many more! 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 bi…
 
SHOWS: Moose Murders, La Cage Aux Folles, Falsettos He was there when Eve Arden was hired then fired/left Moose Murders. He watched the unsolved mystery unfold that was Robert Stack in La Cage Aux Folles. He worked with Neil Simon, Nathan Lane, Doug Henning, Tyne Daly, Arthur Laurents, Linda Lavin, Arthur Penn, and so many more. He is casting direc…
 
This Week: Celebrating the release of Robbie Rozelle's SONGS FROM INSIDE MY LOCKER which we are calling "The Gold Standard Of Cabaret Recordings." 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 ap…
 
SHOWS: The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Company Tony Award winning director John Doyle, artistic director of New York's acclaimed Classic Stage Company, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his career which includes the Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd, Company, and The Color Purple, as well as The Visit, A Catered Affair, and many more. John pulls …
 
This Week: Going back to 1980s public access with Stairway to Stardom and celebrating the brilliant first grade teacher Bryan Andes. 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…
 
SHOWS: Best Foot Forward, Greenwillow, The Fig Leaves Are Falling Actor/Producer Edmund Gaynes has racked up sixty plus years in show business. From Off-Broadway to Broadway, small screen to big screen, East Coast to West Coast, he has had a front row seat to the evolution of the American Theatre in the later half of the 20th Century. Edmund pulls …
 
This Week: Celebrating Micki Grant, rediscovering Something's Afoot, and the most bizarre college Scene Studies. 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 bus…
 
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