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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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This week Kevin and Rob look back at their summer activities and all the things that have kept the theatrical news cycle running like The Bridge Production Group's visceral production of Title Of Show, the passing of Micki Grant and Jackie Mason, the new rules that have been implemented by Actor's Equity, the wonderful world of Jerome Kern and the …
 
If you love pulled pork products, but hate kids playing Marco Polo in the pool, then grab your sash and tiara and let's go to Mount Rose Minnesota for the incredibly brilliant and groundbreaking look at small-town pageants: DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Rob and Robbie discuss how this movie went from critical failure to queer success, the genius of Allison Ja…
 
Revisit our episode with Broadway legend Lee Roy Reams Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
SHOWS: How to Succeed (1995), The Life Fela! One of Broadway's most beloved artists, Tony Award winner Ms. Lillias White joins Rob and Kevin to look back on her acting career, discuss the process of creating Sonja in The Life, and to walk listeners through the process behind her new album, Get Yourself Some Happy. Lillias pulls back the curtain on …
 
Revisit our episode with the legendary Tony Award winner Andre DeShields. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Revisit our episode with the original funny girl herself, Mimi Hines! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Revisit our episode with iconic music director Don Pippin Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Revisit our episode with Tony Award winner George S. Irving Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Revisit our first episode with Tony Award winner Randy Graff. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
To celebrate Behind The Curtain's over 500 episodes, Backstage Babble's Charles Kirsch turned the tables on Rob and Kevin and made them the guests of honor. The boys look back on how they met, their favorite guests, their oddest interviews, and why they are passionate about preserving the oral histories of Broadway's hardest workers. Become a spons…
 
SHOWS: Funny Girl, Seesaw (Detroit), My Favorite Year Lainie Kazan has done it all. Broadway, Off-Broadway, Movies, Television, Recordings, Nightclub Owner, Playboy Model, Fashionista, and provided audiences with indelible memories in such shows as Bravo, Giovanni, Seesaw (Detroit), My Favorite Year, TV shows like The Nanny, and movies like My Big …
 
SHOWS: Pippin, Getting Away With Murder, Wicked In Part One of our interview with John Rubinstein we hear how the man who has appeared in Pippin, Children of a Lesser God, Fools, Hurlyburly, M Butterfly, Ragtime, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not to mention The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Crazy Like a Fox, Feud, and so many more, has sustai…
 
SHOWS: Working, Is There Life After High School, Sweet Smell of Success Craig Carnelia, the man who has given the world such songs as Just A Housewife and The Mason from Working, The Kid Inside from Is There Life After High School, What You’d Call a Dream from Diamonds, At The Fountain, and One Track Mind from Sweet Smell of Success, and of course,…
 
SHOWS: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods One of Broadway's busiest music directors, Tony Award winner Paul Gemignani, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his career as a music director on such projects as Pacific Overtures, On the 20th Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, The Rink, Jerome Robbins Broadway,…
 
JOIN OUR PATREON TO HELP KEEP BTC ON THE AIR SHOWS: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Steel Pier, Curtains Yes, she's Everybody's Girl but today she is all ours! Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Monk joins the boys to look at her incredible career which includes the Broadway productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Prelude to a Kiss, Redwood Curtain, …
 
Once Upon A Time.....in a far off television studio.....lived an indie actress with a single dream: To get all of her famous friends in one room, have them weirdly act out the most demented fairy tales, and make sure that every little queer child knew that you don't need happily ever after when you have Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. Today's…
 
SHOWS: A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Titanic, and Wicked One of Broadway's most reliable character men, David Garrison, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his time in such shows as A History of the American Film, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Pirates of Penzance, Torch Song Trilogy, Titanic, Wicked, The Visit, and of …
 
SHOWS: City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella One of Broadway's most clever lyricists, Tony Award winner David Zippel, joins Rob and Kevin to look at the art of lyric writing (and which musicals every lyricist should listen to in order to be brilliant at their craft) and his collaborations with Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott, and his work on C…
 
SHOWS: Pippin, Chicago, and Angels in America Their collaboration is one of the longest in theatre history and their brilliant lighting designs have enriched every show on which they work. Solo, Jules Fisher was the lighting designer on the original productions of Pippin, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles and many more. Once Peggy Eisenhauer became his c…
 
This Week: Looking at the organization DANCERS OVER 40 which helps transition older dancers into the next phase of their career and Marc Bonnani's YouTube channel BROADWAY BY GHOSTLIGHT which offers viewers an entertaining look at musical theater past. Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on negl…
 
SHOWS: My Fair Lady (1976), Oklahoma (1979), On Your Toes (1983) "Many singers have lovely voices. Very few interpret lyrics the way they were meant to be sung. And Christine Andreas does just that.” While that compliment was paid by Hal David, we feel there is no greater introduction than that to the carismatic Christine Andreas, whose credits inc…
 
Happy 25 to Gay Card Revoked! To celebrate, Rob and Robbie are heading back to 28 Barbary Lane to examine the subsequent TV series in the Tales canon: More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Tales of the City: 2019 The boys look at why Olympia Dukakis always get blackmailed, Jim Jones living in a park, Swoosie Kurtz's need for a room wit…
 
This Week: An interview with Eddie Shapiro, author of A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater BUY THE BOOK HERE Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearanc…
 
SHOWS: Rent, Hamilton, 24 Neil Simon plays One of Broadway's most prolific producers, Tony Award winner Manny Azenberg, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his producing career, discuss the process of producing for the legendary Neil Simon, and walk listeners through the ins and outs of producing and general managing in the 20th and 21st Centuries.…
 
SHOWS: In Trousers, 42nd Street (2000), Oklahoma (2019) For over forty years New York audiences have had the great pleasure of watching three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa light up the stage with her brilliant work in such shows as In Trousers, Barnum, The Rink, On The Town, 42nd Street, Xanadu, Oklahoma, Marie Christine, Queen of the Mist, and Firs…
 
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