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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 Princess Musicals, the new season at Spotlight and Encores, an incredible Instagram celebrating black music, and why it is important to spread positivity in the world of musical theatre. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
#271 LILLIAS WHITE, Actress

#271 LILLIAS WHITE, Actress

2021-07-1901:11:58

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 her career to discuss how she handled sexism, what it was like collaborating with Cy Coleman, and why Tony Orlando was one of her favorite co-stars Also, Lillias shines the spotlight on Jim Dale, Pamela Isaacs, and LaChanze! 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 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 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
#264 LAINIE KAZAN, Actress

#264 LAINIE KAZAN, Actress

2021-05-3101:04:14

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 Fat Greek Wedding! Lainie pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she won the role of understudying Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, what it was like out of town with Seesaw, and why she decided to become one of the first female club owners in a male-dominated field. Also, Lainie shines the spotlight on Peter O'Toole, Barbra Streisand, and Michael Bennett! 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: 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 sustained a career as an actor, director, writer, and educator for over fifty years! John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he befriended Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, what it was like collaborating with Bob Fosse, and why he is such an advocate for Los Angeles theatre. Also, John shines the spotlight on Arthur Rubinstein, Stephen Schwartz, and Ben Vereen! 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: 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, Flight, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on these incredible songs. Craig pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he had an epiphany at No Strings, what it was like being in the room with Marvin Hamlisch, and why his new works emphasize social awareness. Also, Craig shines the spotlight on Wally Harper, Stephen Schwartz, and Hal Prince! 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 Buy Craig's new book, THE REASON TO SING, by clicking this LINK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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, Passion, and many more! Paul pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got into the good graces of legendary music director Hal Hastings, what it's like collaborating with Stephen Sondheim, and why he wants to see the role of music director be elevated within the industry. Also, Paul shines the spotlight on John Kander, Cy Coleman, and Hal Prince 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
#260 DEBRA MONK, Actress

#260 DEBRA MONK, Actress

2021-05-0301:13:30

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, Company (1996), Steel Pier, Curtains, and so many more! Debra pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she discovered the meaning of "blocking," what it was like trading dirty jokes with Fred Ebb, and why she made her Broadway debut without an agent! Also, Debra shines the spotlight on Scott Ellis, Stephen Sondheim, and John Kander! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#259 DAVID GARRISON, Actor

#259 DAVID GARRISON, Actor

2021-04-2601:13:19

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 course, Fox's Married: With Children where he played the square neighbor Steve Rhodes. David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got to Broadway without an audition, what it was like facing the angry ticket buyers of Torch Song Trilogy, and why he left one of the television's most successful sitcoms to return to the boards. Also, David shines the spotlight on Tommy Tune, Maury Yeston, and Susan Stroman! 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
#258 DAVID ZIPPEL, Lyricist

#258 DAVID ZIPPEL, Lyricist

2021-04-1901:12:10

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 City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, Going Hollywood, Princesses, and the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cinderella. David pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he transitioned from legal eagle to Broadway wordsmith, what it was like working with the one and only Cy Coleman, and why he thinks The Goodbye Girl deserves a second chance. Also, David shines the spotlight on Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, and Wally Harper! 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: 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 creative partner, their credits included Angels in America, Jelly's Last Jam, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, Ragtime, Shuffle Along, and so many more Jules + Peggy pull back the curtain on their career to discuss how Bob Fosse demanded new ideas, what it was like working under the guidance of Jo Mielziner, and why George C. Wolfe requested that black be a color in lighting. Also, Jules+Peggy shine the spotlight on Joe Mantello, Graciela Daniele, and Feder! 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
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 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 early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance 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: 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 include the revivals of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, On Your Toes, La Cage Aux Folles and the original companies of Legs Diamond, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the first tour of The Light in the Piazza. Christine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she kept dodging Mister Abbott, what it was like being choreographed by Agnes DeMille, and why Legs Diamond has no legs. Also, Christine shines the spotlight on Dina Merrill, George Rose, and Alan Jay Lerner! 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
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 appearances, and all things show business. 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
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