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In this episode, Ben and Daniel are joined by John Hill (Hairspray, Andy Cohen: Live) to discuss the great twink roles of musical theater and each nominate their top 5 choices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In their very first casting draft, Ben and Daniel are joined by actor and writer Jeffery Self! They talk all things Mame and discuss who they'd cast in each of their fantasy productions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 53: The Diva Draft

Episode 53: The Diva Draft

2022-06-2701:44:50

In this inaugural episode of Cast Offs, Ben and Daniel each rank their top 5 favorite divas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the results of Roses and Daffodils: The Essential Follies Playlist. For this project, listeners voted weekly for their favorite versions of the Follies female solos, and "Friends of the Pod" appeared with Ben and Daniel on "Next Year, Some Year" to weigh in on the deeper cuts. For the male solos, a panel of Follies aficionados were asked to contribute their expertise in deciding the winners. These "Experts" include Jeff Bowen, Ted Chapin, Adam Feldman, Lonny Price, Scott Wittman, and Tony Yazbeck. While comparing these results with their own personal choices, Ben and Daniel deep dive into each recording and break down tracks by Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith, Yvonne DeCarlo, Gene Nelson, John McMartin, Barbara Cook, George Hearn, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Ethel Shutta, and Elaine Stritch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the new Peacock comedy Girls5eva starring Sara Bareilles, Busy Phillips, Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. They also talk about Tina Fey, Andrew Rannells, Gavin Creel, Jennifer Simard, Bowen Yang, Vanessa Williams, Jean Smart, Dolly Parton, and Ann Dowd. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the results of Roses and Daffodils: The Essential Gypsy Playlist. For this project, listeners voted weekly and song-by-song for their favorite recorded Momma Rose. After comparing these results with their own personal choices, Ben and Daniel compile the master playlist. They deep dive into each Gypsy album and break down tracks by Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Imelda Staunton. They also talk at length about Liza Minnelli's undeniable influence through her groundbreaking performance of Some People. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss A Love Letter to Liza Minnelli, the 75th birthday all-star virtual tribute concert, which was presented by Daniel Nardicio, Sam Benedict, Club Cumming, and Scott Gorenstein. The show featured appearances by showbiz greats such as Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey, Lily Tomlin, Joan Collins, Ben Vereen, Nathan Lane, Kathy Griffin, Billy Stritch, Coco Peru, Parker Posey, and Sandra Bernhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss Barbra Streisand's 2006 concert, filmed during her record setting tour, Streisand: The Tour. The concert was conceived and directed by Barbra Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander, and includes guest appearances by Il Divo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the 1954 musical film White Christmas. The film stars Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, and features a number of famous songs by Irving Berlin.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel watch and discuss the 1960 film "Bells Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. The film is directed by Vincente Minnelli and is based on the hit 1956 Broadway musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Jule Styne. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss Patti LuPone's recent virtual concert, Patti LuPone Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway. The concert was a co-production of Dallas Summer Musicals and Entertainment Benefits Group, with proceeds going to over 20 nonprofit arts presenters around the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about Bette Midler's 1997 HBO special Diva Las Vegas, filmed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They also discuss Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Elaine Paige, Tyne Daly, Angela Lansbury, and Gypsy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about the 1996 hit movie The First Wives Club. In addition to their lengthy, in-depth analysis of the comedic talents of Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, they also discuss Eileen Heckart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, Elizabeth Berkley, Timothy Olyphant, Victor Garber, Bronson Pinchot, Dan Hedaya, Lea Delaria, Debra Monk, J.K. Simmons, Kate Burton, Marc Shaiman, and Maggie Smith. Ben and Daniel also share personal stories of when they discovered the film and how it's stayed with them since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel are joined by Instagram sensation @dublin_zoetrope to discuss the 2016 HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. In addition to Carrie and Debbie, they also discuss Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, The Hours, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, and Shirley MacLaine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about the 1999 Lifetime TV movie Jackie's Back, starring legendary actress Jenifer Lewis. They also discuss Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Tim Curry, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Penny Marshall, Joan Rivers, Kathy Najimy, Marc Shaiman, Julie Hagerty, Sunset Boulevard, Hello Dolly, David Hyde Pearce, Loretta Divine, and Kathy Griffin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor and comedian Cole Escola about Bernadette Peters Live from Royal Festival Hall in London. In this concert, Bernadette performs favorite songs from her career as well as many from the Sondheim catalogue, including numbers from Gypsy, Follies, Into the Woods, Passion, and more. She also sings songs from her album I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. Cole Escola is known worldwide for his legendary Bernadette impression, and can currently be seen starring alongside Amy Sedaris in At Home with Amy Sedaris on TruTV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Broadway star Andréa Burns about the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, in which she originated the iconic role of Daniela. They also discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, Disney+, Kate McKinnon, Patti LuPone, Jason Robert Brown, John Cameron Mitchell, Evita, and Seth Rudetsky. Andréa has appeared in beloved shows such as Songs for a New World, The Nance, The Ritz, and On Your Feet. She is also currently the Monday guest host on Seth Rudetsky's acclaimed YouTube series Stars in the House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about Diana Ross's 1976 one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, for which Diana won a special Tony Award after the show's run at the Palace Theater on Broadway. The show includes classic Diana hits as well as a surprising number of songs from A Chorus Line. Ben and Daniel also discuss Bette Midler, Johnny Bristol, Grace Jones, Mame, Mahogany, Bruce Vilanch, Judy Gold, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Stephanie Mills, The Wiz, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and The Supremes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this very special QuaranStreams, Ben and Daniel talk to Grammy-winning composer, musical director, and performer Billy Stritch about Liza Minnelli's 1992 concert at Radio City Music Hall, for which he arranged the music. Billy tells stories from his years of working with Liza, from their first meeting in 1991 to their decades of collaboration on projects such as Minnelli on Minnelli: Live at the Palace, and Liza's at the Palace. Billy has worked with many other showbiz legends such as Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, and Linda Lavin. Tune in to Billy's Place every Thursday at 8 PM on Facebook Live to hear Billy sing songs and tell stories from his apartment in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss Liza Minnelli's 1980 concert in New Orleans. They also talk about Halston, Judy Garland, Lorna Luft, Kander and Ebb, Harry Nilsson, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Bill LaVorgna, and Leslie Kritzer. Tune in to Ben and Daniel's weekly live show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am EST on the BroadwayWorld Facebook page and Broadway Podcast Network YouTube channel to vote on upcoming QuaranStreams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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