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Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Butch Leake, Former Member of “The Drifters” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Butch Leake, is part of popular music history.    From 1970 to 75, he was part of one of the greatest male vocal groups of all time:  The Drifters, who brought us so many hits, including “Money Honey”, “There Goes My Baby”, “This Magic Moment”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “Up on the Roof”, “On Broadway”, and “Under the Boardwalk”.    Since their creation in 1953, the Drifters have sold a staggering 240 million singles and 140 million albums.  During our guest’s  time with the Drifters, they recorded 3 albums containing the hit songs, “Down on the Beach Tonight”, “Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies”, Love Games”, and “There Goes my First Love”, which topped the British and European charts in the early 70s.   In 1975, our guest left the group to pursue a solo career, and formed his own record and production company, Superbad Records, with DJ star Freddie Mack in the UK.  He recorded 2 hit songs for that label:  “You’re Like Magic” and “Let’s Take a Chance”, followed by “Give to the Ones we Love”, which he wrote and recorded as a fundraiser for the British Heart Transplant Trust.    He’s performed in nightclubs and concert halls all over the world, as a solo artist AND as part of The Drifters Legends.  And he’s the CEO of “The Drifters Legends Clubhouse”, which has published 3 of his books about The Drifters Legends.  He’s also a photographer, a video and graphic design artist – and he hosts his own podcast on the Clubhouse Radio platform.  For more interviews and podcasts go to: #ButchLeake   #TheDrifters   #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Michael O’Neill, Renowned Actor, Co-star of Netflix Series, “Echoes” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Michael O’Neill, is one of the most respected, hardworking and sought-after actors in America. You’ve seen him on the big screen in many popular movies including “Sea of Love”, “Lorenzo’s Oil”, “Seabiscuit”, “Transformers”, “J. Edgar”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, and many more.  He’s been in dozens of TV shows including “L.A. Law”, “The X Files”, “NYPD Blue”, “The West Wing”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “NCIS Los Angeles”, “Bates Motel”, “Scandal”, and “This is Us”, to name only a few.   Most recently, he co-starred with Alfre Woodard in the critically acclaimed movie “Clemency”, which won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize”.  He played “Senator Roland Folks” in the multiple award-winning TV series, “Rectify”.  He played “Larry Mills” in the NBC TV series “Council of Dads”.  And he played “Senator Mitchell Chapin” in Season 2 of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”, now appearing on Amazon Prime.   You can also see him on Netflix in “The Stand at Paxton County”.   AND, he’s now co-starring with Michelle Monaghan and Matt Bomer in the brand new Netflix limited series entitled, “ECHOES”.     Last year, he won a Best Actor award at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for his performance in the short film, “Cold Call”.   For more interviews and podcasts go to: #MichaelONeill   #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Jim Meskimen, Actor, Comedian and Impressionist About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Jim Meskimen, is a popular, hardworking and muti-talented actor, comedian, impressionist, voice artist and educator who’s been entertaining us for four decades.    You’ve seen him in many critically acclaimed movies, including “Apollo 13”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Frost/Nixon”, “EdTV”, “Magnolia”, “There Will Be Blood” and many others.   He’s appeared in dozens of TV shows including “Whose Line is it Anyway”, “Friends”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Criminal Minds”, “Hot in Cleveland”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “This is Us”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and so many more.   Most recently, his career is on fire.  He’s co-starring with Sean Penn and Julia Roberts in the miniseries entitled “Gaslit”, now airing on the Starz network.    He’ll be seen in the upcoming season of “Hunters”, starring Al Pacino and Carol Kane, on Amazon Prime.   And he’ll have a recurring role in a brand new series from the creator of “Schitts Creek”, called “The Big Door Prize”, which will be airing on Apple TV.  And if THAT weren’t enough, his voice is featured on hundreds of best selling video games.  And if you watch TV, you’ll recognize him playing Colonel Sanders on those popular KFC commercials.   And he plays President George Washington crossing the Delaware Turnpike in that funny GEIKO commercial.   On top of all of that, he’s got a brand new online acting course that I’ll be asking him about.  There is simply nothing this man can’t do.For more interviews and podcasts go to: #JimMeskimen  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Dean Friedman, Singer / Songwriter /Author About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Dean Friedman, is a singer-songwriter who burst onto the music scene in 1977 with his irresistible hit single, “Ariel”.   Since then he’s had numerous hit singles including “Woman of Mine”, “Lucky Stars”, “Lydia”, “Rocking Chair” and “McDonald’s Girl”.  He’s recorded 19 terrific albums, including “Well, Well, Said the Rocking Chair”, “The Treehouse Journals”, “Submarine Races”, “Squirrels in the Attic”, “Words and Music”, “12 Songs” and one of my personal favourites, “Dean Friedman in Concert: Shepherd’s Bush Empire”.     His latest album, entitled “American Lullaby”, is a collection of deeply moving and thought-provoking songs reflecting our guest’s personal reflections and philosophies about the current state of America.   His songs fearlessly touch on a broad range of topics, including the pandemic, the environment, racism, sexism, and of course, the calamity surrounding American politics.    His songs have been covered by bands including The Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Ariel Pink, The Tone Rangers, and The Blenders.  He's written, performed and produced the theme music to several TV series including Boon, Nick Arcade, and Eerie, Indiana. He also composed, performed and produced the soundtrack to the 1990 cult horror film, “I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle”, in which he performs the popular track, "She Runs on Blood, Not Gasoline".   And if THAT weren’t enough, this exceptionally multi-talented man wrote a groundbreaking book on synthesizers, as well as a guide to songwriting, and a hilarious book entitled, “A Musician’s Guide to Surviving the Great Recession”.  And he’s even dabbled in the world of video games.  For more interviews and podcasts go to: #DeanFriedman   #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Toni Tennille, Pop Music Legend of Captain and Tennille, Stage Star About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Toni Tennille, is a popular music legend.  She’s a fabulous singer, songwriter and musician whose beautiful voice first took the world by storm in the seventies, in the musical duo “Captain and Tennille”.   Their first big hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, was the number 1 song of 1975, and won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.   A quick succession of 14 mega-hits followed, including:“The Way I Want to Touch You”“Shop Around”“Do That To Me One More Time”“Lonely Night”“I’m On My Way”“Can’t Stop Dancin’”“You Never Done it Like That”, and of course, “Muskrat Love”.    In addition to her 9 studio albums as part of “Captain and Tennille”, our guest recorded 6 solo albums, including “More Than You Know”, “All of Me”, “Do It Again”, “Never Let Me Go”, “Things Are Swingin'”, and my all-time favourite, “Incurably Romantic”.    She and her former husband, Daryl Dragon, hosted their own prime time TV variety show, as well as 3 television specials.  And then, a few years later, she hosted her own daytime talk show.   She’s toured all over the country, singing the Great American Songbook with symphony orchestras.   And in 1997, she starred in the highly acclaimed national tour of “Victor/Victoria”.    She also wrote a deeply poignant, best selling book entitled, “Toni Tennille: A Memoir”, in which she candidly shares her emotional evolution and some very important life lessons.   And now, she’s preparing for the stage role of a LIFETIME.    From November 3 to the 20th, she’ll be starring in HELLO DOLLY at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona.   This is a woman whose voice brings warmth, emotion and accessibility to EVERY performance and EVERY song she sings.   For more interviews and podcasts go to: #ToniTennille    #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Luke Yankee, Playwright, Author, “The Art of Writing for the Theatre: An Introduction to Script Analysis, Criticism and Playwriting” About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Luke Yankee, is a highly accomplished playwright, director, producer and author, who last appeared on our show to discuss his wonderful memoir, “Just Outside the Spotlight:  Growing Up with Eileen Heckart”, which I’ve said before and I’ll say again, is the BEST celebrity memoir I’ve ever read.    Our guest studied at the Juilliard School of Drama, NYU, Circle in the Square and Northwestern.  And he holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in playwriting and screenwriting from the University of California Riverside.  He’s written many critically acclaimed plays that have been produced all over the country, including “A Place at Forest Lawn”, The Lavender Mafia”, “The Man Who Killed the Cure”, “The Last Lifeboat”, and my favourite, “Marilyn, Mom & Me”, which won the prestigious Stanley Award for Drama this year.   Our guest has been the assistant director for SIX Broadway plays, and he’s directed and produced Off-Broadway AND at regional theatres throughout the country and abroad.  He served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in California, AND the Struthers Library Theatre in Pennsylvania.   He’s also a highly sought-after guest director, and he teaches playwriting at California State Fullerton, and Chapman University.   He’s here to discuss his brand new book, entitled “The Art of Writing for the Theatre: An Introduction to Script Analysis, Criticism and Playwriting.”  The book provides practical advice for aspiring playwrights and theatre critics.  In addition to the wealth of instructive material, the book contains fascinating pearls of wisdom from interviews the author conducted with 18 internationally acclaimed playwrights, lyricists, librettists and critics.  The book is rapidly becoming required reading in university theatre courses, but as you’re about to find out, the book is of interest not only to those aspiring to write for the theatre, but to every theatre lover, because it provides illuminating insights into the creative process. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #LukeYankee   #yankeehillproductions  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Jamie deRoy, Multiple Tony Winning Broadway Producer About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Jamie deRoy, is a show business tour de force, whose list of achievements is nothing short of jaw-dropping.   In addition to her work as an actress, in movies like “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull”, and on TV shows like "Alice” and "Knight Rider," and on stage in hit shows including “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Drunkard”, our guest is perhaps best known as one of the greatest Broadway and off-Broadway producers in theatre history.   She’s co-produced over 80 Broadway shows and over 50 off-Broadway shows, and so far, she’s won a staggering TEN Tony Awards.  She’s brought us a multitude of unforgettable Broadway shows including “Death of a Salesman”, “Ragtime”, “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Company”, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Angels in America”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Ain’t too Proud”, and that’s just scratching the surface.   She co-produced TWO brilliant documentary films, entitled “Broadway: The Golden Age”, and “Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age”.   In addition to her Tony awards, she’s won a HUGE number of accolades including 10 Drama League Awards, 9 Drama Desk Awards, 9 MAC Awards, 3 GLAAD Media Awards, 2 Broadway World Audience Choice Awards, and enough lifetime achievement awards to fill a truck.   If that weren’t enough, our guest is one of the most generous and beloved philanthropists in the entertainment industry.  For over 30 years, she’s been entertaining New York audiences with her cabaret series and TV show entitled “Jamie DeRoy and Friends”.  Her cabaret shows benefit the Entertainment Community Fund, and specifically, the Jamie DeRoy and Friends Cabaret Initiative, a program to assist people in the cabaret industry with medical and other needs.   She’s also produced NINE wonderful CD’s in the “Jamie DeRoy and Friends” series. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #JamiedeRoy  #Jamie-deRoy-Friends  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Razid Season, Filmmaker, “Kaddish” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Razid Season, is one of the most intriguing and promising up and coming filmmakers in America. When I learned that a young filmmaker from Bangladesh, now living in New York, had made a movie about the Holocaust, in Yiddish, I knew that I had to not only see the film.  I had to invite the filmmaker on our show.   This short film, which has English subtitles, is entitled, “Kaddish”, and it’s now publicly available for streaming on our guest’s website.  So far, the movie has won TEN prestigious film festival awards, and it’s been screened at dozens of film festivals all over the world.  Our guest completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in Film, and won a filmmaking scholarship from the US State Department. Under that scholarship, he made a documentary called “Battle For Speech”, about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh.  His other films include “Statue of an Angel”, about a struggling, undocumented South Asian immigrant who learns his only son has joined a radical terrorist group back home.   His next film was “Chase”, about a Syrian refugee who is interrogated because of a suspicious money transfer.  After that, he made “Maze”, about a married Middle Eastern woman who manifests a latent desire to be freed from patriarchal bondage.   Our guest has a passion for making films that deal with humanitarian issues, and that increase the visibility of minority communities whose voices are rarely heard in mainstream media.  For more interviews and podcasts go to: #RazidSeason   #Kaddish  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Stewart Pearce, Princess Diana’s Voice, Presentation and Life Coach, Author, “DIANA The Voice of Change” About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Stewart Pearce, was Diana’s voice, presentation and life coach. Today is August 31, 2022, and we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragic passing of Diana, Princess of Wales.  We all know that Diana was an extraordinarily luminous individual, who touched the hearts and souls of billions of people, not only by radiating graciousness and charisma, but because of her unique healing energy.  After her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana embarked on a journey of personal empowerment and spiritual development.  To help fulfil her destiny, she actively sought out teachers, coaches and mentors, one of the most important of whom is today’s guest, who literally helped Diana find her authentic voice, so she could shape and project her message of empathy, kindness, compassion and love.   Stewart’s wondrous and highly inspirational book, entitled, “Diana: The Voice of Change”, has recently been updated in a brand new commemorative edition to mark the 25th anniversary of Diana’s passing.  The book explains how our guest helped Diana evolve from a fragile, bulimic victim, to a dynamic, strong, uplifting woman in control of her life, who became the universally adored “Queen of People’s Hearts”.  The book contains vocal, physical and emotional techniques that Diana learned, and that we can all use in our own journeys of empowerment and enlightenment.  Our guest started out as an actor and teacher specializing in voice and theatre studies.   He was the head voice coach at the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  And then, through a revelation which he calls “The Alchemy of Voice” – which is also the title of his first book - his work took on a spiritual dimension, as he learned to attune the personality of the voice with the breath of the soul.  For many years he served as the Resident Master of Voice at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and the Head of Voice at the Drama Centre London.  He’s been a coach for many prominent individuals in the political and corporate world.  And he’s worked with numerous well-known actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Michelle Williams, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Rylance and many others. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #StewartPearce  #dianathevoiceofchange  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Scott Eyman, Golden Age of Hollywood Celebrity Biographer About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Scott Eyman, is one of America’s most respected and prodigious authors, whose books are beloved by film buffs, because he  specializes in the golden age of Hollywood.   He’s written 16 highly acclaimed books, including definitive biographies of Mary Pickford, Cary Grant, John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Louis B. Mayer, Cecil B. DeMille, and John Wayne.  He co-wrote THREE books with screen legend Robert Wagner, including his deeply moving memoir, “Pieces of My Heart: A Life”.  And one of my personal favourites, is “Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart”.   His very first book, now in its 7th edition, entitled, “Flashback: A Brief History of Film”, co-authored with Louis Giannetti, became an instant classic, and is required reading at film schools everywhere.   His latest book is entitled, “20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio”.  He was a Pullitzer Prize finalist and has won multiple awards including the Richard Wall Memorial Book Award for his book about Cecil B. DeMille, and the National Board of Review William K. Everson Award for Film History, for his prolific body of work.   He lectures extensively at museums and film festivals around the world.  And he's provided commentaries on DVDs of many classic movies.  You’ve seen him on Turner Classic Movies, and he’s written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and practically every film magazine in existence.  And somehow, he also has time to be an adjunct professor of film history at the University of Miami.  For more interviews and podcasts go to: #ScottEyman   #harveybrownstoneinterviews 
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Teri Ralston, Legendary Star Of Musical Theatre About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Teri Ralston, is a legendary star of musical theatre who made her Broadway debut in COMPANY, which began a long and fruitful relationship with 2 Broadway giants: Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince.    She was then cast in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.  She’s performed in or directed 11 of Stephen Sondheim’s shows, including FOLLIES, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, INTO THE WOODS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, PUTTING IT TOGETHER, CANDIDE, GYPSY, and the unforgettable SIDE-BY-SIDE-BY-SONDHEIM, which she directed and co-starred in with Peggy Lee.    She’s worked with many of the greats in theatre history, including Onna White, Michael Bennett, Stephen Schwartz, Michael Feinstein and many others.  And she’s played some of the most iconic roles, including Mama Rose in GYPSY, Mame, Sally Bowles in CABARET, Maria in THE  SOUND OF MUSIC, Carrie in CAROUSEL, and Meg in DAMN YANKEES, to name a few.  She’s even played “Glinda”, the good witch, in “The Wizard of Oz”.    She’s performed in concert around the world with symphony orchestras and on cabaret stages, and her glorious voice is featured on 7 original cast albums, 3 CDs recorded in London and a wonderful solo album entitled, “I Gotta Get Back to New York”.    You’ve also seen her on TV in MURDER SHE WROTE, FRASIER, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and many other shows.  And if THAT weren’t enough, she’s a very gifted teacher, having taught at universities, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and she’s part of the Broadway Mentors Program.  For more interviews and podcasts go to: #TeriRalston  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Steve Binder, Legendary Producer / Director – “Elvis ’68 Comeback Special”, Author, “Elvis ’68 Comeback:  The Story Behind the Special” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Steve Binder, is a legendary, Emmy-award winning producer and director, who created some of the most iconic moments in American pop culture and entertainment history, in TV specials starring Petula Clark, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, John Denver, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Olivia Newton-John, and many more.    But he is perhaps best known for producing and directing the spectacular 1968 Elvis Presley Comeback TV special that is widely considered to have solidified Elvis’ legacy as one of the most profound cultural icons of the 20th century.   Our guest has written a fabulous book entitled, “Elvis ’68 Comeback:  The Story Behind the Special”, and if you’re an Elvis fan, this book is a MUST HAVE, because, unlike the dozens of other books out there about this landmark TV special, THIS book is the ONLY one written by the person who actually conceived of, produced and directed the show, and who worked so closely with Elvis.    And it’s just been announced that our guest will be producing a documentary film to be released next year, which will take us behind the scenes and reveal the almost constant drama that surrounded the making of this iconic and mesmerizing show.  If you’ve seen Elvis’ Comeback TV special, you know that something truly magical happened.  It was a pivotal event in television and music history, capturing over 40% of the television viewing audience, and becoming one of the highest rated television shows ever made.   AND it was a major turning point in Elvis’ career, made possible by the artistic vision and determination of our guest. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #SteveBinder   #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with James Gavin, Author, “George Michael: A Life” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, James Gavin, is a highly respected celebrity biographer and award-winning journalist whose meticulous research, attention to detail, and exceptional, insightful storytelling, make his books fascinating, compelling and memorable.   His insightful books about some of the iconic artists in the world of popular music include, “Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret”, “Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker”, “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne”, and “Is That All There Is: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee”.   And now, he’s released his much-anticipated 5th book entitled, “George Michael: A Life”, a poignant and eye-opening biography, which has been hailed as the definitive account of the tumultuous, triumphant and yet tragic life story of one of pop music’s most troubled and enigmatic superstars.   Behind the carefully crafted public image of a sexy, straight stud – a modern-day Elvis – there was a frightened, lonely, insecure gay man who felt like a fraud.  People Magazine chose this book as one of its top 10 summer reads.  And the New York Times called it " an engrossing, thorough and well-rounded view of George Michael’s artistry and personal chaos”.   In addition to his books, our guest has written dozens of New York Times feature articles, and he’s received 2 ASCAP Awards for excellence in music journalism, AND a Grammy nomination.   For more interviews and podcasts go to: #JamesGavin     #harveybrownstoneinterviews 
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Bobby Moresco, Academy Award Winning Writer / Director / Producer   About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Bobby Moresco, is a highly respected, Academy award winning writer, director and producer whose body of work includes some of the greatest films in recent times.    After studying acting in New York, he created the Actor’s Gym, which operates in New York and Los Angeles,  and provides a forum for developing new works for stage, film and television.  He’s written and directed over 30 plays, and in 1998 he directed Colin Quinn in “An Irish Wake” on Broadway.   He's created, written and produced many highly acclaimed, award-winning TV series including “Millenium”, “EZ Streets”, “Falconey”, “The Black Donnelly’s” and “100 Code”.   On the big screen, he co-wrote and produced the blockbuster movie “Crash”, which earned him and co-writer and director Paul Haggis an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  He also executive produced the 2008 TV series “Crash”, inspired by the movie.   In 2004, he co-produced the Academy award winning movie, “Million Dollar Baby”, followed by writing and directing “10th and Wolf”, and another one of my favourites, “Bent”.   He wrote and has just completed directing his brand new film, “Lamborghini”, starring Frank Grillo, Mira Sorvino and Gabriel Byrne, which tells the story of legendary Italian automobile designer, Ferrucio Lamborghini.    In addition to his Academy award, he’s won 19 other awards for his work, including a BAFTA award, a London Critics Circle Film Award, a Film Independent Spirit Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association award, a Writers Guild of America award, and the Pioneer in Screenwriting Award at the Burbank International Film Festival.   For more interviews and podcasts go to: #BobbyMoresco   #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Tony Moore, Author of “One of a Kind: Making Things Happen”   About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Tony Moore, is a self-made man, whose remarkable journey from his humble beginnings and turbulent childhood in England, to a highly successful international business career, is the subject of his inspiring new book, entitled, “One of a Kind: Making Things Happen.”  Our guest never knew his father, and lost his mother at the age of 5, having met her only 3 times in his life.  At the age of 8, he was ripped away from the only loving caregiver he’d ever had, his beloved foster mother whom he called “Auntie”.  He was forced to live with his abusive step-father, only to be sent to an orphanage the next year.  When he was finally placed in a loving home, his adoptive parents passed away, leaving him orphaned for a second time.   He ended up in a boarding school, and then completed a 5-year engineering apprenticeship, ultimately leading to a hugely successful career at Alfa Laval and Tetra Pak, as head of global customer service operations.  His work took him all over the world.  His experience in business and in life, is diverse and impressive.  He was a professional singer.  He owned and operated a wine bar in West London.  He ran a perfume company, then developed a computer program that was used in the field of optometry, and then he ran the biggest glove production company in America, and was instrumental in improving uniform apparel and gloves for the US military.   And now, he’s a co-founder of Briton Publishing, and a successful author of numerous books including “Sabato: The Untold Story”, co-authored with Antonio Sabato Jr., and “Liberty vs Tyranny”, co-authored with retired Colonel Andrew P. O’Meara Jr., and “He’s a Funny Cat, Ms. High:  My 32 Years Singing with James Brown”, co-authored with Martha High. For more interviews and podcasts go to: # tonymoore  #Y&R  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Eric Braeden, Legendary Star of “The Young and the Restless”, Author, “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama” About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Eric Braeden, is a legendary actor, athlete and humanitarian who’s best known for playing the invincible Victor Newman for 42 years on the #1 daytime drama series of all time, “The Young & The Restless”.   He first came to our attention as Captain Hans Dietrich in “The Rat Patrol”, and as Dr. Charles Forbin in “Colossus: The Forbin Project”.  And who can ever forget him as John Jacob Astor in “Titanic”, or my favourite, Reese Paxton in “The Man Who Came Back”.    In 2017 he published a highly compelling book entitled, “I’ll Be Damned:  How My Young and Restless Life Led me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.”   The book chronicles his amazing journey as a youngster in postwar Germany, to his struggles as a young actor in Hollywood, constantly being typecast in one-dimensional roles playing Nazi officers and bad guys and coming to terms with the realization of the devastating crimes against humanity committed by the Nazi regime.   This inspirational man has dedicated himself to atoning on behalf of Germany, and to finding meaningful ways to advance the relationship between Americans, Germans and the Jewish Community.   He’s won 3 Soap Opera Digest Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, a People’s Choice Award, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He’s been honoured in Monte Carlo, Italy, France, Germany, and he received a humanitarian award by the government of Israel. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #EricBraeden  #Y&R  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Richard Hester, Broadway Stage Manager and Production Supervisor & Author, “HOLD PLEASE: Stage Managing a Pandemic” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Richard Hester, is a highly respected stage manager and production supervisor for Broadway shows and touring productions throughout the world.   He’s worked on many shows including “Wicked”, “Cabaret”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Gypsy”, “West Side Story”, and many more.  For MANY years he’s been the international production supervisor for “Jersey Boys”.  He travels on the road with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin on their concert tours.  And for over 20 years, he’s been one of the lead producers of the “Broadway Barks” animal shelter adoption event with Bernadette Peters, that’s held every summer in New York City.   When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the entire entertainment industry abruptly and indefinitely came to a crashing halt.  Our guest decided to start writing a blog on social media, which, over time, was read and enjoyed by thousands of people.  His thought-provoking and insightful essays were not just about covid.  He wrote about EVERYTHING:  from his love of New York City and the world of theatre, to the Black Lives Matter movement and the chaotic, profoundly troubling events in American politics, leading up to and following the presidential election.   His daily columns have been compiled into a brand new book entitled, “Hold, Please: Stage Managing a Pandemic”.  And those essays, written from March 12, 2020 to June 10, 2021, collectively continue to give us insights, food for thought and guidance in multiple ways. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #RichardHester  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Donna McKechnie, Legendary Broadway Star & Author of “Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life” About Harvey's guest: Today’s special guest, Donna McKechnie, is a legendary star who exemplifies the meaning of the phrase “triple threat”, because she dances, acts and sings with equal perfection.   She is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, who will forever be remembered and adored for creating the iconic role of “Cassie” in “A Chorus Line”, earning her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Special Award.   She’s also starred on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “The Education of Hyman Kaplan”, “On the Town”, “Promises, Promises”, “Company”, “The Visit”, “State Fair”, for which she won the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer, and a Drama Desk Award nomination, and “Sondheim: A Musical Tribute”, which she also choreographed.   She’s starred in numerous musical productions throughout the country and in London’s West End, including “Follies”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, Mack and Mabel”, “Gypsy”, “Can-Can”, “Pajama Game” and many more.  She’s appeared in many TV shows including HBO Specials, the Tonight Show, “Fame”, “Cheers”, “Family Ties”, and who can ever forget her as “Amanda Harris” in “Dark Shadows”.  And when she’s not busy choreographing a production, she frequently performs in concert with symphony orchestras, and on cabaret stages all over the country.   She was one of the stars in “FOUR GIRLS FOUR”, a wonderful concert series with Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince and Maureen McGovern    And if that weren’t enough, she wrote a poignant, intensely personal and compelling memoir, entitled, “Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life”For more interviews and podcasts go to: #DonnaMcKechnie  #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Charles Rosenay, Author of “The Book of Top 10 Horror Lists” About Harvey's guest: If you like scary movies, then today’s show will be right up your alley.  Our guest, Charles Rosenay, is widely considered to be THE expert in horror movies. From a young age, he became obsessed with monster movies, and he’s spent most of his career enjoying, celebrating, and appearing in them.  He’s a frequent guest at horror conventions and conducts the hugely popular annual “Dracula Tours to Transylvania” as well as Ghost Tours to notoriously haunted locations throughout the world.   He’s been featured on the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and the BBC.  And, as an actor, he’s appeared in many horror movies including “Pink Eye”, “The Sadist”, “Dead Survivors”, “The Confessional”, “The Zombie Chronicles” and many more.  Last year, he released a delightful book entitled, “The Book of Top Ten Horror Lists”, in which 100 celebrities, including Ed Asner, William Shatner, Corbin Bernson, Dave Winfield, Karen Black and dozens more, reveal their Top 10 favorite horror movies of all time. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #CharlesRosenay      #harveybrownstoneinterviews
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Steve Chain, Author of , “Fly By Night: The Secret Story of Steven Spielberg, Warner Brothers and the Twilight Zone Deaths” About Harvey's guest: Today’s guest, Steve Chain, has written a fascinating and compelling book about an event that is widely considered to be the greatest tragedy to have ever occurred on the set of a Hollywood movie.   On July 23, 1982, during the filming of a key final scene in “Twilight Zone: The Movie”, veteran actor Vic Morrow and 2 young children were instantly killed, when a helicopter hovering above them crashed as a result of pyrotechnic special effect explosions.  It was the first time in Hollywood history that actors were killed on a movie set.   Our guest’s book is entitled, “Fly By Night: The Secret Story of Steven Spielberg, Warner Brothers and the Twilight Zone Deaths”, and it reads like a mystery detective novel, where, piece by piece, the puzzle of what actually happened is put together, revealing a poorly planned, highly negligent and dangerous act, followed by a severely flawed investigation, leading to a well-organized cover-up by some of the most powerful people in Hollywood and their lawyers – and culminating in a highly publicized and dramatic 10 month trial, in which director John Landis and 4 other crucial players were ultimately acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges.    Given the recent tragedy involving Alec Baldwin that occurred on the set of “Rust”, the events that took place during the making of “The Twilight Zone Movie” have taken on new relevance on the issue of safety on a movie set. For more interviews and podcasts go to: #SteveChain      #harveybrownstoneinterviews
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