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In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by the Tony nominated actor Bobby Steggert. Bobby has extensive credits on and Off-Broadway, including “Ragtime”, “Big Fish”, “Yank!” and “Mothers and Sons”. In 2018 Bobby surprised the theatre community by announcing he had switched careers and was in the middle of getting a degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Since July of 2019, Bobby has been serving as a psychotherapist in private practice and a staff therapist at the “Institute for Human Identity Therapy Center”. Three-quarters of his clients Bobby says, are actors, singers, dancers, directors, writers, or designers. Bobby spent nearly twenty years building his acting career and then decided to leave that career behind, with a goal to make a difference in people’s lives.Support the show
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by actor-singer Mike Wartella.  Mike recently played Dion DiMucci, in a Broadway bound bio-musical called, “The Wanderer” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and he received rave reviews for his performance. In addition to starring in “The Wanderer”,  Mike’s Broadway credits include, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Tuck Everlasting” and “Wicked. Mike talks about his life, his career, playing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, fatherhood, and the faith and values that sustain him.Support the show
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Mr. Barr served under President George H. W. Bush and again under President Donald Trump. He chronicles his historic tenure, working under two vastly different men, George H. W. Bush and Donald Trump, in new his memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another”. Mr. Barr talks about carrying out his duties during two extremely different presidencies, and how his Catholic faith has been a foundation for him in his life, and throughout his career.Support the show
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by singer, actor, writer and television personality Pat Boone. Pat Boone has sold 45 million records worldwide and has recorded more than 2,300 songs, more than any other recording artist in history. He has starred in 15 movies and he’s in a new film called, “The Mulligan” with a message that God offers us second chances through His saving grace. Pat talks about his life, his career, his marriage and family, and the faith and values that sustain him.Our sponsor:Bullion Sharkwww.bullionsharks.com(888) 355-1587Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by the Tony nominated actress Jennifer Simard. Jennifer is currently playing the role of Sarah in the Broadway revival of “Company”. Her other Broadway credits include: “Mean Girls”, “Hello Dolly!” and “Disaster!” which earned her a Tony nomination for playing Sister Mary Downey. Jennifer talks about her life, career, marriage, family, and the values that sustain her.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by the Tony Award winning actor Shuler Hensley. Shuler is currently playing Marcellus Washburn opposite fellow Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in the Broadway revival of “The Music Man”. He talks about his life, his marriage, family, being back on Broadway, and the values that matter most to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by the Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth. Kristin has written her first children’s book titled, “What Will I Do With My Love Today?” which touches upon the beauty of adoption.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by director, screenwriter and producer Theodore Melfi. Ted, as he is known, earned a pair of Oscar nominations for the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” for “Best Picture” and “Best Adapted Screenplay” and made his directorial debut in 2014 with the acclaimed film, “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray. He talks about his career, family, and the faith that is central to his life.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by Regina Lynch. Regina is the Director of the Projects Department of Aid to the Church in Need. The mission of ACN is to serve the pastoral and humanitarian needs of the suffering Church. Aid to the Church in Need has been doing that since 1947. ACN has supported the Church in Ukraine for more than 70 years and Regina talks about how they’re responding to the humanitarian crisis there today.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined once again by veteran actor Joe Mantegna for part two of his interview. Joe has had a long, successful career that spans nearly fifty years and 150 credits, from “The Money Pit” and “Three Amigos” to “The Simpsons” and “Criminal Minds”. His latest project is the new Amazon series “As We See It”. The series follows three young adults on the autism spectrum as they maneuver through life and try to fit into society. Joe plays the father of one of the characters, Jack. Joe’s own daughter Mia is on the autism spectrum and it’s his personal experience that made him feel a deep emotional connection to this role. Joe talks about his own experience, his life, his career, his family and the values that matter most to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell. Karen is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling author with more than 25 million copies of her books in print. She’s been recognized by Time Magazine as the “Queen of Inspirational Fiction.” Karen’s son Tyler Russell is an author, screenwriter, songwriter, singer and actor. Karen and Tyler have written a series of books for young readers and their fourth book in the “Baxter Family Children Story” is called “Adventure Awaits”. They talk about writing Christ centered fiction, and the message they want to get across to young readers, that although growing up is tough, the Lord, family, and friends will be there to help guide them.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by Bishop Joseph Espaillat. Bishop Espaillat was ordained an auxiliary bishop of the New York Archdiocese on March 1st, making him the youngest bishop in the United States, and one of the youngest in the world at 45 years old. Bishop Espaillat is also New York’s first  Dominican bishop. He talks about finding out Pope Francis appointed him as bishop, and what his Dominican heritage means to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by Broadway veteran E. Clayton Cornelious. E. Clayton was recently in the Broadway hit “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” and his other Broadway credits include: “Beautiful, “Scottsboro Boys”, “A Chorus Line”, “The Music Man” and “The Lion King”. E. Clayton was also the lead producer for the Broadway comedy “Chicken & Biscuits”, and he talks about his life, his 22 years of Broadway experience, and the faith and values that sustain him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined once again by veteran actor Joe Mantegna for part two of his interview. Joe has had a long, successful career that spans nearly fifty years and 150 credits, from “The Money Pit” and “Three Amigos” to “The Simpsons” and “Criminal Minds”. His latest project is the new Amazon series “As We See It”. The series follows three young adults on the autism spectrum as they maneuver through life and try to fit into society. Joe plays the father of one of the characters, Jack. Joe’s own daughter Mia is on the autism spectrum and it’s his personal experience that made him feel a deep emotional connection to this role. Joe talks about his own experience, his life, his career, his family and the values that matter most to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
This week we have a very special interview for you; Joe Mantegna! Linked below is part one of the interview and next week we will release part 2. This was a very fun interview so we hope you enjoy!In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by veteran actor Joe Mantegna. Joe has had a long, successful career that spans nearly fifty years and 150 credits, from “The Money Pit” and “Three Amigos” to “The Simpsons” and “Criminal Minds”. His latest project is the new Amazon series “As We See It”. The series follows three young adults on the autism spectrum as they maneuver through life and try to fit into society. Joe plays the father of one of the characters, Jack. Joe’s own daughter Mia is on the autism spectrum and it’s his personal experience that made him feel a deep emotional connection to this role. Joe talks about his own experience, his life, his career, his family and the values that matter most to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by veteran character actor and singer Robert Davi. Robert has appeared in more than 150 motion pictures and some of his best known roles are in films like, “Die Hard”, License to Kill”, “The Goonies” and “The Iceman”. Robert is one of the film industry’s most recognized tough guys. He’s also starred on the small screen in hit shows like “Profiler”, ‘Criminal Minds” and “CSI”. Robert talks about fatherhood, and the faith and values that matter most to him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by crossover singer Daniel Emmet. Daniel was a finalist on Season 13 of the NBC hit series “America’s Got Talent”. He currently tours with Marie Osmond and is a Las Vegas headline performer. Daniel talks about his career and the faith and values that sustain him.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by American soccer player Ryan Hollingshead. Ryan plays as defender for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. In 2017 he was named “MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year” after putting his career and life on the line to help a stranded car on the highway, and in 2013 Ryan opted to skip his rookie year to help build a church in his hometown of Sacramento with his brother. He speaks about his life, soccer career, and what matters to him most, his faith and his family.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by one of Broadway’s most beloved performers, Danny Burstein. Danny currently stars in “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” which earned him a Tony Award for ‘Best Featured Actor in a Musical’ last year. He also earned previous Tony nominations for his work in “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “South Pacific”, “Cabaret”, “Follies”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “Golden Boy”. Danny currently stars as Ebeneezer Scrooge in the new musical available to stream, called “Estella Scrooge”, a modern retelling of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. He was married for twenty years to the luminous Broadway leading lady Rebecca Luker who lost her battle with ALS last December. Danny talks about his life, his career, his near fatal experience with Covid, losing his wife Rebecca, and what he realizes matters most in life.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Msgr. Jim Lisante is joined by Robert McCarthy who recently ran to represent Nassau County’s 14th Legislative District on Long Island. Robert is a twenty five year old young man, a former elementary school teacher and current law school student, who has spent his whole life working to improve his community. He speaks about what inspired him to run for office, the importance of his Catholic faith, and why he believes politics can be a force for good.Support the show (http://closeencountertv.com/cetvdonate.asp)
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