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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.

Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.
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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.

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Our Favorite Things #181: Donnybrook & Colored Lights

7/18/2019
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This Week: A forgotten musical and the history of Broadway's most productive writing team. 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...

#181 TOM JONES, Lyricist

7/15/2019
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He created a revolution in the American musical theatre when he wrote the lyrics for The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in New York City history. And, as if that wasn't enough, Tom Jones also wrote the lyrics to such musicals as 110 In The Shade, I Do! I Do!, Celebration, Harold and Maude, and more! Tom pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first met Harvey Schmidt, what it was like creating The Fantasticks”, and why he doesn't think he will ever retire. Also, Tom...

Our Favorite Things #180: Road Show & Geld/Udell

7/11/2019
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This Week: Celebrating the last work of Stephen Sondheim & the most popular songwriting team of the 1970s! 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...

#180 MARTIN CHARNIN (1934-2019)

7/8/2019
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To honor the passing of Martin Charnin, this week we are posting his interview with us. Martin was a fantastic individuals whose passion for the theater, and supporting young talent, was infectious. The sun will come out tomorrow, but without Martin, it won't shine as bright. RIP dear friend.

Duration:00:37:09

Our Favorite Things #179: Sunday in the Park with George DVD Commentary & Late Nite Comic 20th Anniversary Recording

7/4/2019
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This Week: Looking back on two musicals from the 1980s! 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:...

#179 Summer Sale: SUSAN WATSON (Actress), JOHN SIMON (Critic), and CARLETON CARPENTER (MGM Actor)

7/1/2019
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Today is our Summer Sale here at Behind The Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends. Three for one! In this episode you will hear portions of interviews with three guests whose interviews we have not aired. When we decide not to air an interview it’s for many reasons. Either the audio quality was not strong enough, or the guest only wanted certain portions aired, but it is never because what the guest had to see was not interesting. Because of their importance to the evolution of the American...

Our Favorite Things #178: American Musical Theater: A Chronicle & Curtain Times: The New York Theater 1965-1987

6/27/2019
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This Week: Cracking the books on some summer reading! 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:...

#178 DAN GOGGIN, Nunsense Creator

6/24/2019
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Get out your wimples and avoid the vichyssoise because the creator of the Nunsense franchise, Dan Goggin, is today's guest! Dan pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a discarded mannequin gave birth to the Little Sisters of Hoboken, what it was like working with some of entertainment's greatest legends in the show, and why Nunsense is the franchise that will never go away! Also, Dan shines the spotlight on John Kander, Rue McClanahan, and Kaye Ballard! Become a sponsor of...

Our Favorite Things #177: Lena Horne- The Lady and Her Music & Night of 100 Stars

6/20/2019
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This Week: Lena Horne doubles the stormy weather & Maureen Stapleton sells a hot dog 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...

#177 PETER GALLAGHER, Actor

6/17/2019
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He is one of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable faces, having appeared on screen in American Beauty, Grace and Frankie, Center Stage, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and so many others. But, Peter Gallagher is truly a creature of the stage, having made appearances in Grease, A Doll’s Life, The Real Thing, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, Noises Off, and so many others! Peter pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a strong opinion led him...

Our Favorite Things #176: Bob Merrill & The Southbank Show- Sweeney Todd

6/13/2019
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This Week: Bob Merrill gets a doggie & Hal Prince cuts a cast member 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...

#176 ERNESTINE JACKSON, Tony Nominated Actress

6/10/2019
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She was one of Broadway's most respected singers, garnering two Tony nominations for her work in Raisin and the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls. Now, Ernestine Jackson sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her career which includes stints in Hello, Dolly, The Bacchae, Applause, Show Boat, Finian's Rainbow, Brownstone, and many more! Ernestine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she went from the United Nations to the Great White Way, what was it like sharing the stage...

Our Favorite Things #175: Forgotten Tony Awards Categories

6/6/2019
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This Week: Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood discuss Tony Award categories that are no longer part of the ceremony and suggest ones that should be included. 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,...

#175 THE 2018-2019 TONY AWARDS: MUSICALS

6/3/2019
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From Stephanie J Block turning back time to Andre DeShields taking us back to Hadestown, from Santino Fontana taking New York by storm to a storm of egos invading an Indiana prom, the 2018-2019 musical season took us through uncharted territory and made audiences across the city cheer with joy! Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood is back with us to look at all the musical nominations for the 2018-2019 Tony Season. Don't forget to watch the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th, at 8:00pm EST on...

Our Favorite Things #174: Egregiously Overlooked for the 2018-2019 Tony Awards Season

5/30/2019
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This Week: Rob, Kevin, and Tony Awards Historian Bryan Hobgood look at all the wonderful artists and shows who were not nominated for a Tony Award this season and should have been nominated for their stellar work. Performers like George Salazar in Be More Chill to Bonnie Milligan in Head Over Heels, plus To Kill A Mockingbird, Spencer Liff, Johnny Lee Miller, and, oh, so many more, are discussed and defended! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the...

#174 THE 2018-2019 TONY AWARDS: PLAYS

5/27/2019
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From Bryan Cranston to being mad as hell to Johnny Lee Miller changing the face of journalism, from Glenda Jackson raging against a storm to Laurie Metcalf raging against the electoral machine, the 2018-2019 season was a rich, healthy, and robust time for plays on Broadway. Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood is back with us to look at all the play nominations for the 2018-2019 Tony Season. Don't forget to watch the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th, at 8pm EST on CBS. Become a sponsor of...

Our Favorite Things #173: The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson & Now Is The Time For All Good Men…

5/23/2019
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This Week: The man who revolutionized design and the women who revolutionized theater. 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...

#173 JAMIE DEROY, Producer

5/20/2019
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One of New York's most recognizable grande dames, Tony Award winning producer Jamie DeRoy, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss such topics as producing in the 21st century, stand up comedy in the 1980s, and what inspires her about commercial and not-for-profit theater. In the 2018-2019 season, Jamie was a producer on Pretty Woman, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, The New One, Network, To Kill A Mockingbird, Be More Chill, Ain't Too Proud, King Lear, Gary: A Sequel...

Our Favorite Things #172: Everyday Rapture & Six

5/16/2019
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This Week: Sherrie Renee Scott sings Mr. Rodgers & Henry VIII's wives put on a show! 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...

#172 TERRENCE MCNALLY, Playwright

5/13/2019
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One of modern drama's most prolific playwrights, Terrence McNally, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look at his upcoming production of Frankie and Johnny In The Clair De Lune, as well as taking a look back on his incredible career which includes such shows as Love! Valor! Compassion! Master Class, It's Only a Play, The Ritz, and writing the book to such musicals as The Rink, Ragtime, A Man of No Importance, and many more. Terrence pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first...