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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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#199 LEONARD SOLOWAY, Producer

11/17/2019
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SHOWS: How to Succeed....., Jerome Robbins' Broadway, The Shadow Box One of Broadway's most beloved general managers and producers, Tony Award winner Leonard Soloway, is not only swinging by Shetler Studios to discuss his incredible career in the theater, but to also discuss the new documentary LEONARD SOLOWAY'S BROADWAY, of which he is the subject. Leonard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he tamed Lauren Bacall, what it was like bringing The Shadow Box to Broadway, and...

Duration:01:05:58

Our Favorite Things #198: Liza with a Z & Celeste Holm Sings I Cain't Say No

11/14/2019
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httThis Week: Liza finds a cannister and Celeste finds a choice 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:...

Duration:00:34:45

#198 RICHARD SEFF, Agent

11/11/2019
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Clients: Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, Julie Andrews "All I did was make a few phone calls." Agent/actor extraordinaire Richard Seff might say humbly but here are some of the results he got from picking up the phone: Jerry Herman composing Hello, Dolly, John Kander working with Fred Ebb, and Hal Prince directing his first show. Richard pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became Julie Andrews' tour guide, what it was like at the out of town tryouts for My Fair Lady, and why...

Duration:01:03:24

Our Favorite Things #197: Leonard Soloway's Broadway & Robert Goulet

11/6/2019
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This Week: Celebrating Leonard Soloway, Robert Goulet, and a new take on The Music Man 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...

Duration:00:25:38

#197 JERRY ZAKS, Director

11/3/2019
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SHOWS: Hello, Dolly, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man Today's podcast is a master class in the art of direction and your instructor is none other than 4 time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, whose onstage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Once in a Lifetime, and Tintypes, and most importantly, directing credits that include: The House of Blue Leaves, Anything Goes, Six Degrees of Separation, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lend...

Duration:01:10:26

Our Favorite Things #196: The Paul Lynde Halloween Special & More McMullens

10/31/2019
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This Week: Tim Curry, Elaine Stritch, Bizarre Broadway Demos, Paul Lynde Loves Ramon Navarro, and the brilliance of James McMullen 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...

Duration:00:32:35

#196 WAYNE CILENTO, Choreographer

10/27/2019
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Shows: Wicked, A Chorus Line, Dancin' Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original productions of Seesaw, A Chorus Line, The Act, Dancin, and choreographed the mega-hit Wicked, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his career on and off the stage. Wayne pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became the basis for a character in A Chorus Line, what it was like dancing for Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse, and why you should always read your contracts! Also, Wayne...

Duration:01:09:31

Our Favorite Things #195: Scrambled Feet & The Playbill Yearbook

10/24/2019
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This Week: Discussing The Lightning Thief, Robert Ghoulet, Company casting, a revue from the 80s and a fabulous archive. 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...

Duration:00:26:58

#195 MICHAEL KUBALA, Broadway Dancer

10/20/2019
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SHOWS: Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Chicago, Crazy For You Michael Kubala has long been one of the most respected hoofers working on Broadway. His Broadway shows include Dancin, A Broadway Musical, Woman of the Year, Marilyn, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Crazy for You, and Chicago, as well as countless tours and regional productions. Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he leapt for Gower Champion, what it was like surviving Marilyn: The Musical, and why the rehearsal process...

Duration:01:06:05

Our Favorite Things #194: The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company

10/17/2019
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This Week: Kevin interviews Rob about his new theater company! 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:...

Duration:00:22:47

#194 KT SULLIVAN, Cabaret Artist

10/13/2019
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For over thirty years, KT Sullivan has been one of the most recognizable artists associated with cabaret. She has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Birdland, Feinstein's/54 Below, Spoleto, Adelaide, and so many more. In addition to her award winning live appearances, she is the Artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, which will host its 30th Annual NY Cabaret Convention October 28th-31st, 2019 at Lincoln Center, focusing on such artists as Dorothy Fields, Frank Loesser, and...

Duration:00:53:03

Our Favorite Things #193: The Hal Prince Exhibit & Those Lips, Those Eyes

10/10/2019
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This Week: Discussing Chasing Rainbows, The Inheritance, and The Sound Inside. Plus, the joys of the New York Public Library For The Performing Arts and trying to find out how Frank Langella stays so young. 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...

Duration:00:23:16

#193 DONNA MCKECHNIE, Tony Award Winning Actress

10/7/2019
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SHOWS: A Chorus Line, Company, Promises, Promises The one and only Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, star of A Chorus Line, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career which started with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and then went to The Education of Hyman Kaplan, Promises, Promises, Company, On the Town, A Chorus Line, State Fair, and The Visit! Donna pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how The Music and The Mirror was created, what it...

Duration:01:10:50

Our Favorite Things #192: Merely Marvelous & A Strange Loop

10/3/2019
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This Week: The Rose Tattoo, The Great Society, The Height of the Storm, Gwen Verdon on film, and Michael Jackson off-broadway! 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...

Duration:00:29:00

#192 MAURY YESTON, Composer

9/30/2019
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SHOWS: Nine, Titanic, Phantom, Grand Hotel His music has inspired audiences for generations and his knowledge of music history is comparable to no one. He is the Tony Award winning composer Maury Yeston, and in this episode he swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his teachings and the music behind his shows. Maury pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got enlisted to write Nine, what was it like being taught by Lehman Engle, and why Peter Stone was a brilliant collaborator....

Duration:01:14:37

Our Favorite Things #191: Julie and Carol At Carnegie Hall & Phyllis Newman

9/26/2019
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This Week: Celebrating three Golden Age Gals! 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:...

Duration:00:22:38

#191 BARRY BROWN, Tony Award Winning Producer

9/23/2019
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Shows: La Cage Aux Folles, Gypsy (1974 & 1989), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Tony Award winning producer Barry Brown has given the world such musicals as La Cage Aux Folles, the revivals of Gypsy with Angela Lansbury and Tyne Daly, Platinum, and so many more. As if that were not enough, his desire to help those with AIDS led to the creation of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which is still helping thousands across the country. Barry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how...

Duration:01:05:57

Our Favorite Things #190: The Maury Yeston Songbook & A Class Act

9/19/2019
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This Week: Celebrating the lyrics of two geniuses.....and best friends! 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....

Duration:00:21:49

Our Favorite Things #190: The Maury Yeston Songbook & A Class Act

9/19/2019
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This Week: Celebrating the lyrics of two geniuses…..and best friends! 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...

Duration:00:21:49

#190 INGA SWENSON, Actress

9/16/2019
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SHOWS: New Faces of 1956, 110 in the Shade, Baker Street One of Broadway's most legendary sopranos, Tony nominee Inga Swenson, joins Rob and Kevin via phone to look back on her incredible career which includes films like The Miracle Worker, television like Benson and The Golden Girls, and theater credits including New Faces of 1956, Peer Gynt, Camelot, 110 in the Shade, Baker Street and many others! Inga pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ruffled the feathers of Shelley...

Duration:00:48:07