Backstage Babble

Arts & Culture Podcasts

A new podcast interviewing professionals in the theater industry about themselves, their careers, and the people they’ve worked with along the way.

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United States

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A new podcast interviewing professionals in the theater industry about themselves, their careers, and the people they’ve worked with along the way.

Language:

English


Episodes

Gary William Friedman

1/27/2023
I am so thrilled to announce the release of my interview with composer Gary William Friedman. On January 30, Gary will be presenting a concert version of an update of his show Platinum, entitled Platinum Dreams at 54 Below. You can find tickets for that event (a can’t-miss for theater fans) here: Platinum Dreams And in the mean time, tune in today to hear some of the fantastic stories of his life and career, including the legendary singer who insisted on auditioning for his musical...

Duration:01:02:02

Steven Skybell

1/16/2023
Today, I am so happy to announce my interview with Steven Skybell, most recently the star of the enormously popular Fiddler Afn Dakh at New World Stages. Tune in to hear some of the stories of his great career, including what he learned from Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, why Tevye is similar to Shakespearean roles, Bartlett Sher’s unique approach to the character of Lazar Wolf, working with Joseph Papp on Cafe Crown, how his role in the film The Cradle Will Rock got expanded, why Joel...

Duration:01:10:07

Melissa Errico

1/7/2023
I can’t think of a better way to ring in 2023 than by presenting my interview with the luminous Melissa Errico. Tune in today to hear some of the stories of her legendary career, including the controversial ending that her production of My Fair Lady almost had, a funny mishap during Anna Karenina, the advantages of dressing the part for an audition, how being a mother added to her interpretation of Sharon McLonergan, how seeing On Your Toes affected her as a young person, the show she’d like...

Duration:00:50:03

Faith Prince

12/24/2022
Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than listening to an in-depth interview with Broadway legend and 4-time Tony nominee Faith Prince. Tune in to hear her tell many of the fascinating stories of her career, including the failed Terrence McNally play that she worked on with Nathan Lane, the major Broadway revival she turned down, why a rehearsal with Arthur Laurents caused her to call her therapist, a short-lived feud with Jerome Robbins, how Terrence McNally...

Duration:01:29:38

Thom Sesma

12/18/2022
Today, I am so excited to announce my episode with theater veteran Thom Sesma. Thom Sesma is currently appearing in A Man of No Importance at Classic Stage Company. You can find tickets to see him in that wonderful production here: https://www.classicstage.org/current-season/a-man-of-no-importance In the meantime, tune in today to hear some of the stories of his legendary career, including the show that "dares to have an idea as it’s main character,” how he figured out the secret to...

Duration:01:20:45

Gabriel Barre

12/10/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my episode with Tony-nominated director and actor Gabriel Barre. Gabriel Barre is the director of the December 12 performance YOUR OWN THING, which will benefit The Red Bull Theatre and feature an all-star cast including Santino Fontana and Lesli Margherita. You can find tickets to that here: https://www.redbulltheater.com/your-own-thing And meanwhile, tune in today to hear some of the stories of his legendary career, including the three-page letter he...

Duration:01:20:14

Robert Viagas on Good Morning, Olive

11/26/2022
Today, I am so honored to announce my episode with Robert Viagas, author of Good Morning, Olive: Haunted Theatres of Broadway and Beyond, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Morning-Olive-Theatres-Broadway/dp/1493064533/ref=asc_df_1493064533/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=564758369972&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4273849164588888770&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9067609&hvtargid=pla-1636952550220&psc=1 You can go back and hear my full interview with...

Duration:00:54:31

Marc Shaiman

11/21/2022
Today, I am so honored to announce my episode with Tony-winning composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman, writer of the current Broadway smash hit Some Like it Hot. Tune in today to hear some of the stories of his long career, including the joy of working with Peter Allen, the disappointment of bringing Leader of the Pack to Broadway, the musical that started out as an adaptation of Stage Door, the bipolarity of working on Smash, what makes Bette Midler genius, starting out as an underage piano...

Duration:01:17:33

Alfred Uhry

11/12/2022
Today, I am so honored to announce my episode with Pulitzer Prize Winner Alfred Uhry. Alfred Uhry recently enjoyed great success with a revival of his musical Parade at Encores!, and he joins me today for a conversation about his legendary career, including what it was like being mentored by Frank Loesser, how he met Terrence McNally through John Steinbeck, when John Houseman introduced him to Patti LuPone, how figures from his childhood reacted to characters based on themselves, the art to...

Duration:00:46:36

Hal Linden

10/30/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my interview with a Broadway legend I’ve been wanting to talk to since I started this podcast—Tony winner Hal Linden. Having recently completed a successful run in Two Jews Talking, Hal joins us today to tell many of the stories of his long career, including: the role that George Abbott let him pick, how he became a non-traditional Sid Sorokin in a non-traditional revival of The Pajama Game, the Alan Jay Lerner musical he turned down, why he’s never played...

Duration:01:31:30

Tovah Feldshuh

10/7/2022
Today, I am so excited to announce my interview with four-time Tony winner Tovah Feldshuh, who is currently starring opposite Lea Michele as Rosie Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway. Tune in to hear some of the stories of her legendary career, including what her research process was like for her current role, the classic sitcom that she turned down, the time she was compared to Elizabeth Taylor, why Lea Michele is perfect for “the most extraordinary female role in musical theater history,” the...

Duration:00:32:08

Joyce Bulifant

9/30/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my interview with star of stage and screen Joyce Bulifant. On Saturday, October 8th, Joyce Bulifant will be performing her solo show, Remembering Helen Hayes with Love, in Rockland County. She will also be doing a conversation with Richard Skipper. You can find tickets to the event here: https://www.nyackartsfestival.com/helen-hayes-memorial And you can tune in today to hear some of the stories of her legendary career, including the upstaging techniques of...

Duration:00:53:50

Simon Jones

9/26/2022
NOTE: This interview was recorded in April 2022, so all mentions of time reflect that period. Today, I am so happy to annnounce my interview with veteran actor Simon Jones, star of The Real Thing, Trouble in Mind, Waiting in the Wings, The Gilded Age, and so many more shows. Tune in today to hear some of the stories of his long career, including: a murderous slip-of-the-tongue by Angela Lansbury, the role that Lauren Bacall refused to play correctly, an ungracious invite from Joan Collins,...

Duration:01:22:23

Constance Towers

9/1/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce the release of my interview with star of stage and screen, Mrs. Anna herself, Constance Towers. Tune in today to hear some of the stories of her legendary career including: the sage advice that John Wayne gave, the scene that George Abbott wouldn’t direct, why Yul Brynner insisted on brown dressing rooms, dealing with “The King” onstage and off, the song that was the hardest to memorize, the role that she turned down, the film director that would shoot off a...

Duration:01:47:23

David Jackson

8/20/2022
I am so happy to announce my episode with veteran performer David Jackson. David Jackson will be headlining at 54 Below on August 23rd. Tickets to see his wonderful show are available here: https://54below.com/events/david-jackson/ Meanwhile, you can tune in today to hear some of the stories of David’s career, including: bearing witness to the start of the Easter Bonnet Competition, getting to perform onstage with Cyd Charisse, the two people who were supposed to headline La Cage on...

Duration:00:42:19

Will Roland

8/14/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my new episode with Broadway star Will Roland, who is currently appearing in the hilarious The Panic of ’29 at 59E59 Theaters. You can purchase tickets for that show here: The Panic of '29 Tune in today to hear some of the stories of Will’s career, including the changes in the tone of Dear Evan Hansen, the reason why Jeremy Heere is a universally relatable character, why all of social media is a “performance,” why adult audiences were pre-disposed against...

Duration:00:53:34

Sandy Duncan

8/2/2022
Today, I am so honored to announce my episode with legendary Broadway performer Sandy Duncan, the star of Peter Pan, The Boy Friend, Chicago, and so many more shows on stage and on screen. Tune in today for an in-depth interview featuring many of the stories of her legendary career, including the eerie dream she had before the Tony Awards, why she dubs Finding Neverland “Never Never Never Never Land,” the challenges of taking on the role of Peter Pan, the unusual audition song she used early...

Duration:01:24:15

Jonathan Hadary

7/21/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my episode with veteran actor Jonathan Hadary, who starred on Broadway in Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Torch Song Trilogy, and so many more shows. Jonathan can currently be seen in the wonderful play Epiphany at Lincoln Center, running through July 24. Tickets for that can be found here: Epiphany Tune in today to hear him tell some of the stories of his legendary career, including the varying reactions he got to the original Assassins, why his first trip to...

Duration:00:45:20

Teri Ralston

7/17/2022
Today, I am so thrilled to announce my episode with Company’s original Jenny, Teri Ralston, whose many other credits include A Little Night Music, The Baker’s Wife, and more. Tune in today to hear some of the stories of her legendary career, including the original problem with the pot scene in Company, why Michael Bennett was an unusual choreographer, the three shows she saw and knew she had to be in, the meaning of the Greek chorus in A Little Night Music, the perfect way to sing the ending...

Duration:01:25:57

Barbara Barrie

7/15/2022
Today, I am so happy to announce my episode with my second guest this week to have starred in the original cast of Company: its original Sarah, Barbara Barrie, whose other credits include The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Torch Song Trilogy, and Signficant Other. Tune in to hear some of the fascinating stories of her long career, including the battle she had with Hal Prince and Equity over Original Cast Album: Company, the part she turned down but later got to replace as, the Neil Simon show in...

Duration:01:08:59