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The Fabulous Invalid

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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

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United States

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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

Language:

English

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919-264-8493


Episodes

Episode 87: A Christmas Carol: Past, Present, and Future

12/16/2020
This week, Jamie and Rob put together their first ever holiday episode, taking a look at the perennial classic “A Christmas Carol”. First, they explore the history behind the Charles Dickens novella and its leap to the stage. Then, they chat with director Michael Arden and actor Jefferson Mays about their new production of “A Christmas Carol”, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2018 and is now a special film event available to stream for the holiday season. To close out the episode,...

Duration:01:15:47

Episode 86: West Side Story

12/2/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob take a deep dive into one of their favorite musicals: “West Side Story”. After exploring the fascinating story behind the creation of this landmark classic musical, they chat with Belgian director Ivo van Hove about his re-imagined 2020 Broadway production. Then, they moderate an exclusive discussion with Broadway legend Carol Lawrence and Broadway’s latest sensation Shereen Pimentel—the original and current Maria in conversation across 63 years! How do...

Duration:01:50:45

Episode 85: Vanessa Williams: Where You Are

11/18/2020
Jamie and Rob kick off season three with 11-time Grammy Award nominated recording artist and Tony Award nominated star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams, one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry. Together, they discuss Vanessa’s work as a founder of Black Theatre United, her 1994 Broadway debut in “Kiss of the Spiderwoman”, her West End debut in “City of Angels”, the current shut down, her reflections on the work of Stephen Sondheim, and what...

Duration:00:51:25

Episode 84: It’s A Hit! Part Three

7/8/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob close season two with the final installation of their special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time. In part three, the British Invasion lands on our shores, and a Windy City murderess, an iconic mask, a helicopter, and La Vie Bohème visit Broadway! At the top of the episode, the always fabulous Jennifer Simard stops by to check in and say farewell for the summer. This week’s music: “Overture”, “McCavity”,...

Duration:01:55:13

Episode 83: It’s A Hit! Part Two

7/1/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob dive back into their special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time. In part two, they visit Rydell High, a little orphan named Annie, and perhaps two of the greatest musicals ever. This week’s music: “Greased Lightning” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from “Grease” and “Grease” from “Grease: New Broadway Cast, 2007”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”, “Little Girls”, and “Tomorrow...

Duration:01:27:18

Episode 82: It’s A Hit! Part One

6/24/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob launch a special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time, beginning with 1943’s landmark “Oklahoma!” and continuing through today’s juggernaut “Hamilton”. Part One focuses on the biggest hits of Broadway’s golden age. This week’s music: “Guns & Ships”, “Yorktown”, “It’s Quiet Uptown”, from “Hamilton”, “Kansas City”, from Royal National Theatre’s “Oklahoma!”, and “Out Of My Dreams” from “Oklahoma”, “Overture”...

Duration:01:26:46

Episode 81: Famous Flops: Part Two

6/17/2020
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob return to the world of famous (and infamous!) Broadway flop musicals with part two of our look at these flawed and fabulous gems. We investigate Dude(s), space travel, sequels, VAMPIRES and much, much more. And, we finish out the show with a bit more about “Carrie” from the legendary Betty Buckley. This week’s music: “So Long Dude” and “Pears and Apples”, from “Dude”, “In A Little Town”, from “The Human Comedy”, “Movin’ Out” and “Well, I’m Not” from...

Duration:01:15:37

Episode 80: Famous Flops: Part One

6/10/2020
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob dive into the world of famous (and infamous!) Broadway flop musicals with a special two-part show focusing on these flawed and fabulous gems. They kick it all off with a look back at “Carrie” (1988) with word from its original star, the incredible Betty Buckley, who provides a rare peak into that experience. Then, Rob and Jamie move on to discuss such musicals as “Kelly” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and some less “successful” works by Rodgers &...

Duration:01:08:24

Episode 79: Jason Robert Brown: Do The Work

5/27/2020
On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are joined by three-time Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director, and performer Jason Robert Brown, best known for his shows “Songs for a New World”, “Parade”, “The Last Five Years”, “13”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “Honeymoon in Vegas”. Together, they discuss his musical theatre work, solo albums, concerts, monthly residency at SubCulture, Eydie Gormé, the Muppets, and what it’s like making music in...

Duration:00:57:51

Episode 78: John Benjamin Hickey: Moving Target

5/20/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie, Jennifer, and Rob are joined by actor and director John Benjamin Hickey. Everyone checks in on how they’re dealing with the shut down and trying to stay sane, then John discusses his most recent projects: starring in last season’s “The Inheritance” and his Broadway directorial debut with Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”, and the group chats about John’s remarkable roles in “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, “Cabaret", and his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Felix Turner in...

Duration:01:05:04

Episode 77: Bernard Gersten: A Life In The Theatre (1923-2020)

5/13/2020
This week’s show is a special tribute to the life and legacy of Bernard Gersten (1923-2020), a trailblazing producer and non-profit administrator responsible for the success of the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater (LCT). Jamie and Rob sat down with Bernard last summer for what would be his final interview. You’ll hear excerpts from that conversation along with remembrances and reflections from the Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis, LCT’s founding artistic director...

Duration:00:57:34

Episode 76: Matthew Lopez: Theatre Is About Limitations

5/6/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob share their interview with Matthew Lopez, playwright of “The Inheritance”, which played on Broadway this season. Together, they talk about Matthew’s inspiration for writing the play, the importance of sharing history and experiences across generations—particularly within the queer community—Matthew’s reaction to the critical response to the play, and his collaboration with director Stephen Daldry in staging this epic, two part, six act piece. Why were the...

Duration:01:08:51

Episode 75: Jenna Ushkowitz: Choosing Glee

4/29/2020
On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie chat with Rob’s high school friend, actor, author, activist, podcaster, and producer Jenna Ushkowitz. Together, they talk about Jenna’s diverse career, from making her Broadway debut at age nine in “The King and I” to her recent Tony Award-winning foray into producing, including her star turn on the hit TV series “glee”. Jenna participates in another round of “quarantine edition” quick questions with Rob and Jamie, and, of course, the three share their...

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 74: Jeanine Tesori: End With Hope, "Soft Power": Track by Track

4/22/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob celebrate the recent release of the “Soft Power” cast album with the musical within a play’s Tony Award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, best known for writing the scores to “Fun Home”, “Caroline, or Change”, and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, among others. Together, they talk about the unique inception and development of “Soft Power”. Then, Jeanine offers a master class in musical theatre composition as they dive deep into the album with a discussion and...

Duration:01:27:14

Episode 73: Emily Hampshire: Humpday With Hampshire

4/15/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with “Schitt’s Creek” star Emily Hampshire about her new online talk show “Humpday With Hampshire” that benefits the Actor’s Fund. Together, they discuss Michelle Obama and Dolly Parton, Emily’s love of bitmojis, and what it was like saying goodbye to “Schitt’s Creek” before throwing some Broadway trivia Emily’s way. At the top of the episode, Jamie, Jen, and Rob discuss their “quaRoutines” (spoiler alert: they involve sweatpants, yoga and...

Duration:00:37:17

Episode 72: Broadway Check-In: What’s Happening And What’s Ahead

4/8/2020
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob talk about the current state of Broadway amid the Covid-19 pandemic, what’s ahead, and what the road back to “normal” looks like with Dori Berinstein, a four-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer and founder of the Broadway Podcast Network, and Lee Seymour, a Senior Contributor on Arts and Hollywood at Forbes Magazine. At the top of the show, Jamie and Rob get an exclusive look into what the American Theatre Wing has planned with its President and...

Duration:00:55:31

Episode 71: Camille A. Brown: Don’t Let Anyone Take Away Your Stuff

4/1/2020
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob bring you an interview with the extraordinary choreographer Camille A. Brown, who in the last year alone worked on the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess”, The Public Theater’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf”, and “Toni Stone” for Roundabout, and earned a Tony Award nomination for her work on Manhattan Theatre Club’s “Choir Boy”. Camille speaks candidly about her career, what inspires her, and why...

Duration:00:50:23

Episode 70: The Actors Fund

3/28/2020
On a special episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer salute the Actors Fund with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, whose “Stars in the House” has taken the internet by storm; Erich Bergen the brainchild behind the one night reboot of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”; and the one and only Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of the Actors Fund. In this time of crisis, the Actors Fund is there for *everyone* in the entertainment industry. This week’s music: “It’s Today” from “Mame”, “I Wouldn’t Go Back” from...

Duration:01:05:34

Episode 69: Rachel Chavkin: The Next Orpheus Is Gonna Make It

3/26/2020
For their first “quarantine edition” episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat remotely with Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin. As we navigate through this difficult moment, Rachel reflects on what artists can do to help, talks about her latest work, and shares information on some organizations that are doing great things to support artists, theater-makers, and just about everyone else. To close, Rob talks about what you can do to support your favorite non-profit theatre company. This...

Duration:00:40:12

Episode 68: Ilana Levine: Happiness

3/18/2020
On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are joined at Orso Restaurant by actor, fellow podcaster, and all around fabulous human Ilana Levine. Together, they talk about Ilana’s performance in Richard Greenberg’s “The Perplexed” at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), her experience doing the 1999 revival of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, and her extraordinary podcast, “Little Known Facts”. Later on, Rob talks about the history of MTC. This week’s music: “Chrysanthemum Tea” from “Pacific Overtures”,...

Duration:01:00:26