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A theatre podcast hosted by Jamie DuMont, Jennifer Simard, and Rob Russo.

A theatre podcast hosted by Jamie DuMont, Jennifer Simard, and Rob Russo.
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United States

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A theatre podcast hosted by Jamie DuMont, Jennifer Simard, and Rob Russo.

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English

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919-264-8493


Episodes

Episode 51: Theresa Rebeck: Let The Writing Teach You

11/13/2019
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On this week’s show, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with playwright Theresa Rebeck about her smashing new play, “Seared” at MCC Theater. Theresa was also the creator of the television show “Smash”, and is the award winning playwright of “Mauritius”, “Bernhardt / Hamlet”, “Seminar”, and “Dead Accounts” on Broadway, and “Omnium Gatherum”, “A View of the Dome” Off-Broadway. We discuss all things food, the challenges of cooking on stage, the secrets of mac & cheese and butter, and get some...

Duration:00:48:46

Episode 50: Soft Power: Democracy Will Break Your Heart

11/6/2019
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On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie spotlight “Soft Power”, the innovative new “musical-within-a-play” currently playing at the Public Theater. They are joined by playwright and lyricist David Henry Hwang, director Leigh Silverman, and two of the show’s stars: Francis Jue and Alyse Alan Louis. Together, they discuss the unique structure of the piece, its inception and content, changes made from California to New York, what it’s like playing living figures as characters on stage, and the...

Duration:01:03:26

Episode: 49: Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon: All Their Jazz

10/30/2019
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Part two of a special, two-part episode of “The Fabulous Invalid”, Jamie and Rob take an in depth look at the life, work, and legacies of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon by talking with actors and dancers who knew and worked with them. From their first auditions to memorable experiences in the rehearsal room and in performance, Mimi Quillin, Jane Lanier, Chet Walker, and John Rubenstein—along with Betty Buckley and Donna McKechnie—pull back the curtain to reveal the Bob and Gwen they knew. This...

Duration:00:58:10

Episode: 48: Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon: All Their Jazz

10/23/2019
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For a special, two-part episode of “The Fabulous Invalid”, Jamie and Rob take an in depth look at the life, work, and legacies of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon by talking with actors and dancers who knew and worked with them. From their first auditions to memorable experiences in the rehearsal room and in performance, Mimi Quillin, Jane Lanier, Chet Walker, and John Rubenstein—along with Betty Buckley and Donna McKechnie—pull back the curtain to reveal the Bob and Gwen they knew. This podcast...

Duration:00:53:05

Episode 47: Donna McKechnie: If You’re Allowed To Make Mistakes, You Can Learn

10/16/2019
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On this week’s show Jennifer, Jamie and Rob sit down with legendary dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and all around show stopper, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie. The group discusses Donna’s amazing career, from “How to Succeed” to Paper Mill’s “Follies”, including the creation of her signature numbers: “Turkey Lurkey Time”, “Tick Tock”, and “The Music and the Mirror”. Finally, Rob gives us a bit more background on the television variety show “Hullabaloo”, where Donna first met...

Duration:00:46:44

Episode 46: Pasadena Playhouse: Looking Back to Look Forward

10/9/2019
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This week, Jamie and Rob travel to California to visit Pasadena Playhouse and chat with Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director. Together, they discuss Danny’s time with the Playhouse and their current production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” A bit later, cast member George Salazar chats about his take on playing Seymour in “Little Shop”, working at the Playhouse, and what life is like post-“Be More Chill”. And, finally, Rob gives us a look into the rich one-hundred-plus-year history of...

Duration:01:00:24

Episode 45: Norm Lewis: Put Me In The Room

10/2/2019
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On this week’s episode, Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob sit down with one of the American theatre’s greatest leading men: Norm Lewis. A veteran of twelve Broadway shows, Norm talks about his versatile career, the controversy around “Porgy and Bess”, making history in “The Phantom of the Opera”, and his latest concert with The New York Pops. Before Norm joins the group, they discuss BCEFA’s annual Flea Market and, at the end of the episode, Rob gives more background on the history of color-conscious...

Duration:00:48:36

Episode 44: William Ivey Long: The Master

9/25/2019
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Jamie and Rob are back at Orso Restaurant with six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. Together, they discuss William’s long and illustrious career on Broadway, with over seventy-five shows to his credit including: “Nine”, “Chicago”, “Hairspray”, and last season’s “Beetlejuice” and “Tootsie”. William shares his inspiration and process, and the secrets of a good fitting! This week’s music: Anita Morris singing, “A Call From The Vatican” from “Nine”, “Roxie”, “When...

Duration:01:04:36

Episode 43: Fall Preview

9/20/2019
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On a special bonus episode, Jamie and Rob discuss the fall season on Broadway, including all of the new plays, play revivals, musicals, magic, and special events opening on the Great White Way over the next several months. This week’s music: “Welcome To The Moulin Rouge” from “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, “The Wrong Man”, Ross Golan, “(Simply) The Best” from “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Original Broadway Cast”, and Alanis Morissette’s, “You Oughta Know.” Find us on Twitter & Instagram:...

Duration:00:49:45

Episode 42: Betty Buckley: Singer, Actor, Storyteller

9/18/2019
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Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer kick off season two of The Fabulous Invalid by traveling up to Boston to sit down with star of stage and screen Betty Buckley during the final stop of her run as Dolly Levi in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!”. Together, they discuss Betty’s illustrious career, what it’s like going on the road at age seventy, and learning new skill sets. We discover the secrets behind Betty’s Tony Award winning turn in “Cats”, and Rob offers a comparison of Thorton Wilder’s play...

Duration:00:55:09

Episode 41: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

8/14/2019
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On a special summer bonus episode, Jamie and Rob travel up to Garrison, New York to experience the magic of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. After a picnic on the great lawn at Boscobel House and Gardens, and a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing”, they speak with conservatory company member Kayla Coleman, Director of Education and company member Sean McNall, and Artistic Director Davis McCallum, then catch the company’s first-ever musical, “Into the Woods”. Rob also offers a brief...

Duration:00:48:24

Episode 40: Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Arts - Not A Luxury, A Necessity.

6/19/2019
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For the season one finale, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer sit down for an exclusive interview with former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, presidential candidate, and Broadway’s biggest fan Hillary Rodham Clinton. They discuss theater and politics (what’s the difference?) and dive deep into Secretary Clinton’s lifelong love of the arts. Then, Jamie gives us a little background on Rob. And that’s a wrap for season one! This week’s music: From “Hair, the New Broadway Cast Recording”, “Hair”...

Duration:00:43:49

Episode 39: Live From The Carlyle

6/13/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob, Jamie, and Leslie—and a couple of special guests—recap the 2019 Tony Awards live from the O&M “After After Party” at The Carlyle Hotel. This Week’s Music: “Well Did You Evah” from the film “High Society,” ”Livin’ It Up On Top” and “Wait For Me” from Hadestown, Leslie Kritzer singing “Day-O” and “No Reason” from Beetlejuice, “Just My Imagination” from Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, and “We’ll Take A Glass” from the Tony broadcast. Find us...

Duration:00:37:04

Episode 38: Tom Hulce: Actor, Producer, Problem Solver

6/5/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie are back at Orso for one final time this season. They are joined by actor and producer Tom Hulce who was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the film “Amadeus,” and is the producer of the Broadway hits Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and this season’s 12-time Tony Award-nominated sensation Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. This week’s music: “It’s Not About Me” and “Unruly Heart” from The...

Duration:01:00:39

Episode 37: Tony Predictions

5/29/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie go over Rob’s “Stage Left” 2019 Tony Award predictions of who “should win” vs. who “will win” in each of the 26 Tony Award categories. Agree? Disagree? Let us know on social media! Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com Jamie Du Mont Twitter: @jamiedumont Instagram: @troutinnyc Rob Russo Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC Jennifer...

Duration:01:05:24

Episode 36: André De Shields: Lessons From A Master

5/22/2019
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On this week’s episode, Mr. Wiz himself, André De Shields, joins Jamie and Rob for dinner at Orso Restaurant to discuss his 50 year career as a performing artist during which he has played such seminal roles as The Wiz in “The Wiz,” The Viper in Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Jester in Play On!, Horse in “The Full Monty”, and his current Tony-nominated role as Hermes in Hadestown on Broadway. Take a seat, and learn some lessons from a theatrical legend and master. This week’s music: André De Shields...

Duration:01:06:03

Episode 35: The Shuberts: The Heart of Broadway

5/15/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob, and Jamie sit down with Mark Swartz, the Archive Director of The Shubert Archive. Since the mid-'70s, The Shubert Archive has processed and cataloged over one hundred years of theater history, including costume and set designs, scripts, music, publicity materials, photographs, correspondence, business records, and architectural plans. Mark discusses the history of the archive, how things get processed, some of his favorite items, and why the Shubert Organization...

Duration:00:42:52

Episode 34: Dear Evan Hansen: Does Anybody Have A Map?

5/8/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob, Jennifer, Jamie, and guest co-host Jo Ann Venezano sit down with Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Park, stars of Dear Evan Hansen. Jo Ann, who won an Audience Rewards contest to come on our show, is a “Super Fan” or “Extreme Theatergoer” as The New Yorker characterized her; she has seen Dear Evan Hansen 45 times and Spring Awakening over 500 hundred times. Michael Park (who joins us for our topics section), Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer talk with Jo Ann about her...

Duration:00:44:16

Episode 33: Tara Rubin: Putting It Together

5/1/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob, Jennifer, and Jamie talk to Broadway casting director, Tara Rubin. For over thirty years, Tara has been casting Broadway shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jersey Boys, Dear Evan Hansen, and this season’s hit Ain’t To Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We talk to Tara about how she got her start, what it’s like working on The Phantom of the Opera for so many years, and what makes a good audition. A little bit later, Rob gives us a closer look...

Duration:00:44:43

Episode 32: Des McAnuff: There Is No Recipe

4/24/2019
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On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie talk to director extraordinaire, Des McAnuff. Over nearly four decades, Des has directed such smash hits as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys, and this season’s hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We talk to Des about directing, running a regional theater, and how you don’t say “no” when Otis Williams asks you to direct a show about his life. Later, Rob gives a closer look into the legendary La Jolla Playhouse. This week’s...

Duration:00:54:10