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Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Andy Clausen - Artistic Director, Jazz Conductor, Trombonist

Andy Clausen is a New York-based composer, trombonist, bandleader, and graduate of The Juilliard School. Hailing from Seattle, Clausen relocated to NYC in 2010 where he enjoys a diverse schedule collaborating with filmmakers, folk and blues artists, classical composers, as well as New York's jazz elite. An active educator, Clausen has taught workshops across the United States and currently serves as Artistic Director of The New York Youth Symphony Jazz Program. For more information visit...


19: Glasgow Lyman & Jeff Rosick - Writers, Actors, Producers from Hollywood Fringe

These two writers and actors join the podcast to talk about their new show...WE NEED THIS MUSICAL TO KEEP US FROM KILLING OURSELVES: THE MUSICAL. (Oh yes, it's a mouthful.) But Glasgow is more than just a writer, by day he works as a licensed therapist, applying the work of Dr. John Sarno to patients with chronic pain and TMS. Before that he was a farmer, shepherd, and set decorator for Playboy. And we definitely talk about all that! Jeff has had a more traditional path in the arts by...


Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Anna Jacobs - Composer/Lyricist, Artist in Residence, Music Educator

Today's episode focuses on the Musical Theater Composition program of the New York Youth Symphony, directed by Anna Jacobs. Her musicals include: Anna was recognized for her work as a composer/lyricist with the prestigious Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. She’s a former Sundance Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has been an Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, New Dramatists, Musical Theatre Factory, Goodspeed, and Barrington Stage Company. Anna holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from...


18: Michael Wartella - Singer / Songwriter, Broadway Actor in the National Tour of WICKED

Mike spent ten years in the city before landing his dream role and first major New York production, RENT at the Off-Broadway venue New World Stages. Since then he's reached even greater heights on Broadway with WICKED, TUCK EVERLASTING, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. But there's also been some pauses and setbacks along the way, both personal and professional, from divorce and sharing custody of his son to years of struggling to be noticed and cast in shows. With age comes wisdom,...


Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Michael Repper - Music Director, Orchestra Conductor, Educator

For the next couple of weeks will be talking to directors of the New York Youth Symphony. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Today’s guest is Michael Repper who is in his second year as Music Director of the NYYS Orchestra. He is...


17: John McGinty - Broadway Actor (Children of a Lesser God), Deaf Advocate and Sign Language Teacher

John McGinty lost his hearing at a young age and for years headed toward a career in Finance. But theater kept calling him, and he finally answered by moving to New York to see if he could make it. On this episode he shares the twists and turns of that journey and what keeps him motivated and focused. John also opens up about lessons he learned, and that we all can learn, from his Broadway debut in the revival of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, which The Hollywood Reporter called "forceful and...


16: Bite-Size Edition with Patrick Oliver Jones (Tribute to Marin Mazzie)

Our first ever mini-episode with Patrick, focusing on why he'll never make it as well as why he's still here. Patrick also talks about the wonderful camaraderie within the theater community and pays loving tribute to Marin Mazzie, who passed away last month from ovarian cancer. Her light still shines and her impact is still felt on a grateful theater community to whom she gave so much. Read more about Marin's joy and positivity as she confronted cancer. For more info, go to...


Spotlight: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Artistic Director Jackie Miller & Actors Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner

In Part Two of our look at Only Make Believe, Patrick talks to Jackie Miller, Artistic Director of the acting company, and two of the actors, Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner. They share the process of bringing interactive theater to children in hospitals and care facilities. From choosing the right type of shows that best fits the kids and their medical conditions to rehearsing scripts and coordinating actor schedules, a lot of time and effort goes into these productions...and all at no...


15: Chris Coyne - Actor, Singer, Foley Mixer, Emmy-Nominated Sound Editor

Chris Coyne’s career in the entertainment industry spans more than 30 years, and in this episode he talks about his work onstage and in television commercials from Los Angeles to Europe as well as Las Vegas. where he has the distinction of playing leading roles in both of the longest continuously running shows in Las Vegas history: JUBILEE! and LES FOLIES BERGERE. Chris also shares why, after finally getting his first national commercial for Southwest Airlines, he decided to go back to...


Spotlight: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Dena Hammerstein - Actress, Playwright, Theater Producer, Founder of OMB

Geraldine Sherman was born in Middlesex, England and became a busy actress on BBC and in film when she met and later married James Hammerstein. She is now known as theater producer Dena Hammerstein, President/CEO of James Hammerstein Productions and Founder of the non-profit organization Only Make Believe. OMB brings interactive theater to children in hospitals and care facilities, those with illnesses and disabilities and special needs. They entertain the kids with specially created plays...


14: Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay - Casting Directors for Regional Theater, National Tours, and Off-Broadway

When Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay entered the entertainment industry, headshots were black and white and fax machines and beepers were high tech ways to communicate. The mode of casting has changed dramatically from when they began their careers. What has not changed is their commitment to the process, their care for the actor and their collective love of show business. Both Scott and Gayle were both actors and eventually worked in casting prior to merging their experience into the thriving...


13: Joey Fatone - Singer with *NSYNC, TV Host, Broadway Star

Before he became a part of the worldwide phenom *NSYNC, Joey was a theater kid in Orlando, Florida. And since his days of touring around the world, he has been on Broadway, appeared in films and television, and has hosted more shows than he can count. Through it all, he makes time for his family and friends and even our little podcast. We catch up with him on the phone from his home in Florida to chat about life in the spotlight and how his career is constantly evolving. There is no better...


12: Martine Kei Green-Rogers, PhD - Dramaturg and Theater Professor

We have really stepped up our game this episode with the first PhD on WINMI! Martine is a theater professor at SUNY New Paltz and freelance dramaturg, with work at Oregon Shakepeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Court Theatre to name a few. Her research interests include violence in African American Theatre, African diaspora theatre, and gender and race in American theatre and issues of sustainability in the theatre. She talks with us about the role of dramaturgy in creating both...


Tony Awards #5 - Predictions with PLAYBILL Managing News Editor Ryan McPhee

With just a week to go before the Tony winners are announced, Patrick joins Ryan McPhee at the Playbill headquarters in midtown Manhattan to chat about the whole Broadway season and this year's nominees: the surprises, the snubs, the favorites, and the underdogs. Who do you think will win the big prizes this year? Find the full list of nominees here: TonyAwards.com Follow Ryan on Twitter: @rdmcphee "Hot Swing" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By...


Tony Awards #4 - CAROUSEL with Actor/Singer Nicholas Belton (understudy for Billy Bigelow)

For the fourth Bonus Episode of our Tony Award series, Patrick catches up with Nicholas Belton, who understudies the lead role of Billy Bigelow in the current Broadway revival of CAROUSEL, which received 11 nominations. Nick talks about the joy of working with his nominated director and fellow actors as well as what's it's like to be back in the Imperial Theatre again after last season's THE GREAT COMET. Follow Nick on Twitter! "Hot Swing" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed...


Tony Awards #3 - THE BAND'S VISIT with Associate Conductor Jeff Theiss

From the longest running Best Musical nominee this year comes Jeff Theiss, who joins Patrick on the third installment of the Tony Awards bonus series. This associate conductor shares how THE BAND'S VISIT has grown since its off-Broadway run at the Atlantic and what makes this nominated score and orchestration so wonderful to play as well as hear. The show maybe one of the quietest musicals this season, but it makes a loud statement on what brings us together and the ties that bind us...


11: Jelani Alladin - Broadway Actor, Kristoff in Disney's FROZEN

It gets a little chilly in the studio as FROZEN’s Kristoff joins us for today’s episode. Mega-watt Broadway star and Drama Desk Award nominee, Jelani Alladin, took time out of his morning talk show schedule and Tony Awards preparation to talk about what it’s like to be on that theatre mountain top! Follow him on Twitter and Instagram!


Tony Awards #2 - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS with Actor/Singer Kelvin Moon Loh

Tying for the most Tony nominations this Broadway season, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS The Musical is as energetic and colorful as they come. In this bonus episode Patrick sits down with Kelvn Moon Loh, who plays Perch Perkins in the show, and chats about the 10 years it took to bring SpongeBob to the stage. From the songs to the staging to the sound effects, every detail has been lovingly and tirelessly crafted to give audiences a true musical experience, welcoming one and all to Bikini...


Tony Awards #1 - ONCE ON THIS ISLAND with Musical Director Alvin Hough, Jr.

We chose to make our first Bonus Episode in honor of the Tony Awards! To celebrate those truly making it on Broadway we invited Alvin Hough, music director and conductor for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, to chat about the glorious music and amazing cast that make this Broadway revival so magical. He gives insight into the making and staging of this uplifting musical and its eight Tony nominations! Learn more about Alvin as well as ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. "Hot Swing" by Kevin MacLeod...


10: Jessica Holt - Theater Director (MFA from Yale School of Drama)

The Jessica Holt joins us for today's discussion about all things theater. With her Ivy League roots and a love for new, contemporary and classical plays, this director delights in adventurous theatricality and believes theater has the power to transform. Learn all about her at http://www.jessicaholt.org (that's right... dot ORG!!!)