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Celebrating two of New York City’s greatest fabrics: baseball and theatre. Born out of a passion for both Broadway musicals and triple digit fastballs, we attempt to show that baseball and theatre fans don’t have to live in such separate worlds, and maybe even break some stigmas. Break a Bat! provides a platform for fans of either medium to hear stories and insight from their favorite performers, whether they’re from the stage, screen, or stadium, through intimate conversations. Hosted by Al Malafronte. Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast Proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Celebrating two of New York City’s greatest fabrics: baseball and theatre. Born out of a passion for both Broadway musicals and triple digit fastballs, we attempt to show that baseball and theatre fans don’t have to live in such separate worlds, and maybe even break some stigmas. Break a Bat! provides a platform for fans of either medium to hear stories and insight from their favorite performers, whether they’re from the stage, screen, or stadium, through intimate conversations. Hosted by Al Malafronte. Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast Proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Location:

United States

Description:

Celebrating two of New York City’s greatest fabrics: baseball and theatre. Born out of a passion for both Broadway musicals and triple digit fastballs, we attempt to show that baseball and theatre fans don’t have to live in such separate worlds, and maybe even break some stigmas. Break a Bat! provides a platform for fans of either medium to hear stories and insight from their favorite performers, whether they’re from the stage, screen, or stadium, through intimate conversations. Hosted by Al Malafronte. Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast Proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Language:

English

Contact:

9192648493


Episodes

#21 - Now Batting: Caitlin Houlahan

2/19/2020
Caitlin Houlahan is one of the stars of Girl from the North Country featuring the music of Bob Dylan, which just began previews with a Broadway opening set for March 5th at the Belasco Theatre. In this episode, Caitlin discusses her background in music therapy at Baldwin Wallace University, her decision to switch gears towards acting, as well as some of her big career moments that mirror the signature performances that New York has witnessed at Yankee Stadium from the likes of All-Star...

Duration:00:40:05

#20 - Now Batting: Kate Rockwell

2/12/2020
Kate Rockwell steps into the Batter’s Box in Episode 20 of Break a Bat! One of Broadway’s perennial All-Stars, Kate is currently starring as Karen Smith in Mean Girls on Broadway, and has mastered theatrical comedy as well as anyone in the game. As Kate closes in on her final weeks in the show after nearly two full years of All-Star performances, she looks back fondly on the role that she originated - which has earned her well-deserved acclaim from audiences and critics, as well as Drama...

Duration:00:49:36

#19 - Now Batting: Kennedy Caughell

2/5/2020
Kennedy Caughell steps into the Batter's Box in Episode 19 of Break a Bat! Kennedy is currently hitting for some major power on the road in the touring production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, in which she stars as Carole King. Kennedy's stage credits include playing Elphaba in the Wicked tour, multiple positions in the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, as well as the Broadway production of Beautiful. She was sure to rock her softball jersey from her...

Duration:00:45:52

#18 - Now Batting: Scotty Katzmann

1/31/2020
It's a Break a Bat! roundtable! In this week's episode, our host Al Malafronte calls some All-Star panelists to the Batter's Box to discuss all things topical in the baseball and Broadway world. Co-captaining the panel alongside Al is someone who's been instrumental in the the baseball and theatre crossover world. With diverse experience in both acting and athletics, his knowledge and expertise on both fronts is truly invaluable. It's with great pleasure to reintroduce Scotty Katzmann to the...

Duration:00:49:42

(Bonus) Now Batting: Nancy Newman

1/24/2020
Nancy Newman has served as one of the YES Network's leading talents since 2003, and invited our host Al Malafronte up to Yankee Stadium for a special interview. The two look back on some of her highlights while covering the Yankees, hosting Yankees Magazine and helping make the show what it is today, and covering Yankee legends Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez during their primes - as well as their unique approaches and style of performance. Nancy and Al also talk about what makes both...

Duration:00:22:23

# 17 - Now Batting: Jane Bruce

1/22/2020
Jane Bruce is in the midst of an exciting rookie year on Broadway, serving as part of the backbone for one of Broadway’s hottest new shows Jagged Little Pill, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette. Jane plays a multitude of roles on the team as a member of the chorus, as well as an understudy to principal roles that speak to her versatility as a performer. In this episode, Jane takes host Al Malafronte and producer Alan Seales through her road to Broadway which was defined by hard work,...

Duration:00:56:33

#16 - Now Batting: Michael Potts

1/15/2020
Michael Potts steps into the Batter’s Box to chat with host Al Malafronte and producer Alan Seales in Episode 16 of Break a Bat! Michael is an Obie Award Winner, and one of the most esteemed and versatile actors in the game. He takes the boys through his processes and views towards acting that’ve produced some extremely memorable performances both on stage and on screen. With an acting career that began via a secret application to the Yale School of Drama, Michael has since gone onto master...

Duration:00:50:53

#15 - Now Batting: Robyn Hurder

1/8/2020
Robyn Hurder steps into the Batter’s Box to kick off the new year! Eight times a week, Robyn is hitting homeruns at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre as one of the leads in Moulin Rouge! in front of packed houses, earning both her and the production a fair share of critical and popular acclaim. Robyn’s portrayal of Nini Legs-in-the-Air makes her the perfect hitter for the Break a Bat! lineup, as her performances are defined by athleticism, intensity, and most importantly – a passion for her craft....

Duration:00:54:13

#14 - Now Batting: Kirsten Scott

12/23/2019
Rock of Ages star Kirsten Scott joins Al in the Batter's Box to chat about her career on The Great White Way. Whether it’s Hairspray, Big Fish, or Jersey Boys, Kirsten is a spark plug for any cast she’s in - - a parallel you’d find on any successful Broadway championship team in the spirit of Willie Randolph, Derek Jeter, or Johnny Damon. She also holds the distinction of being one of the few people on Broadway who’s had the chance to share the stage with the New York Yankees’ 6-time...

Duration:00:52:39

(Bonus) Now Batting: John Sterling

12/20/2019
The radio voice of the Yankees for 30 years, John Sterling, checked in with Al just before the team kicked off the Division Series against the Minnesota Twins back in October. A lifelong collector of cast albums, John also touches his longtime adoration of classic musicals such as South Pacific and Hello, Dolly! He even gives his take on Broadway's love affair with the Yankees' All-Star closer, Aroldis Chapman. Connect with Break a Bat! on Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast

Duration:00:13:10

#13 - Now Batting: Squigs Robertson and Dori Berinstein

12/18/2019
An underlying message of Break a Bat! is the many similarities of playing professional baseball and acting on Broadway. Since 2015, Broadway shows, actors, actresses, and members of the community have been highlighted in the same way as All-Stars on baseball cards --- appearing on Broadway’s very own set of trading cards: The Lights of Broadway Show Cards! The cards were born out of the minds of Broadway.com’s resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson, and 4-time Tony Award winning producer,...

Duration:00:47:56

#12 - Now Batting: Ashley Williams

12/10/2019
TV's Ashley Williams steps into the Batter’s Box with host Al Malafronte, and producer Alan Seales, for quite possibly the most fun conversation we've recorded to date. If Derek Jeter is baseball's 'Mr. November,' then Ashley is television's 'Ms. December,' having become a staple of holiday programming over the years. A New York native with two new Christmas films that just premiered on the Hallmark Channel, her accomplished body of work now spans more than two decades on both stage and...

Duration:00:46:47

#11 - Now Batting: Mike Ford

12/3/2019
Mike Ford, 1st baseman for the New York Yankees, steps into the Batter's Box for Episode 11 of Break a Bat! As the old saying goes, “the show must go on,” and the 2019 production of the New York Yankees was no different. A record-setting number of injuries to key cast members put the show in peril early, and the team’s strong battalion of understudies came ready to respond. Mike Ford is a rising Broadway star who not only seized that opportunity, but ran with it by displaying fantastic lefty...

Duration:00:38:51

#10 - Now Batting: Desi Oakley

11/25/2019
“Oakley, you are Broadway.” After a successful run as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, and fresh off the Yankees’ Division Series win the night prior to recording, Desi Oakley joins Al in the Batter's Box. With nearly a decade of work on the back of her baseball card, Desi tells some great stories spanning anywhere from the Emerald City to Joe’s Pie Diner. She was even down for some baseball and Broadway crossover trivia in a new segment called “7th Inning Stretch.” Al volunteers his...

Duration:00:48:45

#9 - Now Batting: Liz Callaway

11/20/2019
A Broadway All-Star of nearly 40 years, Tony-nominee Liz Callaway steps into the batter’s box to talk about her mutual love of both baseball and Broadway, and her career highlights that have spanned anything from an Emmy Award, singing an Oscar-nominated song, to performing the National Anthem during the historic 1986 National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. A lifelong Mets fan, she represents the good stuff in the baseball/theatre fanbase. She was also sure to rock her Mets gear...

Duration:00:55:37

#8 - Now Batting: Steph Martignetti

11/13/2019
Whether it’s Game 6 of the ‘96 World Series or David Wells’ Perfect Game, Steph Martignetti has probably been to more historic Yankee games than anyone else on Broadway, and talked with Al about some of her fond memories at the old Yankee Stadium. With an athletic background of her own, she also discussed properly channeling a competitive nature in an industry where it's essential. She validates that notion with some stories behind her career beginnings and highlights, that include...

Duration:00:51:30

#7 - Now Batting: Morgan James

11/6/2019
Part of the fabric of the Great White Way for over a decade, Morgan James offers her perspective on two very American things she’s deeply passionate about: baseball and Broadway. Morgan talks playing a long game in life, and how that mirrors baseball. A Yankee season ticket holder during the heart of the team’s late 90’s-early 00’s dynasty, Morgan has since authored an amazing career both on the Broadway stage and in the recording studio, despite some adversities along the way. With a new...

Duration:00:53:25

#6 - Now Batting: Al Jardine

10/30/2019
An intimate conversation with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Al Jardine, a founding member of one of the greatest bands in music history: The Beach Boys. A lifelong fan of America’s Pastime, Al steps into the Batter’s Box with fond memories of California baseball’s early days, fresh off his performance at the Beacon Theatre alongside Brian Wilson. Al presents pointed ideas about what would make a successful Broadway musical featuring the band’s iconic song catalog, and even breaks some news on...

Duration:00:52:30

#5 - Now Batting: Cortney Wolfson

10/26/2019
Broadway's Cortney Wolfson steps up to the plate for an interview with Al and Scotty. Known for her ability to take on any type of role, including leads in Les Miserables, The Addams Family, and Kinky Boots, Cortney is also super down to earth, and has some amazing stories from her decade plus on The Great White Way. Plus, did you know she was also a killer softball player back in the day? Learn about all of that and more in this week's episode of Break a Bat! Connect with Cortney Wolfson on...

Duration:00:55:48

#4 - Now Batting: Bryan Hoch

10/19/2019
With the MLB Playoffs drawing near, MLB.com's New York Yankees Beat Reporter Bryan Hoch joins Al to discuss his new book: 'Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark, and One Last Ring for the Yankees' Core Four' which chronicles everything you'd want to know about the 2009 Yankees' World Championship season. Bryan also provides some insight on the current Yankee squad, and even recaps his recent trip to see Waitress on Broadway. Conor pinch-hits for Scotty as co-host. Connect with Bryan Hoch on...

Duration:00:37:08