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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS is a podcast dedicated to preserving the memories, wisdom, and anecdotes from some of Broadway's greatest artists. From actors to directors, designers to producers, this podcast gives listeners the rare chance to hear Broadway's most intimate stories from the legends who were there to see it happen. The podcast is hosted by SDC director Robert W. Schneider and AEA actor Kevin David Thomas. It is produced through the generosity of Daniel J. Gutierrez.

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Episodes

Our Favorite Things #85: Sing Out, Louise & Peter Filichia’s 100 Greatest Musical Episodes Part 2

9/21/2017
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This Week: Listening devices, Mrs. Lovett vs. Joanne, the role of the prompter, the top ten most produced high school plays and musicals, the soothing voices of NPR, a book that fortold the podcast, and Rob and Kevin debate the greatest musical episodes! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show...

#85 RON HUSMANN, Golden Age Leading Man

9/18/2017
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One of Broadway's greatest leading men, Ron Husmann, joins Rob and Kevin in a telephone discussion about his incredible Broadway career that started with Fiorello and was a whirlwind of big shows, big stars, and big hurdles. As Ron became a much sought after leading man, his resume began to add such credits as Tenderloin, All American, On the Town, etc. But, just as Ron's talents were at its zenith, he soon began to lose the power of speech. After many years, Ron vividly recalls the...

Our Favorite Things #84: Guys and Dolls 1976 Revival & Peter Filichia’s 100 Greatest Musical Theatre Moments Pt.1

9/14/2017
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This Week: Kevin passes the football, Rob is confused by the meaning of NFL, celebrating the all-black revival of Guys and Dolls, who wanted to be Broadway's second Phantom, Peter Filichia ranks the greatest musical theatre moments in history. Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. Become...

#84 MICHAEL LAVINE, Sheet Music Expert & Music Director

9/11/2017
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If you are in the musical theatre business, chances are you have thanked heaven for the brilliance of Michael Lavine. While any one of us could easily go and pick up the scores to My Fair Lady, Carousel, Dear Evan Hansen, or Hamilton, what do we do when we need a song cut from one of those shows? Or, the whole score of a musical that closed on opening night? What if we want to see the cut songs from Oklahoma? We go to Michael Lavine, who owns one of the world's largest private collections...

Our Favorite Things #83: Show Music Magazine & Ralph Burns

9/7/2017
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This Week: Merrily We Roll Along, a secret YouTube clip, a magazine from the past, celebrating the orchestrator, and there WILL be trumpets! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance...

#83 The 2017-2018 Theatre Season w/ Peter Filichia

9/4/2017
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As the Great Comet passes and the Bandstand plays the last tune, Rob and Kevin sit down with theatre critic Peter Filichia to recap the 2016-2017 theatre season and explore the 2017-2018 theatre seasons and the shows that are bound for Broadway! Peter pulls back the curtain on the new season to discuss how William Goldman's 1967-1968 exploration of Broadway, The Season, compares to 2017, what Denzel Washington brings to Broadway, and why the Marquis just might be better than the theatres...

Our Favorite Things #82: The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public & The Theater Posters of James McMullen

8/31/2017
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This Week: Thanking the Sound Gods, onstage mistakes, the Holy Grail of Broadway impressions is found within Robbie Rozzelle, Gwen Verdon wants to go to the movies, the joys of a second whorehouse, Tommy Tune does double duty, praising the poster, Lincoln Center's greatest weapon, and much more! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing...

#82 MEL MILLER, Artistic Director of Musicals Tonight

8/28/2017
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For many young musical theatre actors, a rite of passage in their New York City development is appearing in one of the many wonderful productions that is produced by the award winning Musicals Tonight, a theatre company whose mission is to produce those really obscure works from the musical theatre canon. Since its inception it has been run by Mel Miller, an ardent lover of the art of musicals. Mel pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Musicals Tonight was first created, what...

Our Favorite Things #81: SisterElla & Smile

8/24/2017
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This Week: Mourning Thomas Meehan, celebrating the great bookwriters of yesterday and today, Michael Jackson wants to be David Merrick, Larry Hart meets Larry Hart, Diane Sawyer snoops around Smile, Ariel wants to go to Disneyland, and the puzzlement of the 1986-1987 Broadway season. Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television...

#81 SUSAN H. SCHULMAN, Director

8/21/2017
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The Secret Garden. Little Women. Violet. The revivals of Sweeney Todd and The Sound of Music. All that, and many more, were directed by Susan H. Schulman, one of the very first female directors of musical theatre. At a time when women were rejected from Yale's graduate directing program, and told to become actresses not directors, Susan triumphed in New York, and abroad! Susan pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got a bunch of hog farmers into The Hot Box, what was the...

Our Favorite Things #81: Not Since Carrie & Yma Sumac

8/17/2017
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This week: Praising the bible of Musical Theatre geekdom, Where in the World is Ken Mandelbaum, the Beckettian podcast from last week, praising Yma Sumac (or, Amy Camus), what would go in a Not Since Carrie 2, and more! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. Become a sponsor of Behind The...

#81 CLINT RAMOS, Set & Costume Designer

8/14/2017
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One of Broadway's most acclaimed designers, Clint Ramos, joins Rob and Kevin, via phone, to discuss his illustrious career, which includes collaborating on such recent productions as Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Violet, Six Degrees of Separation, Kid Victory, and countless others. Clint pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how became the first person of color to win a Tony Award in his category, what was the process of creating the fascinating Kid...

Our Favorite Things #80: Barbara Cook (1927-2017)

8/10/2017
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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Remembering Barbara Cook Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Our Favorite Things #80: Barbara Cook (1927-2017)

8/10/2017
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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Celebrating Barbara Cook. Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

#80 LARRY GROSSMAN, Composer

8/7/2017
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Yes, mama, there's a rainbow but stop looking at it long enough to listen to Tony nominated composer Larry Grossman discuss what it was like not only working on Minnie's Boys, Goodtime Charley, Grind, A Doll's Life, and Snoopy, but to discuss what it was like working with Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and the Muppets! Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he won over Groucho Marx, what it was like working with Shelley Winters, and why Goodtime Charley will...

Our Favorite Things #78: Broadway & Hollywood Legends: The Songwriters- Kander & Ebb & Capitol Sings Collection.

7/27/2017
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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Singing Sunday, praising Broadway Briefing, the fight for Casting Directors, Kevin has a kiki with the Giants, Jason Robert Brown's odd writing spaces, putting a twist on a Gershwin classic, Fred Ebb teaches Liza how to sell a song, and...

#78 JASON GRAAE, Cabaret Artist

7/24/2017
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Put on your plaid jacket because original Forever Plaid cast member, Jason Graae, is sitting down with Rob and Kevin to talk about his career in theatre, cabaret, and the land of voice over. Jason's numerous credits include over 45 recordings, the original casts of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Stardust, and A Grand Night for Singing, and, a personal favorite, the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun! Jason pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he has...

Our Favorite Things #77: 1985 Tony Awards & It’s Only Life

7/20/2017
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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: The return of Freddie Martinez, Kevin's strange obsession Rob's shower playlist, Kevin abuses the word "kiki," the correct way to listen to a cast recording is debated, Kevin is attacked by a Fantastick mosquito, Bert from Mary Poppins...

#77 ROBERT CUCCIOLI, Actor

7/17/2017
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This is the moment because Broadway's very own Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, Robert Cuccioli, sits down with Rob & Kevin to look back on his career as both an actor and a director. Robert discusses such projects as And The World Goes Round, Rothschild & Sons, Les Miserables, plus his unyielding love of Shakespeare. Robert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how the basement of a Gristedes gave him a chance to shine, what it was like creating the role of Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, and...

Our Favorite Things #76: Richard Kiley & The Alchemy of Theatre

7/13/2017
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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Broadway bitmojis, Rob tries out a new impression, the great Madwoman of Central Park West debate of 2017, Attack of The Elvis Impersonators, Jim Brochu in Zero Hour, which episodes of The Golden Girls make Rob & Kevin reach for the hanky,...
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