Episode 31: Warren Carlyle: Say, Yes.

On this week’s episode, Jamie, Jennifer, and Rob sit down with Tony Award-winning choreographer, Warren Carlyle.  Warren talks about his incredible career including his current show Kiss Me, Kate.  Before that, we chat about MCC’s Miscast, drawing boundaries, and What the Constitution Means to Me. And a bit later, Rob gives some history on your favorite choreographers.  

 This week’s music: Eva Noblezada sings “Go The Distance” from “Hercules,” “Yes” from Liza with a Z, Kelli O’Hara singing “So In Love” from Kiss Me Kate, the “Overture” from On The Twentieth Century (New Cast Recording), and Fred Astaire singing “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails,” from the film Top Hat.

Episode 30: Joe Robertson: The Jungle

On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob come to you from the Curran Theatre in San Francisco where they caught a production of The Jungle and sat down with playwright Joe Robertson, founding co-artistic director of Good Chance Theatre, which connects people, stories, and cultures with a focus on refugee populations.  The Jungle grew out of the seven months Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy spent running a theater in the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais, France.  Before they talk to Joe, Jamie and Rob talk about the history of the legendary Curran Theatre, and to close, Rob digs deeper into the history of The Jungle, including a few ways you can help with the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

Episode 29: Ted Sperling and John Miller: NYU Broadway Orchestra

This week, Jamie and Rob are joined by Ted Sperling and John Miller, the music director and artistic advisor, respectively, of the new NYU Broadway Orchestra, a program to train the next generation of pit musicians. Ted is a musical director, supervisor, conductor, arranger, composer, and orchestrator extraordinaire with 15 Broadway credits under his belt, including the current revival of My Fair Lady. John is a legendary bass player, music coordinator, and occasional actor and vocalist who has worked on more than 130 Broadway shows! Before the interview, Jamie and Rob argue about 1776 the musical and a bit later, Rob gives us a little more information about the size and locations of Broadway pit orchestras.

This week’s music: “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll Along, the Overture to Gypsy, “Come Follow the Band” from Barnum, and the NYU Broadway Orchestra’s Anything Goes Overture.

Episode 28: Beth Leavel: The Lady’s Improving

This week, Jamie and Rob sit down with Broadway legend Beth Leavel.  We discuss her incredible career, including 13 Broadway roles, and her current star turn in The Prom.  Beth talks about her first Broadway audition (for Cats), creating new roles, including two written specifically for her, playing “divas,” and what makes Dee Dee Allen tick. Before we chat with Beth, Rob and Jamie talk about a recent trip to Long Island, missed trains, and Into The Woods.  And to close, Rob gives an overview of original musicals, like the The Prom, that are based on actual events.

This week’s music: Melissa Errico singing “No More” and “Overture/Audition” from the Original Cast of 42nd Street, Pearl Bailey singing “Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello Dolly, “Tonight Belongs to You” from The Prom, and Beth Leavel singing “It’s Not About Me” from The Prom and “As We Stumble Along” from The Drowsy Chaperone.

Episode 27: Ted Chapin: In the Room Where It Happens

This week, Jamie and Rob sit down with self-proclaimed “theater nerd” Ted Chapin, whose knowledge and love of the theater extends well beyond his over 30 year career at The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, the licensing agency, rental library, and music publishing company that oversees the R&H catalogue, and countless others, including Irving Berlin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. We talk about Ted’s career at R&H, his favorite of their shows, and, of course, his incredible book, “Everything Was Possible”, an account of his time working on the original production of Follies.

This week’s music: The King and I ‘s“Finale to Act 1,” Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, City Center Encore’s production of Pipe Dream “Overture” and “Sweet Thursday,” Liz Callaway singing “The Gentlemen Is A Dope” from Allegro and Alexis Smith singing “Could I Leave You” from Follies.

Episode 26: Jose Llana: Be The King

This week, Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob sit down with Broadway veteran Jose Llana at Orso Restaurant. We discuss Jose’s life and 24-year career in the theater, including his marriage, the 2016 election, his roles in The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and On The Town. We also chat about representation on Broadway, having to tell his Filipina mother he was playing dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Here Lies Love, and the incontrovertible coolness of David Byrne.  Before Jose joins us, we discuss our love for Orso, The Big Apple, and how to relax and survive living in the city. Finally, Rob gives us a bit of insight into the wonderful wealth of Filipino performers working on Broadway.

This week’s music: Jose singing “I Have Dreamed” from The King and I, Jose and Lea Salonga singing “You Are Beautiful” from Flower Drum Song, “Stay Up Late” by “The Talking Heads,” Jose Singing “A Perfect Hand” from Here Lies Love, and Ruthie Ann Miles singing “Why Don’t You Love Me” and “Here Lies Love,” from Here Lies Love.

 

Episode 25: Spring Forward

This week, while the ladies are away, Jamie and Rob offer a special “Spring Preview” episode to discuss the upcoming new shows on Broadway, what’s going on in London, Glenn Close, and Jamie’s age.

This week’s music: Tracie Bennett singing “I’m Still Here,”  Dorothy Collins and John McMartin sing “Don’t Look At Me,” “Tom, Dick or Harry” from Kiss Me, Kate, “Michael in the Bathroom” from Be More Chill , and “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof.

Episode 24: Mary Testa & Ali Stroker: Not Your Momma’s Oklahoma!

On this week’s show, we sit down with Mary Testa and Ali Stroker, two of the stars of the upcoming Broadway revival of Oklahoma! We discuss what makes this production of Oklahoma! so unique and the enduring legacy of this magnificent show.  

 This week’s music: Damon Daunno singing “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” Nancy Walker singing “I Can Cook Too,” the Annie “Overture,” music from the “Ballet” and the “Final Outro” from the 1999 Royal National Theatre recording of Oklahoma!

Episode 23: The American Theatre Wing: The Artist Will Lead Us

This week’s show features our sit down with Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing, and Patrick Pacheco, a journalist and award-winning commentator who served as editor of American Theatre Wing, an Oral History, a beautiful book published last year to celebrate 100 years of The Wing—an organization dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theater.  We discuss the mission of the Wing over the last one hundred years, diversity, inclusion, education, and what the future looks like.  But before that, Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob each share the show that “did it” for them.

 This week’s music: Irene Ryan singing “No Time At All” from “Pippin”, “Charming” from “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”, and “Far From the Home I Love” from the Original Cast Recording of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Episode 22: Jacob Dickey: I Can Sell It

On this week’s show, we speak with Jacob Dickey, who is currently in the ensemble of Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway where he also covers the roles of Aladdin and Kassim.  We talk with Jacob about what it is like working on his first Broadway show, covering multiple roles, being in a long run of a show, “Aladdin Camp,” and his love for biscuits.  Before that, Rob and Jamie welcome back Leslie Kritzer.  And later in the show, Rob takes us through a little history of Disney Theatrical Productions and the New Amsterdam Theatre
 
This week’s music: Coronet Man from “Funny Girl,” All That’s Known from “Spring Awakening," When You Believe from "Prince of Egypt" (featuring Jacob Dickey), Arabian Night’s, Proud of Your Boy (featuring Jacob Dickey) and Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim all from Disney’s “Aladdin."

Episode 21: King Kong Voodoo Team: How It Works

On this week’s show, we speak with Jon Hoche, Danny Miller, and Jacob Williams who are “The Voodoo Team” from King Kong on Broadway. Jon is the voice of Kong, Danny is responsible for Kong’s jaw movement and facial expressions, and Jacob calls the cues and operates Kong’s shoulders, arms, and wrists. Together, they help bring Kong to life on stage eight times a week. They share with us some secrets about the creature and talk about the magic of the show and their life-long work in puppetry. But, before that, Rob and Jamie talk about a lucky stash of vintage Playbills.

Episode 20: Christine Andreas: Listen: The Answer Is In You

On this week’s show, we speak with Broadway star and cabaret legend, Christine Andreas.  We discuss Christine’s brilliant fourth solo album, “Piaf: No Regrets,” being haunted by Edith Piaf, and her star turn in My Fair Lady and Oklahoma! to name a few. Jennifer, Rob, and Jamie discuss Skittles™: The Musical and Rob gives us a closer look at Edith Piaf.

This week’s music: Christine Andreas singing “Hymne À L’Amour,” “La Vie En Rose,” “I Could Have Danced All Night’, “Out Of My Dreams,” "Non, Je Regrette Rien,” and “Many A New Day." 

Episode 19: Noah Galvin: I Can Cook Too

On this week’s show, we speak with “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Real O’Neals” star Noah Galvin who is about to appear in MCC’s “Alice by Heart”, a new musical.  Noah discusses beginning his career at the age of ten, working in almost every off-Broadway house in New York City, the differences between TV and theater, his newfound love of baking, and the cuisine of Yotam Ottolenghi. Before all of that, Rob and Jamie discuss the recent passing of Broadway legend Carol Channing.

This week’s music: Carol Channing singing “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and “So Long Dearie.”  From “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” 1999 Revival, “The Kite” and “Bows: Happiness."

Episode 18: Rick Elice, Part 2 : Who Cares What The Frame Is, What’s Inside Is What Counts

This week’s show we continue our conversation with "Jersey Boys” and "The Cher Show" book writer Rick Elice.  This time we dip back to the late 70’s and early 80’s to discuss New York theater at that time and what it was like being at the start of what became one of the most powerful advertising agencies on Broadway.  

This week’s music: “A Little Priest” from “Sweeney Todd,” “I Hope I Get It,” “I Can Do That,” “The Music and the Mirror” from “A Chorus Line,” “Broadway Baby” from “Follies,” Carol Burnett singing, “Let Me Entertain You” and Lauren Bacall singing “Welcome to the Theater,” from “Applause."

Episode 17: Rick Elice, Part 1: The Usual Rules Do Not Apply

This week’s show is part one of our conversation with "Jersey Boys” and "The Cher Show" book writer Rick Elice. Taped at Orso Restaurant in December, on this episode we dive into Rick’s process for writing “The Cher Show” and his experience working with the one and only Cher. But before all that, Jamie and Rob discuss the January closings on Broadway and later with “You May Be Wondering,” Rob offers a little more history on the phenomenon of jukebox musicals.
 
This week’s music: The Four Lads singing “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” Sonny & Cher singing “The Beat Goes On,” and Cher singing “Strong Enough” and “Dark Lady."

Episode 16: Bonnie Milligan: Beautiful

This week we chat with Broadway showstopper Bonnie Milligan.  We talk to Bonnie about face masks, accents, Netflix, and our shared love of Rachel York.  Bonnie tells us about her opening night on Broadway, what she admires about her character, Pamela, in “Head Over Heels”, The Go Go’s, and her journey from cabaret sensation to Broadway.  Jamie and Bonnie also geek out over Doris Day.

This week’s music: Bonnie singing “Beautiful” and “Automatic Rainy Day” from “Head Over Heels.”  Doris Day’s “Everybody Loves A Lover."

Episode 15: Rob’s Top Ten Favorites of 2018

‘Tis the season for year-end top ten lists. On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie discuss Rob’s top ten favorite shows from 2018 (plus a few of his honorable mentions) as reviewed on Stage Left. Tweet us your top ten @FabulousInvalid!

This week’s music includes: “If I Were a Rothchild” from the National Yiddish Theater's “Fiddler on the Roof," “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” from "Aint Misbehavin’,” “Telephone” from “An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May,” and “Silent Night / 11 O’ Clock News” with vocals by Rick Miramontez, Ralph Howard, Daphne Ruben-Vega and Phoebe Snow.

Episode 14: Ashley Park: I Can Do That

On this episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with “Mean Girls” very own Gretchen Wieners, Ashley Park.  We talk inclusion, diversity, angel cards, Jennifer and Ashley discuss both playing Tuptim (at different times), how mean the “Mean Girls” really are, and Jamie geeks out on "Tales of the City.”  Rob schools Jamie on The Jimmy Awards and gives us a bit more information on what the top arts colleges are today.

 This week’s music: Ashley Park singing “My Lord And Master” from “The King And I,” “Gossip” from “Sunday in the Park with George,” “What’s Wrong with Mean?” and “Meet the Plastics” both from “Mean Girls.” 

Episode 13: Eric Ulloa: Humanity Is Always The Answer

On this episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with actor, author, and activist Eric Ulloa about Muppets and mass gun violence.  As we mark the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, we discuss “26 Pebbles”, a documentary play Eric created from the voices of the residents of Newton, Connecticut in the aftermath of that tragedy, and the ways in which theatre can inspire activism, breed empathy, and remind us of our common humanity.  Later, Rob discusses some things you can do to help.  

 This week’s music: "The Muppet Show Theme," Philip Glass, “Blood Oath,” Jason Robert Brown singing, “A Song About Your Gun,”  “The Gun Song” from “Assassins,” “21 Guns” from “American Idiot.”  Carole King’s “Smackwater Jack,” “Fame” from the film “Fame” and “The Country’s In The Very Best Of Hands” from Lil’ Abner."

Episode 12: David Henry Hwang: A Theater That Looks Like America

On this episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with Tony Award-winning playwright, librettist, screenwriter, and activist David Henry Hwang. We discuss David’s very early start as a playwright, his complicated relationship with “The King And I” and how the 2016 election changed the course of his newest work, “Soft Power.” David also discusses his role as Chair of the American Theater Wing, his lifelong activism, including his views on color conscious casting, and his brief stint in a punk band.

This week’s music: We hear a brief clip from David’s punk band days with John Vomit and the Leather Scabs, “I Suck,” a small sample of the score from “Soft Power” and “One Hundred Million Miracles” from the 2001 Revival of “Flower Drum Song."