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."

Episode 11: Arian Moayed: Think Like An Immigrant

On this episode, Jamie, Rob and Jennifer chat with actor, writer, director and “theater maker” Arian Moayed. We discuss his short form thriller, “The Accidental Wolf,” playing a wonderful yet terrible character on HBO’s “Succession,” the obstacles we all face day to day, making a nonprofit from scratch, and the incredible work his company, Waterwell, is doing every day. Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob have a big “Take Two” to discuss, and Rob walks us through the Vomitorium (which probably isn’t what you think it is).

This week’s music: Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” “Big Easy” from “The Accidental Wolf,” Liz Callaway’s rendition of Frank Losser’s “My Heart Is So Full Of You,” and “Kindness” from “Bright Lights Big City."

Episode 10: Live from Orso, David Rockwell: There Is No Right Answer

This week, we’re coming to you from Orso Restaurant! Rob and Jamie (Jennifer is busy on stage) discuss London theater and sit down with Tony Award-winning designer and architect David Rockwell. David discusses getting his start and how he prepares for designing his shows, which include “Hairspray,” “She Loves Me,” “Tootsie,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “The Rocky Horror Show.” Rob digs a little deeper into The Rockwell Group’s latest project, The Shed, which will be a new arts complex opening in 2019. And, as always, “Fiddler On The Roof” comes up.

This week’s music: “Road To Hell (Live)” from, “Hadestown, The Myth, The Musical.”  “Family” from “Dreamgirls,” “Company” from “Company” and “Floor Show” from “The Rocky Horror Show."

Episode 9: Jackie Hoffman: I Regret Everything

On this episode, Jamie, Rob and Jennifer chat with Jackie Hoffman about offending everyone, neurosis, Ambien vs. Unisom, Fiddler on the Roof, and that Jessica Lange is a very nice lady.  Rob gives a look into the wonderful character actress, Molly Picon.

 This week’s music: Molly Picon singing, “Do You Love Me” from a London studio cast recording of Fiddler On The Roof where she plays Golde.  Two excerpts from “Jackie Hoffman: Live at Joe’s Pub” and Jackie and Mary Testa singing, “Evil Woman” from Xanadu.

Episode 8: Natasha Katz: You’ve Got To Show Up

On this episode Rob and Jamie chat with legendary theatre, dance, and opera lighting designer Natasha Katz, whose roster of over 60 Broadway credits include Tony Award-winning designs for Aida, The Coast of Utopia, Once, The Glass Menagerie, An American in Paris, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. A New York native and American Theatre Wing Trustee, Natasha is joining us on her dinner break from the Longacre Theatre where her latest project, the new musical The Prom, is playing.

This week’s music: “Expressing Yourself” from Billy Elliot, “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” from Bruce Springsteen on Broadway, “You Happened,” from The Prom and Ethel Merman’s notorious disco version of “There’s No Business Like Show Business."

Episode 7: Tracie Bennett: Leave It At The Stage Door

On this week’s show, we talk with two time Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett. Tracie is best known for her roles in the West End stage at Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Laura Henderson in Mrs. Henderson Presents, and Carlotta Campion in Follies. Tracie discusses playing Judy Garland, working with Stephen Sondheim, training to be a stunt woman, getting her start on the popular British Soap Opera, “Coronation Street,” and why the show must always go on. Rob, Jamie and Jennifer discuss what you can do to help in the Midterm Elections (VOTE) and what Halloween looks like backstage on Broadway.

This week’s music:  “The Theme From Halloween,” “Freedom” from “Shenandoah.” Our very own Jennifer Simard singing “Never Can Say Goodbye” from Disaster, The Musical.  Judy Garland, singing “After You’ve Gone,” and Tracie Bennett singing “Smile” from End of the Rainbow.

Episode 6: Jocelyn Bioh: Truth Is In The Humor

On this episode, we chat with actress and playwright Jocelyn Bioh, whose play, School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play, is currently running off-Broadway. We discuss her brilliant play, colorism, taking chances, working the Shrek lottery, and reality television.  Rob, Jamie and Jennifer discuss hugs (not Jamie’s favorite thing), making art, revivals and death (a podcast favorite).  Rob gives us a look inside New York’s incredible MCC Theater, where School Girls is currently playing.

Episode 5: Joan Marcus: Truth But Not The Total Truth

On this week’s show, we talk to legendary theater photographer Joan Marcus about what production photography means today, her favorite photos and just how tough it is to get those iconic shots. Jamie, Rob and Jennifer also discuss "My Favorite Murder," twice, the lack of musical revivals this season, confess a few sins and give a special shout-out to our very own Leslie Kritzer.

Episode 4: Marsha Mason: Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever

Coming to you live from Orso restaurant, we talk to the incredible Marsha Mason about Neil Simon, organic farming, race car driving, dancing with Clint Eastwood and how she saved A Chorus Line (seriously).  Join us while we eat some great food, chat with Marsha, learn about Joe Allen, bitch about the Kavanaugh confirmation and Jamie confesses his creepy obsession with Upper West Side filming locations.