Backstage Babble
#28-Michael Rupert Part 2!

#28-Michael Rupert Part 2!

November 28, 2020

Today, Michael Rupert is back! He talks about his experiences starring in City of Angels, Ragtime, Elegies, On The Town, Legally Blonde, and more! Here about trading replacements with John Rubinstein, developing "I Understand," his directing career, how William Finn changed, and more.

#27- Michael Rupert PART 1!

#27- Michael Rupert PART 1!

November 25, 2020

Backstage Babble is BACK this week, this time featuring an interview with the extremely talented Michael Rupert. Hear him talk about cut Sondheim songs, how to audition for William Finn, and Gwen Verdon as Bob Fosse's memory aide. Michael Rupert has had a truly legendary career in the theater, and I am honored that he shared it with me today.

#26-Steve Ross PART 2!

#26-Steve Ross PART 2!

November 22, 2020

Today I am joined once again by The Crown Prince of Cabaret, Steve Ross! I hope you enjoy this conclusion to our interview.

#25-Steve Ross PART 1!

#25-Steve Ross PART 1!

November 16, 2020

Today I am joined by the "crown prince of New York cabaret," the one and only Steve Ross. Tune in to hear him talk about performing in Present Laughter on Broadway, reopening the Algonquin hotel, trying to impress Ethel Merman, and more!

#24- Marie’s Crisis!

#24- Marie’s Crisis!

November 12, 2020

Today I sit down with the many employees of the piano bar Marie's Crisis! Hear them talk about memorable nights, how they've adapted to virtual entertainment, and what is the future for them to come back in person.

#23- Lee Roy Reams PART 2!

#23- Lee Roy Reams PART 2!

November 10, 2020

Lee Roy Reams is back (and better than ever!) On this episode, we cover everything from Hello, Dolly to his Producers audition song (think Mama Rose in Germany), to Ann Miller not knowing any Jewish Holidays, to some very important life lessons about being honest and not letting negativity ruin your life.

#22- Lee Roy Reams PART 1!

#22- Lee Roy Reams PART 1!

November 2, 2020

Today I am joined by one of the first guests I knew I could not do this podcast without, Lee Roy Reams. He regales us with many funny and scandalous stories of the Golden Age of Broadway, from Bob Fosse to Mel Brooks! On Broadway, Lee Roy Reams has appeared in Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Applause, 42nd Street, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Lorelei, and more. He has also directed Carol Channing in Hello Dolly, and played Dolly himself only a few years ago. He has also appeared in La Cage Aux Folles around the country and many times on screen, including in the film of Sweet Charity. 

#21-Anita Gillette

#21-Anita Gillette

October 28, 2020

Today I am joined by Broadway legend Anita Gillette. Anita Gillette is a Tony-nominated Broadway veteran who has appeared in All American, Jimmy, Cabaret, Kelly, Chapter Two, Don’t Drink the Water, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Carnival, and more. She made a big splash with the song “The Secret Service” in Mr. President, and was awarded a Theater World for Russell Patterson’s Sketchbook. Her equally long and lauded movie career has spanned such illustrious projects as 30 Rock, Moonstruck, and Quincy, M.E. I hope everyone enjoys this episode! I know I did!

#20- Chuck Cooper

#20- Chuck Cooper

October 19, 2020

Today I am honored to be sitting down with Broadway veteran Chuck Cooper! He talks about how "The Life" changed his, why six people had to be strangled on the stage of the Broadhurst Theater, the genius of Tony Kushner, as well as stories about Yoko Ono, James Lapine, and more. I hope you enjoy this interview!

#19-Penny Fuller PART 2!

#19-Penny Fuller PART 2!

October 13, 2020

Part 2 of my interview with the wonderful Penny Fuller!

#18- Penny Fuller PART 1!

#18- Penny Fuller PART 1!

October 5, 2020

Today is PART 1 of my interview with theater legend Penny Fuller. Penny Fuller has starred in Applause, Rex, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Dividing the Estate, A New Brain, and most recently Anastasia. She did her acclaimed solo turn in 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti. She is also an Emmy Winer for her performance in The Elephant Man, and recently has been performing in Sunday in the Park With George and in cabarets across the country alongside Anita Gillette in the show Sin Twisters. I hope you enjoy hearing about the first half of Ms. Fuller’s life in the theater. And I hope that it leaves you wanting more!

#17- Sondra Lee

#17- Sondra Lee

September 30, 2020

Today I could not be more honored to say "Ugg-A-Wugg" to the original Tiger Lily, Sondra Lee. This episode was a pure joy from start to finish. Ms. Lee is so warm and gracious that I hope you will all join me in wishing her a Happy Birthday today, September 30th! And as a birthday present her and yourself, listen to this episode.

#16- Charles Busch PART 2!

#16- Charles Busch PART 2!

September 26, 2020

It's the second half of my interview with Charles Busch! Listen to hear about his career from Flipping My Wig all the way uptown his amazing virtual readings.

#15-Charles Busch PART 1!

#15-Charles Busch PART 1!

September 21, 2020

This is Part 1 of my exhaustive interview with drag legend, actor, performer, and playwright Charles Busch. He is the author of Tale of the Allergists’ Wife, Times Square Angel. Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Red Scare on Sunset, and most recently, The Confession of Lily Dare. He is also the author of the book to Boy George’s Taboo, as well as the writer of the novel Whores of Lost Atlantis. He is a Tony Award Nominee and 2 time Mac Award Winner for his cabarets that he performs around the country with Tom Judson. This episode was an honor for me to record, and I hope that you'll enjoy the inside scoop on the first half of his career.

#14-Gerard Alessandrini

#14-Gerard Alessandrini

September 18, 2020

One of my theatrical idols, Gerard Alessandrini, is here with us today to discuss his long career in the theater. Gerard is the mastermind behind all of the editions of Forbidden Broadway. He has also contributed to the musical Diamonds, the TV special Men, Movies, and Carol, and revised the book for a revival of Irving Berlin’s Mr. President. The interview is almost as fun as Forbidden Broadway itself, so I hope you enjoy!

#13-Rita Gardner

#13-Rita Gardner

September 14, 2020

Today I am joined by a true veteran of the stage, Rita Gardner. Rita Gardner was in the original cast of The Fantasticks, and has appeared on Broadway numerous other times in Ben Franklin in Paris, The Wedding Singer, 1776, Pal Joey opposite Bob Fosse, and more. She also starred in the all-female I Remember Mama and has been seen on screen many times, including in Marci X and Tracy Morgan’s the Last OG. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

#12- Josh Bergasse

#12- Josh Bergasse

September 7, 2020

Today I am joined by Emmy-Winning choreographer Josh Bergasse. He worked on NBC's Smash, and his work has also been seen on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On The Town, Gigi, and more. He has also worked numerous times at City Center, Barrington Stage, and more.

 

 

#11-Joel Grey

#11-Joel Grey

September 4, 2020

I could not be more delighted today to talk with Broadway legend Joel Grey. The star of Cabaret, The Grand Tour, Goodtime Charley, Wicked, and so many more shares all his great stories on this episode. He also sings a little! (A song from the Broadway revue Borscht Capades). Mr. Grey is a very busy man, so our interview was shorter than usual, but you’ll find that everything he says is a pearl of wisdom. I felt honored to talk to him, and I hope you all enjoy the end result!

 

*PLEASE NOTE: This version is a DIFFERENT edited version from the one that had been posted earlier. 

#10- Stephen Mo Hanan

#10- Stephen Mo Hanan

August 31, 2020

Today I am honored to be joined by Tony-award nominated actor Stephen Mo Hanan. He has appeared in Cats, Oliver, and Peter Pan on Broadway, and many times at the Delacorte Theater and Musicals in Mufti. He is also the co-author and star of Jolson & Co.

This interview is a bit long, but it's worth it to hear the expertise of this legendary theater veteran. 

 

#9- Beowulf Boritt

#9- Beowulf Boritt

August 28, 2020

Today I am joined by Tony-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt. We have an enlightening discussion about getting ahead in the theater world, research, and mishaps during tech rehearsal. Beowulf has worked on such legendary shows as Act One, Prince of Broadway, and Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and you'll hear stories about all of them. 

 

 

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