Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Andrew Lippa Is UNBREAKABLE With His Latest .



The first time that I met Tony© and Grammy© Award nominated, composer/lyricist, Andrew Lippa, it was just before the Broadway Opening of BIG FISH.  It was my first big, national, solo, radio "show" at Sirius XM.   I was then introduced to 2-time Tony© Award nominee and personal diva, Kate Baldwin( go see her in SUPERHERO) and 6-time Tony© Award winning Costume Designer, William Ivey Long.   

In that interview, along with book and screenwriter, John August, Mr. Lippa and I talked about the relationship between fathers and sons, and we shared a mutual moment about the loss of our own fathers.  I think it caught us all of guard, and I have never really forgotten that moment. You can only imagine how excited I am now to talk to him again about his latest project with Ghostlight Records, UNBREAKABLE.  This piece, featuring the San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus, explores some of the major events and a few often forgotten heroes of LGBTQ History.  He admits to being inspired by August Wilson's use of his decade by decade cycle of storytelling.  We talk about his show and so much more.  Please enjoy my conversation with the absolutely fabulous, Andrew Lippa.   Scroll down further and you can revisit the first time Andrew and I met, too.





The first time we met. From L to R: Andrew Lippa,  Me, and John August

Here's an excerpt from my first ever solo radio broadcast.


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Friday, March 8, 2019

FOSSE/VERDON- OMG!!





Like many theater fans, I plotzed when I saw that FX just released a new trailer for its upcoming Fosse/Verdon miniseries. It takes viewers behind the glitz and glamour of Broadway power couple Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon to show their first interactions, her work with him behind the scenes, and the creation of Liza Minnelli's iconic "Mein Herr" costume in Cabaret.

The series, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, will premiere April 9.  The source material on which the limited series is based, is the biography,  FOSSE,  by Sam Wasson.  Not to toot my own horn, but in my former work life, I actually interviewed Sam for that very book (Beep, Beep) .  I said it then, and I'll say it again, it really is one of the most comprehensive biographies on Bob Fosse.   I loved every page of it.  Do yourself a favor and check out the book and my vintage interview from my old place.



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Like Beyonce', Beetlejuice Wants You To "Say My Name! Say My Name!"


Clockwise from Top L To R: Kerry Butler & Rob McClure, Alex Timbers. Leslie Kritzer &.Adam Dannheisser, Alex Brigthman & Sophia Anne Caruso  
Tony Award© Nominee, Alex Brightman



Leslie Keitzer and Me. 
I recently had the opportunity to attend a press event with the cast of BEETLEJUICE The Musical.  I love going to these events.  It's the best time to be at the beginning of a show's journey on the Great White Way.  I got the chance to talk to the main cast ( Rob McClure*, Alex Brightman*, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler*, Adam Dannheisser, and Leslie Kritzer),  the composer/lyricist, Eddie Perfect, and the director, Alex Timbers*.

The conversations were fun and brief, and I have guarantees from almost everyone to come and join me for a longer chat.  After all, the Winter Garden Theater is across the street from the studio. Now enjoy my conversations with these fabulous folks.

Rob McClure*:
Eddie Perfect:
Kerry Butler*:
Adam Dannheisser:
Leslie Kritzer:
Alex Brightman*, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Alex Timbers*:
*Tony Award© Nominees





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Monday, February 25, 2019

March Madness is Happening at Feinstein's 54 Below

There are some stand out things to do when in NYC, and Feinstein's 54 Below is one of those places that a theater lover can have an amazing time with some of the favorite Broadway stars.  This march is no exception.  I recently had a chance to talk to some of the people that will be lighting March on fire with their upcoming shows.  Please take some time and enjoy my conversations with these fabulous folks.

Tony Award©, Drama Desk Outer Critics Circle Award winner, Joanna Gleason (INTO THE WOODS, NICK AND NORA), makes time for me to talk about her upcoming show at Feinstein's 54 Below entitled, OUT OF THE ECLIPSE. During the conversation, I never thought that I would relate to someone within 3 minutes of being with them. Please enjoy my conversation with the legend.
   
NICOLE VANESSA ORTIZ
Fresh off of the heels of a critically acclaimed, Off Broadway revival of Smokey Joe's Cafe, Nicole Vanesa Ortiz, makes her Feinstein's 54 Below Debut with her one woman show, BECOMING HER: A DIVA'S TRIBUTE. She and I reunite to talk about her life, career, and her upcoming show, Please enjoy my conversation with this Fierce Diva!!



REBECCA LUKER & DEBORAH GRACE WINER 
Sitting in the booth with Tony Award© Nominee, Rebecca Luker, and award winning musical theater historian, curator, producer, Deborah Grace Winer is a blast. Talking about their next collaboration is even more fabulous. Ms Winer is continuing her Classic American Songbook Series with GOT RHYTHM The Gershwin Brothers. Celebrating the great music of the musical duo. Please enjoy my conversation with these amazing ladies.


BETSY WOLFE 
 I LIVED for meeting the insanely fun and fabulous Betsy Wolfe. She is wild and fun, and her upcoming show at Feinstein's 54 Below, ALL BETS ARE OFF, is no exception. She sits and laughs with me about her life, career, and the new show. Please enjoy my time with the fabulous, Betsy Wolfe.





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Friday, February 22, 2019

Off Broadway's Latest Musical Addition: CHICK FLICK The Musical


I love new musicals.  A chance to see a new story, to meet new characters, and  to find a new personal theme song are just the perks of getting a chance to explore a new show.  The latest musical to jump in the Off Broadway pool is CHICK FLICK The Musical, featuring Sharon Catherine Brown, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Carla Duren, and Megan Sikora, under the direction of David Ruttura with a Book, Music and Lyrics by Suzy Conn, Musical Direction by Matt Castle, and Choreography by Sarah O'Gleby.  I went to the press up fronts for the show, and I got a chance to talk to all of the ladies in the show, as well as Suzi Conn.  Because of time I did not get a chance to talk to the show's director and choreographer,  they will be coming at a later date.  In the interim, please enjoy my conversation with my new girlfriends.  


  


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Singer/Songwriter Anne Steele's Latest EP Is Truly Made Out Of Stars

Multi-award winning singer/ songwriter and Podcaster, Anne Steele, finally sits down and chats with me about her life, career, finding her tribe, and her latest project, MADE OUT OF STARS. She is absolutely divine.  Please enjoy my conversation with this diva.






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Thursday, February 7, 2019

CHOIR BOY 's Stage Veterans, Chuck Cooper & Austin Pendleton Hold Their Own

Since I have already told you how much I LOVE the current Broadway Limited-Run Hit, CHOIR BOY, it stands to reason that with a little artful requesting, I would be able to wrangle an interview with somebody from that show.  Having had the pleasure of talking to both of the show's veteran performers, Tony Award© winning actor, Chuck Cooper (Broadway's THE LIFE, PRINCE OF BROADWAY, CHERRY ORCHARD) And Tony Award© nominated actor/director/teacher, Austin Pendleton (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, LITTLE FOXES, DIARY OF ANNE FRANK), for separate projects, it is a BLAST to have them in studio together.  We chat about this amazing play, their careers, and of course there is always a laugh.  Please enjoy my conversation with the these fabulous folks and try to see CHOIR BOY, if you can. 








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