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Episode 32: Walter Bobbie

Whatcha Doin'? With Brandon Horwin and Sophie Williams

Brandon and Sophie sit down with Tony Award-Winning Broadway director and actor Walter Bobbie and discuss his career from acting on stage in The OBC of Grease to directing some of the most beloved stage musicals and sharing stories of working with some of the best in theatre history.

48mins

22 Jun 2021

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5/15/18 - Walter Bobbie (SAINT JOAN)

#LIVEatFIVE: a daily Broadway podcast

Walter Bobbie is both an actor and a director of plays and musicals whose recent directing credits include Bright Star and Venus in Fur. His acting career began with the original cast of Grease and spans Shaw’s Getting Married at Circle in the Square to Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls. Formerly the Artistic Director of City Center’s Encores!, Mr. Bobbie directed the international hit Chicago. He is board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony awards.Hosts: Beth Stevens, Paul Wontorek, Caitlyn Gallip

27mins

16 May 2018

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147 - Walter Bobbie

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Walter Bobbie is a theatre director, choreographer, and occasional actor and dancer. Bobbie has directed both musicals and plays on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and was the Artistic Director of the New York City Center Encores! concert series. He directed the long-running revival of the musical Chicago, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. As a performer, he was in Grease, the revival of Going Up, and the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls. He also directed the Broadway productions of Footloose, Twentieth Century, a Sweet Charity revival, and High Fidelity. He co-wrote and directed a new musical, The Road to Hollywood. Bobbie was the artistic director of the New York City Center Encores! concert series in 1995 and 1996. Walter and I talked about Chicago and why it became such a monster success, along with . . . How he knew he wasn’t long for life as an actor (warning: this story involves beer). The “Brunch Show” on the Upper West Side that started his career . . . and the person who hired him for the gig. (Spoiler Alert:  that person was himself.) The training he got by NOT going through traditional training. How he exercised his Producing muscles to build Encores! at City Center. The importance of a “safe room” for his actors on any play. Have you played the Be A Broadway Star board game? Be A Broadway Star the popular Broadway board game that puts YOU in the spotlight! Pick up yours at: www.beabroadwaystar.com. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

28 Jan 2018

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#3 WALTER BOBBIE, Director

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

Tony Award winning director of Chicago, Broadway's longest running revival, invites Rob & Kevin into his apartment to discuss his journey from Scranton to Broadway, and to discuss what it was like working with Jerry Zaks, Ellis Raab, and The Smother Brothers! Also, Walter exorcises Patti LuPone from a laundromat, gives Arthur Miller line notes, and sings from Grease! Plus: How he keeps Chicago fresh, how he conquered the ghosts of Stubby Kaye, and how he became the Mooning Champion of Rydell High! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

15 Feb 2016

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SDCF Podcast Series Replay: One-on-One Conversation with Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold

SDCF Podcast Series

On April 30, 2012, Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold discussed their shared background in performance and respective discoveries that they are better suited for directing. Both directors go into great detail about how they find collaborators, how to give notes to a director, and the generous professionals who helped them when they were getting their start.

1hr 22mins

2 Dec 2014

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One-on-One Conversation with Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold

SDCF Podcast Series

On April 30, 2012, SDCF hosted a One-on-One conversation between Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold moderated by John Clinton Eisner. They discuss their shared background in performance and respective discoveries that they are better suited for directing. Bobbie shares his career trajectory and the strategic choices he made in order to become the artist he wants to be. Gold speaks about building a New York based career and how the turning point in his career came so quickly. Both directors go into great detail about how they find collaborators, how to give notes to a director, and the generous professionals who helped them when they were getting their start. This dynamic conversation is a rare opportunity to peek into the artistic visions of two fantastic contemporary directors. This event was sponsored by A Summer of Theatre & Film at Southampton Arts. Originally recorded - April 30, 2012. Running Time - 1:21:41 © 2012 SDCF

1hr 21mins

4 Apr 2014

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Conversation with Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold

ATW - SDCF Masters of the Stage

On April 30, 2012, SDCF hosted a One-on-One conversation between Walter Bobbie and Sam Gold moderated by John Clinton Eisner. They discuss their shared background in performance and respective discoveries that they are better suited for directing. Bobbie shares his career trajectory and the strategic choices he made in order to become the artist he wants to be. Gold speaks about building a New York based career and how the turning point in his career came so quickly. Both directors go into great detail about how they find collaborators, how to give notes to a director, and the generous professionals who helped them when they were getting their start. This dynamic conversation is a rare opportunity to peek into the artistic visions of two fantastic contemporary directors. This event was sponsored by A Summer of Theatre and Film at Southampton Arts.

1hr 21mins

17 May 2012

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“Chicago” - the musical’s 10th anniversary, with Walter Bobbie, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth/plus: John Kander, Fred Ebb

CUNY TV's Theater Talk

A celebration of Chicago: The Musical's 10th anniversary, with director Walter Bobbie, plus original cast actors James Naughton & Bebe Neuwirth; also, composer John Kander & lyricist Fred Ebb discuss their show on the 1st episode of Theater Talk in 1996.

25mins

20 Sep 2008

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Walter Bobbie (#143) March, 2007

Tony Award Winners on Downstage Center

Director and actor Walter Bobbie (who won a Tony for his direction of the 1997 of Chicago) talks about returning to the acting stage in the "Encores!" production of Face The Music, and how he feels preparing to act in the famously brief "Encores" rehearsal period that he helped to create; recalls his experiences in the original cast of Grease, and shares his thoughts about the revivals and the current TV competition; remembers when Jerry Zaks asked him to don a "fat suit" to play Nicely-Nicely in the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival; explains how he became a director without the usual years of apprenticeship; describes the origins of the long-running revival of Chicago; and explains why he wants his next production to invo

52mins

26 Mar 2007

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Walter Bobbie (#143) March, 2007

ATW - Downstage Center

Director and actor Walter Bobbie talks about returning to the acting stage in the "Encores!" production of "Face The Music", and how he feels preparing to act in the famously brief "Encores" rehearsal period that he helped to create; recalls his experiences in the original cast of "Grease", and shares his thoughts about the revivals and the current TV competition; remembers when Jerry Zaks asked him to don a "fat suit" to play Nicely-Nicely in the 1992 "Guys and Dolls" revival; explains how he became a director without the usual years of apprenticeship; describes the origins of the long-running revival of "Chicago"; and explains why he wants his next production to involve three actors and two folding chairs. Original air date – March 23, 2007.

52mins

26 Mar 2007