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Des McAnuff

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Episode 170 - Des McAnuff

Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine

McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays (Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula, the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who's Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Musical). McAnuff is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director, he staged more than 35 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Raised in Canada, he was a part of the Toronto alternative theatre scene in the 70s. While at Stratford, he directed multiple productions including A Word or Two, The Tempest, and Caesar and Cleopatra (all starring Christopher Plummer), Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (starring Brian Dennehy), ...Forum, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2006, he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and in 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended the Theatre School. In 2012, he was awarded Canada's esteemed Governor General's National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 13mins

4 Nov 2019

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The Joan Hamburg Show

Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations Tony-Nominated Director Des McAnuff has been directing on Broadway for nearly 35 years. Why is it so important to Ain't Too Proud? Listen to his incredible story with Joan Hamburg.

15mins

21 Sep 2019

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Ep37 - Des McAnuff: Tony Winning Director/Producer

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales

Two Time Tony Winning Director Des McAnuff has been directing on Broadway for over 30 years. His latest Broadway hit, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times of The Temptations has landed him another Tony nomination for best direction of a musical.He his career includes 48 Broadway credits across a career spanning more than 37 years, he has directed and/or produced so many of the most popular Broadway shows of our lifetimes. As a duel American/Canadian citizen, Des was born in Illinois but grew up in Ontario. As a young adult, he moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts. He made his directorial debut with Big River, for which he won a Tony Award. He went on to becoming the artistic director of La Jolla playhouse for several years. Some of his other credits include, The Grapes of Wrath, The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Forum, 1776, Footloose, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Matilda The Musical, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Groundhog Day, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and of course Big River & Jersey Boys for which he won his two Tonys.Interview content begins at 3:18.Closing standards begin at 59:16.Check out Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations online at ainttooproudmusical.com.Connect with The Theatre Podcast:Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcastTwitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcastFacebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcastTheTheatrePodcast.comAlan’s personal Instagram: @alansealesJillian’s personal Instagram: @jillianhochmanEmail us at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. We want to know what you think.Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

4 Jun 2019

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Episode 32: Des McAnuff: There Is No Recipe

The Fabulous Invalid

On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie talk to director extraordinaire, Des McAnuff. Over nearly four decades, Des has directed such smash hits as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys, and this season’s hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We talk to Des about directing, running a regional theater, and how you don’t say “no” when Otis Williams asks you to direct a show about his life. Later, Rob gives a closer look into the legendary La Jolla Playhouse. This week’s music: “Brotherhood of Man, “ “A Secretary Is Not A Toy” from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying The New Broadway Cast Recording (1995), “The Royal Nonesuch” from Big River, and “Ain’t Too Proud” from Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

24 Apr 2019

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53 - Des McAnuff

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Des McAnuff is the American-Canadian former artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and director of such Broadway musical theatre productions as Big River, The Who's Tommy and Jersey Boys. He was artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, which he revived in 1983, during which time the theatre won more than 200 awards. For the Playhouse, he directed Romeo and Juliet, A Mad World, My Masters, Big River, As You Like It, A Walk in the Woods, Two Rooms, 80 Days, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Elmer Gantry, Much Ado About Nothing, The Who's Tommy, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He has directed two motion pictures, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) and Cousin Bette (1998).Des has directed some of my favorite shows on Broadway. On top of his directorial credits, Des has been the Director-In-Charge at both the La Jolla Playhouse and the Stratford Festival, taking both organizations to new heights during his reign.As you can imagine, he and I had a lot to talk about, including . . . How starting a theater company with other like-minded up-and-comers helped launch his career (that theater company is the now powerhouse producing org, The Dodgers, by the way). How he develops a show . . . which is never the same way twice. How the Broadway/Regional Theater enhancement model was born  . . and why he thinks what’s happening in that market today is “dangerous.” The challenges of creating a musical with pre-existing music (Tommy, Jersey Boys) and his tips on how to do it. What show (or should I say “shows”?) he’s dying to direct . . . and why. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

4 Jan 2016

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SDCF Podcast Series

Des McAnuff: On February 7, 1994 David Diamond interviewed Des McAnuff. Here he speaks of his origins as a writer in Canada, his relationship with the Public Theater and Joe Papp, his collaboration with Pete Townshend on The Who's Tommy, and other satisfying moments as Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Originally recorded - February 7, 1994. Running Time - 1:34:15 ©1994 SDCF

1hr 33mins

1 Apr 2014

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ATW - SDCF Masters of the Stage

On February 7, 1994 David Diamond interviewed Des McAnuff. Here he speaks of his origins as a writer in Canada, his relationship with the Public Theater and Joe Papp, his collaboration with Pete Townshend on "The Who's Tommy", and other satisfying moments as Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse.

1hr 34mins

26 Dec 2008

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Des McAnuff (#33) December, 2004

Tony Award Winners on Downstage Center

With Des McAnuff the toast of Broadway for "Jersey Boys" and set to join the artistic leadership at Canada's Stratford Festival, this Downstage Center interview from late 2004 captures the acclaimed director during the runs of "700 Sundays" and "Dracula" - and the original La Jolla Playhouse engagement of "Jersey Boys". Original air date - December 10, 2004.

32mins

14 Jul 2006

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Des McAnuff (#33) December, 2004

ATW - Downstage Center

With Des McAnuff the toast of Broadway for "Jersey Boys" and set to join the artistic leadership at Canada's Stratford Festival, this Downstage Center interview from late 2004 captures the acclaimed director during the runs of "700 Sundays" and "Dracula" - and the original La Jolla Playhouse engagement of "Jersey Boys". Original air date - December 10, 2004.

32mins

14 Jul 2006