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Episode 10 - Act One by James Lapine

Theatre Couch

They say writers should write about what they know. But, is what you know enough to get your writing noticed? This is the story of Moss Hart's courageous journey from a Bronx tenement to legendary scribe of the Broadway stage. This episode's play is Act One by James Lapine! (Published by Dramatists Play Service). Topics include: the often arduous writing process, the determination necessary to following your dreams, and the immeasurable value of friendships in the entertainment industry.Produced and hosted by Nathan Inzerillo and Nikki Jacobs.Theme song written and performed by Nathan Inzerillo and Nikki Jacobs.Visit Us:nathaninzerillo.comnikkijacobs.com

43mins

16 May 2022

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James Lapine, "Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George'" (FSG, 2021)

New Books in American Studies

James Lapine's Putting it Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created "Sunday in the Park with George" (FSG, 2021)  is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the creation of a modern masterpiece. Through personal recollections and interviews with nearly all his surviving collaborators, Lapine gives us an intimate look at the fights, feuds, and deadline-defying compositions that went into this beloved musical. The result is a dramatic and entertaining book that deserves a place on every musical theatre lover's shelf next to Finishing the Hat. It will also appeal to instructors in musical theatre book-writing and directing.Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/american-studies

56mins

4 Mar 2022

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James Lapine, "Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George'" (FSG, 2021)

New Books in Music

James Lapine's Putting it Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created "Sunday in the Park with George" (FSG, 2021)  is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the creation of a modern masterpiece. Through personal recollections and interviews with nearly all his surviving collaborators, Lapine gives us an intimate look at the fights, feuds, and deadline-defying compositions that went into this beloved musical. The result is a dramatic and entertaining book that deserves a place on every musical theatre lover's shelf next to Finishing the Hat. It will also appeal to instructors in musical theatre book-writing and directing.Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/music

56mins

4 Mar 2022

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James Lapine, "Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George'" (FSG, 2021)

New Books in Biography

James Lapine's Putting it Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created "Sunday in the Park with George" (FSG, 2021)  is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the creation of a modern masterpiece. Through personal recollections and interviews with nearly all his surviving collaborators, Lapine gives us an intimate look at the fights, feuds, and deadline-defying compositions that went into this beloved musical. The result is a dramatic and entertaining book that deserves a place on every musical theatre lover's shelf next to Finishing the Hat. It will also appeal to instructors in musical theatre book-writing and directing.Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/biography

56mins

4 Mar 2022

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James Lapine, "Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George'" (FSG, 2021)

New Books in Performing Arts

James Lapine's Putting it Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created "Sunday in the Park with George" (FSG, 2021)  is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the creation of a modern masterpiece. Through personal recollections and interviews with nearly all his surviving collaborators, Lapine gives us an intimate look at the fights, feuds, and deadline-defying compositions that went into this beloved musical. The result is a dramatic and entertaining book that deserves a place on every musical theatre lover's shelf next to Finishing the Hat. It will also appeal to instructors in musical theatre book-writing and directing.Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/performing-arts

56mins

4 Mar 2022

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James Lapine

Backstage Babble

Today, I am so happy to announce the release of my episode with one of Broadway’s best living directors, the great James Lapine. Tune in today to hear him share some of the stories and wisdom of his legendary career, including what he wanted to fix about the original Into the Woods, why he chose to dramatize Act One, his influences in avant-garde theater, his collaboration with William Finn, what it’s been like to return with Flying Over Sunset, the unique take he had on Annie, collaborating with the late, great Stephen Sondheim, his advice to young directors, and more. You won’t want to miss this interview with a true master of the theatrical art form.

27mins

25 Feb 2022

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Back on Broadway, with James Lapine, Doug Wright and Carol Lipnik

Shadow // Yaddo

Celebrating the return of live performance, with Pulitzer Prize-winning theater artists James Lapine—Sondheim-collaborator, director and screenwriter—and acclaimed playwright Doug Wright, whose Goodnight Oscar opens soon. PLUS: Mega-talented singer/songwriter Carol Lipnik shares music from her new album, Goddess of Imperfection. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Blossom Dearie, David Cale.

31mins

24 Feb 2022

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Ep20 - James Lapine (Passion - 1994)

And the Award Goes To... Hosted by Ilana Levine

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim wrote three shows together - Sunday In The Park with George , Into The Woods and Passion. In this episode of And The Award Goes To, Lapine shared what made  working with Sondheim so incredible. He admits that when he first met Sondheim he was relatively new to the theater and he describes Sondheim as the person who schooled him in musical theater . "Working with Steve was fun. He is smart, fun, droll and keeps you on your toes but.. he is the most loyal friend you could have.”The original workshop of Passion was just 60 audience members in a small theater and the intensity and daringness of the workshop was really embraced. Then Sondheim and Lapine got to work on bringing it to Broadway and at the first dress rehearsal they found that the audience was laughing at Fosca which was not their intention. They began to work on creating the show they wanted without dumbing it down and found a way to make Fosca a sympathetic character rather than a comedic one.  Clearly they succeeded because the show won  the Tony award for best musical, best book of a musical , best original score  and Donna Murphy won the Tony for best actress. This episode explores the relationship between the great James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim who together made American musical theater history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

29 Nov 2021

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Scene to Song Episode 66: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s Into the Woods

Scene to Song

In this episode, nurse and musician BethAnn Freed Cohen discusses Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1987 musical Into the Woods, focusing on an accessible moral complexity. We also talk about the song "Moments in the Woods" from Into the Woods. You can write to scenetosong@gmail.com with a comment or question about an episode or about musical theater, or if you’d like to be a podcast guest. Follow on Instagram at @ScenetoSong, on Twitter at @SceneSong, and on Facebook at “Scene to Song with Shoshana Greenberg Podcast.” The theme music is by Julia Meinwald. Music played in this episode:"I Know Things Now" from Into the Woods"Last Midnight" from Into the Woods"Agony" from Into the Woods"Moments in the Woods" from Into the Woods"Lament" from Into the Woods

1hr 1min

25 Oct 2021

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PUTTING IT TOGETHER by James Lapine, read by Adam Grupper, Alyssa Bresnahan, Eva Kaminsky, T. Ryder Smith, Graham Winton, Len Cariou

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Narrator Adam Grupper is impressive as he portrays writer-director James Lapine in this audiobook that is part oral history, part memoir, and part description of the making of a musical. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss this tale of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Alyssa Bresnahan, Eva Kaminsky, T. Ryder Smith, and Graham Winton provide the voices for the 40 people interviewed about the making of the show, expressing conflicting memories, personal anecdotes, and varying points of view. Len Cariou portrays a raspy-voiced Sondheim. A perfect fit for audio. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Recorded Books.Listeners can enjoy Homer’s THE ILIAD, translated by Ian Johnston, and narrated by Anton Lesser, on AudioFile’s Audiobook Break podcast.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic Podcast comes from Blackstone Publishing, publisher of bestselling and award-winning books and audiobooks by fantastic writers and narrators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7mins

13 Oct 2021

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