Season 2: Episode 15: Sally Wilfert: A Tribute to Rebecca Luker: Celebrating My Best Friend
Baring It All with Call Me Adam
Sally Wilfert & Rebecca Luker were best friends. In celebration of what would have been Rebecca Luker's 60th Birthday (4/17), Sally & I pay tribute to their amazing friendship, their final project together, All The Girls, and much more!After listening to this episode, please consider making a donation to Target ALS, in honor of Rebecca Luker who passed away from ALS on December 23, 2020.Stream All The Girls on Spotify and AmazonPurchase/Download All The Girls on PS Classics and iTunesConnect with Sally: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Like What You Hear? Join my Patreon Family to get backstage perks including advanced notice of interviews, the ability to submit a question to my guests, behind-the-scene videos, and so much more! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Visit: https://callmeadam.com for more my print/video interviews Special Thanks: My Patreon Family for their continued support: Angelo, Reva and Alan, Marianne, Danielle, Tara, Alex, and The Golden Gays NYC. Join the fun at https://patreon.com/callmeadamnyc. Theme Song by Bobby Cronin (https://bit.ly/2MaADvQ) Podcast Logo by Liam O'Donnell (https://bit.ly/2YNI9CY) Edited by Drew Kaufman (https://bit.ly/2OXqOnw) Outro Music Underscore by CueTique (Website: https://bit.ly/31luGmT, Facebook: @CueTique) More on Sally:Sally Wilfert has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and King David. She toured the country in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway, Sally’s credits include See Rock City, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, The Mistress Cycle, and The Prince & The Pauper. At Carnegie Hall she has appeared in Cole Porter’s Jubilee, South Pacific in Concert (starring Reba McEntire), and Sondheim: A Tribute, (all for PBS). Performing with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center and Tokyo, she was featured soloist, singing “Somewhere” for their performances of West Side Story Suite.Sally has performed throughout the country, including shows at the La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Barrington Stage, Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Goodspeed Musicals, Northshore Music Theatre, Cap 21, Hartford Theatreworks.She has appeared at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in Mamma Mia, Chasing Rainbows, Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, The Light in the Piazza, Footloose, When We Met, LMNOP (World Premiere), Little Miss Sunshine (World Premiere), Marry Me A Little, Elegies: A Song Cycle, Les Miserables, The Last Five Years, Amadeus, Into the Woods, & The Threepenny Opera.Sally performed in concert in Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great, American Songbook’s Rebecca Luker, Sally Wilfert: It’s Time, William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Broadway in South Africa, Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook, New York City Christmas in such venues as 54 Below & NJ Performing Arts Center, Jacob Javits Center, The Allen Room, The Zipper Theatre, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, & Birdland.Her recording credits include One Voice: Natalie Weiss & Sally Wilfert, See Rock City, New York City Christmas, Make Me A Song, Assassins, King David, The Prince & the Pauper, and A Christmas Survival Guide.More on Rebecca:Broadway: "Helen" in Fun Home; Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother; "Winifred" in the original Broadway production of Mary Poppins (Tony Award nomination); "Claudia" in Nine, opposite Antonio Banderas; "Marian Paroo" in The Music Man (Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); "Maria" in The Sound of Music (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); "Magnolia" in Showboat (Tony Award nomination); "Lily" in The Secret Garden (Drama Desk Nomination); "Christine" in The Phantom of the Opera. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sally Wilfert (Part 2) - ALL THE GIRLS and a Tribute to Broadway's Leading Lady, Rebecca Luker
Why I‘ll Never Make It - An Actor‘s Journey
On December 23, 2020, Broadway and musical theater lost one of its most beautifully talented leading ladies, Rebecca Luker. In the second half of my conversation with Sally Wilfert, we talk about their close friendship and the last project of Rebecca’s life, a duo album called All the Girls. We also touch on what made her such a unique and special individual who touched the lives of so many. We also share personal stories of knowing and working with Rebecca, and discuss the legacy she leaves behind. Sign up for the WINMI Newsletter. Follow Sally - Website / Instagram / Twitter ---------- Music in the episode by Bortexx is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Other music from YouTube: Luker and Wilfert at 54 Below: https://youtu.be/Ndw6NNhlq5M "And This Is my Beloved" from KISMET: https://youtu.be/-qvxqRKmuLA "All I Ask of You" at the Mormon Tabernacle: https://youtu.be/bqGcB1f6Z9E Season 5 offers new ways to connect with me and the guests as well as new opportunities to learn and grow as an artist: Members-Only Episodes on Supercast, only $3-10/month Coachings and Consultations Artist Resources and Offers Instagram and Twitter Why I’ll Never Make It is a Top 25 Theater Podcast on Feedspot, is a part of Helium Radio Network, and is a member of the Broadway Makers Alliance.
Episode #1: For this first installment, I somehow cajoled Broadway songbird, Rebecca Luker (The Music Man, Showboat, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden), to sing "Love Is Not All," my setting of an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem. Recorded 12/5/05.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast
A rebroadcast of our 2017 interview with Ms. LukerBecome a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Best Of: Broadway Stars Danny Burstein & Rebecca Luker / 'Nice White Parents' Creator
Married Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker both contracted COVID in the spring, just as theaters went dark. Burstein was starring in 'Moulin Rouge' at the time. Burstein's case was severe and he nearly died. Luker's case was mild, but it came soon after she had been diagnosed with ALS. They talk with Terry Gross about how their illnesses have changed their lives and careers, and their hopes for the future.Also, John Powers reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' on HBO, directed by Spike Lee.'This American Life' producer Chana Joffe-Walt says progressive white parents may say they want their kids to go to diverse schools — but the reality tells a different story. "I think white parents are pretty savvy at evading the explicit conversation around race, although it's clearly shaping our thoughts about schools." She examines the complicated history of gentrification in a Brooklyn school in her new podcast, 'Nice White Parents.' It's a production of 'Serial' and 'The New York Times.'
This celebrated Broadway actor--The Secret Garden, The Music Man, Mary Poppins--much admired for her glorious voice, sees parallels between cooking and theater. Both are ephemeral. A recipe is akin to a script: neither is the thing itself; each provides instructions for creating the thing. None of this contradicts audience etiquette: no eating during the performance, and no cooking at your seat.
Rebecca Luker / Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Original Cast (1979)
The Original Cast
Three-time Tony-nominee Rebecca Luker is here for a walk through her career and the show Sheldon Harnick calls our “greatest American opera.” Topics Include: getting an agent out of town, auditioning for Hal Prince, balancing your work and your life, and of course we talk about The Secret Garden and I play “How Could I Ever Know” are you kidding? Watch At Home with Rebecca Luker: An Evening of Song! All of the proceeds from the virtual benefit performance will go to supporting Prosetin, a promising new drug candidate for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It was in February when Broadway favorite Luker revealed that she had been diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). For more information about this treatment, visit Prosetin2020.org. If you would like to place a donation, click here: https://fundraise.projectals.org/give/270277/#!/donation/checkout. Featured Recordings: Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Original Cast (1979) • The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991) MERCH! T-shirts! Totes bags! BASEBALL SHIRTS! ETCETERA! DO YOU LIKE MOVIE MUSICALS? Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies! This month is the Judy Garland installment in our A Star is Born series with Roddy Flynn and Kari Ginsburg as we tackle all 4 Stars is Born films this year! Patreon • Twitter • Facebook • Email
At Home with Rebecca Luker TONIGHT 8:00pm Eastern Hosted by Tony-winner Santino Fontana and featuring an interview with Rebecca Luker by Katie Couric. https://fundraise.projectals.org/campaign/at-home-with-rebecca-luker/c287372 All proceeds benefit Prosetin, the first-ever ALS drug candidate developed using cells from ALS patients. MUSIC: “Come to My Garden / Lift Me Up” performed by Rebecca Luker & Joel E. Chaiken from The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991), music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Marsha Norman Merch • Patreon • Twitter • Facebook • Email
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast
The hills are alive with the warmth and wit of three time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. Best known for her appearances in The Secret Garden, Show Boat, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and Fun Home, Rebecca makes a splash on today's episode! Rebecca pulls back the curtain on her career, including how Elaine Stritch warmed up, what show she auditioned for five times before being cast, and why she champions new voices in musical theatre! Also, Rebecca shines the spotlight on Danny Burstein, Susan Stroman, and Hal Prince! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to patreon.com and search Behind The Curtain: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices