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Episode 114: Irene Sankoff & David Hein get Broadwaysted!


Play along as Irene Sankoff & David Hein (Come From Away) join Bryan, Kevin, and Kimberly for Reyka vodka, Tanteo tequila, broadway talk, theatre games, bad puns, MANCAN wine, and Flor de Caña rum.Become a supporter on our Patreon: https://bit.ly/2Q2zELGThis episode is brought to you by Goldstar! Get $10 off already discounted tickets by using the code BROADWAYSTED at checkout.goldstar.com/broadwaysted Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

21 Aug 2018

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Irene Sankoff

Firecracker Department with Naomi Snieckus

Hey firecrackers! Where in the world are YOU!? Are you also in a freezing cold climate like I am? ‘Cause it’s pretty chilly up here in Toronto and I’m doing whatever I can to stay warm until I’m back in LA! Let me know what you do to stay warm over social media! Speaking of cold climates (yes, we’re using this as a transition, haha!) here’s the second episode from my trip to New York City! I sat down with Irene Sankoff, who has been doing incredible things in the world of theatre for quite some time now. She was one of the originators of “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding” which was a huge hit in Fringe and in the Mirvish theatres in Toronto. Now, the play she co-creater with her husband David, “Come From Away” is on Broadway! I’ve known Irene for some time now, through the Second City community and what not, but getting to sit down with her for this interview and talk all about her journey was more than a treat. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did, firecrackers! 

1hr 23mins

20 Dec 2017

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123 - Irene Sankoff and David Hein

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian librettist and composer-lyricist couple, best known for co-writing the Broadway musical Come From Away. After spending several years studying and working in New York the couple returned to Toronto where Hein wrote a song, "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding", about his mother and her later life partner. Sankoff and Hein expanded the song into a play that became a hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2009 and then picked up by Mirvish Productions for a run at Toronto's Panasonic Theatre before touring Canada. As a result of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding's success, theatre producer Michael Rubinoff approached Hein and Sankoff with his idea about a show based on Operation Yellow Ribbon in which residents of Gander, Newfoundland, housed 7,000 airline passengers who had been stranded at Gander Airport as a result of the grounding of all North American air flights following the September 11 attacks. The couple visited Gander in 2011 during the 10-year reunion of passengers and locals, and subsequently wrote Come from Away based on the stories they learned there.Listen in to hear them talk about… Why they became musical theater writers solely to spend more time together. The Rules they have as a writing team to make sure they stay married…and stay writing together (these are worth the price of this podcast alone!). How to stand up for your script against big time Broadway veterans when you’re a rookie, and its importance to your show’s success. Why they never thought that Come From Away would play Broadway, and how that attitude helped get the show here. The importance of a day job as you’re on your way to write for the theater… or do anything in the theater! Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


30 Jul 2017

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"Come From Away" Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein

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YOU GUYS! The "Come From Away" obsession continues! For today’s episode, I had the great honor of sitting down for a chat with the Irene Sankoff and David Hein who conceived the show and wrote the music, book, and lyrics. I could barely contain myself. The show, of course, is nominated for 7 Tony Awards this year including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Irene and David. It's also nominated for the all important Best New Musical. It was so exciting to get to chat with them about how the show came to be and it’s journey from their living room to Broadway. I loved them SO much! Enjoy!


1 Jun 2017

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Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein: Come From Away

The Performers Podcast

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are the co-writers of the hit Broadway show "Come From Away." We talk about how Irene and David interviewed people to create the foundation for the musical. They explain the development process, with theatre students at The Canadian Music Theatre Project, which is part of the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program. They also worked with Goodspeed Musicals, a non-profit organization dedicated to musical theater based in Connecticut. Come From Away is a perfect intersection of David's love of folk music and Irene's love of Broadway musicals. Thanks to my sponsors: AnthroDesk The best sit/stand desk. Details here. Chefs PlateSave 50% on a week's worth of delicious food


29 Mar 2017

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Episode 12: David Hein & Irene Sankoff

The Endless Knot

We discuss the origins of "Come From Away" in the unexpected connections caused by 9/11, and the ways David & Irene's backgrounds and interests have intersected to produce this show.


18 Feb 2016