Rank #1: 104 – Jerry Mitchell
Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer, discusses, how he transitioned from an almost naked-dancing Indian to a choreographer and how his mentors (You know, people like Bennet and Robbins) responded, why he actually enjoys previews, and more.
Dec 26 2016
Rank #2: 172 – Sierra Boggess
Listen to actress Sierra Boggess talk about The Little Mermaid, why she bounced back and forth between mega-musicals, and more in this week’s podcast!
Jan 07 2019
Rank #3: 116 – Rob Ashford
Rob Ashford, Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award winning Director/Choreographer, discusses how he started dancing when he was 20, why it’s a natural progression for Choreographers to become Directors, and more.
May 01 2017
Rank #4: 120 – Lia Vollack
Lia Vollack, President of Sony’s Columbia Live Stage, discusses how being terrified as a child led her to fall in love with the theater, what Broadway can learn from the way Hollywood tests its products, and more.
Jul 10 2017
Rank #5: 182 – Jason Alexander
This week’s episode features Jason Alexander. Check it out to hear all about how he got his start acting, what Broadway can learn from the film industry, and how actors play a part in the creation of a TV show, play, or musical.
Mar 18 2019
Rank #6: 113 – Kathleen Marshall
Kathleen Marshall, Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer, discusses the downside of long-running shows on Broadway, why non-profit and commercial theater are more similar than not, and more.
Feb 27 2017
Rank #7: 164 – Michael Greif
Michael Greif, director of Rent, Next to Normal, Dear Evan Hansen, and more, discusses how he started his career, what changed about Dear Evan Hansen since the first reading, and more.
Oct 22 2018
Rank #8: 129 – Tom Kitt
Tom Kitt, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner, discusses, how to choose an idea to turn into a musical, why he isn’t on social media, and more.
Sep 11 2017
Rank #9: 196 – Susan Blackwell
Susan Blackwell is an actress, writer, and singer, best known for playing characters based on herself in the original musicals [title of show] and Now. Here. This. She has appeared in other plays, musicals, films, and television shows, and even created and hosts her own talk show Side by Side by Susan Blackwell on Broadway.com.
In this episode, we talk about . . .
- Finding the time to pursue your dream, while working your day job . . . like literally while your boss is standing over your desk as you work on lyrics!
- What “dollar-cost-averaging” has to do with a career in the theater.
- Life of a freelance artist and how she structures her day for success.
- Why being a multi-hyphenate and focusing on many things is important to her, and should be to you too.
- How did Title of Show happen – and what’s it like now watching people play her!
Tune in and enjoy this inspiring artrepreneurial episode and when you’re done, turn that dial over to Susan’s new podcast (created with her wonder twin, Laura Camien), The Spark File, which is now live!
This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Jacinth Greywoode (@j.greywoode on soundcloud)! Check out “Myrtle’s Lament” at the end of this episode (music by Jacinth and lyrics by Rebecca Hart). If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.jacinthgreywoode.com/ for more tunes.
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This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.
Sep 30 2019
Rank #10: 154 – Lisa Kron
Lisa Kron, Tony Award Winning Writer, discusses why her early writing horrified her and how she got better, how performing stand-up helped hone her stage writing, and more.
Apr 23 2018
Rank #11: 150 – Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein, Six-Time Tony Award Nominated Actor, discusses why he thinks of himself like a Plumber, when Writers and Directors should listen to Actors and why, and more.
Mar 12 2018
Rank #12: 157 – Rebecca Taichman
Tony Award-Winner Rebecca Taichman discusses balancing life as a director, her rehearsals, and whether or not being a female director has changed with the times.
Jun 04 2018
Rank #13: 134 – Pat Cook
Pat Cook, BMI’s Director of Musical Theatre, discusses the best way to collaborate with your co-writer, what makes a great musical theater writer, versus just a great writer, and more.
Oct 16 2017
Rank #14: 166 – Kristen Blodgette
Hear Kristen Blodgette define what a musical director does, what she thinks of shrinking Broadway orchestras, why she doesn’t write, and more.
Nov 12 2018
Rank #15: 105 – The Rego Brothers
The Rego Brothers, Tony Award Winning Producers and Entrepreneurs, discuss how producing a show that didn’t work, led them to produce Urinetown, what they learned about merchandise from hanging out in a grocery store as kids, and more.
Jan 02 2017
Rank #16: 147 – Walter Bobbie
Walter Bobbie, Tony Award Winning Director, discusses how he knew he wasn’t long for life as an actor, the importance of a “safe room” for his actors on any play, and more.
Jan 29 2018
Rank #17: 183 – Jennifer Tepper
This week on the podcast, Jennifer Tepper talks about what her dream job is, how she got started producing, and more!
Mar 25 2019
Rank #18: 117 – Eva Price
Eva Price, four-time Tony nominated Producer, discusses why she’s glad her first show only ran 6 weeks and did NOT succeed, how she raised the very first money she ever raised . . . with a COLD call, and more.
Jun 05 2017
Rank #19: 190 – Paul Gordon
Check out this week’s podcast featuring composer and lyricist Paul Gordon. He discusses how his successful career writing pop songs eventually led him to Daddy Long Legs and Jane Eyre, how he gets his ideas, and why he started StreamingMusicals.com.
May 20 2019
Rank #20: 177- Tom Viertel
On this week’s podcast, Tom Viertel discusses the most important skill a Producer can have, what real estate and Broadway producing have in common, and much more!
Feb 11 2019