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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends collects the wit, wisdom, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists from the Golden Age to Now.From actors to directors, designers to playwrights, press agents to general managers, this podcast is a celebration of the giants who helped shape the American Musical Theatre.Hosts: Robert W. Schneider & Kevin David Thomas

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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends collects the wit, wisdom, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists from the Golden Age to Now.From actors to directors, designers to playwrights, press agents to general managers, this podcast is a celebration of the giants who helped shape the American Musical Theatre.Hosts: Robert W. Schneider & Kevin David Thomas

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Best concept!

By allisonjazzhands - Nov 07 2019
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This podcast is so eye opening, educational, and best of all FUNNY! Thank you for doing this!

Best Broadway Review Podcats!

By Jay Sea 2 - Jun 12 2019
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I love all the insider scoops and info these guys possess. Keep it coming!

iTunes Ratings

281 Ratings
Average Ratings
265
8
4
2
2

Best concept!

By allisonjazzhands - Nov 07 2019
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This podcast is so eye opening, educational, and best of all FUNNY! Thank you for doing this!

Best Broadway Review Podcats!

By Jay Sea 2 - Jun 12 2019
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I love all the insider scoops and info these guys possess. Keep it coming!
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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends collects the wit, wisdom, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists from the Golden Age to Now.From actors to directors, designers to playwrights, press agents to general managers, this podcast is a celebration of the giants who helped shape the American Musical Theatre.Hosts: Robert W. Schneider & Kevin David Thomas

Rank #1: #42 EDDIE KORBICH, High Tenor of Broadway

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Everyone's favorite tenor, Eddie Korbich, is this week's guest on Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends. From starring in the original production of Assassins, to playing Mr. Snow against newcomer Audra ANN McDonald, to surviving Seussical, Eddie Korbich has proven time and time again that he is not only one of Broadway's best, he is also one of the nicest. Join Eddie as he tells Rob and Kevin what it was like to get notes from Sondheim, how a picnic basket won him the respect of a director, and why its important to keep finding the joy in everything!

Nov 14 2016

52mins

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Rank #2: #77 ROBERT CUCCIOLI, Actor

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This is the moment because Broadway's very own Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, Robert Cuccioli, sits down with Rob & Kevin to look back on his career as both an actor and a director. Robert discusses such projects as And The World Goes Round, Rothschild & Sons, Les Miserables, plus his unyielding love of Shakespeare. Robert pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how the basement of a Gristedes gave him a chance to shine, what it was like creating the role of Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde, and why a terrible audition lead him to a great job! Also, Robert shines the spotlight on Richard Harris, Woody Allen, and Frank Wildhorn! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Jul 17 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: #193 DONNA MCKECHNIE, Tony Award Winning Actress

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SHOWS:  A Chorus Line, Company, Promises, Promises The one and only Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, star of A Chorus Line, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her incredible career which started with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and then went to The Education of Hyman Kaplan, Promises, Promises, Company, On the Town, A Chorus Line, State Fair, and The Visit!  Donna pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how The Music and The Mirror was created, what it was like working with Bob Fosse, and why she has found new joy in her self and the art of cabaret.  Also, Donna shines the spotlight on Frank Loesser, Elaine Stritch, and Dean Jones!  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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com

Oct 07 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: #187 BETH FOWLER, Actress

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From a murderous baker to a singing teapot to Hugh Jackman's mother, today's guest has done it all. The incomparable Beth Fowler, who is an intuition in the American Musical Theater, swings by Shetler Studios to discuss her career on Broadway in such shows as Gantry, A Little Night Music, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Baby, Beauty and the Beast, The Boy From Oz and, of course, her time on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black." Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she ended up sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman, what it was like working with Leonard Bernstein, and why you should never have a movie night with Stephen Sondheim! Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Christopher Hewitt, Hal Prince, and Patricia Routledge.  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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com

Aug 26 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: Our Favorite Things #50: Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast & Cher…Special

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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: Iago's love of nostalgia & Cher's love of split-screens.

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Jan 12 2017

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Rank #6: #105 JOANNA GLEASON, Tony Winning Actress

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Come spend a moment in the woods with one of Broadway's finest artists, Joanna Gleason, who not only won a Tony Award for her magnificent portrayal of The Baker's Wife in Into The Woods, but also starred in such Broadway hits as I Love My Wife, Social Security, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Joanna's career is not just limited to the theatre as she has appeared in dozens and dozens of film and television works including Boogie Nights, The West Wing, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hello, Larry, and more! Joanna pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how every night she paid tribute to her I Love My Wife costar Lenny Baker in Into the Woods, what it was like being in a rehearsal room with Mike Nichols , and why Joanna returned to the well-known disaster Nick and Nora after twenty years! Also, Joanna shines the spotlight on Arthur Laurents, John Spencer, and Stephen Sondheim 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Jan 29 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: #74 CAROLEE CARMELLO, Actress

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You might not know this man but you sure will know this woman, the effervescent Carolee Carmello. Carolee swings by to discuss Falsettos, Parade, Lestat, The Addams Family, Scandalous, Tuck Everlasting, and so much more! Carolee pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how a business major went on to become a three time Tony nominee, what song did she hear in someone else's dressing room that gave her a panic attack , and why she is not a fan of the rehearsal process! Also, Carolee shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, and Kathie Lee Gifford! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Jun 26 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #8: Our Favorite Things #35: CastAlbums.org & ABroadwayBoy

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Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: Two internet goodies!

Sep 29 2016

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Rank #9: #115 MICHAEL RIEDEL, Journalist

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Brace yourselves because the infamous Assassin of Broadway, Michael Riedel, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his career and to celebrate the great legends that fascinated him when he first began in this business. Michael also discusses his incredible book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway, which is required reading for anyone who loves the theatre, plus lets loose with gossip from the Great White Way. Michael pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he came to write Razzle Dazzle , what it means to be a modern day Walter Winchell, and why a fishbowl of napkins and matchbooks made him the most feared man on Broadway. Also, Michael shines the spotlight on a sweaty Alan Rickman, an outrageous Dorothy Loudon, and a supportive Gerald Schoenfeld! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Apr 09 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #10: #192 MAURY YESTON, Composer

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SHOWS: Nine, Titanic, Phantom, Grand Hotel His music has inspired audiences for generations and his knowledge of music history is comparable to no one. He is the Tony Award winning composer Maury Yeston, and in this episode he swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his teachings and the music behind his shows.  Maury pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he got enlisted to write Nine, what was it like being taught by Lehman Engle, and why Peter Stone was a brilliant collaborator. Also, Maury shines the spotlight on Ed Kleban, Tommy Tune, and Wright and Forrest!  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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com

Sep 30 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: #91 KEN PAGE, “Old Deuteronomy”

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Even if your feet's too big come to the heavyside layer and join Rob and Kevin as they sit down with the incredible star of The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin, Cats, and the iconic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the warm and wonderful Ken Page. Ken pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a young boy from Missouri became one of Broadway's most beloved actors, what it was like learning to play a cat, and why he still loves being the Oogie Boogie. Also, Ken shines the spotlight on The MUNY, Trevor Nunn, Nell Carter, and Tim Burton! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Oct 23 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #12: #152 FRANK RICH, Critic for The New York Times 1980-1993

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While he was known by many as The Butcher of Broadway, Frank Rich is still considered to be one of the greatest critics who ever covered The Great White Way. Despite that savage moniker, he was, and is, a proud theater geek whose desire to collect obscure anecdotes and musicals makes him a kindred spirit to all of us.  Frank pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first fell in love with the theatre, what it was like battling some of Broadway's greatest names, and why David Merrick was a consistent source of frustration and inspiration!  Also, Frank shines the spotlight on Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Gelb, and Wendy Wasserstein.  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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com 

Dec 24 2018

45mins

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Rank #13: Our Favorite Things #81: Not Since Carrie & Yma Sumac

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This week: Praising the bible of Musical Theatre geekdom, Where in the World is Ken Mandelbaum, the Beckettian podcast from last week, praising Yma Sumac (or, Amy Camus), what would go in a Not Since Carrie 2, and more! Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Aug 17 2017

39mins

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Rank #14: #80 LARRY GROSSMAN, Composer

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Yes, mama, there's a rainbow but stop looking at it long enough to listen to Tony nominated composer Larry Grossman discuss what it was like not only working on Minnie's Boys, Goodtime Charley, Grind, A Doll's Life, and Snoopy, but to discuss what it was like working with Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and the Muppets! Larry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he won over Groucho Marx, what it was like working with Shelley Winters, and why Goodtime Charley will one day be appreciated (plus, who was slated to originally star in Goodtime Charley will blow your mind!) Also, Larry shines the spotlight on Joel Grey, Hal Prince, and Kermit the Frog! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Aug 07 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #15: #160 SUSAN STROMAN, Tony Award winning director/choreographer

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Five Time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman swings by Shetler Studios to discuss her incredible career which includes the original productions of Crazy For You, And The World Goes Round, Big, Steel Pier, Contact, The Producers, Thou Shall Not, Young Frankenstein, The Scottsboro Boys, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, and so many more! Susan pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she become one of the greatest interpreters of John Kander and Fred Ebb, what is her artistic process for creating choreography, and why Mel Brooks will never be an usher. Also, Susan shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Mike Ockrent, and Bob Fosse! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com 

Feb 18 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: #161 TONY WALTON, Set Designer

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The one and only Tony Walton, one of Broadway's most innovating and influential set designers, invites Rob and Kevin into his apartment to look back on his career which includes the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy, and designing such musicals as the original A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Golden Boy, The Apple Tree, Pippin, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Six Degrees of Separation, revivals of Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and such movies as Murder on the Orient Express, All That Jazz, and Mary Poppins! Tony pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a boy from London became the toast of Broadway, what it was like burgling Bob Fosse's home, and why Julie Andrews helped propel him into the stratosphere of design titans. Also, Tony shines the spotlight on George Abbott, Sammy Davis Jr, and Jerome Robbins! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com 

Feb 25 2019

46mins

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Rank #17: #137 BRUCE VILANCH, Writer

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He has kept audiences in stitches for over forty years and today its Rob and Kevin's turn as Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, the man behind the quips heard at the Tonys, Oscars, and Emmys swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his career as a writer, actor, and activist! Bruce pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Bea Arthur sang Kurt Weill with a wookie, what it was like crafting the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, and why The Vamp might have been the most fabulous musical no one ever saw! Also, Bruce shines the spotlight on Carol Channing, Joan Crawford, and Virginia Mayo! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Sep 10 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #18: Our Favorite Things #133: Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free & Promises, Promises

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This Week: Praising the genius that is Jessica Vosk and reinventing the sound of music with Burt Bacharach. Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

Aug 16 2018

34mins

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Rank #19: #154 CHRISTINE PEDI, Actress & Host of On Broadway on Sirius XM

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Today's guests are Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Channing.....well, not really, but you would think we had them all in one place at the same time because our guest this week is the fabulous impressionist, and host of Sirius XM's On Broadway, the sensational Christine Pedi!  Christine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she got direction from Elaine Stritch, what it was like discovering her talents for impressionism, and why Blossom Dearie might never appear in public........but she made an appearance for us! Also, Christine shines the spotlight on Gerard Alessandrini, Seth Rudetsky and Liza Minnelli!  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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com

Jan 07 2019

59mins

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Rank #20: #162 LONNY PRICE, Director

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Lonny Price is one of the industry's most respected directors of both stage and screen. As an actor, he appeared in such shows as Merrily We Roll Along, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Dirty Dancing, Burn This, and so many more. But it is as a director Lonny is best known to audiences, having brought to life such musicals as A Class Act, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Urban Cowboy, Sunset Boulevard, plus countless musicals at Encores and the Ravinia Festival and the incomparable Live from Lincoln Center musicals including Candide, Company, Sweeney Todd, Camelot, and the brilliant Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.  Lonny pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how his bar mitzvah led to his first Broadway job, what it was like creating Merrily We Roll Along, and why Elaine Stritch always wore a hat. Also, Lonny shines the spotlight on George Abbott, Stephen Sondheim, and Patti LuPone! 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: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com 

Mar 04 2019

1hr 13mins

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