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Rank #167 in Performing Arts category

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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.

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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.

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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!

Fantastic podcast!

By bsbsnlrule - Jun 10 2019
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How did it take me so long to find this?! This is a great podcast for any Broadway fan, love it!

iTunes Ratings

265 Ratings
Average Ratings
253
5
4
1
2

Best Broadway Review Podcats!

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

Fantastic podcast!

By bsbsnlrule - Jun 10 2019
Read more
How did it take me so long to find this?! This is a great podcast for any Broadway fan, love it!
Cover image of BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

Updated 13 days ago

Rank #167 in Performing Arts category

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Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends is hosted by director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas. The podcast collects the wit, wisdom, memories, and anecdotes of musical theatre's greatest artists. 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.

Rank #1: #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!

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Jul 17 2017
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Rank #2: #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!

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Apr 09 2018
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Rank #3: #63 ANITA GILLETTE, Actress

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The Secret Service might make her nervous but it doesn’t stop the wonderful Anita Gillette from telling all in this fascinating interview. Anita invited Rob and Kevin over to her apartment to look back on her Broadway credits including Gypsy, All-American, Mr. President, Cabaret, and many others.

Anita pulls back the curtain on her career, including how Irving Berlin dealt with critics, what it was like to work on the 1 performance flop Kelly, and why David Merrick sent her a bill!

Also, Anita shines the spotlight on Neil Simon, Gower Champion, and Ethel Merman!

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

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Apr 10 2017
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Rank #4: #130 RANDY SKINNER, Choreographer

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Get out your tap shoes, Francis, because four time Tony nominated choreographer, Randy Skinner, is here to waltz us all back in time for an intimate retrospective of his career. From working at the famed Kenley Players to being the keeper of the 42nd Street flame, Randy’s career includes turns (both onstage and off) with 42nd Street, Babes in Arms, Ain’t Broadway Grand, State Fair, Do Re Mi, George M, Lone Star Love, White Christmas, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Dames at Sea, and many more!

Randy pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how Ginger Rodgers influenced his work, what it was like learning from Gower Champion, and why he loves the art of teaching.

Also, Randy shines the spotlight on Fred Astaire, David Merrick, and John Kenley!

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Jul 23 2018
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Rank #5: #184 CASEY NICHOLAW, Director

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The Book of Mormon. Mean Girls. The Prom. Aladdin. The Drowsy Chaperone. And that are only five of the many musicals that were directed and choreographed by one of the most productive men in musical theater: Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.

In between running to each of the four shows of his that are playing on Broadway, Casey swung by Shetler Studios to discuss his career with Rob and Kevin.

Casey pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how an airline salesperson saved his job, what it was like bringing to life some of Broadway’s most iconic musicals, and why you should never watch Mike Nichols watching your show.

Also, Casey shines the spotlight on Beth Leavel, Susan Stroman, and Tina Fey!

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

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Aug 05 2019
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Rank #6: #39 MARTIN CHARNIN, Actor & Lyricist, Part One

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He created the role of Big Deal in the original West Side Story. He changed the face of musical theatre, and pop culture, when he wrote Annie. And, now, Martin Charnin is sitting down for a two part interview with Rob and Kevin to talk about how he went from being an actor, to a lyricist, to a director.

In this interview, Martin talks about why he kept his career in musical theatre a secret from his father, what the West Side Story audition process was like, and Martin reveals the greatest musical theatre idea that never was. Hint: It starred Norman Bates and Princess Winnifred!

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Rank #7: Our Favorite Things #59: Come From Away & Second Act Trouble

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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: Rob and Kevin invent the Broadway Home Shopping Network! Plus, a new musical and a good read!

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Mar 16 2017
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Rank #8: #108 KEVIN CHAMBERLIN, Tony Nominated Actor

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Let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.

Kevin pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was busted as a wee lad for bootlegging, what it was like creating the roles of Horton and Fester in two of high school’s most produced musicals, and why he loves developing new works!

Also, Kevin shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Ahrens and Flaherty, and Detective Beth Fowler!

A big thanks to listener/brilliant artist Ray Kampf who set up this interview. Check out his work here: http://raykampf.com

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Feb 19 2018
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Rank #9: #118 KAREN ZIEMBA, Actress

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Are you willing to ride? If so, then you will get to hear the enchanting Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba look back on her incredible career which includes show stealing turns in And The World Goes Round, Crazy For You, Steel Pier, Contact, Curtains, The Prince of Broadway, and so many more!

Karen pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how she became a muse for John Kander and Fred Ebb, what it was like being in the room with Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse, and why selling programs at the Kenley Players was a highlight of her youth!

Also, Karen shines the spotlight on Bill Irwin, Hal Prince, and, of course, Susan Stroman!

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Apr 30 2018
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Rank #10: Our Favorite Things #184: Hal Prince (1928-2019)

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This Week: Celebrating the life and legacy of Hal Prince.

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

To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com

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Aug 08 2019
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Rank #11: #124 BETH LEAVEL, Tony Award Winning Actress

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She might have once been a drowsy chaperone but the brilliant artist who created her, Beth Leavel, is an energetic life force whose passion for the art of musical theatre is infectious. Beth drops by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and discuss her incredible career which not only boasts a Tony Award but featured her gracing the Broadway stages of such shows as 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Baby It’s You, Bandstand, and the upcoming The Prom.

Beth pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how becoming a Dame led to a Tony Award, what it was like fighting in the Civil War, and why she never encores “I’ve Got Rhythm!”

Also, Beth shines the spotlight on Casey Nicholaw, Mike Ockrent, Bobo Lewis, and many more!

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Jun 11 2018
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Rank #12: #67 LEWIS STADLEN, Character Actor

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Brilliant. Hysterical. Dangerous. Those three words best sum up veteran character actor Lewis Stadlen. A two time Tony nominee, Lewis has seen it all and has worked with the best. His many credits include Minnie’s Boys, the 1974 revival of Candide, the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, Guys and Dolls, plus four Neil Simon premieres. And, now, Lewis sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his journey; unedited and unfiltered.

Lewis pulls back the curtain on his career, including how he fought the Prince of Broadway, what it was like getting direction from Mel Brooks, and why Nathan Lane moonlights as Lewis’ agent!

Also, Lewis shines the spotlight on Shelley Winters, Neil Simon, and Groucho Marx!

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

Lewis book, Acting Foolish, can be purchased here: http://amzn.to/2pLxtlP

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May 08 2017
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Rank #13: #106 CHIP ZIEN, Actor

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It Takes Two…well, almost two…… glorious hours to look back on the career of Broadway’s favorite neurotic, Chip Zien.  One of entertainment’s most recognizable character actors sits down with Rob and Kevin to discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim, Bill Finn, James Lapine, and what it was like to create such roles as Falsetto’s Marvin AND Dr. Mendel, and Into The Woods’ The Baker.

Chip pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a lunch break from a shoe store led to his big break, what it was like meeting Bill Finn for the first time, and why he really wants to go to ComicCon!

Also, Chip shines the spotlight on Dustin Hoffman, Joanna Gleason, Mike Nichols, and Howard the Duck!

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Feb 05 2018
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Rank #14: 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!

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Sep 29 2016
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Rank #15: #145 CAROLE COOK, Actress

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In one of the funniest episodes to date, Carole Cook brings Rob and Kevin into her LA home to look back on her eighty plus years in the business! From summer stock (where she does Sophie Tucker in Kismet….don’t ask) to The Lucy Show, to being the second person to play Dolly to being the first person with a witty line, the incomparable Carole Cook looks back on her time in theatre, movies, and television, with wit, grace, and a penchant for four letter adjectives.

Carole pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she caught the eye of Lucille Ball, what it was like being onstage to hear Gower Champion had died, and why she is still making headlines at 94 years old!

Also, Carole shines the spotlight on Joanne Worley, John Kenley, and David Merrick.

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Nov 05 2018
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Rank #16: #157 LINDA LAVIN, Tony Winning Actress, Pt. 1

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The one and only new girl in town, Tony Award winner Linda Lavin, joins Rob and Kevin for a phone chat that discusses not only her appearances in A Family Affair, It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman, Broadway Bound, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, but what inspires her as an artist, what it was like making the rounds during her formative years, and how she like to collaborate with directors and writers.

Linda pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how a trip to a construction site launched her career, what was it like being in the room with Neil Simon, and why she learned her greatest acting lessons from Mike Nichols and a stranger!

Also, Linda shines the spotlight on Hal Prince, Olympia Dukakis, and Milton Rosenstock!

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

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Jan 28 2019
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Rank #17: #129 JOHN LEE BEATTY, Tony Award winning set designer

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One of Broadway’s busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain’t Misbehavin, Talley’s Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores!

John pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a day with Michael Kidd transformed his career, what it was like working with Ming Cho Lee,  and why he is the go to designer for living rooms everyone wants to live in!

Also, John shines the spotlight on Douglas W Schmidt, Richard Maltby Jr, and Gerald Gutierrez!

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Jul 16 2018
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Rank #18: #60 REBECCA LUKER, Actress

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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!

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Mar 20 2017
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Rank #19: Our Favorite Things #117: Michael Riedel vs Amy Sedaris & A Very Special Message from Kevin

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This Week: Amy Sedaris goes after Michael Riedel & Kevin shares an important message.

This week’s episode is dedicated to Floyd Thomas.

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

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Apr 26 2018
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Rank #20: Our Favorite Things #53: Skip E Lowe Looks at Hollywood & Thou Shalt Not

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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: A public access predecessor to Behind the Curtain & a musical that left us way too soon.

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Feb 02 2017
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