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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

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcas‪t‬ Robert W. Schneider and 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

    JULES FISHER + PEGGY EISENHAUER, Lighting Designers

    JULES FISHER + PEGGY EISENHAUER, Lighting Designers

    SHOWS: Pippin, Chicago, and Angels in America

    Their collaboration is one of the longest in theatre history and their brilliant lighting designs have enriched every show on which they work. Solo, Jules Fisher was the lighting designer on the original productions of Pippin, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles and many more. Once Peggy Eisenhauer became his creative partner, their credits included Angels in America, Jelly's Last Jam, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, Ragtime, Shuffle Along, and so many more

    Jules + Peggy pull back the curtain on their career to discuss how Bob Fosse demanded new ideas, what it was like working under the guidance of Jo Mielziner, and why George C. Wolfe requested that black be a color in lighting.

    Also, Jules+Peggy shine the spotlight on Joe Mantello, Graciela Daniele, and Feder!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Our Favorite Things: Dancers Over 40 & Broadway by Ghostlight

    Our Favorite Things: Dancers Over 40 & Broadway by Ghostlight

    This Week: Looking at the organization DANCERS OVER 40 which helps transition older dancers into the next phase of their career and Marc Bonnani's YouTube channel BROADWAY BY GHOSTLIGHT which offers viewers an entertaining look at musical theater past.

    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.

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    • 35 min
    CHRISTINE ANDREAS, Actress

    CHRISTINE ANDREAS, Actress

    SHOWS: My Fair Lady (1976), Oklahoma (1979), On Your Toes (1983)

    "Many singers have lovely voices. Very few interpret lyrics the way they were meant to be sung. And Christine Andreas does just that.” While that compliment was paid by Hal David, we feel there is no greater introduction than that to the carismatic Christine Andreas, whose credits include the revivals of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, On Your Toes, La Cage Aux Folles and the original companies of Legs Diamond, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the first tour of The Light in the Piazza.

    Christine pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she kept dodging Mister Abbott, what it was like being choreographed by Agnes DeMille, and why Legs Diamond has no legs.

    Also, Christine shines the spotlight on Dina Merrill, George Rose, and Alan Jay Lerner!

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Our Favorite Things: A Wonderful Guy by Eddie Shapiro

    Our Favorite Things: A Wonderful Guy by Eddie Shapiro

    This Week: An interview with Eddie Shapiro, author of A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater
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    Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated 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 advanced knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4

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    • 34 min
    MANNY AZENBERG, Producer

    MANNY AZENBERG, Producer

    SHOWS: Rent, Hamilton, 24 Neil Simon plays

    One of Broadway's most prolific producers, Tony Award winner Manny Azenberg, joins Rob and Kevin to look back on his producing career, discuss the process of producing for the legendary Neil Simon, and walk listeners through the ins and outs of producing and general managing in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

    Manny pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he angrily chased Neil Simon around Manhattan, what it was like working for abominable showman David Merrick, and why he thinks the theater is the nation's moral compass.

    Also, Manny shines the spotlight on Mercedes Ruhl, James Goldman, and Tom Stoppard!

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    • 55 min
    MARY TESTA, Actress

    MARY TESTA, Actress

    SHOWS: In Trousers, 42nd Street (2000), Oklahoma (2019)

    For over forty years New York audiences have had the great pleasure of watching three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa light up the stage with her brilliant work in such shows as In Trousers, Barnum, The Rink, On The Town, 42nd Street, Xanadu, Oklahoma, Marie Christine, Queen of the Mist, and First Daughter Suite, amongst so many more. Now, Mary sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on her career, her triumphs, and an intimate conversation about her strength and desire to keep telling stories.

    Mary pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she riffed in front of Stephen Sondheim (and how she got banned from some casting directors because of it), what it was like creating In Trousers, and why her ability to tell nothing but the truth has been her creative guiding light.

    Also, Mary shines the spotlight on William Finn, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Chita Rivera!

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    • 1 hr 13 min

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Behind the Curtain. Broadway's Living Lengends

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Absolutely fantastic, the hosts are great together!! Loved the Comden and Green episode

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