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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

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

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

    THOMAS S. HISCHAK, Author

    THOMAS S. HISCHAK, Author

    One of the foremost experts on American Musical Theatre, Professor Thomas S. Hischak, joins Rob and Kevin for an in-depth discussion about his books, his research, and some delightful tidbits about shows jumping the pond on his new book The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage.

    Thomas is the author of over thirty non-fiction books about theatre, film, and popular music, including The Oxford Companion to the American Musical; The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia; Broadway Plays and Musicals; Through the Screen Door; The Tin Pan Alley Encyclopedia; Off-Broadway Musicals Since 1919; The Disney Song Encyclopedia; Word Crazy: Broadway Lyricists; American Literature on Stage and Screen; Theatre as Human Action; 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year; and The Oxford Companion to American Theatre.

    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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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Our Favorite Things: Musical Misfires

    Our Favorite Things: Musical Misfires

    This Week: Discussing the brilliant new book MUSICAL MISFIRES: THREE DECADES OF BROADWAY MUSICAL HEARTBREAK with its authors Thomas S. Hischak and Mark A. Robinson.

    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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    • 30 min
    MICHELE LEE, Actress

    MICHELE LEE, Actress

    SHOWS: How To Succeed....., Seesaw, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

    Hilarious. Candid. Brilliant. How else can you describe the marvelously magnetic Michele Lee. Whether you loved her on Knott's Landing, cheered for her in Herbie The Love Bug, or were dazzled by her countless talk show appearances, you would enthusiastically agree that Michele Lee is a living legend. Joining us from Los Angeles, Michele looks back on her theatrical career which includes Vintage '60, Bravo, Giovanni, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Seesaw, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and Wicked, to name but a few.

    Michele pulls back the curtain on her career to discuss how she quickly navigated the role of Gittel Mosca in Seesaw, what it was like sharing the stage with the wildly charming Robert Morse in How To Succeed (both onstage and on film), and why Joan Rivers was her favorite interviewer.

    Also, Michele shines the spotlight on Lainie Kazan, Michael Bennett, and Rudy Vallee!

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Our Favorite Things: Stritch & Marilyn Maye

    Our Favorite Things: Stritch & Marilyn Maye

    This Week: Looking back on Elaine Stritch's recording career & the genius that is Marilyn Maye

    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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    • 23 min
    SIR TIM RICE, Lyricist

    SIR TIM RICE, Lyricist

    SHOWS: The Lion King, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar

    "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," and many more all sprung from the mind of today's guest, lyricist Sir Tim Rice, whose credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blondel, Evita, Chess, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Aida, and many more.

    Sir Tim pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he first met Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, what it was like working for Disney during its Golden Age, and why he started his very own podcast, Get Onto My Cloud: The Tim Rice Podcast.

    Also, Sir Tim shines the spotlight on Howard Ashman, Patti LuPone, and Hal Prince!

    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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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Our Favorite Things: Playbill on Spotify & The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Our Favorite Things: Playbill on Spotify & The Muppets Take Manhattan

    This Week: Finding the perfect musical theatre playlists & Kermit dismisses Liza!

    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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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

204adam ,

So great

Sometimes this podcast has sound issues but when it doesn’t it soars to greatness.
If you love all things theater and love theater history this is the show for you!

Ewic23 ,

The Best Thing Ever!!

Honestly, I love you two! You're like this musical loving friends I've always wanted! Although, I have disappointed a few people due to my new obsession with "Stairway to Stardom"

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