23 episodes

Hosted by rialto raconteur and Real Housewives whisperer Ben Rimalower and his co-host Daniel Nolen, Ben Rimalower's Broken Records invites Broadway and showbiz greats to discuss their lives and careers, spill a little tea, and talk about the albums that influenced and inspired them along the way. Produced by BroadwayWorld.

Ben Rimalower's Broken Records Ben Rimalower and Daniel Nolen

    • Performing Arts

Hosted by rialto raconteur and Real Housewives whisperer Ben Rimalower and his co-host Daniel Nolen, Ben Rimalower's Broken Records invites Broadway and showbiz greats to discuss their lives and careers, spill a little tea, and talk about the albums that influenced and inspired them along the way. Produced by BroadwayWorld.

    Episode 23: Drew Droege (Sylvester's All I Need)

    Episode 23: Drew Droege (Sylvester's All I Need)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor and comedian Drew Droege about Sylvester's 1982 album All I Need. They also discuss Audra McDonald, Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bernhard, Diana Ross, Har Mar Superstar, Robyn, Chloë Sevigny, Annette Funicello, John Waters, Sinead O’Connor, Melissa McCarthy, RuPaul, Jane Fonda. Michael Patrick King, Latrice Royale, Dianne Wiest, Kathleen Turner, Glenn Close, Carol Burnett, The Comeback, and Donna Murphy. Drew is currently performing his play, Happy Birthday Doug, at SoHo Playhouse. His previous play, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, is available to stream on BroadwayHD.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 22: Marilyn Maye (Step To The Rear)

    Episode 22: Marilyn Maye (Step To The Rear)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to cabaret superstar and musical theater actress Marilyn Maye about her 1967 album Step To The Rear. They also discuss Jerry Herman, Mame, Hello Dolly, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, Tommy Tune, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billy Stritch, Tedd Firth, Provincetown, The Anchor Inn, Palm Springs, Feinstein's/54 Below, Birdland, and The Art House. Marilyn tells stories from her career as a singer and recording artist, and shares her expertise on how to build a show and sing to an audience. Marilyn has released seven albums and thirty-four singles, and performs all over the country to rooms full of adoring fans. Marilyn also holds the record for the most frequent singer on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where she appeared a total of seventy-six times.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 21: Lena Hall (Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction)

    Episode 21: Lena Hall (Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony-winning actress and singer Lena Hall about Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction. They also discuss Axl Rose, Cats, Billy Porter, Legally Blonde, Patti LuPone, Evita, Donna Summer, Tarzan, Kinky Boots, Jimi Hendrix, Rent, Janis Joplin, Damon Daunno, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, and My Little Pony. Lena talks about her unique artistic journey, from growing up in the ballet world, to singing in the rock band The Deafening, to winning a Tony Award for her portrayal of Yitzhak in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In Hedwig, Lena performed alongside John Cameron Mitchell, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, and Darren Criss, before stepping into the title role herself for the National Tour.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 20: Judy Kuhn (Joni Mitchell's Blue)

    Episode 20: Judy Kuhn (Joni Mitchell's Blue)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn about Joni Mitchell's landmark 1971 album Blue. They also discuss Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Mary Beth Piel, Betty Buckley, and Yul Brynner. Judy talks about her love for Joni Mitchell, what the album means to her, and how it inspired her career. She also talks about her vocal training and how she has healthily maintained her exquisite voice over the years. Judy has appeared in a number of beloved shows, including The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Chess, She Loves Me, Sunset Boulevard, and Fun Home. She will also appear in Classic Stage Company's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Assassins. Judy sang the title role in the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas, including the Academy Award-winning song Colors of the Wind.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 19: Miss Richfield 1981 (Free To Be... You And Me)

    Episode 19: Miss Richfield 1981 (Free To Be... You And Me)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to drag performer and national treasure Russ King (aka Miss Richfield 1981) about the 1972 album Free To Be... You And Me. They also discuss Varla Jean Merman, Divine, Jinkx Monsoon, Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Rehoboth Beach, Cherry Grove, The Triad, Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Virginia Christine, Pixie Aventura, and Hedda Lettuce. Miss Richfield talks about performance mishaps, working with an audience, and what it's like returning to Provincetown year after year. In addition to her hilarious and acclaimed shows, Miss Richfield is also known as the TV spokesperson for the travel company Orbitz.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 18: Varla Jean Merman (The Mad Show)

    Episode 18: Varla Jean Merman (The Mad Show)

    In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor, singer, and drag legend Jeffery Roberson (aka Varla Jean Merman) about the 1966 cast recording of The Mad Show. They also discuss Coco Peru, Frank DeCaro, Heklina, Joanne Worley, Linda Lavin, The First Wives Club, Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Barbra Streisand, Ann Reinking, Leslie Jordan, Marisol Montalvo, and Charles Busch. Varla talks about performing the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago on Broadway, and shares stories about working in Provincetown with queens such as Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Liza Lott, and BenDeLaCreme. In addition to her hilarious onstage performances, Varla is also known for her work in Richard Day's beloved 2003 comedy film Girls Will Be Girls.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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