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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie Du Mont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

The Fabulous Invalid Jamie DuMont

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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie Du Mont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

    Episode 65: Priscilla Lopez: What I Did For Love

    Episode 65: Priscilla Lopez: What I Did For Love

    On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob are joined at Orso Restaurant by “one singular sensation”: Priscilla Lopez! Currently starring in “Grand Horizons” on Broadway, Priscilla talks about her storied career, from her Broadway debut that wasn’t—the two performance flop “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”—to replacement gigs in “Company” and “Pippin”, and her landmark creation of Diana Morales in “A Chorus Line”. She talks candidly about working with Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, and Tommy Tune, and reflects back on a long and fabulous career in the theatre through 50 years and 15 Broadway shows. Afterward, Rob gives a closer look at “A Day In Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine”, the 1980 musical for which Priscilla won a Tony Award.
    This week’s music: “Nothing”, “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line” and “Tick Tock” from “Company”.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
     Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
     Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 64: Mack & Mabel: City Center Encores!

    Episode 64: Mack & Mabel: City Center Encores!

    On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie go in deep with all things “Mack & Mabel”, discussing Jerry Herman’s legendary flop as it returns to New York for the first time in 46 years with a new production at New York City Center’s Encores! They speak with Jack Viertel, Artistic Director of Encores!; book reviser Francine Pascal, sister of the late bookwriter Michael Stewart; Rob Berman, long time musical director at Encores!; Josh Rhodes, director and choreographer of this new production; and actors Douglas Sills, Alexandra Socha, and Lilli Cooper. Time heals everything ... but loving “Mack & Mabel”!
    This week’s music: “Overture”,“When Mabel Comes in the Room", ”Time Heals Everything”, “I Won’t Send Roses”, “Movies Were Movies”, “I Want to Make the World Laugh”, “Tap Your Troubles Away”, “Look What Happened To Mabel”, from the Original Cast Recording, Alexandra Socha singing, “I Won’t Send Roses, reprise”, and “Hit ‘Em on the Head”, from the 1995 London Cast Recording.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
     Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
     Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 63: Ben Brantley: Tell Me A Story

    Episode 63: Ben Brantley: Tell Me A Story

    On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob are joined by Ben Brantley, co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. A consummate journalist and celebrated writer, Ben talks about how he came to the Times, his tenure there since 1993, his writing process, what theater criticism means to him, and why he loves the theater. A bit later in the show, Rob gives a look into the career of experimental playwright and director Richard Maxwell through the lens of a Ben Brantley review.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
     Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
     Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 56 min
    Episode 62: Hadestown: Live From BroadwayCon

    Episode 62: Hadestown: Live From BroadwayCon

    This week’s episode is a special live taping from the mainstage at BroadwayCon! Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer are joined by stars of the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning best musical “Hadestown”: Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalaz - Nacer, and Kay Trinidad. Together, they talk all things “Hadestown” and take questions from Twitter and Instagram, including how the show came together, stage mishaps, and what it’s like settling into a hit run. A bit later, Rob gives us a deeper look into BroadwayCon itself, and at the top of the episode, Jennifer shares an update on rehearsals for “Company”.
    This week’s music: “Road to Hell”, “When the Chips are Down”, “Come Home with Me”, “Hey Little Songbird”, “Wait for Me” all from “Hadestown, Original Broadway Cast Recording”.
    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
     Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
    Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 61: Peter Lawrence: Production Stage Manager

    Episode 61: Peter Lawrence: Production Stage Manager

    On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob speak with Peter Lawrence, the man who literally wrote the book on stage management. With a career spanning four decades, Peter has worked as a production stage manager on over thirty Broadway shows, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Sunset Boulevard”, and “Spamalot”— often collaborating with legendary greats like Mike Nichols, Neil Simon, Gene Saks, and Manny Azenburg. Before we get to the interview, though, Rob shares something he needs to get off his chest.

    This week’s music: “Just Go To The Movies", from “Jerry’s Girls”, “In the Beginning, Woman” from “Timbuktu” and “Borderline” from “Madonna”.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
     Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
     Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 60: Everyone Is A Critic

    Episode 60: Everyone Is A Critic

    On this week’s special in-depth package show, Rob and Jamie sit down with a cross section of theatre critics to talk about who they are, what they do, why they do it, and how they do it, in addition to their thoughts on the state of theatre criticism and the future of the form. You’ll hear from Ben Brantley, Helen Shaw, Jose Solís, Nicole Serratore, and Christian Lewis. Tune in and find out why “everyone is a critic”.
    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: info@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie Du Mont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
     Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
     Jennifer Simard
    Twitter: @SimardJennifer 
    Instagram: @thejennifersimard

    • 1 hr 6 min

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