86 episodes

Intimate conversations with theatre’s biggest talents including stars, producers, directors, tv stars with theatre history and more. This is a podcast for theatre people by theater people. With over 2 decades of experience in film and theatre both as cast and creative, host Alan Seales speaks with Broadway and beyond’s biggest talents to learn more about not only how the world of theatre and performing operate, but also what makes it so real and human. In-depth, personal, behind-the-scenes conversations will highlight special details of the industry that most people may not know exist, will always find out what makes the guests love their craft, what makes them tick, and what truly inspires them.

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales Alan Seales

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Intimate conversations with theatre’s biggest talents including stars, producers, directors, tv stars with theatre history and more. This is a podcast for theatre people by theater people. With over 2 decades of experience in film and theatre both as cast and creative, host Alan Seales speaks with Broadway and beyond’s biggest talents to learn more about not only how the world of theatre and performing operate, but also what makes it so real and human. In-depth, personal, behind-the-scenes conversations will highlight special details of the industry that most people may not know exist, will always find out what makes the guests love their craft, what makes them tick, and what truly inspires them.

    Ep73 - Sonya Tayeh, choreographer (Moulin Rouge, Sing Street, So You Think You Can Dance)

    Ep73 - Sonya Tayeh, choreographer (Moulin Rouge, Sing Street, So You Think You Can Dance)

    Sonya Tayeh made her way from the city of Detroit to New York City to find herself choreographing for some of today’s biggest names including Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Florence and the Machine. She’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards for her work on So You Think You Can Dance, and won the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play Kung Fu, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination. She recently made her Broadway debut as choreographer for the smash hit Moulin Rouge the Musical and is also working on the upcoming production of Sing Street.

    Sonya's process may be unique - sometimes she has to dance in silence before adding the music back in so that she makes sure she doesn't get trapped in the music because "If it's interesting without music it will be interesting with music." In all her work, she utilizes the ensemble to push the story along and doesn't just have them dance because they're there. In Moulin Rouge, the story progression relies heavily on the ensemble and the dancing.

    Connect with Sonya:

    IG: @sonyatayeh


    Twitter:@sonyatayeh


    sonyatayeh.com


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 46 min
    Ep72 - Tam Mutu, the Duke: Moulin Rouge the Musical

    Ep72 - Tam Mutu, the Duke: Moulin Rouge the Musical

    One of Broadway's favorite bad boys, Tam Mutu is The Duke in the smash Broadway hit Moulin Rouge, the Musical, You may also recognize him from his TV appearances on The Walking Dead, Bluebloods, and Sherlock, or from being on stage in Doctor Zhivago on Broadway and Love Never Dies in London.
    After a successful time playing football... er, soccer... something called to him to start performing on stage, and the rest was history. After years working in the UK and the West End, he was supposed to make his Broadway debut in the infamous show Rebecca, which was riddled with scandal and never saw its first curtain. Think his personification of The Duke is something to laugh at? Think again, as his portrayal is different, dark, and more real than we've seen before.
    Connect with Tam:

    IG: @tammutu


    Twitter: @tammutu



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 49 min
    LIVE: Beetlejuice at BroadwayCon 2020 with Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Jenny Gersten and Callie Goff

    LIVE: Beetlejuice at BroadwayCon 2020 with Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Jenny Gersten and Callie Goff

    LIVE from BroadwayCon 2020 in New York City, here is the main stage panel for BEETLEJUICE with Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Jenny Gersten and Callie Goff. We talk all things TikTok, cosplay, social media, audience reactions, and even conclude the event with BroadwayCon's largest selfie, ever!

    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 58 min
    Ep71 - Steven Sater, Tony and Olivia Award winning poet, playwright, lyricist, television writer and screenwriter

    Ep71 - Steven Sater, Tony and Olivia Award winning poet, playwright, lyricist, television writer and screenwriter

    Steven Sater is a two time Tony Award winning, Olivier Award winning, and Grammy Award winning, writer and author of shows such as Murder at the Gates, Alice by Heart, and of course, Spring Awakening. He is now also the author of Alice by Heart the novel, being released on Feb 4th, 2020.
    Born in Evansville Indiana, Steven didn’t have a childhood like most. An injury left him bed ridden where he taught himself ancient greek and started writing his first plays. This has now resulted in some of the most beloved musicals of all time, such as Spring Awakening. His latest project is the release of his new book, based off of his musical, Alice by Heart, inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland. 
    In this episode, we discuss: 

    Growing up as a ‘bubble boy’, being unable to attend school

    Jumping off a 3rd floor balcony in college to escape a fire

    His life at Princeton University, and how it pointed him towards his career

    How he keeps himself centered, and his involvement in Soka Gakkai International where he met both his wife and Duncan Sheik

    Where the idea for Spring Awakening came from


    Connect with Seven

    IG: @StevenSater


    Twitter: @StevenSater


    Buy the book


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 46 min
    Ep70 - Elizabeth Stanley, Mary Jane Healey: Jagged Little Pill

    Ep70 - Elizabeth Stanley, Mary Jane Healey: Jagged Little Pill

    Starring as Mary Jane Healy in Jagged Little Pill, one of the biggest musicals on Broadway, Elizabeth Stanley leads audiences on an unforgettable journey of self-reflection and serious thought… 8 times a week.
    She made her Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Company, and has also starred on Broadway in Cry-Baby, Million Dollar Quartet, and On the Town. She was in the 2009 tour of Xanadu, and the 2015 tour of The Bridges of Madison County in addition to numerous TV credits such as Fringe, All My Children, The Affair, and The Get Down. 
    Elizabeth has a very open conversation about the effects of mental health portrayed in the show and to her personally. She has her routines that help her to step out of that dark headspace playing a character like Mary Jane Healy will sometimes leave you. Including different techniques she uses when walking off stage. She will leave you captivated listening to the podcast as much as you would be watching her on stage.

    Connect with Elizabeth
    IG: @el.stans


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 53 min
    Ep69 - Bernie Telsey, one of this generation's biggest and best casting directors

    Ep69 - Bernie Telsey, one of this generation's biggest and best casting directors

    Bernie Telsey is one of the biggest names in the business. You may not see him on stage but he has introduced the world to some of the biggest names on Broadway. He and his team at Telsey + Company have cast literally hundreds of Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional productions, in addition to your favorite TV shows and movies, and more. He is also one of the co-creators of MCC Theatre, which he started right after graduating NYU. Bernie got his big break after casting one the most beloved musicals, Rent, and started a casting trend that almost single handedly changed the face of the industry, and helped to bring the large volume of filming tv, film, and commercials to New York City that we see today. 
    Among many things, we cover:

    The behind the scenes of casting a show and how it is different for each genre

    Starting MCC Theatre with friends from college

    Getting his big break casting Rent, after trying to not do it

    How the internet has helped (and hurt) how shows are cast these days

    What it takes to run bi-coastal, massive casting agency

    How he helped usher in a new wave of Broadway and changed the industry

    Advice on how to get seen in this business, and the proper way to submit yourself to casting agents


    Connect with Bernie

    www.telseyandco.com

    IG/Twitter: @telseyandco



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
    If you would like to see your name in this show notes or get a shout out on the pod itself, visit ttp.fm/patreon to become a member and show your support!

    • 1 hr 2 min

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