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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.

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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.

    Carolee Carmello: Three Time Tony Nominee

    Carolee Carmello: Three Time Tony Nominee

    She thought theater was something she just needed to get out of her system, but many years and a successful career later this performer opens up about pursuing your dreams to avoid regret, and participating in the new virtual era theater finds itself in.
    No stranger to the stage, Carolee Carmello is a Broadway veteran with fourteen Broadway shows on her resume. She is a three-time Tony Award nominee and a 5-time Drama Desk nominee, winning the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lucille Frank in Parade. Carolee’s other Broadway credits include the original casts of Falsettos, Lestat, The Addams Family, and Tuck Everlasting. In the last several years she received rave reviews for her role as Mrs. Lovett in the off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, as well as Dolly in the US national tour of Hello, Dolly (which shutdown in March when theaters were closed). Carolee can now be seen in a fun new take on your favorite Dickens classic called Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, a virtual production that brings together casts and creatives from some of Broadway’s biggest shows. 
    Carolee grew up in Albany, NY, where watching movie musicals on TV as a kid was how she learned about theater. She later participated in a few community theater productions for fun while attending the University of Albany (where she majored in Business and French), never thinking she would actually make a career out of performing. 
    In our conversation Carolee opens up about the “combination of things” which lead to her decision to move to the city after college, and give herself a year to make things happen (Hint: There’s no people like show people). A year turned to two years, which eventually turned into an incredibly successful career performing in some of Broadway’s most iconic shows. Carolee also shares her memories of being on tour with Hello, Dolly in Buffalo, NY in March the night theaters were shut down, which led to her work on the new virtual production Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist. Filmed entirely on greenscreen, alone in a room with only sticks and toilet paper rolls to act with, Carolee and the Broadway community are finding all new ways to bring theater to their audiences. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    The Tony Awards in the time of COVID-19

    Her experience with community theater while studying business in college 

    Learning about Actor’s Equity for the first time 

    What made her decide to pursue theater

    Working on Estella Scrooge 

    The Ratatouille Musical on TikTok


    Connect with Carolee:

    Instagram: @caroleecarmello


    Twitter: @caroleecarmello


    Watch the Estella Scrooge trailer

    Visit the Estella Scrooge website


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


    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
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    • 38 min
    Gen Parton-Shin: Bridging the Gap Between Japan and Broadway

    Gen Parton-Shin: Bridging the Gap Between Japan and Broadway

    When he’s not pursuing his dreams onstage, this performer spends his spare time translating musicals like Hamilton from English to Japanese, on a mission to bridge the gap between Japanese and American musical theater audiences.
    Gen Parton-Shin is a Japanese-British actor who made his professional debut as Angel in the Official Japanese cast of Rent in 2008. While pursuing his dreams in the US, he furthered his career with leading roles in Japan's official Broadway productions of next to normal (Gabe), Dracula (Jonathan), Bare (Jason), and Rocky Horror Show (Rocky). Gen also played the lead role in an original Japanese musical Mitsuko ~Love Crosses All Borders~ in 2010, composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Civil War). He has been a part of numerous musical/play readings in NYC, including Other World (directed by Gabriel Barr and written by Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen of Title of Show), off-Broadway’s K-pop, and Mafatu (produced by Broadway veteran Telly Leung). He co-founded a company called Broadway in Japan, which introduced Broadway musical theatre faculty to Japanese aspiring musical theatre performers, offering invaluable education opportunities in Japan. Gen has also appeared on TV, including roles on Season 4 of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Other Two on Comedy Central. In addition, Gen has self-produced three solo cabaret shows, and in the latest one he translated and performed “My Shot” from Hamilton in Japanese.
    During our conversation, Gen describes his musical theater journey which has taken him from the stages of Japan, to those of New York. He shares that while performing in Japan, he wasn’t always satisfied with the translations they were given to work with; thus sparking his drive and desire to see if he could do the job himself. Gen has now translated about three fifths of Hamilton into Japanese, comparing the process to completing a puzzle which he really enjoys. 
    He also shares that one of his life missions is “to bridge Japan and the U.S.”, which he has begun to do with his foray into translation, hoping to make American musical theater easier for Japanese audiences to listen to and process.
    In this episode, we talk about: 

    Why he identifies as a Third Culture Kid 

    Completing the One-Year Conservatory program at T. Schreiber Studio on a tourist visa

    How he was inspired to start translating musicals into Japanese 

    The intricacies of translating English to Japanese 

    Why he thinks musical theater is so popular in Japan 

    Takarazuka Revue - the all female musical theater troupe in Japan


    Connect with Gen and watch two of his Hamilton translations:


    Watch Hamilton's "My Shot"

    Watch Hamilton's "Helpless"

    Check out 35mm, A Musical Exhibition

    IG: @GenPartonShin


    Twitter: @GenPartonShin



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

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    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


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


    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
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    • 43 min
    Eddie Perfect: Beetlejuice, King Kong - Tony Award Nominated Lyricist/Composer

    Eddie Perfect: Beetlejuice, King Kong - Tony Award Nominated Lyricist/Composer

    From The Land Down Under to The Big Apple, this singer-songwriter, pianist, writer and comedian just released his new album, Beetlejuice: The Demos! The Demos! The Demos!, and is showing other Australians that it’s possible to make the leap and find yourself working on a Broadway musical (or two).
    Eddie Perfect is an Australian singer-songwriter, pianist, comedian, writer and actor. He is now also a Tony Award Nominee after receiving a nomination for best original score for Beetlejuice the musical. During the same season, Eddie also wrote songs and vocal arrangements for King Kong on Broadway. Eddie is a four time nominee and two time Helpmann Award winner for his work in Australia. In 2009, his biographical musical comedy Shane Warne: The Musical won the 2009 Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work. This production also received a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and a Green Room Award. Eddie has recorded solo albums and written and performed in numerous cabaret shows, including Songs from the Middle with the Brodsky Quartet. Following his songwriting career on Broadway, Eddie returned to Australia where he waits to star as Franklin Hart Jr. in Dolly Parton's musical 9 to 5 once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. And most recently he released his fifth album, Beetle Juice: The demos! The demos! The demos!, a new album of demos created for his Tony-nominated score to Beetlejuice. The album also contains 17 cut songs that will be new to everyone's ears.
    During our conversation, Eddie candidly talks about his process for creating. He describes “kind of a weird trance I go into when I make stuff, where I really think about what it would be like to be in the audience watching it.” He focuses on what he wants an audience to think, feel, or learn in a particular moment. Reflecting on the process for Beetlejuice, Eddie shares that he wrote the opening number for the show over a 5 year period. He also recalls it was during their first previews that Beetlejuice really started building it’s cult like fan base. And it was this fanbase that served as some of the inspiration behind releasing the Beetlejuice demos in the first place. Eddie was blown away by the unique creative responses many fans of the show have had, saying he’s “never experienced anything like that.” His new demo album serves to broaden the universe of Beetlejuice a little bit “for those fans that do really riff off the work.”
     
    In the episode, we talk about: 

    The intense Beetlejuice fandom 

    The Beetlejuice preview when they knew the show had struck a chord with people 

    Reading the reviews of the original 1988 film to cheer them up after their DC reviews 

    Australia being an importer of Broadway shows 

    Being in a period of his life now where he is confident with his writing and his process 

    Working with the cast and creatives of Beetlejuice


    Juggling work on Beetlejuice and King Kong simultaneously


    Connect with Eddie:

    Listen to Beetlejuice: The Demos! The Demos! The Demos!


    @TheEddiePerfect on Twitter


    @EdmundPerfect on IG


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


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    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


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


    A very special thanks to our patrons who help make this podcast possible!
    Cheryl Hodges-Selden, Paul Seales, David Seales
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    • 58 min
    Michael Riedel: theater critic, broadcaster, and columnist

    Michael Riedel: theater critic, broadcaster, and columnist

    Michael Riedel is an American theater critic, broadcaster, and columnist. He has been a controversial yet very influential Broadway columnist in the NY post for over 20 years. Michael is also the co-host of “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” on 710 WOR in New York City, weekdays from 6-10am. Michael’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the 2015 Marfield Prize for arts writing and is widely considered to be the successor to The Season, William Goldman's classic 1967 book about Broadway. His next book, Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, arrived November 10, 2020. Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3jXpHhz.
    During our conversation, Michael shares how he carved a unique path for himself as both a critic and columnist - how he managed to be a reporter, as well as get his opinion out there. Being a traditional critic, seeing show after show and writing reports, never appealed to him. Rather, he enjoyed hanging out with theater people and getting to know them, “collecting the gossip, and putting it all together”. After life as a columnist, or a “sprinter” in his words, Michael opens up about the initial doubts and panic he had about writing his first book. And that it was during all of the research and interviews when he discovered the narrative he wanted to share, and found joy in putting together all the pieces of the puzzle. Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway has since received interest from TV networks. Michael also takes us through the inspiration and story behind his newest book "Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway", chronicling Broadway through the 90’s and its recovery after September 11th, 2001 - illustrating how Broadway rallied and “showed the world that New York could not be brought to its knees”. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    The story behind Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, and the forward he added in light of COVID-19

    How Rent ushered in a new era of broadway after years of British dominance 

    Fixing Alan Rickman’s air conditioner while working for Elizabeth I. McCann 

    Maintaining friendships and relationships with people you’ve written about 

    How he conducted interviews for his newest book 

    Seeing The Lion King for the first time, recalling “pandemonium” in the theater 

    His writing process


    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.


    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!
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    • 1 tim. 14 min
    Jeanna de Waal: Diana the Musical, Marvel's Iron Fist, Kinky Boots, and Broadway Weekends co-founder

    Jeanna de Waal: Diana the Musical, Marvel's Iron Fist, Kinky Boots, and Broadway Weekends co-founder

    Jeanna de Waal originated the title role of Diana, Princess of Wales in Diana at La Jolla Playhouse and at the New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre reading at Vassar College. Her previous Broadway credits include starring as Lauren in Kinky Boots and Heather in American Idiot. Jeanna originated the role of Dawn in the A.R.T. production of Waitress by Sara Bareilles, and the role of Mary Barrie in the A.R.T. production of Finding Neverland, both directed by Diane Paulus. She has previously appeared off-Broadway in Orwell in America at 59E59 Theatre, and played Chris Hargensen in MCC Theatre's reimagined production of Broadway's Carrie. Other notable credits include her West End debut in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at The Old Globe. In addition to the stage, she can be seen in the recurring role of Sophia in the Netflix/Marvel series Iron Fist. Jeanna is also an amazing entrepreneur, and is the founder Broadway Weekends, the first theater camp for adults led by Broadway performers. Amid the COVID-19 shutdown, her company pivoted and became Broadway Weekends At Home. They continue to host theater classes virtually for people of all ages.

    Nonetheless, performing was surely in the stars for Jeanna. Her first professional job out of school was the Queen musical We Will Rock You on the West End. During this production, Jeanna became friends with cast members of Broadway's Hair, in London at the time, and simultaneously she finally received her green card. Suddenly she knew it was time to go to New York. Jeanna shares with us the journey that took her from attending open calls in Times Square, landing her her Broadway debut role in American Idiot, to working consistently from the time she was 21 to 27 years old. Jeanna later opens up about leaving Kinky Boots behind, and her commitment to booking a show in which she could originate a lead role. It was during this period of down time, when she was without a schedule and a “purpose”, that she was inspired to found Broadway Weekends with her sister. These days, the classroom may be virtual (temporarily), but until Diana is able to open on Broadway next year, Jeanna is getting a kick out of bringing to others all the things she gained from her own education in theater - friendships, freedom to trust your body, self-confidence, camaraderie, and more.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    The inspiration and motivation for founding Broadway Weekends 

    Growing up in England and attending a performing arts boarding school 

    What attracted her to theater in the first place

    Her journey from performing on the West End, to her Broadway debut 

    Re-discovering her purpose and self worth after leaving Kinky Boots 

    The spiritual nature of theater 

    Her journey so far with Diana, the new musical


    Connect with Jeanna:

    IG: @thebigdewaal


    Twitter: @thebigdewaal


    BroadwayWeekends


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


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    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


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


    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!
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    • 49 min
    Meghan Picerno: Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies

    Meghan Picerno: Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies

    Hailed by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano voice,” and for having “total control of the stage,” (Broadway World) coloratura soprano Meghan Picerno currently stars as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. In 2017 Meghan collaborated with legendary director Hal Prince as Cunegonde in his production of Candide at the New York City Opera. She quickly became one of the most sought-after Cunegondes in the world and reprised the role at San Francisco Symphony, Princeton Symphony, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Meghan next took on the role of Christine Daae in the US Premiere and 1st National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. She has represented Andrew Looyd Webber’s body of work by special invitation in performances on the ITV Television broadcast of the Classic BRIT Awards in 2018, making her Royal Albert Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a guest appearance on the Live at Chelsea Concert Series honoring his 70th birthday. After Love Never Dies, Meghan joined The Phantom of the Opera family as Christine on the World Tour, premiering the iconic piece in Tel Aviv, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. This past fall she made her Broadway debut as leading lady, Christine Daae, in The Phantom of the Opera, and was hailed as one the Top Broadway replacements of 2019 by BroadwayBox.

    Like many people during COVID-19, Meghan is back home spending time with her parents. In this episode she shares how she dealt with the initial blow when Broadway was shut down - finding herself in a bit of an identity crisis not being able perform and sing, the one she thing she loves more than anything else in the world. She talks candidly about coming out the other side, and feeling now like she is awake again - “it’s kind of magical,” she shares. Meghan also takes us on the whirlwind journey that began by meeting Hal Prince and landing a leading role in Candide, to touring with Love Never Dies and Phantom of the Opera as Christine, to making her Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera this past fall. Until the curtains on Broadway rise again, she is finding time to give back and help people, “one part of theater” she really loves, by hosting workshops, master classes, and private voice lessons, and getting inspired by her students.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    Adapting to the new virtual normal as a performer 

    Music as an emotional outlet 

    The plans she has for her future 

    Working for Renee Fleming in grad school

    Her time living and studying in Vienna, Austria 

    Competing in Plácido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Competition

    Working with Hal Prince, and Andrew Lloyd Webber


    Connect with Meghan:

    IG: @meghanpicerno


    On the web: https://www.meghanpicerno.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.


    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!
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