55 episodes

Take a trip backstage with Broadway’s best – exclusive interviews with the leading creators of musical theatre. Based on the popular 1980s radio series produced and hosted by award-winning director and producer, Paul Lazarus, ANYTHING GOES is a celebration of storytelling through song, past, present and future. Now available in 30-minute segments. Hundreds of episodes featuring show-stopping interviews with composers, lyricists, book writers, directors and performing legends from the Broadway stage. A treasure trove of rare and famous songs performed by the original singers as well as the writers themselves. The series showcases interviews with living composers and lyricists like Stephen Sondheim, Gretchen Cryer and Stephen Schwartz, tributes to past greats like the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Comden & Green, Dorothy Parker and Ethel Merman as well as early encounters with now famous tunesmiths like Alan Menken, William Finn and Craig Carnelia. Anything Goes is everything Musical Theatre. Join Paul Lazarus as he explores the dazzling history of the musical stage. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Take a trip backstage with Broadway’s best – exclusive interviews with the leading creators of musical theatre. Based on the popular 1980s radio series produced and hosted by award-winning director and producer, Paul Lazarus, ANYTHING GOES is a celebration of storytelling through song, past, present and future. Now available in 30-minute segments. Hundreds of episodes featuring show-stopping interviews with composers, lyricists, book writers, directors and performing legends from the Broadway stage. A treasure trove of rare and famous songs performed by the original singers as well as the writers themselves. The series showcases interviews with living composers and lyricists like Stephen Sondheim, Gretchen Cryer and Stephen Schwartz, tributes to past greats like the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Comden & Green, Dorothy Parker and Ethel Merman as well as early encounters with now famous tunesmiths like Alan Menken, William Finn and Craig Carnelia. Anything Goes is everything Musical Theatre. Join Paul Lazarus as he explores the dazzling history of the musical stage. A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.

    Jones and Schmidt III

    Jones and Schmidt III

    The conclusion of a three-part program featuring legendary writing partners Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, known for such amazing shows as THE FANTASTICKS, I DO, I DO, and 110 IN THE SHADE. Jones and Schmidt discuss the success of “My Cup Runneth Over,” developing THE FANTASTICKS, and the show’s subsequent long-running success.
     
    Featured songs: “My Cup Runneth Over” from I DO, I DO, and from THE FANTASTICKS: the writers performing “Come on Along” the original opening number and “Try to Remember” the show’s ultimate opening song, “Plant a Radish,” featuring Bert Lahr and Stanley Holloway from the TV version and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Try to Remember,” and the reprise of “Try to Remember.”
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 32 min
    Jones and Schmidt II

    Jones and Schmidt II

    The second of a three-part program featuring legendary writing partners, lyricist and book writer, Tom Jones and composer, Harvey Schmidt, known for such amazing shows as THE FANTASTICKS, I DO, I DO, and 110 IN THE SHADE. Jones and Schmidt discuss the reception for 110 IN THE SHADE, developing the titular songs and writing “Thousands of Flowers” for I DO, I DO.
     
    Featured numbers: a cut song performed by the writers, “Too Many People Alone,” and from the original cast recording; “A Man and a Woman,” and “Wonderful Music” from 110 IN THE SHADE, three title songs and “Thousands of Flowers” for I DO, I DO.
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 35 min
    Jones and Schmidt I

    Jones and Schmidt I

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of THE FANTASTICKS, the first of a three-part program featuring legendary writing partners, lyricist and librettist, Tom Jones, and composer, Harvey Schmidt, known for such amazing shows as I DO, I DO, and 110 IN THE SHADE. In this episode, Jones and Schmidt recount their early days in Texas, working for Julius Monk, and writing the music for 110 IN THE SHADE.
     
    Featured songs: “Much More” from THE FANTASTICKS, “The Holy Man and the New Yorker” and “Mr. Off-Broadway” from DEMI DOZEN, and “Gonna Be Another Hot Day” from 110 IN THE SHADE.
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 35 min
    Stephen Schwartz III

    Stephen Schwartz III

    The conclusion of a three-part program featuring Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, known for such celebrated shows as GODSPELL and PIPPIN. Schwartz discusses developing songs for THE BAKER’S WIFE and WORKING, along with his creative endeavors outside of Broadway.
     
    Featured songs: “Chanson,” “Gifts of Love,” and “Meadowlark” from THE BAKER’S WIFE, a pop song entitled “Cry Without a Reason, “Father and Sons” from WORKING, and “All Good Gifts” from GODSPELL.
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 35 min
    Stephen Schwartz II

    Stephen Schwartz II

    The second of a three-part program featuring Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, known for such celebrated shows as GODSPELL and PIPPIN. Schwartz discusses the creative writing process behind “Love Song” from PIPPIN, as well as the show’s overall popularity and critical reception, and developing songs for a potential film adaptation of THE MAGIC SHOW.
     
    Featured songs: “The Good Times Ladies Rag” from PIPPIN, “Love Song” from PIPPIN, “West End Avenue” from THE MAGIC SHOW, “Where Did the Magic Go” from the proposed film adaptation of THE MAGIC SHOW, and “Millwork” from WORKING.
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 34 min
    Stephen Schwartz I

    Stephen Schwartz I

    The first of a three-part program featuring Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, known for such celebrated shows as GODSPELL and PIPPIN. In this edition, Schwartz discusses his early days on Long Island, writing songs for BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, GODSPELL, and shares a song from PIPPIN-PIPPIN, the college version of PIPPIN.
     
    Featured songs: “Magic To-Do” from PIPPIN, “Begging My Lady’s Pardon” from the college production, PIPPIN-PIPPIN, “Butterflies Are Free” from BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, “Prepare Ye the Way of the World” from GODSPELL, “Day by Day” from GODSPELL, and “Simple Joys” from PIPPIN.
     
    Originally produced and broadcast in 1980. For more information go to AnythingGoesPL.com or BPN.FM/Anything Goes. Theme music arranged by Bruce Coughlin. Backstage with Broadway’s Best – is produced and hosted by Paul Lazarus.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

That_Geek ,

Amazing!

Great work! I love this show!

Artie and Lynn ,

So much fun

The insites shared writing Sunday in the Park are so interesting. Listing to Mandy sing like a cat was fo much fun.

I have seen Ethel Merman but hearing her in that podcast was also a great history and including inside details I never knew

Everyone young and old should love this series.

Paul Lazarus’s comments are insiteful and leads the guest in all the right directions

pvannorden ,

Congrats, Paul Lazarus!!👏👏👏

So happy to have these podcasts available again! An aural history tour of Broadway creativity in the ‘80s! Invaluable and well deserved revival.

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