18 episodes

After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?The drama on stage pales in comparison to the drama behind the curtain….You don’t want to miss this.This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).See BPN.fm/atcr for the full cast list.Tremendous Gratitude To our Producing Partner Liz Armstrong.

As The Curtain Rises - Broadway’s First Digital Soap Opera Audio Drama & Radio Plays

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    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?The drama on stage pales in comparison to the drama behind the curtain….You don’t want to miss this.This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).See BPN.fm/atcr for the full cast list.Tremendous Gratitude To our Producing Partner Liz Armstrong.

    What To Wear?! It’s Opening Night!

    What To Wear?! It’s Opening Night!

    It’s a star-studded extravaganza on the red (no wait…yellow) carpet. Time Square is completely transformed into Zoey’s version of Pandora. But all that glamour is barely masking the rampant tension backstage. The pressure is crushing as the recently voiceless diva, Emma-Olivia, prepares to take the stage on Opening Night. But where is she? And just how many push-ups with Stavros do before it’s curtain up? Will Kay even acknowledge Bobby’s existence? And is that really Charles, reappearing after his many months away after the botched dimpleplasty surgery?

    For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises.
    This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.
    As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).
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    • 42 min
    I’m In Tech

    I’m In Tech

    What happens when you’re only days away from first performance and your diva star loses her voice from non-stop hysterical behavior? Will Stavros’s star continue to rise and rise…while Emma Olivia becomes more and more unhinged?? Will Bobby order Calamari? Banshee wrangler Bill Berloni has no time to contemplate these important thoughts, as he’s completely consumed with Banshee flying and underwater training. 

    For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises.
    This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.
    As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 27 min
    Press Day Has Arrived

    Press Day Has Arrived

    It’s Press Day which means that Opening Night is fast approaching. Exciting for sure….however unhinged, behind-the-scenes drama is at an all-time high. Who’s pushing Bobby’s buttons? What’s going on between Zoey and Andrew Barth Feldman? Is Emma-Olivia really 4 years older than Stavros? And is agent Maxwell Fernsby stepping into his boss’s slick shoes or is he stepping into something far less savory? 

    For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises.
    This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.
    As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min
    Money, Money, Money

    Money, Money, Money

    Big Broadway Musicals don’t simply happen. Aside from all else, it’s an all-consuming monster challenge – to say the least – to raise the money to put on the show. But Producer Steve Jones has a few tricks up his sleeve to score the needed cash. Good thing the producers have a secret weapon who may solve their fundraising problems (and, undoubtedly, create many others!). Enter Stavros.  

    For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises.
    This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.
    As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).
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    • 22 min
    BONUS - Mega Producers Cheryl Philips and Steve Jones Duke it Out on Stagecraft with Gordon Cox

    BONUS - Mega Producers Cheryl Philips and Steve Jones Duke it Out on Stagecraft with Gordon Cox

    When left to their own devices, mega producers Cheryl Philips and Steve Jones from Avvatar: The Musical, who have a collective bazillion Tony Awards between the two of them, can't quite seem to agree on anything... except that Avvatar: The Musical needs to be made.
    Visit avvataronbroadway.com for more info and tickets, and make sure to subscribe to Stagecraft with Gordon Cox via bpn.fm/stagecraft.
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    • 26 min
    BONUS - Andrew Barth Feldman on The Theater Podcast with Alan Seales

    BONUS - Andrew Barth Feldman on The Theater Podcast with Alan Seales

    Many people know Andrew Barth Feldman made his Broadway debut in the title role in Dear Evan Hansen and is now starring in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, but what most people don’t know is that while he was in DEH performing his 6 shows a week, he was also attending Yale -- and obtained a master’s degree that has landed him his latest gig being the Science Consultant on the forthcoming Avvatar The Musical.
    Find More about Avvatar the Musical:

    IG: @AvvatarOnBroadway


    Web: http://avvataronbroadway.com/


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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Cranky_Bear ,

Brilliant

I can’t wait for “As the Curtain Rises: The Musical.”

debby0686 ,

Amazing and so many of my favorites

I love this! Listened to all of them so far in one day and can’t wait for more. Found it through Bonnie Milligan and can’t believe who else is in it. Andrew Barth Feldman? Alex Brightman? And George Salazar? Heck yes

Adaumbelle ,

Soap Opera Heaven

I miss my favorite Soap Operas of years past. This podcast is the perfect remedy! Tune in! The drama is just getting started!

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