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A weekly podcast that explores the exciting world of theatre, musical theatre, film, opera, and other performing arts. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, your host, Ray Renati, explores local Bay Area theatre as well as theatre and live entertainment from New York City to London, to Paris. Drop by every week to hear a new episode.

Green Room On Air with Ray Renati Ray Renati

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

A weekly podcast that explores the exciting world of theatre, musical theatre, film, opera, and other performing arts. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, your host, Ray Renati, explores local Bay Area theatre as well as theatre and live entertainment from New York City to London, to Paris. Drop by every week to hear a new episode.

    Abigail Munn of Circus Bella and My Politcal Ramble

    Abigail Munn of Circus Bella and My Politcal Ramble

    Abigail Munn – Circus Bella Artistic and Executive Director 
    (Interview begins at the 5:53 mark)
    Since its inception, Abigail Munn has been directing, creating, and producing new work for Circus Bella. Along with the more conventional duties she has also served as the company's truck driver, catering service and laundress. An accomplished dancer, choreographer, and aerialist, Munn holds a BFA in Modern Dance from UC Santa Barbara. As a child, born and raised in SF, she appeared with the Pickle Family Circus, and with Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Lone Star Circus, the Moisture Festival, the New Pickle Circus, Cabaret Verdelet, Circus Cabaret, Tease-O-Rama, Va Voom Room, and The Velvet Hammer Burlesque. Munn was commended in the NY Times for her performance in Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s Princess. Munn co-directed the nouveau-vaudeville troupe Kitty Bang, an internationally recognized three-time “Best of the Bay” winner that is influential in the modern Burlesque resurgence.
    Over the past few years Abigail has become increasingly involved in advocacy work for the Circus Arts. When transitioning Circus Bella performers to Employees, she became aware that the current workers compensation rates and policy descriptions in California were way out of step with the current reality of the Circus Industry. Munn embarked on a one-woman quest to help change this and after initiating a study from the Workers Comp Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB), rates were significant lowered (by 80%) for ALL Circus Companies in CA. In addition, she is a founding member and on the board of the American Circus Alliance.
    https://www.circusbella.org/

    • 26 min
    Daniel Thomas of 42nd Street Moon

    Daniel Thomas of 42nd Street Moon

    FOREVER PLAID
    Written by Stuart RossMusical Continuity, Supervision, and Arrangements by James Raitt
    Director/Music Director Daniel ThomasAssoc. Music Director Tim FletcherChoreographer Brittney Monroe
    April 18-May 5, 2024Gateway Theatre, San Francisco
    FOREVER PLAID is a deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic four-part harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies! Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became “FOREVER PLAID”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of FOREVER PLAID begins…
    Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that will keep you laughing when you’re not humming along to some of the greatest pop hits of the 1950s. The hit parade of songs includes “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing,” “16 Tons,” “Rags to Riches” and many more favorites!

    • 31 min
    Peter Pan Turns 70!

    Peter Pan Turns 70!

    FEB. 9 - MAR. 3, 2024Directed by Austin EdgingtonThe Pear Theatrewww.thepear.org
    For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthdayby Sarah Ruhl
    When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theater in Iowa, and the flowers he delivered after her performance. Her memory is jogged by the fact that she and her four siblings are in their father’s hospital room during his final moments. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up.
    A loving look at a family’s view of death, life and the allure of never growing up.
    “A work that is equal parts dark and light, recalling the ebullient excitement of youth, but also confronting the hard fact of mortality… Ruhl’s imagination is among the most adventurous at play today in the theater.” – The New York Times

    • 10 min
    Soft White Underbelly - Humanity at its Most Raw (rebroadcast)

    Soft White Underbelly - Humanity at its Most Raw (rebroadcast)

    Check out the amazing YouTube Channel called Soft White Underbelly where Mark Laita, a renowned photographer, has found a new calling in interviewing the hidden people of society. Be careful, though, because once you start watching you may not be able to stop.
    In 2021visited the surreal Immersive Van Gogh Experience in San Francisco. This is not to be missed. If you have any interest in art and music, this display will give you a free LSD trip and leave you healthy enough to drive home. It's not to be missed!
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    Music by Carly Ozard: carlyozard.com
    Closing Song - Angel from Montgomery sung by Ray Renati
    Green Room on Air Web Site: raysgreenroom.com
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    Contact Ray: GreenRoomOnAir@gmail.com

    • 21 min
    Saturday Christmas Silliness with Toasters and Moose

    Saturday Christmas Silliness with Toasters and Moose

    Let's take an extraordinary journey together discovering the hit senastion of the Toasters and Moose Christmas video!
    Contact Ray at Green Room on Air: greenroomonair@gmail.com
    Leave a review on Apple Podcasts (iTunes)Visit Green Room On Air website: http://greenroomonair.comConnect with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raysgreenroom/
     

    • 6 min
    The Genius of Stephen Sondheim

    The Genius of Stephen Sondheim

    From the New York Times: "Sondheim was a titan of musical theater. But four recent shows onstage in New York argue for his place among classical music luminaries, too." Today we take a look at the genius of Stephen Sondheim and how he fits into the world of classical American music. But first I give you two huge thumbs up for a TV show I recently discovered.
    Contact Ray at Green Room on Air: greenroomonair@gmail.com
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Good clean fun!

I love Ray’s sunny outlook on the absurdities of life. He brings out the joy in people so his interviews are a breath of fresh air!

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Ray Renati's Green Room Rocks!

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Interesting host and great guests

Love listening to the podcast. Ray has a wide array of guests in the industry and hearing his questions to the guests coupled with his experience in the industry makes for a knowledgeable listen. A must for anyone who works in the industry or is interested in it.

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