Casting directors are the unsung architects of the entertainment industry. And Jay Binder tops that list when it comes to curating memorable casts. From his early days in regional theatres around the country to working alongside Neil Simon on classics such as Lost In Yonkers to The Dinner Party, Binder has been at the forefront of crafting the image of a Broadway cast—while making some careers along the way.
Now, Binder relives the story of his career in this new podcast. Go behind-the-scenes as he he impresses Edward Albee and lands the job, helps create the beloved City Centers Encores! series, and helped put everyone from Kristin Chenoweth to Laura Benanti on the map. Jay Binder… A Life in Casting, a five-episode podcast from RWS Entertainment Group on the Broadway Podcast Network. Hosted by Mark Peikert, with guest stars including Laura Benanti, Kate Burton, Jack Viertel and more…no Broadway fan should miss this!
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RWS and the Future of Binder Casting
In our final episode of Jay Binder… A Life in Casting, Jay joins host, Mark Peikert, as he shares the secret to his success, offers advice to aspiring actors, and discusses the future of Binder Casting. Ryan Stana, CEO of RWS Entertainment Group, guest stars.
The Big Broadway Years
Over the course of Jay Binder’s career, Binder Casting has cast nearly one hundred Broadway shows. On this week’s episode of Jay Binder... A Life in Casting, Jay reminisces with our host, Mark Peikert, about working beside Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Arthur Laurents. Laura Benanti guest stars and shares Jay’s impact on her career— from her first Broadway show at the age of seventeen to her Tony award winning performance in Gypsy.
The Disney Years
This week on Jay Binder... A Life in Casting, we explore the early days of many of your favorite Disney shows on Broadway. From finding a charismatic Belle in Beauty in the Beast to early workshops of Aida, and of course Binder Casting’s twenty-four-year relationship with Disney’s, The Lion King, Jay Binder joins host, Mark Peikert, for a discussion of developing and finding the original casts of these beloved musicals. Terrence Mann guest stars.
This week on Jay Binder…A Life in Casting we talk with Jay Binder and host, Mark Peikert as they discuss the much beloved Encores! series at City Center. From its simple concert style beginnings in 1994, to the most recent and fully produced musical, MACK AND MABEL, Jay and Mark, along with special guest star, former Encores Artistic Director, Jack Viertel, discuss the casting process, favorite shows and stars.
Jay Binder and host, Mark Peikert discuss Jay’s early days as a casting director. From his first projects in regional theatre to casting eleven shows for Neil Simon, we take a deep dive into Jay’s casting process and hear the behind-the-scenes stories of the notable actors that Jay introduced to many of the finest directors, playwrights, and producers of our time. Kate Burton guest stars.