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Live at the Lortel offers audiences an opportunity to hear from their favorite stage performers and artists in an intimate setting – the 299-seat Lucille Lortel Theatre. Guided by host, interviewer, and professional theatre- lover Eric Ostrow, these conversations dig deep into the artists’ work and career, including past, current, and future projects.

Live at the Lortel: An Off-Broadway Podcast Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

Live at the Lortel offers audiences an opportunity to hear from their favorite stage performers and artists in an intimate setting – the 299-seat Lucille Lortel Theatre. Guided by host, interviewer, and professional theatre- lover Eric Ostrow, these conversations dig deep into the artists’ work and career, including past, current, and future projects.

    Tovah Feldshuh

    Tovah Feldshuh

    Tovah Feldshuh, a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee, has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. For her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She is a playwright, concert artist, and author. Her first memoir, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, has been chosen as a “Must Read” by Good Morning America and was immediately ranked the Number One New Release in Parent and Adult Child Relationships on Amazon. Feldshuh is this year’s winner of THE AUDIE award for best narration of THE GIFT by Edith Eger. TV credits include: Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: "Where's the Bathroom!".

    Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Hand in Hand

    • 44 min
    Judith Light

    Judith Light

    Judith Light is known for her extensive body of work onstage, as well as in television and film. She most recently received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

    Light is currently in production for Julia, HBO Max’s drama series on Julia Childs. She also recently appeared in singer P!NK’s latest music video “All I Know So Far” and completed filming the Peter Hedges film, The Same Storm, and tick, tick...BOOM! for Lin Manuel-Miranda.

    Philanthropic/Activist Causes: LGBTQ+ rights activism

    • 55 min
    Jessica Vosk

    Jessica Vosk

    Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for stirring roles on the musical theater and concert stage. Vosk will make her Carnegie Hall debut in November 2021 in a solo show titled “My Golden Age.” Other upcoming concert debuts include London’s Cadogan Hall in 2022. Before the infamous shutdown, she starred as the Narrator in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center. She also created the role of Aunt Val in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Before that, Vosk finished an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, having played the role for two years. Vosk starred in New York City Ballet’s Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle, and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony; the recording of the concert was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut, Billboard-charting solo album Wild and Free was released in 2018 and was followed by 2020’s A Very Coco Christmas.

    Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Food Allergy Association and “A is For”

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ruben Santiago-Hudson

    Ruben Santiago-Hudson

    Ruben Santiago-Hudson is currently starring in “Lackawanna Blues” which he wrote and directed on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club. He also directed the Broadway production, “Jitney” which garnered several awards for “Outstanding Revival” including a Tony® Award and six Tony® nominations. Santiago-Hudson recently adapted August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for Netflix, which was produced by Denzel Washington, directed by George C. Wolfe, and starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Ruben’s directing credits include: “The Piano Lesson,” “Skeleton Crew,” “Othello,” “Gem of The Ocean,” “Paradise Blue,” “My Children! My Africa!,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” “Two Trains Running,” “Things of Dry Hours” and more. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony® Award as featured actor for his performance in August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and made his Broadway acting debut alongside Gregory Hines in “Jelly’s Last Jam.” Other Broadway credits include “Stick Fly” and “Gem of The Ocean.” Select theater credits include “The Winter’s Tale,” “Henry VIII” and “Measure for Measure” (The Delacorte) “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” and “A Soldier’s Play” (NEC), “Lackawanna Blues” and “East Texas Hot Links” (The Public Theater). He wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film “Lackawanna Blues” based on his OBIE and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received many honors including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, The Christopher Award, and the Humanitas Prize.

    Philanthropic/Activist Causes: The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center

    • 53 min
    Preston Burger

    Preston Burger

    Preston Burger is an actor, advocate, and educator hell bent on leveling the playing field for people with disabilities in all societal domains he can. A performer and creator since childhood, Preston has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus (1998-1999 season); served as Dance Captain for Rachel Klein in her delightfully ghoulish dance-theater work The Tragedy of Maria Macabre at Dixon Place; danced a lead role in indie music video Fire To The Ground (The Forms, feat. Matt Berninger of The National); and had his original work selected for the Roundabout’s Reverb Arts Festival (under the mentorship of Jerron Herman). Currently, Preston is on the Advisory Board of EPIC Players Neuroinclusive Theater Company (where he also participates as an actor and a mentor) and the Disability Advisory Council for BEAT Global. Outside of his artistic work, Preston is the Recruiter and Candidate Success Specialist for Integrate Autism Employment Advisors, a national nonprofit staffing and recruiting agency that helps Fortune 1000 companies build autism hiring programs. Before this, he served as the CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services) Advisor at Bronx Community College for 5.5 years, a role in which he supported CUNY students with disabilities. While at BCC, Preston helped start the campus’s chapter of the CUNY student advocacy group, the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD). Preston has been featured on PunkinFutz’s Wednesdays Live! FB Live series; BronxNet’s OPEN program; Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Disabilities Redefined with Dr. Vaigneur; and Access Champions podcast. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Theater & Dance from Princeton University; his Master of Science in Education from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; and his Advanced Certificate in Project Management from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

    • 53 min
    NaTasha Yvette Williams

    NaTasha Yvette Williams

    NaTasha Yvette Williams is an American actress, singer, and entertainer. Since she began singing at age three in the tiny tot choir at her church, she has performed from the subway to Broadway. She portrayed Aretha Franklin in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” and has been seen in The Gershwin’s’ “Porgy and Bess” and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple.” Ms. Williams has previously performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. Her current recording project is “How Deep is the Ocean,” a collection of standards, and she has released a Gospel project, “Songs That Carry Me Through ... Some Old, Some New.”

    Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Black Theatre United

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Brainiomoocow ,

Brilliant and important

Host Eric Ostrow is not only knowledgeable and charming, but he takes the interviews into territory that is much deeper and more important than mere performances. He delves into poignant human issues and vital social concerns with wit and warmth.

Donny Repsher ,

Thank You

I want you to know how grateful I am for Live at the Lortel. Before the quarantine, I can’t describe what it felt like to walk into a space like the Lucille Lortel. What a gift it was to be in the same room as these artists I so admire, whose careers I follow so closely, whose work I have been so fortunate to see across New York. I love your podcast because I believe it is the closest thing we have to the legacy left by James Lipton and Inside the Actors Studio. Nowhere else are we given long-form, deep-dive conversations, by artists, for artists, about craft, career, about what it means to be a human being and an artist, to work and to live making a life in the American theatre.

I’m writing because I have seen the changes you’ve made in Season Two of the podcast, and I know how valuable feedback can be to service delivery—especially in the shifting landscape we’ve found ourselves in. We are witnessing a sea change across the performing arts sector, a call for real transformation within all our platforms—to be intentional about the voices that we are lifting up, about the stories we’re telling and who we’re asking to tell those stories.

This is why I think it’s so important that we’re seeing platforms like Live at the Lortel recognize and so nimbly embrace this call for greater intentionality. I share your belief that we must center those voices we’ve for so long kept at the margins, because we must ultimately be led by those artists towards this future we seek—a more equitable, justice-oriented future. In a moment of true upheaval, I believe Live at the Lortel is chief among the platforms carrying this torch forward for us all.

I think you’re doing important work. We are living through a moment when artists so desperately need to hear from other artists. The hour you give to each of your guests is, without fail, such a rich, nourishing, healing hour of conversation. I look forward to everything you have in store for us in the future. We need you.

Thank you for all you do.

jonesthingNYC ,

Creative Director, Dream Out Loud Media

Live at the Lortel is a delight! Host Eric Ostrow is the perfect blend of well researched, passionate, effortlessly witty & warmly intimate. Each episode has the feel of a spontaneous, wondrous & fortuitous hang out with some of the most talented, generous & bright creators you've ever hoped to meet.
With a focus on & access to Off Broadway talent, Live at the Lortel is sharing some of the most interesting & diverse voices in American theatre. It's easy to become jaded by self promotional, clever, press junket tales of show business insiders.
In contrast, Eric Ostrow takes the time & does the work to dig deeper, seek out innovators & make us all feel like we're chatting together in the family room over coffee or a cocktail. You'll leave inspired.
Bravo!

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