49 episodes

Stages Podcast connects with creatives, innovators and healers alike to share in the ways art threads us through every stage of our life.

Co-hosts Stephanie J. Block and Marylee Fairbanks bring together their friends and colleagues, from Broadway and the global stage, bringing to light roadblocks, choices, mistakes and successes that lead to new avenues of expression and connection.

Love where you are now.

Stages Podcast Stephanie J. Block and Marylee Fairbanks

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 78 Ratings

Stages Podcast connects with creatives, innovators and healers alike to share in the ways art threads us through every stage of our life.

Co-hosts Stephanie J. Block and Marylee Fairbanks bring together their friends and colleagues, from Broadway and the global stage, bringing to light roadblocks, choices, mistakes and successes that lead to new avenues of expression and connection.

Love where you are now.

    Elizabeth A. Davis ~The Walk Of Courage

    Elizabeth A. Davis ~The Walk Of Courage

     Elizabeth A. Davis is a Tony Award nominee, starring as Thomas Jefferson in the current Broadway revival of 1776, at the Roundabout Theater Company.  The earned her Tony nod for her appearance as Reza in ONCE.
    In this episode, Elizabeth discusses the histoy lessons she has learned from performing in 1776, how violin lessons paid off when she auditioned for ONCE, ad how she flourished in the performing arts growing up in small town Texas.  
    Elizabeth A. Davis
    1776 Tickets
    Annette Gordon Reed

    • 50 min
    James Burrows ~Comedy In Comfortable Shoes

    James Burrows ~Comedy In Comfortable Shoes

    James Burrows is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning director. He began his television career directing episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," and "Laverne & Shirley." He became the resident director on "Taxi," then co-created the beloved classic "Cheers," directing 243 of the 273 episodes, as well as all 246 episodes of "Will & Grace." He has directed the pilots and multiple episodes of "Frasier," "Friends," "Mike & Molly," the pilots of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory," and hundreds of other shows that he chronicles in his new memoir, Directed by James Burrows. 
    In this episode, James shares lessons he has learned throughout his five-decade career, behind-the-scenes stories from directing more than 1,000 episodes of television, and how he knows something is truly funny.

    • 58 min
    Celia Rose Gooding ~Star/Freedom

    Celia Rose Gooding ~Star/Freedom

    Celia Rose Gooding was nominated for a Tony for her Broadway debut performance as "Frankie Healy" in the rock musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL at just 20 years old. Her first memory of wanting to be a professional actor comes from watching her mother, LaChanze, win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in THE COLOR PURPLE in 2006.  After spending the last few years on Broadway, Celia can now be seen as "Nyota Uhura" in the hit Paramount+ original series, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." 
    In this episode, Celia shares how growing up in a community of "theater people" helped spark her own artistry and how she sees diversity in those who create off-stage is just as important as on-stage.
    In this episode, Celia shares how growing up in a community of "theater people" helped spark her own artistry and how she sees diversity in those who create off-stage is just as important as on-stage.
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
    Jagged Little Pill

    • 52 min
    Marti Gould Cummings ~Marti Talks

    Marti Gould Cummings ~Marti Talks

    Marti Gould Cummings is a drag artist, activist, tv personality and former NY City Council Candidate.  
    You can see Marti on Fusion televisions SHADE QUEENS OF NYC, on THE MARTI REPORT on LOGO, DRAGGED on Yahoo! and on THE X CHANGE RATE on The Build Series.  They serve on the Board of Directors for The Ali Forney Center for Homelss LGBTQ Youth, the Advisory Board of Equality NY, and is National Co-Chair of Drag Out The Vote.
    In this episode, Marti reflects on the "Baby Shark" performance that went viral, the ups and downs of running for political office, and how they have combined drag artistry and activism to spark conversation and change.  
    Marti Gould Cummings
    Marti Talks
    Ted Talk

    • 53 min
    It Takes Two

    It Takes Two

    We're back! To kick off Act II, Stephanie and Marylee catch up on how they spent the Summer, break down the meaning of their birth dates according to Destiny Cards, and obsess over how life imitates INTO THE WOODS in too many ways. 
    INTO THE WOODS
    KIMBERLY AKIMBO
    DESTINY CARDS 

    • 38 min
    Act One Finale

    Act One Finale

    We wrap up the first half of our second seaon this week. 
    Join us as we take a look back at the last two seasons and check in on where some of our guests are now.  
    We will be back August 1, 2022 with a surprise. But, keep checking in for bonus episodes during the break!
    Love where you are now.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

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So much more

This podcast is so much more than theater. I love the insights ..the humor…the casual conversation that goes someplace thoughtful. I feel like I’m on the phone with friends.

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Best podcast ever

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