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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

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    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 backstage play by Kaufman and Hart that has since become a loving nickname for Broadway itself—always deemed on the verge of decline, yet always bouncing back: the fabulous invalid!

    Bonus Episode: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

    Bonus Episode: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

    For their first series bonus episode, Jamie and Rob return to the mic to celebrate the life of the singular, legendary musical theatre composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021). Together, they share their personal reflections on Sondheim’s remarkable body of work, offer some favorites, and consider the legacy he leaves behind. As Sondheim wrote: “we die, but we don’t”. Tune into this special memorial.
    This week’s music: “Prologos: Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” from “The Frogs/Evening Primrose Studio Cast Recording”, “Comedy Tonight” from “Side by Side by Sondheim” “Trio”, from “Passion: A New Musical, Original Broadway Cast”, “Someone in a Tree” from “Pacific Overtures” “No One is Alone”, from “Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast”, “Overture” from “A Little Night Music”, “Loveland” from “Follies in Concert”, “Company” from “Company, Original Cast”, “No Place Like London”, “Johanna”, and “A Little Priest” from “The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, “The Sun Won’t Set” from “A Little Night Music”, “Take Me to the World” from “Sondheim Goes to the Movies”, “No More” from “Melissa Errico: Sondheim Sublime”, “Pretty Lady” from “Pacific Overtures”, and “Sunday” from “Sunday in the Park with George, Original Broadway Cast”.

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    Email us at: office@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
    Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Hard to Say Goodbye: Celebrating Our Favorite Performances

    Hard to Say Goodbye: Celebrating Our Favorite Performances

    On this week’s 100th and final regular episode of the series, Jamie and Rob cap off their season-long theme of “our favorite things” by recounting and celebrating some of the great performances by great performers that they’ve been fortunate enough to see over a lifetime of theatergoing. Joining them in sharing their personal remembrances for this special milestone episode is a roster of former guests including Joel Grey, Donna Murphy, Betty Buckley, and more! Tune in for one final episode as live theatre begins again in New York and we celebrate theatre itself: the fabulous invalid.
    This week’s music: “Dream Ballet”, from “Oklahoma! 2019 Broadway Cast Recording”, “Today”, and “Writing A Gospel Play”, from “A Strange Loop”. “Star and Slave”, from “Here Lies Love: Original Cast Recording”, “Audition”, from “42nd Street: 2001 Broadway Cast". “Too Much Exposition”, and “I See A River”, both from “Urinetown”, “Back to Before”, from “Ragtime, Original Broadway Cast”, “Party, Party”, from “Dreamgirls: In Concert”, “I Do Miracles”, from “Kiss of the Spiderwoman 1994 Cast Recording,”. “Parade In Town”, from “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Rose’s Turn”, from “Betty Buckley An Evening At Carnegie Hall”, “Rose’s Turn” from “Gypsy, 2008 Broadway Cast Recording”, “Betrayed”, from “The Producers”, “Together”, from “Gypsy, Broadway Cast Recording" (Tyne Daly), “Lot’s Wife” from “Caroline or Change”, “Hard to Say Goodbye”, from “Dreamgirls Original Cast Recording”.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
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    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: office@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
    Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
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    • 2 hr 4 min
    Sheryl Lee Ralph: Home Is Center Stage

    Sheryl Lee Ralph: Home Is Center Stage

    On this week’s penultimate episode, Jamie and Rob are joined by stage and screen legend Sheryl Lee Ralph for their final regular interview of the series. Together, they talk about Sheryl’s remarkable career, from star turns on Broadway in “Dreamgirls”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, and “Wicked”; to her advocacy efforts combatting HIV/AIDS stigma; and her latest gig as a producer of “Thoughts of a Colored Man”, a new play coming to Broadway this fall. Tune in to hear all about the creation of “Dreamgirls” from the original Deena Jones! 
    This week’s music: “Move”, “When I First Saw You”, “Fake Your Way To The Top”, “I Am Changing”, “The Firing of Jimmy”, “Dreamgirls”, “Listen”, “One Night Only”, “Dreamgirls (Finale)”, all from “Dreamgirls”. “Applause”, from “Applause”, and “Killing Me Softly with His Song" by The Fugees
    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
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    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: office@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
    Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jennifer Simard: More

    Jennifer Simard: More

    On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob sit down with their season one and two co-host Jennifer Simard for a reunion conversation. Together, they talk about Jennifer’s pandemic experience as a working actor, her remarkable career on stage, her mentors, and her excitement about getting back on Broadway in “Company” this fall. At the top, Jamie and Rob announce that the upcoming 100th episode of The Fabulous Invalid Podcast will also be the final regular episode of the series.
    This week’s music: “Never” from “On The Twentieth Century”, “I Will Loved Tonight”, from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Hello, Dolly! The New Cast Recording”, “More”, from “Stephen Sondheim at the Movies”, “ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, from “ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Never Can Say Goodbye /Torn Between Two Lovers”, “Disaster!”, “Stars” from “Mean Girls”.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
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    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: office@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
    Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Bonus Episode: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company

    Bonus Episode: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company

    On this special bonus episode, Jamie and Rob return to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, New York to check back in with Artistic Director Davis McCallum. Together, they discuss what it has been like producing theatre during a global pandemic, the shows they have playing this summer, and some exciting future plans for the company. Following this short new interview, you can listen to the episode-length feature on the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival from summer 2019.

    Find us on Twitter & Instagram: @fabulousinvalid
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabulousinvalid
    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
    Email us at: office@fabulousinvalid.com 
    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
    Instagram: @troutinnyc
    Rob Russo
    Twitter/Instagram: @StageLeft_NYC
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Working: The Industry Standard Group: Rob Laqui and Sammy Lopez

    Working: The Industry Standard Group: Rob Laqui and Sammy Lopez

    On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob chat with Rob Laqui and Sammy Lopez, two founding members of The Industry Standard Group (TISG), a new multicultural commercial investment and producing organization aiming to make theatre accessible, inclusive, and more equitable. With a unique focus on addressing current disparities in the commercial producing sector, TISG is focused on promoting work reflecting diversity, increasing the presence of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) investors and producers in the commercial producing field, and expanding the access and opportunities granted to BIPOC communities within the industry. Tune in to learn more!

    This week’s music: “Something To Point To" from "Working"

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    Rob’s reviews: www.stageleft.nyc
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    Jamie DuMont
    Twitter: @jamiedumont 
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

bertobob ,

All the heart eyes

All I can say is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this podcast. A must for any Broadway fan!

Emoves ,

Among the Best

There are many good Broadway podcast out there. This is among the best. Varied in content and a great for any Broadway fan. I’ve learned so much!

Enjoyed for a while but during this lockdown I’ve gone back to the beginning and working my way through. A bright spot at this dark time. Thank you!

Eostrow ,

Addicted!

I LOVE this Podcast! The thing I love the most is the ease of it. No one seems to be working. Just truly listening and responding to each other but most importantly, listening to their guests. Letting the guest delve into how they got to where they are, and to speak so honestly and openly about their artistry.
The savvy anchor Jamie, the genius of Jennifer and Rob’s ability to ask questions that make us all think, are simply inspiring.
Makes you feel like you know these podcast pioneers!! Feels like family.
Thank you for your diligent work and always making my day just a little better!
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