205 episodes

Intimate, personal conversations with the biggest talents from professional theatre, tv, film, and more. Hear their secrets, what makes them laugh, stresses them out, and how they manage the anxiety of success. We feature both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters or productions themselves.​
This is a podcast for artists, made by artists. With over 2 decades of experience in film and theatre both as cast and creative, host Alan Seales speaks with Broadway, TV, film and beyond’s biggest talents to learn more about not only how the world of theatre and performing operate, but also what makes it so real and human. In-depth, personal, behind-the-scenes conversations will highlight special details of the industry that most people may not know exist, will always find out what makes the guests love their craft, what makes them tick, and what truly inspires them.
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    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

Intimate, personal conversations with the biggest talents from professional theatre, tv, film, and more. Hear their secrets, what makes them laugh, stresses them out, and how they manage the anxiety of success. We feature both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters or productions themselves.​
This is a podcast for artists, made by artists. With over 2 decades of experience in film and theatre both as cast and creative, host Alan Seales speaks with Broadway, TV, film and beyond’s biggest talents to learn more about not only how the world of theatre and performing operate, but also what makes it so real and human. In-depth, personal, behind-the-scenes conversations will highlight special details of the industry that most people may not know exist, will always find out what makes the guests love their craft, what makes them tick, and what truly inspires them.
Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

    Kiera Allen: Hulu's Run, Broadway Podcast Network's TWITS

    Kiera Allen: Hulu's Run, Broadway Podcast Network's TWITS

    Actress Kiera Allen was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of their breakout stars of 2020, due in no small part to her performance opposite Sarah Paulson in Hulu's psychological thriller Run. She is the first wheelchair user to star in a major thriller in over 70 years, which has advanced the conversation about disability representation in the industry. Kiera has a collection of regional theater credits, including the world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s Girl #2, and is currently studying Creative Writing at Columbia University. She can now be heard as Pansy Freehold in the Broadway Podcast Networks’s new original radio comedy TWITS, starring opposite Michael Urie and Christian Borle. 

    Kiera talks about being exposed to the world of theatre from a young age, and how as a result of growing up around creatives, she learned about the hard work and dedication required to succeed, as well as to have respect for the process. She speaks candidly about holding space on social media for important conversations pertaining to the disability community, and shares her thoughts on being called “an inspiration”. Keira also chats about working on TWITS, and why she is proud to be a part of the project.

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    Finding inspiration from the new Beatles documentary 

    Mental health, and why she finds acting and writing therapeutic 

    Being in a writer’s group with Tom Alan Robbins 

    Booking her debut feature film role opposite Sarah Paulson

    Changes she hopes to see in the industry pertaining to disability and representation 


    Connect with Kiera:

    IG: @kierajallen


    Twitter: @kierajallen


    Listen to TWITS on Broadway Podcast Network

    Watch Run on Hulu


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Major Attaway: The Longest Running Genie of All-Time

    Major Attaway: The Longest Running Genie of All-Time

    Major Attaway has over 20 years of experience as an entertainer, actor, singer, and voiceover artist, and may be best known for playing the Genie in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway for the longest amount of time (three years). He also debuted in Mack and Mabel as Fatty Arbuckle at NY City Center Encores in 2020, and his regional credits include Hot Mikado, Hands on a Hardbody, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ain’t Misbehavin. An accomplished Voice Actor and Twitch Streamer, Major has lent his voice to numerous projects including One Piece, Bread Barbershop, Fairy Tail, Battleborn, Borderlands 3, and more. He can be seen in an upcoming HBO series as well as in The Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, and is currently revamping his Disney based cabaret show, Genies Jukebox, for an upcoming 54 Below performance. 

    Major shares how singing led him to musical theatre, and the life lessons he learned as a child while performing at Casa Mañana Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. He chats about continuing his growth as an artist through voiceover work, and how he gets into character for those roles. Major also talks all things Genie on Broadway, as well as his cabaret, Genie’s Jukebox, where he delves into Genie's life before/after Aladdin by exploring questions like: What if the Genie had villain friends? - Maybe he used to be friends with Ursula. How does Genie spend his free time? - Maybe he takes magic courses. Major calls the show a combination of his dream of being a Disney villain, and a love letter to Disney. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    Working on the Netflix Pokemon movie 

    Finding peace in art 

    Receiving his first standing ovation

    Standbys and swings as unsung heroes

    Being the voice of NuCalm


    Connect with Major:

    IG: @majorattaway


    Twitter: @majorattaway


    Facebook: @BigTexGenie



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
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    • 59 min
    Stephanie Styles: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

    Stephanie Styles: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

    Stephanie Styles is an actress, singer, and dancer who made her Broadway debut in the recent Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate, opposite Kelly O'Hara, Will Chase, and Corbin Bleu. Other credits include Katherine Plumber in the national tour of Newsies, The Sound of Music national tour, and Kingdom Come at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box Theatre. On TV she may be best known as Autumn on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and can also be seen as Kate in the Netflix series Bonding. Her film credits include Bombshell, and Booksmart. Stephanie can now be heard on the original studio cast album of Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, available wherever you get your streaming music.

    Taking us back to the beginning, Stephanie shares her story of seeing The Phantom of the Opera for the first time at four years old (two nights in a row), and how it set the course for the rest of her life. She opens up about her love for all things Disney, and why she thinks both children and adults alike are drawn into Disney’s “sense of imagination, innovation, and hope”. Stephanie also chats about what it means to be part of the new original studio cast album of Goosebumps The Musical, and her experience singing and recording during COVID. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    Being a D23:The Official Disney Fan Club charter member 

    Horoscopes, and being a Libra 

    What type of music she is drawn to singing 

    Disney Theme Parks 

    Her love for Broadway and musical theatre 


    Connect with Stephanie:

    IG: @bystyles


    Web: stephaniestyles.com



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Glynn Turman: 'Women of the Movement' and 50+ Years of Acting Excellence

    Glynn Turman: 'Women of the Movement' and 50+ Years of Acting Excellence

    Glynn Turman is an Emmy Award winning actor, writer, director and producer, who made his Broadway debut at 12 years old originating the role of Travis Younger in A Raisin In The Sun. With a successful TV and film career spanning more than 50 years, Glynn has had notable roles in films including Cooley High, The River Niger, Gremlins, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Men of Honor, Justine, The Way Back, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His TV credits include Peyton Place, Matlock, The Wire, In Treatment, House of Lies, How to Get Away with Murder, Mr. Mercedes, Fargo and many, many more. Glynn has also directed episodes of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, A Different World, and The Wayans Bros. He is now the newest face for Beyonce’s new Ivy Park denim line, and can also be seen starring opposite Tony award winner Adrienne Warren in ABC’s new limited series Women of the Movement. 

    Glynn credits his mother for getting him into theater and acting, and talks about what life was like growing up in NYC's Greenwich Village in the 50’s and early 60’s, immersed in a bohemian lifestyle. He chats about his love for all things horses and rodeo, and tells the story of a dinner with Beyonce that led to him becoming a spokesperson for her new Ivy Park line. Glynn also reflects on his career and the opportunities that have led to where he is now - “I’m glad that I’ve lived long enough to see that we as a black people have gotten the opportunity to tell some of our stories from our point of view”. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    Auditioning for playwright Lorraine Hansberry, a friend of his mother’s and the creator of A Raisin in the Sun


    Skipping school to spend time with the horses in Central Park

    Getting into character as Mose Wright for Women of the Movement


    Auditioning to be the original Han Solo, and booking it 

    Acting icons James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, and Ruby Dee


    Connect with Glynn:

    Twitter: @GlynnTurman


    Learn more about Women of the Movement


    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
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    • 37 min
    Debra Sperling: The Voice You Didn't Know You Know

    Debra Sperling: The Voice You Didn't Know You Know

    Debra Sperling is a professional voiceover artist with over 26 years of experience. Throughout her career, Debra has been the voice of dozens of national television campaigns such as Charmin, Cascade, Pampers, Maybelline, Listerine, Walmart, Folgers, Kellogg’s, Olive Garden, Johnson and Johnson, Band-Aid, and many more. Debra is a big player in the Promo world as well, having been the voice of The Oxygen Network and the voice of WEtv, with ongoing promo spots for many networks including NBC, National Geographic, USA, Investigation Discovery, A&E, Animal Planet, and HBO. She is also equally passionate about teaching and coaching, and her renowned "Authenticity in Voiceover" class has helped students worldwide.

    After attending the High School of Performing Arts, Debra went on to earn her BA in Theatre, her MFA in Acting, and has “been an actor since”. Although she makes her living as a voiceover artist now, she speaks candidly about how her journey began, noting she didn’t really know what voice overs were when she first started out. Debra talks about her approach to acting for theatre, TV or film compared to acting for voice overs: why “it is the same thing” for her, and how it starts with bringing your authentic self to the microphone, stage, or set. She also opens up about her love for teaching and coaching, and shares why she feels like leading her voice over class on Zoom during COVID saved her. 

    In this episode, we talk about: 

    The culture shock she felt while attending her first show in London 

    Morgan Freeman’s voice 

    Why she tells people to “stop acting words” 

    Stephen McKinley Henderson as a mentor and teacher 

    Missing the collaborative aspect of voice over work due to COVID


    Connect with Debra:

    Web: debrasperling.com/about


    IG: @debrasperlingvo



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
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    • 48 min
    2021 End of Year Wrap-Up with Ayanna Prescod

    2021 End of Year Wrap-Up with Ayanna Prescod

    We've successfully completed yet another year around the sun (sorry flat Earthers, the truth hurts), this time with only about 4 months of Broadway theatre to talk about, and we're already seeing more shows permanently closed than expected due to Omicron breakthrough cases. Sheesh.
    Ayanna Prescod, a Broadway producer, critic, writer, and creator, and host of What's Up Broadway joins us for this final episode of the year as we discuss our favorite moments, shows, and what we're looking forward for in 2022.
    A big shout out to all the shows of 2021 that closed too early:

    Is This A Room

    Dana H

    Chicken & Biscuits

    The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular

    Diana, the Musical

    Thoughts of a Colored Man

    Jagged Little Pill

    Waitress

    Beautiful

    Ain’t Too Proud


    Connect with Ayanna:

    Twitter: @AyannaPrescod


    Web: OurBKSocial.com


    Listen to What's Up Broadway: bpn.fm/wub



    Connect with The Theatre Podcast:

    Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast


    Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast


    Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast

    TheTheatrePodcast.com

    Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales


    Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think.


    Thank you to our friends Jukebox The Ghost for our intro and outro music. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jukeboxtheghost or via the web via jukeboxtheghost.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

HillyNYCGal ,

Engaging and authentic!

The Theatre Podcast is my go-to for backstage conversations with Broadway’s best. Alan truly holds space for each guest in the most engaging and delightful way. It’s organic, funny and raw. Love this show.

DJGNYC ,

What A Find!

Just discovering this pod & for us theatre nerds, this is IT. Huzzah to the host & creators!

Adaumbelle ,

A great listen!

The time just flies by. Alan brings the art of conversation to a whole new level. He seamlessly lets the listener get to know his guests on a personal level in addition to their professional lives.

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