339 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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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.

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    Scott Bakula: (Quantum) Leaping Onto the Broadway Stage

    Scott Bakula: (Quantum) Leaping Onto the Broadway Stage

    A globally renowned actor known for his iconic roles in shows like "Quantum Leap", “Star Trek: Enterprise” and "NCIS: New Orleans," Scott Bakula looks back on his fruitful and diverse career, including his time as Dr. Sam Beckett (Becket?), and some interesting behind-the-scenes details including whether or not that final end screen of the series actually has a typo! With so many changes that occurred post-pandemic, he shares his thoughts on doing self-tapes for auditions, why he thinks it’s become an empty experience, and why it can be limiting and isolating. He talks about his current role in the new Jason Robert Brown musical “The Connector”, his view on journalism after doing the show, and the reason behind their incredibly designed double-raked stage. With his family and the joy of connecting with people as his driving forces, Scott advocates theater as a foundational learning ground for aspiring actors.
    Scott Bakula is an actor who commanded the leading role of Dr. Sam Beckett in “Quantum Leap” from 1989 to 1993 and has earned him a Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmy Nominations. His other TV and film credits include “Star Trek: Enterprise” where played Captain Jonathan Archer, “American Beauty”, “Necessary Roughness”, “Murphy Brown”, and Ray Romano's “Men of a Certain Age”. Aside from lending his voice to animated series such as “American Dad”, “The Simpsons”, and “Archer”, he also has a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the 1988 Broadway production of “Romance/Romance”. His additional stage credits include “Is There Life After High School” in 1982, “Marilyn” in 1983, and “Three Guys Naked from the Waste Down” in 1985 for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Apart from acting, he’s now showing off his dancing and singing skills eight times a week as Conrad O'Brien in “The Connector”, extended through March 17th at MCC Theater in New York.

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    • 52 min
    Camille A. Brown: Finding a Voice Through Dance

    Camille A. Brown: Finding a Voice Through Dance

    A renowned choreographer, director, and educator, Camille A. Brown gives us a rundown of her artistic journey and the challenges and triumphs she faced in the world of dance and theatre. She looks back on her early experiences and influences, particularly her introduction to dance through her mother. From concert dance to musical theatre, she reveals how she got the courage to pursue her passion despite facing skepticism and stereotypes as a black female choreographer in a field dominated by males, including reaching out to mentors like Diane McIntyre and Marlee Ciorri for guidance. Camille’s Broadway directorial debut with “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow Is enuf” was a success, earning her Tony nominations for Best Direction and Best Choreography. She shares her emotional journey working on a beloved work and the value of staying true to your artistic vision. Her latest project, "Hell's Kitchen: The Musical" opens up new challenges and opportunities for Camille, such as her approach to the choreography and working with Alicia Keys' music. With her continuous success, she imparts simple but valuable advice to aspiring artists: to believe in the possibility of all things.

    Camille A. Brown is a widely acclaimed choreographer, director, educator, and storyteller. She has a total of 62 award honors to her credit so far, including three Tony Award nominations. Her 2016 TED-Ed talk, “Camille A. Brown: A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves” was chosen as one of the most notable talks of the year by TED curator Chris Anderson. Her Broadway credits include “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Once On This Island”, “Choir Boy”, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf”, and now, the upcoming production of “Hell's Kitchen: The Musical”.

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    Website: www.camilleabrown.org

    Instagram: @camilleabrown

    Facebook: @camilleabrownanddancers


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    • 46 min
    Anoushka Lucas: Accidentally Intentional

    Anoushka Lucas: Accidentally Intentional

    With Anoushka Lucas’ talent and success as a songwriter, it may come as a surprise for some that she initially had no interest at all in working in theatre. Just like in most of her endeavors, she fell into it. She expands on this as shares her journey, revealing her initial passive disposition, which contrasts with her willingness to embrace diverse experiences–the duality of man, as they say. From playing the piano and writing songs at an early age, Anoushka talks about her upbringing, writing songs from the point of view of the characters on TV, and how the piano became her sanctuary. She reflects on failure and her aversion to it, and the heartbreak and acceptance that her initial plan of becoming a pop star and securing a record deal isn’t going to happen. Despite the initial struggle, she recognizes the value of the experience, emphasizing the usefulness of failure in shaping her life positively, proving that tenacity goes a long way.
    Anoushka Lucas is a singer, songwriter, musical theatre composer, and actor who has starred in West End productions, including “Oklahoma!” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. She began composing music at the age of 14 and has a degree in Russian and Italian from Oxford University. She has been nominated for an Olivier award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award, and a Black British Theatre Award. She was the recipient of the Best Writer award in the 2023 stage debut awards. Among other films. You can also see her in “Murder on the Orient Express” and starting on the 21st of February, she can be heard in a brand new original musical podcast called “U.Me: The Complete Musical”.

    Connect with Anoushka:

    Website:www.anoushkalucas.com

    Instagram: @anoushkalucasmusic

    Listen to U.Me: The Complete Musical


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    John Lavelle & Haskell King: Your Everyday Russian Trolls

    John Lavelle & Haskell King: Your Everyday Russian Trolls

    From cults and documentaries to their deeply thought out character motivations, actors John Lavelle and Haskell King look back on their theatre journey. The two share their background, doing productions when they were younger, and what eventually made them pursue acting as a career. Currently starring in "Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy", they talk about how they got involved with the show, hitting it off on the first meeting, and the allure of cults and how people get drawn into them. With the show being as relatable as ever today, they reflect on how it changed their relationship with social media, how they interact with it, and the complexity of playing as bad guys. John and Haskell also impart some advice to aspiring actors and their motivations, including the desire to be seen and connect with others and become a better person for one’s family.
    Haskell King has performed all over the Off-Broadway and regional stages such as the Irish Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Abingdon Theatre. His TV and film credits include “Dear Edward”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “As the World Turns”, “The Fly Room”, and “Shadow & Lies”. John Lavelle has been on Broadway in “The Graduate”, and off-Broadway stages including La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Center LA, and The Old Globe. His TV and film credits include “Selma”, “Frozen”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, “Zootopia”, “The Taking of Pelham 123”, “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”, and “Grace and Frankie” among many others.
    They are both part of the stellar cast of the off-Broadway production of “Russian Troll Farm”, an office comedy, at the Vineyard Theater in New York City. More info and tix here: https://vineyardtheatre.org/shows/russian-troll-farm/

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    • 49 min
    Jai Rodriguez: 'Culture Vulture' in the Original Queer Eye Fab Five

    Jai Rodriguez: 'Culture Vulture' in the Original Queer Eye Fab Five

    Among all the things Jai Rodriguez knows how to do well, not punching down is at the top of the list . Sharing his journey from going to Broadway to landing a role in the groundbreaking TV series, “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”, his grit and talent took the stage by storm, playing in shows like “Rent” and “The Producers”. He shares how he got started by going to his first audition at the age of 12 – a funny but inspiring anecdote on why you shouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer easily. Jai also recounts his “Queer Eye” audition, the success of the show, and the overwhelming response they received early on. Despite the external glamor, Jai reveals his financial struggles during the press tours. He also gets real as he talks about a pivotal moment in his career during a meeting with agents, and how he was told that he may not be castable due to his identity – an untrue trope that stayed with him throughout a lot of his career. While it may have affected him deeply, Jai did not let it stop him from taking up space in the industry by rephrasing “you can’t do it” as “it’s just never been done before”.
    Jai Rodriguez is an actor and musician best known for his role in the original Fab Five 'Culture Vulture' in the award-winning show “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”. He had his Broadway debut at the age of 18 when he was cast as Angel in the critically-acclaimed musical, “Rent”. His other credits include the long-running musical, “The Producers”, “Zanna, Don’t!”, and an off-Broadway hit, “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man”. He has a web series, “The Horizon”, which is the most-watched LGBTQ web series in the world. 

    Connect with Jai:

    Website: linktr.ee/jairodriguez

    Instagram: @jairodriguez

    TikTok: @jairodriguezworld


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Melissa Errico: Paying Tribute to Sondheim

    Melissa Errico: Paying Tribute to Sondheim

    A multifaceted artist, Melissa Errico talks about her career, including her album "Sondheim In The City," her latest project which pays tribute to the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Melissa also reveals the reason behind her Instagram username, what it’s like raising kids in a “tough city”, and how theatre became her place to organize her emotions. Living in New York, she’s developed a deep connection with the city, which also reflects on her exploration of Sondheim's profound relationship with Manhattan–emphasizing the importance of preserving its vibrant and pluralistic spirit. With an upcoming residency at Birdland, Melissa shares her plans to combine Sondheim, jazz, and film noir elements, creating a unique and immersive experience for the audience. 
    Melissa Errico is a Tony Award nominated actress who made her Broadway debut in the 1992 production of “Anna Karenina”. She's since added a bazillion more credits to her resume, including “My Fair Lady”, “Amour”, “High Society”, and “Dracula, The Musical”. Her TV and film credits include the 1995 TV series, “C.P.W.”, “Law & Order”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Good Wife”, “The Jim Gaffigan Show”, “The Knick”, and “Billions” among many others. She's also a writer and a recording artist and was a frequent collaborator with the late great Stephen Sondheim for decades. Her 2018 album, “Sondheim Sublime”, was called “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded” by the New York Times. She now has a new album dropping on February 16th called “Sondheim in the City”.

    Connect with Melissa:

    Website: melissaerrico.com

    Instagram: @melissa_errico_fairymom

    TikTok: @melissa_errico_fairymom

    Melissa Errico and Billy Stritch: "BABY ITS WOKE OUTSIDE" by Adam Gopnik

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

ihateyouihateyou ,

The beginnings of autobiographies

My favorite books are autobiographies of people in show business , and these interviews are the beginning of those stories. Thank you for sharing how the sausage gets made! It’s my favorite part!

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Awesome product

Thank you for always giving us an inside look at the lives of the people we love on Broadway. Truly enjoyed the episode with Javier made me laugh and cry keep up the awesome work

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True Gem

I tripped over this on social media during Alan’s Hadestown takeover, and I am hooked! I started with Reeve Carney, and look forward to listening to all of them. Alan has the emotional intelligence to bring out the best in each guest, skillfully moving them through their storytelling and never stepping on them. Great stories emerge!

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