46 episodes

As you take your seats in the theatre, the lights dim and a voice says “Please locate the nearest exits, turn off all cellular devices, and if you should wish to partake of hard candy during the performance, please Unwrap Your Candies Now…” and then the show begins! Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu invite you into the world of the performing and visual arts, through conversations with the personalities who bring that world to life. Each episode of UYCN features lively conversations with colorful characters — helping the listener connect with the ideas and people who are shaping today’s pop culture landscape.

Unwrap Your Candies Now Houston Public Media

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

As you take your seats in the theatre, the lights dim and a voice says “Please locate the nearest exits, turn off all cellular devices, and if you should wish to partake of hard candy during the performance, please Unwrap Your Candies Now…” and then the show begins! Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu invite you into the world of the performing and visual arts, through conversations with the personalities who bring that world to life. Each episode of UYCN features lively conversations with colorful characters — helping the listener connect with the ideas and people who are shaping today’s pop culture landscape.

    Come From Away and Marian’s Song

    Come From Away and Marian’s Song

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Nick and Diane Marson, a Houston couple who met on 9/11 and whose real-life story inspired central characters in the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away.

    Then, Catherine Lu chats with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Houston Poet Laureate Emeritus and World Champion Slam Poet, about writing the libretto for Houston Grand Opera’s Marian’s Song, a World Premiere based on the life of legendary singer Marian Anderson. Deborah talks about fusing spoken word with opera, Marian's legacy and how creating this work affected her as an artist, woman and mother.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    • 34 min
    Tamyra Gray and Virginia Lee Montgomery

    Tamyra Gray and Virginia Lee Montgomery

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu heads to Lawndale Art Center to interview Houston artist Virginia Lee Montgomery about her solo exhibition Sky Loop. Incorporating video, sound, sculpture and Houston-centric symbols, the immersive installation is inspired by the artist’s personal experience and memories of Hurricane Harvey, on view through March 29.

    Then, Ernie Manouse talks with former American Idol finalist-turned Broadway star Tamyra Gray, who is performing in the North American-touring production of Once On This Island. Theatre Under The Stars presents the Tony Award-winning musical February 18 – March 1 at The Hobby Center.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    • 30 min
    Paul Hope Cabaret and Loop38

    Paul Hope Cabaret and Loop38

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with singer-actor Paul Hope about legendary songwriter Harold Arlen – in particular about the music he wrote in the decade after his famous “Over the Rainbow.” The Paul Hope Cabaret presents That Old Black Magic – Harold Arlen in the 40s on February 17, February 24 and March 2 at Ovations Night Club.

    Then, Catherine Lu talks with percussionist Craig Hauschild and harpist Caitlin Mehrtens of Loop38 about the life and music of Julius Eastman, an African-American composer from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. After an eviction – upon which his landlord threw many of his scores onto the street – and early death at age 49, his music was largely lost and forgotten. Loop38 presents the first-ever Houston performance of Eastman’s music, featuring his work Femenine, on February 21 at First Congregational Church of Houston.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    Music credits: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer; Gay Guerilla, The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc and Stay on It from Julius Eastman: Unjust Malaise; Fememine by Julius Eastman, original recording and recording by Arcana New Music Ensemble

    • 31 min
    Jersey Boys and Houston Chamber Choir Grammy

    Jersey Boys and Houston Chamber Choir Grammy

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu interviews Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson and tenor Jack Byrom on what it was like to attend the 2020 Grammys and accept the award for Best Choral Performance for their album Duruflé: Complete Choral Works. From the red carpet to the moment the envelope was opened, we go behind-the-scenes of their win. The choir’s next concert is Circlesong on February 22 and 23 at South Main Baptist Church.

    Then, Ernie Manouse chats with Broadway stars Corey Greenan and Hamilton Moore. They are two of the cast members of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award-winning musical that tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Broadway at The Hobby Center presents the national-touring production February 7 – 9.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    • 35 min
    Sasson Gabay, Janet Dacal and Marlana Doyle

    Sasson Gabay, Janet Dacal and Marlana Doyle

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal, who star in The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Broadway Across America presents the North American-touring production January 28 – February 2 at The Hobby Center.

    Then, Catherine Lu finds out about the city’s newest dance troupe, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, from Marlana Doyle, founder and artistic director. Doyle talks about forming her own company this past summer, following her 17-year career with the now-disbanded METdance Company, and what she hopes to add to the city’s dance scene. Houston Contemporary presents Dué, the second show of its inaugural season, on February 7 and 8 at Queensbury Theatre.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    • 31 min
    Dan Knechtges and Emilio Delgado

    Dan Knechtges and Emilio Delgado

    In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars, about the company’s recently-announced 2020 – 2021 season. Knechtges, a Tony-nominated director and choreographer, talks about the eclectic mix of national productions with major buzz and homegrown TUTS productions that celebrate Houston talent – and why it’s like a meal of tapas.

    Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Emilio Delgado, who played “Luis” on Sesame Street for over four decades. Delgado stars in The Alley Theatre’s production of Quixote Nuevo. Written by playwright Octavio Solis and directed by KJ Sanchez, the story is a reimagining of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, set in a fictional modern-day Texas border town. It runs January 17 – February 9.

    Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

    Music used: Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid Original Broadway Cast Recording

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Dr.Luu ,

Great show about the Houston arts scene

Catherine and Ernie bring their heartfelt love for Houston and its vibrant arts scene into focus with a show that will delight listeners. Listen. Explore. Open your world.

aejaie ,

Great Show

No real critic, but while watching Once on this Island I forgot to open a piece of candy. I tried to open it during the song Rain and dropped it. I learned my lesson.

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