Thursday, March 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

Happy Birthday Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

It seems that this week the current cast of the Webber's latest addition to his Broadway legacy, SCHOOL OF ROCK, as well as the audience took a proper moment after to pay tribute to the legendary, multi-award winning, composer.  Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber joined Rodgers and Hammerstein as someone who had 4 shows simultaneously running on Broadway.  
 a special curtain call serenade led by leading man Justin Collette

The current Broadway cast of School of Rock also includes Jonathan Gould as “Ned,” Lori Eve Marinacci as “Patty,” Conner John Gillooly as “Dewey Alternate,” Zachary Zwelling as “Zach,” Levi Buksbazen as “Freddy,” Montgomery Lamb as “Katie,” Jim Kaplan as “Lawrence,” Olivia Chun as “Summer,” John Allyn as “Billy,” and Gabrielle Greene as “Tomika.” The adult ensemble includes Natalie Charle Ellis, Badia Farha, Alan H. Green, John Arthur Greene, Nehal Joshi, Andrew Kober, Lulu Lloyd, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Diane Phelan, Jesse Swimm, Joel Waggoner, Jonathan Wagner, and J. Michael Zygo. The kids’ ensemble includes Michael Cascetta, Katie Greendorfer , Sophia Kekllas, Ellie Kim, Madison Elizabeth Lagares, Colin Lauri, Cory Logan, Madalen Yarbrough Mills, Iggy Rosado, and Sarah Walsh.

School of Rock features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by Ethan Popp.

School of Rock — The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

Video Courtesy of O&M and Co.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top 10 Most Listened Podcasts in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Everybody!!!!!!! I hope that this new year brings you and your family everything that you need to be healthy, successful, and FABULOUS!!!!

If you are lucky enough to have something like a podcast that people are actually listening to and supporting, then the new year is always a time to find out the most listened to podcast of the year.  Last year, I thought 20 was a great number to countdown without realizing how much time it would be to crunch the numbers.  SO, this year I am gonna keep it very simple. thankfully that after almost 100 episodes this past year, that these are the most listened to podcasts of 2017. Click on a pic and relive the fun.


The Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist, Sheldon Harnick and his lovely wife, accomplished actress and photographer, Margery, had me up at their fabulous apartment to chat about their collaboration with their son, Matthew.


Tony Award Winners Daisy Eagan, Alice Ripley, and Tony Nominee, Sharon McNight, join forces to tell the scandalous tales in Phil Geoffrey Bonds new play, SMALL TOWN CONFESSIONS, during the Broadway Bound Festival. These ladies allowed me to stop by during their rehearsal to chat about the piece and their lives.


Tony Award winning, Grammy Award nominee, Betty Buckley,  had an amazing 2017.  She was featured in one of the big movies of of the year, SPLIT, she released another CD, STORY SONGS, and continues to tour the country as a solo artist in both cabaret and big theaters around the country.


Broadway Veteran, Max Crumm (GREASE, DISASTER)  and Lucy Devito (IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, CURMUDGEONS) make the countdown, most recently seen together in the short lived, Off Broadway play, HOT MESS. It was great to meet both of these young talents.  Lucy is the daughter of Award winning actors/producers, Rhea Pearlman and Danny Devito.


One of the hippest, grooviest musical conductor, arrangers working, James Sampliner, stopped by during 2017 to talk about his work on the first Broadway musical to open in the 2017-2018 season, PRINCE OF BROADWAY.  he also talks about some of the great collaborative experiences with artists like Harold Prince, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Porter, and Stephen Sondheim.


The adorable and super talented, actor, director, singer, dancer, videographer, editor, and producer, Andrew Keenan-Bolger is starred in a modern and new holiday show, Kris Kringle The Musical. Along with Kim Crosby, Cathy Rigby, Pamela Myers, and a wonderful assortment of Broadway talent, this cast is performed this show for the charity, The Singing Angels.  The Singing Angels Mission is "To encourage, foster and cultivate positive youth development by engaging youth from all communities in quality music and performing arts education that teaches discipline, builds confidence, and provides a foundation for life — Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference."
The super talented and adorable, Andrew Keenan-Bolger


From the multi Tony Award nominated musical, COME FROM AWAY, Rodney Hicks joined me to talk about his role(s) in the show. We both made note of a particular realization that we both shared while actually visiting Canada. We also talked about gratitude, kindness of man, and generosity. This past year, Rodney had to retire from performing due to vocal problems, but  I know that I have made a new friend. Listen to our chat, and you will feel the exact same way.


 Legendary Diva, 5x Grammy Award winning, Multi Platinum and Gold recording artist and actress, Dionne Warwick, takes time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her AIDS activism, her career, and so much more. She is everything.  The organization that she is representing, ACRIA, envisions a world where all people with HIV receive the treatment, care, and support they need to lead healthy, productive lives and where new transmissions of the virus have been eliminated.


The super talented actor, singer, dancer, Caesar Samayoa, is currently making people laugh, cry, and find their inner goodness, 8 shows a week, in the slow boiling hit new musical, Come From Away. Mr. Samayoa caught my attention in the musical Sister Act. I have been a bit of a fan, but clearly one who cannot read or speak, because I have been mispronouncing his name until this interview. I get schooled. I also get to laugh with someone who I hope will become one of my brunching Broadway Baby Daddies. Please laugh along and enjoy my conversation with Caesar Samayoa.


So our #1 Most Listened To Episode is with new Composer/Lyricists, Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne, the award-winning creators of the musical The Boy Who Danced on Air.  They stopped by for a conversation about their new piece. It is an intense story that grapples with many questions about poverty, abuse, sexuality, and religion in the Afghanistan culture. However, these guys are far from being Afghans. Statistically, I could not believe how many people actually listened.  Check out our conversation.

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