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Podcast: Vol. 201 – January 24, 2008

Welcome back from the holiday break, we hope everyone's was wonderful.  For our season opener we have a bang up show for you, and it's all in one act this week. Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer stop in to talk about the new musical at The Prospect Theater Co., THE BLUE FLOWER.  We also hear a couple of songs from the show.  We also give you a sneak peak at the new Broadway production of PASSING STRANGE, with exclusive 25 minutes of audio footage from a rehearsal of the cast and director, Annie Dorsen.  Chuck Saculla, Dan Amboyer,  and Steven Sherman of Emerging Artist's TRIPLE THREAT come by and chat about their new production.  We also sit down with NYU Steinhardt's John Simpkins and Grant Wenaus to talk about their new production of FLOYD COLLINS and a little about the school of Musical Theatre. Also we have Top of the Trades you love so much as well as the Callboard.  Marty is back as well this week with more of his positive influence. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and hop on board the Broadway Bullet for all destinations on and off Broadway.


The Blue Flower

FEATURED IN THE INAUGURAL SEASON of the New York Musical Theatre Festival THE BLUE FLOWER is now being stage by the Prospect Theatre Company.  Heralded by Stephen Schwartz as ” Beautiful, Ravishing…”, the husband and wife team of Jim and Ruth Bauer have created a show that mixes Berlin style cabaret and American country-western.  Prospect Theater Co, opens the show on Febuary 2, 2008, and it is scheduled to run until March 2, 2008. The songwriting/story team drop in to talk about the evolution of the musical from private clubs in lower Manhattan to the stages of NYMF and now onto the Off Broadway stage.

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EDWARD ALBEE TO DIRECT ALBEE at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  Award winning playwright Edward Albee will direct two of his early one acts, THE SANDBOX and AMERICAN DREAM off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  March 11 – April 19, with an official opening on March 25.  Both productions will feature Judith Ivey, George Barteneif, Kathlenn Butler, Harmon Walsh, and Jesse Willaims.

LYNN REDGRAVE TO STAR in the American Premiere of GRACE at the Lucille Lortel Theatre off Broadway.  The show, after an accomplished run on the West End is coming to New York on January 23.  Redgrave retuns to Broadway as a brilliant professor caught in a heated debate about the exist of God and blown away by her son’s announcement to join the priesthood.

SHOOT THE MESSENGER IS looking for volunteers to help on their blooming production.  They are looking for help on the stage production, audio/video, as well as scheduling.  There is no pay for this, but Lizz Winstead is hopeful that the show will be picked up and turned into real TV show.  To apply send an email to Darvi D. Worley at


Emerging Artist’s Triple Threat

SISTER’S DANCE, CLAYMONT, AND THE PLAY ABOUT THE NAKED GUY.  What do these three have in common?  They are being produced in rotating rep by Emerging Artists Theatre.  A drama about sisters, a clay mountain school project, and porn stars off-off Broadway is the bill for this ambitious off Broadway triumvirate.  We sit down with actors Chuck Saculla (SISTER’S DANCE), Dan Amboyer (PLAY ABOUT THE NAKED GUY), and Steven Sherman (CLAYMONT) to find out about each show and also to hear about the repertory season at Emerging Artists.

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MARTY IS BACK WITH more of his positive upbeat banter.  This week Marty talks about what’s on the plate for the rest of the season in musicals.


Steinhart School of Vocal Performance – Floyd Collins

NYU STEINHARDT, THE MUSICAL theatre wing of New York University may not get as much press as the University’s Tisch school of the arts, but they are growing in numbers and in talent.  Their newest production, FLOYD COLLINS is being mounted by John Simpkins and Music Directed by Grant Weranus.  The guys come by and chat about the new musical and about Steinhardt as well, letting us have an inside look into NYU’s other performing arts school.  We also hear a live in studio performance from Jay Armstrong and Nic Rouleau, from the show.

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OSCAR TIME HAS COME AGAIN, whether they will air this year or not, the nominations are in.  For best picture:  ATONEMENT, JUNO, MICHAEL CLAYTON, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and THERE WILL BE BLOOD.  Best actor: George Clooney, Daniel Day LEwis, Johnny Depp, Viggo Mortenson, and Tommy Lee Jones.  Best actress:  Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Laura Linney, Ellen Page, and Marion Cotillard.  Best director:  Paul Thomas Anderson, Joel and Ethan Coen, Tony Gilroy, Jason Reitman, and Julian Schnabel.

BROADWAY BEARS IS BACK with Bryan Batt, of Mad Men, as it’s host.  The fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is in it’s eleventh year of making Broadway fashioned teddy bears.  The event will kick off at six pm with a private VIP reception and viewing of this seasons bears, followed by the seven pm opening to general admission tickets.  The auction will begin at eight pm with auctioneer Lorna Kelly.

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY WORKED out a special contract with the Writers Guild of America so work could resume on the movie version of NINE.  The film, to be directed by CHICAGO director, Rob Marshall, was put to a halt when the writer’s strike happened.  The script was pened by Michael Tolkin and is now being polished and readied for filming by Anthony Minghella.


Passing Strange

ONE OF THE MOST talked about Off Broadway shows in the past year, as well as the most lauded, PASSING STRANGE is now moving to Broadway.  We got a glimpse at a pre-Broadway rehearsal for the show, and are now bringing you an exclusive listen at the music from the production.  Also check out the player later this week for video footage of Stew and the cast from the same rehearsal.

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ACTOR HEATH LEDGER DIED on Tuesday January 22, 2008 in New York City.  Authorities have not stated the cause of death, but have narrowed to accidental overdose or suicide.  Heath Ledger originally of Perth, Australia, is the Joker in this summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT, as well as credits such as 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, and A KNIGHT’S TALE. 



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