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Podcast: Vol 135 – November 8, 2007

Now entering week two of the bi weekly Broadway Bullet, and we have a jam packed show this week.  So what are we waiting for let's get the show on the road. ACT ONE:  We sit down and talk to the cast of Minimum Wage and also get an in-studio performances from these guys.  Mel and El, stars of Mel and El: This Show Rhymes, drop by to tell us all about their NYMF showcased cabaret and we hear a song from the show.  Max McLean stops in to talk about playing Screwtape in Fellowship for the Performing Arts Theatre's production of The Screwtape Letters. ACT TWO:  We get Up Close with Tony Nominee Stephen Mo Hannan, who stops by to chat about Kleynkunst, a Jewish Cabaret.  The stars of the Runner Stumbles drop in to talk about the upcoming production at The Actor's Company Theatre.  Co-founders of the Upright Cabaret, Chris Isssacson and Shane Scheel, drop in to discuss the cabaret world. And a bit of sad news Marty Cooper will be out of comission for the next few weeks, due to an injury.  If you'd like to send him your well wishes just drop him a line at broadwaymarty@aol.com One final note before we get everything under way, please check out our new player, which is on our front page.  All our contests and giveaways, as well as exclusive interviews and performances, and new content will be there.  You can also add us to your facebook or myspace pages.  So have fun with it, add a video comment or just embed us on your myspace or Facebook profiles! Now on with the show...

ACT I

ON THE BOARDS

Minimum Wage

FOR SEVEN DOLLARS AN hour what would you be willing to do?  Maybe put on a show?  In the hillarious new acapella musical, Minimum Wage, we find out exactly what it’s like to work for the minimum, and what happens behind the frier.  A little scared?  Writers/Performers Charly LaGreca and Jeff LaGreca come by to tell us where this show came from and what it’s really all about.  We also get an in-studio performance of the songs “Minimum Wage” and “G.R.I.L.L.” by cast members Bill Caleo, Tony Daussat, Elena M Schloss as well as the LaGreca Boys.

Don’t miss out… get a Broadway Bullet special discount and see Minimum Wage for only $25. Just go to BroadwayOffers.com and enter the discount code, mweblst

 

For more information and tickets please visit:  www.burgerboys.com

THE CALLBOARD

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE WILL host a panel inculding Sarah Ruhl, Tom Bradshaw, Tracy Letts and Theresa Rebeck on November 7, at Sardi’s Restaurant.  “The Playwrights the Thing” will be moderated by Mario Fratti, and will cost $25 for OCC Members and $35 for non members.  A light buffet will be served at the event which runs from 5-7:30 at the famous Manhattan Restaurant.

EVER WANTED TO BE on the inside of a recording session for an original Broadway cast Recording.  Well, the folks at Broadwayworld are giving you the chance.  All you have to do is make a video of yourself singing your favorite song from The Little Mermaid, submit it to Youtube and you are enetered to win two tickets to see the show on December 16, and to sit in on the cast recording on the 17th.  For more details visit www.Broadwayworld.com

THE LESLIE/LOHMAN GALLERY WILL host an invitation only preview launch of the new exhibit StageStruck: The Magic of Theatre Design on Novemeber 13.  The following night, November 14, from 6-8pm an open to the public event will be held at the gallery to commemorate the new exhibition which includes skecthes, scale models, costumes, and make up designs from some of the most prolific Designers in theatre.

 ON THE BOARDS

Mel and El: This Show Rhymes

PUT THE WORDS FAG magnet together and what you get is “fagnet”.  That’s what describes these two, rhyming, performers.  Fresh from the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin sit down and tell us exactly what Mel and El is and also about their rise through the ranks to create their own personal mark on the theatre scene.

We also hear a recording of the song, “Fagnet” from the show.

For more information or for tickets please visit: www.myspace.com/thisshowrhymes 

ON THE BOARDS

The Screwtape Letters

WRITTEN BY C.S. LEWIS as an epistolary novel about the letters of the Devil’s nephew, Screwtape, to his dear old Uncle, The Screwtape Letters, was a novel of controversy when it was first published.  Now in conjunction with the Fellowship of the Performing Arts and Max McLean C.s. Lewis’ work comes to life.  Max McLean dropped by to tell us about what it’s liek to play the nephew of Heaven’s fallen son and what it was like to work on a literary masterpiece, being brought to the stage for the first time by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts.

For more information or for tickets please visit: www.fpatheatre.com 

LISTENING ROOM

 “I’M A STAR”, PERFORMED by Eden Espinosa, is from the forthcoming Scott Alan CD, “Dreamily Wide Awake”.  Scott will be with us next week to talk about the album, but we wanted to give you a first taste of the coming project.

Purchase “Dreaming Wide Awake” at CD Baby or

ACT II

TOP OF THE TRADES

JESSICA ALBA, IT’S BEEN announced today by the “New York Post”, is being courted by the producers of the newest revival of “Speed the Plow” by David Mamet in the Spring of 2008.  There is no news as to who will be playing opposite Alba in the upcoming revival, but rumors abound that James Gandolfini, of Sopranos fame, and Michael Imperioli are on the top of the producers list.

PAPERMILL PLAYHOUSE WELCOMES NEW executive director, Mark W Jones, as they prepare to open their latest production, Meet Me in St Louis.  Jones comes to Papermill from Shakespeare and Co, based out of Massachusettes, and began his new position on November 4.  A new artistic director for the theatre has not yet been named.

CASTING HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED for the Second Stage Theatre’s new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Musical, Next to Normal.  Alice Ripley and Brian D’Arcy James have been picked to play the leads in the new Off Broadway musical that is set to go into previews in Mid January at Second Stages.  In a world of over stimulation and over medication what lengths would you go to make sure that your family stays in tact.  That’s what we find out in Next to Normal.

 

UP CLOSE

Stephen Mo Hanan

TONY NOMINATED FOR HIS performance in Cats, playing opposite Kevin Kline in Pirates of Penzance, and being one of the world’s most famous villians in Peter Pan, it would seem that cabaret would be old hat to Mo Hanan, not true.  In The  National Yiddish Theatre’s newerst production, Kleynkunst, offers a glimpse into the yiddish cabarets fo the 1930’s, offering an insider’s look at Nazi oppressed art in Germany.  Mo Hanan stopped by to talk a bit about his new show, his career, and the importance of yiddish cabaret.

We also hear recordings of two songs from the production; “Madagascar” and “Thief in the Night”

 For more information or tickets please visit:  www.folksbiene.org

ON THE BOARDS

The Runner Stumbles

A LUSTFUL PRIEST AND a murdered nun set the stage for the revival of Milan Stitt’s The Runner Stumbles playing at The Actor’s Company Theatre.  Could a priest’s repressed passion for a fellow woman of the cloth have been enough to set him off and commit the ultimate sin, murder?  Cynthia Darlow and Jim Murtaugh dropped in to chat about the show, it’s themes, and implications on society today.

For more information or tickets please visit:  www.tactnyc.org 

CABARET CORNER

Upright Cabaret

HOLLYWOOD MEETS BROADWAY AT the Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles.  The Upright Cabaret is a place for the sounds of pop music to mix with the voices of LA based show people.  We talk with the the directors Shane Scheel and Chris Issacson about their groundbreaking evenings and also get a peek at what’s coming up for the folks on the west coast.

Their next performance will be “Under the Big Top”
Saturday, November 17th at 9pm
Upright presents “Cirque du Cabaret” under the big top tent at EAT.on Sunset. No ring, No animals, No contortionists…simply a piano, a mic and a menagerie of jaw-dropping vocal feats. The Upright Boys are working closely with the restaurant’s chef and staff to make the cabaret experience at EAT. on Sunset better than ever with a special cabaret menu, expanded bar, and prompt professional Patina Group service. Do not miss this truly unique Hollywood Night. Eat. on Sunset, 1448 N. Gower, Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 461-8800
Please visit: http://www.patinagroup.com/eatSunset/

We also hear “Falling Apart” performed by Traci Thoms and “Fool’s Gold”, performed by Audra Mae, both recently performers at the Upright Cabaret.

For more information please visit:  www.myspace.com/uprightcabaret 

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