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Podcast: Vol. 134 – October 24, 2007

Welcome to Volume 134, and to the new bi-weekly Broadway Bullet.  That's right, we're now going to be coming to you every other week, as opposed to once a week.  Don't worry, we'll still have Marty, Up Close, On The Boards, and all the other great things you love about the podcast, just more of it.  And for our first every bi-weekly episode we bring you Broadway Bullet in two acts.

ACT ONE:  Tony-Award winning producer, Stewart F. Lane.  One of the original cast members, Rodney Hicks, and a new cast member, Nicolette Hart, from Rent drop by to talk about the show.  We also catch up with theatre/music group hybrid, GrooveLily.  And of course, we have Marty Cooper always On the Positive Side.

ACT TWO:  We get a chance to talk to the touring company of Sweeney Todd.  Michael goes On the Scene at TKTS to see what shows are the hot ticket.  We also talk with the artistic director and producing director of Coyote Rep about their free, online sound plays.

Let's get the show going, we have a lot to cover, and only two acts to do it.

ACT ONE

 PAGE TURNERS

Stewart F. Lane

WINNING THE TONY AWARD can be a momentous thing, but not as momentous as putting a show together.  No one knows this better then producer, Stewart F. Lane, who has even gone the extra mile, and written a how-to for aspiring young theatre producers.  Lane drops by to chat with us about his new book, Let’s Put On A Show, and about his career in the theatre from producer to writer and everything in between.

THE CALL BOARD

VICTORIA CLARK, STEWART F. LANE, Phylis Newman, and Michael Reidel will be a part of a theatre-themed night of discussion at the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Manhattan on November 5th, at 7:30pm.  The discussion, focusing on the behind-the-scenes look at theatre, will be moderated by Edie Fredfield.  Tickets are $10.

For more information and tickets visit: www.makor.org

 We gave away two signed copies of Rachel York’s CD, “Let’s Fall in Love”. Our winners were Kevin Gardner from NY, NY and Erick Baze of Daly City, CA. Congratulations!

Pick up a copy of Rachel’s CD at Amazon or 

ON THE BOARDS

Rent

BOHEMIA HAS BEEN RUNNING strong for over ten years at the Nederlander Theater on 41st Street, with the musical, Rent.  Original cast member, Rodney Hicks, drops by with newbie, Nicolette Hart, to discuss the phenomenon that is Rent.  It’s a look at the show from a veteran and a fresh face.  How much change has occurred over the years?  Find out with us and Rodney and Nicolette.

ON THE BOARDS

 GrooveLily

REMEMBER THE SHOW STRIKING 12?  Of course we do, and we remember the guys that wrote it.  We catch up with the guys of GrooveLily, and see what they’ve been up to since Striking 12.  We hear “All Shall Be Well” from their newest release, A Little Midsummer Night’s Music, as well as “Can’t Go Home” from Striking 12.

You can still hear the full interview from last year on Striking 12 as well as hear two more songs from the show on Vol. 14!

Buy A Little Midsummer Night’s Music at Amazon or

Buy Striking 12 at Amazon or 

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

MARTY COOPER”S BACK WITH something to say about the old “bait and switch” for discount coupons that’s been done at some theatres.

ACT TWO

TOP OF THE TRADES

CANADIAN PLAYWRIGHT DAMIEN ATKINS brings his Lucy to Off Broadway and the United States for the first time.  Lucy chronicles the trials of secluded anthopologist, Vivian, who never wanted to be a mother, as she is forced to care for her estranged daughter, Lucy.  The limited engagement will open October 24th at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and run to November 18.

For more information and tickets visit: www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org

ROGER BART, STAR OF the new Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein, has been out of the show since October 13th because of problems with his lower back.  A spokesperson for the production said that Bart is responding well to treatment, but there is no information, as of yet, as to when Bart will return.  Matthew LaBanca, making his Broadway debut in the ensemble, is stepping up to cover for Bart while he is out.

For more information and updates visit: www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com 

THE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES of A Catered Affair and Oscar and the Pink Lady have been postponed again due to the ongoing wildfires in California.  Although the Old Globe itself is in no imminent danger, the theatre has cancelled performances so that their staff and cast can have peace of mind while dealing with the devastation that they have incurred because of the fires.  The theatre hopes to have the shows back on their feet by the 25th.

 

LAURENCE FISHBURNE IS MAKING his return to Broadway in the spring of 2008 with Thurgood, about the rise of Thurgood Marshall from the back streets of Baltimore to a seat in the United States Supreme Court.  Fishburne has not been seen on Broadway since he won the Tony Award in 1992 for his performance in August Wilson’s, Two Trains Running.  The show was originally produced at the Westport Country Playhouse with James Earl Jones in the lead.  Director Leonard Foglia, who helmed the James Earl Jones production, will bring the show to Broadway.

THE BRIAN FRIEL PLAY, Molly Sweeny, will be revived by Philadelphia’s Amaryllis Theatre company.  The play, the story of a woman who has been blind since infancy, will feature a blind actress, Pamela Sabaugh, in the lead.  The production is being done as part of the “Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture”.  The theater will offer braile and large print programs at the production.

For more information and tickets visit: www.amaryllistheatre.org

ON THE ROAD

 Sweeney Todd

THE DEMON BARBER OF Fleet Street is on his way to Main Street.  The award-winning John Doyle revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is getting a national tour, and we took some time to sit down with the cast and have a little talk about the rigors of the tour, and also playing their own instruments.  We talk to cast members: Judy Kaye, David Hess, John Arbo, Edmund Bagnell, Keith Buterbaugh, Diana DiMarzio, Benjamin Eakeley, Benjamin Magnuson, Lauren Molina, Katrina Yaukey, Edwin Cahill, Elisa Winter, and Jessica Wright

For a full schedule of cities the tour will hit and to buy tickets, visit www.sweeneytoddtour.com 

ON THE SCENE

MICHAEL HEADS OUT TO get on the street interviews with people at TKTS and find out what shows are the hot ticket this week.

ON THE WEB

Coyote Rep.

HARKENING BACK TO THE days when radio ruled the entertainment world, Coyote Rep offers its listeners a more modern verion of the radio play, sound play stories.  We sit down and talk with Jeanne LaSala, artistic director, and Glen Kalison, producing director, of Coyote Rep to figure out what a sound play stoy is exactly.  We also hear some a clip from one of the sound play stories.

Find out more at www.coyoterep.com 

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