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Podcast: Vol. 132 – October 11, 2007

Drama Desk winner Rachel York discusses her career and we hear some of her recordings, the writers/performers of the new Off Broadway musical, "Greetings From Yorkville" give an interview and grace us with two in-studio performances, we hear from two on-the-verge actors starring in the two-hander, "None of the Above", plus flops Marty liked in "On the Positive Side", news and more!

For the first time since NYMF 2007, we’re back with all of the stuff you’ve been craving:  Stars, Shows, and of course Marty!

This week we go ON THE BOARDS with Greetings From Yorkville, a musical written by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki, residents of Manhattan’s neighborhood of Yorkville.  It’s a show and show people, trying to get into this business that we call show.  Sound close to home?  Well for Turner and Grusecki it is.

Also, we get UP CLOSE with Drama Desk winner, Rachel York, for Victor/Victoria.  We talk about her upcoming concert, for the “Love of It”, and take a walk down memory lane with  her as she takes through her  whirlwind career and even a chat about high school.

As always, we have Marty Cooper’s ON THE POSITIVE SIDE.

We get back ON THE BOARDS with None of the Above, and it’s two stars Adam Green and Halley Feiffer, talking about the new comedy by Jenny Lyn Bader, about previlege, addiction, and the SAT.

So, what are you waiting for, hop on board the Broadway Bullet.  Let’s get Volume 132 underway!

ON THE BOARDS

Greetings from Yorkville

NEW YORK CITY IS filled to the brim with actors, musicians, composers, writers, you name it, tryign to make it into the theatre world, if not to be stars, then enough to eke out a living.  Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki know what that’s like, and have taken matters into their own hands in Greetings from Yorkville.  A musical about two friends, living in Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood, trying to make it into show business.  And did we mention that the two friends names are Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki?

We sit down with the authors/performers of Greetings from Yorkville and talk about their show, as well as hearing in studio performances from the show, “Greetings from Yorkville” and “Life is Good”.

For tickets and more information visit www.greetingsfromrokville.com or www.theatremania.com

 

THE CALLBOARD

WHAT BEGAN AS A six month construction plan that has now turned into a seventeen month ordeal, the new TKTS Booth in Times Square, has now announced an official opening date.  TKTS will return to Duffy square, leaving it’s semi-permanent home at the Marriot Hotel, in the spring of 2008.

FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL ADAPTATION of Mary Shelley’s novel of the same name, will begin previews at 37 Arts on October 10, with a Novemeber 1 opening.  The more serious counterpart to Young Frankenstein, will star Tony Nominee Hunter Foster as the villianously misunderstood Victor Frankenstein and star of the NYMF show The Piper, Christiane Noll.

NEW WORLD STAGES HOSTS comedienne and talk show host, Rosie O’Donnell, and her new gallery exhibit, “Solace”.  O’Donnell’s artwork will be featured on the second floor gallery at New World Stages through December 12.  The Gallery at New World Stages will be open from 11am to 6pm, daily.

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS is daring theatre fans to bid on their  Broadway Scares ebay site, for goodies  from such terrifying shows as Die, Mommie, Die; Sweeney Todd; Wicked; Frankenstein; The Rocky Horror Show; and Side Show.  To Name a few.  Unique gifts from the shows and event tickets to Madame Tussaud’s are up for grabs.  Visit www.BroadwayCares.org/events/olineauctions.cfm for more details.

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL WILL be performing at Carnegie Hall on Monday October 15.  This will mark Mitchell’s first performance at the famed Carnegie Hall, as a promotion for his new solo album, available in stores now.  For more information and tickets visit:  www.ticketmaster.com

 

UP CLOSE

Rachel York

SHE’S DONE EVERYTHING UNDER the sun.  From a seedy 1940’s private eye musical, to crossing dressing in gay Paris (winning her a Drama Desk Award), to producing a hit album, to portraying televisions funniest lady, is their anything Rachel York can’t do?

As she gears up for her upcoming concert, “For the Love of It”, at Fienestein’s, Rachel takes time out of her busy schedule to stop by the studio to chat about the show as well as her career.  We find out about her career past, and even how she landed her first gig (aspiring stars get your pen and paper ready).

We also hear two songs, “Too Good to be True” from Rachel’s solo CD, “Let’s Fall in Love” – Amazon or

and “Promise of the Morning” from the cast album for “Summer of ’42” – Amazon or

For tickets and more information visit:  www.rachelyork.net or www.ticketmaster.com

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

Marty Cooper is back for another round of positive thinking.  Marty talks about the flops of Broadway and the ones that are nearest to his heart.

ON THE BOARDS

None of the Above

SAT PREPARATION CAN BE a bitch, but in the new comedy by Jenny Lyn Bader, it gets a new spin all together.  When a high priced SAT tutor is hired to coach a spoiled Upper East Side brat, to ensure her acceptance to Princeton, can the two rise above their differences, saving the tutors career and her education?

Stars Adam Green and Halley Feiffer, drop by to let us on the inside track to matricular success, and discuss their new show.

For tickets visit: www.ticketcentral.com 

TOP OF THE TRADES

DANIEL REICHARD WILL BE leaving his two year run with the Tony award winnig musical Jersey Boys to turn his talents at Bernstein’s Candide for New York City opera.  Reichard’s Press Agent said that the singing actor will leave Jersey Boys following the January 6, 2008 performance.  The New York City Opera Production of Candide will open April 8 and run through the 20th.

SINCE JULY 31 THE Local One Union, for stage hands, and the League of American Producers have been without a contract.  On October 9th the producers come with their final offer for the stage hands union, who returned withe their own final offer.  There are no more talks scheduled, with producers stating that Local One’s final offer solved nothing in the negotiations.  A lock out of all for profit Broadway theatre’s is still eminent.

DIXIE CARTER AND MIA Dillon head up the Houston Alley Theatre’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace, portraying the Brewster Sisters in this production directed by Gregory Boyd.  The Show, following the murderous exploits of two spinster sisters, began previews on October 5, will open October 10, and Close November 4.

MTV WILL AIR THEIR footage of Legally Blonde: The Musical Saturday October 13 at 1pm.  MTV Studios filmed the show early last month and will be airing this footage on Saturday, hosted by the girls from “The Hills”, with added behind the scenes goodies

BEGINING THEIR NEW YORK previews this week are Young Frankenstein and The Glorious Ones.

CURTAIN CALL

BROADWAY BIDS FAREWELL TO Michael Evans, age 87.  Evans starred in the 1951 production of GiGi, that would make Audrey Hepburn a household name.  Evans was born in Sittingbourne, England.  He decided at age 12 to become an actor after seeing John Geilgud’s portrayal of Richard II in the play by William Shakespeare fo the same name.  Evans died in Los Angeles on Sept 4, 2007.  So long friend, you will be missed.

 

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