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Podcast: Vol. 124: August 16, 2007

The musicals, Walmartopia, Slammer, and Triumphant Baby, as well as the plays, Fair Game, and Animals all make a stop for interviews. John Delamar reviews the book, Let's Put on a Show, and more, in our one-year anniversary episode!

On the Boards


SLAMMER! (a new women-in-prison musical) will have its world premiere as part of the 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Tabitha, a sheltered and innocent young woman is wrongfully thrown into a women’s prison. There she must learn to survive as she deals with the harsh realities of life in the Big House — rival gangs, predatory guards and a sadistic warden.

We interview Chan Chandler(Author) and Courtney Wissinger (Actor) We also hear

Courtney perform “Without Love” in an in-studio performance.

On the Boards

  Fair Game

Fair Game is Karl Gajdusek’s drama about politics, scandal and spin. In this ripped-from-the-headlines play Governor Karen Werthman is running for the highest office in the land, when her son – a professor at Princeton – returns home, embroiled in a scandal. In the hands of her spin-master campaign manager the scandal is squelched…but at what cost to the candidate. FAIR GAME sheds light on the best and worst of a world where every act of right or wrong can be turned into its opposite. l

                            The Callboard

On Aug. 15,  Broadway’s Hairspray marks its fifth anniversary at the Neil Simon Theatre Aug. 15, but the star-filled party celebrating the milestone will be held after the Aug. 16 performance.

Starting Aug. 15, The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of The Autumn Garden, starring Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, begins performances!Janney co-stars with Tony Award winners Elizabeth Franz and Maryann Plunkett as well as Jessica Hecht, John Benjamin Hickey and Mamie Gummer as well as Rufus Collins, Brian Kerwin, Cynthia Mace, Rama C. Marshall, Eric Murdoch and Brooke Parks.

Starting Aug. 15, playgoers seeking a deal at Playwrights Horizons can put their names in a lottery list for a chance at $5 tickets.

There will be no more waiting in line for Playwrights Horizons’ ticket discount on the first day of previews.

Memberships are on sale for NYMF. Find out more at

Noah DeBiase is the winner of a Gold Pass Membership to NYMF featuring 4 pairs of tickets to the shows of his choice and more! $100 value! Congratulations!

Q. What current Broadway male lead appeared simultaneously in two NYMF shows
in 2005?
A. Sebastian Arcelus –

Q. What NYMF alumnus choreographer currently appears as a judge
choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance?
A. Mia Michaels – (Recognized her name when I saw it on this site:)
Q. What did he/she choreograph?
A. Common Grounds –

Q. Who played Caligula in NYMF 2005?
A. Euan Morton –

Q. What headwear did executive director Kris Stewart don at the very first
NYMF Gala Fundraiser?
A. A stars and stripes construction hat –

Q. What is the name of the NYMF office dog?
A. Pepper

Q. What NYMF show has in various forms been performed in all three festivals
thus far?
A. Drift

On the Boards


 It’s MOM vs. MART! Walmartopia tells the hilarious and timely tale of Vicki Latrell, a single mom and Wal-Mart employee who speaks out against her company’s working conditions and finds herself and her young daughter jettisoned to 2036, into a future where Wal-Mart dominates the entire world.

We interview with Catherine Capellaro (Bookwriter) and Andrew Rohn (Composer/Lyricist) and we hear the title song from their Fringe ’06 Demo

Cabaret Corner

Triumphant Baby

Triumphant Baby, with music by Joe Iconis and lyrics by Robert Maddock, stars Lorinda Lisitza and is directed by Brad Oscar.  The show is a concert about hick towns and hussies and all the good and bad things that can happen to a lady with a hankeriing for fame and murder.  And  root beer floats!  The audience is catapulted into the world of this ambitious girl’s journey through the highs and lows of love, heartbreak, criminal digressions, dreams, failures and the great “triumph” of survival.  Triumphan Baby is partly a tribute to Old Hollywood and vintage tales about hooligans and hookers.  the concert harks back to bygone eras with a “cabaret” vibe while staying contemporary with songs like, “That’s What You Got For Falling in Love with Tom Hanks” and the lorinda phototitular anthem, which reminds everyone to stay young, hopeful and very, very wild.

We interview star Lorinda Lisitza and hear “Popular Opinion” from the show!


John Delamar reviews “Let’s Put on a Show” by Stewart F. Lane. Buy the book at AMAZON 

On the Boards


“Where pigs are heroes, men are flies, birds are apathetic, unicorns are barred from the ark due to their sexual preference, and three cows hatch a daring escape plan to India, you will find the hilarious, existential comedy of ANIMALS!”

The Blossom Company is proud to present ANIMALS as part of the 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. Renowned director Kevin Kittle brings this exceedingly fun, thought provoking, romp to life utilizing the rising talents of young up and comers, Ryan O’Nan, Michael Hirsteet and Erin Mortensen. Stephanie Caraglino serves as Stage Manager and Ryan J. Davis produces.

We interview Ryan O’ Nan (actor/writer) and Ryan Davis (producer).

For more information about the show, visit .

Top of the Trades

Carole Shelley, who created the role of Madame Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked, will return to the New York cast Aug. 28.

Additional casting has been announced for the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s staged reading of Our Town starring Raul Esparza.  Joining Esparza for the Aug. 17 reading of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about small-town American life will be John Feltch, Mycah Hogan, Peter Davenport, Ellen McLaughlin, Brenda Wehle, Joe Plummer, Brooke Parks, Tommy Heleringer, Laura Heisler, Ryan Karels, Mark Blum, Kate Roberts, Rama Marshall, Grace McLean, Steve Lawson, Sarah Turner, Jim DeProphetis and David Kenner.

The free staged reading of Our Town will take place Aug. 17 at 3 PM.

For further information visit

Mike Nichols, the Tony-winning director of Monty Python’s Spamalot, will direct a Broadway revival of The Country Girl and the Broadway bow of Farragut North, according to the New York Post.  The New York daily says that Clifford Odets’ Country Girl will likely star two Academy Award winners: Morgan Freeman as the alcoholic actor Frank Elgin and Frances McDormand as Elgin’s wife Georgie. Bill Haber will produce Country Girl, which the Post says will open on Broadway in spring 2008.

Due to tremendous public response, the South African production of Disney’s The Lion King has extended its run by several months.  The musical, which opened June 6 at Johannesburg’s 1,850-seat Montecasino Teatro, had originally planned an Oct. 7 closing. The Tony-winning musical will now run through

Dec. 2.

Dirty Dancing Musical to play US National TourJacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions has announced the U.S. premiere of the international stage hit Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage by Eleanor Bergstein, writer of the iconic blockbuster movie. 

The National Tour will premiere September 2, 2008 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.), as part of the Broadway In Chicago Season Series. 

Casting, additional tour dates and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Curtain Call

Idol: the Musical Closed after 1 Performance.



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