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Podcast: Vol. 121 – July 26, 2007

 The musical, 33 to Nothing, stops by for an interview and two exclusive in-studio performances, The full cast of the new play, My First Time comes in for interviews and monologues, Paul Ryan talks about his book, The Art of Comedy, a capella group The Bridge performs "We have One to Watch with Omri Schein," and more!

On the Boards

33 to Nothing

Taking place during one alcohol-laced rehearsal, 33 to Nothing rocks hard and breaks hearts. This downtown NYC garage band is on the edge of breaking up, as the lead singer and his boyfriend (also in the band) are, er, breaking up. With each year that passes that they aren’t rock stars, the incessant pull of adulthood becomes harder to ignore. With more axes to grind than grinding the ax, is it even worth staying together? All of the actors play their own instruments in this high-octane rock drama, guaranteed to remind you that you, too, could have been a famous rocker, if only …

We talk to, and hear from, actor/writer/composer Grant James Varjas, actor John Good, and actor/co-composer/arranger Preston Clarke. They will perform “Now That it’s Over” and “Low to the Ground”.

The Callboard

As we mentioned last week, this week at Broadway in Bryant Park is:

Thursday, July 26: Curtains, Spamalot, Stomp, The Lion King, and Xanadu (Hosted by Karen Carson)

And next week is:

Thursday, August 2: Grey Gardens, Hairspray, Les Miserables, and Mary Poppins (Hosted by Valerie Smaldone)

On August 1st, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change turns the big 11; and High Fidelity is singing a few songs from their cast album – Will Chase and Jenn Colella will be there!


On August 4th Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein hits Seattle!

Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal re-join the cast of Rent on July 30th.

Mara Davi (A Chorus Line) joins the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone as Janet van De Graaf on July 31st.

On the Boards

My First Time


My First Time, a new play in the style of The Vagina Monologues, features four actors in hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences, written by real people — just like you.

First sexual experiences are one of the few things that almost every single person on this planet has in common, whether you’re Paris Hilton or P. Diddy; George Clooney or George Washington, yet we rarely talk about them. Until now.

We meet with, and hear a monologue, from each of the four cast members — Bill Dawes, Josh Heine, Katy Searle, and Cydnee Welburn.

Page Turners

We meet with Paul Ryan (He is hosting and producing three new TV Talk Shows…”Feel Good TV with Paul Ryan & Friends,” “The Art of Comedy,” and “Shmooze.” Last year he directed, produced and played one of the leads in “Hollywood Alive.”

Paul Ryan hosted, produced, created, and owns 700 celebrity in-depth TV Talk shows with a “Who’ s Who of Hollywood” including Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld and Sophia Loren. He has been successful in every hosting medium and format on network, syndication and cable television, including series co-host for “Mid-Morning L.A.” On KCAL, he was the celebrity interviewer for “Entertainment Tonight,” he hosted the game show “Love Thy Neighbor” for CBS, was a regular on the Channel 5 Morning Show, “The Travel Guy,” “Talk Live” for CNBC, and “The Travel Guide with Paul Ryan” on CBS and independent stations.

As an actor, Paul’s co-starred in films with Michelle Pfeiffer and Goldie Hawn, conducted his own comedy and TV Hosting workshops at CBS, has created several new reality shows, and is in negotiations on a film and movie for television under his Paul Ryan Productions banner. An avid tennis enthusiast and spiritual practitioner, his goal is still to become the manager of the L.A. Dodgers in the summer, and the L.A Lakers in the winter.

He has also put out a book, The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny, and he comes in to talk about the book!

On the Positive Side

Marty talks about Encores! production of Gypsy and more!

Listening Room

We hear from an a capella group, The Bridge. They perform the song “I Heard of a Man”.

One to Watch

We talked with Omri Schein, who is making his New York debut in the musical The People vs. Mona

Top of the Trades

Raúl Esparza (most recently seen as Bobby in Company) returns to Broadway this Fall alongside Michael McKean and Ian McShane, in the upcoming revival of Pinter’s The Homecoming at the Cort Theater.

The newly released Hairspray film achieved the best opening on record for a movie musical, placing at #3 on this past weekend’s box office charts.

Adam Rapp’s new play, American Slingo, has just been announced as one of the four plays on this year’s lineup at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. To listen to our Broadway Bullet interview with Adam Rapp, click here.

The New York Post reports that the hit Australian musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, may be headed to Broadway.

Curtain Call

Unfortunately, a lot of closing is going on on Broadway… This week we say goodbye to:

Beauty and the Beast (thirteen years)

Grey Gardens (10 months)

110 in the Shade (four months)

Gypsy (Although it was a limited run)

The Drowsy Chaperone (in the U.K.)



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