|Julia Murney, currently starring in the Broadway smash Wicked, kicks off our season finale. We also play two songs from her CD: I'm Not Waiting. We chat with producer Adam Epstein, profile the new musical Sessions and hear two exclusive in-studio performances. Exclusive Premiere! Broadway Abridged Live version of Wicked. Plus more!|
This week we talk to the amazing Julia Murney, who is currently starring as Elphaba in the hit Wicked. We also listen to two songs from her CD, I’m Not Waiting: The title track, “I’m Not Waiting” by Andrew Lippa, and “Perfect” by Tom Kitt.
Julia Murney previously appeared on Broadway in Lennon. She starred as “Queenie” in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at Manhattan Theatre Club. At MTC, she also appeared in Time and Again, and A Class Act. Other credits include The Vagina Monologues, Crimes of the Heart, and First Lady Suite. On TV, she’s appeared on all three “Law & Orders”, “Ed,” and she enjoyed some raw food on “Sex and the City.” Julia is also one of the most charitable people around, having lent her fabulous voice for many the benefit concert, including the Actors’ Fund benefit performance of Hair.
To see Julia in Wicked (or to learn more about the show if you’ve been living under a rock), click here .
And, as a bonus, to buy the CD of The Wild Party, click here.
And, to learn more about The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that Julia talks about, click here.
We talk to producer Adam Epstein about Hairspray, what went wrong with The Wedding Singer, and his upcoming projects: Cry-Baby and Ever After.
On the Positive Side
This week Marty does a post-Tony wrap up.
On the Boards
We profile the new musical Sessions, and talk to writer Albert Tapper, as well as actors Amy Bodner and Trishia Rapier, who perform two songs from the show in-studio, accompanied by musical director Fran Minarik: “It Feels Like Home” and “I Will Never Find Another You.”
Albert Tapper is a writer, composer and lyricist, having written three Off Broadway musicals. He wrote his first musical while still in college, in which he was paid the unheard of sum for that time of twenty dollars. Since then, he has written special material for regional productions and has produced two albums of his own songs. He composed the ballet “The Seduction of Bathsheba,” whose premiere performance at Mechanics Hall was presented by the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. His Off Broadway show, Imperfect Chemistry, for which he composed the music, and created the story, opened at the Minetta Lane Theater in New York in April of 2000. From Where I Stand, a musical revue, opened at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in March of 2003. Al has written five books on humor that were published by Andrews McMeel and Company and MJF Publishing. The books are titled, A Guy Goes Into a Bar; A Minister, A Priest, And a Rabbi; A Guy Goes Into a Doctors Office; A Guy Goes Into a Gym; and Flunked. His stage play Bettinger’s Luggage has been adapted as a film to be shot in New York in 2007. He has just completed a new non-musical play, titled Conversations with Max. Al also produced the award winning film, Broadway: The Golden Age.
Amy Bodner appeared on Broadway as Laurey in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Oklahoma!, Ragtime. Nat /Canadian Tours: “Marguerite” in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sunset Boulevard. Regional: Louise in Ace (world premiere), Cincinnati Playhouse & Rep Theater St. Louis, The Actress in Between the Lines (world premiere), Luna Stage; Giraffe in Just So (American premiere), Chester Theater at Goodspeed; Martin Guerre (American premiere), Guthrie Theater; “Jenny Starhaven” in Maury Yeston‚ Hans Christian Andersen (world premiere), “Amneris” in Aida, “Lucy” in Jekyll and Hyde, “Laura” in Swing!, “Ellen” in Miss Saigon at Maine State Music Theatre; “Babette” in Beauty and the Beast, Theater Under the Stars and Theater of the Stars; “Amalia” in She Loves Me, Riverside Theater; “Grace” in Annie and Annie Warbucks, Walnut Street Theater Television: ‚”As the World Turns.”
Trisha Rapier appeared on Broadway in The Boy From Oz (“Liza Minnelli” u/s and performed). Off Broadway: Her Song (“Trisha”), currently playing at the world famous Birdland, Shout! The Mod Musical, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire (“Myrtle”), Newsical (“Trisha”), Golf: The Musical (“Trisha”), Pirates of Penzance (“Mabel”), Forbidden Broadway (Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, etc.). Tours: The Who’s Tommy (Mrs. Walker u/s and performed), Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood (Marlene Dietrich, Nicole Kidman, etc.). Regional: Evita (“Eva”), Cabaret (“Sally Bowles”), Miss Saigon (“Ellen”), Little Shop of Horrors (“Audrey”), Guys and Dolls (“Sarah”), Agnes of God (“Agnes”). Opera: The Magic Flute (“Pamina”), The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda (“Clorinda”). Awards: Carol Burnett Award, Spotlight Award of the Los Angeles Music Center. Graduate from the University of California at LosAngeles. www.TrishaRapier.com
For more info and for tickets to Sessions, click here.
Broadway Abridged Live
We give you a sample of Broadway Abridged with a live in-studio performance of their version of Wicked.
Written by Gil Varod
Performed by Josh Burstein, Rachel Pincus, Asley Adler and Gil Varod
Get more (written) shows for your ten-minute breaks at www.broadwayabridged.com
Top of the Trades
Avenue Q goes on tour- to learn more, click here.
A number of shows are closing in the next few weeks, so for your last chance to see them click on the links below to get tickets!
Radio Golf- click here
Company- click here
Coram Boy- click here
The Pirate Queen – click here