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Podcast: Vol. 117-May 31, 2007

Tony Nominee John Earl Jelks and James Williams discuss "Radio Golf," Jenni Barber and Stanley Bahorek about their move to Broadway in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” A look at  The JAP Show, The Cabaret humor of "Around the World in a Bad Mood" and more!

On the Boards

Jenni Barber & Stanley Bahorek of “Spelling Bee”

This week we talk to Jenni Barber and Stanley Bahorek about their move to Broadway in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from regional productions.

Stanley Bahorek played Leaf Coneybear in the San Francisco and Boston productions of “Spelling Bee.” He also appeared in the National Tour of “Big River.” He is graduate of the University of Michigan.

Jenni Barber played the role of Olive Ostrovsky in the San Francisco and Boston productions of “Spelling Bee.” In New York she has also appeared in “Henry and Mudge”  and “The High Life.” She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

For more info and for tickets to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” click here.


On the Boards

John Earl Jelks and James Williams from “Radio Golf”

Tony Nominee John Earl Jelks and James Williams discuss “Radio Golf” and their long relationship with the project having worked on it since it’s inception at Yale. They also discuss working with August Wilson.

John Earl Jelks was recently seen in Radio Golf at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, CenterStage in Baltimore, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Yale Repertory Theatre. Prior to Radio Golf, he appeared as Citizen Barlow in Gem of the Ocean, a role he also played on Broadway, at The Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and at Huntington Theatre (NAACP Ovation Award). Other theater credits include Pill Hill (Chicago Theatre Company), Diary of a Black Man (Union Square Theatre, London’s Shaw Theatre), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Missouri Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company) and The Piano Lesson (San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theatre). He also appeared in Zeinabu Irene Davis’ Sundance-nominated film Compensation.

James A. Williams favorite roles include Doub in Jitney (Union Square Theatre); Lucious in Jesus Hopped the OEA’ Train and Boesman in Boesman and Lena (Pillsbury House Theatre); Memphis in Two Trains Running (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Abioseh in Les Blancs (Center Stage); Black Othello in The Masks of Othello (The Playwrights’ Center); Bono in Fences (Pittsburgh Public); Elmore in King Hedley II and Hedley in Seven Guitars (Penumbra Theatre); Pridamant in The Illusion and Camillo in The Winter’s Tale (Guthrie Theater). Film work includes NBC’s In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice, World and Time Enough, The Fifth Column and Cry About a Nickel. Mr. Williams is an artistic consultant for the St. Paul Public School System. He is a founding company member of Penumbra Theatre Company, an associate at Pillsbury House Theatre. He was named 2003 Twin City Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis StarTribune. Most recently, he directed The Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.


For tickets and more info on “Radio Golf” click here.

The Callboard

“High Fidelity” CD contest Winners:Johanna Meetz of Waukee, Iowa. Ashlee B. Urisman of Glenview, Illinois. Kay DeWitt of Tulsa, OK. Ryan Magneson of Chicago, Illinois and Brian Mahoney of Sherman Oaks, CA. — “High Fidelity” is on Ghostlight/ Sh-k-boom and is available on Amazon and


 “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” Ticket Winners: Alana Rader, Halley Parsonnet, Bryce Weinert and Dmitri Russell.


June 6th- Stars in Alley-Stars in the Alley features performances and special appearances by Broadway’s most popular musicals and plays, including Tony Award winners and nominees.


June 11th – Kickoff of the first National Asian American Theatre Festival – a historic event-in-the-making that features over 25 cutting edge Asian-American theatre companies and performance artists

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June 11th and June 18th – Standing Here, A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – Both held at 9:30 p.m. at the Duplex, these concerts will feature music by new writers such as Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as songs from Andrew Lippa’s new musicals, The Little Princess and Asphalt Beach, and more. For more information, click


On the Boards

The J.A.P Show

We talk to Cory Kahaney the creator of “The J.A.P. Show” and comedian Jessica Kirson. They discuss the show, ethnic humor, and the emergence and cultural history of Jewish comedians.

CORY KAHANEY is the creator of The J.A.P. Show, she was voted Best Comedian in New York City by Backstage magazine and has been seen nationally as one of the stars of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and in her own comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central.

JESSICA KIRSON, Just made her debut on “The Tonight Show” as well as numerous other comedy shows including “Last Comic Standing,” “She’s So Funny” on the Women’s Television Network and the VH1 specials “Awesomely Bad Hair,” “Awesomely Bad Love Songs,” “Awesomely Bad #1 Songs” and “Awesomely Bad Breakup Songs.

For more info and tickets click here


On the Positive Side

This week Marty discusses the Tony Awards and past surprises from the ceremony.


Cabaret Cornor

Around the World in a Bad Mood

“Around the World in a Bad Mood” Creator and Lead Actress Rene
Foss and Actor Hector Coris discuss the elastic nature of this show about Airline travel and perform two songs as an in-studio exclusive with Composer Michael McFrederick.

“Around the World” is a one woman show written and performed by real life flight attendant Rene Foss. It is a humorous look at the flight attendant profession and the air travel industry from the perspective of a 20 year veteran. A 90 minute romp through in flight debacles, security strip teases, pistol packing pilots, a six week unpaid training program, and brief historical overview of the profession. Aside from Foss’ stage antics, the show is enhanced with a PowerPoint presentation that includes, music, slides, voice-overs and video. Anyone who works in the airline industry or has ever traveled on an airplane will appreciate the material. There is also a book that Foss has written that is a companion piece to the show and is often sold and autographed after the performance. It is published by Hyperion under the title, “Around the World in a Bad Mood…Confessions of a Flight Attendant.”


For more info and tickets click here .


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