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Podcast: Vol. 116, May 24, 2007

Steve Rosen and David Rossmer riff on their creation, "Don't Quit Your Night Job." We go behind the scenes at the recording of "High Fidelity," and hear two full songs from the CD. We profile the shows "Rosebud" and "Facing East." Marty discusses Evita, Top of the Trades and more!

On the Boards

Don’t Quit Your Night Job

This week we interview two of the creators of “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” Steve Rosen and David Rossmer.

Don’t Quit Your Night Job is a hilarious sketch comedy/improv show about the theatre industry that comes to Broadway (or, near Broadway), after a wild sold-out engagement at Joe’s Pub downtown. Conceived by Steve Rosen (Spamalot), David Rossmer (Nerds) Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Dan Lipton (The Coast of Utopia), this riotous, off-the-wall showcase changes at every performance and is growing from an underground hit into a mainstream phenomenon not to be missed! It features a rotating core cast of Broadway’s brightest new stars from every show on the block, complete with surprise celebrity guests nightly.

Special Guests set to appear in the premiere weeks of Don’t Quit Your Night Job include Hank Azaria, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian d’Arcy James, Paige Davis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Hunter Foster, Kat Foster, Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski, Marc Kudisch, Huey Lewis, Andrea McArdle, John McDaniel, Eric Millegan, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Lonny Price, Anthony Rapp, Michael Riedel, Tony Roberts, Seth Rudetsky, Peter Scolari, Christopher Sieber, Mary Testa, Patrick Wilson, B.D. Wong, and Adrian Zmed, among many others.

Don’t Quit Your Night Job was conceived as a way to benefit TDF’s Open Doors student theater program, and that tradition will continue with a weekly donation on behalf of our special guests.

For more info and tickets click here.

Listening Room

High Fidelity

Continuing with our behind the scenes look at all things theatre (check out our blog to hear-well read- all the behind the scenes gossip from the Tony Nominees Press Reception ) we take you to the recording studio as the Original Cast Album of “High Fidelity” is being recorded. We have interviews with Will Chase, Jen Colella, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, Rachel Stern, John Patrick Walker, Christian Anderson and Jay Kleitz. Plus, you’ll hear parts of many of your favorite songs from the show including the full length versions of “She Goes” and “Turn the World Off (And Turn You On).”

“High Fidelity” is on Ghostlight/ Sh-k-boom and is available on Amazon .

The Callboard

June 3rd- “An Evening with Tommy Tune” to benefit the Transport Group. For more info click here.

June 3rd – Entertainment Industry Expo, co-sponsored by To register, or for more information, click


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

On the Boards


We interview Christian McKay of “Rosebud” opening soon at 59E59.

From the press notes: This is an exceptional and exciting piece of theatre, a deliciously literate chronicle of the lives and loves of Orson Welles, the boy genius who started at the top and worked his way down, having become the greatest film director of the 20th Century.

Bearing an uncanny likeness to Welles, McKay revisits the glories of Welles’ youth: the black Voodoo Macbeth in Harlem and the fabled Mercury Theatre, the live newscast adaptation of The War of the Worlds which had New Yorkers fleeing the city in terrified droves, and of course the timeless, brooding classic, Citizen Kane—the greatest movie ever made.

ROSEBUD is not a biography, rather a carefully constructed play which explodes the Faustian myth that has clouded Welles’ reputation for so long. A magnetic tour de force performance by Christian McKay is coupled with the elegant, erudite script of Mark Jenkins and the subtle precision of Josh Richards direction.

For more info and tickets click here.

On the Positive Side

This week Marty discusses “Evita” through the ages as requested by listener Regis Spangler III.

On the Boards

Facing East


We interview Producer/Director Jerry Rapier and Writer Carol Lynn Pearson of the drama “Facing East” produced by Plan B Theatre and playing at Atlantic Stage 2.

JERRY RAPIER] has been Producing Director of Plan-B Theatre Company since 2000, where he has directed MOLLY SWEENEY, THE LARAMIE PROJECT (first small theatre production in the US), MY LEFT BREAST (first English-speaking production not performed by the playwright), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, ANIMAL FARM, PATIENT A, the revival of HEDWIG, the script-in-hand COLD and the world premieres of AMERIKA (which also played Toronto’s Fringe Festival) and FACING EAST (off-Broadway debut).

CAROL LYNN PEARSON is the best-selling author of more than thirty books and plays, including her classic GOODBYE, I LOVE YOU and her new book NO MORE GOODBYES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS AROUND OUR GAY LOVED ONES. Many of her poems have been widely reprinted in such places as Ann Landers’ column, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, college literary textbooks and the compilation BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND. Pearson has written numerous educational motion pictures, including the well-known CIPHER IN THE SNOW, as well as several plays and musicals, two commissioned by Robert Redford’s Sundance Summer Theatre. She has performed her one-woman play MOTHER WOVE THE MORNING more than 300 times internationally. The film version was named “one of the top 25 videos of the year” by BOOKLIST. Her book CONSIDER THE BUTTERFLY was a finalist in the Inspiration/Spiritual category of the 2002 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Ms. Pearson’s prolific career as a writer, poet and performer has taken her all over the world. Her latest stage play, FACING EAST, premiered at Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in November of 2006. She holds an MA in theater from Brigham Young University, is the mother of four grown children, and lives in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her at

For tickets and more info click here.

Top of the Trades

Starry Messenger, w/ Broderick, Part of MTC ’07/8 Season- more

63rd Annual Theatre World Award Winners Announced- more

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Headed for Bway; by Lippa, Elice & Brickman- more

Utopia and Spring Awakening Win Top Honors at Drama Desk Awards- more

Tony performance updates on Company, LoveMusik, and Legally Blonde, plus a hostless ceremony once again – more on two links: Company, LoveMusik and Legally Blonde

Curtain Call

“Coram Boy” recently opened on Broadway after a successful run in London and is closing on the 27th. Based on Jamila Gavin’s much-loved book “Coram Boy” is set in 18th-century England, where two orphans get a second chance in life at a home for deserted children. One has been rescued from an African slave ship. The other is the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate.



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