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Podcast: Vol. 109 – April 5th, 2007

 Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Ryan Driscoll talk about the release of the cast recording of "Summer of '42." and we interview  the creators of the new web show "Breaking In." Plus we profile two new and different musicals: "Trophy Wife" and "The Curse of the Mystic Renaldo" Plus, exclusive song performances and more!

On the Web

Breaking In

www.breakinginblog.com 

 This week we interview Ryan Davis and Joe Drymala of “Breaking In.”

“Breaking In” is a new web show about breaking into the entertainment industry. We think their description of the show is pretty funny so here it is: There are thousands of us here – scraping out a living, competing for nonpaying acting jobs in 30-seat theaters in Bushwick, working as singing waiters while serving the tourists overcooked Denver omelets. Some people — a few lucky ones — will have what it takes to succeed in New York theater. They will be ushered in a private limousine from their temp receptionist job straight to their Letterman debut, while their agent BlackBerries them a breathless six-figure offer from Cameron Mackintosh.

“Breaking In” is not about those people.

It is a comedy about the others — theater people with very little talent and even less character, each one of them convinced that they are the next chosen savior of the American stage. “Breaking In” is about the people you should avoid at all costs, the ones who will put you up in front of an audience under fluorescent lighting singing church-basement music after you’ve been sexually harassed in the wings. It’s about the shows you’re ashamed to admit that you were a part of. It’s about the theater world not as we’d like it to be, but as it is. Petty. Sleazy. Crass. Dehumanizing.

And funny. We hope.

“Breaking In” — If “The Office” were set in Off-Off-Broadway theater, it would look something like this, though it would probably be watched by way more people.

You can watch new episodes each month by visiting: www.breakinginblog.com

Listening Room

Summer of ’42

We interview Ryan Driscoll and Celia Keenan-Bolger about the release of the cast recording of “Summer of ’42.” They not only discuss the show, but also their careers. Plus, we play two songs from the cast recording: “Man Around the House” and “Someone to Dance with Me.”

In 2005 the York Theatre Company did a benefit concert of “Summer of ‘42” which is the story of a young boy who, during WWII, falls in love with the wife of a solider who is overseas based on the memoir by Herman Raucher. The memoir was also made into a popular movie in 1971.

Celia Keenan-Bloger is currently in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Previous credits include “Little Fish” at Second Stage, “Kindertransport” at MTC, and “The Light in the Piazza” at the Goodman Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program.

Ryan Driscoll performed in “Summer of ‘42” all over the country. He majored in vocal performance at NYU.

To purchase the CD please visit Amazon.com .

The Callboard

April 11th- “Live at Lincoln: Tom Jones & The Cast of The Fantastics.” At 5:30pm at Barnes and Noble (1972 Broadway) there will be a discussion of the show with the creator and cast followed by a musical performance and CD signing.

April 16th- Seth’s Broadway 101. Seth Rudetsky will be offering “A Master Class in Belting, Divas, and Hostile Opinions” for the Actors Fund. For more info and tickets click here .

April 16th- Playwrights Horizons Gala featuring Christine Ebersole. For tickets and more info visit www.playwrightshorizons.org .

On the Boards

Trophy Wife

www.lamama.org 

We profile the new musical “Trophy Wife” from LaMama, and we interview the creator/director Mary Fulham and composer Terry Waldo . Plus, actress Sharon Ann Farrell joins us in the studio to perform two songs from the show: “Mama, You Would Have Hated the Dress” and “The Light is Still Shining.”

“Trophy Wife” is based on the Chekov short story “Anna on the Neck” and is about a young girl who marries for money to save her family in 1920s New York.

“Trophy Wife” is playing April 12th through the 22nd. For tickets click here .

On the Positive Side

This week Marty talks about the Encores! production of “Face the Music.”

On the Boards

The Curse of the Mystic Reynaldo

 

We also profile the new musical “The Curse of the Mystic Renaldo The” and interview creator/composer Aldo Perez and have an exclusive in studio performance of songs from the show.

“The Curse of the Mystic Renaldo The” is an experimental comedy that combines film, flamenco, physical comedy, and more. The show is playing through April 28th at 3 Legged Dog at 80 Greenwich Street. For more info and ticket click here .

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