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Podcast: Vol. 107- March 22nd, 2007

Avenue Q turns 1500! We talk to Jennifer Barnhart talks about puppetry and 1500 performances of "Avenue Q". We interview playwright Adam Rapp about his new play, "Essential Self Defense". We talk to Jennifer Banhart talks about puppetry and 1500 performances of "Avenue Q," and we speak to Pablo Schreiber of "Dying City." We also profile the new play with music, "The Green Game." Plus, Marty gets banned from All That Chat and more!

On the Boards

 Adam Rapp

“Essential Self Defense” website 

This week we have a great interview with Adam Rapp about his new play “Essential Self Defense.”

Adam Rapp has a diverse career as a writer. He has written many young adult novels including “Missing the Piano,” “The Buffalo Tree,” and “The Copper Elephant,” His first adult novel, “The Year of Endless Sorrows,” was recently published. He has written many plays including last years Obie Award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated “Red Light Winter.” He also is the writer/director of two films “Winter Passing” and “Blackbird.”

“Essential Self Defense” is about a misfit who takes a job as an attack dummy in a women’s self-defense class, and soon he and his friends have to battle the darkness in their town. The play is described as, “a grim fairy take with generous helpings of rock and roll karaoke.

“Essential Self Defense” is playing at Playwrights Horizons through April 15th. For tickets click here.

Up Close

Jennifer Barnhart of  Avenue Q

www.avenueq.com 

We talk to Jennifer Barnhart of the original cast of “Avenue Q” and she tells us about the show and how she got involved with it. Also, we play two songs from the show “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “I Wish I Could Go Back to College.”

Jennifer made her Broadway debut in “Avenue Q.” Off Broadway she has appeared in “Angels in America,” “Twelfth Night,” and “Rumors.” She has appeared on TV in “Sesame Street,” “The Big Blue House,” and “Book of Pooh.” She received her BFA from the University of Connecticut in acting with a concentration in puppetry.

For tickets click here .

Buy the Soundtrack at Original Broadway Cast - Avenue Q

The Callboard

April 3rd- Composers Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg will be signing books at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center from 6-7PM

April 9th- Broadway Bullet friend Daphne Rubin-Vega will be appearing at Joe’s Pub.

April 16th- Seth’s Broadway 101- Seth Rudetsky will host a fundraiser for the Actors Fund called “A Master Class in Belting, Divas, and Hostile Opinions.” For more info visit www.actorsfund.org

Listener Chris Moran’s Broadway Bullet Review on Entertainment Spectrum!

On the Boards

Pablo Schreiber from Dying City at Lincoln Center

“Dying City” website  

We interview Pablo Schreiber of Lincoln Center’s “Dying City.”

Pablo Schreiber was last scene on Broadway in “Awake and Sing” for which he received a Tony nomination. You also will know him from his role on HBO’s “The Wire.”

According to Lincoln Center’s website: Christopher Shinn’s Dying City is an intimate play, set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment, depicting the role of historic events that transform the lives of three closely observed characters. Infusing his play with references to the war in Iraq and to 9/11 and its aftermath, Shinn explores the loss of a loved one who has died while on military duty in Iraq, and the repercussions of this death on his wife, Kelly, and identical twin brother, Peter.

For ticket click here .

 

On the Positive Side

This week Marty discusses getting kicked off the All That Chat message board, the new musical The Pirate Queen staring Stephanie J. Block, and the race for the Tony Nominations in the Leading Actress in a Musical category.

 

The Best of Company

The Green Game

“The Green Game” website 

We interview the writer/director of the new show “The Green Game” M.Stefan Strozier. He also discusses his company: La Muse Venale, and as an extra treat we play the song “The Raging Night Boils” from “The Green Game.”

“The Green Game” is described as a, “beautifully wrought tale, accompanied by a delightful blend of music and extravagant dance routines, is set in a Casablanca-style nightclub; but the story is an epic tragedy” about a US Senator and his family who are destroyed by greed.  “The Green Room” is presented by La Muse Venale. La Muse Venale was founded by M. Stefan Strozier and its mission is to produce plays by new American playwrights.

“The Green Game” is playing at Theatre 3 from March 29th through April 22nd. For tickets click here.

 

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