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Podcast: Vol. 106- March 15th, 2007

This week we profile "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" and play two songs from the show. We also profile "The Rejection Show," and the Amas Musical Company (who brought along some songs from shows that are in development). Plus, we interview Ron Severini of Castle Talent and more!  

On the Boards

The Rejection Show 

We interview Jon Friedman of “The Rejection Show”  and Rich Zeroth who was rejected by Orbitz. Plus, we also play their new theme song which was written and performed by The Defibulators

“The Rejection Show” is (and we’re going to use their words here because, well, they’re to the point): a comedic based event that embraces the rejected and “turned down” material of professional and amateur writers, comedians, cartoonists, artists, and human beings whom display their creative “failures” live on stage and now on the web.

“The Reject Show” has turned into quite the synergistic machine so to learn more about all aspects of it please visit their website .

On the Boards

 The Big Voice: God or Merman? 

This week we interview Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin the creators of “The Big Voice: God or Meman?”  As a bonus they performed two songs from the show live in the studio: “In the Closet” and “Beyond the Light.”

“The Big Voice: God or Merman?”  is the story of Steve’s and Jim’s relationship as they struggle with an AIDS diagnoses, put on a play, and eventually find salvation in musical theatre. Steve and Jim created the show and played themselves in the show as it toured the country and in New York. Starting March 17th actors Carl Danielsen and Dale Radunz will take over as “Steve” and “Jim.” The show is directed by Anthony Barnao.

“The Big Voice: God or Meman?” is playing at The Actor’s Temple Theatre. For tickets please visit Telecharge .

The Callboard

March 19th- The Roundabouts Spring Gala: Behind the Velvet Curtain. For more info click here.

March 29th- “Face the Music” the second Encores! production of the year. For tickets click here .

Up Close

Ron Severini

We interview Ron Severini of Castle Talent, Inc, which manages alternative acts like Fan-Yang and the “Gazillion Bubble Show” (and just a reminder to all of you who haven’t entered our contest: there’s still time).

Ron Severini, Executive Producer of CASTLE TALENT, Inc. has 40+ years experience in the entertainment industry arranging extraordinary talent for some of the world’s most varied and unique events.  Spending 20 years with Feld Entertainment (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Siegfried & Roy, and Disney on Ice) as well as 10 years as the Talent Casting Director of Walt Disney World, Mr. Severini has traveled throughout the U.S. and extensively around the globe scouting out the best talent in the world!

On the Positive Side

Amour (2002 Original Broadway Cast)

The week in “On the Positive Side” Marty discusses four little known musicals: “Amore,” “Cyrano,” “Whistle Down the Wind,” and “Nick and Nora.”

Cast recording of “Whistle Down the Wind” and “Nick and Nora” are available on Amazon .

The Best of Company

Amas Musicals 

We talk to Donna Trinkoff and profile the company Amas Musicals. Donna is Artistic Director of Amas Musicals, a company that is dedicated to producing new musicals that speak to a multi-ethnic and diverse experience. Also, they sponsor many educational programs and theatre outreach.

Donna Trinkoff has been Amas’ Artistic Director since 1994. She has been involved in the development of many shows including “Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne,” “Zanna, Don’t,” and “Latin Heat” just to name a few. She is a member of the League for Professional Theatre Women and serves on the theatre panel of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Donna was nice enough to bring along four songs from musicals currently in development: “Give Her Back Her Music” from “Magpie,” “What’s Not to Like” from “Wanda’s World,” “Love Made a Fool of Me” from “Escape From Pterodactyl Island, ” and “Love, You’ve Stolen My Heart” from “108 Waverly.”

To learn more please visit the Amas website .

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