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Podcast: Vol. 303, Feb 5, 2009 – Figaro/Figaro, The Book of Lambert, and more!

Welcome back! This episode we talk with (Re)Directions about their upcoming production of FIGARO/FIGARO, LaMama about THE BOOK OF LAMBERT and we also hear some more great performances from the first Sunday Spotlight. We've also got Marty Cooper with "On the Positive Side" and Ken Davenport with "The Producer's Perspective". So punch your ticket and enjoy the ride!

On the Boards

(re:) Directions Theatre Company

redirections.jpgI talk with director, Erin Smiley, about the play, her work as a director, and how one goes about finding those directorial gigs!

These plays span several decades and follow Figaro and his compatriots through love and loss; courtship, marriage and divorce; freedom and servitude; politics and revolution and everything else life may put in their way.

More information at the (Re)Directions WEBSITE

Sunday Spotlight

12-annalisejensen.jpgAnna Lise Jensen

Reviews are in! Anna Lise Jensen has a rivetingly beautiful voice that has been too little heard in these precincts, and this is one nice dazzle…

Anna Lise is a professional actress based out of New York City and is now set to star as “Mother” in the much anticipated production of Ragtime at The Astoria Performing Arts Center. Anna Lise came to perform at last month’s Spotlight and performed her showstopper, “Back to Before”. The Astoria Performing Arts Center is presenting “Ragtime” from February 5th-Feb. 22nd.
Check out Anna Lise Jensen’s website for more info and updates,

The Callboard

Cast Announced For York Theatre’s Reading Series

The award-winning York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce casting for three presentations in the Developmental Reading Series. As always, these readings are open to the general public and admission is free, but reservations are suggested, and can be obtained by e-mailing series coordinator Jeff Landsman at or calling 212-935-5824 x24.

development.jpgThe York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City – and one of very few in the world – dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals, and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For almost four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and neglected classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Each year, York’s Developmental Reading Series presents between 30 to 40 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors, all free of charge to the public. Producing Artistic Director James Morgan said, “These readings give writers a unique opportunity to get audience feedback while a show is still in progress, giving audiences an active role in the creative process.” York’s productions of Souvenir and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) were first developed in the Developmental Reading Series, where the current Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Avenue Q also made early appearances. The Developmental Reading Series is made possible in part through a generous donation from The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation.

For more info, visit The York Theatre’s Official Website

Fuller, Jacoby, Smith, Osnes, de Benedet lead cast in White Plains’ A Little Night Music reports a starry cast has been assembled for the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music.

Directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne, the Tony-winning musical will play the New York venue March 5-22.

The cast will be led by Penny Fuller as Desiree, Mark Jacoby as Fredrick, Sheila Smith as Madame Armfeldt, Laura Osnes as Anne and Rachel de Benedet as Charlotte with Laura D’Andre


as Petra, Eleni Delopoulos as Mrs. Segstrom, Eddie Egan as Henrik, Katie Henney as Fredrika, Leah Jennings as Mrs. Nordstrom, Michael Markham as Frid, Jonathan Gabriel Michie as Mr. Lindquist, Christy Morton as Mrs. Anderssen and Branch Woodman as Mr. Erlanson. The role of Count Carl-Magnus will be announced shortly.

Seth Rudetsky hosts FREE Sirius/XM Broadway talk shows

EVERY Wednesday at noon in the TIMES SQUARE INFORMATION CENTER (right next to The Palace Theater) Seth hosts a FREE hour talk show! It’s like his famous Chatterbox shows and it’s recorded for SIRIUS/XM. Great Broadway guests and a chance to hear and meet your favorite singing deconstructor!

Producer’s Perspective

kendavenport.jpgMy Enemy is my friend is my enemy.

Ken Davenport discusses second-hand ticket market and what producer’s can learn from them. Should two long-time enemies join forces>

Read more on Ken’s Blog, “The Producer’s Perspective”

Sunday Spotlight

Katie Kozlowski – Call From the Vatican


New York singing talent Katie Kozlowski appeared at last month’s Broadway Bullet Spotlight and performed music from Broadway to pop and previewed her upcoming one-woman show Sick Bitch. Here is a clip of her sassy rendition of “A Call From The Vatican” from Nine.

On the Boards

bookoflambert.jpgThe Book of Lambert

Leslie Lee and Arthur French of La Mama Experimental Theatre Company discuss the up-and-coming production of The Book of Lambert. We also talk about the history and state of Black Theatre in America, as well as the opportunities afforded to black artists.

The Book of Lambert is a new work by Leslie Lee, directed by Cyndy A. Marion. The Book of Lambert, a new play by Obie-winner and Tony-nominated playwright Leslie Lee, depicts the lives of several lost souls living in the subterranean depths of an abandoned NYC subway station. Lambert, their leader, a disillusioned young African-American ex-English teacher is writing a prophetic book on life. In an effort to guide and re-focus this lost flock, Lambert unleashes his own identity issues while coming face to face with the demons of his past.

Performances run February 13th through March 1rst. For more info visit,

Sunday Spotlight

Prospect Theater Company’s, Honor


The Prospect Theater’s cast of their production Honor which played last season, paid visit to our Spotlight last month and wowed our crowd with their talented company of actors. Honor is a re-interpreted take on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Twelfth Night” transformed into a popular musical romantic comedy that has been relocated to 16th Century Japan, a place and era big on pride in royal birth and honor. Here is Steven Eng singing “Little Grey Stone” from Honor.

Find out more at Prospect Theatre Company’s WEBSITE

On the Positive Side

marty.jpgIf You Don’t Have Something Nice to Say…

Marty Cooper discusses all the negative buzz show’s receive, especially from people who haven’t seen them.

email Marty with any questions or thoughts at:

Sunday Spotlight

Robin Rothman


Robin Rothman says her day job is an Agent Rep Director of Photography, but she could certainly consider a second career as a Jazz singer! She entertained the crowd at this past Spotlight with her suggestive cover of “Leather” by Tori Amos.

Top of the Trades

Guys and Dolls delays first preview again, Performances will now begin February 5th.

BroadwayWorld reports the first preview for Guys and Dolls will now take place on Thursday, February 5th at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The production is delaying its first preview to allow for an extra day of needed technical rehearsal. Audience members scheduled for the February 4th preview performance will be contacted and accommodated for another performance.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Is Nominated For Four Olivier Awards

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is very proud to announce its critically-acclaimed American play August: Osage County by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, is nominated for four 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards including:Best new play – Tracy Letts

Best company performance

Best actress – Deanna Dunagan

Best set design – Todd Rosenthal


Full Cast of HAIR Lined Up- Previews Begin March 6, 2009

BroadwayWorld reports that Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, has announced the 26-member Broadway cast of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Newcomers to the cast include Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy and Sasha Allen, who join the rest of the tribe, who are reprising their roles from Central Park last summer. Currently in rehearsal at the Union Square Theatre, HAIR begins preview performances on Friday, March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Visit Hair on Broadway




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