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Podcast: Vol. 304 – Feb. 11, 2009 – Natalie Toro, Frigid New York & more!

This episode we talk with Natalie Toro (Tale of Two Cities, Les Miz) about her new solo CD and her upcoming gig at the Metropolitan Room. We also talk with the producers of the FRIGID New York Festival. And of course we have a couple great performances from our most recent showcase! So punch your ticket and enjoy the ride!

On the Boards

frigid.gifFrigid New York

We talk with the festival Managing Director, Erez Ziv and Co-Manager, Lindsay Hope Perlman about their 30 show festival running from Feb. 25th through March 8th. We also talk quite a bit about the Canadian method of running festivals.

Here is some of what their website has to say about the festival:

horsetrade.gifThe FRIGID New York Festival was founded by Horse Trade and EXIT Theatre in 2007. Since founding The San Francisco Fringe Festival – the 2nd oldest fringe in the United States – nearly 17 years ago, EXIT has learned a thing or two about festival running. They introduced Horse Trade to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) in mid-2006.

Besides feedback from dozens of thrilled CAFF participants and artists, Horse Trade was drawn to its main principle:
“…to provide all artists, emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style and to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community,”

Horse Trade is proud to sign on to the tradition and chill out the New York independent theater scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be.

In true support of theatre on the fringe of the mainstream, the artists take home 100% of their box office, and the festival producers do not receive royalties from future performances. The festival’s producers are proud to support self-producing artists’ growth and future success. The debut of FRIGID New York was a hit!

For more Informations, schedules, etc, visit their website at

Sunday Spotlight

Joe IconisJoe Iconis & Jason “Sweet Tooth” Williams – Head Shot

Kleban Award Winner, Joe Iconis brought down the house on Sunday with his special guest, Jason “Sweet Tooth” Williams. We have one of the songs he performed that night live here for those of you who couldn’t make it down!

Find out more about Joe Iconis at his website:

The Callboard

Djalili Will Succeed Atkinson as Fagin in London’s Oliver!

Omid Djalili, TV star and stand-up comic, will succeed Rowan Atkinson as Fagin in the London production of Oliver!, now playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Djalili will take over beginning July 20, after Atkinson’s departure on July 18, with Jodie Prenger – who won the role of Nancy by public vote in the reality TV series “I’d Do Anything!” – continuing in the show. Djalili and Prenger are currently scheduled to appear together to Dec. 12. The show has also announced that it has extended its current booking period through Feb. 27, 2010, for which tickets will go on sale beginning Feb. 23, 2009. Click HERE for more info.

23rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Will Play the Minskoff

The 23rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition — benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney’s The Lion King.

The two-day spectacular will be held April 27 at 4:30 PM and April 28 at 2 PM.

The competition will feature the companies of various Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, and the shows will offer skits, songs and/or dances as well as a bonnet created specially for the event. Click HERE for more info.

Midtown International Theatre Festival Extends Submission Deadline

The Midtown International Theatre Festival has extended its deadline for submissions for its 2009 summer festival of theatre in Manhattan.

The original submission postmark deadline of Feb. 6 has been extended through Feb. 20 to allow producers additional time to apply for inclusion in the 10th annual festival.

Eligible works include plays, musicals, solo shows, new works and revivals: The only stipulation is that each project must have a producer and production team attached. Click HERE for more info.

Up Close

natalie2.jpgNatalie Toro

Natalie Toro has appeared as leads in many Broadway Shows including Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables and Cats among others. She recently released her new, self-titled CD and is about to do an engagement at the Metropolitan Room. She stopped by the studio after appearing at our live event to talk about these efforts, and also share her advice on auditioning among other things!

We also hear two songs from her CD, “Another Hundred People” and “Where Is It Written”.

This is Natalie’s Bio as she has it posted on CD Baby:

On Broadway, Natalie recently created the role of Madame DeFarge in the new musical, A Tale of Two Cities. She recently won the Best Supporting Actress Award by Sarasota Magazine for her portrayal of Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities at The Asolo Repertory Theater. She made her Broadway debut as Eponine in Les Miserables. From there, she went on to play Grizabella in CATS in the National Tour. She created the role of Sally in Alan Menken’s, A Christmas Carol at the Paramount Theater. Off-Broadway she created the role of Ginger in Zombie Prom and Maria in The Audience.

On Tour, Natalie continues as Eva Peron in the 20th Anniversary Tour of Evita (Jeff Award nomination), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rosalia in West Side Story (Japan). She also created Serena in Everything’s Ducky at Cincinnati Rep./ St. Louis Rep., Tina McCoy in The Fix at The Signature Theater produced by Cameron Macintosh, and Renee in Frances of Guernica at The Tennessee Rep by Gammy award winner Marcus Hummon. Other credits include Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, and The Narrator in Zorba at The North Shore Theater.

nataliecd.jpgHer television credits have been on Law and Order, and Law and Order SVU. She lent her voice for two supporting characters on the animated feature Santa Baby for FOX Television and played Linda in Eleven for RIPEST movie musicals, 2006. Ms. Toro has performed as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall, and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. She had the privilege to sing with the Kentucky and Buffalo Symphony Orchestras. She also sings with the Ed Caccavale Big Band Orchestra with Tony Fusco in NYC. She was honored at the Puerto Rican Heritage Month by Bronx Borough President Adolpho Carrion Jr. in November 2008.

You can get Natalie’s CD at CD Baby or iTunes

For more information, visit Natalie’s website at

Sunday Spotlight

juliefoldesi.jpgJulie Foldesi – Gotta Believe

Julie gave a stirring performance last Sunday, bringing her Bluegrass Band along for a great show. We let you hear one of her live numbers from the night, the opening track from her CD THIS PART OF TOWN, “Gotta Believe”. Her band is: Michael Croiter on Mandolin and Guitar, David Finch on Fiddle and Jordan Jancz on Bass.

You can find Julie’s Cd at CD Baby or iTunes

More about Julie Foldesi on her website,

Top of the Trades

Sleeping Beauty Wakes Musical, Performed by GrooveLily, to Get CD Release April 21

PS Classics will release the premiere recording of songs from the new musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes, from the pop trio GrooveLily, on April 21.

Reuniting the creators of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Striking 12 — Tony Award-winning librettist Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and GrooveLily’s Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda — Sleeping Beauty Wakes received its world premiere in Los Angeles on March 31, 2007, in a co-production between Deaf West Theatre and Center Theatre Group. Click HERE for more info.

Dori Berinstein to Receive Robert Whitehead Award

Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Dori Berinstein has been named the 2009 recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award.

Berinstein will be presented with The Commercial Theater Institute’s Robert Whitehead Award at a reception March 10 at Sardi’s. The award, which was established in 1993, is given for “outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing.”

In a statement, CTI program director Jed Bernstein said, “Dori Berinstein’s passion in life is theatre. Mr. Whitehead was a mentor to Dori when she first started producing, so I’m sure he would be proud to have such a talented producer following in his footsteps.” Click HERE for more information.

Orfeh to Host Feb. 23 Monday Nights, New Voices Concert

Orfeh, the singing actress who was Tony-nominated for her performance in Legally Blonde the Musical, will host the Feb. 23 Monday Nights, New Voices concert at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

The evening, which begins at 7 PM, will celebrate the work of composer Deborah Abramson. Vocalists will include Ashley Mortensen, Andy Planck, Tess Primack, Tony Ramos and Jessica Vosk.

Composer Abramson will also be on hand to accompany the performers and tell stories associated with each of the presented songs. Click HERE for more information.



4 Comments on Podcast: Vol. 304 – Feb. 11, 2009 – Natalie Toro, Frigid New York & more!

  1. Johnny Johnson // February 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm // Reply

    Michael, I’m a big fan of Broadway Bullet, but did you realize that some of your Canadian listeners might have been annoyed at your comments in the FRIGID interview? CAFF is huge up here…performers come from all over the world to participate in it every year, and we’re quite proud that the CAFF model is something we gave the world. We don’t particularly like to have it – or Canadian theatre in general – belittled. Furthermore, a number of your jokes (“no doot aboot it”) were so old and so overdone that they aren’t even remotely funny anymore.

    Michael, you’re a clever and funny guy, but you may have just needlessly alienated a number of listeners. You can do better than this.

    PS. I totally agree with you about Evil Dead, though. 🙂

  2. If I came across as belittleing Canada, I apologize.

    The truth is, we all envy Canada and how well the government treats its artists, and the US should only be so lucky.

    I chose the tactic, because much like the trend in late night Comedy News in the US (Daily Show, Colbert Report, etc…) a little confrontation is more interesting, and I guarantee every listener understands the CAFF model after listening to the interview, where a less boisterous interview could have left them more uninterested and had everything fly over their heads.

    I believe I did let my admiration shine through at the end when we talked about how theatre artists can actually make money in Canada through the CAFF circut.

    I respect people in their theatre scenes whereever they are. (I used to run a small theatre in Great Falls, Montana.) And Canada certainly isn’t the first of my FAUX bashes in the program. I believe I refer to Ohio tourists far too often. But I love them too. Broadway would be nothing without tourists…

    So please take it for what it is. No slander intended, and hopefully there are a few more people applying to CAFF festivals because of the interview.

    As for the tired jokes… I’m not a comedian, I wish I had a talented writing staff at my disposal! 🙂

    Michael Gilboe

  3. Hey there!

    I attended the February 8th Sunday Spotlight, and it was fantastic! But what’s with the lack of coverage on some of the amazing open mic acts?

    Natalie Toro and Lauren Kennedy were fabulous, and Joe Iconic, well, did his thing, but some of the open mic acts, mainly the girl who sang “I’m the Greatest Star” and “Diva’s Lament”, as well as the Target cashier who won the $50 for his awesome original songs (whose piano compositions more than matched those of Iconis), have gone completely unnoticed on your website, other than a few stills.

    I saw that you videotaped the individual performances. It would so wonderful if you could share those performances on youtube, or at least include the audio somewhere on your website, to show what your showcases really have to offer.

  4. Johnny Johnson // February 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm // Reply

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your note, and for the mention on episode 305. Apologies if I came across as humorless…we’re just so often the target of the same 3 or 4 jokes, we get a little tired of it. 🙂 But on behalf of Canadians everywhere, I greatly appreciate your note, your promoting the CAFF system, and all your podcast does for theatre in general.

    You’re a good guy – keep up the great work!

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