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Podcast Vol. 210 – June 11, 2008

BOY, DO WE HAVE a jam up show for you this week.  IT's the pre-Tony-Tony-Nominee-Special.  We rounded up some of the best of the best of the nominees this year. We sit down with the Orchestrators of IN THE HEIGHTS to chat about the show and how they revitalized the Broadway sound to fit this uptempo new show.  We also talk to Rondi Reed about her performance in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and Steppenwolf.  Daniel Breaker drops in to talk to us about PASSING STRANGE and Shakespeare.  We also have set designer, Michael Yeargan, from SOUTH PACIFIC in the studio.  We hear some great music from PASSING STRANGE as well as IN THE HEIGHTS, too. This week Marty is back with some more of his upbeat ideas and banter.  We also have all the news you love in the Top of the Trades and The Callboard. So what are you waiting for, hop on board the Broadway Bullet for all destinations on and off Broadway.


Bill Sherman and Alex Lacamoire

Alex Lacamoire has musical directed and orchestrated countless shows on and off Broadway.  He was the original orchestrator for IN THE HEIGHTS off-Broadway and won a Drama Desk for his work.  Bill Sherman has won a Drama Desk and is a roud member of the hip-hop improv, comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme.  Both stopped in to chat about their nominations now for the Tony nominations for Best Orchestration.  We also get to hear a little of the show.

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Cast Recording is Available from Sh-k-boom or iTunes 


Expanding on its history of developing new plays and cultivating new voices for the American theater, The Public Theater is now accepting applications for the second year of The Emerging Writers Group, an initiative that seeks to target playwrights at the earliest stages in their careers and nurture their artistic growth by providing necessary resources and support.  The Public Writers Initiative fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations of writers that will influence the future of contemporary American theater.  Selected playwrights will receive a $3000 stipend. Works by Emerging Writers Group members will be presented in at least one reading at The Public. They will also participate in a biweekly writers group led by The Public’s Literary Department and master classes with established playwrights. Visit for application form and guidelines.

I Sing: A Concert Benefiting The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research will be presented June 29 at the The Toquet Hall in Westport, CT.  The 7:30 PM concert will feature the talents of Natalie Weiss (Ever After), Cortney Wolfson (Les Misérables, Legally Blonde) and Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz). The threesome will be joined by local college and high school-aged performers from the lower Fairfield County.  Attendees can expect to hear pop songs and musical theatre tunes. A raffle — including tickets to Broadway’s In the Heights with a backstage tour led by Tony nominee Robin De Jesus — will also be part of the fundraising event.  Toquet Hall is located at 58 Post Road East (2nd floor) in Westport, CT. Tickets, priced $15 for students and $25 for adults, can be reserved by e-mailing

DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions Ltd. are pleased to announce that tickets for the Pre-Broadway engagement of SHREK THE MUSICAL at The 5th Avenue Theatre will go on sale this Friday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m.  SHREK THE MUSICAL will star Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek, Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Tony Award® nominee Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Chester Gregory II as Donkey, Tony Award® nominee John Tartaglia as Pinocchio and Kecia Lewis-Evans as The Dragon.  The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle’s premier musical theater.


Rondi Reed

SHE HAS BEEN A member of the Steppenwolf Company since 1979 and has done over fifty productions with them, now she is conquering Broadway and garnered herself a Tony Nomination.  Rondi Reed is up for the best Featured Actress in a Play Award for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, a direct from Steppenwolf production.  Ms Reed sits down with us to discuss her prolific carreer with Steppenwolf as well as the success of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY in it’s new home on Broadway.

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MARTY AND MICHAEL DELVE into the tricky world of the Tony Awards.  Marty talks about this years nominees and what he thinks the outcome will be on June 15th.


Daniel Breaker

HE HAD NEVER BEEN a professional musical theatre performer, only doing the obligatory WEST SIDE STORY in high school.  He then moved on to the bard, conquering and mastering Shakespeare and his audiences.  Now Daniel Breaker has come to the Great White Way from off Broadway, in PASSING STRANGE.  Daniel is up for his first Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.  He took some time out to come by the studio and talk about his whirlwind experience with the show as well as marriage and babies, oh my!

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Cast Recording is currently available in iTunes and will be released to stores on CD soon!


A Bronx Tale, Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show that ended its extended engagement on Broadway in February, will launch its national tour in September.  The tour will kick off Sept. 2 in Austin, TX, at The Long Center for the Performing Arts followed by engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the semi-autobiographical solo show will continue touring through June 2009.  As previously announced, Bronx Tale will play Los Angeles’ Wadsworth Theatre Sept. 9-21 and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre Sept. 23-Oct. 19. According to, the national tour of Bronx Tale has also scheduled stops at Washington, DC’s Warner Theatre (Feb. 24-March 8, 2009), Milwaukee’s Uihlein Hall (March 24-29, 2009), Boston’s Colonial Theatre (March 31-April 11), Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick P.A.C. (April 14-26, 2009) and Minneapolis’ State Theatre (June 2-7). Additional venues are expected.

Tony Award winners Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons will return to Broadway to star together in the world premiere of Impressionism, a new American play by Michael Jacobs.   The production, which will be directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, will come to Broadway in Spring, 2009.  Design team and additional casting will be announced at a later date.  The production will mark Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984.  Impressionism is the story of a world traveling photo journalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.


Michael Yeargan

WITH A STRING OF credits over a mile long behind him, Michael Yeargan has to be the single most busy man in the technical theatre.  He is the Tony Award winning set desinger of A LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and is now up for another Tony for his set design of the Lincoln Center Revival of SOUTH PACIFIC.  Michael comes by to talk to us about his illustrious carreer as well as this newest production at Lincoln Center.

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