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Podcast: Vol 208 – May 7, 2008

WELCOME TO Volume 208 of Broadway Bullet!

We've got some great stuff for you this week, and we're busting at the seams with new content and a brand new design.  So let's get this show on the road, shall we?

First off we have two of the actors from the new production at Playwright's Realm, SUBSTITUTION, Brandon Espinoza and Shanna Dowdeswell.  Also the guys who brought you TITLE OF SHOW and are bringing it to Broadway, Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen come by.  We also get to hear a couple of songs from the show as well.  From the double feature CROTHER SPYGLASS and THE RESISTABLE RISE OF FAITLINDA PALOKA, playwrights Timothy Dowd and Marcy Wallabout drop in.  And two young performers from the new musical DON'T WORRY, BE JEWISH, Nathan Kay and Jasmine Petrarli, come in with a couple of songs from that show as well.

We've also got all the news you love as well as Marty Cooper, who's not quite On The Positive Side this week..

We've got a new design and a great big whopper of a show for you this week, so let's get started.

Also stay tuned because the Tony Nominations are out on Tuesday, and we'll be covering the nominations and the press conference on Wednesday.  So we'll have a special all Tony episode coming out next Thursday if all goes well.



WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU lose someone dear to you and someone else brings all the things you feel in to question?  Anton Dudley and Playwright’s Realm are tackling that question in the new production, SUBSTITION, a play about a grieving mother and the substitue teacher that makes her question the things she thought she knew about her child.  Actors Brandon Espinoza and Shana Dowdeswell come by the studio to talk about the new show playing at the SoHo playhouse and what it was like to go to two differing NYC performing arts schools.

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Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen

 IT STARTED AS A little show to get these guys into the New York Musical Theatre festival, about a couple of guys trying to get into a musical theatre festival, and now?  Well, now it’s moving on up to the midtown.  TITLE OF SHOW has been chugging along as the little musical that could since it premiered at NYMF, and now it has a home on Broadway.  We sit down to chat with the show’s creators Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen to see what it’s like moving to Broadway and how the journey has changed them and their TITLE OF SHOW.  We also hear “I am Playing Me” and “A Way Back to Then”, as well as the guys answering your questions posted on Facebook.

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AND THE PRESENTERS ARE in.  It was announced today that Tony Award winners Christine Baranski, Patti LuPone, and Christine Ebersole will be presenting the 74th Annual Drama League Awards scheduled to be held on May 14th.  Ms. Ebersole will be presenting the award she won last year, Distinguished Performance Award, with LuPone presenting Distinguished Production of a Musical, and Ms. Baranski presenting Distinguished Production of a Play.  Sierra Boggess of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID and James Snyder from CRY-BABY will be presenting Distinguished Revival of a Musical, with Charles Busch presenting Distinguished Revival of a Play.

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 WILLIAM BURROUGHS CALLED HIM the Pope of Trash, and he’s bringing that trash to the New York Society of Ethical Culture in a  one man show called “The Filthy World”.  John Water, the afore mentioned Pope of Trash is performing, for one night only, his one man show on June 26th at the Concert Hall of The New York Society of Ethical Culture.  Tickets are $37.50 with  $100 Filthy VIP Tickets.  Filthy VIPs will get reserved seating, an autographed DVD, and a meet and greet with Mr. Waters.

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THE MAC AWARDS (THAT’S Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) were awarded on May 6th at B.B. Kings Blues Club.  A sampling of this years award winners are:  FEMALE CELEBRITY ARTIST: Christine Ebersole; MALE DUO/CELEBRITY ARTIST:  Steve Ross; FEMALE VOCALIST: Joanne MacDonlad; MALE VOCALIST: Miles Phillips.

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CASTING IS NOW COMPLETE for the Carneige Hall concert of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstain II’s SHOW BOAT.  This one night only concert will feature Carolee Carmello, Becky Ann Baker, Nathan Gunn, and the final addition, Carly Rose Soneclar.  The one night only event will begin at 8pm on June 10 and will be musically directed by Paul Gemignani, who will be conducting the orchestra of St Luke’s.

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Crother’s Spyglass/The Resistable Rise of Fatlinda Paloka

TWO NEW PLAYS ABOUT two very differing topics are running as a double feature.  CROTHER’S SPYGLASS charts the misadventures of a disenchanted ad exec while THE RESTABLE RISE OF FATLINDA PALOKA charts the rise of a foreign pizza salesman in a small town in Georgia.  The two shows are running for six performances only.  We had the opportunity to sit down with Timothy Dowd, playwright of CROTHER’S SPSYGLASS and Marcy Wallabout, playwright of THE RESISTABLE RISE OF FATLINDA PALOKA, to talk about this unique double feature.

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Jeremy Schonfeld – “37 Notebooks”

LAST WEEK WE HAD Jeremy on the show to talk about his newest cd and his release party at Birdland, this week we have a listen to one of the new tracks from the cd: “House of Love”, performed by Shoshana Bean and the Broadway Dreams Gospel Choir.

Buy the CD from CD Baby 

or from Jeremy’s Website


Marty Cooper wonders why fresh, new shows are suffering for attendance, while only the big ones thrive.


Don’t Worry, Be Jewish

FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF two young children, growing up Jewish, as they encounter the good and the evil of the modern world as well as learning to decide which path in life to take and whether to embrace their judaism., DON’T WORRY BE JEWISH stars two very talented thirteen year olds.  Jasmine Petrari and Nathan Kay come by the studio to sit down and tell us about being off-broadway before they’re even in high school.  We also hear “Don’t Worry, Be Jewish” and “Light a Candle” from the production.

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THE LAST TIME STEPHEN Sondheim and George Furth’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG was seen on Broadway was for two weeks back in 1981.  Since that production it has been mounted by theatres across the country and has been rumored to be coming back to The Great White Way.  Will it?  In an online interview with Sondheim and Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, the show will (cross your fingers) be coming back in the 2009/10 Broadway Season as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s season.

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 IN OTHER SONDHEIM NEWS the composer/lyricist said that his backstage musical, FOLLIES, is in the works for a film production.  Sondheim stated that there was talk of a big time director and a big time star to be involved but was tight lipped on the details.  He also mentioned that Stephen Speilberg would like to remake WEST SIDE STORY, but that rumor remains to be seen.

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STEPHEN KING AND JOHN Mellencamp’s GHOST BROTHER’s OF DARKWOOD COUNTY, an original musical due to premiere at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, has been canceled.  The show, which was to close the 2008-09 season at Alliance, has been postoned due to unforseen scheduling conflicts.  Susan Booth, Artisitic Director of the Alliance, said that the show will make it back for the 2009-10 season.

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