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Podcast: Vol 207 – April 23, 2008

We have an absolutely JAM PACKED episode for you this week, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Actors Jordan Lage and Mary McCann from the Atlantic Theatre talk about "Almost an Evening"; we get up close with Karen Olivo from "In the Heights"; learn about "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"; Jeremy Shonfeld lets us know about his new CD and Birdland performance; dance troupe, Company XIV, tells us about "The Judgement of Paris"; we hear about the show "Wild Imaginings" from the teen theatre group, Little Fig Stage; and the stars and producer of "Sweet Mama Stringbean" share their stories with us. Through all of this we have 5 songs, including two live, in-studio performances from Jeremy Schonfeld. We also have a super sweet discount offer to "Almost an Evening" written by Oscar winner, Ethan Coen and starring Oscar winner, F. Murray Abraham. To find out how to see this show for $35, visit  We also have Marty Cooper on the Positive Side, Theatre news and more... so what are you waiting for?


Almost an Evening

OSCAR WINNER ETHAN COHEN has dared to take on the stage in a new compilation of three plays.  Atlantic Theatre company has dared to put on this event entitled, ALMOST AN EVENING, as part of their current season.  The three one acts that comprise the show star F. Murray Abraham and Mark Linn-Baker as well as Jordan Lage and Mary McCann, who both stopped by the studio to talk about the production.  What’s it like working with Abraham and Cohen?  Find out with McCann and Lage.

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Karen Olivo

SHE ORIGINATED THE ROLE off Broadway and now she has brought it to the Great White Way.  We’re talking about Karen Olivo, ladies and gentlemen.  As well as now starring in IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, she has originated roles through out her very new career in shows such as “Brooklyn” and “Party Come Here”.  Olivo has also been on tour and on Broadway with “Rent”.  We sit down to talk to her about working on IN THE HEIGHTS as well as her other productions, and find out what it’s like taking a character from the page to off Broadway and on to Broadway.

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STAR OF THE HBO original series ENTOURAGE, Jeremy Pivens, has been announced as the first to be cast int the up coming revival of David Mamet’s SPEED THE PLOW.  There have been no other cast announcements, nor has a theatre been announced for the housing of Mamet’s satire about Hollywood and it’s players.  Neil Pepe, Artistic Director of Atlantic Theatre Company is helming the production, and the theater will be announced by October 23.


A FUNDRAISING BENEFIT TO star Michael Gets, Tom Jones, and Daniel Reichard, with all proceeds going to the Artist’s Crossing School and Theatre company will be performed on May 13th.  Artist’s Crossing was founded in 2004 by Judith Blaser as a means for new up and coming talent to be mentored by season veterans of the theatre world.  The benefit will be a collection of works from theatre vets entitled, “They Were You”.


GONE WITH THE WIND, the new musical, opened on April 22 on the West End in the New London Theatre.  The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, has been in previews for the past month and has had to only cancel one performance due to technical problems.  The production stars Jill Paice as Scarlett O’Hara and Darius Danesh as Rhett Butler.



Caucasian Chalk Circle

HIPGNOSIS THEATRE COMPANY STRIVES to breeak down the fourth wall and bring the world of theatre crashing into the laps of it’s audience members.  They have made Shakespeare come to life and interact with the audience, so it would seem only right that Bertolt Brecht get the same treatment.  In their newest production CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, Hipgnosis is doing just that.  Margot Newkirk, Director, and Demetrios Bonaros, Managing Director, dropped into the studio to talk a little about Hipgnosis and also their new production of CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

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Jeremy Schonfeld

37 Notebooks

JEREMY SCHONFELD HAS GOT a new album out called 37 NOTEBOOKS and he dropped by the studio to tell us a little about the new album and the release party he’s having at Birdland for it on the 5th of May.  We also get two exclusive In-Studio performances from Jeremy: “37 Notebooks” and “My My”.

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The CD, “37 Notebooks” comes out everywhere on May 6th!


Company XIV

TAKE MODERN PERFORMANCE ART, add in a little high dance art, then take a classic myth and what do you have?  THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS by Company XIV.  This new and innovative dance company mixes Baroque performance with the skill and beauty of dance as well as mixed media to create a new brand style of performance theatre.  Manager and actress Gioia Marchese and Artistic Director Austin McCormick drop in to tell us a little about Company XIV and their new production, THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS.

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Marty Cooper is lovin’ himself some Sondheim this week as he discusses the Roundabout’s new version of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE as well as various incarnations of SWEENY TODD.


Little Fig Stage

TAKE CLASSIC MUSICAL THEATRE and add in actors of all shapes, sizes and ages; throw in a dash of new and innovative theatre; and there you have the mission of Little Fig Stage.  The company harnesses the power and energy of youth and steers young performers in the right direction through education and work with more seasoned performers.  In their newest production, they present a pop musical about love, dedication, and integrity, and also about becoming a star of MTV.  We chat with Michael Ficocelli (Musical Director) and Marci Elyn Schein (Artistic Director) about WILD IMAGININGS and we also get to hear an original song written by Michael and performed by Marci, “To The Top”.

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Sweet Mama String Bean

FOLLOWING THE LEGENDARY CAREER of film, stage, and television star, Ethel Waters, SWEET MAMA STRING BEAN is the fifth produced show by playwright, Beth Turner and the newest outing by the New Federal Theatre.  We sat down with the show’s producer, Woodie King, and two of the shows stars (Mother and Daughter),  Sandra Reaves Phillips (older Ethel) and Marishka S. Phillips (younger Ethel) to see how a legendary actress can go fom the top and then back with the spiritual help of the Rev Billy Graham.   SWEET MAMA STRING BEAN is playing at the Henry Street Settlemen’ts Abrons Art Center.

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THE DRAMA LEAGUE HAS announced it’s nominees for this years award ceremony.  The nominations were announced in four major categories, which are as follows, with their nominees:

Distinguished Production of a Play
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Imperial Theatre/Music Box Theatre
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Second Stage Theatre
The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin, Music Box Theatre
November by David Mamet, Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, Booth Theatre
Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr., Booth Theatre
The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow, based on a concept by Simon Corble, Nobby Dimon and the novel by John Buchan, Roundabout Theatre Company/Cort Theatre

Distinguished Production of a Musical
A Catered Affair, Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino, Walter Kerr Theatre
Cry-Baby, Based on the film by John Waters, Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, Lyrics by David Javerbaum, Music by Adam Schlesinger, Marquis Theatre
Next to Normal, Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Second Stage Theatre
Passing Strange, Book and Lyrics by Stew, Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen, The Public Theater/Belasco Theatre
The Adding Machine, Book by Jason Loewith, Book and Music by Joshua Schmidt, Minetta Lane Theatre
The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, Libretto by Ben Katchor, Music by Mark Mulcahy, Vineyard Theatre
Xanadu, Book by Douglas Carter Beane, Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, Helen Hayes Theatre
Young Frankenstein, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Hilton Theatre

Distinguished Revival of a Play
Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, Longacre Theatre
A Bronx Tale by Chazz Palminteri, Walter Kerr Theatre
Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton, Irish Repertory Theatre
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, Roundabout Theatre Company/American Airlines Theatre
Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Brooklyn Academy of Music/Lyceum Theatre
The Misanthrope by Moliere, New York Theatre Workshop
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival
The Ritz by Terrence McNally, Roundabout Theatre Company/Studio 54

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Black Nativity, by Langston Hughes, adapted by Alfred Preisser, Classical Theatre of Harlem/The Duke on 42nd Street
Gypsy, Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, St. James Theatre
Seussical, Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Theatreworks USA/Lucille Lortel Theatre
South Pacific, Book by Joshua Logan and Oscar Hammerstein II, Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Lincoln Center Theatre
Sunday in the Park with George, Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Roundabout Theatre Company/Studio 54

CASTING FOR THE NEW, as-yet untitled Sam Mendes feature film is complete with Jeff Daniels, Alison Janney, and Catherine O’Hara topping out the list.  The film, which stars Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski as expecting parents rushing across America to find someplace to call home for their new family, will begin filming this week in Connecticut; with additional locations in Arizona and Florida.

NEW YORK GOT IT’S first look at the BILLY ELLIOT boys this week with a special press performance.  The Olivier Winning Production will play it’s first Broadway performance on October 1st.  The cast of three young boys that will be alternating the title role are: David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik.  The Elton John musical was a huge succes in the Uk and on the West End. The producers are hoping for the same in America.  The young men were greeted with great fanfare for their unveiling performance.



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