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Podcast vol. 415 – Oct. 25, 2010 – The Amoralists, The York Shakespeare Company and Opa! The Musical.

Kick back and relax as we talk to three different companies/shows and get a some special live, in-studio, musical theatre performances!

In this episode:

  • The Amoralists are presenting Adam Rapp’s first play, GHOSTS IN THE COTTONWOOD,  in a re-written version. Actors Matt Pilieci and Nick Lawson discuss the play, their company, and why gambling in Vegas isn’t the best way to fund a theatre.
  • The York Shakespeare Company is one of New Yorks most active presenters of the Bard’s work. Director Seth Duerr and Actress Jenn Remke stopped by to discuss their current rep presentations of MACBETH and RICHARD II as well as a great discussion on philosophies of approaching the classics and their ideas of some of the best training spots for young actors interested in a classical foundation.
  • OPA! THE MUSICAL has had two production runs since their last appearance on Broadway Bullet and their award winning run at the 2008 MITF. Creater and writer Mari Carras and co-composer/lyricist Elise Morris came by to talk about their newest run in the heart of the Greek Community, Astoria, and Actors Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld and Andrew Lidestri came by to perform a couple songs from the show live in our studio.



4 Comments on Podcast vol. 415 – Oct. 25, 2010 – The Amoralists, The York Shakespeare Company and Opa! The Musical.

  1. There’s something wrong with the iTunes feed for #415. Can’t download the show, and iTunes says “does not have a valid Podcast URL.”


  2. Same for me. URL is bad!

  3. One little typo buried in the feed ruins everything. I think I found it, it appears to be working now. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. FLOWER Power Productions presents OPA! The Musical, Book by Mari Carras & Laurel Ollstein, Music by Nicholas Carras & Elise Morris, Lyrics by Mari Carras & Donald Eugster & Elise Morrise

    Additionaly Music by Donald Eugster
    Choreography by Anthoula Katsimatide
    Musical Direction by Elise Morris
    Directed by Sam Viverito

    Friday, October 15 through Sunday, November 21. Opening Night is Friday, October 22 (8 p.m.).

    Opa! The Musical is a romantic comedy set on the tiny Greek island of Elia – a place where time stands still. Sophia and Manos dream of bigger lives off the island, but Costa is quite content to stay on the island of his birth and continue with his simple, olive-filled life. After it’s announced that the island will be dumped from the ferry routes until the economy “levels out”, these characters make some desperate choices which will alter the courses of their lives forever. When a boat finally arrives on the island – 20 years later – some of the villagers’ long-held secrets come to the forefront, and they are left with only one choice….to face their hidden selves, celebrate life and just say OPA!

    Starring Yanni Amouris, Demetri Bonaros, Whitney Brown, Maria Ciangiola, Rachel Green, Kristofer Holz, Anthoula Katsimatides, Andrew Lidestri, Brent Lomas, Morgan Pate, Alyson Rosenfeld

    The production features scenic design by Michael Hotopp and lighting design by Scott Borowka. Casting is by Jamibeth Margolis, CSA, and Michelle Cote is the stage manager.

    OPA! The Musical plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 21:
    Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Sundays at 3 p.m.

    Tickets are $25 and are now available online at or by calling (718) 626-5111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office ½ hour prior to performance. Restaurant packages and group discounts are also available.

    Location: The Hellenic Cultural Center
    27-09 Crescent Street (at Newtown Ave.) Astoria, NY 11102
    Subway: N/Q to 30th Ave

    Running Time: 2 hours with intermission


    OPA! The Musical is being presented with support from Assemblyman Michael Gianaris.

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