Intimate conversations with theatre's biggest talents including stars, producers, directors, tv stars with theatre history and more.This is a podcast for theatre people by theater people. In-depth, personal, behind-the-scenes conversations will highlight special details of the industry that most people may not know exist, will always find out what makes the guests love their craft, what makes..
This special episode features Becca Lee, Teddy Toye, and Mary Antonini, three of the amazing ensemble members from The Prom. Their real-life friendship translates to their on-stage characters in a way very few other shows can claim, adding to endless list of what makes The Prom such an amazing show to watch. The Prom is nominated for 7 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
On the episode, Teddy, Becca, and Mary tell heartfelt stories about their time with the show. They tell the story of the group of teenagers who chose to spend their actual prom nights seeing The Prom. We hear about Becca's dancing stint for the NY Knicks, Teddy's love of golf, and Mary's validation as a triple threat by playing Anita not once, but twice in two production of West Side Story. We discuss the energy and stamina (and literal training) required to maintain Casey Nicholaw's high-intensity hip-hop choreography 8 shows a week. The audience feedback and validation that these 3 discuss is incredibly meaningful, changing them for the better one show at a time.
As a young child, Christopher Sieber would create and perform his own shows in front of a window in his living room. The grass and unsuspecting passerby was his audience. Fast forward several yeras and he's taken the plunge, moving to New York City. He eventually lands his Broadway debut in 2004 staring as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. He then joins other iconic casts, such as Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Into the Woods before his legendary stint as Sir Dennis Galahad in Monty Python's Spamalot (a role which he had 4 days' notice to prepare for!). After roles in Shrek The Musical, La Cage aux Folles, Matilda the Musical, and Pippin, he now finds himself as the arrogant, self-centered character of Trent Oliver in The Prom, which has been nominated for 7 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Far from the string of arrogant characters, his real-life personality is humble, kind, and loving. Listen in to hear more.
A 28 year veteran of the Broadway stage, Angie Schwower, a true-life gypsie has been part of the original casts in 9 out of 11 of her Broadway credits, which include Will Rogers Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Young Frankenstein, Catch Me If You Can, Something Rotten, The Producers, and more. She is now starring as "Angie" in The Prom, which was just nominated for 7 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Warren Carlyle is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic Circle Award winning director and choreographer. To top it all off, he was just nominated for 2019 Tony Award for best choreography for Kiss Me, Kate, now playing on Broadway through June 30, 2019. This British-born powerhouse has a mile long resume and a big heart that just needs to dance.
Warren has worked with the likes of Bob Fosse to Mel Brooks to Susan Strohman to Hugh Jackman and so many others. In this episode, he discusses his humble beginnings as a hyperactive child in the UK which led him to start dancing professionally. He caught his big break when he moved over to the US to work on The Producers in 2000. Warren is now working on the revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. He's previously won a Tony Awards for best choreography for After Midnight, in which he also received a second nomination for Best Direction. Other popular credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Story, She Loves Me, and Hello Dolly.
Josh Lamon is currently starring as Sheldon in The Prom on Broadway (which was nominated for 7 2019 Tony Awards including best musical). Josh made his Broadway debut in 2009 in the revival of Hair before landing iconic roles in Elf, Finding Neverland, and Groundhog Day. He has also toured Hair and Wicked.
However, all of this success did not come easily. In this episode, Josh discusses growing up in California with his adoptive family. He fell in love with theatre as a child but ultimately failed out of acting school in Philadelphia. After escaping an abusive relationship, he wound up in New York where he ended up reluctantly auditioning for the show that would ultimately become his Broadway debut.
Josh continues to grow his career and is in the process of starting his very own podcast “Josh Swallows Broadway,” coming soon to a podcast feed near you (45:20)!
A true multi-hyphenate, Michael Kushner is an amazing example of how you can be heavily involved in theatre without being on stage all the time. He is an actor, producer, makeup artist, and photographer whose work has been featured in The New York Time, Vogue, The Tony Awards in addition to publications in print and online internationally. He is the creator of The Dressing Room Project (which photographed the first #BlackGlinda on Broadway), and is one of the founding members of Musical Theatre Factory, currently in residency with Playwrights Horizons. Michael has produced several web series and films with Wesley Taylor. In addition, he's recently begun investing in productions, most notably Be More Chill. Michael continues to strive for ways to express himself and is an integral part of the Broadway community. Listen to this episode to collect all of these secrets and more...
Micaela Diamond traded in freshmen year for opening night. This powerhouse 19 year old is currently making her Broadway debut as Babe in The Cher Show. A New Jersey/New York native, she has been training her whole life for this and is now taking the world by storm.
Micaela began dancing at 2 years old. She quickly out grew all of her local dance studios so her mother opened her own studio. When she was 11 years old, she and her mother moved from New Jersey into New York to pursue a career in musical theater. A week before she was scheduled to start her freshman year at Carnegie Mellon, Micaela got the call that she would be staring in The Cher Show on broadway.
In this episode Micaela discusses how singing always made her feel bigger and seen when she was a child. She also talks about how she navigates negative thoughts to ultimately keep a positive outlook. Micaela loves not being a normal teen and using her voice to represent the bisexual and larger queer community, in addition to what it means to her to be of the lucky few to help secure Cher, one of our generation's biggest legends, in the Broadway history books.
Loren Lott is the brilliant Broadway belter, turned TV star. She has appeared on Broadway in Motown the Musical and Once on this Island after making it to the top 16 in American Idol season 14. She is now playing Ana Hamilton in The Young and the Restless.
In this episode Loren discusses getting her degree in television production and her views on getting an education in the entertainment industry. She talks about some behind the scenes happenings during her time with American Idol, and how that effected her. Loren tells the story of how she saved the day at Once On This Island and she ends with talking about her goals and where she sees her future self.
Brandon Uranowitz is a two-time Tony-nominated actor best known for his roles as Adam in An American in Paris and Mendel in the 2016 Broadway revival of Falsettos. Both roles resulted in his Tony nominations. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk award for Falsettos. With credits that also include Prince of Broadway and the touring production of Rent, he was most recently seen in The Band’s Visit on Broadway and has appeared on TV in productions including Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Dietland, Bluebloods, and Inside Amy Schumer. Brandon is now playing Larry in Burn This on Broadway.
In this episode, Brandon discusses growing up in show business but ultimately deciding to be a normal teenager once he hit high school. Growing up in a jewish household, he was concerned about coming out to his parents as gay but learned to live his truth in college. He has played amazing roles on broadway but he is most proud of getting to play a gay character in the new play Burn This.