Our Favorite Things #9:Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway and The Line King

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: Get onto YouTube and let’s see Carol & Pearl out “Dolly” one another and then let’s count some Ninas!

#9 JIM BROCHU, Character Actor

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Legendary character actor Jim Brochu sits down with Rob and Kevin to share the lessons he learned from Lucille Ball, Zero Mostel, and Charles Nelson Reilly. Also, Jim stars in the Rue McClanahan musical, befriends Horace Vandergelder, and is called to the alter by Merman. Plus: Jim reveals who his “popular” theatre companion was in college.

Jim’s book, Lucy in the Afternoon, can be purchased here: http://amzn.to/1oEdP8a

 

Our Favorite Things #8: Fade Out/Fade In & Robert & Elizabeth

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: Two shows that “should’ve been”

#8 JACK VIERTEL, Artistic Director of City Center Encores!!

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City Center Encores! Artistic Director, and Jujamcyn Senior Vice-President, Jack Viertel welcomes Rob and Kevin into his office to discuss the many hats he wears. Also, Jack’s lunches with August Wilson, bringing Leiber & Stoller to Broadway, and Jack reveals the “deep, dark secrets” of conceiving the perfect revue. Plus: Dramaturgy in musicals, how an Encores! season is planned, and where to get the best BBQ in NYC!

Jack’s new book, The Secret Life Of The American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built, is available for purchase here: http://amzn.to/1QuMg78

Our Favorite Things #7: The Life (Concept Album) & Bring Back Birdie

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: George Burns is a pimp, Liza Minnelli is a hooker, and Chita Rivera is a survivor!

#7 GEORGE S. IRVING, Original Cast Member of Oklahoma

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Tony Award winner George S. Irving, who is 93 years young, appeared in the original companies of Oklahoma!, Me & Juliet, Can-Can, and many others! George joins Rob and Kevin on the phone to chat about where he was during Pearl Harbor, which Broadway legend taught him how to kiss, and who has George nicknamed “Dusty Buttocks.” Also, George meets Sir John, gets sick from the Shuberts, and comes to peace with the Heat Miser. Plus: Alfred Drake, Richard Rodgers, and Liv Ullmann!

A big thank you to David Staller at Gingold Theatrical Group and Charlie Siedenburg for their assistance in this podcast.

Our Favorite Things #6: El Grande de Coca Cola & House of Flowers

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.

This week: La fiesta en el teatro es muy offensivo and Pearl Bailey lets it go!