Patti LuPone. Kevin Kline. Mandy Patinkin. These titans of musical theatre, plus many others, were given their first chance by casting director Joanna Merlin. Joanna sat down with us to discuss what it was like to cast the original Broadway productions of Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita and countless others! Also, Joanna gives a concert for Jerome Robbins, takes a chance on Bette Midler, and takes on Zero Mostel. Plus: Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, and changing the landscape of the American musical.
Joanna’s book, Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide, can be purchased here: amzn.to/1Ujy9aQ