#18 HOWARD MCGILLIN, Actor

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Howard McGillin holds the record for the most performances as The Phantom of the Opera. But, before he watched the chandelier fall over 2,000 times, Howard starred in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, and others! Also, Howard talks about working with Patti Lupone, the pitfalls of The Phantom, and life in LA. Plus, Howard reveals all about the VH1 Drood Music Video!

Our Favorite Things 17:Trude Rittmann & Stairway to Stardom

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

 

This episode: The unsung hero of Broadway musicals and the unsung heroes of public access television!

 

#17 ANDRE DESHIELDS, Actor

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The Wiz is in the House! Andre DeShields, Tony nominated star of The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Full Monty, takes Rob & Kevin on a spiritual journey that reminds all of us about the gift of telling stories through song, dance, and speech. Also, Andre speaks on color blind casting, breaking the glass ceiling, and how to stay true to oneself in the face of artistic adversity.

Our Favorite Things 16: No Strings and Raisin

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

 

This episode: Richard Rodgers goes solo, Sean Combs goes to the window, and the 70s goes to Rob’s head!

#16 FRANK VERLIZZO, Poster Designer

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The Lion King. Sweeney Todd. Deathtrap. If you close your eyes and think of those shows you probably think of their striking posters, all designed by this week’s guest Frank Verlizzo. Frank invites Rob & Kevin to brunch in Connecticut to discuss how he created such iconic works and how the industry has changed from when he first started to now.

 

Our Favorite Things 15:Diary of a Mad Playwright & The 1986 Tony Awards

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

This week: Dolly Levi berates Peter Pan and Rob’s reveals his childhood hero!

#15 DON PIPPIN, Music Director

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Don Pippin, the music director of such hit musicals as Mame, A Chorus Line, and La Cage Aux Folles, invites Rob & Kevin to his favorite restaurant for club sandwiches, iced tea, and a look into a sixty year career that changed the world of musicals. Also, Don conducts Lauren Bacall, watches Angela Lansbury become a star, and reveals what happens at the ballet! Plus: Jerry Herman, Robert Preston, and Michael Bennett!