#69 HAL LUFTIG, Producer

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Everything today is thoroughly Hal….Luftig, that is! Four time Tony Award winning producer Hal Luftig swings by Shetler Studios to look back on his career of hits including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots.

 

Hal pulls back the curtain on his career, including how Sutton Foster landed the role of a lifetime, what it is like to create a Tony Award campaign , and why Legally Blonde made its MTV debut before it was closed on Broadway.

 

Also, Hal shines the spotlight on Jerry Mitchell, Sutton Foster, and Cyndi Lauper!

 

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Our Favorite Things #68: Everyone Says I Love You & Spotify

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: Woody Allen’s only movie musical & a great resource for obscure cast recordings!

 

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#68 JOHN MILLER, Musical Coordinator

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What does a musical coordinator do, you ask? Well, John Miller, one of Broadway’s most respected in the field, swings by to discuss this pivotal role and some of his 100 plus Broadway credits…..yes, that’s right, 100 plus Broadway credits!

 

John pulls back the curtain on his career, including how Cy Coleman taught him to follow the band, what led him to join Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, and why a Chinese Restaurant ended up being his saving grace!

 

Also, John shines the spotlight on John Dexter, John Doyle, and Don Scardino!

 

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Our Favorite Things #67: Woman of the Year & Kean

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: The schizophrenia of the 1970s,  Mrs. Garrett slays Kander & Ebb, Bacall belts her face, why Lee Roy Reams is the best bartender,  Wright & Forrest start anew,

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#67 LEWIS STADLEN, Character Actor

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Brilliant. Hysterical. Dangerous. Those three words best sum up veteran character actor Lewis Stadlen. A two time Tony nominee, Lewis has seen it all and has worked with the best. His many credits include Minnie’s Boys, the 1974 revival of Candide, the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, Guys and Dolls, plus four Neil Simon premieres. And, now, Lewis sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his journey; unedited and unfiltered.

 

Lewis pulls back the curtain on his career, including how he fought the Prince of Broadway, what it was like getting direction from Mel Brooks, and why Nathan Lane moonlights as Lewis’ agent!

 

Also, Lewis shines the spotlight on Shelley Winters, Neil Simon, and Groucho Marx!

 

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Our Favorite Things #66: Russell Nype & Mr. President

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: Who’s Who of the Broadway Senior Home, ventriloquists on radio, the mutual love of Unsolved Musical Mysteries, Ethel and Elaine share a leading man, and the President sings!

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#66 TED SPERLING, Music Director

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Tony Award winner Ted Sperling is one of Broadway’s most sought after music directors. His brilliance and versatility have been on display in numerous Broadway musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific; Guys and DollsDirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Full MontyHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingKiss of the Spider Woman, My Favorite YearFalsettosThe Mystery of Edwin DroodLes MisérablesRoza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Now, Ted puts down the baton to discuss his career with Rob and Kevin.

 

Ted pulls back the curtain on his career, including how a college production brought him to the attention of Stephen Sondheim, what it was like to play aboard the Titanic, and why Lady in the Dark needs a major Broadway revival!

 

Also, Ted shines the spotlight on Victoria Clark, Ahrens & Flaherty, and Adam Guettel!

 

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A big thank you to Michelle Tabnick of Michelle Tabnick PR for arranging this interview.