#58 PAUL KANDEL, Tony Nominee for The Who’s Tommy

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Up there, high, high in the lovely apartment in midtown Manhattan, lives the mysterious Paul Kandel. Who is this creature? What is he? How did he come to be there? Hush! Rob and Kevin will tell you as they sit down with the wonderful Mr. Kandel, best known for his role as Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy and as the voice of Clopin in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 

Paul pulls back the curtain on his career, including how a missing hat led to a Tony nomination, what was it like to create the role of Clopin, and why his rendition of On The Street Where You Live gets more laughs than sighs!

 

Also, Paul shines the spotlight on Alan Menken, The Who, and Stephen Schwartz!

 

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Our Favorite Things #57: Mike Ockrent & When Broadway Went To Hollywood

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: Remembering a great director and celebrating a new book!

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#57 LEE ADAMS, Lyricist

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Because he has a whole lot of livin’ to do, Rob and Kevin’s time with Tony Award winning lyricist Lee Adams was short but it did make them feel happy and rosy (or Rosie). The 93 year old Adams joined Rob and Kevin on the phone from his home in Briarcliff, NY.

Lee pulls back the curtain on his Golden Age career, including how Lee went from the world of journalism to the world of musicals, what it was like to collaborate with Mel Brooks, and why Lauren Bacall was a great musician!

Also, Lee shines the spotlight on Paul Lynde, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Charles Strouse!

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Our Favorite Things #56: Paloma Young

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: Rob & Kevin were so fascinated by the costume designs of Tony Award winner Paloma Young (Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 & Bandstand) they asked her in for a chat about her career and design choices!

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#56 RON FASSLER, Author of “Up In The Cheap Seats”

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Imagine taking the proceeds from your paper route, training into NYC by yourself, and, for only $2, seeing the original 1776, Company, Follies, Pippin, and 196 other shows. And, at your tender age, writing a detailed review of what you just saw. Well, that’s exactly what our guest Ron Fassler has done.

Before he was known as one of the industry’s most reliable character actors, Ron was a theatre junkie, not only seeing these shows, but walking backstage to meet some of the theatre’s greatest stars. Now, its all in his new book, Up In The Cheap Seats, available here: https://griffithmoon.com/cheapseats/

In his time with Rob and Kevin, Ron not only discusses his book but why he thought Hello, Dolly! was “gripping”, what advice his teenage-self wanted to give Stephen Sondheim on how to fix Company, and how an insult to James Earl Jones was embraced by the great actor.

 

Our Favorite Things #55: Caroline, Or Change & A Party With Betty Comden & Adolph Green

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: Leaning In with Jeanine Tesori & Betty Comden

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#55 CHARLES STROUSE- Composer, Pt. 2

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The sun will come out today because the Tony Award winning composer of Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie, and countless others, Charles Strouse is back to discuss his life after being anointed Broadway’s Golden Boy (pun, intended)

 

Charles pulls back the curtain on his career, including how a Depression Era comic strip defined his career, what was it like to compose for a non-singing heroine, and why “Those Were The Days” really weren’t!

 

Also, Charles shines the spotlight on Arthur Laurents, Lauren Bacall, and Norman Lear!

 

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