And Scene #59 - Musical Writing w/ The Lazour Brothers

May 21, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week we welcome special guests Patrick and Daniel Lazour!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including stories on a new opportunity for teen theater students in Baltimore, and near to Baltimore, what’s wrong with Washington, D.C. theater programming.

Then in Act 2, we talk musical theater creation with composer and lyricist tandem, Patrick (IG: @plazour) and Daniel Lazour (IG: daniellazour).  This award-winning duo talk to us about how they got their start in musicals, their process for writing their works, and their musical influences.

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Teen Theater Nights: https://retriever.umbc.edu/theatre-night-for-teens-exploring-a-whole-new-world/

D.C. Theater: https://wapo.st/2Kz3rdB?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.42ebb6151e1e


MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Ragtime Symphonic Suite, Ragtime - The Musical, Masterworks Broadway, 1998. Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #58 - Ethnodrama

May 14, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including stories on some awarded theater awards, the difficulties finding theater administration space, and some theater on screen.

Then in Act 2, we’ve covered different types of physical stages, and different historical eras of theater, but what we really haven’t covered are theatrical writing styles.  Well, this week we rectify that oversight, by bringing you a discussion on Ethnodrama.  And believe me, it is not what you expect!

What do you think?  Have you ever seen or written an ethnodrama?  What have your experiences been?  Do you have an idea for an ethnodrama?  Let us know!

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
Theatre World Awards: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/05/08/theatre-world-awards-announces-2018-winners/

Theater Spaces: https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/05/theater-of-the-oppressed-new-york-theater-district-artist-displacement/558188/

Shakespeare Screenings: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/05/08/theatre-world-awards-announces-2018-winners/


MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #57 - The 2018 Tony Nominations!

May 7, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including stories on the power of stories from women playwrights, new theater technology, and tacos?!?

Then in Act 2, it’s the biggest theater news of all: it’s the 2018 Tony Nominations!  We can’t review every category, but we take a look at some of the highlights, and give who we think is going to win those categories, and who we think should win instead.  It’s the awards season, so let’s talk about the best and brightest of this year’s Broadway season!

What do you think?  Do you agree with the nominations?  Did anyone get snubbed? Who are your favorites, and who would you just love to see win?  Let us know! 

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Theatre Uncut: https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/theatre-uncut-return-with-power-plays-by-female-playwrights-including-cordelia-lynn-and-sabrina-a3827466.html
Oculus: https://www.cnet.com/news/oculus-wants-to-make-immersive-virtual-theater-a-reality/

Tacos: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Pangea-World-Theatre-Presents-Taco-Truck-Theater-This-May-20180425

MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #56 - I Want to be a Producer! w/ Margaret Gandolfo

April 30, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week we welcome theater producer, Margaret Gandolfo (@margzdramaqueen)!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including stories onsite new women’s theater festivals and fora, and a round-up of the reviews for the flurry of Broadway shows that opened at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Then in Act 2, We welcome Margaret Gandolfo to discuss her career as an up-and-coming theater producer.  As she is relatively new to the game, Margaret is in a great position to tell the audience how to get started producing theater, and what challenges she has faced along the way.   

What do you think?  Do you have any experience producing theater yourself?  We bet you do, and you might not even know it!  Let us know!

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
Writing Our World: https://www.broadwayworld.com/houston/article/WRITING-OUR-WORLD-Writes-Women-Into-Center-Stage-20180424

Out of the Box: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Out-Of-The-Box-Theatrics-Hosts-Intimate-WOMEN-IN-THEATER-Panel-And-Reception-April-30-20180424

MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Ragtime Symphonic Suite, Ragtime - The Musical, Masterworks Broadway, 1998.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #55 - U.S. Theater Festivals

April 23, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including stories from the underground, current trends on Broadway, and a new women’s theater festival in Philadelphia.

What a perfect segue for Act 2, where we discuss a festival. A festival! The Kiiiiiiing’s festival!!  Not quite Into the Woods, but rather, it’s that time of year.  It’s the time for theater festivals all around the United States.  We bring to you nine of the country’s premier theater festivals — where they are, what they present, and other highlights of these annual gatherings of theater professionals and patrons. 

Don’t worry international listeners.  We’ll get you covered in the coming weeks. There is so much theater, we couldn’t cram it all into one show!

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
Ukraine: http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/18/the-underground-theatre-breaking-down-barriers

Non-Escapist Theater: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-non-escapist-theatre-has-become-a-new-norm-for-broadway
Women’s Theater Festival: https://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/article/Philadelphia-Womens-Theatre-Festival-Celebrates-Motherhood-20180418


MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #54 - Theater History Pop Quiz: Elizabethan & Restoration Era

April 16, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including the results of the 2018 Olivier Awards in London, and a new musical about basketball.

Then, in Act 2, it’s time for another Theater History Pop Quiz!  Meghan tests Mike on his knowledge of Elizabethan era theater, while Mike runs Meghan through her paces on Restoration theater.  How did we do?  How much did you know about these important times in English theater history?  Let us know! 

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!). 

We also now have an Instagram account, at, you guessed it, @andscenepod!!  Follow us there!

Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
Olivier Awards: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/olivier-awards-2018-the-winners-in-full/

Small Ball: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/10/17217304/small-ball-musical-daryl-morey-theater-review-houston-rockets


MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #53 - TV Musicals

April 9, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including an experimental theater mash-up, the surprising physical danger of theater, a cool  NYC theater series, and casting information on a highly-anticipated show.

Then, in Act 2, with the recent airing of Jesus Christ Superstar Live, we take a look at the live TV musical renaissance that kicked off with The Sound of Music five years ago.  Which productions have been successful, which haven’t, and why?  Is there something about live theater that these productions will never be able to capture?  Which shows do we think should be produced next?

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite of the TV musicals?  What do you find to be more successful than not?  Let us know!

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
SeagullMachine: https://brooklynrail.org/2018/04/theater/In-Dialogue-THE-DEFIANT-POLITICS-OF-COLLECTIVITY-The-Assemblys-Seagullmachine
Concussions: http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article207897744.html
5x5: https://www.broadwayworld.com/amp/c.php?url=The-Cast-Of-The-Theatre-East-5X5-Drama-Series-Makes-Its-Way-Across-NYC-20180404
Moulin Rouge: http://www.playbill.com/article/aaron-tveit-and-karen-olivo-will-star-in-boston-world-premiere-of-moulin-rouge-musical


MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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And Scene #52 - SHOWdown: Phantom vs Into the Woods

April 2, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! It’s out first Anniversary!!

Like last week, we recorded this episode during a nor’easter, so apologies for some technical difficulties!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including a theater’s aim to prevent suicide, the upcoming programming for an exciting NYC company, and how theater artists are using their craft to help the disabled in Africa.

If you need any help with suicidal thoughts or tendencies, PLEASE contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or seek resources at the National Institute of Mental Health at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml.

Then, in Act 2, we thought it would be nice to ring in our first anniversary the way we kicked off the podcast…with a SHOWdown!  This time we jump thirty years after the original West Side Story vs Music Man SHOWdown, and tackle The Phantom of the Opera vs Into the Woods!  How will this battle unfold?  Take a listen and find out!

What do you think?  Did we come out with he right victor?  Do you have an idea for a SHOWdown? Let us know! 

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!


NEWS SOURCES
Suicide Prevention: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-43217423/what-drove-milly-thomas-to-write-a-play-about-suicide?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-map
MCC Theatre: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/MCC-Theater-Announces-New-Season-in-New-Home-20180321
Lesotho: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-43003605

MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Ragtime Symphonic Suite, Ragtime - The Musical, Masterworks Broadway, 1998.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

The Phantom of the Opera, Prima Donna; The Phantom of the Opera Original London Cast (Remastered), Verve, 2001.
Prologue: Into the Woods, Agony (Reprise); Into the Woods (Remastered), Masterworks Broadway, 2011.

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And Scene #51 - Broadway Finds Religion

March 26, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

We recorded this episode during a nor’easter, so apologies for some technical difficulties!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news with an update on the situation with the Scottish Youth Theatre, an international theater celebration, and how TV is promoting theater across the US.

Then, in Act 2, with this being a holy week for many people around the world, we bring you a discussion of religious musicals.  From the Eden to Uganda, and Adam to Elder Price, the parables, lessons, and morals of religion have been fertile ground for musical theater (and at least one play!).  We discuss these shows, and how they deal with their religious subjects.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of any of these musicals?  Did we miss any that are favorites of yours?  Will you spend this Passover or Easter listening to one of these show? Let us know! 

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Scottish Youth Theater: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43468779
World Theatre Day: https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2018/world-theatre-day-maya-zbib-lebanese-theatremaker/
Rise: https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/martinsburg-hopes-to-elevate-theater-arts-through-r-i-s/article_c1ad2e26-2ae6-11e8-8954-f39de98787a7.html

MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Ragtime Symphonic Suite, Ragtime - The Musical, Masterworks Broadway, 1998.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

In the Beginning, Children of Eden, Masterworks Broadway, 1997.
Tradition, Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway Records, 2016.
Go Go Go Joseph; Joseph’s Coat, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1993 Los Angeles Cast, Verve, 1993.
Superstar; King Herod’s Song, Jesus Christ Superstar, 20th Anniversary London Cast Recording, Masterworks Broadway, 2012.
Prepare Ye; Day by Day, Godspell, Masterworks Broadway, 1990.
Hello; I Believe, The Book of Mormon, Ghostlight, 2011.

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And Scene #50 - BA vs BFA w/ Sean Potter

March 19, 2018

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week we welcome to the show Sean Potter!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news on the continued success of the Washington, D.C. theater scene, a new twist on Ragtime, and students leading the charge to save theater in Scotland.

Then, in Act 2, we are joined by Sean Potter.  As regular listeners know, Mike and Meghan both have B.A. degrees in Theater Arts.  Well, we’ve brought Sean on the show to discuss his BFA in musical theater, to compare and contrast the two programs.  What are the benefits of both?  What does one miss out by pursuing one over the other?  Take a listen and find out!

What do you think?  Do you have a BA or BFA in some aspect of the theater?  Do you wish you had pursued the other?  What have you found to be the pros and cons of your degree?  Let us know! 

Do you have a theater topic you’d like us to talk about?   Maybe you’d like to chat about it with us.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the show to discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
DC Theater: https://dctheatrescene.com/2018/03/14/2018-contemporary-american-theater-festival-season-announced/
Ragtime: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-ragtime-on-ellis-island-could-come-back-in-a-full-site-specific-production
Glasgow: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43380885?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story

MUSIC CREDITS
Overture, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angel Records, 1996.
Ragtime Symphonic Suite, Ragtime - The Musical, Masterworks Broadway, 1998.
Overture, Annie Get Your Gun: An Original Cast Album, Masterworks Broadway, 1966.

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