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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And Scene #49 - Lighting Design w/ Leah Cohen

March 12, 2018

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

This week we welcome to the show lighting designer Leah Cohen!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news on a breakthrough for women in college theater, the television broadcast of a theater favorite, and the first ever Double EGOT!

Then, in Act 2, we are joined by the aforementioned Leah Cohen.  We discuss with Leah her budding lighting design career, her advice for others that want to join the field, what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field, and, of course, her favorite gel color!

What do you think?  When you enter a theater, is the array of lights the first thing to draw your attention?  Have you ever had an interest in designing lights yourself?  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

Hasty Pudding: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hasty-pudding-women_us_5a6ae731e4b0ddb658c5333a
Robert Lopez: https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/03/05/590913026/see-you-later-slackers-robert-lopez-first-to-double-egot
Anna Deveare Smith: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-smith-anna-deavere-smith-empathy_us_5a905997e4b01e9e56bb8287

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 #48 - Diversity in Playwriting, Part Two

March 5, 2018

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

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news on a couple one-woman shows in London, the astounding poise of the Stoneman Douglas High School kids, and Equity’s reaction to the Me Too movement.  You know, light and fluffy stuff.

Then, in Act 2, we bring you Part 2 of an ongoing series on Diversity in Playwriting.  In Episode 33, we spoke about Larissa Fasthorse and Ayad Akhtar.  This week we bring you Quiara Alegria Hudes and Young Jean Lee!  Hear about who these women are, the productions they have brought to the stage, and why their work is important to the theater.

What do you think?  Have you seen any productions by Quiara Alegria Hudes or Young Jean Lee?  What did you think?  Let us know!  Do you have a favorite playwright you’d like us to talk about?  Or maybe you’d like to join us on the sho to discuss her/him, or any other topic that tickles your fancy.  Please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout 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
One Woman Shows: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/feb/26/isabella-rossellini-isabelle-huppert-one-woman-shows-london-southbank-centre

Parkland Theater Kids: www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/parenting/wp/2018/02/26/embrace-the-lessons-of-theater-kids-to-solve-the-gun-violence-epidemic/
Equity & Me Too: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/01/sexual-predators-you-can-hide-but-you-cant-run-says-actors-union
Non-Player Character: https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2018/02/27/non-player-character-puts-gamergate-on-the-theater-stage/

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And Scene #47 - Millennial Musicals w/ Jeff Covello

February 26, 2018

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

This week we welcome special guest, Jeff Covello (@TurkeyLegJeff)!!

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news on the new season at Playwrights Horizons, the continued debut dominance of Paper Mill Playhouse, and a first on Broadway.

Then, in Act 2, Jeff brought us the idea to discuss Millennial Musical Masterpieces.  What is a Millennial Musical Masterpiece, you ask? Think of it as a 90s or Aughts musical that although it didn’t receive the best reviews or best attendance, it is adored by the Millennial generation.  Which shows made out list?  Take a listen to find out!

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite musical that you think should be on our lis?  Let us know!  Also, Just as Jeff did, we would love to bring you more of the topics you would like to hear about, so please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout 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
Playwrights Horizons: https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/seasons/201819/
Unmasked: http://www.playbill.com/article/andrew-lloyd-webber-revue-unmasked-will-open-paper-mill-playhouse-season
NYU: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre/forum
Amy & the Orphans: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/theater/amy-and-the-orphans-down-syndrome-jamie-brewer.html

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And Scene #46 - How to Get Your Play Produced

February 19, 2018

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

This week in Act 1, we bring you some theater news on political theater in the US and Europe, the star of a new screen-to-stage adaptation, and one of Mike’s Christmas wishes is actually coming true!!

Then, in Act 2, coming off the successful reading of her play “Um, Om”, Meghan gives us information on how a new playwright can get her work developed and produced.  What resources are out there for budding playwrights who haven’t reached Paula Vogel status yet?  Our podcast-playwright-in-residence gives you the lowdown!

What do you think?  Have you had one of your plays produced?  Did you use any of the resources Meghan details?  Let us know!  Also, we would like to bring you more of the topics you would like to hear about, so please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout discuss your theatrical passion!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, 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
Open Fist: https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Open-Fist-Theatre-Company-presents-ONE-YEAR-LATER-A-3-Week-Political-Pop-Up-20180205
Secret Garden: http://www.playbill.com/article/the-secret-garden-will-return-to-broadway-directed-by-warren-carlyle
European Playwrights: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/feb/12/europe-political-playwrights-theatre
The Sting: http://www.playbill.com/article/harry-connick-jr-to-star-in-broadway-bound-musical-the-sting

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