And Scene #29 - SHOWdown: The Lion King vs Ragtime!

October 16, 2017

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

It’s time for another SHOWdown!!

But before we get to that, in Act 1, we discuss the latest Geniuses named in the theater world, a new cross-Atlantic theater partnership, and perhaps the new Hamilton?

In Act 2, we have our second Broadway SHOWdown.  After facing off West Side Story and The Music Man in our first episode (ignore what Mike actually says in this episode), we pit two musical heavyweights against each other again.  This week, it’s the Knockouts of Ninety-Eight: Ragtime vs The Lion King!  Listen as we battle out over five rounds of musical mayhem!

What do you think?  Do you agree with who won each round and the ultimate winner?  Are there other shows you’d like to see battle it out for Broadway historical supremacy?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
MacArthur Geniuses: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/macarthur-genius-grants.html
Public Works: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/10/04/public-theater-to-bring-public-works-to-london/
Rhiannon Giddens: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rhiannon-giddens-macarthur-genius_us_59dd9522e4b01df09b773836?utm_hp_ref=theatre

The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording: ©1997 Walt Disney Records
Ragtime - The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording: ©1998 RCA Victor

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And Scene #28 - Chicago Theater w/ Brandon Boruch

October 9, 2017

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

We are honored to have as our special guest, actor and Chicago native Brandon Boruch (@brandoboruch)! 

In Act 1, we discuss theater benefits for Puerto Rico’s recovery form Hurricane Maria, the launch of Playbill Universe, and the goings on at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

In Act 2, we talk to Brandon about the theater scene in Chicago.  From the professional companies to the improv scene, Brandon takes us through how everyone can find something to enjoy on the Chicago Theater Pu Pu Platter (it will make sense when you listen!). 

Have you ever seen or performed in theater in and around Chicago?  What was your experience?  How do you think it compares to theater in other cities? What city’s theater scene would you next like to hear about?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Puerto Rico: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abrazarte-a-benefit-for-puerto-rico-tickets-38333101338; http://atlanta.carpediem.cd/events/4730072-siempre-preciosa-puerto-rico-hurricane-relief-concert-at-aurora-theatre/; http://philly.carpediem.cd/events/4754668-united-for-puerto-rico-fundraiser-comedy-benefit-show-at-good-good-comedy-theatre/; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puerto-rico-artist-hurricane-relief-benefit-tickets-37863067454#tickets
Playbill Universe: http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-stars-sparkle-in-the-newly-launched-playbill-universe
Louisville: http://www.playbill.com/article/artistic-director-of-actors-theatre-of-louisville-will-step-down

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And Scene #27 - Top High School Productions

October 2, 2017

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

Thank you for forgiving us our technical problems last week.  Podcast gremlins ate our episode, but we’re back this week!

In Act 1, we discuss theater happenings in Chicago, Italy and Germany.  And Mike saw a play!  A play that went horribly wrong.  Well, it was “The Play That Goes Wrong”, and Mike has a review.

In Act 2, we discuss the recently published list of the top plays and musicals produced in American high schools in 2016-17.  There are quite a number of surprises to break down.  Plus, we give our opinions on which shows from the list we would direct if given the chance.

What do you think about the list?  Did you perform any of these while in high school?  Are you in high school now?  If so, what are you performing this year?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Chicago: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Three-Chicago-Theaters-Receive-International-Theatre-Award-for-Gender-Parity-20170925
Italy: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/world/europe/tuscany-village-theater.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Germany: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/activists-occupy-berlin-volksbuhne-theatre-artistic-director-chris-dercon
Top H.S. Productions: http://www.playbill.com/article/top-10-most-produced-high-school-plays-and-musicals-of-20162017-revealed
Top H.S. Productions by Decade: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/29/427138970/the-most-popular-high-school-plays-and-musicals 

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And Scene #26 - The Power Blows!

September 25, 2017

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

The Podcast Gods were not kind to us this week, and they put gremlins in our recording software.  Unfortunately, we do not have a full episode for you this week, as Act 2 was eaten by said gremlins.

We were able to record Act 1’s News and Notes (albeit with some audio problems).  So, enjoy some news about a 1st Amendment fight being in Salt Lake City, the Dance Theater of Harlem finding themselves in an unexpected place, and an update on Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov.  Then, come back next week to hear what we were going to talk about this week!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Salt Lake Theater: http://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2017/09/20/theater-group-told-its-plays-not-kid-friendly-but-city-vows-diverse-art-at-sorenson-unity-center/
Theater of Nations: https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/New-Theatre-Platform-American-Theatre-of-Nations-Emerging-this-Fall-in-Los-Angeles-20170920
Wyoming & Harlem: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/09/uw-presents-dance-theatre-of-harlem-gala-concert-sept.-29.html
Kirill Serebrennikov: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-theatre-arrest-firstnight/audience-actors-cry-foul-about-arrest-of-russian-theater-director-idUSKCN1BT1O8

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And Scene #25 - Showtune Breakdown - Send in the Clowns

September 18, 2017

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

In Act 1, we discuss what was supposed to be a new Broadway theater, theater’s response to 9/11, the passing of another theater legend, and a great way to buy tickets if you work at the University of Kansas!

In Act 2, making his triumphant return to the show is Broadway and West End actor Peter Lockyer.  Pete is here to start a new series for the show: the Showtune Breakdown (we’re still workshopping the name)!  In the Breakdown, we will take a popular show tune, and from its context in the show, to it’s time signature, to its lyrics and chord progression, we will figure out what makes these beloved songs all-time greats.  For this inaugural Breakdown, we analyze Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”

What do you think of our analysis?  Is this one of your favorite showtunes?  If not, what song would you like us to Breakdown?  Let us know!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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SOURCES
New Schubert Theater: http://www.playbill.com/article/shubert-organization-scraps-plans-for-new-broadway-theatre 
9/11 Plays: http://www.playbill.com/article/13-theatre-works-that-responded-to-9-11
Peter Hall: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/theater/uk-peter-hall-theater-dead.html?_r=0
University of Kansas: http://news.ku.edu/theatre-season-pass-available-through-payroll-deduction

SONG CREDITS
"Send int he Clowns", Glynis Johns, A Little Night Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Masterworks Broadway, 1998 (© 1973, 1998 Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
"Send int he Clowns", Judy Collins, Judith, Elektra Records, 1975
"Bring Him Home", Colm Wilkinson, Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert, First Night Records, 1996 
"Send int he Clowns", Frank Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back, Reprise Records, 1973

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And Scene #24 - 2017 Fall Theater Preview

September 11, 2017

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

In Act 1, amongst the things, we discuss an a new play performed in a unique place, a milestone for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the soon-to-be new star of Hello, Dolly!

In Act 2, though it may not say so on the calendar yet, for all intents and purposes it is fall, and with the fall comes the unofficial start of the 2017-18 theater season.  We wanted to bring you a preview of not only what is coming to Broadway this fall, but also to Off-Broadway, U.S. regional theaters, and London, too! There is quite a plethora of interesting and ingenious productions coming to stages (and kitchens?!?) this fall.  So, take a listen, and see if something piques your interest!

Did we miss your city?  If so, what excites you about the theater coming to your town?  Let us know!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Oh My Sweet Land: http://www.playbill.com/article/why-new-yorkers-are-turning-their-homes-into-stages-for-a-play-about-syrian-refugees
Edinburgh Fringe: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/09/06/politics-playmaking-collide-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/
Dolly: https://nyti.ms/2xMBYi9
Elizabeth Kemp: https://www.google.com/amp/ew.com/movies/2017/09/04/elizabeth-kemp-dead-lady-gaga/amp/
Doll’s House: https://nyti.ms/2xOwKTa

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And Scene #23 - Happy Labor (in Theater) Day!

September 4, 2017

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

Happy Labor Day (if you’re in the US or Canada)!  We hope you’re kicking back with a cold drink of choice and have thrown something on the grill before you face the fall.

In Act 1, we discuss an Off-Broadway hit heading out on tour, the arrest of a director, some UK musical casting news, and the continues saga of The Great Comet.

In Act 2, we honor Labor Day by taking a look at the various labor unions that work in the professional theater.  From the actors to the stage hands to the press agents to the scenic designers, commercial theater could not run without unionized labor.  This episode provides an overview of these folks and the importance of having the protections unions provide the theater world.  (And sorry box office treasurers for leaving you out. We ran out of time!)

Are you a member of a theater union, or have tried to join one?  What has your experience been?  Let us know, and come on our show!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Percy Jackson: http://www.playbill.com/article/the-lightning-thief-the-percy-jackson-musical-is-heading-on-tour
Russia: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/22/kirill-serebrennikov-arrest-russian-theatre-director-fears-of-clampdown-on-dissent
Cilla: http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-complete-for-world-premiere-of-cillathe-musical
Great Comet: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/theater/great-comet-broadway-race.html?_r=0

If you’d like to hear our interview with Casting Director Joy Dewing and the casting agents’ ongoing effort to unionize, please take a listen to episode #11 (https://andscenepod.podbean.com/e/and-scene-11-casting-w-joy-dewing/).

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And Scene #22 - Meghan’s Trip to Asia

August 28, 2017

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

Meghan is back!!!  And not a moment too soon. In Act 1, we discuss a Broadway return, a test of theatrical knowledge, and, unfortunately, another passing in the theater world.

In Act 2, Meghan discusses her recent trip to Asia.  We have a great discussion on the program she participated in where she imparted her knowledge of theater techniques on teachers looking to find new ways to reach their students.  But her trip didn’t end there!  Meghan also relates the other theater experiences she had while visiting, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Madagascar!

Have you had any theater experiences out in Asia or other places Americans don’t usually get to?  Are you in Asia and would like to discuss theater near you?  Let us know, and come on our show!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Denzel: http://www.playbill.com/article/denzel-washington-to-star-in-the-iceman-cometh-on-broadway
AITAF: https://aitaf.org/
Top 10 Directors: http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-101-10-directors-every-broadway-history-nerd-should-know
Thomas Meehan: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Book-Writer-of-ANNIE-HAIRSPRAY--Thomas-Meehan-Passes-Away-at-88-20170822

If you speak read Mandarin, here are a couple digests on Meghan’s program:
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/y6NO6YrJYYyaoiN3djgVoQ 
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/6LPoZ03-PCSg5T4OU67UWQ 

Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatic Show in Beijing: http://www.chaoyangtheatre.com/
Tokyo Disney Sea: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/  
Ko Shan Theatre in Hong Kong: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/kst/
Zara Aina: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/6LPoZ03-PCSg5T4OU67UWQ

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And Scene #21 - Getting to Know You……..More!

August 21, 2017

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

Meghan is back in the USA, but jet lag is a doozy, so she is off for one more week.  Fear not!  She will be back on the show next week!  Mike is flying this episode solo, so he has some quick updates on the comings and goings of the theater world this week.  In Act 1, Mike discusses the closing of Groundhog Day, the departure of Ben Platt, the arrival of a new musical, the lead casting of a returning show, and the expansion of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s empire.

For Act 2, as Meghan is still away, and Mike is heading out for the weekend, we bring to you one of our other test episodes.  This was our original Getting To Know You episode, but it covered different topics than the one that aired a couple months back.  So, take a listen and learn a little more about your hosts.  Remember, this is an EARLY episode, and we like to think we’ve improved as podcasters since then!

Meghan will be back next week, but we would still love for you to come on our show!  Would you like to join us and discuss your love of theater?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Groundhog Day: http://www.playbill.com/article/groundhog-day-sets-broadway-closing-date
Ben Platt: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Fans-Take-to-Social-Media-to-Thank-Ben-Platt-for-His-Performance-as-Evan-Hansen-20170815-twitter
Getting the Band: http://www.playbill.com/article/gettin-the-band-back-together-sets-2018-broadway-opening
Once On This Island: http://www.playbill.com/article/once-on-this-island-broadway-revival-casts-ti-moune
ALW: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-Strikes-Deal-for-Musical-Theatre-Advancement-in-China-20170816

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And Scene #20 - Behind the Curtain w/ Robert W. Schneider & Kevin David Thomas

August 14, 2017

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

With Meghan still away (in Madagascar now!), Mike has the pleasure of bringing back two-time guest Robert W. Schneider.  But this time, Rob has brought his podcast co-host, Kevin David Thomas!  In Act 1, Mike, Rob, and Kevin discuss the latest innovation in musicals, the exciting casting news for Once On This Island, and another sad passing, this time the legendary Barbara Cook.

In Act 2, the guys discuss Rob and Kevin’s wonderful podcast Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends. On their show, Rob and Kevin speak to the famous and not-as-famous professionals that have shaped professional theater in New York and around the country.  From actors to composers to makeup artists to lawyers, their show is a living chronicle of Broadway history, and Mike gets to hear some of their best stories!

Do you have any great Broadway stories?  Is there anyone you’d like to hear Rob and Kevin interview?  Let us (and them!) know!!  Rob’s Twitter account is @RobWSchneider, Kevin’s is @KevDavThom, and their show’s is @BroadwayCurtain.

Also, with Meghan away, I still need cohosts!  Would you like to come on the show and discuss your love of theater?  Please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

SOURCES
Podcast Musical: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-two-unknown-composers-gotn-jonathan-groff-to-star-in-their-podcast-musical
Lea Salonga: http://www.playbill.com/article/lea-salonga-alex-newell-and-more-join-once-on-this-island-on-broadway
Barbara Cook: https://www.broadwayworld.com//article/Legendary-Barbara-Cook-Has-Passed-Away-at-89-20170808

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