And Scene #63 - Summer Announcement

June 18, 2018

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

Hear ye! Hear ye!  We have an announcement!

As you hear this, summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) is a handful go days away.  And with it, folks will be going on vacation, pursuing new adventures, and generally recharging their batteries.  Well, we here at the And Scene podcast are going to do the same.

After 62 episodes over 63 weeks )even we took off for Christmas/New Year’s!), we have decided to take a break.  Call it a sabbatical.  Meghan is headed to India for a month, while Mike  will enjoy some time with his family. 

So, what does that mean for the show?  Well, in real terms, you won’t be hearing our dulcet tones for a couple months.  More importantly, however, it means that when we come back in the fall, we will be refreshed and ready to bring you more of the great theater content you have come to know.

Until then, we will still be active on our social media accounts, and we still want to hear from you.  Let us know what you’ve liked about the show, and what maybe didn’t work as well for you.  What topics would you like to hear about come fall?  What people would you like to hear from?  Let us know!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, @mikenjd, and @meghancrosby, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, on Instagram at @andscenepod, 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 know we have some very passionate listeners who have stood by us over the past 15 months.  We appreciate you, and hope that you will stick with us when we return this fall. 

Thank you for listening!  See you in September!

 

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 #62 - The 2018 Tony Awards

June 12, 2018

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

There is no Act 1 this week because there is only one bit of news to talk about: it’s the Tony Awards!  We discuss our reactions to the winners, also-rans (because there are no losers), the show itself, and check in on our over/under predictions from last week.

We brought you this episode really fast, so please excuse any stammering or weird pauses!

What did you think of the Tonys, audience?  Did you enjoy the show?  What did you think of the hosts?  What were your favorite, and least favorite, performances?  What surprised you?  What moved you?  Let us know!

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!). 

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!

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

Thank you for listening!


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 #61 - Tony Awards Over/Under

June 4, 2018

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

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including a revolution in the movie theater experience, a new and interesting partner for live theater, and an update on a prima ballerina.

Then in Act 2, we are anticipating the 72nd annual Tony Awards!  While the awards themselves, and the recognition of the great work of the community, are paramount, that doesn’t mean it has to be so serious!  So, we’re talking this week about perhaps some of the sillier aspects of the show, and look at some over/under bets we can make on the show.  What is an over/under bet?  Listen and find out!!

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
Online Movie Theater: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180524005579/en/Cinesseum-Vision-Online-Movie-Theatre-Revolution

Audible: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/theater/audible-minetta-lane-theater.html
Copeland: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/05/21/us/misty-copeland-ballet-race-boss-files/index.html


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 #60 - Diversity in Playwriting, Part 3

May 28, 2018

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

In Act 1, we bring you the latest theater news including a very exciting update on last week’s guests, the Lazour Brothers, NBC’s newest live TV musical production, and whether criticism of “the Tony Awards are a commercial” is warranted.

Then in Act 2, we have part 3 of our ongoing series of Diversity in Playwriting.  This time, we bring you brief summaries of the work of our first writers in this series that dabble in musical theater: David Henry Hwang and Kirsten Childs!

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
Lazour Bros: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/05/22/art-2018-19-season-to-contain-3-world-premieres/
Hair: http://tvline.com/2018/05/24/hair-live-nbc-musical-spring-2019/
Soft Power: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/soft-power-david-henry-hwangs-political-fantasia-envisions-an-inclusive-future-9461432

Tonys: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2018/05/23/the-tony-awards-crass-commercial-or-necessary-institution/amp/

Kirsten Childs The Interval Interview: http://www.theintervalny.com/interviews/2017/07/an-interview-with-kirsten-childs/
Bubbly Black Girl Review: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/theater/the-bubbly-black-girl-sheds-her-chameleon-skin-review.html


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 #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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