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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And Scene #19 - Building a Musical w/ Patricia Noonan

August 7, 2017

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

Meghan is still in China, so Mike is joined this week by actor, librettist, and lyricist, Patricia Noonan!  In Act 1, Mike and Patricia discuss the unfortunate passing of Sam Shepard, casting news for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and a new accessory line every theater lover can support.

In Act 2, Patricia, book and lyrics writer for the new musical Sweetwater, discusses what it is like to be a “baby writer” of musicals, what are some of the pitfalls to avoid when doing so, and the challenges of dramatizing historical subjects.  Mike and Patricia also discuss the inspiration for writing Sweetwater, its current status, and what direction the writing team is taking now.

Have you ever tried writing a theatrical piece, let alone a full-blown musical?  Tell us about your experience.  What other questions would you like answered by musical writers?  Let us know!!

Also, with Meghan away, I 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
Sam Shepard: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Playwright-Director-and-Actor-Sam-Shepard-Passes-Away-at-73-20170731
Harry Potter: http://www.playbill.com/article/original-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-trio-to-reunite-on-broadway-additional-casting-announced
Scenery Bags: http://www.dancespirit.com/bags-made-from-theater-backdrops-2467927253.html

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And Scene #18 - Theater Professionalism w/ Peter Lockyer

July 31, 2017

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

Meghan is in China (ni hao, Meghan!), so Mike is joined this week by friend of the podcast, Peter Lockyer!  In Act 1, the guys discuss three bits of theater news on a Steve Jobs opera, a Robin Hood musical, and a Great Comet drama.

For Act 2, Pete brings up the topic of theater (and more specifically, actor) professionalism.  What are some Dos and Don’ts for behavior when you are rehearsing, performing, and even leaving a production.  While some of this advice is related to Pete and MIke’s time working on Broadway, it is applicable, really, to any production: amateur or professional. 

What do YOU think?  Do you have any tricks of the trade that you think are essential to being a good theater teammate?  Any behavior that puts you off as a crew member?  How would you like to see your fellow company members behave?  Let us know!!

Also, with Meghan away, I 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
Steve Jobs: https://theringer.com/steve-jobs-opera-d4764d57eef7
Robin Hood: http://variety.com/2017/legit/reviews/hood-review-musical-2-1202505192/
Great Comet: http://www.playbill.com/article/mandy-patinkin-will-return-to-broadway-in-the-great-comet
http://www.playbill.com/article/mandy-patinkin-withdraws-from-broadways-the-great-comet

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And Scene #17 - Asian Theater History Pop Quiz!

July 24, 2017

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

This week, in Act 1, we discuss casting for NBC’s live TV production of A Few Good Men, one theater company’s shaming of millennials, and a teacher using performance to address race in school.

In Act 2, with Meghan heading off to Asia for the next few weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some Asian theater history.  Now, we know our Greek theater history show wasn’t….the most entertaining, shallow say.  So, we’re changing it up.  Get your #2 pencils and Sacntron sheets, because it’s time for a Pop Quiz!!

How did you do?  We know we didn’t cover all of Asian theater, so what other topics would you like to discuss?  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!

Also, with Meghan away, I need cohosts!  Would you like to come on the show and discuss your love of theater? 

Reach out to 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
A Few Good Men: http://tvline.com/2017/07/17/a-few-good-men-cast-alec-baldwin-nbc-nathan-jessup/
Success Academy: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/health/school-conversation-about-race-trnd/index.html

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And Scene #16 - Stage to Screen Gems

July 17, 2017

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

This week, in Act 1, we discuss the Theater Olympics (who knew?!), the latest Disney animated film to (possibly) come to Broadway, and Shakespeare on TV.

In Act 2, with the summer movie season in full swing, and Emmy nominations just announced, we thought it would be fun to look at some of our favorite Stage to Screen adaptations.  These aren’t necessarily the “best” such adaptations, but ones that we believe exhibit how television or film can enhance an already powerful stage play or musical.

Which plays and musicals do you believe were best adapted for the small or silver screens?  Let us know!  As well, 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!  Please reach out to 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
Theater Olympics: http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-253691.html
Hercules: http://www.playbill.com/article/stage-adaptation-of-disneys-hercules-is-in-the-works
Will: https://nyti.ms/2uZhSyL
1776: https://longreads.com/2017/07/06/the-1972-movie-of-the-1969-musical-1776/

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And Scene #15 - Composing Music for the Theater w/ Ross Somerville

July 10, 2017

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

We are back after the holiday, rested and ready to tackle some more theater topics for the summer. This week, in Act 1, we discuss the healing power of theater (literally!), some great things schools are doing with theater grants, and what if Broadway “could turn back time.”

In Act 2, while Mike was away on vacation, Meghan interviewed theater artist and composer Ross Somerville (@sombreroville91).  Ross discusses his process for writing music for theatrical productions, how being an actor helps his composing, and the ways in which a director’s personality can effect the writing process.

Have you ever thought about how the music was written for a piece of theater?  Ever tried composing yourself?  Tell us about it!  As well, please let us know what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  Please reach out to 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
Healing Drama: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-theatre-and-drama-can-have-healing-powers
Lobero Theatre: https://www.noozhawk.com/article/boxtales
Theater & Education: http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20170705/NEWS/170709724
Pride: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/five-gay-plays-changed-world/
Cher: http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-aimed-the-cher-show-will-get-month-long-october-lab

MUSIC
Spice Girls, “Wannabe”, Spice, Virgin Records, 1996
Mogwai, “Hungry Face”, Les Revenants, Rock Action, 2013
Ross Somerville, “It’s Never Black and White”, Winter Sun, 2016
Ross Somerville, “Celia”, Kara Sevda, 2017

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And Scene #14 - Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2017

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

It’s the Fourth of July!  Happy Birthday, America!  With Mike on vacation, and folks kicking back and throwing some food on the grill, we decided to keep this week’s episode short and sweet with a couple of news items related to American theater (and drive-in theater?!?!).

Take it easy this week, enjoy the holiday, and we’ll be back next week with a full episode on composing music for the theater.

Our best ideas for episode subjects come from our listeners, so please reach out to 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

Bruce Springsteen: http://nypost.com/2017/06/16/bruce-springsteen-heads-to-broadway-this-fall/

Drive-Ins: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2017/06/17/drive--movies-thrive-streaming-world/102665316/

Dave Chapelle: https://nyti.ms/2slbQdV 

Morgan Green: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/06/21/sharon-playhouse-where-the-director-drives-the-whole-season/

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And Scene #13 - Auditioning w/ Peter Lockyer

June 26, 2017

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

First, apologies for the audio issues with Mike’s track. Our online studio is still working to fix the problem!

In Act 1, we discuss this week’s theater news & notes, including the success of touring productions this past season, some big changes at London’s Young Vic, and Meghan is going somewhere else this summer?!

In Act 2, we welcome back Broadway and West End actor, Peter Lockyer!  Pete is here to talk about auditioning.  Think of it as a companion episode to Episode #11 with Joy Dewing — just from the other side of the table.  Pete offers his advice on how auditioners should comport themselves in the room, his thoughts on technology’s creep into casting, and how he thinks the auditioning process can be improved.

What are your thoughts on auditioning?  Can you think of any ways that would improve the process?  Have you been on both sides of the table, and how has one informed the other?  Let us know!  Please reach out to 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

Young Vic: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40248106

Touring: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-is-broadway-doing-on-the-road

Madagascar: http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Musical-Theatre-of-Anthem-presents-MADAGASCAR-JR-2017061

Leslie Odom Jr.: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Leslie-Odom-Jr-Signs-Book-Deal-with-Macmillan-Release-Set-for-March-2018-20170609

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And Scene #12 - Tony Awards Wrap-Up w/ Robert W. Schneider

June 19, 2017

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

First, apologies for the audio issues with Mike’s track. Our online studio is working to fix the problem!

In Act 1, we discuss this week’s theater news & notes, including the current drama around the Central Park production of Julius Caesar, playbill.com's new FREE ticket program, and the curious casting for the tour of The Curious Incident!!

In Act 2, we welcome back host of the Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends podcast, Robert W. Schneider!  Rob, who had reviewed the Tony nominations with us, returns to discuss the Tony Awards show: the winners and losers, the surprises and disappointments, and the ways to improve the show next year. 

What did you think of the Tony Awards?  Did anything surprise you?  Did you like Kevin Spacey as host?  How would you improve the show?  Let us know!  Please reach out to 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

Julius Caesar: http://deadline.com/2017/06/free-theater-threaten-fallout-julius-caesar-rally-1202113393/

Playbill Clubseats: http://www.playbill.com/clubseats

Mickey Rowe: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mickey-rowe-autism_us_59130afde4b050bdca6112d7?utm_hp_ref=theatre

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And Scene #11 - Casting w/ Joy Dewing

June 12, 2017

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

In Act 1, we discuss this week’s theater news & notes, including the gender equality efforts of the group Waking the Feminists, the veteran rehabilitation efforts of the group Bravo 22 Company, and Meghan’s efforts to teach folks in China how to innovate using theater!!

In Act 2, we welcome casting director Joy Dewing.  Sadly, Meghan was in a rehearsal of her own, so Mike and Joy talk about how one becomes a casting director, the Do’s and Don’t’s for auditioners, how to build your vocal book, and why you should never call her a casting “agent”.  We also discuss the current movement by casting directors to unionize for better security.  It’s quite an interesting conversation, and some great insight into what the folks on “the other side of the table” are thinking.  If you are starting your professional acting career, you must listen to this episode!

Do you have any questions, comments, or horror stories from your times in the audition room?   Let us know!  Please reach out to 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

Stacey Keach:
http://www.playbill.com/article/goodman-theatre-confirms-stacy-keach-suffered-onstage-heart-attack-during-pamplona

Waking the Feminists:
https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/the-abbey-welcomes-wakingthefeminists-research/
http://www.wakingthefeminists.org/

iSTAN:
https://i-stan.org/istan.html

Rachel Hoffman CD Unionization Letter:
http://www.theensemblist.com/blog/2017/6/7/what-my-community-is-asking-for-is-fairness

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