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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And Scene #45 - Sensory-Friendly Productions w/ Matt Belopavlovich

February 12, 2018

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

This week we are joined by a special guest: Lead Theater Teacher at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida — Matthew Belopavlovich (honesthespian.wordpress.com)!

In Act 1, we discuss children’s theater in Minnesota, women in theater in Louisville and Washington, D.C., and Theatre in Paris.

Then, in Act 2, Matt Belopavlovich joins us to discuss his work at the Patel Conservatory (@PatelConserv) at the Straz Center in Tampa (@StrazCenter). After getting his start in theater in high school and college, and taking a turn at Disney World, Matt has found himself working with incredible students in Florida.  Specifically, Matt and the Patel have a curriculum that highlights sensory-friendly theater — something we have highlighted a number of times on the show.  Listen as Matt takes us through the Conservatory’s program, the benefits of these performances for folks with special needs, and the great work and support he and his school are bringing to, and receiving from, the Tampa community.

What do you think?  Have you been to the Patel Conservatory or Straz Center?  Do you or someone you know attend sensory-friendly performances?  What is it like?  How does it enhance your enjoyment of theater?  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
Corduroy: https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/Childrens-Theatre-Company-Presents-World-Premiere-Of-CORDUROY-20180201
Paris: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-english-speakers-can-get-a-taste-of-fine-french-theatre
Louisville: http://www.playbill.com/article/women-playwrights-lead-2018-humana-festival-world-premieres
D.C.: http://www.playbill.com/article/14-playwrights-directors-on-why-womens-contributions-to-theatre-are-vital

Patel Conservatory: https://www.strazcenter.org/Arts-Education/Patel-Conservatory 
https://www.facebook.com/PatelConservatory/

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And Scene #44 - News Round-Up

February 5, 2018

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

Mike is away at DisneyWorld celebrating his birthday with family, so we have a short episode rounding up some news and notes.  We’ll be back next week with a regular episode, and Mike’s report on the theatrical aspects of Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

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

NEWS SOURCES
Donmar Warehouse: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42648870?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c008ql15v4yt/theatre&link_location=live-reporting-story
Off-Bway Theater: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2018/01/17/off-broadway-theater-isnt-dying-its-evolving-and-its-more-profitable-than-ever/#7c280f61f6a1
Vicky Featherstone: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42558320
Every Brilliant Thing: http://www.dailytribune.com/arts-and-entertainment/20180118/tipping-point-theatre-brilliantly-shines-light-of-hope-on-depression
Cuba Gooding Jr: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42365991
Playbill: http://www.playbill.com/article/playbills-ultimate-guide-to-broadway-ticket-buying

 

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And Scene #43 - Phantom’s 30th & What Makes for a Record-Breaking Show?

January 29, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the summer lineups for Encores Off Center and Shakespeare in the Park, and adaptations moving back and forth between stage and screen.

Then, in Act 2, Mike was fortunate enough to attend The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, so he recounts the performance, people and party that helped ring in Phantom’s fourth decade on Broadway!  With Phantom being the longest running show in Broadway history, we thought it was an apt time to discuss why certain shows become record breakers.  What are the elements contained in those shows that allow them to run for decades?  We discuss.

What do you think?  What qualities do you believe allow a show to run for years and years on end?  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
Encores: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/01/18/encores-off-center-announces-2018-summer-season/
Shakespeare in the Park: http://www.playbill.com/article/othello-and-a-return-of-twelfth-night-tapped-for-shakespeare-in-the-park
Prom Queen: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/thames-valley-school-board-restore-prom-queen-the-musical-funding-1.4500443
The Rose: http://www.playbill.com/article/bette-midler-film-the-rose-being-adapted-for-broadway
West Side Story: http://www.playbill.com/article/steven-spielberg-and-tony-kushner-west-side-story-remake-issues-casting-call

Phantom Empire State Building: https://www.facebook.com/ThePhantomOfTheOpera/videos/10155051053192051/

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And Scene #42 - Theater 101 - Stages

January 22, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss friend of the podcast Robert W. Schneider (@RobWSchneider) bringing a TV classic game show to Broadway, one theater’s response to the #MeToo movement, and some updates to previous News items.

In Act 2, we being one of our Theater 101 episodes by discussing the different types of theater/stages on which productions can be performed.  What are the pros and cons of using a proscenium stage?  What about an alley theater?  Or an end stage?  Find out in this week’s episode!

What types of theaters have you performed on?  Have you directed a play?  What kind of staging did you use?  What worked, and what didn’t?  Let us know!  We would also 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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Broadway Match Game: https://54below.com/events/broadway-match-game/
Circle Theatre: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Circle-Theatres-World-Premiere-THE-CONDITION-OF-FEMME-to-Explore-the-Many-Facets-of-Rape-Culture-20180117
Moulin Rouge: http://www.playbill.com/article/dates-set-for-world-premiere-of-moulin-rouge-musical-in-boston
Russia: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/theater/russian-theater-directors-house-arrest-is-extended.html

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And Scene #41 - NYC Theater Restaurants

January 15, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the healing power of theater in Colombia, who attended Broadway productions in 2017, and some shocking stats about theater in Indiana.

In Act 2, we know some of you might be making plans to come to New York City to see some theater during Spring Break, or this summer. So, where are you going to eat?  Well, allow us to provide you with some ideas on where to dine pre- and post-show, both near Times Square, and downtown.  From legendary Broadway haunts, to places you can plan your own theater empire, we present to you this week some great places to dine and drink when attending NYC theater.

Do you have any favorite bars or restaurants in New York City?  Any places you love to sit and talk about the show you just saw?  Let us know!  We would also 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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Colombia: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-latin-america-42493885
Bway Attendance: https://www.amny.com/entertainment/broadway-shows-attendance-1.16038562
Evansville: http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/evansville-theatre-ranks-high-on-world-list/906924526
Go-Gos: http://www.playbill.com/article/go-gos-musical-head-over-heels-eyes-summer-broadway-bow-at-the-hudson-theatre

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And Scene #40 - Top 5 Dream Roles

January 8, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the comings and goings of the D.C. theater scene, Broadways HUGE take at the 2017 box office, the latest production at Playwrights Horizons, and Mike takes a point of personal privilege to discuss Broadway in inclement weather.

In Act 2, we know that perhaps our acting glory days are behind us, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about roles we would love to play!  This week we discuss our Top 5 Dream Roles.  We each considered our own criteria, so take a listen and see which roles we would still love to play.  Any producers out there want to cast us?!?

What about you?  What are your dream roles?  Let us know!  We would also 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 iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
DC Theater: https://dctheatrescene.com/2018/01/04/big-changes-coming-2018/
Broadway Grosses: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/broadway-pulverizes-annual-box-office-record-hurdling-16-billion-1070517
Mankind: https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/mankind/

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