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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And Scene #10 - News of the (Theater) World

June 5, 2017

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

Taking a page from one particular theater genre, we had to improvise this week, and present to you an entire episode of News & Notes from around the globe.  Take a listen to hear how companies in Utah, Israel, South Africa, and more are innovating to bring education, diversity and understanding to their people.  Links to all of the stories we discuss are below.

Do you have any theater news you’d like us to talk about?  Any particular country’s theater scene on which you’d like more information?  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:

New York

San Francisco

Utah

UK

South Africa

Israel

Japan

Colombia

HowlRound.com

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And Scene #9 - Broadway B Sides

May 29, 2017

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

In Act 1, we have news of Broadway’s financial health, a possible frontrunner for the 2018 Tonys, and the merits of post-performance talkbacks (http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2017/5/24/david-mamet-doesnt-want-you-to-talk-about-david-mamet-after-seeing-a-david-mamet-play). 

In Act 2, we wanted to have a little fun and discuss those showtunes that don’t find themselves on Best of Broadway albums, but remain near and dear to our hearts.  We call them Broadway B Sides!  (And for those of you who have no idea what a “B Side” is, don’t worry, we explain that, too!) Listen in as we discuss why certain lesser-known songs from musicals as diverse as Guys and Dolls to Hedwig and the Angry Inch strike a chord with us.

What are your favorite Broadway B Sides?  Is there a little-loved song that really moves you, even on your hundredth time listening to it?  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!

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And Scene #8 - “Mama’s Got the Stuff” - Parent Artist Advocacy w/ Rachel Spencer Hewitt

May 22, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by actress and activist Rachel Spencer Hewitt (@RachelSHewitt)! 

In Act 1, we talk about the veritable deluge of live musicals coming to TV this upcoming season, another new theater sprouting up in the UK, and some summer theater festivals that are coming to different parts of the U.S. (https://nyti.ms/2qzoIfG). 

In Act 2, the founder of auditioningmom.com and the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAALtheatre.com), Rachel Spencer Hewitt, talks to us about the League’s mission to address an often overlooked contingency of the theater world: the working parent-artist.  Rachel highlights for us the obstacles parents working in the theater face, and ways producers and the theater community at large can help parents overcome those obstacles and moderate their work-life balance.  Most importantly, we discuss upcoming fora PAAL is hosting to hear from parent-artists about the hurdles they have to overcome in pursuing the two most important parts of their lives: their artistic vocation, and their dedication to caregiving (see dates below).

Are you a parent working in the theater?  Are you thinking about starting a family and want a heads up on what to expect?  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.

MOTHERHOOD IN THEATRE: BREAKING THE SILENCE 2017 FORA
Forum Philadelphia (6/10): http://tinyurl.com/PAALPhiladelphia
Forum NJ (6/11): https://tinyurl.com/PAALnewjersey
Forum NYC (6/12): https://tinyurl.com/PAALnewyork

Facebook: /PAALperformingarts
Twitter: @PAALtheatre
Blog: PAALblog.wordpress.com
Source: AuditioningMom.com
Source Twitter: @AuditioningMom

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And Scene #7 - Theater Photography w/ Marc J Franklin

May 15, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by theater photographer, Marc J. Franklin (@MarcJFranklin)! 

In Act 1, we talk about the somewhat surprising sweeps of the non-Tony awards handed out this week, some new theaters both home and abroad, and the announcement of NBC’s latest foray into televised musicals. 

In Act 2, Marc joins us to discuss his career as a photographer working in and around the theater.  Marc is the staff photographer for playbill.com so you’ve most definitely seen his work — whether you’ve known it or not!  Marc gives us some hints on how to prepare for a headshot session, what equipment to buy if you’re a budding photographer, and what happens when a cruise-goer knock int your F-stop!

What are your experiences with theatrical photography?  Have you posed for a production photo call?  Any headshot horror stories?  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.

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And Scene #6 - Tony, Tony w/ Rob W. Schneider

May 8, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by theater professor and host of the Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends podcast (https://behindthecurtainbroadwayslivinglegends.wordpress.com/), Robert W. Schneider (@RobWSchneider)! 

In Act 1, we talk about what some theater troupes are doing to serve specialized audiences, Broadway gypsies taking it all off for charity, and the boy wizard’s arrival on the Great White Way. 

In Act 2, Rob joins us to discuss the 2017 Tony Awards nominations.  Who are the nominees?  Who will win, and who should win?  There is no Hamilton-sized juggernaut this year, so the top awards all seem to be up for grabs, and lead to some interesting conversation about the trends on Broadway.

Tell us your opinions on this year’s Tony nominations!  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.

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