Musical Theatre Radio presents "Be Our Guest"
By Jean Paul Yovanoff
Be Our Guest with Kirk Cambridge-Del Pesche
Born on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an eclectic mix of races. Exposed from childhood by his grandparents and mother to a mix of cultures, foods and people developed an understanding of hard work and sacrifice, always giving 110% to what he does has indeed made for a unique individual. Having worked for MAC Cosmetics, Broadway, Tours, TV, Ballet, Opera Boston and NY Symphony Orchestras, has curated a unique outlook on colour, techniques and applications. "KCD" designed the make-up and was Hair & Make-up Supervisor for Shakespeare in the Park's "Merry Wives" to reopen Broadway, made Broadway debut as Make-up Designer for "Trouble In Mind" followed by "Clyde's", "Skelton Crew", "Confederates", "Sand Blasted", "Birthday Candles", "Skin Of Our Teeth", "For Colored Girls", "A Strange Loop" and "POTUS".
August 14, 2022
Be Our Guest with Grace Aki
From Japanese and American Southern roots, Grace has a taste for many cultures. And though she be little, standing at a whopping 4'10.5 (the half makes a big difference), she be fierce. She began dancing at 3, doing voice overs for radio and acting by 5 and became enthralled in storytelling and drama. Before graduating high school, she had already hosted several shows for a travel series, announced on air for FRIDAYS on Cartoon Network, became an award-winning mime, and failed algebra three times. Grace is the reigning Miss North Georgia Agricultural Fair Queen because upon her crowning, she was promised a funnel cake. Moving from her hometown of Dalton, GA to Chattanooga, TN, Grace became a choreographer and marketing director for a regional theatre company. Following her win for Best Actress Award for her role as Princess Fiona in Shrek (at the historic Tivoli Theatre), Grace moved to NYC. She graduated from Upright Citizen's Brigade and The Barrow Group’s respective performing programs. It was under the training of Seth Barrish (Mike Birbiglia’s The New One) that she developed a solo play entitled ‘To Free a Mockingbird.’ As a comedian, she hosts the comedy show “SWEET MEAT.” She is the host of the storytelling podcast ‘Tell me on a Sunday’, and a daily Broadway News correspondent for Broadway Radio. Grace is the Marketing Strategist for the Grammy Award Winning Record Label, Broadway Records. As a visual artist, she sells her watercolor and ink prints on Etsy and in retail establishments across the US. When she’s not doing all that, she feeds her cat. Website: graceaki.com/
August 07, 2022
Be Our Guest with Matt Kerns (St. Lou Fringe Festival)
Matt is the President & Artistic Director of the St. Lou Fringe Festival. St Lou Fringe Mission Statement: ST LOU FRINGE BUILDS COMMUNITY BY NURTURING DIVERSE INDEPENDENT ARTISTS AND PRODUCING A WORLD-CLASS MULTIDISCIPLINARY ANNUAL FESTIVAL WHERE WE CHAMPION UNCENSORED WORK, CONNECT WORK-MAKERS TO AUDIENCES, AND EDUCATE AND ENGAGE THE LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND GLOBAL CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORK OF INDEPENDENT ARTS. Website: www.stlfringe.org
August 01, 2022
Be Our Guest with Christopher Geil
Husband to Amy. Dad to Eric, Jaron, Wesley, Christian, Rana, and Meagan. “Who is that dude?” to everyone else. Ex-Wannabe Rocker. Past Present and Future Song Writer. Occasional Worship Leader. Reluctant Actor, Frequent Director. Current Teacher. “I read about Cædmon in my devotional book (Celtic Daily Prayer) in 2005. When I got the itch to ‘write something’ years later, he was still there waiting. I like him. I think you may like him too.” Website: https://caedmonmusical.com/
July 31, 2022
Be Our Guest with Zachary Harris Martin
Zach is a working Canadian/American actor and playwright in New York City. Website: www.zacharyhmartin.com/
July 24, 2022
Be Our Guest with Nico Juber
Nico Juber (she/her) is an award-winning musical theatre composer, lyricist, bookwriter, and Millennial mother of two. Her songs have been selected for and performed at the Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) Art of Wellness Benefit, A Little New Music, The Latest Draft Podcast, New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series, McGuire & Simon Songwriter’s Salon, Feinstein’s/Vitellos mostlyNEWmusicals, Drama League Light the Lights Benefit (with collaborator Selena Seballo), The Green Room 42, and Feinstein's/54 Below. She is a member of Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, Maestra, and Ring of Keys. Nico holds a B.A. from Tufts University and previously worked in high-tech marketing. She gives back through her small nonprofit for other cancer survivors called Thrive/Survive Los Angeles. Website: www.nicojuber.com/
July 17, 2022
Be Our Guest with Katie Damer (Dots and Dashes: A Bletchley Park Musical)
Katie is a member of the company ChopLogic which has its debut production 'Dots and Dashes: A Bletchley Park Musical' A musical ode to the unsung heroes of World War Two, at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. More Info: https://linktr.ee/dotsanddashes
July 14, 2022
Be Our Guest with Jordan May
Jordan is the creator of 'Fixer: A New Musical' More Info: imaginationworks.ca/
July 11, 2022
Be Our Guest with Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation. She is also the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein's/54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. She is the creator of The Jonathan Larson Project and historian consultant on the upcoming film version of tick, tick...BOOM! Tepper was recently named recipient of a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. As the leader of Feinstein's/54 Below's creative programming team, Tepper is responsible for programming every show at the Broadway supper club and concert venue. She has curated and overseen the production of over 3500 shows, ranging from musicals in concert, to original solo acts, to theatrical reunions, to songwriter celebrations, and beyond. Feinstein's/54 Below has become notable for being the only venue of its kind: presenting over a dozen shows every week, specializing in Broadway acts, and welcoming both traditional cabaret and innovative new work. Tepper's leadership has been instrumental in making the locale "Broadway's Living Room", where on any given night one can find Broadway's biggest stars and emerging talents side by side, creating and sharing new work in an intimate theatrical environment. Tepper is the co-creator of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, now in its 7th year. ...Runs A Minute celebrates short-lived Broadway and off-Broadway musicals in concerts that feature photos and research as well as songs. Each concert also boasts original cast members and writers telling stories, as well as songs that have never been recorded. The series thus far has comprised over 250 performers and over 200 'under-appreciated' shows. AM New York has called the series: "Artistically compelling... displays the blood, guts, sweat and tears that go into making Broadway shows." Her most recent contribution to the concert world is The Jonathan Larson Project, an evening of the RENT composer’s unheard work. After years of research at the Library of Congress, Tepper curated a show featuring songs from Larson’s never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia, songs that were cut from RENT and tick tick BOOM, songs that had never been heard before. After a celebrated twelve-performance run at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the show was forever immortalized by Ghostlight Records. As a writer, Tepper has authored three volumes of The Untold Stories of Broadway series, published by Dress Circle. For these books, Tepper interviewed 250 theatre professionals about the Broadway theaters themselves and their stories of working in each house. The books cover over 70 years of our theatrical history, shared through first-hand interviews with Broadway professionals who were there. The Untold Stories of Broadway books comprise stories with actors, producers, directors, writers, designers, stagehands, door men and women, musicians, house managers, press agents, ushers, and many more. Interspersed with interviewees' stories are Tepper's own tales and discoveries about each historic building. The Untold Stories of Broadway partners with a charitable organization that receives proceeds from each volume, and is currently partnered with Broadway Impact, the Theatre Development Fund, and the Broadway Green Alliance. Published in 2013, 2014, and 2016, each book has occupied the #1 spot on Amazon.com's Best Sellers List in Broadway & Musicals. NBC New York has called the books an 'inspiring Must-Read'.
July 03, 2022
Be Our Guest with Jocelyn Bertram
Jocelyn is a musical theatre performer based in Toronto, Ontario. Since graduating from St. Clair College's Musical Theatre Performance Program, she had incredible opportunities to perform, direct, and teach. When Jocelyn isn't performing, you can find her running her musical theatre blog Both Sides of the Curtain and co-hosting fan favourite theatre podcast Breaking The Curtain. Jocelyn Bertram Website Both Sides of the Curtain Blog Breaking the Curtain Podcast
June 26, 2022
Be Our Guest with Dennis Garnhum (Grand Theatre)
Dennis Garnhum was hired as the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in 2016; a move that was a coming home for Dennis. Growing up in London, his theatre career began at the Grand with a role in Antler River at age 13. Since his return to London, Dennis has created several new programs: COMPASS New Play Development Program, 100 Schools educational outreach, and 1000 Seats community initiative. He also launched a new partnership with Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Program that partners with the Grand’s High School Project. Dennis’ career has taken him across North America, directing plays, musicals, and operas at a number of companies including Vancouver Opera, National Arts Centre, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Florida Grand Opera, American Conservancy Theatre (A.C.T.), Bard on the Beach, Pacific Opera Victoria, Belfry Theatre, and Neptune Theatre. His co-adaptation (with author Cathy Ostlere) of Lost – A Memoir was nominated for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. Grand Theatre Website
June 19, 2022
Be Our Guest with Eric Pugh (The Muny)
Eric is the Director of Marketing at The Muny in St. Louis Missouri. The Muny
June 12, 2022
Be Our Guest with Stephen Maclean Rogers and Jake Cohen (The Sages of Chelm)
The Sages of Chelm is playing at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts June 19-26th, 2022 https://www.segalcentre.org/
June 10, 2022
Be Our Guest with Michael Gordon Shapiro and Aimee Reid (Gideon and the Blundersnorp)
Michael Gordon Shapiro Los Angeles-based Michael Gordon Shapiro composes for film, games, television, theater, and the concert hall. Classically trained, he delivers a romantic sound that blends the acoustic orchestra, evocative soloists, and organic-sounding electronics. Michael’s background spans both film/television scoring and the more technical discipline of music for games. He entered the game world as audio director of Boston-based Zoesis Studios, where he composed live orchestral scores and designed the studio’s adaptive music system. Michael is also an active composer for musical theatre; his children’s show Super Sidekick: The Musical is published by Samuel French / Concord Theatricals and has been performed in front of young audiences throughout the United States, including Off-Broadway in 2012. His family musicals Gideon and the Blundersnorp and The Bully Problem have won numerous awards and nominations, including (for “Gideon”) Best Musical at the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Aimee Reid Aimee is a Toledo-area native, graduating from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of arts degree in theatre for youth and puppetry. Post-bachelor’s, she was admitted to Arizona State University, where she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Theatre for Youth and a master’s certification in nonprofit leadership and management. She teaches and directs for the Ensemble and the Young Theatre Professionals, and she leads the Creative and Brave Company (a community-based theatre program for teens, at CTW). She received the 2018 Ann Elgood Youth Theatre Director of the Year award with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Her favorite part about working at Children’s Theatre Workshop is seeing young people fall in love with theatre and helping them make the stories their own. It is her belief that when young people tell stories, amazing things can happen. Gideon and the Blundersnorp Gideon is a stablehand who yearns to join the Royal Cavaliers. Alanna is a young viscountess who feels trapped in the system of hereditary succession. The two have more in common than they think. Thrown together by chance, Gideon and Alanna must contend with bandits, a treacherous forest, and a giant monster that just wants to eat everyone. Gideon and the Blundersnorp combines witty characters, pulse-pounding excitement, and a rousing cinematic/medieval-folk score. Underlying the fun is a positive message: aspiration is fueled by personal character, not social class.
June 05, 2022
Be Our Guest with Kirsty Findlay
Kirsty Findlay is an Olivier award nominated actress hailing from bonny Scotland. https://www.spotlight.com/5095-3426-0375
May 29, 2022
Be Our Guest with Joan Ross Sorkin
Joan is a playwright, musical theatre bookwriter and lyricist, opera librettist, and screenwriter. She is currently writing the book and lyrics for a new blues-infused musical, Black Swan Blues with composer Randy Klein, excerpts of which have been presented by Music Theatre of Connecticut. Other musicals include Imagining Monet (previously titled Monet) with composer/lyricist Carmel Owen, developed at The York Theatre, CAP21 with a generous grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, and at the French Consulate in an evening of songs and story; and In The Theatre with composer/lyricist/co-bookwriter Steven Fisher, developed at The York Theatre and The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. joanrosssorkin.com
April 17, 2022
Be Our Guest BONUS with Lisa Rubin (April Fools)
We speak with Lisa Ruin the artistic and executive director of Segal Centre about the North American premiere of April Fools: An Adult Rock Cabaret May 1-22,2022 https://www.segalcentre.org/
April 12, 2022
Be Our Guest with Ellen Burgin
Based between London and Melbourne, Ellen is a creative theatre producer, festivals manager, new musical theatre specialist and arts communications and management professional from Australia, with experience across Singapore, Vietnam, the Czech Republic and more. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellenburgin
April 10, 2022
Be Our Guest with Tim Jerome
Jim starred as Henri Matisse in Jesse Kornbluth’s new play THE COLOR OF LIGHT at the Schoolhouse Theater in North Salem, NY. Tim last appeared on Broadway in the role of Monsieur Firmin in Broadway's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the role he was selected to play in 2004 when PHANTOM became Broadway’s Longest-Running Show. He returned to the role in 2012 for PHANTOM's 25th Anniversary. Prior to that, he was Dick Latessa's understudy inThe Lyons. He was seen very briefly in the Off-Broadway revival of Dracula following a somewhat longer run in the rather more successful revival of Flamingo Court at New World Stages. He starred as Alfred P. Doolittle in the acclaimed U.S. national touring production of the London revival of My Fair Lady for which he received the Carbonell Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination. On Broadway, prior to his run in Phantom of the Opera, he played Jane’s father, Professor Porter, in Disney’s Tarzan and Belle’s father, Maurice, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He performed leading roles in the original Broadway casts of Grand Hotel, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Arthur Miller's Creation of the World and Other Business, The Rothschilds, and was nominated for the 1987 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for his performance as The Family Solicitor in Me and My Girl. He is the Founding President of National Music Theater Network, Inc. In 1983, he designed its core programs. NMTN, which promotes new musicals, is responsible for launching several successful programs featuring new works, notably The Songbook Series (monthly at the Donnell Library for 17 years); BroadwayUSA! (1998-2004: the prototype of MainStreet Musicals), and the annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (launched in 2004, winner of the 2004 Jujamcyn Award). In 2004 he created Mainstreet Musicals a national consortium of theater professionals and their non-profit, commercial, and educational partners. Thanks to the generosity of professional directors and educators, MainStreet provides a valuable script evaluation service for writers and composers. Utilizing performance competitions, concert-readings, and (coming soon) radio-theater, MainStreet promotes development opportunities for original stage musicals throughout regional America. www.mainstreetmusicals.org
April 03, 2022
Be Our Guest with Savage the Musical Creative Team
Savage the Musical Nicolette Blount - Creator, Composer, Book Writer, Lyricist Nicolette Blount is a producer, singer, actress, songwriter, and writer. Nicolette started Take My Shot Productions and recently coproduced the Off-Broadway hit “Regina Comet” and is an investor in the new Broadway Museum opening summer 2022 on Broadway. Savage, is based on Nicolette’s Chickasaw great grandmother, Wanda Savage. Nicolette is also a member of the Chickasaw tribe. Lindel Hart - Book Writer Lindel Hart is a writer and performer whose work has led him to stages in the U.S. and in Europe in traditional and experimental theatre. His work with New York performance artists include Ping Chong’s The Angels of Swedenborg (Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA) and Penny Arcade’s Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! (New York City and tours to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London, Ireland, and the Vienna Festival). In 2013 Lindel was commissioned to write a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in which he also portrayed the Creature. Rachel Klein - Director Rachel Klein (Director) is a NYC based director, whose work The New York Times has praised: "What makes this show pop is the bracing vision of its director, Rachel Klein." Off-Broadway Direction: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre/featuring the music of the Grateful Dead, Music Supervisor: Jeff Chimenti of Dead and Company); Around the World in 80 Days (The Davenport Theatre); The Anthem (The Lynn Redgrave Theatre, starring Randy Jones, the original cowboy from the Village People); Gay Bride of Frankenstein (iStar Theatre Lab).
March 27, 2022
Be Our Guest with David Serero (The Ten Commandments: the Musical)
David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and TV series, recorded and produced over 100 albums and, played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway in iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar's Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and was named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco's airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the UNESCO Award for Diversity in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. In 2021, he won 4 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the decade, Best Producer of a Play of the decade, Best Opera singer of the Year. He was awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for his contribution to the City's dynamic cultural landscape, enriching the vibrant performing arts sector, and uplifted and inspired diverse New Yorkers. www.davidserero.com www.thetencommandmentsthemusical.com
March 27, 2022
Be Our Guest with Robbie Sherman
Robert J. Sherman (“Robbie”) is a London-based songwriter, book writer and producer and is the latest in a long line of Sherman family music-makers. Born in Los Angeles in 1968 to Joyce and Robert B. Sherman (of the acclaimed Sherman Brothers), Robbie is one of the youngest songwriters ever invited to join BMI and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His numerous creative works and projects include musicals, musical revues and a songbook as well as an animated musical feature film and print book. In addition to his roles at Sherman Theatrical Entertainment, Robbie is the CEO/President of Music World LLC and MusicWorld UK and the general manager of Music World LP (which oversees the Robert B. Sherman family estate and archives and includes one half of the Sherman Brothers and Al Sherman estates). Robbie resides in London. https://robbiesherman.com/ https://www.shermantheatrical.com/
March 20, 2022
Be Our Guest with Adrian Rees
Adrian Rees studied theatre design at the Wimbledon School of Art and has since designed more than 160 productions. He has worked extensively in repertory theatres around the British Isles, including Plymouth Theatre Royal, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, the Coventry Belgrade Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Broadsides, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and also the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His many touring productions include High Society, Fame, In The Midnight Hour, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Bare Necessities, The Fifteen Streets, Buddy and Singular Women. In the West End, Adrian has designed costumes for Leonardo the Musical - a Portrait of Love at the Strand and for The Return To The Forbidden Planet at the Cambridge and set and costumes for The Fifteen Streets at the Playhouse, 125th Street at the Shaftesbury and Jailhouse Rock at the Piccadilly. http://www.adrian-rees.co.uk/home.htm
March 13, 2022
Be Our Guest with Luisa Lyons
Luisa is an actor/writer/musician who grew up in Sydney, trained in London, and now lives, loves, and play in the New York City area. She holds a certificate in Meditation Facilitation from Nature Care College, a BA in English and History from the University of New South Wales, and an MA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech Drama. Six weeks before her thirtieth birthday Luisa was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Three rounds of chemo, eleven doses of full body radiation, and a stem cell transplant saved Luisa's life, but left her incredibly debilitated. She was unable to eat takeout, ride the subway, or do her favorite thing in the world - go to the theatre. Luisa spent her recovery building Filmed Live Musicals, a website dedicated to cataloging stage musicals that have been legally filmed and publicly shared. It is now the most comprehensive site of its kind, and includes a bi-weekly podcast and a weekly newsletter. Not one to rest on her laurels, Luisa also started running marathons during her recovery, and ran her 5th marathon on the 5th anniversary of her stem cell transplant. Luisa is currently an active member of NYC's MasterVoices Chorus, where she also serves on the Singers Council. When not performing, or reading/watching/writing about musicals, Luisa loves adventuring with her husband Aaron, and Voltaire, their "best of all possible" puppies black lab. https://www.luisalyons.com/ https://www.filmedlivemusicals.com/
March 07, 2022
Be Our Guest with David Armstrong
David Armstrong is an American stage director, writer, producer, lecturer, educator and choreographer. He is best known for his work at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle where from 2000 to 2018 he served as the Producing Artistic Director and later as the Executive Producer and Artistic Director, and where he is currently the Artistic Director Emeritus. He also currently serves on the faculty of the University of Washington School Of Drama where he teaches a course entitled: The Broadway Musical -How Immigrants, Jews, Queers and African-Americans Invented America's Signature Art Form. On Broadway he directed the musical Scandalous!: The Life And Trials Of Aimee Semple McPherson starring Carolee Carmello who received a Tony nomination for her performance. He also directed this show’s pre-Broadway production at The 5th Avenue Theatre under the title Saving Aimee. Other acclaimed 5th Avenue Theatre productions include Candide, Sweeney Todd, HAIR, A Little Night Music, Company, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver!, Anything Goes, MAME, Pippin, The Secret Garden, Vanities, White Christmas, The Rocky Horror Show, Yankee Doodle Dandy!, Holiday Inn, A Room With A View, Jaques Brel Is Alive… and Paint Your Wagon as well as concert productions of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Hairspray and Titanic. Under his leadership The 5th Avenue grew to become one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies, especially with regards to the development and production of new work. During his tenure The 5th produced full productions of 19 new musicals, nine of which subsequently transferred to Broadway, and two of which received the TONY Award for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). Mr. Armstrong’s direction and choreography have been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and at many leading regional theaters including DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Seattle’s ACT Theater, Ordway Center, Houston’s TUTS, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Cohoes Music Hall, Pittsburg CLO, and Ford’s Theater. In 2018 he directed Shaw’s Arms And The Man for the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Mr. Armstrong’s awards include the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 “Outstanding Voice” Award, the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa’s 2018 Humanities Achievement Award, and in honor of his 18 years as Executive Producer and Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan proclaimed June 26, 2018 to be “David Armstrong Day” in the city of Seattle. In the spring of 2019 he joined the faculty of The University of Washington School of Drama to teach a new course called The Broadway Musical: How Immigrants, Queers, Jews and African-Americans Invented America's Signature Art Form, which he will teach again in during spring quarter of 2020.
February 27, 2022
Be Our Guest with Preston Max Allen
Preston Max Allen is a playwright, composer, and lyricist whose work has been featured at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Lincoln Center, Signature Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, Feinstein's/54 Below, Joe's Pub, Theatre 80, New York Musical Festival, Laurie Beechman Theatre, York Theatre ("Tune In Time" winner), Gallery Players, Lululemon (it’s a long story), and Second City Chicago. Preston conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for WE ARE THE TIGERS (Album now streaming; L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition, nominee for Best Musical); AGENT 355 (dramaturgy/co-book Jessica Kahkoska, Marion Fellowship Award Winner); and THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Jeff Nominee, Best New Musical). His play MODERN GENTLEMAN was featured as part of the 2020 PRIDE PLAYS Festival (dir. Blayze Teicher). Additional projects include music/lyrics for A VERY NETFL*X CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: NOW STREAMING LIVE! and AMY ADAMS WINS AN OSCAR (books by Edward Precht); book/lyrics for FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER (composer Will Buck); music/lyrics for BRADICAL AND THE PINK SOCKS; and music/lyrics for THE HUNTED: ENCORE (LA Webfest Outstanding Score). Preston is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group (2019/20), graduate of the Second City Chicago Comedy Studies Program, and an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Above all, he is the proud father to his cat -> Hero. @prestonmaxallen
February 20, 2022
Be Our Guest with Darryl Reuben Hall
Darryl, a native of Jacksonville, FL, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. Mr. Hall is a member of the following professional acting unions: Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild, American Guild of Variety Artists, and American Guild of Musical Artists as well as the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Stage Aurora Theatrical Company. A veteran of the stage, Mr. Hall’s favorite credits include: Broadway Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Lincoln Center/ NYCO (PBS Live from Lincoln Center Telecast), Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt (Broadway National Tour), Street Corner Symphony (pre-Broadway Workshop). Off-Broadway/NewYork Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams (Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre), Stormy Weather with Phylicia Rashad (AMAS Musical Theatre), Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall with Linda Eder and the Broadway Gospel Choir, Three Mo' Tenors (PBS Great Performances and original cast recording), Hallelujah, Baby! (York Theatre Company), The In-Gathering (New Professional Theatre), Café Society (TRIBECA Performing Arts Center). Regional Theatre Man/Preacher in Crowns (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Flick in Violet (Best Actor- Carbonell Award Nomination) and Victor in Smokey Joe's Café (Actor’s Playhouse), Jim in Big River (Lyceum Theatre), Gabey in On The Town (White- Willis Theatre), The Mikado (North Shore Music Theatre and Huntington Theater), High Spirits (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (Crossroads Theatre- Tony Award Winner/ Best Regional Theatre), Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (Alhambra Dinner Theatre), No Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Riverside Theatre).
February 11, 2022
Be Our Guest with Rob Rokicki
Rob Rokicki is composer/lyricist whose shows have been nominated for Drama Desk, Lortel, and Off-Broadway Alliance awards. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actor's Equity, and an alum of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing workshop. As a writer, Rob wrote the music and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL, for Theatreworks USA (book by Joe Tracz). The hourlong adaptation ran in 2015 and was nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical before touring the country. The two-act adaptation played Off-Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical before launching a six month tour across North America. The show will open on Broadway at the Longacre theatre in 2019. Rob’s graphic novel musical MONSTERSONGS received a World Premiere Recording from Broadway Records in 2017 and was part of the prestigious NAMT festival in 2018. It is currently being developed as a virtual reality video game. Rob’s musical, LOVE, NY (co-written with Mike Ruby) won the 2009 American Harmony Award and was presented at New World Stages (NY), Curtain Call (CT), and Oklahoma University. Rob has had work featured in the York's NEO series, at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova & at universities internationally. Also with Ruby: RELATIVITY (Theatre Row, selected for The Pitch at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival), 20 TO LIFE (American University), STRANGE TAILS (West Village Musical Theatre Festival; Best Musical, Best Lyrics, Best Score, Best Book; ANT fest). Composer/lyricist for MARTHA & ME (NY Fringe) and SAMSON’S FIRE (The Cell Theater), GINGERBREAD HOUSE (New York Film Academy). Broadway performers have sung his songs throughout New York, benefits across the country.
February 06, 2022
Be Our Guest with Roland Tec
Roland is a writer, producer, director and the founder of Roland Tec Teaching which helps writers discover everything they need to succeed already lives within them. Roland Tec Teaching
January 30, 2022
Be Our Guest with Allyson Hernandez
Allyson is a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur. An author, Executive, Career & Life coach, actor, singer, composer, and mom. She is the creator of the musical Ballad of Dreams as well as author of the novel of the same name. www.allysonhernandez.net
January 23, 2022
Be Our Guest with Ryan Morales Green
Ryan is a performer and the founder and Executive Director of The Latiné Musical Theatre Lab which seeks to change the face of the great American tradition of musical theatre by developing and producing works of Latiné written musical theatre, and championing the writers in the community. Latiné Musical Theatre Lab
January 16, 2022
Be Our Guest with Emily Clark
Emily is an actor, Teacher, Director, Podcaster, musical theatre Historian as well as the host of the Youtube channel Stealing Focus.
December 19, 2021
Be Our Guest with Paul Gordon
Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs which has had productions all over the world, including Off-Broadway, where it was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and 3 Outer Critic Circle awards. Knight’s Tale, written with John Caird, opened at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo in 2018 and was remounted in 2021. He is one of the 3 founders of StreamingMusicals.com and his critically acclaimed Austen adaptations, Emma and Pride and Prejudice can be streamed on StreamingMusicals and Amazon Prime. Estella Scrooge, Being Earnest and No One Called Ahead can also be streamed on StreamingMusicals.com. His other shows include: Analog and Vinyl, Stellar Atmospheres, The Front, Juliet and Romeo, Ribbit, Sleepy Hollow, The Circle and The Sportswriter. Look to license Paul's work at Music Theatre International and Uproar Theatrics In his former life, Paul was a pop songwriter and wrote several number one hits. Paul Gordon Website
December 12, 2021
Be Our Guest with Tom Solomon
Widely regarded as one of the most versatile musical theatre, classical crossover and concert artists in the world with recent performances in Australia, Fiji, China, South Africa, America and much of Europe, om has performed leading roles in West End and International productions of the most popular musicals of all time including: West Side Story, Chess, Chicago, Scrooge, Les Miserables, Into The Woods, Hello Dolly, Side By Side By Sondheim, Glamorous Nights - The Ivor Novello Celebration and The Phantom of the Opera. Tomsolomonsinger.com
December 06, 2021
Be Our Guest with Michael Rubinoff
A theatre producer and lawyer, Michael is most passionate about igniting creation and supporting storytellers. Over the last decade he sparked a renaissance in Canadian musical theatre by developing thirty new musicals through the Canadian Music Theatre Project (the "CMTP"), an internationally recognized incubator of new works that he founded in 2011. Michael conceived the creation of the international hit musical Come From Away, for which he is a Producer and the Creative Consultant on productions worldwide, and has received the Olivier Award for Best Musical, a Tony Award Nomination for Best New Musical and the Meritorious Service Cross awarded by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and all Canadians.
November 28, 2021
Be Our Guest - David Terriault Music Director of SuperDogs: The Musical
SuperDogs: The Musical stars 24 (!!!) of the world’s most talented canines that will wow audiences with their tricks and stunts. The story follows the close and beautiful bond between a young girl (Zoë Brown) and her talented dog Bear, who dreams of becoming part of the SuperDogs™ show.
November 20, 2021
Be Our Guest with Aaron Ware
A professional curmudgeon, as well as the co-host of the 'Thrash 'n Treasure Podcast' where a metalhead and a broadway nerd torture each other with music. He is also the author of 'The Tonaston Tales' about ten year old Tonaston Turnbull who loves only one thing more than his father's rock band: Animals https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thrash-n-treasure/id1579047137 thetonastontales.com
November 14, 2021
Be Our Guest with Catriona Fray & Alena Bernardi (Divine Feminine Soul Cabaret)
Divine Feminine Soul Cabaret - Catriona Fray and Alena Bernardi take you on a transcendent journey through the pathways of the divine feminine energetic experience on earth with an intention to marry the yin and the yang of all encounters. Although at times we feel fragile, stale, shame, and guilt we can breathe, direct, and awaken ourselves to the dawn of a new day. In our most contemplative states, we can discover the true beauty of this planet, the breeze that graces our noses with the smell of fresh flowers or an intention to surrender to personal evolution and the path of the unknown. Catriona Fray is an emerging solo artist whose music transcends into an earthy, soulful Gospel/Worship/R&B/Pop experience. She is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, where was a featured soprano in the UCLA ScatterTones a cappella group, traveled around the country singing at the White House, opened for Grammy Award winning Pentatonix, with recording artist Jojo in a national commercial for Freeform, at the Hollywood Bowl working alongside American Country Music Award nominee Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Disney's Emmy Award winning artist Dove Cameron, to name a few. During the pandemic, she founded her music teaching business Catriona Fray Studios where she is able to teach students of all ages piano, voice, guitar, yoga, acting, and dance. NYC Off-Broadway concert credits include, Swing 46, Town Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and the Duplex, where she produced, created, and starred in her own cabaret “The Melody Plays On: No One is Alone” to help raise awareness and donations for the local domestic violence awareness non-profit “Never Alone Again.” She just released a new single “Do I Believe In Love” out now on all platforms! Follow her journey on IG: @catrionafray Alena Bernardi is a vocalist and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. Alena received her BA in Music Education with an emphasis on Vocal Music Performance from Michigan State University. Alena combines elements of folk, rock, bel canto vocalism, neo-soul, and the Great American Songbook in her writing. Her musical focus centers around nature, awareness, spirituality, and a peaceful connection to all that is. Alena has performed many roles around the greater Los Angeles area including Lily Garland in On The Twentieth Century and Rapunzel in Into The Woods. In June 2019 Alena performed her original one-woman musical, Swiped The Musical, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Swiped was the winner of the Festival's Encore Extension Award. Alena is also the founder of the Unicorn Music Academy; a holistic music school based in Homegrown Studios LA. Follow Alena Bernardi and Unicorn Music Academy on Instagram to keep up with the latest performances and offerings @AlenaBernardi @UnicornMusicAcademy
November 02, 2021
Be Our Guest with Earl Wilson jr., Kathryn Keats & Paul Tenaglia (Let My People Come)
Let My People Come is a musical with book and music by Earl Wilson, Jr. and lyrics by Wilson and Phil Oesterman. Subtitled "A Sexual Musical", the sexually-explicit show originally ran from 1974 to 1976 at The Village Gate theater in Greenwich Village, New York City. Kathryn Keats and Paul Tenaglia were cast members of the company that played in New York and toured North America. More Info: Let My People Come
October 31, 2021
Be Our Guest with Robbie Rozelle
Robbie Rozelle does jokes. He has also directed and written or co-written sold-out cabaret shows for Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico (Amour), Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Tony winner Jonathan Demar (Hadestown producer), Elena Shaddow (The Visit), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Nathan Salstone (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Mrs. Kasha Davis, The Bowery Boys, Steven Ferezy, Rachel Levy, and frequent collaborator Jessica Vosk (15th Anniversary Elphaba in Wicked). In 2017, he sold out Feinstein's/54 Below twice with his debut cabaret solo act, "Songs From Inside My Locker", which was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award (in addition to nominations for Best Director) For three years, Robbie served as the graphic designer and creative director for Playbill, culminating in the design of the branding of #PlaybillPride, a 30-day initiative of the LGBT movement in the theatre that included a redesign of their historic logo for the month of June 2014, which continues each June to this day. He currently serves as the A&R Director and in-house designer for Grammy-winning record label Broadway Records, where he designed the iconic "What the World Needs Now is Love" in response to Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. He also runs Ghostlight Design.
October 24, 2021
Be Our Guest with Caroline Underwood
In 2016, Caroline Underwood formed The Caroline Underwood Agency, representing both British and American musical theatre writers ‘with a difference’. For the previous five years, she was Musical Theatre Consultant at London literary agency Alan Brodie Representation, where she represented both established and emerging musical theatre writers, with a client base reaching from London to New York. Caroline has over twenty years’ music publishing experience at Warner/Chappell Music. As Head of Standard Repertoire and Musicals, she was responsible for exploiting the company’s musical theatre repertoire and American and British Songbook catalogue. During her time there she worked with many of the company’s top clients including the Irving Berlin Estate, the George and Ira Gershwin Estates, the Cole Porter Estate, the Rodgers and Hart Estates, the Noël Coward Estate, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Charles Strouse, Steven Sater and many more. She was also responsible for Warner/Chappell’s musical theatre licensing operation and for producing major theatrical events.
October 17, 2021
Be Our Guest with Carly Paoli
Carly is a British classically trained singer who has performed in concerts and for corporate events. While in Malaysia, she was spotted by the Geneva watchmaker Bedat & Co. In 2014, she was appointed as brand ambassador for the company and, as a direct result, appeared at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala. In November 2014, Paoli made history as the first artist to perform at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Hollywood actresses Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson. In June 2015, Paoli sang a duet with José Carreras in a unique performance at Windsor Castle, for the Prince of Wales Paoli's song, "Ave Maria", composed by Romano Musumarra with lyrics by Grant Black, was played on Vatican radio as the theme for Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016. In July 2016, Paoli was the headline singer in Music for Mercy, a concert staged in the historic, Roman Forum. In June 2017, Paoli released her debut album, Singing My Dreams. In September 2021 released the album Carly Paoli and Friends.
October 12, 2021
Be Our Guest with SHENELLE SALCIDO and SPENCER WILLIAMS
SHENELLE SALCIDO BOOK/MUSIC/LYRICS & ORCHESTRATIONS Shenelle is a composer, lyricist, and playwright who writes with the intention of creating work that might convince her former musical theatre loathing self to embrace the power of theatre. Current projects include “The Mark of a Mendelssohn”, a musical which explores the life of Felix Mendelssohn's sister Fanny, and “The Curtis Christmas Challenge”, a full-length play. As a former music educator and music director, Shenelle has taught everything from Mariachi to Music Theory. Member of ASCAP. SPENCER WILLIAMS BOOK/MUSIC/LYRICS Spencer is a queer musical theatre educator, composer and playwright. He focuses his teaching and work to include untold stories of underrepresented voices in the musical theatre canon. He is the founder of the educational platform and curriculum, BROADWAY REFOCUSED, and is the host of two new podcasts: Broadway ReFocused and Musicals With Impact. In educational theatre, he has premiered Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House; An Evening With Stuart Brayson; The Stories of Tonight and directed/produced over 30 musicals. He has directed choirs at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican; Paris, France; Cadogan Hall in London, England; and Canterbury Cathedral. He also worked at San Jose Stage Company as resident Musical Director and Education Director for six years, where he also founded the Bay Area High School Top Honor Awards. Spencer has performed internationally at WORLD EXPO in Tokyo, Japan, CHILDREN’S FOLKLORE FESTIVAL in Matha, France, on national television on THE GONG SHOW, and been featured on TLC’S TRADING SPACES. Boston University: Master’s of Music Education. Member of: Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, NAMT, Mercury Musicals Development (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN). Love to Thomas and Stephen. https://www.fortonightmusical.com/
October 03, 2021
Be Our Guest with Uproar Theatrics
A playwright, a composer, an actor and a lawyer walk into a bar…and end up having a transformative discussion about how the current licensing system’s a bit behind the times and ripe for disruption. The internet...is a thing that exists now. We don’t depend on theatre critics or buying cast recording CDs at Tower Records anymore (RIP) as our only way to learn about incredible new shows. They are not a publisher. They only license, and they peddle in digital files. No more erasing librettos and mailing them back. Working with pixels instead of pencils gives creators the ability to keep making their pieces better. We get a new draft, it’s up on the website as the new licensed version right away. We’re on a mission to open up the theatrical pipeline to bring thrilling, fresh theatre to the people - all the people. Not just the ones in New York City. Dive into the perusals, check out the video and audio, and holler if we can answer any questions.
September 26, 2021
Be Our Guest with Ben Clark
Ben Clark is a singer, songwriter, composer and an Indiana native. Ben has been writing music since age 14, and The Circus In Winter was his first full-length musical work. For the piece he received praise from both educational and professional worlds including the Kennedy Center Award for Outstanding Musical Composition, and a full production at Goodspeed's Norma Terrace Theatre in East Haddam, CT. Ben has a band in NYC called Ben Clark and the Long Shadows, as well as two other musicals in development: Skin And Bones, a collaboration with University of Nebraska playwright Andrew Kramer, and Bruno and the Gospel of Infinity. @blcofficial
September 18, 2021
Be Our Guest with Nicolette Blount & Lindel Hart
We speak with the creators of the musical 'Savage' Nicolette Blount is a singer, actress, songwriter, writer, and vocal coach who is currently working on the new musical Savage, based on the true story of her Chickasaw great grandmother, Wanda Savage. Although Nicolette is registered Chickasaw, she grew up with many different tribes as her mom taught at Sherman Indian School. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been singing since she could speak, and has been performing and writing since she was in elementary school. She sang at Carnegie Hall and performed in two operas, Tosca and Turnadot with the Palm Springs and Riverside Civic Operas. Lindel Hart is a writer and performer whose work has led him to stages in the U.S. and in Europe in traditional and experimental theatre. His work with New York performance artists include Ping Chong’s The Angels of Swedenborg (Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA) and Penny Arcade’s Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! (New York City and tours to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London, Ireland, and the Vienna Festival). In 2013 Lindel was commissioned to write a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in which he also portrayed the Creature. Its initial 9-show run in an abandoned bank building in downtown Greenfield, MA, (2014) sold out before the show opened, and Frankenstein was subsequently performed at the Springfield (MA) Museums, The Academy of Music (Northampton, MA) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Savage the Musical Website
September 12, 2021
Be Our Guest with Ryan Duncan
Ryan comes from the Washington D.C. area and holds a degree in Foreign Language from George Mason University and La Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Broadway: Gettin' the Band Back Together (Drama Teacher/Nick Styler/Mouthfeel Mate), Shrek (Piggie-Bricks/Donkey u.s.), Off-Broadway: Alter Boyz (original cast) Liberty:the musical
September 05, 2021
Be Our Guest with James Rich
James's credits include touring with Harry Belafonte (Backup Singer), a lead role in the first national tour of Rent (Benny), Saturday Night Fever on Broadway (Booth Singer), Off Broadway, extensive Regional Theatre credits, Tokyo Disney Resort (Lead Singer/Vocal Captain) lead roles in national commercials as well as guest star roles on Everybody Loves Raymond and As the World Turns. Behind the scenes, James was an Assistant Costume Designer on the Emmy Award winning season 2 of Dancing With the Stars, Artistic Director/Assistant for Randall Designs, Costume Designer for That's Dancing (Crystal Cruises), and he designed costumes for numerous regional theater productions. He is the creator of There Was a Boy a two-act Broadway style musical about the life of nat King Cole. The show pulls back the curtain on his successes and failures as a performer. a husband. a father and a son. James has a unique perspective in the creative arts that gives him a strong ability to move easily between being out front and behind the scenes. More about James at www.james-rich.com
August 28, 2021
Be Our Guest with Robert Freedman
Robert won the 2014 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Book of a Musical for the Tony-winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. With collaborator Steven Lutvak, Robert was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Score, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Robert is writing Book and Lyrics for the new musical, The Flamingo Kid, with Music by Scott Frankel, based on the Garry Marshall film, which had its pre-Broadway try-out in May, 2019 at Hartford Stage in Connecticut, directed by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide, Anastasia) and choreographed by Denis Jones (Tootsie, Holiday Inn). He has already released a book 'NOTES ON THE WRITING OF A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER' Robert L. Freedman takes you through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 Best Musical Tony winner. With candor and insight, Freedman describes the challenging and rewarding growing pains of what the critics called "Hilarious!" and "Ingenious!," and said "Ranks among the most inspired and entertaining new musical comedies I've seen in years."
August 21, 2021
Be Our Guest with Dr. Sue Horowitz
Dr. Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. is a Motivational, Entertaining Speaker and Educator, Author of the best-selling Book: Queens of Comedy (Interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.); Musicals (“SssWitch”: A Bewitching Musical, “Club Of Dreams”); Children’s Books (“Read With Me” – Children’s Book of the Month Club); Illustrated Poetry (“I Am Loved”); and Songs, which she performs on Women Of Substance (WOS) Radio and her CD of original songs “For Heroes and Lovers” Website
August 15, 2021
Be Our Guest BONUS Laiona Michelle and Devanand Janki (LITTLE GIRL BLUE: THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL)
Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical is an exuberant new musical with a tour-de-force performance by award-winning actor Laiona Michelle. From classical music prodigy to “High Priestess of Soul,” this story taps into the legend that is Nina Simone with an honest and powerful portrait of her rich life and her ultimate decline. Feel the passion, joy and pain of a woman adored by millions – then and now. Written & Conceived by Laiona Michelle Directed by Devanand Janki More Info at Goodspeed Musicals
August 10, 2021
Be our Guest with Marc Bonanni
Creator of Broadway By Ghostlight youtube channel. Off the beaten path Musical Theatre History for Nerds. Husband, Father, MCU Fanatic
August 08, 2021
Be Our Guest with Sean Yauk and Katherine Cappellacci (MOMENT IN THE (SECRET) GARDEN) THEN Arlene Corsano (Rose and Reparations)
Sean is the founder & managing Artistic Director of 4Score productions which was founded by in 2019. Sean Yauk (BA, MAAL) is a professional arts manager, producer, music director, and composer from Toronto, Canada. Katherine Cappellacci has been acting professionally since the age of sixteen. Born, raised and based in Toronto, Katherine acquired her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Acting from Ryerson University's School of Performance. During her time there, Katherine was awarded the Laura Press Memorial Scholarship, for excellence in acting. For over 12 years, Arlene Corsano has worked on projects designed to bring recognition to the legendary but mostly forgotten, Rose Marie McCoy. She began with writing newspaper articles, went on to write the book for a musical 'Rose and Reparations', and finally completed Thought We Were Writing the Blues: But They Called It Rock 'n' Roll, the songwriter’s biography.
August 01, 2021
Be Our Guest with Maureen Condon
Maureen Condon's experiences as: A reporter for a daily metropolitan newspaper, The Patriot Ledger; a PR Manager for Fortune 500 Companies and software industry start-ups; and as MarCom Manager for WSI -- the real-time weather database company supplying The Weather Channel -- have all contributed to her knowledge-base for writing CRUDE -The Climate Change Musical. Condon's other original songs have been: BROADCAST ON: Boston & Providence, RI TV stations: WHDH, WBZ, NECN, FOX25, and ABC6; and MA radio stations: WATD, WBIX, WBET, WPLM, WQRC, WRKO, and WMBR. PERFORMED BY: The Cape Symphony Orchestra; The Massachusetts Singing State Trooper; Boston Pops PopSearch Winner Tracy Silva, and Broadway Singers Christiane Noll, Anne Runolfsson, and Susannah Jones. Also by: Heather Spatz; Carol Akerson; Nancy Gustafson; plus, high school, police, and church choral groups; and military and community bands nationwide. https://crudetheclimatechangemusical.com/
July 24, 2021
Be Our Guest with Jamie Floyd and Mêlisa Annis
Grammy-nominated songwriter, independent recording artist/publisher & West Palm Beach native, Jamie Floyd, co-wrote the current single from Kelly Clarkson & Jake Hoot (Winner of The Voice Season 17), a duet called “I Would’ve Loved You.” Jamie is also featured in the award winning, critically acclaimed music documentary The Last Songwriter (watch for free at lastsongwriter.com) alongside Garth Brooks, Jason Isbell, Allen Shamblin, Tony Arata, Tom Douglas and Emmylou Harris. As a composer & lyricist, Jamie is also currently working on writing all the original music for the upcoming new musical in development, “The King’s Wife.” Playwrights Horizons has offered a 29 Hour reading to the musical, which happens in October of 2021 in NYC. https://www.officialjamiefloyd.com/ Mêlisa is an award winning playwright (Parity Commission Winner, Margaret Lamb Prize), and as a playwright her plays have been developed and presented at and with Primary Stages, Parity Productions, The Lark and Dorset Theater Festival at the Theresa Rebeck Writers Colony, The New School, ESPA*Drills (2014), The Lark, The National Arts Club NYC, The Playground Experiment, Rattlestick Theater (Jam). Upcoming: A new musical "The King's Wife" written with Grammy Award Nominee Jamie Floyd https://www.melisaannis.com/
July 17, 2021
Be Our Guest with Robin Gorman Newman
Robin is a Tony Award-nominated producer for NATASHA PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 and has been part of other Broadway shows including BE MORE CHILL and SYLVIA and is a Co-Producer on forthcoming high profile Broadway productions in development.
July 11, 2021
Be Our Guest with Sheilah Rae
Sheilah has been a performer in such Broadway musicals as Fiddler On the Roof, Applause, The Rothschilds, and Company. Recently she appeared in Prospect Theater Company’s “Evergreen” at the Times Center. She served on the production team of Rupert Holmes’ Broadway thrillers, “Accomplice” and “Solitary Confinement” starring Stacy Keach. As a partner in her own music production company, she produced original music and/or lyrics for such clients as Time, People, Doritos, Beechnut Baby Food, BenGay, etc. As a songwriter, she has written numerous pop songs for both New York and Nashville recording artists, been a recording artist on RCA, performed in nightclubs, sung back-up for such artists as Barry Manilow, and written a variety of theme songs for TV. She co-created Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother with Lois Wyse and Robert Waldman, which she also produced in Los Angeles where it ran for a year and a half, and continues to play all over the country and is published by Samuel French. She is lyricist and co-book writer of The Belle of Tombstone (formerly known as I Married Wyatt Earp) with Thomas Edward West and composer Michele Brourman.
July 05, 2021
Be Our Guest with Leroy Church
Leroy is a broadway actor and dancer (The Lion King, King Kong) as well as the creator of the Dreamgirls on Clubhouse event. Learn more about Leroy here https://withkoji.com/@LeroyChurch
June 27, 2021
Be Our Guest with Eric Ulloa and Brett Ryback
Eric Ulloa made his Broadway debut in On Your Feet! Eric has performed regionally throughout the United States and Internationally. Eric is also the author of the play 26 Pebbles, and the musicals Passing Through and Molly Sweeney. Brett Ryback is an actor, composer/lyricist, and playwright based in LA. He is the 2016 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter Award. His plays and musicals include: Liberty Inn: The Musical (Ovation nominations Best Book, Best Music/Lyrics); Darling (Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, Featured on NBC's The Apprentice); The Tavern Keeper's Daughter (Best Musical, Pasadena Weekly); and Just a Little Critter Musical (Commission and Premiere by Milwaukee's First Stage children's theatre).
June 20, 2021
Be Our Guest with Tony Gibbs
Tony Gibbs is a UK songwriter working on a new musical called ‘Twist and Turn’ set against the backdrop of the Isle of Man TT races. The storyline features the world superbike champion returning to the island of his birth after an absence of six years re-opening family conflict as well as dark secrets about his past being uncovered. Motorbikes, mythology, lust, power and revenge all feature in this modern musical featuring all new rock songs.
June 13, 2021
Be Our Guest with Sally Fuller
Freelance Writer. Ginger. Broadway Fan. Featured on: Encore Atlanta, BroadwayWorld.com, and the Huffington Post. A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people’s stories, I have had the privilege of interviewing local theatre professionals as well as multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Taylor Hicks, and Vanessa Williams. My two greatest passions are theatre and writing. For the past eight years, I have written about theatre in varying capacities, which currently include theatre criticism, interviews, and theatre fan features. I love using writing as a way to celebrate theatre as a cultural necessity. My lifelong background in and extensive study of theatre have given me a discerning eye for professional theatre criticism. Through a love for connecting with people, I have developed a propensity for quickly building rapport with and drawing authentic stories out of interviewees. My goal is to dive into what makes artists unique as people, not just highlight their accomplishments. As a self-proclaimed theatre nerd, I also have the ability to craft opinion pieces targeted at Broadway nerds like me. Since 2011, my work has been featured in the #1 theatre news website in the world (BroadwayWorld.com), the Huffington Post, Encore Magazine, and the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
June 06, 2021
Be Our Guest with Bobby Cronin
Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer/writer for theatre, short film, web, dance, and more. His projects include: Mary & Max [based on the clyamation film] with bookwriter Crystal Skillman which had its World Premiere at Theatre Calgary in the fall of 2018 and will have its European Premiere at Austria’s Theatre Linz in 2019, won the 2018 MUT Critics Award in Germany, Pace New Musicals 2018, SigWorks Finalist 2018; ‘Til Death Do Us Part (World Premiere 2020, 2018-2020 SDSU New Works Award; 2017 SigWorks Finalist; 2016 Overtures Series directed by Kent Nicholson) with bookwriter Caroline Prugh; a handful of songs in Off-Bway’s Camp Morning Wood; Till Soon, Anne with bookwriter/lyricist Christine Toy Johnson which had a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center; Concrete Jungle, commissioned in 2011 for London’s esteemed ArtsEd (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) opened in London June 2012, had a lab presentation at West Texas A&M 2015 and made the short list for the New American Musical Theatre Prize; Daybreak (winner of the 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest) premiered in Wayne, NJ & London’s Tristan Bates Theatre June 2012. His latest commission PSYKIDZ was produced in concert by A Class Act NY and now ready to be produced. Bobby composed the scores and songs for several musical films, which have been in festivals all over the country. He was part of the 2015 Prospect Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway show Fright Night where his 15-minute musical My Boyfriend Is An Alien written with Christine Toy Johnson premiered. His music won “Best Score of a Mockumentary” for the webseries Thank You, Next and Best Music/Lyrics for Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You in 2010’s MITF. Bobby is one of the four NEO Writers for the York Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season with Stephen Flaherty as his mentor.
May 30, 2021
Be Our Guest with with Brad Ross and Barbara Campbell.
BRAD ROSS - Winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, composer Brad Ross has three musicals published by Samuel French. The Kennedy Center commissioned and premiered Brad’s musical THE TALES OF CUSTARD THE DRAGON, based on the books by Ogden Nash. His musical, LITTLE BY LITTLE, ran Off-Broadway at New York’s York Theatre Company with Vocal Selections published by Alfred Music. Brad is a graduate of Cornell University (Bachelor of Music) and NYU (Masters from Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program). BARBARA CAMPBELL - Began writing for the theatre in elementary school, adapting such classics as Cinderella and Peter Pan, and creating an original “Time Tunnel” episode for a sixth grade presentation on the Incas. Barbara was accepted into the Lehman Engel-BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where she met Just Desserts composer Brad Ross. Since then, she has written more than a dozen musicals for children and families and numerous choral pieces. Barbara’s musicals have been presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Global Search for New Musicals, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. Her musical adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd was optioned for Broadway.
May 23, 2021
Be Our Guest with Maisie Beggan THEN Billy Recce
Maisie is originally from Swindon, and is a classically trained flautist, pianist and musical theatre vocalist, with a passion for music theory. She is currently in her third year at Bath Spa University studying a BA in music specializing in performance and composition. Billy Recce is a Billboard charting, two-time MAC and NEO award-winning writer, composer and singer/songwriter living in New York City. One of the most prolific young musical theatre writers of his generation, Billy’s career began with the award winning and international headline making Balloon Boy: The Musical, for which he was the youngest writer ever selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival at 17. Its World Premiere Production was featured on CBS, NBC, NPR, Colorado Public Radio, TIME.com, the LA Times, and even Fox News, and has since been produced across the country. By the time he was a senior at Fordham University, he had already penned the music and lyrics to a hit off-broadway musical; the long running “A Musical About Star Wars,” which transferred to St. Luke’s Theatre for a year long run after an initial run at Theatre Row. It is slated to re-open once the New York Theatre Shutdown ends, and its cast album is available on Broadway Records.
May 16, 2021
Be Our Guest with Jeffrey Lodin and William Squier
JEFFREY LODIN and WILLIAM SQUIER have collaborated on the musicals Disney’s Doug Live! (Walt Disney World), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players, SBT, NMTN “Director’s Choice”, Global Search for New Musicals, Curtain Call, New Voices in the Heartland), Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, SBT), A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call), Baby Bumps (Curtain Call, B.T. McNicholl, dir., Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s The PiTCH) and their latest collaboration, Love on Ice (Book & Co-Lyrics: Bill Nabel). In 2013, the team was commissioned to write a musical stage adaptation of the successful children’s book Merrilee Mannerly, in collaboration with authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. They were also commissioned by the Spirit of Broadway Theater to write the score for Benedict Arnold, in collaboration with Pulitzer-nominated playwright Richard Vetere. Their songs have appeared on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug’s First Movie; and at the International Children’s Festival. Both Jeff and Bill are members of the Dramatists Guild and BMI.
May 09, 2021
Be Our Guest with Alexander S. Bermange, Chris Whittaker and Luke Bayer
We speak with Alexander S. Bermange (composer/lyricist), Chris Whittaker (director/choreographer ), Luke Bayer (Leading Man) of the musical 'I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical'. An award-winning comedic musical revue revealing the secrets of musical theatre; productions in London, Edinburgh, and Seoul. https://bermange.co.uk/iwmlwlam
May 02, 2021
Be Our Guest with... Sean Yauk
Sean is the founder & managing Artistic Director of 4Score productions which was founded by in 2019. Sean Yauk (BA, MAAL) is a professional arts manager, producer, music director, and composer from Toronto, Canada. With a combined interest in musical theatre, politics, and classical music, he spent several years exploring live performance as an actor, musician, director, researcher, arranger, and writer. He completed an academic research project exploring the impacts of commercial theatre venues in Canadian cities. This inspired him to continue to write about the commercial musical theatre industry! Currently, Sean serves as the owner and managing artistic director of 4Score. He also serves as a fund development and management consultant associated with Global Philanthropic, specializing in strategic development work for not for profit arts organizations.
April 25, 2021
Be Our Guest with John Walbolt, Katelyn Lauria & Joshua Pemberton
We speak with the creator and stars of the short film 'Non-Eq' Stacy and Michael dream of being in a Broadway musical, but they are still at the bottom of the industry as non-equity (non-union) actors living in New York City. Full of determination to build their careers, they race to be seen at an audition for a regional theater production currently casting in the city, but it’s not an easy life being Non-Eq!
April 18, 2021
Matthew R. Kerns on Be Our Guest
Matthew is an artist, educator, and community leader. His artistic body of work is multi-disciplinary and some of his favorite projects are: A Christmas Carol, an eight-minute solo-performance; Read, Sing; Resist, Melania Trump; The Talking Cure Speaks; Gay Fantasia, a late-night immersive event; CHICKEN, a solo-performance journey of life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness in the shadow of HIV, as well as directing productions of FROST/NIXON and 1984. As an educator he has taught at independent schools, colleges and universities across the nation. His students have gone on to careers starring in Broadway shows, television, and major motion pictures. In 2006, Matthew was a member of faculty awarded the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Alliance for the Arts Education Network. Matthew is the Producing Executive Director at St Lou Fringe and Director of the Emerging Leaders Program & Member Relations for FOCUS St. Louis. He also owns an independent arts company named, The Drama Club STL. Matthew was honored to be named one of the 2020 Diverse Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal last year for his work with St Lou Fringe.
April 11, 2021
Annemarie Lewis Thomas on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Originally from Swansea, South Wales, Annemarie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989. The degree majored in music with voice & piano as joint first instruments and trumpet as her third instrument. On leaving college she co-founded the TIE Top Hat Theatre Company, writing original mini-musicals for schools on any subject the schools required. In 2009 Annemarie opened her own drama college – The MTA. In 2012 it was named as the School of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards. In 2017 it became the only college to win the award for a second time.
April 04, 2021
Devanand Janki on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Devanand Janki is an award winning Director-Choreographer based in New York City. His credits include, Off-B’way: Zanna, Don’t! (Winner Lortel, Callaway and GLAAD Awards), Junie B. Jones (Lortel nomination.), Henry and Mudge (Lortel nom.), The Yellow Brick Road (Callaway Nom.), Skippyjon Jones (Lortel Nom.), This One Girl’s Story, Cupid and Psyche, Love and Real Estate and Romantic Poetry. The All Star Broadway concerts for the Actors Fund: Hair, Funny Girl, Dreamgirls (Assoc.) and Seth Rudestky’s Broadway 101. Lincoln Center: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Babes in Toylandand Anything Goes in concert (Choreo. Assist.); 9 years as Artistic Assoc. for BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares. Regional Theatre: The Wings of Ikarus Jackson , Barrio Grrrl! (Kennedy Center), Rent, The Rocky Horror Show (Hangar Theatre) Disney’s Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare), Asphalt Beach, Full Monty, Scarlet Pimpernel, Man of La Mancha. TYA tours: Martha Speaks, Nate the Great, If You Give a Pig Pancake, The Berenstain Bears and The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour at the Wharton Center. As a performer Dev has appeared on Broadway in Cats, Miss Saigon, The King and I and Side Show and tours of West Side Story and A Chorus Line. He is the Artistic Director of Live & In Color which develops new plays and musicals for diverse artists.
March 28, 2021
Neil Coombs & Grace Kosaka (Billy & the Dreamerz) on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Set in the tumultuous political and cultural landscape of the UK in the 1980s, Billy & the Dreamerz tells the story of a small-town band presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. As winner of a national music contest, Billy & the Dreamerz are offered the ultimate prize, a tour of the USA. On the eve of their departure tragedy strikes and Billy must choose between love, fame and family. From tender ballads to protest rock songs, Billy & the Dreamerz rides on the ‘New Wave’, telling a moving story of Love, Hope and Dreamz. Billy & the Dreamerz arrives at a time of resurgent interest in all things 80’s, uniting music fans across multiple generations. With its emphasis on the strong bonds of friendship in the face of working class struggles, Billy & the Dreamerz is a modern Musical inspired by the Dickens classics ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (novel) and ‘Oliver!’ (Musical). Refracted through the lens of 1980’s music and culture, Billy & the Dreamerz explores the gulf between opportunity and obligation - a gulf that is ultimately bridged by love.
March 21, 2021
Eric Holmes, Nat Zegree, and Marc Levine on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Nat has been playing piano since he was three years old. A proud native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Nat performs one-man shows and concerts across the country. Nat is also a writer/composer and recording artist. He has written music and original material for CBS’ “The Good Fight,” and his original album “Fly More Than You Fall” (not the musical) is available on iTunes! He has written three original musicals with writing partner Eric Holmes, including “Fly More Than You Fall.” Eric’s musical Fly More Than You Fall that he wrote with Nat Zegree, premiered at the NOORDA Center in Orem, Utah in 2019 where it won nine regional Broadway World Awards, including Best Musical and Best New Work. Marc started his own agency Premier Party Servers, Inc. in 1989. He later developed an elevated version of that staffing company - Model Bartenders, Inc. in 2001. Since then both of those agencies have staffed and produced over 20,000 events. Gemini Theatrical Investors, LLC. began in 2013 - formed to correspond with Marc's passion for investing in Broadway and West End shows. Highlighted credits include - Now: Company (Broadway) • Tina -The Tina Turner Musical (Broadway) • Hadestown - (Broadway-Tony Award ) • My Fair Lady (USA Tour) Upcoming: Fly More Than You Fall • American Buffalo (Broadway).
March 14, 2021
David Warrack on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
David Warrack was born in Calgary, and first performed on the radio when he was five. It’s pretty much been non-stop since then. He has a commanding presence in every facet of the arts/entertainment industry. David has a varied career as a Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Librettist, Arranger, Orchestrator, Music Director, Director, Satirist, Comedian, Actor, Poet, Producer, Impresario, Bon Vivant, and Hockey Coach – he has truly done it all! And judging by his project board, “he’s only just begun”. As a writer, he has had 66 shows produced professionally and he has been Musical Director for over two hundred productions across North America, including Shenandoah starring John Cullum on Broadway. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto for his production of Toronto, Toronto, and for outstanding Music Direction on the production of Closer Than Ever.
March 07, 2021
Jim Byk on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Veteran Broadway press agent Jim Byk is the co-founder of The Press Room, a theatrical and entertainment publicity office based in New York City. Current clients include Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Born for This, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, Broadway Black’s The Antonyo Awards, Beyond Babel, Working Girl The Musical, Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, Havana Music Hall, Make Some Noise: The Legend of Frankie Wilde, Out of the Box Theatrics’ The Last Five Years and Baby, Vineyard Theatre, The Wooster Group, Barrington Stage Company, Miami New Drama’s Seven Deadly Sins, Why Not Theatre’s Mahabharata for the Shaw Festival, actor/pianist Hershey Felder, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Hunter Theater Project, Theatre Row, New York Classical Theatre, Swamp Motel, Shakespeare’s Globe and Southern California’s 3-D Theatricals.
February 28, 2021
Ernest Kohl on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Ernest has been singing, dancing, and acting professionally since childhood. His formal training began at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. A protégé of famed vocal teacher Katie Agresta, Ernest credits her for helping him develop his critically acclaimed vocal talents. He has studied dance with the American Ballet Theater and the respected choreographers' Chuck Kelly and Drew Packolyk. A recording artist and multi-talented performer, he has become a celebrated force within the music industry with an impressive body of international hits. With 21 consecutive “Top Ten” smash singles, seventeen of which soared to the Number One position in Dance Music Authority (DMA), Billboard, Street Sound and Dance Music Report’s (DMR) Top Fifty charts and Dance Radio charts
February 22, 2021
MTR Special Presentation: Word: The Urban Musical - Radio Presentation
Hear the complete radio presentation of Word: the Urban Musical by Dante' Pirtle
February 15, 2021
Dante Pirtle on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Dante is a writer, director, and educator. More Information: Word: The Urban Musical
February 14, 2021
Marc Levine on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Marc is an entrepreneur and producer who started out in the service industry as a cater waiter while attending college. After receiving requests from other vendors for him to help them with staffing their events - Marc started his own agency Premier Party Servers, Inc. in 1989. He later developed an elevated version of that staffing company - Model Bartenders, Inc. in 2001. Since then both of those agencies have staffed and produced over 20,000 events. Gemini Theatrical Investors, LLC. began in 2013 - formed to correspond with Marc's passion for investing in Broadway and West End shows. Highlighted credits include - Now: Company (Broadway) • Tina -The Tina Turner Musical (Broadway) • Hadestown - (Broadway-Tony Award ) • My Fair Lady (USA Tour) Upcoming: Fly More Than You Fall • American Buffalo (Broadway).
February 06, 2021
Darren Clark on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Darren is a composer, lyricist and founder of New UK Musicals More Info: New UK Musicals
January 31, 2021
Neil Gooding on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Neil is a producer, director & writer in Australia. More Info: GoodingProductions.com
January 24, 2021
Lisa Rubin on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Lisa is the Artistic & Executive Director for the Seagal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada More Info: Seagal Centre for the Performing Arts
January 17, 2021
Grayce Hoffman & Michael Philp O'Brien (11th Hour Theatre Company) on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Grayce is the Director Of Communications and Michael is the Producing Artistic Director & Co-Founder of 11th Hour Theatre Company. More Info: 11thhourtheatrecompany.org
January 10, 2021
Wendy Carr on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Wendy is a singer and actress based between London and the North-East of Scotland. Originally, Wendy studied opera at Leeds College of Music then went on to gain 2 years' professional experience in opera with Leeds-based company, Young Opera Venture, in a number of roles including Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen) and Anne Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor). She then went on to study acting on the 1-year Professional Acting Course at Drama Studio London, and since has performed frequently in London and nationwide, including the London productions of Princess Ida, Closer Than Ever and A Well-Remembered Voice, and various cabarets and special guest appearances at The Other Palace, Live at Zedel, The Pheasantry and Leicester Square Theatre. As well as a soloist, she’s a founding member of London's leading classical-crossover girl group, Ida. With Ida she has gained entry into the Christmas classical charts with their Christmas album, Believe; appeared on BBC1's This Week Christmas Special twice; was nominated for a Classical Brit award; performed at West End Live; featured on charity single 'The Hero' alongside other West-End and Hollywood faces; and headlined Noosa Alive Festival in Australia, as well as performing all over the world on luxury cruiselines. https://www.wendycarr.co.uk/
November 22, 2020
Michael Gordon Shapiro on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Michael is a composer, lyricist and book writer. More Info: http://mikemusic.com/
November 15, 2020
Tim Sebastian (10glo.com) & Return to the Green Room (Creative Team of the musical The Green Room) on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Learn more about 10glo.com Learn more about The Green Room
November 08, 2020
Mark Shenton on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mark is a London based theatre critic. More Info: Shentonstage.com
November 01, 2020
Mark S. Hoebee on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mark is the Associate Director at Paper Mill Playhouse. More Info: papermill.org
October 25, 2020
David Connolly on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
David is a performer, director, choreographer and creator of 'Matinee to Z' a musical theatre master class series. More Information: https://www.davidwconnolly.com/matinee-to-z
October 18, 2020
John Yap on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
John is the founder and owner of Jay Records. More information: www.jayrecords.com
October 11, 2020
Mark Robinson on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mark is the co-author of the book "Musical Misfires" https://store.bookbaby.com/book/musical-misfires
October 04, 2020
David Serero on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
David is a singer, producer and creator of the musical 'Scarface: The Musical"
September 27, 2020
Ned Donovan on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Ned is a performer, writer, producer for stage, screen and internet. More info: www.neddonovan.com
September 20, 2020
Julian Eaves on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Julian is a writer, composer, lyricist and theatre critic in the UK.
September 14, 2020
Andrea Menard on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Andrea is a singer/actor and creator of the musical "The Velvet Devil.
August 02, 2020
Noa Spero on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Noa is the social media guru for Broadway Custom Twitter: @Broadway_Custom
July 26, 2020
Adam Gwon & Michael Mitnick on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Adam and Michael are the creators of the musical Scotland PA.
July 19, 2020
Joshua Hinck & Scott Wasserman of 'Losing my Mind: A Sondheim Disco on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Joshua and Scott are the creators of the CD Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Disco
July 05, 2020
Jennifer Turliuk on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Jennifer is the lyricist and bookwriter of "Quarter Life Crisis: The Musical.
June 28, 2020
Stephanie Graham on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Stephanie is a Canadian actor, director and choreographer.
June 21, 2020
Bruce Dow on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Bruce is an actor and creator of musicals. He has performed in both Canada and the United States on Broadway and at the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
June 14, 2020
Simon Greiff from SimG Productions on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Simon is an actor, director, producer and founder of SimG Productions and SimG Records. More Info: SimG Productions
June 07, 2020
Peter Michael Marino on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Peter is the creator of the musical "Desperately Seeking Susan" then his follow up one man show "Desperately Seeking the Exit" More Info: www.petermmarino.com
June 01, 2020
Glenn Slater on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Glenn has written lyrics for such #musicals as 'Sister Act', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Love Never Dies' & 'School of Rock' as well as for the TV show 'Galavant'
May 24, 2020
Noel Katz on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Noel is an American composer, lyricist, and bookwriter for musical theatre. More info: Noelkatz.wordpress.com
May 20, 2020
Ashley Griffin on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Ashley is an award winning actor, director and creator of the musicals "Lyra: A Dark Fairytale" & "Spectacle: The Musical"
May 10, 2020
Carl Danielsen on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Carl is a teacher and creator of the musical "Pride and Prejudice: When a Vampire Loves a Werewolf" More Info: Pride and Prejudice: When a Vampire Loves a Werewolf
May 01, 2020
Rebecca Aparicio on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Rebecca is the co-creator of the musical 'Pedro Pan'. More Info: Pedro Pan
April 27, 2020
Lorna Wells and Eudora Yutong Qiao on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Lorna and Eudora are the creators of the musical "It Tastes Like Home" More Information: It Tastes Like Home
April 17, 2020
Mariana Salazar Alvarez on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mariana is a stage manager and production manager in Mexico.
April 11, 2020
Bradley McCaw on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Brad is a performer and creator of musicals in Australia. More Information: http://www.bradleymccaw.com/
April 05, 2020
John Sinclair on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
John is a former keyboardist for Ozzy Osborne and Spinal Tap as well as the composer and lyricist of the musical "Voice of a Generation"
March 30, 2020
Sue Fabisch on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Sue is the creator of "Motherhood: The Musical" More Information: Motherhood: The Musical
March 23, 2020
Aimee Lococo-Sarabura on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Aimee is a performer, director, choreographer and accountant. More Information: https://www.lococosarabura.com/
March 16, 2020
Stuart Brayson Returns! on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Three times a charm as the talented creator Stuart Brayson visits us once again to talk about his show 'Pink Angora Sweater', '2 Dumb' and 'From Here To Eternity'.
March 09, 2020
Katy Lipson on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Katy is the company director and producer of Aria Entertainment. More Info: http://aria-entertainment.com/
March 02, 2020
Elise Dewsberry from New Musicals Inc on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Elise is the Artistic Direct of New Musicals Inc as well as an accomplished performer. More Info: www.nmi.org
February 18, 2020
Noelle Hannibal on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Noelle is a performer, for both stage and screen and founder of the theatre company "In The Wings Promotions. More Info: www.inthewingspromotions.com
February 10, 2020
James Marino from Broadway Radio on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
James is the founder of Broadway Radio, a podcast that everyday delivers all the news from the Great White Way. Their podcast can be heard on Musical Theatre Radio Monday through Friday at 8am and 8pm EST More Info: www.BraodwayRadio.com
January 27, 2020
Tralen Doler from Broadway Licensing on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Tralen is the Director of Marketing at Broadway Licensing as well as an accomplished performer. More Info: www.broadwaylicensing.com
January 20, 2020
David Sisco and Laura Josepher from ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
David Sisco and Laura Josepher run ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com a subscription website that connects voice teachers, students and musical theatre professionals with today’s best contemporary writers and songs. More Info: www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com
January 11, 2020
Jeff Thomson on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Jeff Thomson is an accomplished composer who's works include: Pump Up the Volume, Nancy Drew: The Musical, and The Oliver Experiment to name a few. More Information: www.jeffthomsonmusic.com
December 21, 2019
Douglas Lyons on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Douglas Lyons is an accomplished actor and one half of the writing team of Lyons & Pakchar. Douglas's works include Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Five Points and Beau. More Information: www.lyonsandpakchar.com
December 16, 2019
Mark Perry on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mark Perry is the Executive Director of the Chiswick Playhouse in London, UK More Information: http://www.chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/
November 30, 2019
Sara Eker and Giles Fernando on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Sara & Giles are a UK based musical theatre writing team, who's works include: Country Dreams and Barcelona! More Information: http://www.saraandgiles.co.uk/
November 19, 2019
Paul Boyd THEN Billy Reece on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Paul Boyd is the composer and lyricist for 23 musicals and counting working in the UK. Billy Reece is an up and coming composer and lyricist based in NYC
November 04, 2019
Stuart Brayson Returns on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
We follow up with Stuart Brayson to see how the his shows are going and what the future holds
October 19, 2019
Alena Bernardi THEN Sami Staitman and Corbin Williams on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Alena Bernardi is an accomplished singer/actor and the creator of the musical Swiped: APPily Ever After. Sami Staitman and Corbin Williams are cast members of the Off Broadway hit "The Green Room"
October 18, 2019
Craig Christie on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Craig Christie is a prolific writer with over 30 musicals to his name. A former teacher from Australia, he now makes a full time living writing musicals. More Information Website: http://nomatesproductions.com/ Twitter: @nomatesprod
September 19, 2019
Donald Sanborn III on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Donald Sanborn III is a copyright assistant, composer, freelance writer and theatre reviewer. He is also a founding member of the From Scratch Performance Company. More Information Website: https://donaldhsanborniii.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @don3comp Website: https://fromscratchperfco.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @FromScratchPerf
September 08, 2019
Holly Reed on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Holly Reed is the Owner/Chief Excitement Officer of musicalwriters.com. This website was created to help Musical Theatre creators develop their works as well as give them a central location for resources such as producing tips, writing tips as well as a wealth of other knowledge to help creators succeed. More Information www.musicalwriters.com Twitter: @musicalwriters @hollyreed13 Faebook: MusicalWriters.com
September 03, 2019
jackbenny on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
jackbenny is comprised of twin brothers, Jack and Benny Lipson, a writing and performing duo based in California More Information https://www.jackbennynow.com/ Twitter: @jackbennynow Facebook: jackbennynow
August 19, 2019
Chuck Pelletier, Stephen Foster and Rod Damer on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Meet the creative team behind the up coming Off Broadway hit " The Green Room" Music and Lyrics by Chuck Pelletier Book by C. Stephen Foster and Rod Damer https://www.millercoffmanproductions.com/shows
August 11, 2019
Athena So and Shannon Murtagh on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Athena So and Shannon Murtagh, a couple of women in their early twenties blazing a trail in the musical theatre scene with their new theatre company, "On It's Way Musical Productions" https://www.facebook.com/onitswaymp
August 05, 2019
Eric Sirota on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Eric Sirota is the composer the musicals 'Frankenstein' an 'You're Name on my Lips' and has a PhD in Physics. More Information: Frankenstein You're Name on my Lips
July 28, 2019
Stephen Cole on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Stephen Cole is an accomplished lyricist and librettist and has written 15 musicals and counting. He has worked with legends in the musical theatre industry including Hal Linden, Gavin MacLeod, Chita Rivera as well as was friends with Ethel Merman. Stephen also wrote the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East "ASPIRE", More Information: https://www.stephencolewriter.org/
July 20, 2019
Stuart Brayson on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Stuart Brayson is a lyricist and librettist based in the UK who has written many shows including "From Here to Eternity" and "Pink Angora Sweater" to name just a few. More Information: https://www.stuartbrayson.co.uk/
June 29, 2019
Ray Rackham on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Ray Rackham is a lyricist & playwright as well as the owner of Overtures West End Musical Theatre Piano Bar. More Information: Ray Rackham --- Overtures
June 23, 2019
Stephen Miller and Jessica Jennings on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Stephen Miller is the Artistic Director and Stage Manager for the upcoming Off Broadway show, "The Green Room" and Jessica Jennings is the director of this production.
June 15, 2019
Alena Bernardi on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Alena Bernardi is an accomplished singer/actor and the creator of the musical Swiped: APPily Ever After.
June 10, 2019
KayGeni and Paulina on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
A mystery guest or guests joins Jean-Paul Yovanoff to share their love of musical theatre. Some one famous or just a lover of showtunes, you never know who's going to be on the air each week. This week we have KayGeni and Paulina Luciani visit and talk about the new musical "The Miseducation of Man" by KayGeni.
June 03, 2019
Paul Boyd on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Paul Boyd is the composer and lyricist for 23 musicals and counting working in the UK.
May 31, 2019
Ryan Kelly on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Ryan Kelly is an accomplished actor, teacher, acting coach and quite the story teller. Find out how his Broadway audition went. Best, story, ever.
May 31, 2019
eSAX Networking Event on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Musical Theatre Radio attended the eSAX Networking Event in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and found out from Jarrod Goldsmith, the founder of eSAX a little about the event and then interviewed the average person to find out what their favourite musical was.
May 31, 2019
Danny Sylvan on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Danny Sylvan is a recent graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and alumni of the theatre company Vanier College Productions. Listen in as we talk about racial barriers to theatre as well as the future of Terminator: The musical.
May 31, 2019
Wilton and Barry Brown on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Wilton and Barry Brown are the composers and lyricists to the musical called "Do You Remember Me?" which tells the story of two children in the Residential Schools system, taken from their parents to be raised as “White” in church/state run schools and their attempt to escape.
May 31, 2019
Paulina Luciani and Stefan Porfirio on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Paulina Luciani and Stefan Porfirio are both recent graduates of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and alumni of the theatre company Vanier College Productions. Listen in as we find out their favourite musicals as well as who won't be hiring them in the future.
May 31, 2019