Musical Theatre Radio presents "Be Our Guest"
By Jean Paul Yovanoff
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 3, 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 5, 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 8, 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 1, 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 5, 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 6, 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 9, 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 2, 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 4, 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 7, 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.
February 6, 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 an accomplished singer and member of the group Ida. More Info: Wendy / Ida
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 8, 2020
Mark Shenton on "Be Our Guest" presented by MTR
Mark is a London based theatre critic. More Info: Shentonstage.com
November 1, 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 4, 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 2, 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 5, 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 7, 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 1, 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 1, 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 5, 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 9, 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 2, 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 4, 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 8, 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 3, 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 5, 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 3, 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