James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Jennifer Ashley Tepper about her book The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the world’s most famous theaters. We also chat with Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick about their musical: Disaster! After that we discuss a few news items of the week.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks being his most recent. His columns appear at MTI, Kritzerland, Masterworks Broadway and many other places.
December 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St.
Featuring: Philip Hoffman, William Parry, Julia Peterson, Maureen Silliman, and Hayden Wall
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadway, The Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at FollowSpotPhoto.com and many other places on the internet.
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Guest: Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a Musical Theatre Historian and Producer and has worked on Broadway shows including [title of show], Godspell, The Performers and Macbeth. She is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award- winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute which celebrates underappreciated musicals. In addition, Tepper is Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. Other credits include projects and shows with Ars Nova, NAMT, The Producing Office, PBS, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, NYMF, Second Stage Theatre Company, The York Theatre, and The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. Tepper collaborates often with the group known as “Joe Iconis & Family” and is currently the Director of Programming at 54 Below.
Guest: Seth Rudetsky
SETH RUDETSKY (Co-Creator original concept, Co-writer, “Ted”) is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows including LES MIZ, PHANTOM and RAGTIME and was the Artist Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Concerts including DREAMGIRLS (with Audra McDonald) and HAIR (with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson), for which he also received a Grammy nomination as co-producer of the cast recording. In 2007 he played Sheldon on Broadway in THE RITZ with Rosie Perez (directed by Joe Montello) and in 2010 he starred in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG opposite Sutton Foster. On TV, he’s appeared as a real estate agent on “Law & Order: C.I.,” Rudy, a Las Vegas choreographer, on “All MY Children,” as well as on MTV’s “Legally Blonde” reality show and Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” as himself. A three-time Emmy Award nominated television writer (“The Rosie O’Donnell Show”), Seth has also written the books “The Q Guide to Broadway,” “Broadway Nights,” (in its 3rd printing) and the recent “My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan” (Random House). His new reality show can be viewed on his online TV network: www.SethTV.com.
Guest: Jack Plotnick
JACK PLOTNICK (Co-Writer, Director, “Tony”). Most recently, Jack wrote and directed the feature film SPACE STATION 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer. He produced, directed and acted on the 2006 Lifetime Television comedy series “Lovespring International.” Jack executive produced and starred in the award winning feature film (and cult hit!) GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS. As an actor, he has appeared in countless TV shows, commercials and features, including sizable roles in MEET THE FOCKERS, GODS AND MONSTERS, and DOWN WITH LOVE. He has had recurring and series regular roles on shows such as The Mentalist,” “Reno 911,” “Drawn Together,” “Ellen,” and “Action.” Jack’s highly acclaimed acting workshops have become hugely popular in Los Angeles and New York City. www.JackPlotnick.com
Frozen (Official Site)
PF: Little Miss Sunshine @ Second Stage, Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W 43rd St
MP: Family Furniture @ Flea
MP: Hamlet @ 45 Bleecker
PF: Witness by the World
Bloomberg cuts arts staff
Turn The Beat Around – Gloria Estafan
I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – England Dan & John Ford Coley
(Both are songs used in “Disaster!”)
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