Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Grover Dale about his career including the Original Broadway Cast of West Side Story, Li’l Abner, Greenwillow, and Sail Away. He also directed, choreographed, and doctored many shows including The Magic Show, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Mail, King of Schnorrers, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It, Molly, Seesaw, and Billy. We also discuss the ongoing Broadway show suspensions and the four great writers who have birthdays in March. This show was suggested by listener Alan Teasley. Thank you Alan!
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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of CastAlbumReviews.com. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
Notes and links for the podcast.
Guest: Grover Dale
Original Cast of West Side Story
Working with Sondheim
Grover Dale was on a cruise from Sydney through Southeast Asia. With the Coronavirus thing going on, multiple ports have refused entry to his ship.
Jesus Christ Superstar choreography
Doctored four shows: Seesaw, Molly, Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers, Magic Show.
LAST WEEK: BROADWAY THEATRES TO SUSPEND PERFORMANCES THROUGH APRIL 12, 2020
Birthdays in March: Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, and John Kander
‘His songs are like a fabulous steak’: an all-star toast to Stephen Sondheim
From West Side Story to Company, he revolutionised the musical. As the supreme lyricist and composer turns 90, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane and more pay tribute
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