This Week on Broadway for August 22, 2021: Douglas Carter Beane and Andy Einhorn

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Douglas Carter Beane and Andy Einhorn.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

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Guests: Douglas Carter Beane, Andy Einhorn

Douglas Carter Beane: Wikipedia | BroadwayWorld | Playbill | Concord Theatricals | Twitter | IBDB | IMDB

Douglas Carter Beane has written the screenplays for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; Advice From a Caterpillar (Best Film, Aspen Comedy Festival, Best Feature, Toyota Comedy Festival) and Skinner’s Eddy. His plays include As Bees In Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award, Drama Desk Best Play Nomination); The Country Club (LA Times Critics’ Choice & Dramalogue Awards); Music From A Sparkling Planet; Advice From A Caterpillar (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination); White Lies; Devil May Care and Old Money. His new musical, The Big Time (with music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen), was just produced by Drama Dept. The Little Dog Laughed, which transferred from Second Stage Theatre, was his Broadway debut.

Beane wrote the book for Xanadu, a stage musical adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, adding new plot twists and humor parodying the original movie. Beane won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

In 2011, Beane was hired to “doctor” the book for the musical Sister Act, alongside Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Beane wrote the book of the Broadway Musical Lysistrata Jones and rewrote the book for a new adaptation of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Nance, a new play for Lincoln Center, starred Nathan Lane and directed by Jack O’Brien. Beane has also revised the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of the operetta Die Fledermaus. Beane is currently the artistic director of the Drama Dept. Theater Company in New York.

Andy Einhorn:

ANDY EINHORN (Music Supervisor, Co-Arranger and Orchestrator)

Broadway (MD/Conductor): Carousel, Hello, Dolly!, Holiday Inn, Bullets Over Broadway, Cinderella, Brief Encounter, Sondheim on Sondheim. Tours: Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, The Lion King. Music director for Audra McDonald. Concert appearances include New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra. TV: The Oscars, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Honors Graduate: Rice University.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary as “The Miracle of the Forest,” Forestburgh Playhouse, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp, proudly presents a new version of the Rodgers & Hart musical classic, Babes in Arms from August 24 through September 5.

Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms, with a fresh, witty and relevant script by acclaimed playwright, Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, is the quintessential ‘Hey, kids, let’s put on a show’ musical.

“It truly is a thrill that Douglas Carter Beane chose to bring his fresh, witty and relevant revival of Babes in Arms to the Forestburgh Playhouse,” said Producer Franklin Trapp. “This tale couldn’t be more perfect here and now as the Playhouse celebrates its 75th Anniversary–indeed, back in 1947, an intrepid group of artists bought a barn in the Town of Forestburgh and turned it into a theatre and here we are today. ‘Babes’ at the Playhouse is a match made in heaven.”

Douglas Carter Beane added, “One of the greatest scores ever written for a musical? One of the all-time iconic premises of the Broadway Theater – ‘I have a barn, let’s put on a show!’? A super cute, multi-talented Swiss Army knife cast that acts, dances, sings and plays instruments? It’s just what I want to do in this world of “no” and meanness. Some good old American optimism and wise-ass jokes.”

Beane’s previous works include the Tony-nominated Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Little Dog Laughed, As Bees in Honey Drown, The Country Club, Sister Act and The Nance. He wrote the screenplay for 1995’s To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Beane’s newest work, Fairycakes, is set to premiere Off Broadway in October.

The production is Directed by Douglas Carter Beane, Choreographed by Ellenore Scott (Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical/Little Shop of Horrors), Co-arranger and Orchestrator/Music Supervisor by Andy Einhorn, Co-arranger and Orchestrator/Associate Music Supervisor by Mike Brun. Musical Direction by T.C. Kincer.

Babes in Arms features Eric Siegle (Valentine LaMar), Aliza Ciara (Dolores Reynolds), Liat Shuflita (Baby Rose), Tia Karaplis (Billie Smith), Jeffrey Marc Alkins (Marshall Blackstone), GraceAnn Kontak (Mitzi), Joseph Monseur (Petey), Dan Kelly (Booker), Logan Schmucker (Lincoln) and M.L. Catwell (Gus).

The design team includes Tim Golebiewski (Scenic Designer), Ethan Newman (Lighting Designer), Kevin Semancik (Sound Designer), Ashleigh Poteat (Costume Designer), Lorelei Davis (Properties Mistress), Shawn Boyle (Projection Designer), Hannah Yankowitz (Assistant Stage Manager). Caroline B. Jackson is Production Stage Manager.

This coming-of-age musical comedy premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on April 14, 1937. Featuring Mitzi Green and Alfred Drake, the musical ran for 239 performances. The 1939 MGM film version, starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, furnished a new plot and kept only two of the original songs. Babes in Arms has never been revived on Broadway, but was presented in concert in 1989 with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evans Haile, and in 1999 for New York City Center’s Encores!

The Original Cast (podcast): Douglas Carter Beane / Babes in Arms – 1999 New York Cast Recording

Micki Grant passed away

Peter: Merry Wives @ The Delacorte Theater, through September 18, 2021

Peter: The Book Of Moron by Robert Dubac @ SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street

Michael: Saw a few shows at Feinstein’s 54 Below

Jason Danieley

André De Shields

Liz Callaway

Peter: Trial on the Potomac: The Impeachment of Richard Nixon @ the Theatre at St. Clement’s

Peter: Ni Mi Madre @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

More I Cannot Wish You from Guys and Dolls 1976 Broadway Revival

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Opening: 1989 Babes In Arms Studio Cast Recording Overture

Middle: 1989 Babes In Arms Studio Cast Recording Overture

Closing: More I Cannot Wish You from Guys and Dolls 1976 Broadway Revival

Other Music: The Lounge from

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