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Broadway performer Stephanie Rothenberg 2017

Episode 66 - Feb. 17, 2017

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Stephanie Rothenberg is currently in the ensemble on Broadway in “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close.

Prior to appearing in “Sunset Boulevard,” Rothenberg was a part of the original Broadway ensemble of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” starring Daniel Radcliffe and understudied the role of Rosemary, performing it many times opposite Radcliffe. She then assumed the role full time when Nick Jonas replaced Daniel.

Between Broadway appearances Stephanie starred as Maria in “The Sound of Music” at the Stratford Festival, she appeared in Aziz Ansari’s popular Netflix show “Master of None” and acted in an award winning short film that might be on its way to an Oscar nod in 2018.

I spoke with Stephanie between performances in New York, our conversation, which covers the highs and lows of life onstage, is coming up

Show Notes

Stephanie’s previous podcast with me

Stephanie Rothenberg’s website
Follow Stephanie on Twitter
Follow Stephanie on Instagram
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Writers Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away

Episode 67 March 29, 2017

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Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the co-writers of the hit Broadway show “Come From Away,” are my guests on this podcast.

Irene and David, went from producing a playful musical at the Toronto Fringe Festival to creating “Come From Away.”

Their Fringe show, “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” attracted the attention of producer David Mirvish who brought it from the Fringe to a larger theatre.

Mirvish also discovered “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Toronto Fringe, so the pressure for “Wiccan Wedding” to succeed was high. Things went well with that production and soon they were working on “Come From Away.”

“Come From Away” is a musical set in the town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the week following the September 11 attacks, when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town.

The people of Gander opened their homes and their hearts to the thousands of travelers, from all over the world, who were stranded.

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In the podcast Irene and David explain how their creative process began with a trip to Gander, Newfoundland to interview the town’s people and collect true stories that became the foundation for the musical.

They explain the development process, that included meaningful workshops with theatre students at The Canadian Music Theatre Project, at Sheridan College, and Goodspeed Musicals a non-profit organization dedicated to musical theater based in Connecticut.

The students at both locations worked on the script and Irene & David discuss how significant this process was to shaping the show.

 

In the podcast we talk about the sweet spot between David’s love of folk music and Irene’s love of Broadway musicals.

This intersection is reflected in NPR’s “First Listen” review of the “Come From Away Original Broadway Cast Recording:”
“While the rock influences (or at least the Broadway-rock influences) of “Come From Away” make it feel firmly like a modern piece, there is an echo in the story of classic American musical theater – specifically, “Brigadoon.”

Click for the “Come From Away,” Original Broadway Cast Recording

Come From Away original cast recording

On opening night Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau attended the show and met with Irene and David.

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Click the arrow near the top of this page, or this iTunes link, to listen to this podcast about “Come From Away.”

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Show Notes
Irene Sankoff and David Hein on Twitter.
Come From Away’s website for tickets, vdieos, etc.
Come From Away on Twitter.
Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program.
Goodspeed Musicals.
Washington Post article mentioning Trump’s decision not to attend opening night.
The Grand Theatre Gala with special guest Michael Rubinoff.
Review of “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding” at the Toronto Fringe.
About Mirvish Productions
The Toronto Fringe.
Irene and David “A Love Story Times Two” by J. Kelly Nestruck.
“Come From Away” Original Broadway Cast Recording.

Producer, actor: Ross Petty

Episode 61 - Nov. 10

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Ross Petty
Ross Petty grew up in Winnipeg but was soon performing in London, Paris and New York.

His career includes performing at London’s West End and the legendary Lido Cabaret in Paris.

In the U.S. and Canada Ross played the title role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” directed by Hal Prince.

Ross made his Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit’s “Wings,” co-starred with Ginger Rogers and Sid Caesar in a national tour of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” and created the role of Eddie Dorrance on TV”s “All My Children.”

He lives in Toronto with his wife Karen Kain Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

For the past 20 years Ross has been producing family musicals in the tradition of the British pantomime.

Ross is one of Canada’s most successful and enduring theatrical impresarios.

If you’ve ever produced a show you’ll want to listen because Ross talks about how he went from being an actor in the show to taking over as producer, getting sponsors, hiring writers, actors, and being the driving force behind one of Canada’s most successful, ongoing theatrical events. He also mentions the steps he took to create financial stability after losing a lot of money on a production.

As well as doing all that for 20 years Ross stared in the shows, often wearing a dress.

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Bertha Von Botox (2008)

This year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” marks the first time in 20 years Ross won’t be acting in the show.

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Hilary Farr and Ross Petty

Hilary Farr, from HGTV’s “Love It or List” is playing the evil match to AJ Bridel’s Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty is Perfect Family Fun.

Where else can the kids and you see top talent like A.J. Bridel, who just delivered a show-stopping performance in “Kinky Boots,” cutting loose in a theatre where the actors encourage the kids to yell at them with clever comebacks?

Even my 10 year old boy, who secretly watches “The Next Step,” on The Family Channel is enthralled by the opportunity to see “The Next Step’s” Alexandra Beaton and Taveeta Szymanowicz, who are part of the cast, dancing in the aisles.

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Taveeta Szymanowicz

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Sleeping Beauty
Starring A. J. Bridle, Eddie Glen and Hilary Farr.
Nov. 25 – Jan. 7
The Elgin Theatre 189 Yonge St. Toronto
Tickest start at $27
1-855-599-9090
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