Breaking the Curtain
By Breaking the Curtain
Breaking the Curtain is a podcast that features everything from Musical Theatre Show History episodes, Interviews with Broadway and West End creatives and the latest theatre news around the globe!
Breaking the CurtainMar 03, 2021
Ep129 - Silly Love Songs with TANISHA SPRING & DOM SIMPSON (Moulin Rouge!)
Breaking the Curtain is going from pink to ROUGE for this episode that is so exciting, it'll have you booking a ticket to see the show!
We're beyond honoured to be joined by TANISHA SPRING and DOM SIMPSON to chat all about playing Satine and Christian in the West End production of Moulin Rouge!
Listen to Tanisha and Dom share their favourite song(s) within the Elephant Love Medley, how they prepare for such a massive show, their iconic entrances in the musical and so much more!
Ep128 - Merrily We Chat with KATIE ROSE CLARKE (Merrily We Roll Along)
We are delighted to be joined by Broadway's Katie Rose Clarke to chat all about Merrily We Roll Along!
Katie shares insight into playing Beth in the Broadway revival, the recent midnight surprise cast recording drop, reuniting on stage with Lindsay Mendez and so much more!
Katie Rose Clarke is an actress and singer who has starred in both the Broadway and National Tour productions of hit shows THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and WICKED, and she was also featured in the Original Broadway Cast of ALLEGIANCE and in the revival of legendary musical MISS SAIGON. Katie is currently on Broadway in the revival of Merrily We Roll Along.
Ep127 - Millennials are Killing Musicals with NICO JUBER, KRISTOLYN LLOYD & DIANA HUEY
OMG! We're joined by Nico Juber (music, lyrics & book), Kristolyn Lloyd (Brenda) and Diana Huey (Katrina) to chat all about Millennials are Killing Musicals!
We're beyond obsessed with this new musical and cannot stop listening to the cast recording! So, make yourself an avocado toast, settle in with a PSL and listen to these incredible artists tell you all about the musical!
Ep126 - Bella's Journey with ALLISON SHEPPARD (Jagged Little Pill)
We're beyond thrilled to be joined by Allison Sheppard who plays Bella in the National Touring Production of Jagged Little Pill!
Allison chats with us about her audition journey, insight into her powerful character, loving Alanis Morissette, fan interactions at the stage door, her real-life friendship with Dillon Klena (Nick Healy) and so much more!
*Trigger warning: sexual assault
Ep125 - Standby Slayer with JULIA MCLELLAN (SIX)
Listen up Queendom! We're joined by Julia McLellan who is currently in the Canadian company of SIX: The Musical as the alternate for Jane Seymour, Katherine Howard and Anne Boleyn.
Julia has performed on stages across North America, including three companies of the Tony award winning hit Kinky Boots The Musical-- on Broadway, the Broadway 1st National Tour, and the original Canadian cast. She has had the pleasure of leading shows on some of Canada’s most prestigious stages: starring as Val Clark in The Stratford Festival's A Chorus Line, as Persephone in the North American premiere of Mythic, in the original cast of Musical Stage Co.'s world premiere of Kelly v. Kelly, Doralee Rhodes in Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 at the Citadel theatre, and alternating the role of Dorothy Gale on the 1st National tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz.
Her stage career intertwines with her climate activism, as she is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Green Alliance, the national not-for-profit dedicated to bridging the gap between theatre and sustainability.
Ep124 - Nerdy Prudes Must Love WILL BRANNER
We are beyond thrilled to be joined by one of our favourite performers, Will Branner!
Will is best known for appearing in the National Touring Productions of Mean Girls and Bat Out of Hell: The Musical as LeDoux. He recently made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Back to the Future: The Musical and starred in the internet sensation: Nerdy Prudes Must Die as Max.
We chat with Will about the phone call he received with news of his Broadway Debut, the epic fan response to Nerdy Prudes Must Die, the sudden closure of the Bat Out of Hell US Tour and much more!
Ep123 - The Curse of the Marquis Theatre
Do you believe Broadway's Marquis Theatre is cursed?
We dive deep into 'The Great Theatre Massacre of 1982', which brought down five theatres including the historic Morosco Theatre and the original Helen Hayes Theatre to make room for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.
Could a curse upon the location be the reason why many shows have been unsuccessful flops at the Marquis Theatre?
It's hard to ignore the eerie coincidence that many shows have struggled to find success at the Marquis Theatre. Some even say that the ghost of the Morosco Theatre haunts the location, seeking revenge for its demolition. Regardless of the reason, we discuss the flops and successful productions that once played at the Marquis including Cry-Baby, Nick and Nora, Evita, 9 to 5, Beetlejuice, Once Upon a One More Time and more!
Ep122 - Large Parties with SAMANTHA PAULY (The Great Gatsby)
We're beyond thrilled to be joined by Samatha Pauly for the season final of Breaking the Curtain!
Samantha joins us to chat about playing the role of Jordan Baker in the Paper Mill Playhouse premiere of The Great Gatsby.
This world premiere musical adaptation of the acclaimed novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the impassioned tale of eccentric and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby in his tragic pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, the woman he’s loved since his youth. Directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful), this story of extravagance and longing in the lavish Roaring Twenties features a book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones) and a jazz- and pop-influenced original score by Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square)
Samantha Pauly is best known for originating the role of Katherine Howard in SIX the Musical on Broadway, as well as her portrayal of Eva Peron in Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed West End revival of Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
She has starred in many regional productions in Chicago including Betsy in Honeymoon in Vegas, Eva Peron in Evita, Jovie in Elf the Musical, and Amber von Tussle in Hairspray, to name a few. In 2018, Samantha starred as Valkyrie in the First National tour of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell The Musical.
Ep121 - Meet The Plastics: MAYA PETROPOULOS, KRISTEN AMANDA SMITH & MARYROSE BRENDEL (Mean Girls)
Meet The Plastics! We got to sit with Maya Petropoulos, Kristen Amanda Smith and MaryRose Brendel who play the iconic roles of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith in the Touring Production of Mean Girls: The Musical to chat all about life on the road, their audition experiences, what they hope people take from seeing the show, their favorite costumes and so much more! It was so fetch!
Ep120 - In Dreams with LENA HALL
Our dreams came true! We were beyond honoured to speak with Tony Award winner Lena Hall all about starring as Kenna in the new musical In Dreams now playing at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.
In Dreams tells the story of Kenna - a country-rock singer who brings her old bandmates back together for "the party of a lifetime" while keeping her true motivations a secret. Set in a Mexican restaurant in New Mexico that specializes in tacos, margaritas, and memorial services, this unexpected and moving new musical explores our longing for love and connection - all through the iconic songs of Roy Orbison.
Lena Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee. Lena received widespread critical acclaim for her performance of the title role in the feature film Becks, (winner of the U.S. Fiction Award at the L.A. Film Festival). Hall stared as Miss Audrey in the hit sci-fi drama “Snowpiercer” alongside Jennifer Connelly and has been seen on HBO’s “Girls,” Amazon Prime’s “Good Girls Revolt,” and Paramount Plus’ “Evil.” Following Lena’s Tony-winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lena toured North America with Josh Groban on his “Stages” tour, and portrayed the dual starring roles of both Hedwig and Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Lena originated the role of Nicola in the Kinky Boots on Broadway, she appeared as Sloane in the New York Premiere of Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell, starred opposite Marisa Tomei in Lincoln Center Theatre’s “How To Transcend A Happy Marriage,” and most recently played Audrey in the hit Off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop Of Horrors.”
Ep119 - Every Day is October 3rd with NATALIE SHAW (Mean Girls)
This is an extra special episode because we're chatting with Natalie Shaw who recently set out on her first National Touring Production playing Cady Heron in Mean Girls: The Musical!
We chat with Natalie all about adjusting to life on the road in a musical theatre production, the audition process for Mean Girls, which character she relates to the most, the time she fell down a 10-ft orchestra pit... And so much more!
Ep118 - Great Scott! It's LIANA HUNT! (Back to the Future The Musical)
Great Scott! We're joined by Back to the Future: The Musical's Liana Hunt, who currently stars in the Broadway production as Lorraine Baines.
Liana chats with us all about playing the iconic role in this epic history changing musical! She also shares her pre-show routine, the fan response to the musical adaptation, what it was like meeting Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson at the Broadway opening and more!
We hop in the DeLorean to travel through Liana's iconic career during a segment we called 'Back to the Future with Liana Hunt' where Liana shares with us memories from working on shows including Newsies, Wicked and Mamma Mia!
Ep117 - SIX, IN DREAMS & The Mirivsh 2023/2024 Season
We recently attended the Opening Night performances of SIX and In Dreams.
Mirvish Productions is having such an incredible season and we’re so honoured to have been invited to attend these two amazing shows, which are the kick off of their 2023/2024 Season!
Listen to hear our review of these two epic shows!
Ep116 - Haunted Theatres, The Ghost of the 'Pearl Studios Shi*ter' and More!
On this episode, we discuss the stories behind two haunted theatres in North America: The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Nederlander Theatre in Chicago! We include the stories of our own personal hauntings inside the Royal Alexandra.
We also discuss potential hauntings and tragic events on Broadway based on old tales told on forums. Who knows... Maybe the 'Pearl Studios Shitter' is the real ghost of Broadway?
Ep115 - Look! It’s Glinda! Celebrating 20 Years of Wicked with MCKENZIE KURTZ
We are beyond thrilled to chat with Glinda Upland herself, Broadway's McKenzie Kurtz, who joined us to discuss the upcoming 20th Anniversary of Wicked!
In this episode, McKenzie shares her story of seeing Wicked on Broadway for the first time, booking the role, which Glinda costume is her favourite, her first flight inside the bubble and more!
McKenzie Kurtz made her Broadway debut as Princess Anna in FROZEN in February of 2020.
Most recently, and prior to her current role in Wicked, she appeared in NBC’s Annie Live! as the Star-to-Be, and as “Heather” in Marvel’s new television series SHE HULK on Disney+. In the fall of 2021, she performed in the out-of-town tryout of TRADING PLACES directed by Kenny Leon.
She graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance with a BFA in Musical Theatre in 2019.
Ep114 - ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Recap with PROPHECY GIRLS
On this episode of Breaking the Curtain, we're kicking off our two-month Stagey Spooks Series with a very special crossover episode. We were so honoured to join Kara and Stephanie of Prophecy Girls: A Buffy Rewatch Podcast to discuss the musical elements of Once More, with Feeling.
"Once More, with Feeling" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the only one in the series performed as a musical.
Once More, with Feeling explores changes in the relationships of the main characters, using the plot device that a demon— "Sweet" —compels the people of Sunnydale to break into song at random moments to express hidden truths.
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Ep113 - Theatre Hot Takes
Welcome to our very first edition of THEATRE HOT TAKES where we anonymously read the Theatre Hot Takes our listeners submitted and discuss the topic with our own opinions!
00:47 - The BOOH LV cast was awesome
01:45 - Stunt casting should be given a chance
06:20 - Next to Normal is better than Dear Evan Hansen
09:07 - I love Hamilton and Wicked dearly, but they’ve had their day. They should close
11:30 - Audiences shouldn’t be allowed to drink alcohol at shows
14:46 - The New York Critics are harsh
17:08 - The West End is better than Broadway
21:16 - Hamilton is extremely overrated and not worth the hype
24:55 - Audience members are so entitled these days with no respect for the cast sometimes
25:20 - Cats is a genuinely good and enjoyable musical, people only bash it because it’s easy!
27:04 - Traditional soprano theatre voices <<<
34:43 - Bigger shows aren’t always the best, smaller shows are sometimes better
36:14 - If you’re going to a show set in high school you can’t really complain about “annoying teen fans”
37:43 - Diana The Musical is actually so good and campy. I think it'll come back like Carrie!
41:36 - Jukebox musicals are very overrated. I miss the old classic shows
45:39 - People can be a little too quick to defend their 'faves' when something is brought up that isn't good
47:35 - People take being a 'theatre fan' too seriously
Ep112 - MR. JOE ICONIS
We are beyond thrilled to be joined by Joe Iconis to chat about his upcoming new musical: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical opening later this month at La Jolla Playhouse, the epic fan response on social media to Be More Chill, 'Broadway Here I Come' and much more!
Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and performer. He has been nominated for a Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award, is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award and Richard Rodgers Award. Joe’s musical Be More Chill (with Joe Tracz) opened on Broadway in 2019 at the Lyceum Theatre, following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Pershing Square Signature Center and a world premiere at Two River Theatre.
He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams; Barrington Stage Company and Greenwich House Theater Off-Broadway), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. Musicals in development include Punk Rock Girl and Love In Hate Nation.
His music appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s “Smash,” with his song “Broadway, Here I Come!” hailed by The New York Times as a new entry in The Great American Songbook.
Ep111 - Sweet MARY PAGE NANCE (A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical)
A few months ago we had the pleasure of seeing A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical and it was SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD! What we didn't know while in the audience is that we were witnessing Mary Page Nance's first performance in the role of Marcia Murphey.
Mary Page is a New York City-based Broadway Performer, Event Producer, Director/Choreographer, and Business Owner. During COVID, she opened a paper goods business called a page of mary where she sells her handmade goods that sell out in minutes! She produces, directs and choreographs events with Broadway Talent in the private sector and beyond, and also teaches Broadway Master Classes, and one on one privates.
As a performer, Mary Page was in the original casts of both Finding Neverland and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway, and toured the country with the First National Company of Bright Star. She works frequently developing new musicals in the city, most recently: Black No More written by Black Thought and John Ridley, choreographed by Bill T Jones, and Lempicka, directed by Tony Award Winner Rachel Chavkin.
Mary Page is currently a member of "THE NOISE" in A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical!
Ep110 - Sound Design with Ain't No Mo's TAYLOR J. WILLIAMS
Our 2023 Tony Interview Series continues with the highly talented and kind, Taylor J. Williams, who is nominated for his work on Broadway's Ain't No Mo!
Taylor J. Williams is a musician and sound designer who has been nominated for a Tony Award for his work on Broadway’s Ain’t No Mo’ along with Jonathan Deans. He has worked as an electronic music designer on more than 30 Broadway productions including Moulin Rouge, Beetlejuice, Be More Chill, King Kong, Disney’s Frozen, Falsettos, and The Who’s orchestral tour: The Who Hits Back.
Taylor’s role as Co-Sound Designer for Ain't No Mo was integral in bringing this vision to life, as his perspective as a Black man allowed him to serve on the sound team as a voice and advocate for the Black community. With his input, he was able to ensure that the sound design of the production accurately represented Black culture and history within the play.
Working alongside three-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans, Taylor’s specific focus for the project was to compose original music, build sound cues to appear between vignettes which were in dialogue with the play, and to speak for Miss Bag, a prop character who embodies the creations of the Black community in the U.S.
Ep109 - Show History: FUNNY GIRL (Ft. Drama Fiends)
Hello Gorgeous! We're joined by our new friends, Fiona and Julianna, from the Drama Fiends podcast, to break down the history behind Funny Girl! From Babs launching into stardom playing the iconic Fanny Brice, to the film, the Broadway revival, casting drama and everything in between - we discuss it all!
Check out our episode with the Drama Fiends on their podcast!
Ep108 - It's All Happening with TOM KITT
We had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the incredible Tom Kitt, who is nominated for the 2023 Tony Award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for Broadway's Almost Famous!
As huge fans of the show and score, we were thrilled to have an in-depth conversation about Tom's work with the piece.
Tom Kitt is a two-time Tony, two-time Emmy, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner. As a musical theatre composer, he has written the music for six Broadway shows: Next to Normal (Tony Award), If/Then (Tony Nomination), Flying Over Sunset (Tony Nomination), High Fidelity, Bring it On, The Musical, and Almost Famous. His work for the stage has also been seen Off-Broadway at 2nd Stage (Next to Normal, Superhero), The Public Theater (The Visitor, Shakespeare in the Park) and he has worked at some of the most prestigious regional theatres including The Old Globe, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, The Signature Theater, and ART. In addition, Tom’s Broadway credits as an orchestrator include: Next to Normal (Tony Award), The SpongeBob Musical (Tony Nomination), Jagged Little Pill (Tony Nomination), Almost Famous, Head Over Heels, Everyday Rapture, and American Idiot.
Tom has also been active in the world of film and TV. As one of the vocal arrangers working on the Pitch Perfect films, Tom most notably helped create the classic “Riff-off.” Tom also served as music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for Grease Live and contributed songs for Royal Pains and Penny Dreadful. He also provided music supervision for the NBC series, Rise and has written numerous songs for Sesame Street. And he is known for his two original opening numbers for The Tony Awards, Live in 2019, written with David Javerbaum for James Corden, and the Emmy Award winning, Bigger in 2013, written with Lin-Manuel Miranda for Neil Patrick Harris. Tom is also proud that his musical adaptation of Freaky Friday, co-written with Bridget Carpenter and Brian Yorkey was turned into an original movie musical for Disney Channel. Most recently, Tom served as a Supervising Music Producer on the new Bobby Lopez/Kristen Anderson-Lopez/Steven Levenson/Thomas Kail musical television series, Up Here.
Ep107 - Pooh Corner with BENJAMIN DURHAM (Winnie the Pooh)
We're delighted to be joined by Benjamin Durham who plays the iconic role of Winnie the Pooh in the new musical adaptation now touring around the UK & Ireland!
The show features many of the original songs written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, who composed most of the music for the Winnie the Pooh franchise over the years. The puppets were lovingly crafted within the walls of Rockefeller Productions by a talented and dedicated team of artists, designers, patternmakers, builders, welders and fabricators; all influenced by Disney's seminal character designs with nods to E.H.Shephard’s original illustrations.
Ep106 - Rockstars Are Undeniable with JONATHAN CULLEN (Rock of Ages)
We're so thrilled to be joined by Jonathan Cullen to discuss playing the role of rockstar Stacee Jaxx in Toronto's Rock of Ages!
Jonathan Cullen has wowed audiences on stages across North America since 2010. Most recently he played a leading role on the 1st National Tour of the Broadway Smash-hit, The Book of Mormon. Jonathan helped Grammy Nominated Steven Page, formerly of Barenaked Ladies, workshop his new musical, Here’s What It Takes. Previously in his career, Jonathan worked with Tony Award Winning Director Stephen Daldry and Tony Award Winning choreographer Peter Darling along with multiple Academy and Grammy Award Winning artist Elton John on their ground-breaking Broadway success, Billy Elliot.
Ep105 - Defying Gravity with EMILY KRISTEN MORRIS (Wicked)
We're so excited to be joined by Emily Kristen Morris!
Emily is currently the Elphaba standby on the Broadway National Tour of Wicked. Some of her other favorite theatre roles include Bea in Something Rotten (Broadway National Tour), Daisy in Side Show, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and Sophie in Mamma Mia. Emily has performed as a solo vocalist with symphony orchestras, including the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Norwalk Symphony. Her voice is also featured on Joey Contreras’ new album “In Pieces.”
In 2019 Emily began her studies with the Institute for Vocal Advancement, and founded her voice studio EKM Vocal Studio. Since then, the studio has grown exponentially, and Emily has become a highly sought-after, world-renowned vocal instructor! She teaches lessons, masterclasses and workshops to passionate singers both virtually and in person in New York City.
Ep104 - Seize The Day with BRONTÉ BARBÉ & MICHAEL AHOMKA-LINDSAY (Newsies)
EXTRA! EXTRA! Calling all Fansies! We've got an exciting interview with Bronté Barbé and Michael Ahomka-Lindsay who play the roles of Katherine Plumber and Jack Kelly in the UK production of Newsies!
Ep103 - Don't Stop Believin' with Rock of Ages Toronto's LOUISE CAMILLERI
We're thrilled to be joined by Louise Camilleri who is currently playing Justice Charlier in the Toronto production of Rock of Ages!
Louise has been an entertainer for over 3 decades with appearances in television, film and commercials. Career highlights feature her in Musical Theatre shows throughout Canada to the Broadway stage. These include performing as a featured dancer in the U.S. national tour of Sophisticated Ladies produced by Mercedes Ellington, the role of Anita in West Side Story, the world premier production of The Lord of the Rings, the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and the world premier production of Show Boat at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. Film and television highlights include the movies Superstar, Blues Brother’s 2000 and Disney’s Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. Vocal highlights include performing as a guest soloist with The Tenors, a featured singer with Josh Groban in concert, performing and recording with The Parachute Club, and as lead vocalist with her band Mark Camilleri and The CT Project on their debut album.
Ep102 - WTF is Rent Remixed?
This is weird. It's weird. Very weird. F**king weird.
When RENT opened in London’s West End in 1998, the poor reviews from the British press would eventually become the least of their issues surrounding a UK-based production of this iconic musical.
In 2007, Jonathan Larson’s work would be flipped into a tragic, reworked West End production named Rent Remixed. Yup, you heard that right. We’re going to dive deep into the history of the first non-replica production of RENT and give detailed accounts of the remixed songs and scenes. We also discuss what we believe the differences are between British Theatre VS American Theatre and why certain shows flop following a transfer to the West End/Broadway.
As a special bonus, we play a game called 'NAME THAT RENT REMIX' where Jocelyn, a massive 'renthead', listens to the remixed clips and tries to guess which song it is.
Ep101 - The Bat is Back with GLENN ADAMSON & KELLIE GNAUCK (Bat Out of Hell The Musical)
The Bat is back in London! We're thrilled to be joined by returning guests Glenn Adamson (Strat) and Kellie Gnauck (Raven) to chat about their recent journey with the show's Arena tour in Australia and New Zealand, exciting new information about the upcoming London run, overcoming anxiety, what they think Strat and Raven would gift each other for Valentine's Day and more!
Bat Out of Hell The Musical is a Rocky-Horror, Romeo-and-Juliet celebration of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks caught in a city teetering on the brink of disaster. When Raven falls in love with the rebellious Strat, all bets are off in this love-at-all-costs, rock-and-rollercoaster story based on uncompromising youth.
Bat Out of Hell plays a limited season at the Peacock Theatre beginning Feb 17 - April 1, 2023!
Ep100 - Show History: MOULIN ROUGE!
Rouge, baby! Happy Valentine's Day, chickens! Join us as we break down the history behind the real Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann's iconic film and the process of adapting it for the stage, the 2020 Covid-19 Broadway Shutdown, our favourite songs in the show and more!
Ep99 - & Judith with RACHEL WEBB (&Juliet)
We're so thrilled to be joined by Rachel Webb to discuss Broadway's & Juliet, the hard work and dedication that goes into being an understudy, which pop/rock artist and Shakespeare play should get the & Juliet jukebox musical treatment and more!
Ep98 - All Things Hercules The MUSE-ical with BRADLEY GIBSON & ISABELLE MCCALLA
On this episode of Breaking the Curtain, we're joined by the insanely talented and lovely Bradley Gibson and Isabelle McCalla who star as Hercules and Meg in the upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production of Hercules!
The inspired Disney animated film is now a mythical new musical adventure. HERCULES is the divinely funny story of an honest-to-Zeus hero on a quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Is love a possibility too? Oh, Hades, yes! The roof-raising score by Alan Menken and David Zippel features all the hits you love from the film, including the Oscar-nominated song “Go The Distance,” as well as “Zero to Hero” and “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love),” along with new songs written for the stage. The show features a new book by Kwame Kwei-Armah (artistic director of London’s Young Vic) and Tony Award® winner Robert Horn (Tootsie), and direction by Obie Award-winning Lear deBessonet. This cheeky, Greeky MUSE-ical earned a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick for its original Public Theater production in Central Park, with the New York Post cheering it’s “wise-cracking, heartfelt and emotionally rich.” And that’s the gospel truth!
Hercules runs at Paper Mill Playhouse from Feb 16th - March 19th, 2023. Purchase your tickets today!
Ep97 - The Curtain is Broke
It's our first messy updates episode of Season 4! Join us as we recap Crissy's birthday, Groundhog Day The Musical ft. the death of Fred la Marmotte, Aaron Tveit's return to Moulin Rouge! on Broadway (our cheeks are ROUGE with adoration, baby!), Sunset Boulevard at the Kennedy Center, the icky Glee Documentary, our upcoming guests in February and more!
Ep96 - The Museum of Broadway Co-Founder JULIE BOARDMAN
We are so thrilled to have Julie Boardman join us to chat all about the Museum of Broadway!
Julie is an entrepreneur and Tony Award-winning producer. She recently conceived and produced I'm Still Here, a 90th anniversary celebration for the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, featuring archival materials from the Theatre on Film and Tape archive, interviews with Broadway legends and emerging creatives and reimagined musical numbers with a cast of over 100 artists. In fall 2020 she produced In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation and Artists for Change. She is currently a co-producer on the Broadway revival of Funny Girl. Other Broadway credits include: An American in Paris (Tony nomination), Carousel (Tony nomination), Company (Tony Award), Dames at Sea, Head Over Heels, Hughie, Indecent (Tony nomination), and The Inheritance (Tony Award). Tours: An American in Paris, Dreamgirls, Peter and the Starcatcher. West End: An American in Paris (Olivier nomination), Academy Award winner Florian Zeller's The Son. Julie is a Tony voter and member of The Broadway League. She is on the Theatre Committee at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Leadership Council for the Costume Industry Coalition, the Creative Advisory Board of Festival Internazionale del Musical Milano, the Musical Theatre Advisory Board for the University of Southern California, the Advisory Board for the Musical Theatre Conservatory at Orange Country School of the Arts, and an arts advocacy coalition of arts leaders in NYC.
Through her company Boardman Productions she has has worked with some of the worlds leading brands including Nike, Maybelline, Evian, Vogue, Victoria’s Secret, Microsoft, Diet Coke, VitaminWater, Samsung, Game of Thrones, Disney’s The Lion King and many more on their activations and fan experiences. With over 14 years working in experiential and promotional marketing, she is thrilled to combine all of her talents to create The Museum of Broadway.
Ep95 - How Glee Shaped a New Generation of Theatre Kids
In the early years of the 2000s, we began to see a rise in the modern movie musicals with film adaptations of Dreamgirls, Hairspray, RENT, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Mamma Mia and more. It was the era of Myspace, fansites and forums. The trilogy release of Disney’s High School Musical, would only mark the beginning of what would spiral into 'theatre fandemonium', with musical theatre making its way to the forefront of mainstream media outlets and finally gaining in popularity.
It took the following year after the final High School Musical film to set the world ablaze with covers of show tunes populating on YouTube and climbing the iTunes charts weekly. Soon enough, not only did the entire world know what it meant to be a ‘theatre geek’, they celebrated and dubbed themselves as a new word that would sweep social media in the years to follow - ‘gleeks.’
So, where exactly did the term ‘gleek’ come from? Well, if you clicked on the episode or you consider yourself a “Gleek’, then you already know it stems from the hit Fox TV Series Glee.
Join Cris and Joce as they recount the early days of the Glee Phenomenon, the impact the series and songs had on the theatre community, The Glee Project competition, the ultimate decline in viewer numbers and more!
Breaking the Curtain: TRAILER
Two stagey best friends interview their idols and break down the history behind your favourite musicals from popular shows like RENT and Beetlejuice to iconic flops like Carrie and Bonnie & Clyde - we cover them all!
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Ep94 - ROB COLLETTI: The Legendary Lester Bangs (Almost Famous)
In this very special BONUS episode of Breaking the Curtain, we're joined by the phenomenal Rob Colletti who stars as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous on Broadway!
We chat with Rob all about the genius that is Cameron Crowe, the wonderful support from the fans, the real Lester Bangs and the current state of Broadway in the era of Covid.
Almost Famous runs on Broadway until January 8th, 2023. You do not want to miss this special show!
Ep93 - A Journey Through New York City
SURPRISE! Last week, we took a trip to New York City to spend time under the bright lights of Broadway in preparation for our upcoming season to bring you even more exciting content! On this final episode of Season 3, we chat all about seeing Wicked, Almost Famous, Moulin Rouge and MJ. We also tell you all about our experience at the Museum of Broadway, visiting 508 and Rise NY!
Ep92 - Sondheim & Me: A Conversation with PAUL SALSINI
In this episode, we're joined by Paul Salsini, the author of the memoir 'Sondheim & Me' , which tells the story of the relationship between American musical composer Stephen Sondheim and journalist Paul Salsini during the latter's time as the founder and editor of The Sondheim Review, the only publication devoted solely to Sondheim's work during his lifetime. The magazine was begun in 1994 and Salsini shares his unique experiences interviewing, corresponding with, and speaking on the phone with the composer-lyricist through the entire next decade.
Ep91 - Show History: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, an Enchantress turned a cruel Prince into a hideous Beast. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose…
In the final Show History episode of Season 3, we're chatting all about the history behind Disney's first Broadway production, Beauty and the Beast, and the drama that followed as the big mouse signed a 49-year revenue-based lease at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the Disney Channel stunt-casting era, the iconic Toni Braxton, and more!
Ep90 - You Oughta Know about Jagged Little Pill's JADE MCLEOD
In this very exciting episode of Breaking the Curtain, we're joined by Jade McLeod who is currently playing Jo in the North American Touring Production of Jagged Little Pill!
Jocelyn and Jade attended college together, making this episode a lovely chat and reunion!
Jade is a proud non-binary Canadian, working artistically in both Canada and the US as an Actor, Writer, and Singer.
Since graduating from St. Clair College in 2017, Jade has worked on shows across Canada, such as Mamma Mia! and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (Both with Stage West Calgary), and enjoyed a brief stint with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Having found their voice first as a singer, then as a songwriter, actor and activist, Jade now uses their platform to explore issues related to the LGBTQ+ community, feminism, and mental health.
Ep89 - Show History: MEAN GIRLS
In this episode, we chat all about how Tina Fey made fetch happen by bringing one of our favourite Y2K movies to the stage!
If you don’t know what Mean Girls is about because you live under a rock or got hit by a bus, Mean Girls: The Musical tells the story of Cady Heron through the point of view of her friends, Janis Sarkisian and Damian Hubbard.
Join us as we discuss the process from book to movie to stage production, the fearlessness of a performer who literally saved a performance by stepping into a role they did not cover, the changes made between the out-of-town run to Broadway and the stunt casting of Cameron Dallas.
Ep88 - Hey Raven, Raven! Chatting with ALIZÉ CRUZ
We’re back with another interview! Last month we sat down with Travis Cormier who plays Strat; the leader of the Lost in Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell The Musical in Las Vegas.
In this episode of Breaking the Curtain, we’re joined by Alizé Cruz who is talented beyond words and the literal sweetest person ever! Alizé plays the role of Raven Falco; the daughter of Falco who catches the eye of Strat. She chats with us all about the audition process, her favourite part of the show and more!
Ep87 - November Updates: Starbucks, Stars and Sharks
Starbucks and stars and sharks... Oh my!
It's another updates episode and you're in for a laugh! Can you believe it's already November? Get cozy with us as we sip our Starbucks holiday drinks and round up the past two months of our Stagey Spooks Series episodes, chat all about seeing the National Touring Company of Mean Girls, sensing spirits inside a haunted theatre, Crissy's 'snoring habits' in hotel rooms, seeing The Shark is Broken and the latest cast recording releases.
Ep86 - MOM AF: ANIKA LARSEN (Almost Famous)
In this episode of Breaking the Curtain we're joined by the incredibly talented, lovely Anika Larsen to chat all about playing Elaine Miller in Almost Famous on Broadway!
Almost Famous: The Musical opens on Broadway at the Jacobs Theatre on November 3rd, 2022. Visit almostfamousthemusical.com to purchase tickets!
Anika Larsen has performed on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up and Rent. Off-Broadway, she was in Zanna, Don’t!; Myths and Hymns, Closer Than Ever, Miracle Brothers, How to Save the World…, Disaster! and Unbroken Circle. Anika grew up in Cambridge, MA, with nine brothers and sisters from different races and countries, and she majored in theater at Yale University. She released an album of lullabies for all ages called Sing You to Sleep and she is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and the board of NYC Children’s Theater.
Ep85 - Show History: RIDE THE CYCLONE
Happy Halloween! After receiving many requests, we're finally covering the history behind the Canadian musical; Ride the Cyclone... Which is kind of like Cats, if Grizabella was decapitated and carried around a headless doll...
We discuss how social media plays a major role in bringing a newfound fanbase to this epic show, the creation behind Atomic Vaudeville and bringing the musical to off-Broadway!
Ep84 - Show History: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
He's there... The Phantom of the Opera!
Join us as we deep dive into the history behind one of the most beloved musicals of all-time, The Phantom of the Opera.
Ep83 - The Almighty Heather Chandler: MADDISON FIRTH
Listen up! In this episode, we're joined by the beautiful Maddison Firth who plays the role of Heather Chandler in the West End production of Heathers and can also be seen playing the role in the Roku Channel pro-shot of Heathers!
Ep82 - All Revved Up with TRAVIS CORMIER
After a wide search in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York over the course of several months, the team behind Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell The Musical finally found their lead - Canadian artist, Travis Cormier!
We are so thrilled to be joined by Travis Cormier on this episode of Breaking the Curtain where we discuss everything from his Strat audition process to his Tim Horton's order!
Ep81 - Show History: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
In this episode, we discuss the creation behind Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors. You know, the horror comedy rock musical about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.