Podcast Episode 46 – Susan Stroman

 

This is one of my favorite podcasts.

Maybe that’s because of all the elements in the theater, dance and what makes a great Choreographer great is one of the areas of what we do that I understand the least.  And well, who better to help me “get it” than five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman?

“Stro” started her career as a Choreographer of shows like Show Boat and Crazy for You, before following in the steps of Fosse and Bennett and becoming a Director/Choreographer.  The Music Man, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and The Scottsboro Boys are just a few of the titles on her long resume.

That transition from Broadway dancer to Broadway Choreographer to Broadway Director-Choreographer is just one of the things we discussed in her podcast, along with:

  • How she convinced Kander & Ebb to let her and some friends create the (fantastic) revue that started her Choreographic career.
  • Her first step when she’s creating “steps.”
  • Why she doesn’t have a style, but how she does have a signature (and hear my mind get blown as I realize what she’s talking about).
  • Why Choreographers make great Directors.
  • How to work with titans of the entertainment industry like Mel Brooks and Woody Allen.

Oh, and, in this podcast, you’ll hear the debut of my brand new James Lipton-like question, which I’m calling “The Smithsonian.”

I hope you enjoy the podcast, and that you learn as much as I did.

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Click here to read the transcript.

 

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