PODCAST EPISODE 34 – JOHN RANDO
Sometimes I think we throw around the words “Tony Winner” like it’s the latest teen speak like “OMG” or “Hashtag.”
The fact is the Tony Awards only started in 1947. That means there have only been 69 of these suckers. So if you win one, you’re in relatively small company in your category.
Take for example, Best Director of a Musical . . . which has only been given out since 1960. That means people like our guest, John Rando, are one of only 56 (42 if you count multiple winners) people on the planet who have been good enough to win that award…. Read more.
“You’re sitting there hoping the writer’s going to come up with this very funny idea or this great line that’s going to make your job a lot easier, so you’re trying to encourage, nurture, and reassure.” – John Rando, Director
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… Read more.
“There’s something in every show that you want people to remember, and something that they’ve never seen before.” – Susan Stroman, Director
PODCAST EPISODE 97 – JACK O’BRIEN
Jack and I set a date for his podcast a few months ago . . . and I’ve been like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for the date to come.
Not just because I knew he’d drop advice like The Dalai Lama on Directing, but also because he’s one of the best speakers and storytellers around. If you ever find yourself at a party and Jack is there? Cozy up nearby and just listen . . . he’ll educate and entertain you for hours… Read more.
“One of the most amazing things in life is to make a room of strangers laugh at the same instant.” – Jack O’Brien, Director
PODCAST EPISODE 54 – DIANE PAULUS
If there were a patient zero for the immersive movement . . . it would be Diane Paulus.
As you’ll hear in this podcast, this Tony Award-winning Director has been putting audiences in the heart of the action and putting actors in places they never thought they’d act, since she started in this business.
And it’s that fresh look at how stories are told that is the reason why the Broadway productions of her “revival trilogy” (Hair, Porgy and Bess, and Pippin) made those shows look like they were written last week… Read more.