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I was searching the Internet recently and came across these theater-related news posts. They might have value for you. Take a look! – David

Gregg Edelman (#223) – October, 2008
Multiple Tony nominee Gregg Edelman describes about the creation of the new Broadway musical “A Tale of Two Cities”, including a song that was cut and that he misses terribly, and explains to Dickens purists where the musical’s plot diverges a bit from the novel. He also talks about his college years at Northwestern University, where his connection to theatre began not as an actor but as a songwriter, and how an excuse for skipping classes landed him in Chicago company of “Evita”; the challenges of appearing in revivals — as he did in the 1987 “Cabaret” and the 1984 “Oliver!” — where the goal seems to be recreating the original hit production, as opposed revivals open to new interpretations, such as “Wonderful Town” and “Into The Woods”; the thrill of creating roles in the original “City of Angels” and “Passion”; and how he tackled the role of Rutledge in the 1997 revival of “1776”. Original air date – October 10, 2008.

Austin Pendleton (#311) – March, 2011
Austin Pendleton, director of the recent production of “The Three Sisters” at Classic Stage Company in New York, talks about the many Chekhov productions he’s appeared in and directed over the years, including five “Uncle Vanya”s and four “Three Sisters”. He talks about falling in love with theatre via his mother’s involvement in community theatre in his hometown of Warren, Ohio; writing original musicals while an undergraduate theatre student at Yale; being directed by Jerome Robbins in his first two major shows after college, “Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad” and “Fiddler on the Roof”; how he began his directing career with “Tartuffe” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and his long association with that company; and why unlike many directors who begin as actors he has never given up performing. He also considers the evolution of his writing career, starting with the elongated development of “Booth”, which began as a college musical and ultimately made it to New York 34 years later as a play; why he wrote “Uncle Bob”, his most produced play, for actor George Morfogen out of guilt; his hesitancy about showing “Orson’s Shadow” to anyone and how Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is a company member, lured it away from him; and why he agreed to write the book for the musical “A Minister’s Wife” for Chicago’s Writer’s Theatre. Original air date – March 16, 2011.

Terrence Mann (#64) July, 2005
Terrence Mann talks about the development of the musical “Lennon”, including what it’s like to speak the words of John Lennon with Yoko Ono only 20 feet away, as well as his experience creating roles in the original Broadway productions of “Cats”, “Les Miserables” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Original airdate – July 29, 2005

Eve Ensler (#121) October, 2006
Activist-author-actress Eve Ensler discusses her newest work, “The Treatment”, part of the Impact Festival at The Culture Project in New York, and the place of political theatre in today’s America; recalls the phenomenal success of her signature work, “The Vagina Monologues”; talks about the experience of leading a writing group at the Bedford Hills Correctional Center for Women; and shares her excitement over the publication of her first book, “At Last: Losing It in a Security Obsessed World”. Original air date – October 6, 2006.

Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch (#5) May, 2004
Co-conspirators Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch consider their roles in the oft-delayed Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and the expectations and challenges of bringing that politically charged work to the stage in post-9/11 America. Original air date – May 21, 2004.

As always, thanks for reading!

David Caban
Producer/Host of Sunday Matinee


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