Mar 21, 2017
Celebrated pop/jazz singer and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has been on the receiving end of glowing and well deserved reviews: "a stellar singer of rare depth and intuition," "hotter than the equator," "the real deal." Gabrielle began performing as a soloist with orchestras when she was just 15 and in the years since, has appeared at such iconic venues as Feinstein's/54 Below, Lincoln Center, Carneige Hall and Birdland. We cover a lot of ground in this entertaining conversation, including the release of "Dream Ago," Gabrielle's first major collection of original songs.
Jan 31, 2017
It's been all about Broadway for Florida native Jennifer Tepper. She grew up devouring Playbill magazines, listened endlessly to musical cast albums, highlighting shows she'd see once she came to the Big Apple. At 18, Jennifer moved to the city to attend NYU. She's been here since. Jennifer parlayed her passion into a career - working for Broadway and Off-Broadway producers, directors and today this 30-something is a musical theater historian, write and producer and....is also the Director of Programming at the esteemed Feinstein's 54/Below and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. Needless to say....Jennifer's got plenty to say!
Jan 10, 2017
Alexandra Vassilaros has acted on stage, in film, and on television, but her passion is playwriting. Her most recent work, "Big Sky," about a well-to-do family, had its world LA's Geffen Playhouse in the spring of 2016. Her other plays include "Omnium Gatherum," a 9/11-born collaboration with Theresa Rebeck. It was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Alex shares what it's like to be on stage and to write for the stage. There's a plenty to learn from this frank and fascinating conversation.
Jan 3, 2017
Internationally known American soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra made her debut at The Met in 2014 as "First Lady" in Mozart's "The Magic Flute." She's been back since and this year performs in two new operas. Amy's sung in venues in the States and Europe. Tune in as Amy takes us on her impressive 'operatic' journey.
Dec 6, 2016
Kristin McCarthy Parker is one busy, creative woman. She's a freelance director in New York City and a founding member of the theater group, Recent Cutbacks. Her niche? Directing top-notch theatrical parodies of blockbuster films. They include, in no particular order: KEVIN!!! (Home Alone), Fly You Fools (Lord of the Rings) and Hold On To Your Butts (you may recall that was the line Samuel Jackson spoke not once, but twice in Jurassic Park). It was named the #3 Comedy of 2014 by Time Out New York Magazine. Kristin is smart, funny and breath of fresh air.
Nov 1, 2016
TD Mitchell shares her passion and talent for storytelling and advocacy through several channels. She is perhaps best known as a writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series "Army Wives." TD is also a playwright. The world premier of "Queens for a Year," which opened the 2016-2017 season at Hartford Stages, focuses on four generations of women who served in the Marine Corps. The play is riveting, thought-provoking and sobering. We cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes.
Oct 25, 2016
Kristine Bendul's career has crossed over from ballet, to Broadway to dance companies, to music videos, film, television and teaching. Oh, she's also a published children's book author. Kristine's journey is a fascinating, heart wrenching and clearly rewarding one that she shares openly and honestly. Tune in for yet another no-holds barred conversation with a multi-dimensional, creative woman.
Aug 16, 2016
A return appearance for creative and multi-talented Broadway/off-Broadway actress, director, producer, dancer, wardrobe supervisor and co-founder of the not-for-profit Working Artists Theater Project, Jessica Dermody. Even though this is conversation #2, there is no shortage of topics as we discuss Jessica's passion and love of the theater arts. Her enthusiasm, drive and commitment are both contagious and inspirational.
Jul 12, 2016
Actress Ilana Levine's stage, film and tv career has spanned more than 25 years. On Broadway she's best known as Lucy Van Pelt in the revival of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown." Among her film credits: "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Kissing Jessica Stein" and the "Nanny Diaries." TV appearances include "Seinfeld," "Law and Order" and "NYPD Blue." She's now part of the podcast universe having launched "Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine." Some of her celebrity guests are recent Tony winner Reed Birney, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and BD Wong. Ilana's interview style is unfiltered and uniquely funny and so is this conversation.
Apr 5, 2016
You're about to meet one helluva woman. Cabaret singer and actress, Lillias White has been described as a "one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star." Her Broadway credits include Barnum, Dream Girls, Cats, Chicago, and The Life, which landed her a Tony award. Lillias is also the recipient of a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie and a daytime Emmy. She's sung at Carneige Hall, Lincoln Center as well as The Kennedy Center. She's also been on the big and small screen. Sit back and let Lillias entertain you.