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The American Theatre Wing presents Downstage Center a weekly theatrical interview show, featuring the top artists working in theatre, both on and Off-Broadway and around the country.

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Katie Finneran and Anthony Warlow (#356) - January, 2013

January 30th, 2013


In the latest Downstage Center, "Annie" stars Katie Finneran (Miss Hannigan) and Anthony Warlow (Daddy Warbucks) discuss the current revival, James …

Bill Berloni -Encore (#355) - January, 2013

January 9th, 2013


(A Special encore edition) Broadway’s premier animal trainer Bill Berloni got his foot in the door in 1976 as a teenager when he rescued and trained the original Sandy for the Goodspeed Opera House original production …

Beth Leavel, Adam Heller, and Mark Jacoby - (#354) - December, 2012

December 19th, 2012


Downstage Center celebrates the season with cast members from the hit holiday musical, "Elf." Cast members Beth Leavel, Adam Heller, and Mark Jacoby …

Pia Lindstrom and Phyllis Jeanne Creore - (#353) - December, 2012

December 12th, 2012


In this special Downstage Center, we celebrate the legendary Stage Door Canteen (a war relief effort founded by early members of the American Theatre Wing). Opened on March 2, 1942 in the 44th Street Theatre, the New …

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen - (#352) - November, 2012

November 28th, 2012


"Ten years after its New York premiere, The Exonerated still has the power to unsettle." - NY Times. Celebrating the ten year anniversary of their ground-breaking and thought-provoking docu-play, its writers, Jessica …

David Henry Hwang - Encore (#351) - November, 2012

November 14th, 2012


Currently in residence at the Signature Theatre, playwright (and Wing board member) David Henry Hwang is a recent winner of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. This edition of Downstage Center was originally …

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti (#350) - October, 2012

October 31st, 2012


Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti from "Once" talk about their Tony Award-winning musical and the successful run its enjoyed since its beginnings at …

Rob McClure and Christiane Noll (#349) - October, 2012

October 17th, 2012


In the latest Downstage Center, actors Rob McClure and Christiane Noll discuss "Chaplin", from the research they put into their roles (Mr. McClure as …

David Cromer and Jeff Still (#348) - September, 2012

September 26th, 2012


The latest edition of Downstage Center goes backstage with "Tribes", the provocative new play written by Nina Raine. Director David Cromer and actor Jeff Still discuss the play and the challenges they faced with the …

Hunter Bell and Jenn Harris (#347) - September, 2012

September 12th, 2012


In the latest Downstage Center, "Silence! The Musical" writer Hunter Bell and actress Jenn Harris discuss the show The NY Post called "Gleefully …

Hallie Foote and Andrew Leynse (#346) - August, 2012

August 29th, 2012


Downstage Center goes to Texas. Listen as Primary Stages Artistic Director Andrew Leynse talks with actress Hallie Foote about her father Horton's work, world, and new Primary Stages production "Harrison, TX," three …

William Ivey Long - Encore (#345) - August, 2012

August 15th, 2012


Five time Tony-winner and new ATW Chairman William Ivey Long talks about his extensive career as one of Broadway's top costume designers, from his earliest days on stage -- living in a dressing room at the Raleigh …

Patrick Page and Isabel Keating (#344) - August, 2012

August 1st, 2012


"Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark's" Patrick Page and Isabel Keating go one-on-one about Broadway's favorite super hero and his nemesis, Page's Green Goblin. The actors talk dialects, quick changes, character development, …

Martin Pakledinaz -Encore (#343) - July, 2012

July 18th, 2012


Martin Pakledinaz passed away on July 8th, 2012. This edition of Downstage Center was recorded in 2010. Costume designer Martin Pakledinaz talks …

Donna Hanover and Jefferson Mays (#342) - July, 2012

July 4th, 2012


Originally performed on Broadway in 1960, Gore Vidal’s "The Best Man" returns to Broadway with an all star cast and a Tony-nomination for Best Revival of a Play. In the latest Downstage Center, two of the shows stars, …

Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger (#341) - June, 2012

June 20th, 2012


The latest Downstage Center features a Broadway sibling rivalry as Andrew Keenan-Bolger from the Tony-nominated musical "Newsies" takes on his …

Jeremy Shamos and Annie Parisse (#340) - June, 2012

June 6th, 2012


This week Downstage Center gets ready for the Tonys with the 2012 Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning play "Clybourne Park". Stars Jeremy Shamos …

Christian Borle and Will Chase (#339) - May, 2012

May 23rd, 2012


The "Smash" season may be over but in the latest Downstage Center two of its stars talk about its cast, plots, and everything else you want to know about the hit show. Christian Borle and Will Chase certainly wax …

Elizabeth Marvel and Stacy Keach (#338) - May, 2012

May 9th, 2012


Being in "the moment" is every good actor's mantra. In the latest Downstage Center Stacy Keach and Elizabeth Marvel talk about that moment, professional training, and Shakepeare, among other topics. Of course, the …

Bruce Dow and Josh Young (#337) - April, 2012

April 25th, 2012


Where do the stars from Broadway’s biggest shows stop before the curtain? The Wing’s Downstage Center. From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the …

David Zayas and Stephen Adly Guirgis (#336) - April, 2012

April 11th, 2012


From NYC police officer to Broadway, actor David Zayas has had an interesting journey from the street to the stage. In the latest Downstage Center, …

Bobby Lopez (#335) - March, 2012

March 28th, 2012


Where are Broadway's biggest talents? Downstage Center. The latest sits down with Tony Award winner ("Avenue Q", "The Book of Mormon") Bobby Lopez. The composer and lyricist talks to Ted Chapin (American Theatre Wing …

Bill Berloni (#334) - March, 2012

March 14th, 2012


Broadway’s premier animal trainer Bill Berloni got his foot in the door in 1976 as a teenager when he rescued and trained the original Sandy for the Goodspeed Opera House original production of "Annie." Sandy went to …

Montego Glover and Adam Pascal (#333) - February, 2012

February 29th, 2012


Where are Broadway’s hottest stars? Downstage Center. The latest episode heads down south as Memphis’ Montego Glover plays the role as interviewer to …

Nina Arianda (#332) - February, 2012

February 15th, 2012


Nina Arianda’s star has never shone brighter. Recreating the off-Broadway role that her made a name to watch, the actress returns to Broadway in …

Andrew Rannells (#331) - February, 2012

February 1st, 2012


Go backstage with one of Broadway's hottest actors from Broadway's biggest show. NY1's Frank DiLella interviews "The Book of Mormon" star Andrew Rannells in the latest "Downstage Center". From "Hairspray" and "Jersey …

Marlo Thomas and Lisa Emery (#330) - January, 2012

January 18th, 2012


Marlo Thomas and Lisa Emery share the stage in Broadway's "Relatively Speaking" (an evening of one-acts written by Elaine May, Woody Allen, and Ethan Coen). In the Wing's latest "Downstage Center" they get together to …

Elaine Paige and Ron Raines (#329) - January, 2012

January 4th, 2012


What happens when "Follies" star Elaine Paige sits down to interview her co-star Ron Raines? Listen now to the lively discussion about everything …

Eugene Lee (#328) - July, 2011

July 27th, 2011


Eugene Lee, resident designer for Rhode Island's Trinity Rep since 1967, set designer for "Saturday Night Live (SNL)" since its inception, and three-time TONY Award winner, talks about the realistic set of "Sweeney …

Lois Smith (#327) - July, 2011

July 13th, 2011


American actress Lois Smith, whose career in theatre, film, and television spans five decades, talks about her experience of playing the originally …

Angela Lansbury (#326) - June, 2011

June 29th, 2011


Returning to Downstage Center five years after a 2006 conversation, the legendary Angela Lansbury talks about her most recent Broadway roles, in …

John Guare (#325) - June, 2011

June 22nd, 2011


John Guare talks about his two Broadway plays of the past season: considering how the world has caught up with and changed audience responses to "The House of Blue Leaves" and which portion of the play is drawn directly …

Jenny Gersten (#324) - June, 2011

June 15th, 2011


Just as she departed for Massachusetts and her first season as the Williamstown Theatre Festival's first female artistic director Jenny Gersten discussed her plans for the company under her leadership and tells the …

Tony Sheldon (#323) - June, 2011

June 8th, 2011


"Priscilla Queen of the Desert"'s Tony Sheldon talks about his six year journey with the show, from his dislike of the original film on which it's based to his transcontinental success as Bernadette in Australia, New …

John Weidman (#322) - June, 2011

June 1st, 2011


Bookwriter John Weidman talks about creating a new book in the 1980s with Timothy Crouse for the 1930s musical "Anything Goes", now playing in revival at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, and how their version of …

Marc Kudisch (#321) - May, 2011

May 25th, 2011


Marc Kudisch, currently appearing in "A Minister's Wife" at Lincoln Center Theater, talks about performing in a musical where the transitions between …

Joe Mantello (#320) - May, 2011

May 18th, 2011


Joe Mantello talks about returning to the Broadway stage as an actor after a 17-year hiatus to play the role of Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's "The …

Jason Robert Brown (#319) - May, 2011

May 11th, 2011


Jason Robert Brown, who prefers the title "songwriter" over "composer," talks about why he spends so much time performing his own material and engaging directly with his fans. He discusses writing all of his songs "in …

David Lindsay-Abaire (#318) - May, 2011

May 4th, 2011


Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire talks about returning to his South Boston roots with the play "Good People", how the characters are amalgams of the people he grew up with in that private neighborhood and why he chose it …

Laurie Metcalf (#317) - April, 2011

April 27th, 2011


Laurie Metcalf talks about her role in Sharr White's play "The Other Place" at MCC Theater, and the challenge of playing someone whose mental …

Casey Nicholaw (#316) - April, 2011

April 20th, 2011


Co-director and choreographer of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon", Casey Nicholaw, talks about his initial reaction on reading the irreverent new …

Nicholas Hytner (#315) - April, 2011

April 13th, 2011


From London, National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner talks about his tenure leading that influential institution, including whether, as …

Margaret Colin (#314) - April, 2011

April 6th, 2011


"Arcadia"'s Lady Croom, Margaret Colin, discusses grappling with the intellectuals concepts in the play, the experience of spending several days …

Janet Suzman (#313) - March, 2011

March 30th, 2011


Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Janet Suzman discusses her early years with the company, including her daunting audition for for Peter Hall, John …

Michael Frayn (#312) - March, 2011

March 23rd, 2011


Acclaimed for his works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and theatre, Michael Frayn discusses how he determines when an idea is right for the …

Austin Pendleton (#311) - March, 2011

March 16th, 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 …

Barry Grove (#310) - March, 2011

March 9th, 2011


Barry Grove, Executive Producer of the Manhattan Theatre Club, talks about his three-and-half decades of partnership with Lynne Meadow at the top of one of New York's largest not-for-profit theatres. He recalls about …

Elizabeth Marvel (#309) - March, 2011

March 2nd, 2011


Elizabeth Marvel talks about whether being "a bad kid" has influenced her more daring stage performances, and discusses the challenges of remaining alienated from her on stage family in Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert …

Stephen Schwartz (#308) - February, 2011

February 23rd, 2011


Interviewed at the keyboard, composer Stephen Schwartz chronicles his career from college to "Wicked" and beyond. He explains how "Pippin" began as a …

Everett Quinton (#307) - February, 2011

February 16th, 2011


While playing both a farmer and his wife in Red Bull Theatre Company's "The Witch of Edmonton", Everett Quinton talks about appearing in Jacobean …

Fiona Shaw (#306) - February, 2011

February 9th, 2011


During her visit to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Abbey Theatre's production of Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman", Fiona Shaw discusses taking on one point of this lesser-known play's unromantic triangle and links …

Stockard Channing (#305) - February, 2011

February 2nd, 2011


Stockard Channing discusses her work in Jon Robin Baitz's new play "Other Desert Cities", acknowledging the ambiguity of the character for the audience and explaining whether she has defined her character's secret …

Molly Smith (#304) - January, 2011

January 26th, 2011


From Arena Stage's newly opened Mead Center for American Theater, artistic director Molly Smith discusses the development and construction of the new …

George C. Wolfe (#303) - January, 2011

January 19th, 2011


Playwright/director Geroge C. Wolfe discusses the seven year development of John Guare's "A Free Man of Color", from approaching Guare with the idea …

Natasha Katz (#302) - January, 2011

January 12th, 2011


"The Addams Family" and "Elf"'s lighting designer Natasha Katz talks about the path of her career, beginning with a high school community service …

Sir Alan Ayckbourn (#301) - January, 2011

January 5th, 2011


From his home base in Scarborough, England, playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn makes a return visit to "Downstage Center" during the run of his 74th play, "Life of Riley". He discusses why he chooses to mention …

John Kander (#300) - December, 2010

December 29th, 2010


Composer John Kander talks about his decades-long collaboration with Fred Ebb, with particular focus on the four projects that were not fully …

David Esbjornson (#299) - December, 2010

December 22nd, 2010


Having recently steered "Driving Miss Daisy" to Broadway, director David Esbjornson discusses what it's like to direct a "brand," why he thinks older …

Robert Brustein (#298) - December, 2010

December 15th, 2010


Founding artistic director of both the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Robert Brustein discusses how each of those organizations came into being, including the …

Stephen Ouimette (#297) - December, 2010

December 8th, 2010


Stephen Ouimette, who plays Bejart in the current Broadway revival of "La Bête", talks about what it takes to hold the stage, with little dialogue, …

Teresa Eyring (#296) - December, 2010

December 1st, 2010


Executive Director of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Teresa Eyring, talks about the work of the 50 year old service organization which …

Judith Light (#295) - November, 2010

November 24th, 2010


"Lombardi"'s leading lady Judith Light talks about her research into both the role and the real-life Marie Lombardi, and whether she thinks …

Alison Fraser (#294) - November, 2010

November 17th, 2010


"The Divine Sister"'s Teutonic nun Alison Fraser talks about her role, her prior work -- and sharing a dressing room -- with playwright/actor Charles …

Howard Panter (#293) - November, 2010

November 10th, 2010


Called "the most powerful man in English theatre" by "The Stage", co-CEO (with his wife, Rosemary Squire) and creative director of the Ambassador …

Jim Simpson (#292) - November, 2010

November 3rd, 2010


Jim Simpson, artistic director of New York's Off-Off-Broadway The Flea Theater, charts the company's 15 year journey from a collective meant to last …

Athol Fugard (#291) - October, 2010

October 27th, 2010


South African playwright Athol Fugard discusses his newest work, "The Train Driver", during rehearsals at the Long Wharf Theatre, and explains why …

Sir Ian McKellen (#290) - October, 2010

October 20th, 2010


One of the greatest classical actors of his generation, Sir Ian McKellen reflects on his more than 50 years on stage, explaining that he's really only qualified to voice his opinion on two topics: gay issues and …

Alfred Uhry (#289) - October, 2010

October 13th, 2010


Playwright Alfred Uhry recalls the original production of "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1987 at Playwrights Horizons, lists the actresses he's had the …

Jules Feiffer (#288) - October, 2010

October 6th, 2010


Playwright Jules Feiffer, perhaps best known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, explains why he sees little difference between his comic work, …

Daniel Sullivan (#287) - September, 2010

September 29th, 2010


Veteran director Daniel Sullivan talks about his suddenly busy 2010-11 Broadway season, which will see transfers of his productions of "Time Stands …

Elaine Paige (#286) - September, 2010

September 22nd, 2010


West End musical theatre star Elaine Paige discusses her three month sojourn in New York, including the recording of a new album of duets with …

Moisés Kaufman (#285) - September, 2010

September 15th, 2010


Director, artistic director and playwright Moisés Kaufman discusses his newest project, the U.S. premiere of the 1940s opera "El Gato con Botas (Puss …

Marin Mazzie (#284) - September, 2010

September 8th, 2010


Marin Mazzie talks about taking on the role of Diana Goodman in Broadway's "Next to Normal" and whether she and her co-star/husband Jason Danieley …

Cora Cahan (#283) - September, 2010

September 1st, 2010


Cora Cahan, president of The New 42nd Street in New York, discusses her 20 years in the role of recapturing what was once the epicenter of Manhattan …

Kate Mulgrew (#282) - August, 2010

August 25th, 2010


Downstage Center welcomes its second starship captain as actress Kate Mulgrew visits during her stint in the Off-Broadway comedy "Love, Loss, and …

Martin Pakledinaz (#281) - August, 2010

August 18th, 2010


Costume designer Martin Pakledinaz talks about creating the clothes for the recent Broadway revival of "Lend Me A Tenor", the commencement of planning for the spring 2011 production of "Anything Goes" and the revival of …

Lucie Arnaz (#280) - August, 2010

August 11th, 2010


Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of television legends Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, talks about how Angela Lansbury and Vivian Vance prompted her towards a career on the stage. She recalls her earliest appearances in regional …

Jerry Zaks (#279) - July, 2010

July 28th, 2010


Veteran director Jerry Zaks talks about his role as Creative Consultant on "The Addams Family" since joining the production after its opening in …

Penny Fuller (#278) - July, 2010

July 21st, 2010


While playing the "anchor role" in Off-Broadway's "Love, Loss and What I Wore", actress Penny Fuller talked about her wide-ranging career, noting …

Charles Busch (#277) - July, 2010

July 14th, 2010


As his play "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" marks the 25th anniversary of its opening at the Provincetown Playhouse, playwright and actor Charles Busch recalls the circumstances surrounding the play's production and the …

Katie Finneran (#276) - July, 2010

July 7th, 2010


"Promises, Promises" scene stealer Katie Finneran talks about creating the character of Marge McDougall for only two scenes and why she had to be "the anti-Kristin," what it's like having so much free time during the …

Ruthie Henshall (#275) - June, 2010

June 30th, 2010


Trans-Atlantic star of "Chicago" Ruthie Henshall discusses her 14 year history with the show, from creating the role of Roxie in the original London …

Tony Shalhoub (#274) - June, 2010

June 23rd, 2010


"Lend Me a Tenor"'s Tony Shalhoub talks about the challenge of playing farce, including the shifts from rehearsal room to theatre to playing in front of a live audience, how you can suddenly "lose" a consistent laugh, …

Sarah Ruhl (#273) - June, 2010

June 16th, 2010


Playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose "Passion Play" made its New York City debut with the Epic Theater Center, talks about the roots of that play during her graduate work at Brown University, what initially got her musing on …

Douglas Hodge (#272) - June, 2010

June 9th, 2010


Douglas Hodge, who appears as Albin in the current Broadway revival of the musical "La Cage aux Folles", explains what appealed to him about the …

Christine Jones (#271) - June, 2010

June 2nd, 2010


Scenic designer Christine Jones, a Tony nominee for "American Idiot", discusses the development of the project from album to Broadway musical, including when she came into the creative process and how her ideas …

Kenny Leon (#270) - May, 2010

May 26th, 2010


"Fences" director Kenny Leon discusses his long association with August Wilson, both personally and professionally, dating back to Leon's 1987 NEA Directing Fellowship which first introduced him to Wilson and continuing …

Linda Lavin (#269) - May, 2010

May 19th, 2010


"Collected Stories" star Linda Lavin discusses why she's playing the role of Ruth Steiner in Donald Margulies' play for a fourth time, likens the …

B.H. Barry (#268) - May, 2010

May 12th, 2010


Progenitor of fight direction in America and 2010 Tony Honor recipient B.H. Barry talks about his decades of developing and staging fights across the country, starting with "Hamlet" in 1978 at Arena Stage and continuing …

Betty Buckley (#267) - May, 2010

May 5th, 2010


While appearing the new comedy "White's Lies", Betty Buckley talks about the career that has taken her from Texas to New York to London and back many times over. She discusses why she chose to play her current …

Shirley Knight (#266) - April, 2010

April 28th, 2010


During her month in the cast of the Off-Broadway comedy "Love, Loss and What I Wore", Shirley Knight discusses the appeal of the "stool and music …

Janet McTeer (#265) - April, 2010

April 21st, 2010


Janet McTeer talks about her experiences in "God of Carnage", having starred in the play's London premiere (where the characters were still French) and now playing it on Broadway (as an American) and whether there are …

David Cromer (#264) - April, 2010

April 14th, 2010


Director David Cromer discusses his most recent New York project, Andrew Bovell's "When The Rain Stops Falling" at Lincoln Center Theater, and how …

Hallie Foote (#263) - April, 2010

April 7th, 2010


Hallie Foote, perhaps the leading interpreter of the works of her father, the late Horton Foote, talks about her past year of work on "The Orphans' Home Cycle", the epic compilation of nine of her father's plays into a …

Marsha Mason (#262) - March, 2010

March 31st, 2010


During rehearsals for Keen Company's revival of "I Never Sang For My Father", Marsha Mason talks about the differences between playing in a Broadway house and a small Theatre Row venue. She also talks about her Broadway …

Jordan Roth (#261) - March, 2010

March 24th, 2010


Jordan Roth, President of New York's Jujamcyn Theatres, discusses his ascension to the top spot running a quintet of Broadway houses, which makes him …

Jessica Hecht (#260) - March, 2010

March 17th, 2010


Jessica Hecht, now on Broadway as Eddie Carbone's long-suffering but cleared-eyed wife Beatrice in the Broadway revival of "A View From The Bridge", …

Rondi Reed (#259) - March, 2010

March 10th, 2010


The "resident character woman" of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Rondi Reed, talks about her current stint as Madame Morrible in the …

Howard Sherman (#258) - March, 2010

March 3rd, 2010


Turnabout is fair play, as actor Richard Thomas is the guest host for a conversation with Howard Sherman, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. The longtime friends discuss the changes in the Wing since …

Gregory Mosher (#257) - February, 2010

February 24th, 2010


Gregory Mosher, director of the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge", talks about how he initiated the production himself, personally approached Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson …

John Lee Beatty (#256) - February, 2010

February 17th, 2010


Veteran scenic designer John Lee Beatty, currently represented in New York by "Time Stands Still", "A View from the Bridge" and "Venus in Fur", talks about why he thinks all American drama is about real estate, making …

Christine Lahti (#255) - February, 2010

February 10th, 2010


One of "God of Carnage"'s current combatants on Broadway, Christine Lahti, talks about playing the range of emotions that consume her character over the course of the play's mere 80 minutes, and how the new ensemble …

Andre De Shields (#254) - February, 2010

February 1st, 2010


The multi-talented Andre De Shields describes the development of his new one-man show, "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance", …

Doug Wright (#253) - January, 2010

January 25th, 2010


Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award honored playwright Doug Wright discusses his virtually genetic passion for theatre and how that matched up with his …

Emily Mann (#252) - January, 2010

January 18th, 2010


As she celebrates her 20th season as artistic director of Princeton's McCarter Theatre, Emily Mann recalls the factors she considered when taking on the job; counsel she received at the time from directors Peter Hall …

Scott Ellis (#251) - January, 2010

January 11th, 2010


With Theresa Rebeck's "The Understudy" soon to close at the Roundabout and Douglas Carter Beane's "Mr. and Mrs. Fitch" beginning rehearsals at Second Stage, director Scott Ellis discusses his attraction to both projects …

Stephen Sondheim (#250) - January, 2010

January 4th, 2010


Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the guest for the 250th "Downstage Center" interview. He discusses a wide range of topics, including whether, as many have asserted, he actually dislikes giving …

Beth Leavel (#249) - December, 2009

December 28th, 2009


"Mamma Mia!"'s newest leading lady, Beth Leavel, talks about slipping into the polyester disco gear of Donna Sheridan, describing the rare …

Bernard Gersten (#248) - December, 2009

December 21st, 2009


Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater, takes listeners on a highly condensed tour of his 60-year career in the theatre, …

Jim Norton (#247) - December, 2009

December 14th, 2009


Actor Jim Norton, Tony and Olivier Award winner for "The Seafarer" and now on Broadway in the notably sunnier current revival of "Finian's Rainbow", discusses how the Irish view that Irish-inflected musical; how he …

Hunter Foster (#246) - December, 2009

December 7th, 2009


"Ordinary Days"' Hunter Foster talks about performing a musical in such an intimate space (Roundabout Underground's black box) and why the unusually close proximity makes the audience into the fifth character in this …

Anna Deavere Smith (#245) - November, 2009

November 30th, 2009


America's leading practitioner of "documentary theatre," Anna Deavere Smith, discusses her newest work, "Let Me Down Easy", and how it developed from …

Robert Longbottom (#244) - November, 2009

November 23rd, 2009


Guest host Ted Chapin, chairman of the board of the American Theatre Wing, talks with director Robert Longbottom about his current Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" at The Roundabout, including the challenge of …

Jayne Houdyshell (#243) - November, 2009

November 16th, 2009


"Bye Bye Birdie"'s domineering mom, Jayne Houdyshell, talks about finding the good in meddling Mae Peterson, who she calls "Archie Bunker in a mink coat" and whether she'd ever appeared in "Birdie" previously during her …

Rosemary Harris (#242) - November, 2009

November 9th, 2009


"The Royal Family"'s own theatre royalty Rosemary Harris talks about her current role as Fanny Cavendish at Manhattan Theatre Club and her 1975 …

Tracy Letts (#241) - November, 2009

November 2nd, 2009


"Superior Donuts" and "August: Osage County" playwright Tracy Letts. talks about writing "Donuts" as his first "Chicago" play in homage to his adopted home city. He also discusses his childhood with his mother and …

Anne Bogart (#240) - October, 2009

October 26th, 2009


Director Anne Bogart discusses the formation of her SITI Company and why, after 16 years of existence, they're only now staging their first New York season at Dance Theatre Workshop. She also talks about her family's …

Emanuel Azenberg (#239) - October, 2009

October 19th, 2009


Producer Emanuel Azenberg talks about the upcoming repertory production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound", including the choice of David Cromer as director, whether the plays are being revised for the …

Charlayne Woodard (#238) - October, 2009

October 12th, 2009


Actress Charlayne Woodard (who declines to call herself a playwright) talks about the creation of her one-actor shows "Pretty Fire", "Neat", "In Real Life" and her newest, "The Night Watcher", currently in performance …

Daryl Roth (#237) - October, 2009

October 5th, 2009


Producer Daryl Roth, talks about her current and upcoming projects, including the Off-Broadway plays "Vigil", "The Temperamentals" and "Love, Loss and What I Wore". She also discusses how she plunged into producing …

Adrian Bryan-Brown (#236) - September, 2009

September 28th, 2009


Veteran Broadway press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown ranges over his 30 year career as one of theatre's most successful "drumbeaters," from his first …

Sergio Trujillo (#235) - September, 2009

September 21st, 2009


Choreographer Sergio Trujillo talks about the development of the new Broadway musical "Memphis" and how the dance styles he employs in it draw upon research he'd already done for several other musicals. He also talks …

Victoria Bailey (#234) - September, 2009

September 14th, 2009


Theatre Development Fund executive director Victoria Bailey talks about the newest icon of Broadway, the red steps of the redesigned TKTS Booth in Times Square, and talks about both how the lines at the booth have …

Susan Hilferty (#233) - September, 2009

September 8th, 2009


With her Tony-winning costume designs for the hit musical "Wicked" virtually circling the globe, costume designer Susan Hilferty describes the detailed process by which the show's creative team conceived their own …

Ken Davenport (#232) - August, 2009

August 31st, 2009


Multi-tasking multi-hyphenate producer (and more) Ken Davenport talks about his varied projects, from stage to computer screen. He recalls his …

Douglas Aibel (#231) - August, 2009

August 24th, 2009


Douglas Aibel, artistic director of New York's Vineyard Theatre, reflects upon the six year run and impending closing of the Broadway musical "Avenue Q", which made its Off-Broadway debut at the Vineyard and has been …

Allison Janney (#230) - August, 2009

August 17th, 2009


"9 to 5" star Allison Janney talks about her transformation into a musical comedy performer, and why the dancing didn't worry her but the singing …

Brian d'Arcy James (#229) - August, 2009

August 10th, 2009


"Shrek"'s big green hero, Brian d'Arcy James, talks about the opportunities and limitations of creating the title character in the Broadway musical drawn from the first of the blockbuster animated films. He also …

Gregory Jbara (#228) - August, 2009

August 3rd, 2009


Gregory Jbara traces his stage career from his first grade appearance as the title role in "Frosty the Snowman" all the way to his Tony Award-winning …

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January 5th, 2009


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Jan Maxwell (#227) - November, 2008

November 11th, 2008


Two-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell talks about whether she's been influenced by Carole Lombard and Anne Bancroft, her film predecessors as the leading …

Tom Viertel (#226) - October, 2008

November 4th, 2008


Prolific producer Tom Viertel, who with his partners Richard Frankel, Steve Baruch and Marc Routh have been responsible for such shows as "The …

James Naughton (#225) - October, 2008

October 27th, 2008


Two-time Tony Award-winner James Naughton explains why he's at home in the Irish Repertory Theatre's "The Master Builder" and why it's his three Broadway musical appearances which are really the anomalies in his long …

Lanford Wilson (#224) - October, 2008

October 20th, 2008


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson discusses the creation of his famed "Talley trilogy," including "Fifth of July", which stemmed in …

Gregg Edelman (#223) - October, 2008

October 13th, 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 …

Lynne Meadow (#222) - October, 2008

October 6th, 2008


Just after returning from a year-long sabbatical, Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow talks about what she did and didn't do during her hiatus and explains how she shared planning for last season and …

B.D. Wong (#221) - September, 2008

September 30th, 2008


Tony-winner B.D. Wong talks about his ongoing fascination with the 11-character, one-actor musical "Herringbone", from seeing the original production in 1981 through appearing in it for the third time, currently at New …

Bernard Telsey (#220) - September, 2008

September 22nd, 2008


Prolific Broadway casting director (and recent reality TV judge) Bernard Telsey discusses his parallel careers as the head of Telsey + Company and …

Estelle Parsons (#219) - September, 2008

September 15th, 2008


Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons talks about taking on the role of the pill-popping Violet Weston in Broadway's "August: Osage County", noting that she's …

Diane Paulus (#218) - September, 2008

September 8th, 2008


Diane Paulus, director of the acclaimed 40th anniversary revival of the musical "Hair" in Central Park, talks about her long-standing love of the …

Michael Berresse (#217) - August, 2008

September 2nd, 2008


Michael Berresse, director of the musical "[title of show]", talks about the show's journey from speed-writing exercise to Broadway hit and whether the self-referential story ever included the character of a director …

William Ivey Long (#216) - August, 2008

August 25th, 2008


Five time Tony-winner William Ivey Long talks about his extensive career as one of Broadway's top costume designers, from his earliest days on stage -- living in a dressing room at the Raleigh Little Theatre in North …

David Stone (#215) - August, 2008

August 18th, 2008


As "Wicked" approaches its fifth anniversary on Broadway, producer David Stone talks about the ever-expanding life of the international hit musical, including how the show first came into being, how the production …

Tony Meola (#214) - August, 2008

August 11th, 2008


Veteran sound designer Tony Meola talks about the many issues involved in designing such musicals as "Wicked" and "The Lion King" on Broadway and …

John Glover (#213) - August, 2008

August 5th, 2008


Tony-winning actor John Glover talks about the revival of Christopher Durang's "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" at the Roundabout, and how he grappled with the distinctly unpleasant aspects of his character, based upon …

Randy Graff (#212) - July, 2008

July 28th, 2008


Tony Award winning actress Randy Graff talks about her role as Meg Boyd in the current Encores! revival of "Damn Yankees", including what she learned …

Todd Haimes (#211) - July, 2008

July 21st, 2008


25 years after coming to New York's Roundabout Theatre Company, artistic director Todd Haimes talks about the company's growth from a financially troubled Off-Broadway group into one of the country's largest …

Michael Yeargan (#210) - July, 2008

July 15th, 2008


"South Pacific"'s Tony Award-winning set designer Michael Yeargan discusses the visual approach taken for the first Broadway revival of this classic musical, including the negotiation behind the dramatic reveal of the …

Michael Boyd (#209) - July, 2008

July 7th, 2008


Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd gives an overview of the company's work, including its acclaimed "Complete Works" Festival and the recent two-year journey of the "Histories" cycle. He also …

Boyd Gaines (#208) - June, 2008

June 30th, 2008


On the eve of his fourth Tony Award win, actor Boyd Gaines talks about his busy year, including "Journey's End", "Pygmalion" and both the Encores and Broadway runs of "Gypsy". He also describes his early training and …

Barbara Gaines (#207) - June, 2008

June 23rd, 2008


Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of the newly Tony-recognized Chicago Shakespeare Theater, talks about the company's evolution from a …

Priscilla Lopez (#206) - June, 2008

June 16th, 2008


Tony-winner Priscilla Lopez talks about what drew her to the new musical "In The Heights" and talks about her patience and faith that by the time it reached Broadway, she'd have her own song in the show. She also talks …

Harriet Harris (#205) - June, 2008

June 9th, 2008


Tony-winner Harriet Harris talks about being "the adult" in a company of kids in the Broadway musical "Cry-Baby" and reveals which of the musical …

Laura Benanti (#204) - May, 2008

June 2nd, 2008


Broadway's newest Gypsy Rose Lee, Laura Benanti, talks about playing the title role in "Gypsy" both last summer at City Center and again this year on …

Laura Linney (#203) - May, 2008

May 27th, 2008


Actress Laura Linney talks about returning to Broadway as the Marquise de Merteuil in the Roundabout production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and …

Sherie Rene Scott (#202) - May, 2008

May 19th, 2008


"The Little Mermaid"'s Sherie Rene Scott talks about creating the role of Ursula in the stage version of the beloved animated film, including what …

Patrick Stewart (#201) - May, 2008

May 12th, 2008


Shakespeare veteran Patrick Stewart talks about finally having the opportunity to play the title role in "Macbeth", some 50 years after he first …

Harold Prince (#200) - May, 2008

May 5th, 2008


Legendary producer and director Harold Prince surveys his career from his start in 1948 working for another legendary theatrical figure, George …

David Zippel (#199) - April, 2008

April 28th, 2008


Lyricist David Zippel discusses the development of "Pamela's First Musical", the challenges posed by the untimely passing of two of his collaborators …

Paul Rudnick (#198) - April, 2008

April 21st, 2008


Playwright Paul Rudnick discusses his evening of one-act plays, "The New Century", currently playing at Lincoln Center Theatre, including how he came …

James Earl Jones (#197) - April, 2008

April 15th, 2008


In a startlingly candid interview, actor James Earl Jones talks about what drew him to playing the role of Big Daddy in the current revival of "Cat …

Ken Billington (#196) - April, 2008

April 7th, 2008


Lighting designer Ken Billington, veteran of more than 80 Broadway productions ranging from the original "Sweeney Todd" to the current "Sunday in the Park with George", discusses the art of lighting design, including …

David Ives (#195) - March, 2008

April 2nd, 2008


Playwright David Ives talks about his many acts of "literary ventriloquism," channeling the voices of the authors of classic musicals for City Center's Encores series, including the current "Juno" and upcoming "No, No …

Leigh Silverman (#194) - March, 2008

March 25th, 2008


Director Leigh Silverman talks about the development of the Off-Broadway "Beebo Brinker Chronicles" and its transition from an Off-Off-Broadway space to a larger venue; how she juggles so many projects in a season where …

Michael Cumpsty (#193) - March, 2008

March 17th, 2008


"Sunday in the Park with George"'s Michael Cumpsty talks about the challenges of performing in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, how the script and score match the pointillism of George Seurat's paintings, and …

Kathleen Chalfant (#192) - March, 2008

March 10th, 2008


Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant talks about doing double duty on New York stages right now: as the mother of the title character in "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at Playwrights Horizons and as the latter of the two title …

Alice Ripley (#191) - February, 2008

March 3rd, 2008


Alice Ripley, star of the new musical "Next To Normal" at New York's Second Stage Theatre, talks about the challenge of playing the emotionally disturbed mother of a "typical" American family and describes how the …

Nathan Lane (#190) - February, 2008

February 25th, 2008


Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane charts the course of his career, from touring New Jersey schools in the historical musical "Jerz" to starring on …

Michael Rupert (#189) - February, 2008

February 20th, 2008


"Legally Blonde"'s resident legal shark Michael Rupert talks about why his role as that musical's unsavory Professor Callahan is consistent with …

Edward Albee (#188) - February, 2008

February 11th, 2008


Multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee talks about the "inadvertent festival" of his works in the New York area, explaining why …

Richard Easton (#187) - February, 2008

February 4th, 2008


Tony Award-winning actor Richard Easton talks about his role in David Ives' play "New Jerusalem" and why he didn't spend much time trying to parse …

Tom Stoppard (#186) - January, 2008

January 29th, 2008


Multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard talks about his latest work to appear on Broadway, "Rock 'n' Roll", including why he feels …

Frances Sternhagen (#185) - January, 2008

January 23rd, 2008


Two-time Tony-winner Frances Sternhagen surveys her six-decade career in the theatre, ranging from her decision to stop teaching "dramatics" to …

Norbert Leo Butz (#184) - January, 2008

January 14th, 2008


Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz talks about his first reaction on being approached about appearing in a "new" Mark Twain play, "Is He Dead?", and about the construction of farce and how David Ives crafted the …

Tony Walton (#183) - January, 2008

January 7th, 2008


Designer turned director Tony Walton talks about his work directing the plays of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward for New York's Irish Repertory Theatre; considers how his work as a designer influences …

John Cullum (#182) - December, 2007

December 31st, 2007


Actor John Cullum, currently appearing in the title role of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" at Lincoln Center Theater, but better known for his musical …

Alan Menken (#181) - December, 2007

December 24th, 2007


Alan Menken, composer of both the film and Broadway musical versions of "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty And The Beast", talks about going "under the sea" with Ariel so many years after writing the score for the Disney …

Jack O'Brien (#180) - December, 2007

December 17th, 2007


Director Jack O'Brien announces his new title as Artistic Director Emeritus at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and charts his quarter-century tenure as Artistic Director from his hiring in 1981; reveals his original plans …

David Henry Hwang (#179) - December, 2007

December 10th, 2007


Playwright David Henry Hwang talks about putting a version of himself -- and his father -- onstage in his new play "Yellowface" and why he doesn't want to reveal what in the play is fact and what is fiction; recalls his …

André Bishop (#178) - November, 2007

December 3rd, 2007


Lincoln Center Theater artistic director André Bishop talks about the selection of "Cymbeline" and "South Pacific" for the current season and the …

Shuler Hensley (#177) - November, 2007

November 26th, 2007


Shuler Hensley, the creature from "Young Frankenstein", talks about the development of his character in the new Mel Brooks musical, as well as his …

Terrence McNally (#176) - November, 2007

November 19th, 2007


Terrence McNally talks about "The Ritz" then (1975) and now (the current Roundabout revival) and reveals his own cameo performance at the show's first opening night; describes his emergence as a playwright in the …

Judy Kuhn (#175) - November, 2007

November 12th, 2007


Judy Kuhn reflects on returning to the cast of "Les Misérables" 20 years after appearing in the original Broadway cast and how her perspective has changed now that she's playing Fantine, the mother of her original …

Kevin Chamberlin (#174) - November, 2007

November 5th, 2007


Kevin Chamberlin talks about his role in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Terrence McNally's "The Ritz", including whether his "midwestern" looks …

Christopher Ashley (#173) - October, 2007

October 29th, 2007


The new artistic director of California's La Jolla Playhouse, Christopher Ashley, talks about his plans for the theatre, including whether he sees …

F. Murray Abraham (#172) - October, 2007

October 22nd, 2007


F. Murray Abraham talks about his role as a dangerous yet avid stamp collector in Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius", a role he compares to Shakespeare's …

Kristen Johnston (#171) - October, 2007

October 15th, 2007


Kristen Johnston talks about her nightly mantra that prepares her to go on stage in the current Atlantic Theatre Company production of Lucy Thurber's "Scarcity"; recalls her early years as drama student and how teachers …

James Houghton (#170) October, 2007

October 10th, 2007


James Houghton, the founding artistic director of New York's Signature Theater Company discusses the impulse that began the acclaimed Off-Broadway …

Horton Foote (#169) September, 2007

October 1st, 2007


Playwright Horton Foote reflects on his long career, including the traveling tent shows that first inspired his love of theatre; the contrast between his Texas neighbors' responses to his winning the Oscar and the …

Carole Shelley (#168) September, 2007

September 17th, 2007


Upon her return to the Broadway production, "Wicked"'s original Madame Morrible, Carole Shelley, talks about whether she's hissed as a villain by …

Kerry Butler (#167) September, 2007

September 10th, 2007


"Xanadu" star Kerry Butler talks about her childhood performances of Olivia Newton-John songs and how they've informed her Broadway role as Kira, as …

Michele Pawk (#166) August, 2007

September 3rd, 2007


Days after joining the "Hairspray" cast as Velma von Tussle, Michele Pawk talks about the experience of being "put into" a long-running show and how one finds their character in that situation; shares her journey from a …

Terry Teachout (#165) August, 2007

August 27th, 2007


"Wall Street Journal" drama critic Terry Teachout talks about his theatergoing experiences over the four years he's held that position, including …

Anthony Rapp (#164) August, 2007

August 20th, 2007


Stage and film actor Anthony Rapp, upon his return to the long-running show "Rent", talks about working with the show's composer Jonathan Larson; the longevity and impact of "Rent"; getting his first professional …

Debra Monk (#163) August, 2007

August 13th, 2007


Actress Debra Monk talks about her six year journey through the development of the musical "Curtains", and passionately reflects on the things she learned from the legendary team of Kander and Ebb on both "Curtains" and …

John P. Connolly (#162) August, 2007

August 6th, 2007


John P. Connolly, the new executive director of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, talks about the …

Stephen Lang (#161) July, 2007

July 30th, 2007


Actor Stephen Lang describes his process developing the book "Beyond Glory" for the stage, why he was drawn to portray eight recipients of the Medal of Honor, and how his tribute is perceived amidst present-day war …

Dori Berinstein (#160) July, 2007

July 23rd, 2007


Producer Dori Berinstein discusses the process behind creating the film "ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway", her unprecedented chronicle of the 2003-2004 theatrical season, including how she winnowed 250 hours of film …

Michael Wilson (#159) July, 2007

July 16th, 2007


Director Michael Wilson discusses his work on the first Broadway revival of John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" at the Roundabout and why the play is so different than the Bette Davis film; describes his theatrical …

Vanessa Redgrave (#158) July, 2007

July 9th, 2007


Actress Vanessa Redgrave explains why, despite the character name in the program, she's not specifically playing "Joan Didion" in Broadway's "The Year Of Magical Thinking"; explores the transformation of Wallace Shawn's …

Catherine Zuber (#157) June, 2007

July 2nd, 2007


Three-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber talks about the process of costume design and the nature of the collaboration between …

Douglas Carter Beane (#156) June, 2007

June 25th, 2007


Playwright Douglas Carter Beane talks about how his fascination with Greek myths dovetailed with a producer's overture to adapt a famously bad movie, …

Marian Seldes (#155) June, 2007

June 18th, 2007


Revered stage veteran Marian Seldes touches upon a few of the highlights of her storied career, from her current role on Broadway opposite Angela …

Joe Dowling (#154) June, 2007

June 11th, 2007


Guthrie Theatre Artistic Director Joe Dowling talks about the company's move from its historic home into a brand new facility, including the reaction …

Mary Louise Wilson (#153) June, 2007

June 4th, 2007


Tony nominee Mary Louise Wilson discusses her journey from workshop to Broadway with the musical "Grey Gardens"; recalls her Broadway debut in the …

David Hyde Pierce (#152) May, 2007

May 28th, 2007


David Hyde Pierce talks about joining in the development of the long-aborning "Curtains" and how he faced the challenge of a full-fledged …

Frank Langella (#151) May, 2007

May 17th, 2007


Frank Langella talks about the challenge of making the character of Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon" more than just a caricature, and whether it was easier to develop his performance as such a pivotal American figure for …

Jerry Mitchell (#150) May, 2007

May 14th, 2007


Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell talks about taking on the dual roles of director and choreographer for the first time with "Legally …

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (#149) May, 2007

May 7th, 2007


The team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil talk about why they broke from their usual practice of originating their own projects and took …

Richard M. Sherman and George Stiles (#148) April, 2007

April 30th, 2007


Richard M. Sherman and George Stiles, the film and stage composers of "Mary Poppins", come together for a special program that explores the creation of the original film score and how it was adapted and supplemented for …

Jeff Daniels (#147) April, 2007

April 23rd, 2007


Jeff Daniels talks about his return to the New York stage after a 14 year absence in David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning "Blackbird" at Manhattan Theatre Club, including how he works himself up to a performance level …

Judith Ivey (#146) April, 2007

April 16th, 2007


Two-time Tony-winning actress Judith Ivey talks about her transition to directing; why she was drawn to direct Lee Thuna's "Fugue" at the Cherry Lane …

John Mahoney (#145) April, 2007

April 9th, 2007


John Mahoney talks about returning to Broadway after a 20-year hiatus in the Roundabout Theatre production of "Prelude to a Kiss", including why he …

Eric Bogosian (#144) March, 2007

April 2nd, 2007


Author and actor Eric Bogosian explains why he left the text of "Talk Radio" essentially unchanged for its current Broadway revival, but made more significant rewrites in "subUrbia" for its revival at Second Stage last …

Walter Bobbie (#143) March, 2007

March 26th, 2007


Director and actor Walter Bobbie talks about returning to the acting stage in the "Encores!" production of "Face The Music", and how he feels preparing to act in the famously brief "Encores" rehearsal period that he …

Neil Pepe (#142) March, 2007

March 19th, 2007


Neil Pepe, artistic director of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, discusses the development of the company as an outgrowth of acting classes led by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy; his own …

Amy Irving (#141) March, 2007

March 12th, 2007


Amy Irving talks about her experience seeing part two of "The Coast of Utopia" when it premiered in England, and her response when director Jack …

Billy Crudup (#140) March, 2007

March 5th, 2007


Billy Crudup recalls how he messed up his first audition but still managed to be cast in his Broadway debut, "Arcadia"; describes the communal spirit that guided the 2002 production of "The Elephant Man", and how it …

Kristin Chenoweth (#139) February, 2007

February 26th, 2007


Kristin Chenoweth reminisces about her move from Oklahoma to Manhattan and how she was discovered after an all-day wait for an audition; tells how she was cast as Patty in the revival of "You're A Good Man Charlie …

Kevin McCollum (#138) February, 2007

February 20th, 2007


Kevin McCollum talks about how his "contrarian" nature applies to his work as a producer, including mounting the 22-actor musical "In The Heights" …

Len Cariou (#137) February, 2007

February 5th, 2007


Len Cariou looks back over his career on stage, from his days with his own cabaret act in his native Canada to his immersion into classical theatre at the Manitoba Theatre Center and the Stratford Festival to his …

Rita Moreno (#136) January, 2007

January 29th, 2007


Rita Moreno reflects on her career, from her Broadway debut at age 13; her efforts to break out of being constantly cast as a Latin spitfire; her arduous preparation for her audition for "West Side Story"; her …

Margot Harley (#135) January, 2007

January 22nd, 2007


Margot Harley, co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Acting Company, talks about the troupe's origins as an outgrowth of the acting …

Barbara Walsh (#134) January, 2007

January 16th, 2007


Barbara Walsh, Joanne in the John Doyle revival of "Company", talks about taking on a role so indelibly associated with Elaine Stritch, explains why …

Rebecca Luker (#133) January, 2007

January 8th, 2007


Rebecca Luker confesses to not reading the original "Mary Poppins" books despite her role as Mrs. Banks in the current Broadway musical version; …

Blair Brown (#132) December, 2006

January 2nd, 2007


Blair Brown discusses her role on stage in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House", and her part in the play winning …

The Actors' Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (#131) December, 2006

December 22nd, 2006


The leaders of the two best known theatre-based charitable group, Joe Benincasa of The Actors' Fund and Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights …

Daphne Rubin-Vega (#130) December, 2006

December 19th, 2006


"Rent" veteran Daphne Rubin Vega talks about the challenge of tackling the "classic" music of "Les Miserables" after being known for rock-oriented show music, and why she feels a bit lonely as Fantine in "Les Miz"; …

Stephen Spinella (#129) December, 2006

December 11th, 2006


Two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella talks about joining the youthful cast of "Spring Awakening" as the only male adult in the show, and why he's …

William Finn (#128) December, 2006

December 4th, 2006


Composer William Finn explains how he became involved in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and what drew him to the show's quirky …

John Doyle (#127) November, 2006

November 29th, 2006


Director John Doyle talks about the development of his unique actor-musician approach to classic musicals, including the current production of "Company" and the recent "Sweeney Todd"; why he's not worried about being …

Sheldon Harnick (#126) November, 2006

November 20th, 2006


Lyricist Sheldon Harnick explains the genesis of "The Apple Tree" as he prepares for its first Broadway revival, recalls his days as a writer of revue songs and his early encouragement from famed broadcaster Dave …

Barry and Fran Weissler (#125) November, 2006

November 13th, 2006


On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their Broadway production of "Chicago", producers Fran and Barry Weissler reflect on 10 years with "Chicago" not just in the U.S., but internationally; recall their start …

Swoosie Kurtz (#124) October, 2006

October 31st, 2006


Swoosie Kurtz talks about tackling her first role in a play by George Bernard Shaw in "Heartbreak House"; how she went from Air Force brat to the …

Marsha Norman (#123) October, 2006

October 23rd, 2006


Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman compares the gathering and rituals shared by theatre and houses of worship; explains why she could never have …

Donna McKechnie (#122) October, 2006

October 17th, 2006


With her autobiography "Time Step" now in bookstores, Donna McKechnie reminisces about coming to New York in the late 50s with dreams of being a ballet star; her first Broadway show, "How To Succeed In Business Without …

Eve Ensler (#121) October, 2006

October 10th, 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 …

Simon Callow (#120) September, 2006

October 3rd, 2006


Renaissance man Simon Callow talks about "Hello Americans", the second book in his multi-volume biography of Orson Welles and his ongoing inquiry …

Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Kris Stewart (#119) September, 2006

September 26th, 2006


New York Musical Theatre Festival founders Kris Stewart and Isaac Robert Hurwitz talk about the original impulse to start the festival and place it …

Tom Jones (#118) September, 2006

September 13th, 2006


With the world's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks", back on stage in New York after a short hiatus, author Tom Jones recounts the time-honored tale of how he and Harvey Schmidt created this theatrical legend; …

Eric Schaeffer (#117) September, 2006

September 5th, 2006


Eric Schaeffer, founder and artistic director of Virginia's Signature Theatre, discusses the company's growth and acclaim as a home for musical theatre in the Washington DC area; the company's impending move from their …

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (#116) August, 2006

August 28th, 2006


Tony Award-winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson talks about his responsibility as part of the fraternity of "August Wilson actors"; his desire to direct the complete 10-play Wilson cycle of plays, having begun with the …

Hinton Battle (#115) August, 2006

August 21st, 2006


Hinton Battle, a three-time Tony winner for "Sophisticated Ladies", "The Tap Dance Kid" and "Miss Saigon", surveys his career from his Broadway debut at age 15 in "The Wiz" to a trio of new projects: choreographing the …

Mark Lamos (#114) August, 2006

August 14th, 2006


Director Mark Lamos explores his affinity for the W.A.S.P. world portrayed by playwright A.R. Gurney as he directs the world premiere of "Indian Blood" at New York's Primary Stages, and talks about his long tenure as …

Garry Hynes (#113) August, 2006

August 7th, 2006


With the "DruidSynge" circle of plays visiting briefly in the United States, director Garry Hynes describes the process of melding six works by John Millington Synge into a marathon theatrical event; talks about the …

Harry Groener (#112) July, 2006

August 2nd, 2006


"Spamalot"'s newest king, Harry Groener, talks about the process of slipping into the cast (and the chain-mail costume) of the hit musical, recalls his Broadway debut in "Oklahoma" - including some diction notes from …

Bartlett Sher (#111) July, 2006

July 24th, 2006


As "The Light In The Piazza" prepares for its national tour, director Bartlett Sher talks about the experience of living with and working on the show for more than three years, explains his approach to "Awake And Sing" …

Brian Stokes Mitchell (#110) July, 2006

July 17th, 2006


With his debut solo CD now on sale, Brian Stokes Mitchell ranges over his career, from his first performances with a youth theatre in San Diego to …

Michael Mayer (#109) July, 2006

July 11th, 2006


Director Michael Mayer explains the juxtaposition of turn of the 20th century German teenage angst with modern rock and roll in "Spring Awakening", …

Martha Plimpton (#108) June, 2006

July 5th, 2006


Martha Plimpton talks about her acting journey from "The Goonies" to "Hedda Gable", exploring her experience growing up in the theatre, with childhood performances at The Public; the importance of her joining Chicago's …

Liev Schreiber (#107) June, 2006

June 23rd, 2006


Liev Schreiber takes time out from The Public Theatre's production of "Macbeth" to reflect on the humanity of that villainous role, his love for the …

Kate Burton (#106) June, 2006

June 19th, 2006


Three-time Tony nominee Kate Burton discusses her newest show, the family drama "The Water's Edge" by Theresa Rebeck, and why she's drawn to characters who are once dark and witty, and she talks about other family …

Angela Lansbury (#105) June, 2006

June 17th, 2006


Stage and screen legend Angela Lansbury surveys her theatre career, from her wartime drama school scholarship (courtesy of the American Theatre Wing) …

Bob Martin (#104) June, 2006

June 6th, 2006


Actor and author Bob Martin chronicles the journey of "The Drowsy Chaperone" from sophisticated bachelor party entertainment to success on the …

Maria Friedman (#103) May, 2006

June 5th, 2006


During the run of her solo gig at the Cafe Carlyle in New York, Maria Friedman talks about her extensive relationship with the work of Stephen …

Richard Greenberg (#102) May, 2006

May 27th, 2006


One of America's most prolific playwrights, Richard Greenberg discusses the wave of media attention that has accompanied the current Broadway revival …

Zoe Wanamaker (#101) May, 2006

May 25th, 2006


Zoe Wanamaker reflects on her personal connection to the drama of "Awake And Sing", remembers her journey from Chichester to London to Princeton to Broadway in "Electra", describes her experience being raised in England …

Alan Cumming (#100) May, 2006

May 19th, 2006


Broadway's current Macheath, Alan Cumming, talks about the political relevance of "The Threepenny Opera" in America today, chronicles his experiences …

Kelli O'Hara (#99) April, 2006

May 12th, 2006


Kelli O'Hara discusses her transition from ingenue to leading lady in "The Pajama Game", the personal and professional challenge of taking over the …

Tony Roberts (#98) April, 2006

April 28th, 2006


A veteran of the original Broadway production of "Barefoot in the Park" and now appearing in the current revival, Tony Roberts reflects on the nature of Neil Simon's play both then and now, talks about his career …

John Patrick Shanley (#97) April, 2006

April 12th, 2006


With his newest play Defiance premiering at Manhattan Theatre Club and the award-winning Doubt entering its second year on Broadway, John Patrick …

Richard Maltby, Jr. (#96) April, 2006

April 12th, 2006


Lyricist and director Richard Maltby, Jr. talks about how he grew to be fond of Johnny Cash (who he never met) as he developed the musical "Ring of Fire", recalls creating "Ain't Misbehavin'" in the cabaret of the …

Cynthia Nixon (#95) March, 2006

April 7th, 2006


Nearing the end of her run in David Lindsay Abaire's "Rabbit Hole", Cynthia Nixon discusses the experience of listening to audiences at every …

Michael John LaChiusa (#94) March, 2006

April 3rd, 2006


Composer Michael John LaChiusa explains his longtime fascination with the works of Lorca, which led to his new musical work "Bernarda Alba"; how he transformed a trio of Japanese stories into "See What I Wanna See"; …

Jonathan Pryce (#93) March, 2006

March 24th, 2006


Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce describes his journey from a small political theatre company in England to being the star of such musicals as "My …

Graciela Daniele (#92) March, 2006

March 17th, 2006


During previews for the new musical "Bernarda Alba", director-choreographer Graciela Daniele recalls being compelled to explore American musical theatre after encountering "West Side Story" while she was living in …

Malcolm Gets (#91) March, 2006

March 10th, 2006


Malcolm Gets talks about being groomed for musical comedy from his very earliest years, his sudden transition from Radio City Christmas Spectacular …

LaChanze (#90) February, 2006

March 3rd, 2006


"The Color Purple"'s LaChanze talks about The Oprah Effect on that show, as well as her personal identification with the challenges faced by her …

Martha Lavey (#89) February, 2006

February 23rd, 2006


With Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter" marking another export from Chicago to New York for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steppenwolf's artistic …

Patti LuPone (#88) February, 2006

February 17th, 2006


While Mrs. Lovett playing the tuba may seem strange to some, "Sweeney Todd"'s Patti LuPone explains that she's no stranger to the tuba, as she …

Broadway Advertising (#87) February, 2006

February 16th, 2006


When theatre fans peruse the Sunday New York Times, the vast majority of Broadway ads they see are the work of the dominant theatre agencies: Serino Coyne and SpotCo. The CEOs of each company, Nancy Coyne and Drew …

Sarah Jones (#86) January, 2006

February 7th, 2006


Sarah Jones talks about the shift from slam poet to Broadway star, performing at United Nations, the melting pot of Queens, NY, and what its like to have Meryl Streep as your number one fan. And she brings along a few …

Michael Cerveris (#85) January, 2006

January 20th, 2006


Straddling the worlds of musical comedy and rock and roll, "Sweeney Todd"'s Michael Cerveris talks about how his extensive work with Stephen Sondheim …

Doug Hughes (#84) January, 2006

January 12th, 2006


One of the busiest directors in New York, Tony-winner Doug Hughes, talks about revisiting "Doubt" with a new cast; how he handles the heightened …

John Cullum and Rosemary Harris (#83) December, 2005

January 12th, 2006


Stage veterans Rosemary Harris and John Cullum talk about meeting for the very first time to play husband and wife in Ariel Dorfman's "The Other …

Audra McDonald (#82) December, 2005

December 29th, 2005


Audra McDonald recounts her start in theatre as an alternative to therapy for childhood hyperactivity, her teenage years at small theatres in northern California (including her performance as Eva in "Evita"), balancing …

Oskar Eustis (#81) December, 2005

December 27th, 2005


Early in his first season at the helm, Oskar Eustis, the new artistic director of The Public Theater, talks about his plans for that seminal theatrical institution, both on stage and off, lets slip plans to pay tribute …

Michael Ball (#80) December, 2005

December 27th, 2005


Michael Ball discusses straddling the worlds of musical theatre and pop music in his native England, as well as the irony of returning to the Broadway stage after 15 years to gain greater recognition in the U.S. in the …

Christopher Durang (#79) December, 2005

December 13th, 2005


Playwright Christopher Durang contemplates issues of faith, family, humor and falling space debris during the concurrent runs of his new play "Miss Witherspoon" in New York and his new musical "Adrift in Macao" in …

Judy Kaye (#78) November, 2005

December 8th, 2005


Judy Kaye talks about recreating the spirit and decidedly unique voice of 1940s-era vocal phenomenon Florence Foster Jenkins in "Souvenir", and talks …

Jill Clayburgh (#77) November, 2005

November 22nd, 2005


Jill Clayburgh talks about the joys of returning to the Broadway stage for the first time in two decades in Richard Greeenberg's "A Naked Girl on the …

Craig Lucas (#76) November, 2005

November 17th, 2005


On the eve of his debut as a film director, Craig Lucas discusses transforming "The Dying Gaul" from play to screenplay and talks about his journey …

Lea Salonga (#75) November, 2005

November 9th, 2005


On the eve of her solo concert at Carnegie Hall, Lea Salonga chronicles her journey from the Philippines to the West End to Broadway with "Miss …

Carol Channing (#74) October, 2005

October 19th, 2005


Stage legend Carol Channing reminisces about her extraordinary career, ranging from her naive yet successful audition for the William Morris Agency …

John Simon (#73) October, 2005

November 2nd, 2005


Veteran critic John Simon reflects on decades of theatregoing, including 38 years with New York Magazine, as he marks the publication of "John Simon …

David Rockwell (#72) October, 2005

November 2nd, 2005


Noted architect David Rockwell talks about branching into scenic design ("Hairspray", "All Shook Up") as an extension of his childhood love of theatre, which included working on amateur productions in his mother's New …

Gerard Alessandrini (#71) September, 2005

October 11th, 2005


Gerard Alessandrini shares the process of turning Broadway into "Forbidden Broadway" and why after all these years of skewering stage stars and shows, he's still an optimistic fan of the theatre. Original airdate - …

Chris Sarandon (#70) September, 2005

October 4th, 2005


Returning to the New York stage for the first time in more than a decade, Chris Sarandon talks about joining the company of "A Light In The Piazza" and reflects on his early stage work in regional theatre both before …

Galt MacDermot (#69) September, 2005

September 14th, 2005


With "Two Gentlemen of Verona" back on stage at The Public Theater's Delacorte in Central Park, Galt MacDermot reminisces about the great successes of "Hair" and "Two Gents", as well as the brief runs of "Dude" and "Via …

Charles Strouse (#68) August, 2005

September 7th, 2005


Charles Strouse takes listeners back to the creation of "Bye Bye Birdie", including the behind the scenes challenges of retooling the musical for …

Joanna Gleason (#67) August, 2005

August 31st, 2005


Joanna Gleason talks about signing on to "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" before her part was fully written, recalls her Broadway debut in "I Love My Wife" …

Dan Fogler and Sarah Saltzberg (#66) August, 2005

August 16th, 2005


Tony Award-winner Dan Fogler and castmate Sarah Saltzberg track the creation of the hit musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", and the many fortunate meetings that made the musical possible - from the …

Robyn Goodman (#65) August, 2005

August 8th, 2005


Producer Robyn Goodman discusses her role in the creation of the musicals "Avenue Q" and "Altar Boyz", talks about her transition from running the …

Terrence Mann (#64) July, 2005

August 5th, 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 …

A.R. Gurney (#63) July, 2005

July 28th, 2005


Prolific playwright A.R. Gurney discusses his recent turn into political playwriting ("O Jerusalem", "Mrs. Farnsworth", "Screen Play"), how he …

Lynn Redgrave (#62) July, 2005

July 21st, 2005


Lynn Redgrave talks about life as part of one of the great theatrical dynasties -- including the challenging experience of acting with one's relatives, her drive to commemorate her family through her own work as a …

Arielle Tepper (#61) July, 2005

July 21st, 2005


Broadway Producer Arielle Tepper ("Spamalot", "The Pillowman") talks about complexity of mounting her labor of love, New York's Summer Play Festival, now in its second season of introducing new plays by new writers. …

Bill Irwin (#60) July, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Bill Irwin, details his journey from being a clown in a San Francisco troupe to winning a Tony Award for starring opposite Kathleen Turner in "Who's …

Denis O'Hare (#59) June, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Denis O'Hare, Tony Award winning actor from "Take Me Out", and currently starring in the Broadway revival of "Sweet Charity", shares his thoughts on working in both plays and musicals - and what draws him to a …

Roger Rees (#58) June, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Tony Award winning actor ("The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"), Roger Rees, joins "Downstage Center" to talk acting in the Royal …

Alan Ayckbourn (#57) June, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Alan Ayckbourn, who is back in the United States for the US premiere of his newest play, "Private Fears in Public Places", joins the hosts of "Downstage Center" to talk about how he approaches being an author and …

Cherry Jones (#56) June, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Yet another Tony Award winner (Best Performance by an Actress in a Play, "The Heiress") who is nominated again this year (Best Performance by an Actress in a Play, "Doubt"), Cherry Jones, talks with "Downstage Center" …

Victoria Clark (#55) May, 2005

July 19th, 2005


The Tony Award nominee (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, "The Light in the Piazza") Victoria Clark, describes the trip that she took with "A Light In The Piazza" from a small workshop to …

Sutton Foster (#54) May, 2005

July 19th, 2005


The Tony Award winning actress (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie") and current nominee (same category, …

Tim Curry (#53) May, 2005

July 19th, 2005


Tony Award nominated actor (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, "Spamalot"), Tim Curry, discusses his wide-ranging career; from "Hair" on the West End to King Arthur in "Spamalot" on Broadway; with a stop …

Barbara Cook (#52) May, 2005

July 19th, 2005


This week Barbara Cook (currently in "Tribute" at the Cafe Carlyle), visits "Downstage Center" to talk about her five decade career - from intimate cabarets to the Broadway stage; the people she has met and a lot more. …

Leslie Uggams (#51) April, 2005

July 19th, 2005


New blog offering Downstage Center podcasts. The American Theatre Wing, in association with XM Satellite Radio, presents "Downstage Center" a weekly theatrical interview show, featuring the top artists working in …

Raúl Esparza (#50) April, 2005

August 18th, 2005


Versatile leading man Raúl Esparza explains why he's taken on a light musical like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" after a strong of dark and tormented …

John Lithgow (#49) April, 2005

August 29th, 2005


John Lithgow talks about his plunge back into theatre after years of absence from the New York stage, with a succession of acclaimed performance in "Sweet Smell of Success", "The Retreat from Moscow", "Mrs. Farnsworth" …

Jane Alexander (#48) April, 2005

October 3rd, 2005


During the run of her one-woman show "What Of The Night", Jane Alexander discusses the challenges of portraying the life and words of Djuna Barnes, and talks about the effect of her years as head of the National …

Lee Blessing (#47) April, 2005

April 20th, 2007


Playwright Lee Blessing talks about his play "Going to St. Ives" with its theme, of politics, women, and motherhood, and its similarities to his …

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (#46) March, 2005

January 17th, 2006


With the cast album of "Dessa Rose" now in stores, here's the "Downstage Center" March 2005 interview with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in which they survey their career from jingle writing to "Ragtime" and …

Mercedes Ruehl (#45) March, 2005

February 23rd, 2007


Mercedes Ruehl shares her passion for art and for playing art patron Peggy Guggenheim in "Woman Before A Glass" talks about her early training and …

Donald Margulies (#44) March, 2005

February 4th, 2006


Donald Margulies talks about his Broadway experiences during the run of "Brooklyn Boy" in 2005, as well as the experience of revisiting "Sight …

Andrea Martin (#43) February, 2005

May 17th, 2006


Andrea Martin talks about her great successes in shows she was originally inclined to turn down, including "Oklahoma", "Candide" and "Fiddler on the Roof", as well as her start in the legendary Toronto production of …

Michael Blakemore (#42) February, 2005

April 13th, 2007


Acclaimed director Michael Blakemore discusses his ongoing collaboration with playwright Michael Frayn during the Broadway run of "Democracy" and …

Gary Beach (#41) February, 2005

December 15th, 2005


Gary Beach takes off his "La Cage aux Folles" feathers to discuss playing Zaza in the musical's first Broadway revival, his Tony-winning success in …

Philip Bosco and Boyd Gaines (#40) January, 2005

September 29th, 2006


With a national tour of the classic jury room drama "12 Angry Men" about to embark on a national tour, stars from the original company -- Boyd Gaines and Philip Bosco -- talk about recreating the overheated atmosphere …

Jack Viertel (#39) January, 2005

February 16th, 2007


Jack Viertel, artistic director of the "Encores!" series at New York City Center, traces the evolution of the acclaimed concert stagings of …

Martha Banta and Carolee Carmello (#38) January, 2005

November 24th, 2006


"Mamma Mia!" star Carolee Carmello talks about her performances in "Parade", "Falsettos" and "Kiss Me Kate", among others, and along with "Mamma …

Dana Ivey (#37) January, 2005

November 2nd, 2006


During limited engagement at Lincoln Center Theater as Mrs. Malaprop in the classic comedy "The Rivals", stage veteran and multiple Tony Award …

Dominic Chianese (#36) December, 2004

April 6th, 2007


Dominic Chianese, who plays Lou Wolf in Woody Allen's play "A Second Hand Memory", discusses Allen's style of directing, his character's anger and …

Recording Cast Albums (#35) December, 2004

September 26th, 2006


The challenging business decisions that decide whether you get to hear your favorite musicals on CD is the topic of a roundtable discussion with three experts in the field of cast album recording: Kurt Deutsch of …

Michael Ritchie (#34) December, 2004

August 9th, 2006


Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group, talks about taking the reins of the city's largest theatre organization and considers his tenure as head of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre …

Des McAnuff (#33) December, 2004

July 14th, 2006


With Des McAnuff the toast of Broadway for "Jersey Boys" and set to join the artistic leadership at Canada's Stratford Festival, this Downstage Center interview from late 2004 captures the acclaimed director during the …

Matthew Broderick (#32) December, 2004

December 15th, 2005


During the Off-Broadway run of "The Foreigner", Matthew Broderick addresses whether he's really as shy as news reports would portray him, talks about …

Paula Vogel (#31) November, 2004

February 4th, 2006


In the midst of a retrospective season at Signature Theatre in New York in 2004-2005, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel talks about her "overnight …

Alfred Molina (#30) November, 2004

February 7th, 2007


Late in the run of his Broadway turn as Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof", Alfred Molina discusses his role in that much-discussed production, recalls …

John McDaniel (#29) November, 2004

January 11th, 2007


Music Director John McDaniel talks about his first producing project, "Brooklyn The Musical"; reflects on his time working with Rosie O'Donnell on her talk show, and gives some insight into the work of musical …

Jerry Herman (#28) November, 2004

January 17th, 2006


Legendary composer Jerry Herman plays and sings snippets of some of his most famous compositions as he recalls the creation of such seminal musicals …

Melissa Errico and Tom Hewitt (#27) October, 2004

January 25th, 2007


Melissa Errico and Tom Hewitt discuss their roles in Frank Wildhorn's "Dracula", and separately review their careers -- Errico's as a leading lady in …

Richard Thomas (#26) October, 2004

August 4th, 2006


During the Broadway run of Michael Frayn's "Democracy", Emmy winner Richard Thomas talks about his decision to move back to his hometown of New York after 30 years on the west coast, his acclaimed appearance in Terrence …

Jeffrey Hatcher (#25) October, 2004

March 30th, 2007


Prolific playwright Jeffrey Hatcher talks about seeing one of his recent plays "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" come to the screen as "Stage Beauty"; …

Joel Grey (#24) October, 2004

May 17th, 2006


Joel Grey recalls creating the role of the Master of Ceremonies both and stage and in the film of "Cabaret", along with his performances in musicals …

Susan Stroman (#23) October, 2004

December 15th, 2005


Director-choreographer Susan Stroman charts her career from her early days as a chorus member in regional theatre to her triumph with "The Producers" to her work with Nathan Lane bringing Stephen Sondheim's legendary …

Joe DiPietro (#22) September, 2004

November 9th, 2006


In advance of his "new Elvis" musical "All Shook Up", author Joe DiPietro talks about the process of incorporating pop songs into musical theatre, and reflects on the never-ending success of his show, "I Love You, …

John Barrowman (#21) September, 2004

July 14th, 2006


American-raised but acclaimed in England for his work in musicals, John Barrowman visited Downstage Center in 2004 to talk about his trans-Atlantic …

Charles Isherwood and Michael Kuchwara (#20) September, 2004

August 18th, 2006


he work of a theatre critic is explored with two of America's most-read theatre journalists: Michael Kuchwara> of the Associated Press and Charles Isherwood of Variety -- the latter just as it was announced he'd be …

Michael McKean (#19) August, 2004

November 6th, 2006


Film comedy veteran Michael McKean talks about his return to his stage roots, and the challenge of filling Harvey Fierstein's shoes (and girdle), in "Hairspray", in an interview which preceded McKean's sudden run of New …

Elena K. Holy (#18) August, 2004

July 19th, 2006


Elena K. Holy, artistic director of New York's International Fringe Festival, discusses the genesis of the Fringe as part of the Off-Off-Broadway …

Thomas Schumacher (#17) August, 2004

July 21st, 2006


Late in the run of Disney's "Aida" and two years before "Tarzan" began swinging on 46th Street, Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, discusses the Disney approach to theatrical production and …

Donna Murphy (#16) August, 2004

May 7th, 2006


Donna Murphy discusses the great roles sheís played, from Fosca in "Passion" to Anna in "The King and I" to Ruth in "Wonderful Town" and emphatically …

Ted Chapin (#15) July, 2004

January 31st, 2007


Ted Chapin wears two hats during this interview, one as he discusses his position as head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, explaining …

John Selya and Ashley Tuttle (#14) July, 2004

August 16th, 2006


John Selya and Ashley Tuttle, original cast members of the dance musical "Movin' Out", discuss the development of Twyla Tharp's unique show, the difference between classical dance and the requirements of this new …

Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell (#13) July, 2004

February 12th, 2007


Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell discuss the genesis of "The Musical of MusicalsóThe Musical!" and whether they'll get to quit their day jobs as a …

Tovah Feldshuh (#12) July, 2004

March 23rd, 2007


Tovah Feldshuh discusses her role in William Gibson's one-woman play "Golda's Balcony", including her research into the life of Israeli premier …

Phylicia Rashad (#11) July, 2004

May 7th, 2006


Phylicia Rashad discusses her rededication to theatre in the wake of her television success with Bill Cosby, and the honor of appearing in the first …

Jefferson Mays (#10) June, 2004

October 27th, 2006


Although Jefferson Mays continues his international appearances in his Tony-winning role in Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife", this edition of …

Patrick Cassidy (#9) June, 2004

March 9th, 2007


During his run in the revival of "42nd Street", Patrick Cassidy talks about life in a performing family, including the legacy of his late father Jack and performing with his mother Shirley Jones; his eclectic resume on …

Ayesha Dharker and Manu Narayan (#8) June, 2004

December 15th, 2006


"Bombay Dreams" stars Manu Narayan and Ayesha Dharker discuss bringing Bollywood to Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of "Bombay Dreams" …

Kathleen Marshall (#7) June, 2004

July 7th, 2006


Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall discusses remounting "Wonderful Town" for Broadway following its resounding success at Encores! two seasons …

Tonya Pinkins (#6) May, 2004

July 7th, 2006


Tonya Pinkins takes listeners from the triumph of "Jelly's Last Jam" to the extraordinary personal challenges that faced her on her return to Broadway as the title character in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical …

Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch (#5) May, 2004

December 8th, 2006


Co-conspirators Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch consider their roles in the oft-delayed Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" and …

Stephanie D'Abruzzo and John Tartaglia (#4) May, 2004

August 11th, 2006


Before "Avenue Q"'s Tony Awards triumph, original cast members Stephanie D'Abruzzo and John Tartaglia chronicle the show's journey from workshop to …

Roger Bart and Brad Oscar (#3) May, 2004

December 1st, 2006


Brad Oscar and Roger Bart, stalwarts from the original cast of "The Producers", talk about their parts in the creation of the hit musical and the …

Bebe Neuwirth (#2) April, 2004

May 7th, 2006


Bebe Neuwirth discusses creating the musical "Here Lies Jenny" with her "Chicago" co-star Ann Reinking and "Cheers" co-star Roger Rees, as well as her work on stage in "Sweet Charity" and "Damn Yankees". Original air …

Bernadette Peters (#1) April, 2004

May 7th, 2006


On Downstage Center's debut program from April 2004, Bernadette Peters surveys her career from childhood performer to her role as the ultimate stage …

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