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Broadway’s Podcast, “The Fabulous Invalid”, presents essential conversations with a curated roster of the best, most important, and innovative theatre-makers working today. Put on your headphones and join theatre savant Jamie DuMont, writer and critic Rob Russo, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as they get up-close with the most prominent people in the theatre, from actors, to writers, directors, designers and everyone in between.The podcast takes its name from the title of a 1938 back ...
 
This podcast that speaks to activists within the Broadway community in hopes of inspiring a whole new generation of them and getting them to jump into action for the 2020 election and beyond.What is one of the most valuable armies that any Democratic Presidential or Congressional Candidate doesn't realize they have? The theatre community. Hordes of passionate and talented humans who have the freelance schedule to actively work deeper on campaigns than most other Americans can afford. Spokesp ...
 
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On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob chat with Rob Laqui and Sammy Lopez, two founding members of The Industry Standard Group (TISG), a new multicultural commercial investment and producing organization aiming to make theatre accessible, inclusive, and more equitable. With a unique focus on addressing current disparities in the commercial producin…
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob chat with 12-time Tony Award-winning producer and theatre owner Daryl Roth, who holds the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize winning plays. Together, they discuss Daryl’s latest project, the socially distanced light and sound experience “Blindness”—which is currently running at her theatre on Un…
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob chat with Broadway actor and activist Raymond J. Lee. Together, they discuss Ray’s career, his deep love for Disney, the challenges of being a parent during a pandemic, and the importance of representation on stage. From “Mamma Mia!” to “Aladdin”, “Groundhog Day”, “Soft Power”, and Britney Spears ... Ray’s got …
 
This week, Jamie and Rob continue exploring the mission of the podcast by speaking with sound designer Jessica Paz. Together, they discuss this newest, most mysterious, and oft-overlooked and under-appreciated field of stagecraft, diving into the challenges and secrets of Jessica’s Tony Award-winning work on “Hadestown”. What do Scuba diving, racco…
 
This week, Jamie and Rob round out the mission of the podcast by speaking with Broadway musician, music director, music supervisor, conductor, composer, and orchestrator Charlie Rosen. Together, they chat about Charlie’s life and career in the music world, from his Broadway debut at age 18 to his Tony Award-nominated orchestrations for “Moulin Roug…
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob continue their season-long theme of their “favorite things” by paying tribute to the singular life and work of Broadway dancer, actor, choreographer, director, and Fosse muse Ann Reinking, who passed away in December 2020. In addition to sharing their own reflections on Ann’s remarkable career, Jamie and Rob ar…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob decide to examine their shared love for Broadway posters by taking a closer look at the world of Broadway marketing. First up, they chat with Drew Hodges, founder of SpotCo (a marquee Broadway marketing, advertising, and branding firm) about his iconic ad campaigns for shows like “Rent” and “Chicago”. Then, they c…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob talk through Jamie’s personal top ten list of showstopping production numbers, celebrating some of the greatest moments in Broadway musical theatre history. They take a look at the extraordinary work of choreographers like Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Onna White, Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, and Agne…
 
For a special, two-part show, Jamie and Rob take an in-depth look at the life, work, and legacy of Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman—“the poet of the showtune”. They chat with performers Joel Grey, Florence Lacey, Lee Roy Reams, and Alix Korey, music director Andy Einhorn, producer Barry Brown, and actress and cabaret star Molly Pope. Par…
 
For a special, two-part show, Jamie and Rob take an in-depth look at the life, work, and legacy of Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman—“the poet of the showtune”. They chat with performers Joel Grey, Florence Lacey, Lee Roy Reams, and Alix Korey, music director Andy Einhorn, producer Barry Brown, and actress and cabaret star Molly Pope. Par…
 
This week, Jamie and Rob put together their first ever holiday episode, taking a look at the perennial classic “A Christmas Carol”. First, they explore the history behind the Charles Dickens novella and its leap to the stage. Then, they chat with director Michael Arden and actor Jefferson Mays about their new production of “A Christmas Carol”, whic…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob take a deep dive into one of their favorite musicals: “West Side Story”. After exploring the fascinating story behind the creation of this landmark classic musical, they chat with Belgian director Ivo van Hove about his re-imagined 2020 Broadway production. Then, they moderate an exclusive discussion with Broadway…
 
Here we are at the final episode of this ten part limited series. And what a way to go out, cause WE WON!!! All that hard work, time and energy has paid off, as Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next President and Vice President of the United States! That victory lives in all of us that stood up and spoke out. Those who refused to accep…
 
Jamie and Rob kick off season three with 11-time Grammy Award nominated recording artist and Tony Award nominated star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams, one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry. Together, they discuss Vanessa’s work as a founder of Black Theatre United, her 1994 Broadway debut in “Kis…
 
This week, we give you a BONUS episode to inspire you as we all do the last minute work and stand in line, ready to vote for a change in America. If you're a visual person, you can still watch this Broadway for Biden Pep Rally at www.bpn.fm/peprally, which originally aired on October 14th, 2020. Hosted by Eric Ulloa, the Broadway for Biden Pep Rall…
 
With 14 days left till the election, and Biden surpassing Trump in every poll, what do we have to fear? The exact same complacency that gave us the shocking result of 2016 and handed Donald Trump the keys to our country. So, with these last two weeks, we take you through the do's and don'ts of phone and text banking, one of the greatest tools in dr…
 
Eric has a special announcement! Together with Broadway for Biden, and the Broadway Podcast Network, Eric Ulloa is hosting a very special virtual Broadway For Biden Pep Rally, to be held Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 PM ET, only at http://bpn.fm/peprally. The Pep Rally will kick off with Broadway luminary Joel Grey, and will also include appearance…
 
With a failed administration rotting from the head, the stink of Donald Trump has reached not only Republican members of the House and Senate up for reelection, but all the way down to the local GOP candidates and the elections that shape the communities you live in. Year after year, an increasing majority of Americans poll in favor of a future wit…
 
Social Media is uniquely poised to be either the greatest contributor to the fall of our democracy or the tool that allows us to mobilize and save it. In this week's episode, we break down the "do's" and "don'ts" that allow for a more efficient use of social media instead of wasted hours screaming into an echo chamber. We also hear from actor/activ…
 
This week, no politics, no partisanship, just plans. In the midst of a country on fire and stress at an all time high, this week, we’re looking to the helpers. We’re looking to those carving a path towards a more equitable tomorrow. The Black Theatre Coalition is an organization dedicated to shattering the "illusion of inclusion" by building a sust…
 
How do you change hearts and minds within your own family to make them see the awful presidency of Donald Trump? How do you take care of your own hearts and minds when your family has decided to back Donald Trump again and you feel as if you have nothing in common any longer? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Alisa Hurwitz and I break down paths and plans …
 
In the midst of a pandemic where Donald Trump and the GOP will find any way to contest or rig the election, the blue wave we crush them with has to be massive, we're talking tsunami. How do we do this? We put our theatre person/activist voice to use and register as many voters as we can. Jeff Metzler stops by to talk about the incredible new Broadw…
 
What is the one thing campaigns are always in desperate need of? Money. Donald Trump and his campaign have a massive war chest of $1.8 billion dollars to spread whatever lies they need in order to re-elect him and continue on with their unpopular and dangerous domestic agenda. Today, we're putting that artist/activist voice to use in raising all th…
 
This week, Eric Ulloa takes you through a form of activism that was also the very spark that began the birth of America... Protesting. Throughout American history, civilians have always been able to take to the streets to protest, thanks to a collection of rights given to them by our Founding Fathers. Eric discusses the rights you do have, the righ…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob close season two with the final installation of their special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time. In part three, the British Invasion lands on our shores, and a Windy City murderess, an iconic mask, a helicopter, and La Vie Bohème visit Broadway! At the top of t…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob dive back into their special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time. In part two, they visit Rydell High, a little orphan named Annie, and perhaps two of the greatest musicals ever. This week’s music: “Greased Lightning” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from …
 
On the inaugural episode of this limited series, host Eric Ulloa asks: "Why activism? And more so, why the theatre community?" His first guest, Javier Muñoz (“Hamilton", "In the Heights"), helps answer why theatre people are so uniquely skilled to help create a “blue wave” election in November. Tune in to discover or re-ignite the activist within y…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob launch a special three part mini-series looking at some of the biggest Broadway musical hits of all time, beginning with 1943’s landmark “Oklahoma!” and continuing through today’s juggernaut “Hamilton”. Part One focuses on the biggest hits of Broadway’s golden age. This week’s music: “Guns & Ships”, “Yorktown”, “I…
 
This podcast that speaks to activists within the Broadway community in hopes of inspiring a whole new generation of them and getting them to jump into action for the 2020 election and beyond. What is one of the most valuable armies that any Democratic Presidential or Congressional Candidate doesn't realize they have? The theatre community. Hordes o…
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob return to the world of famous (and infamous!) Broadway flop musicals with part two of our look at these flawed and fabulous gems. We investigate Dude(s), space travel, sequels, VAMPIRES and much, much more. And, we finish out the show with a bit more about “Carrie” from the legendary Betty Buckley. This week’s …
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob dive into the world of famous (and infamous!) Broadway flop musicals with a special two-part show focusing on these flawed and fabulous gems. They kick it all off with a look back at “Carrie” (1988) with word from its original star, the incredible Betty Buckley, who provides a rare peak into that experience. Th…
 
On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are joined by three-time Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director, and performer Jason Robert Brown, best known for his shows “Songs for a New World”, “Parade”, “The Last Five Years”, “13”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “Honeymoon in Vegas”. Together, they discuss h…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie, Jennifer, and Rob are joined by actor and director John Benjamin Hickey. Everyone checks in on how they’re dealing with the shut down and trying to stay sane, then John discusses his most recent projects: starring in last season’s “The Inheritance” and his Broadway directorial debut with Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”, and t…
 
This week’s show is a special tribute to the life and legacy of Bernard Gersten (1923-2020), a trailblazing producer and non-profit administrator responsible for the success of the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater (LCT). Jamie and Rob sat down with Bernard last summer for what would be his final interview. You’ll hear excerpts from that co…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob share their interview with Matthew Lopez, playwright of “The Inheritance”, which played on Broadway this season. Together, they talk about Matthew’s inspiration for writing the play, the importance of sharing history and experiences across generations—particularly within the queer community—Matthew’s reaction to t…
 
On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie chat with Rob’s high school friend, actor, author, activist, podcaster, and producer Jenna Ushkowitz. Together, they talk about Jenna’s diverse career, from making her Broadway debut at age nine in “The King and I” to her recent Tony Award-winning foray into producing, including her star turn on the hit TV seri…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob celebrate the recent release of the “Soft Power” cast album with the musical within a play’s Tony Award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, best known for writing the scores to “Fun Home”, “Caroline, or Change”, and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, among others. Together, they talk about the unique inception and developme…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with “Schitt’s Creek” star Emily Hampshire about her new online talk show “Humpday With Hampshire” that benefits the Actor’s Fund. Together, they discuss Michelle Obama and Dolly Parton, Emily’s love of bitmojis, and what it was like saying goodbye to “Schitt’s Creek” before throwing some Broadway …
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob talk about the current state of Broadway amid the Covid-19 pandemic, what’s ahead, and what the road back to “normal” looks like with Dori Berinstein, a four-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer and founder of the Broadway Podcast Network, and Lee Seymour, a Senior Contributor on Arts and Hollywood at Forb…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob bring you an interview with the extraordinary choreographer Camille A. Brown, who in the last year alone worked on the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess”, The Public Theater’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf”, and “Toni Stone” for Roundabout, and earned a …
 
On a special episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer salute the Actors Fund with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, whose “Stars in the House” has taken the internet by storm; Erich Bergen the brainchild behind the one night reboot of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”; and the one and only Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of the Actors Fund. In this time of crisis,…
 
For their first “quarantine edition” episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat remotely with Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin. As we navigate through this difficult moment, Rachel reflects on what artists can do to help, talks about her latest work, and shares information on some organizations that are doing great things to support artists, …
 
On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are joined at Orso Restaurant by actor, fellow podcaster, and all around fabulous human Ilana Levine. Together, they talk about Ilana’s performance in Richard Greenberg’s “The Perplexed” at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), her experience doing the 1999 revival of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, and her extraordina…
 
On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie venture to the “City of Brotherly Love” to catch up with the fabulous Carolee Carmello. As she winds down the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!”, they sit down to discuss her remarkable career, her incredible voice, and what playing Dolly Levi has meant to her at this time in history. Before that, Rob and Jamie g…
 
On this week’s episode, while Jennifer begins previews with the revival of “Company”, Jamie and Rob settle in to discuss that show and the twenty other shows opening up on Broadway this spring season. Plus we learn that Jamie’s listening skills aren’t great. This week’s music: “Shy” from “Once Upon A Mattress”, “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Exit Musi…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob are joined at Orso Restaurant by “one singular sensation”: Priscilla Lopez! Currently starring in “Grand Horizons” on Broadway, Priscilla talks about her storied career, from her Broadway debut that wasn’t—the two performance flop “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”—to replacement gigs in “Company” and “Pippin”, and her land…
 
On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie go in deep with all things “Mack & Mabel”, discussing Jerry Herman’s legendary flop as it returns to New York for the first time in 46 years with a new production at New York City Center’s Encores! They speak with Jack Viertel, Artistic Director of Encores!; book reviser Francine Pascal, sister of the late book…
 
On this week’s episode, Jamie and Rob are joined by Ben Brantley, co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. A consummate journalist and celebrated writer, Ben talks about how he came to the Times, his tenure there since 1993, his writing process, what theater criticism means to him, and why he loves the theater. A bit later in the show, Rob g…
 
This week’s episode is a special live taping from the mainstage at BroadwayCon! Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer are joined by stars of the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning best musical “Hadestown”: Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalaz - Nacer, and Kay Trinidad. Together, they talk all things “Hadestown” and take questions…
 
On this week’s show, Jamie and Rob speak with Peter Lawrence, the man who literally wrote the book on stage management. With a career spanning four decades, Peter has worked as a production stage manager on over thirty Broadway shows, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Sunset Boulevard”, and “Spamalot”— often collaborating with legendary greats like M…
 
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