#179 Summer Sale: SUSAN WATSON (Actress), JOHN SIMON (Critic), and CARLETON CARPENTER (MGM Actor)

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Today is our Summer Sale here at Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends. Three for one! In this episode you will hear portions of interviews with three guests whose interviews we have not aired. When we decide not to air an interview it’s for many reasons. Either the audio quality was not strong enough, or the guest only wanted certain portions aired, but it is never because what the guest had to see was not interesting. Because of their importance to the evolution of the American musical we wanted to give you our favorite portions of their interviews. Up first is Susan Watson. Susan was the original Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Nanette in the 1971 revival of No No Nanette, and was in Ben Franklin in Paris, A Joyful Noise, and many others. We interviewed her over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. John Simon was one of the most controversial theater critics of the 20thCentury. His reviews were vicious, harsh, hysterical, and quite often took the performer’s physical attributes to task. His reviews got him kicked out of the New York Drama Critics Circle. Sylvia Miles dumped food on his head. And, if he gave you a negative review, you can quote it from memory.  If you are a big MGM fan then the name of Carleton Carpenter must be familiar to you from the opening credits of such films as Father of the Bride, Three Little Words, Summer Stock, and Two Weeks With Love where, with Debbie Reynolds, he sang the infamous “Abba Daba Honeymoon.”  Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: https://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 To book a room at Shetler Studios, head on over to: https://www.shetlerstudios.com


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