In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor and comedian Cole Escola about Bernadette Peters Live from Royal Festival Hall in London. In this concert, Bernadette performs favorite songs from her career as well as many from the Sondheim catalogue, including numbers from Gypsy, Follies, Into the Woods, Passion, and more. She also sings songs from her album I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight. Cole Escola is known worldwide for his legendary Bernadette impression, and can currently be seen starring alongside Amy Sedaris in At Home with Amy Sedaris on TruTV.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Broadway star Andréa Burns about the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, in which she originated the iconic role of Daniela. They also discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, Disney+, Kate McKinnon, Patti LuPone, Jason Robert Brown, John Cameron Mitchell, Evita, and Seth Rudetsky. Andréa has appeared in beloved shows such as Songs for a New World, The Nance, The Ritz, and On Your Feet. She is also currently the Monday guest host on Seth Rudetsky’s acclaimed YouTube series Stars in the House.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about Diana Ross’s 1976 one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, for which Diana won a special Tony Award after the show’s run at the Palace Theater on Broadway. The show includes classic Diana hits as well as a surprising number of songs from A Chorus Line. Ben and Daniel also discuss Bette Midler, Johnny Bristol, Grace Jones, Mame, Mahogany, Bruce Vilanch, Judy Gold, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Stephanie Mills, The Wiz, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and The Supremes.
In this very special QuaranStreams, Ben and Daniel talk to Grammy-winning composer, musical director, and performer Billy Stritch about Liza Minnelli’s 1992 concert at Radio City Music Hall, for which he arranged the music. Billy tells stories from his years of working with Liza, from their first meeting in 1991 to their decades of collaboration on projects such as Minnelli on Minnelli: Live at the Palace, and Liza’s at the Palace. Billy has worked with many other showbiz legends such as Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, and Linda Lavin. Tune in to Billy’s Place every Thursday at 8 PM on Facebook Live to hear Billy sing songs and tell stories from his apartment in New York City.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss Liza Minnelli’s 1980 concert in New Orleans. They also talk about Halston, Judy Garland, Lorna Luft, Kander and Ebb, Harry Nilsson, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Bill LaVorgna, and Leslie Kritzer. Tune in to Ben and Daniel’s weekly live show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am EST on the BroadwayWorld Facebook page and Broadway Podcast Network YouTube channel to vote on upcoming QuaranStreams.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the 1982 broadcast of the Tony-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, starring Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlayne Woodard. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, and uses the music of Fats Waller to celebrate the creativity of the Harlem Renaissance and the Golden Age of hotspots like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The musical was directed by Richard Maltby Jr., with choreography and musical staging by Arthur Faria.