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After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?

The drama on stage pales in comparison to the drama behind the curtain….

You don’t want to miss this.

This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network and Executive Produced by Liz Armstrong.

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).

THE CAST

Alex Brightman

as The Narrator
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Ilana Levine

as CAAA Receptionist
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George Salazar

as Maxwell Fernsby
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FEATURING

Danny Marin
as the Soul Cycle Instructor

Mark Peikert
as the Box Office Manager

Alan Seales
as Alexis

Ariana Debose

as Zoey Taylor
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Lesli Margherita

as the Broadway Texter
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Sarah Stiles

as Emma-Olivia
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Andrew Barth Feldman

as Himself
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Mauricio Martinez

as Thomas
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Jacob Smith

as Randolph, Lyft Driver, N’avi Ticket Buyer and Barista
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James Monroe Iglehart

as Steve
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Bonnie Milligan

as Debra Hanaford
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Michael Urie

as Bobby
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Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo

as Stavros
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Ashley Park

as Kay
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Lillias White

as Cheryl
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WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY

Matt Britten

CEO Broadway Briefing

Gordan Cox

Entertainment Journalist
Variety

Greg Evans

Associate Editor &
Broadway Critic
Deadline

Julie James

Program Director
On Broadway

David Korins

Set Desginer

Natasha Katz

Lightning Designer

Alex Lacamoire

Music Director/Arranger

Rick Miramontez

Broadway Publicist
DKC/O&M

Lynn Nottage

Playwright/Lyricist

Jordan Roth

Producer and
President, Jujamcyn Theatres

Paul Wontorek

Editor-in-Chief
Broadway.com

Production Credits

Written by
Dori Berinstein
Mark Peikert

Directed by
Dori Berinstein

Produced by
Dori Berinstein
Alan Seales
and the
Broadway Podcast Network

Executive Produced by
Liz Armstrong

Sound Editing & Design by
Bart Fasbender

Avvatar Music by
Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by
Dori Berinstein

Sound Engineering by
Alan Seales

Banshee Wrangling by
Bill Berloni

And absolutely everything else….by our extraordinary BPN Team:
Brittany Bigelow, Yoanna Nikolova, Katie Rosin, Cyndy Schatz and Beatriz Westby

AS THE CURTAIN RISES was created and recorded entirely in Quarantine.

This Broadway Soap Opera celebrates and supports The Actor’s Fund
and the BPN Frontline Worker Initiative which you can find at: bpn.fm/frontlineworkers

Episodes

Podcast Trailer

Podcast Trailer

After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley ...
As The Curtain Rises Podcast Soap Opera Episode 1

Ep1 – Let the Games Begin

Broadway Composer/Lyricist/Book Writers Bobby and Kaye are writing a top secret new musical. But nothing is secret on Broadway...not with the Broadway Disher around. After news leaks, the Broadway community goes into full-tilt crazy chasing opportunities to get involved. This includes mega producers Steve Jones and Cheryl Philips, ...
As The Curtain Rises Podcast Soap Opera Episode 2

Ep2 – Putting It Together

Shortly after the debacle at Sardi’s—where, true to form, the pigs in a blanket remained unavailable—Bobby and Kay tried to regroup as the new, contractually obligated writers of a not-Avatar musical. Producers Cheryl and Steve try to salvage their reputations before anyone knows what’s happened by bringing onboard ...
As the Curtain Rises - Ep3 - Writers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Ep3 – Writers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

The pressure is starting to get to Kay and Bobby—or maybe it’s just the caffeine—as they write the book, lyrics, and score for the first act of a musical that everyone thinks is based on the highest-grossing movie of all time, but secretly… isn’t. Luckily, they have a ...
As the Curtain Rises - Ep4 - Once On This Staten Island

Ep4 – Once On This Staten Island

The workshop is here—well, actually, it’s on Staten Island. Did you know cars can go there? The whole team makes the trek to see what they’ve got, but there are a few surprises waiting… not least of which is the score. Could Kay and Bobby have a hit ...
As the Curtain Rises - Ep5 - Hands on a Hardbody

Ep5 – Hands on a Hardbody

The team takes drives of shame home after the Staten Island debacle. Emma Olivia and Cheryl find themselves too close for comfort; Kay gives Bobby the silent treatment; Maxwell Fernsby has an interesting proposition for director-choreographer-cheerleader Zoey—and Steve may already have his next musical project lined up with ...

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund and the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative.

 

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