As The Curtain Rises – Broadway’s First Digital Soap Opera


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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 Entertainment Community Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (


Alex Brightman

as The Narrator
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Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo

as Stavros
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Mauricio Martinez

as Thomas
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Sarah Stiles

as Emma-Olivia
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Haven Burton

Gwendolyn George
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Natasha Katz

Lighting Designer
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Bonnie Milligan

as Debra Hanaford
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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

as Charles
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Ariana Debose

as Zoey Taylor
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David Korins

Scenic Designer
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Ashley Park

as Kay
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Michael Urie

as Bobby
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Andrew Barth Feldman

as Himself
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Ilana Levine

as CAAA Receptionist
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George Salazar

as Maxwell Fernsby
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Lillias White

as Cheryl
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James Monroe Iglehart

as Steve
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Lesli Margherita

as the Broadway Texter
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Jacob Smith

as Randolph, Lyft Driver, N’avi Ticket Buyer and Barista
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Danny Marin
as the Soul Cycle Instructor

Mark Peikert
as the Box Office Manager

Alan “The Walrus” Seales
as Alexis & Additional Voices


Brittany Bigelow  ||  Lauren LeBeouf  ||  Marty McGuire   ||  Cyndy Schatz   ||  Jonny Perl   ||  Justin Zielke   ||  Andrea Levine



Damian Bazadona

President & Founder
Situation Interactive


Joe Benincasa

President, The Actor’s Fund

Bill Berloni

Banshee Wrangler

Matt Britten

CEO Broadway Briefing

Gordon Cox

Entertainment Journalist

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Tony-Winning Actor

frank dilella

Frank DiLella

NY-1 Theatre Reporter

Greg Evans

Associate Editor &
Broadway Critic

Scott Farthing - Sony Masterworks

Scott Farthing

Head of Sony Masterworks (AVVATAR Cast Album Producer)

Felicia Fitzpatrick

Director of Social Media & Creative Strategy at Playbill

David Gordon

David Gordon

Managing Editor – Theatremania

Julie James

Program Director
On Broadway

Alex Lacamoire

Music Director/Arranger

Peter Marks

Peter Marks

Drama Critic, The Washington Post

Tom & Marci

Tom J. Callahan & Marci Kaufman Meyers

Serino Coyne Marketing Executives

Rick Miramontez

Broadway Publicist

Patti Murin

Patti Murin

Broadway Princess
& Proud Baby Mommy

Lynn Nottage


Tim Rice

Sir Tim Rice

Legendary Lyricist

Tom & Marci

Michael Riedel

Theatre Gossip Columnist / Book Writer

justin squigs robertson

Justin “Squigs” Robertson

Broadway Artist

Jordan Roth

Producer and
President, Jujamcyn Theatres

Paul Tazewell

Costume Designer

Tom & Marci

Adrienne Warren

Tony-Nominated star of TINA

Paul Wontorek


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:


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



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