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Jay Binder… A Life in Casting


Casting directors are the unsung architects of the entertainment industry. And Jay Binder tops that list when it comes to curating memorable casts. From his early days in regional theatres around the country to working alongside Neil Simon on classics such as Lost In Yonkers to The Dinner Party, Binder has been at the forefront of crafting the image of a Broadway cast—while making some careers along the way.

 Now, Binder relives the story of his career in this new podcast. Go behind-the-scenes as he he impresses Edward Albee and lands the job, helps create the beloved City Centers Encores! series, and helped put everyone from Kristin Chenoweth to Laura Benanti on the map. Jay Binder… A Life in Casting, a new five-episode podcast from RWS Entertainment Group on the Broadway Podcast Network, premieres June 2. Hosted by Mark Peikert, with guest stars including Laura Benanti, Kate Burton, Jack Viertel and more…no Broadway fan should miss this!

Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.



Jay Binder A Life in Casting

Episode 5: RWS and the Future of Binder Casting

In our final episode of Jay Binder… A Life in Casting, Jay joins host, Mark Peikert, as he shares the secret to his success, offers advice to aspiring actors, and discusses the future of Binder Casting. Ryan Stana, CEO of RWS Entertainment Group, guest stars.  ...
Jay Binder A Life in Casting

Episode 4: The Big Broadway Years

Over the course of Jay Binder’s career, Binder Casting has cast nearly one hundred Broadway shows. On this week’s episode of Jay Binder... A Life in Casting, Jay reminisces with our host, Mark Peikert, about working beside Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Arthur Laurents. Laura Benanti guest stars ...
Jay Binder A Life in Casting

Episode 3: The Disney Years

This week on Jay Binder... A Life in Casting, we explore the early days of many of your favorite Disney shows on Broadway. From finding a charismatic Belle in Beauty in the Beast to early workshops of Aida, and of course Binder Casting’s twenty-four-year relationship with Disney’s, The ...
Jay Binder A Life in Casting

Episode 2: Encores!

This week on Jay Binder…A Life in Casting we talk with Jay Binder and host, Mark Peikert as they discuss the much beloved Encores! series at City Center. From its simple concert style beginnings in 1994, to the most recent and fully produced musical, MACK AND MABEL, Jay ...
Jay Binder A Life in Casting

Episode 1: The Beginnings

Jay Binder and host, Mark Peikert discuss Jay’s early days as a casting director. From his first projects in regional theatre to casting eleven shows for Neil Simon, we take a deep dive into Jay’s casting process and hear the behind-the-scenes stories of the notable actors that Jay ...


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