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Episode 7 - Jenn Colella, L Morgan Lee, Jessie MacBeth, S.C. Lucier, Meghan Rose, and Héctor Flores: Xena: Warrior Musical

Episode 7 - Jenn Colella, L Morgan Lee, Jessie MacBeth, S.C. Lucier, Meghan Rose, and Héctor Flores: Xena: Warrior Musical

This special BONUS episode of Backstage Pass features a discussion with Jenn Colella, L Morgan Lee, S.C. Lucier, Megan Rose, Héctor Flores, and Jessie MacBeth about Xena: Warrior Musical.

47 mins
Feb 13
Episode 6 - A Hanukkah Carol, or GELT TRIP! The Musical Part 2

Episode 6 - A Hanukkah Carol, or GELT TRIP! The Musical Part 2

In this episode we continue our conversation with Rob Berliner, Harrison Bryan, and Aaron Kenny about their new musical A Hanukkah Carol, or GELT TRIP! The Musical.

24 mins
Feb 6
Episode 5 - Rob Berliner, Harrison Bryan, and Aaron Kenny: A Hanukkah Carol

Episode 5 - Rob Berliner, Harrison Bryan, and Aaron Kenny: A Hanukkah Carol

This episode features a discussion with Rob Berliner, Harrison Bryan, and Aaron Kenny about their new musical A Hanukkah Carol or GELT TRIP! The Musical.

33 mins
Jan 30
Episode 4 - Nico Juber Part 2

Episode 4 - Nico Juber Part 2

In the second part of our interview with Nico Juber, we continue our discussion about her new pieces Millennials Are Killing Musicals and Winner. We also play a game where we decide which musical theatre characters would thrive on social media.

26 mins
Jan 16
Episode 3 - Nico Juber: Millennials Are Killing Musicals and Winner

Episode 3 - Nico Juber: Millennials Are Killing Musicals and Winner

This episode features a discussion with Nico Juber about her new musicals Millennials are Killing Musicals and Winner. Millennials are Killing Musicals (by Nico Juber) Meet Brenda: a single Millennial mom who wants to do better “adulting” like the seemingly perfect Jake’s Mom at her daughter’s school.

37 mins
Jan 2
Episode 2 - Greg Kotis Part 2

Episode 2 - Greg Kotis Part 2

In the second episode of Backstage Pass, we continue our conversation with Tony Award Winner Greg Kotis (Urinetown, Yeast Nation) about his new musical The End of All Flesh. We also play a game we designed just for Greg, Survival: The Musical.

26 mins
12/19/23
Episode 1 - Greg Kotis: The End of All Flesh

Episode 1 - Greg Kotis: The End of All Flesh

Welcome to Backstage Pass! We’re premiering our podcast with a double release that features our conversation with Tony Award Winner Greg Kotis (Urinetown, Yeast Nation) about his new musical The End of All Flesh. Check out Episode 2 for the second part of our conversation.

28 mins
12/19/23
Episode 25 - Zack Zadek, Peter Hodgson & Kathleen Wrinn: Love, Rosie & The Bridge

Episode 25 - Zack Zadek, Peter Hodgson & Kathleen Wrinn: Love, Rosie & The Bridge

This episode features discussions about Zack Zadek and Peter Duchan’s Love, Rosie and Peter Hodgson and Kathleen Wrinn’s The Bridge. LOVE, ROSIE (by Peter Duchan & Zack Zadek) - Rosie and Alex meet at eighteen.

36 mins
7/7/22
Episode 24 - Kira Stone, Truth Bachman, & Zhailon Levingston: Salem & Shapeshifters

Episode 24 - Kira Stone, Truth Bachman, & Zhailon Levingston: Salem & Shapeshifters

This episode features discussions about Kira Stone’s Salem and Truth Bachman and Zhailon Levingston’s Shapeshifters. SALEM (by Kira Stone) - In Salem, Susannah, Bridget, Miriam, Martha, Rebecca, & Mary are held hostage in a modern day courtroom for their collective trial by judge and jury.

39 mins
6/23/22
Episode 23 - AriDy Nox, Brandon Webster, Mêlisa Annis & Jamie Floyd: Metropolis & The King’s Wife

Episode 23 - AriDy Nox, Brandon Webster, Mêlisa Annis & Jamie Floyd: Metropolis & The King’s Wife

This episode features discussions about AriDy Nox’s and Brandon Webster’s Metropolis and Mêlisa Annis and Jamie Floyd’s The King’s Wife. METROPOLIS (by AriDy Nox and Brandon Webster) - Metropolis is an epic tale that follows the Harmonizer-android-unit turned space-time-continuum anarchist Fari as she is wrenched across space and time.

43 mins
6/9/22
Episode 22 - Nevada Lozano & Douglas Waterbury-Tieman: Ramona & Johnny & The Devil’s Box

Episode 22 - Nevada Lozano & Douglas Waterbury-Tieman: Ramona & Johnny & The Devil’s Box

This episode features discussions about Nevada Lozano’s Ramona and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman’s Johnny & The Devil’s Box. RAMONA (by Nevada Lozano) - Based on the classic novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, Ramona tells the story of an orphan girl growing up on a Mexican hacienda in Southern California in the 1850s.

40 mins
5/26/22
Episode 21 - Nico Juber, Justin Mortelliti & Shannon Hunt: Millennials Are Killing Musicals & The Ladies Man

Episode 21 - Nico Juber, Justin Mortelliti & Shannon Hunt: Millennials Are Killing Musicals & The Ladies Man

This episode features discussions about Nico Juber’s Millennials Are Killing Musicals and Justin Mortelliti and Shannon Hunt’s The Ladies Man.

43 mins
5/12/22
Episode 20 - Christine Toy Johnson, Jason Ma, Bobby Daye & Monica L. Patton: Broken Ground & Love & Southern D!scomfort

Episode 20 - Christine Toy Johnson, Jason Ma, Bobby Daye & Monica L. Patton: Broken Ground & Love & Southern D!scomfort

This episode features discussions about Christine Toy Johnson and Jason Ma’s Broken Ground and Bobby Daye and Monica L. Patton’s Love & Southern D!scomfort.

41 mins
4/28/22
Episode 19 - Oliver Houser, Hunter Bird, Adesha Adefela, Beau Lewis & Ryan Nicole Austin: She Reached For Heaven & Co-Founders

Episode 19 - Oliver Houser, Hunter Bird, Adesha Adefela, Beau Lewis & Ryan Nicole Austin: She Reached For Heaven & Co-Founders

This episode features discussions about Oliver Houser and Hunter Bird’s She Reached For Heaven and Adesha Adefela, Beau Lewis, and Ryan Nicole Austin’s Co-Founders. She Reached For Heaven (by Hunter Bird & Oliver Houser) - On the outside, high school senior Jes Holt is doing everything she’s supposed to.

46 mins
4/14/22
Episode 18 - Amy Engelhardt, Sara Cooper & Lynne Shankel: Bastard Jones & Perpetual Sunshine & The Ghost Girls

Episode 18 - Amy Engelhardt, Sara Cooper & Lynne Shankel: Bastard Jones & Perpetual Sunshine & The Ghost Girls

This episode features discussions about Amy Engelhardt and Marc Acito’s Bastard Jones and Sara Cooper and Lynne Shankel’s Perpetual Sunshine & The Ghost Girls. BASTARD JONES (by Amy Engelhardt and Marc Acito) - Bastard Jones is a sexy, smart, rollicking new musical comedy that combines a bouncy pop score with period farce.

44 mins
3/31/22
Episode 17 - Guillermo Mendez M, Guadalupe Sandoval, Javier Vilalta, Whitney Rhodes, Shenelle Salcido & Spencer Williams: Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale & For Tonight

Episode 17 - Guillermo Mendez M, Guadalupe Sandoval, Javier Vilalta, Whitney Rhodes, Shenelle Salcido & Spencer Williams: Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale & For Tonight

This episode features discussions about Guillermo Mendez M, Guadalupe Sandoval, and Javier Vilalta’s Anjou: A Musical Horror Tale and Whitney Rhodes, Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams’ For Tonight.

48 mins
3/17/22
Episode 16 - Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, Alex Thrailkill, Annie Tippe, Michelle Elliott & Danny Haengil Larsen: Cowboy Bob & Hart Island

Episode 16 - Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, Alex Thrailkill, Annie Tippe, Michelle Elliott & Danny Haengil Larsen: Cowboy Bob & Hart Island

This episode features discussions about Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, Alex Thrailkill, and Annie Tippe’s Cowboy Bob and Michelle Elliott and Danny Haengil Larsen’s Hart Island. COWBOY BOB (by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips and Alex Thrailkill) - You wouldn’t look twice at Peggy Jo.

50 mins
3/3/22
Episode 15 - David Dabbon, Gabriel Jason Dean, Jessie Dean, Emerson Mae Smith & Murphy Taylor Smith: Our New Town & Elektric

Episode 15 - David Dabbon, Gabriel Jason Dean, Jessie Dean, Emerson Mae Smith & Murphy Taylor Smith: Our New Town & Elektric

This episode features discussions about David Dabbon, Gabriel Jason Dean and Jessie Dean's Our New Town and Emerson Mae Smith and Murphy Taylor Smith’s Elektric.

55 mins
2/17/22
Episode 14 - Jessy Tomsko, Eric Holmes & Nat Zegree: In Emily’s Words & Fly More Than You Fall

Episode 14 - Jessy Tomsko, Eric Holmes & Nat Zegree: In Emily’s Words & Fly More Than You Fall

This episode features discussions about Jessy Tomsko’s In Emily’s Words and Eric Holmes and Nat Zegree’s Fly More Than You Fall. Tony Award nominated producer and New York Theatre Barn board Co-President Blair Russell is featured as a guest co-host on this episode.

50 mins
2/3/22
Episode 13 - Tyler Tafolla, Matt Dahan & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo: Seasons & Starry

Episode 13 - Tyler Tafolla, Matt Dahan & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo: Seasons & Starry

This episode features discussions about Tyler Tafolla’s Seasons and Matt Dahan and Kelly Lynne D’Angelo’s Starry. SEASONS (by Tyler Tafolla) - The new song cycle Seasons is about six friends who will go through the milestone moments and seasons of their lives over the span of six years.

46 mins
1/20/22
Episode 12 - Bryan Blaskie, Laurie Hochman, Avi Amon, Ty Defoe & Nolan Doran: Nothing To See Here & The Lesson

Episode 12 - Bryan Blaskie, Laurie Hochman, Avi Amon, Ty Defoe & Nolan Doran: Nothing To See Here & The Lesson

This episode features discussions about Bryan Blaskie and Laurie Hochman’s Nothing To See Here and Avi Amon, Ty Defoe and Nolan Doran’s The Lesson.

42 mins
1/6/22
Episode 11 - Andrew Beall, Evan McCormack, David Don Miller, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen & Ann McNamee: Goodbye New York & Other World

Episode 11 - Andrew Beall, Evan McCormack, David Don Miller, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen & Ann McNamee: Goodbye New York & Other World

This episode features discussions about Andrew Beall, Evan McCormack and David Don Miller’s Goodbye New York and Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen and Ann McNamee’s Other World. Hunter, Jeff and Ann were also joined by their director Adrienne Campbell-Holt.

39 mins
12/16/21
Episode 10 - Dante Green & Masi Asare: An Incomplete List of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer & Garden Of Starflowers

Episode 10 - Dante Green & Masi Asare: An Incomplete List of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer & Garden Of Starflowers

This episode features discussions about Dante Green’s An Incomplete List of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer and Masi Asare’s Garden Of Starflowers. Dante was also joined by their collaborator Lyell Hintz.

35 mins
12/2/21
Episode 9 - Aryanna Garber, Benjamin Velez & Kirsten Childs: Borderline & The Lucky Boy

Episode 9 - Aryanna Garber, Benjamin Velez & Kirsten Childs: Borderline & The Lucky Boy

This episode features discussions about Aryanna Garber & Benjamin Velez’s Borderline and Kirsten Childs’ The Lucky Boy. Aryanna and Benjamin were also joined by their director Sarna Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George).

39 mins
11/11/21
Episode 8 - Ben Caplan, Christina Crawford & David Nehls: I Don’t Want To Talk About It & Mommie Dearest

Episode 8 - Ben Caplan, Christina Crawford & David Nehls: I Don’t Want To Talk About It & Mommie Dearest

This episode features discussions about Ben Caplan’s I Don’t Want To Talk About It and Christina Crawford and David Nehls’ Mommie Dearest. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT (by Ben Caplan) - I Don’t Want to Talk About It takes a deep dive into the complex world of mental health as told by a troupe of mercurial performers to an unnamed protagonist.

31 mins
10/28/21
Episode 7 -  Timothy Huang & Jaime Cepero: American Morning & Francois & The Rebels

Episode 7 - Timothy Huang & Jaime Cepero: American Morning & Francois & The Rebels

This episode features discussions about Timothy Huang’s American Morning and Jaime Cepero’s Francois & The Rebels. AMERICAN MORNING (by Timothy Huang) - Inspired by an article from the 2009 New York Times, American Morning tells the story of two immigrant cab drivers who share opposite shifts off the same medallion.

36 mins
10/14/21
Episode 6 -  NAMT, Georgina Escobar, Robi Hager, Cheeyang Ng & Eric Sorrels: Little Duende & Māyā

Episode 6 - NAMT, Georgina Escobar, Robi Hager, Cheeyang Ng & Eric Sorrels: Little Duende & Māyā

This episode features discussions about Georgina Escobar and Robi Hager’s Little Duende and Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels’ Māyā. Cheeyang and Eric were also joined by their director Arpita Mukherjee. Both of these shows are featured in this year’s NAMT 33rd Festival Of New Musicals.

52 mins
9/30/21
Episode 5 -  Paul Scott Goodman, Pamela Gray, Daniel & Patrick Lazour: A Walk On The Moon & We Live In Cairo

Episode 5 - Paul Scott Goodman, Pamela Gray, Daniel & Patrick Lazour: A Walk On The Moon & We Live In Cairo

This episode features discussions about Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Gray’s A Walk On The Moon and Daniel and Patrick Lazour’s We Live In Cairo. Paul and Pamela were also joined by director Sheryl Kaller and music supervisor Greg Anthony Rassen.

51 mins
9/16/21
Episode 4 -  Lauren Taslitz, Danny Ursetti, Jeff Talbott, Will Van Dyke: Mimosa & Ten Brave Seconds

Episode 4 - Lauren Taslitz, Danny Ursetti, Jeff Talbott, Will Van Dyke: Mimosa & Ten Brave Seconds

This episode features discussions about Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti’s Mimosa and Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott’s Ten Brave Seconds. MIMOSA (by Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti) - Mimosa is a plant with a special gift: she can dance.

44 mins
9/2/21
Episode 3 -  Paulo K Tiról, Noam Shapiro, Jonathan Karpinos, John McGrew, Joseph Varca: On This Side Of The World & The Village Of Vale

Episode 3 - Paulo K Tiról, Noam Shapiro, Jonathan Karpinos, John McGrew, Joseph Varca: On This Side Of The World & The Village Of Vale

Welcome to The Musicals of Tomorrow! This episode is part of the premiere group and features discussions about Paulo K Tiról and Noam Shapiro’s On This Side Of The World and Jonathan Karpinos, John McGrew and Joseph Varca’s The Village Of Vale.

52 mins
8/19/21
Episode 2 - Joriah Kwamé, Lauren M. Gunderson, Kate Leonard, Daniel Merzlufft: Little Miss Perfect & House Rules

Episode 2 - Joriah Kwamé, Lauren M. Gunderson, Kate Leonard, Daniel Merzlufft: Little Miss Perfect & House Rules

Welcome to The Musicals of Tomorrow! This episode is part of the premiere group and features discussions about Joriah Kwamé and Lauren M. Gunderson’s Little Miss Perfect and Kate Leonard and Daniel Merzlufft’s House Rules. LITTLE MISS PERFECT (by Joriah Kwamé and Lauren M.

45 mins
8/19/21
Episode 1 - Joe Iconis, Rob Rokicki, Sarah Beth Pfeifer: Experience Marianas & Love In Hate Nation

Episode 1 - Joe Iconis, Rob Rokicki, Sarah Beth Pfeifer: Experience Marianas & Love In Hate Nation

Welcome to The Musicals of Tomorrow! This episode is part of the premiere group and features discussions about Rob Rokicki and Sarah Beth Pfiefer’s Experience Marianas’ and Joe Iconis’ Love In Hate Nation.

55 mins
8/19/21

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