The radio voice of the Yankees for 30 years, John Sterling, checked in with Al just before the team kicked off the Division Series against the Minnesota Twins back in October. A lifelong collector of cast albums, John also touches his longtime adoration of classic musicals such as South Pacific and Hello, Dolly! He even gives his take on Broadway’s love affair with the Yankees’ All-Star closer, Aroldis Chapman.
As the old saying goes, “the show must go on,” and the 2019 production of the New York Yankees was no different. A record-setting number of injuries to key cast members put the show in peril early, and the team’s strong battalion of understudies came ready to respond. Mike Ford is a rising Broadway star who not only seized that opportunity, but ran with it by displaying fantastic lefty power and plate discipline during the heat of a pennant race – the baseball equivalent of a show’s late season push for the Tony Awards. In this episode, Mike reflects on an outstanding rookie season and his outlook on manning the prime real estate of being a starting 1st baseman on Broadway. He even draws some parallels to how the Yankees’ clubhouse isn’t all that different from the backstage dynamic for a Broadway production.
“Oakley, you are Broadway.” Fresh off her run as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, Desi Oakley joins Al in the Batter’s Box to talk about her career both on stage and in the recording studio. Fresh off the Yankees’ Division Series win the night prior to recording, they even played some baseball and Broadway crossover trivia in a new segment called “7th Inning Stretch.” Al volunteers his producer, Alan Seales, to serve as Desi’s lifeline for all of the baseball-related questions, and the segment goes awry quickly. With nearly a decade of work on the back of her baseball card, Desi tells some great stories spanning anywhere from the Emerald City to Joe’s Pie Diner. Connect with Desi Oakley on Instagram: @desioakley Connect with Break a Bat! on Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast
A Broadway All-Star of nearly 40 years, Tony-nominee Liz Callaway steps into the batter’s box to talk about her mutual love of both baseball and Broadway, and her career highlights that have spanned anything from an Emmy Award, singing an Oscar-nominated song, to performing the National Anthem during the historic 1986 National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. A lifelong Mets fan, she represents the good stuff in the baseball/theatre fanbase. She was also sure to rock her Mets gear to troll Al, just a few hours before the first pitch of the Yankees’ first Division Series game. Liz is also helping kick off the holiday season at Feinstein’s 54 Below with her sister Ann for a series of shows called ‘Broadway the Calla-way!’ during Thanksgiving week. For more information, check out the show details at www.54below.com
Whether it’s Game 6 of the ‘96 World Series or David Wells’ Perfect Game, Steph has probably been to more historic Yankee games than anyone else on Broadway, and talked with Al about some of her career beginnings,