As COVID-19 brings the world to a halt, the deep impact on the Broadway and baseball communities can’t be overstated. While the Break a Bat! team hopes to provide some solace during these trying times, this episode tackles the tough questions surrounding the weeks and months ahead for the two mediums we care about so deeply, as both remain in limbo due to their inevitable shutdowns.
Amanda Jane Cooper steps into the Batter’s Box for Episode 24 of Break a Bat! Amanda holds the distinction of being one of the longest-tenured actresses to play Glinda in the now storied franchise that is Wicked on Broadway. Amanda performed the role in the show’s First National Tour in 2011, Second National Tour from 2015-2017, and then in the Broadway company from 2017-2018.
Break a Bat! visits the WFAN and CBS Sports Network studios to chat with Al Dukes, the brains and Executive Producer behind Boomer & Gio, the number-one rated sports talk radio show in morning drive. Al’s radio career has spanned nearly 30 years, having worked on Ron & Fez and Opie & Anthony before transitioning to sports talk with the then Boomer & Carton show in 2007 as Executive Producer. Over the years, he has also earned acclaim for his work on-air, as his well-known sports musical parodies have become a favorite of listeners and critics alike. In this episode, Al discusses everything from what makes good sports talk radio, thinking in terms of songs, and his thoughts on the medium of Broadway. He even plays some baseball meets Broadway trivia in this week’s 7th Inning Stretch. Despite all of Al’s success, he still takes time to help serve his community; efforts that our host Al Malafronte and the Broadway community honored in this episode. Hosted by Al Malafronte Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network Edited by Matthew Hendershot Connect with Al Dukes on Twitter: @alsboringtweets and on Instagram: @alsboringpics Connect with Break a Bat! on Instagram: @break_a_bat_podcast