In this very special QuaranStreams, Ben and Daniel talk to Grammy-winning composer, musical director, and performer Billy Stritch about Liza Minnelli’s 1992 concert at Radio City Music Hall, for which he arranged the music. Billy tells stories from his years of working with Liza, from their first meeting in 1991 to their decades of collaboration on projects such as Minnelli on Minnelli: Live at the Palace, and Liza’s at the Palace. Billy has worked with many other showbiz legends such as Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, and Linda Lavin. Tune in to Billy’s Place every Thursday at 8 PM on Facebook Live to hear Billy sing songs and tell stories from his apartment in New York City.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss Liza Minnelli’s 1980 concert in New Orleans. They also talk about Halston, Judy Garland, Lorna Luft, Kander and Ebb, Harry Nilsson, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Bill LaVorgna, and Leslie Kritzer. Tune in to Ben and Daniel’s weekly live show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am EST on the BroadwayWorld Facebook page and Broadway Podcast Network YouTube channel to vote on upcoming QuaranStreams.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the 1982 broadcast of the Tony-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, starring Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlayne Woodard. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, and uses the music of Fats Waller to celebrate the creativity of the Harlem Renaissance and the Golden Age of hotspots like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The musical was directed by Richard Maltby Jr., with choreography and musical staging by Arthur Faria.
In this very special QuaranStreams, Ben and Daniel talk to Broadway producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander about “Hey, Mr. Producer!” the 1998 concert honoring Cameron Mackintosh. The concert featured performances by Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Elaine Paige, Colm Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Jonathan Pryce, Ruthie Henshall, Ellen Greene, Michael Ball, Tom Lehrer and many more, including Julie Andrews as host.
In this episode, Ben and Daniel discuss the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. This legendary night featured performances by Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, Madeline Kahn, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Dorothy Loudon, Billy Stritch, Jerry Hadley, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Harolyn Blackwell, Daisy Eagan, Patrick Cassidy, Victor Garber, Bill Irwin, and Karen Ziemba. It was directed by Scott Ellis, with music direction by Paul Gemigniani.