S03E14 – George Farmer

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George Farmer.  Ryan and Kevin were delighted to have George Farmer in the studio to discuss how he got to broadway and how he feels about lending a hand to aspiring performers.  George is truly a musician’s musician.  He clearly loves everything about the industry.  Enjoy!

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S03E13 – Ryan Driscoll

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Ryan Driscoll. Ryan is currently on faculty at NYU and works as a music copyist for Broadway. Most recently Ryan was the copyist for the musical COME FROM AWAY, a show he feels incredibly proud of. Listen in to find out how Ryan’s path led from early success as a performer in his teens (starring opposite Idina Menzel), to following his heart to teaching and being a music copyist. His love of what he does is infectious; you are going to be entertained listening to Ryan tell his story and explain the world of the copyist.

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S03E04 – Elizabeth Earley

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Elizabeth Earley. Elizabeth Earley is currently a swing in the Broadway production of SOMETHING ROTTEN, and has already been cast in the upcoming production of HELLO DOLLY, which has smashed box office records for ticket sales of a rival. Elizabeth sat down with us to chat about her experience of being a performer, but also to talk about her personal statement, “Tell stories, change the world,” which led to Project Oak Dance Training, a forum she created to help artists achieve more of their potential. Listen in to hear about her beautiful outlook on performing and teaching, and find out why being left handed has helped her “rub elbows” with some very successful individuals.

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S03E02 – Ari Afsar

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Ari Afsar. Ari is about to add HAMILTON to her list of credits that is already pretty impressive with American Idol contestant, and Miss California 2010 winner. This week, she will begin her performances as Eliza Hamilton in the Chicago HAMILTON cast. We got to sit down with her during the rehearsal process to discuss this amazing opportunity, and the steps that led to it. We talk about the ups and downs of getting fame at an early age, and why American Idol was both the best and worst experience for her. Also, listen in to this fun interview to find out how she still attended UCLA, even after the university turned her down; it’s a great lesson in tenacity!!!

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S02E39 – Courter Simmons

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Courter Simmons dazzles the stage playing many characters ranging from Frankie Valli (Jersey Boys) to Le Fou (Beauty and the Beast) to a character of his own invention who goes by the name of “Cacophony Daniels.”

In our interview we learn how Courter went from the Broadway stage to mastering heels in his own drag character and how both personas get work.

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S02E37 – Abbie Conant

Trombonist, Actress, Poet; Abbie Conant joined us in the studio to share stories of success, challenges, and perseverance. Currently, she finds artistic fulfillment in teaching and performing new theatrical works for Trombone with her husband William Osborne. We discussed her journey to Europe and experience with sexism in Italy as well as the Munich Philharmonic.

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S02E36 – Patrick Milando

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Patrick is currently the First Horn chair for THE LION KING on Broadway. When he’s not playing for the pride, Patrick can heard in various gigs not only throughout the country, but throughout the world. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, he has been playing on Broadway for a few decades, and has also managed to rack up a few participation Grammy’s for his involvement in works produced by the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to being a wonderful french horn player, Patrick finds continued creativity through his exploration of conducting as well as composing. We were fortunate enough to have him provide an expert of his haunting composition, Meditations on Manhattan. A longer cut off his music is generously supplied at the the very end of the podcast. Listen in to hear some great stories from this fantastic individual.

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S02E34 – Kristy Cates

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Kristy Cates, singer, dancer, actor, creative director, mentor and mother tells Ryan and Kevin how a small town girl from Northern California can through hard work and focus hit the musical theatre scene in New York and find success and artistic satisfaction.

Kristy tells great stories about her journey and how she meets fellow broadway stage performers all along the way.

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S02E30 – Dave Thomas Brown

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Dave Thomas Brown. Currently staring on Broadway in AMERICAN PSYCHO, Dave sat down with us in the studio to give us some insight into the preview process for a Broadway show. Dave, originally from North Carolina, grew up doing community theatre and having occasional guest spots in his dad’s barbershop quartet. We had a great time chatting about this last year which he described as blessed because of his award winning performance in THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE, getting the opportunity to tour the country with his girlfriend in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and then of course making his Broadway debut in AMERICAN PSYCHO. Listen in to hear Dave’s amazing Mandy Patinkin impression, as well as find out how Bradley Cooper made him mess up his choreography during previews of AMERICAN PSYCHO.

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