Stages Podcast

Stages Podcast

Stages Podcast connects with creatives, innovators and healers and go beyond the resume and beneath the surface of a creative life. Co-hosts Stephanie J. Block and Marylee Fairbanks bring together their friends and colleagues, from Broadway, TV and film and have down to earth conversations that you won't hear anywhere else. We share the roadblocks, choices, mistakes and successes that lead to new avenues of expression and connection. Love where you are now.

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April 1, 2024 72 mins
Known as "the voice of Broadway," acclaimed and award-winning performer Betty Buckley has made her mark in iconic roles like "Norma Desmond" in SUNSET BOULEVARD, "Grizabella" in CATS, "Margaret White" in CARRIE, and "Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood" in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, just to name a few. 
In addition to her remarkable contributions on stage, she has release 16 solo albums and toured across the world. She has r...

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Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara has established herself as one of Broadway's brightest stars and greatest leading ladies. She has starred in FOLLIES, THE PAJAMA GAME, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE KING & I, and DAYS OF WINE & ROSES, just to name a few. She received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on "The Accidental Wolf" and can currently be seen o...

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March 4, 2024 62 mins
Tom Broecker has helped bring your favorite sketch comedy characters to life for nearly 30 years, as an Emmy Award-winning costume designer for Saturday Night Live. He has also designed for hit TV series like Showtime's "The Big C," NBC's "30 Rock," HBO's "The Comeback," "House of Cards" on Netflix, the Mean Girls movie and more. 
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Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer dazzles with an illustrious career on Broadway and beyond, originating roles in hit shows like BEETLEJUICE, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, ELF, and A CATERED AFFAIR. She is also known for her work in LEGALLY BLONDE, HAIR...
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Seth Rudetsky is a beloved Broadway music director, writer, and host of "Seth's Big Fat Broadway" and "Seth Speaks" on SiriusXM, where he gets to showcase his vault of musical theater knowledge. He and his husband, James Wesley Jackson, raised millions of dollars, with their live virtual show "Stars in the House," to support the theatre industry during the pandemic shutdown. In this episode, he discusses how he fell in love with mu...

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January 22, 2024 65 mins

George Brescia is a renowned style expert, TV personality, and author of  Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life. In this episode, he discusses how your wardrobe is the "window to your soul," the ways you can make fashion work for you, and why you'll see him doing the Electric Slide on QVC.

George Brescia

QVC

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For the Season 4, Stephanie and Marylee discuss their visions and vibes for 2024. They dive into their lifelong fandom for Barbra Streisand, share their favorite books of the year and play a guessing game to discover the meaning of new words.

Stephanie's Concerts

Marylee's book reading workshop at Illume

A Hole In The Wall Gang Camp

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For the final episode of 2023, Marylee gifts Stephanie a surprise visit from "Little House on the Prairie" stars Alison Arngrim ("Nellie Oleson") and Dean Butler ("Almanzo Wilder"). Alison and Dean share behind-the-scenes stories from set, why they feel the show has withstood the test of time, and gush over Michael Landon's signature chin quiver. 

Little House Festival

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

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December 11, 2023 55 mins

Alli Mauzey is an acclaimed actress and singer known for her outstanding performances on Broadway. She starred as Glinda in WICKED, and HELLO DOLLY! with Bette Midler. She originated the role of "Lenora" in CRY-BABY, and is currently starring as "Pattie" in the Tony Award-winning KIMBERLY AKIMBO.

In this episode, Alli discusses the joys and challenges of playing a "messy" character, early days of waiting tables at Tibbies Music Hal...

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Eden Espinosa is an Emmy-nominated voice actor. She has performed on Broadway in the roles of Elphaba in WICKED, Maureen in RENT, and the title role in BROOKLYN. She portrayed Trina in the national tour of FALSETTOS and I currently starring in Lincoln Center Theater's THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA. She will lead the new musical LEMPICKA on Broadway this spring.

In this episode, Eden discusses the power of multi-generational storytelling, ...

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November 12, 2023 60 mins

"Cheyenne Jackson is a beloved leading man of stage and screen, known for his work on and off Broadway in XANADU, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE SECRET GARDEN, AIDA, ALL SHOOK UP, DAMN YANKEES and INTO THE WOODS. On screen, he starred in hit shows like 30 Rock, Glee and American Horror Story and in the Academy Award-nominated United 93.  
In this episode, Cheyenne recounts his high school days in rural Idaho, the m...

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Quincy Brown and Kevin Bianchi started Sentimental Men Podcast three years ago out of the love (and their obsession) over WICKED. They started out as two friends bantering and bickering about theater during the shutdown and have ended up with a hit podcast on Theatrely.

In this episode, they join their favorite Elphaba, for the 20th anniversary of WICKED, go behind-the-scenes of the early days of rehearsals, talk about how their fr...

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Joe Dulude is an award-winning make up designer and drag artist. His work includes WICKED, BEETLEJUICE, MATILDA, SPONGEBOB: THE MUSICAL, MJ: THE MUSICAL and many more. In this episode, Joe shares how nature inspires new ideas for colors, shapes and textures. He explains how he helps create a character from face chart on paper through completion on and actor's face, how his mentorship work brings new designers and artists to Broadwa...

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Leslie Odom Jr. is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor & singer. He shot to stardom in HAMILTON in the role of Arron Burr and is now on Broadway in PURLIE VICTORIOUS.

In this episode, Leslie discusses his experience bringing PURLIE VICTORIOUS back to Broadway as an actor and in his new role as producer. He shares how he trusts his gut in making decisions, the importance of re-connecting with himself to start each day, and the pow...

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Arielle Jacobs stars as Imelda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. She made her Broadway debut in IN THE HEIGHTS as Nina Rosario. She was starred on Broadway in Disney's ALADDIN, and WICKED. She starred Off-Broadway in BETWEEN THE LINES, and the world premiers of SOTTO VOCE and FARHAD OR THE SECRET OF BEING.

In this episode, Arielle discusses the pride she feels telling the story of HERE LIES LOVE with an all Filipino cast. She shares how he...

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September 11, 2023 52 mins

Sammi Cannold is a theater director and Documentary Producer. She directed EVITA at New York City Center and A.R.T, RAGTIME at Ellis Island, and SUNSET BOULEVARD at the Kennedy Center.

In this episode, Sammi shares how attending the memorial for the late Hal Prince led her to the opportunity to direct her upcoming Broadway debut HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO. She shares her views on agism in the theater industry and how understanding the wo...

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August 28, 2023 53 mins

Faith Prince won a Tony for her outstanding performance as Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS. She also starred on Broadway in THE KING AND I, JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, BELLS ARE RINGING, and A CATERED AFFAIR.

In this episode, Faith reminisces about her work in music therapy and how it led her to the theater. She tells us why she moved her family and career to Los Angeles and she shares how she has learned to trust her instincts and open h...

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August 14, 2023 56 mins

Lillias White has performed on Broadway for four decades. Her shows include DREAMGIRLS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, CHICAGO and her Tony Award-winning performance in THE LIFE. She is currently starring in HADESTOWN as "Hermes". In this episode, Lillias discusses how she makes the role of "Hermes" in HADESTOWN uniquely her own. She shares her experience starting out on Broadway as a single mom, her fond memories of working with legendary c...

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Jessie Mueller has starred on Broadway in WAITRESS, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, CAROUSEL, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER and won a Tony Award for her work in BEAUTIFUL:THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.

In this episode, Jessie discusses her venture into songwriting and how it makes her feel more vulnerable than acting. She shares her experience growing up in a family of professional actors and the importance of empathy in storytelling.

 

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Nikki Renée Daniels has been in ten Broadway Shows including COMPANY, THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, ANYTHING GOES & LES MISERABLES. She starred in the role of Angelica Scuyler in the Chicago company of HAMILTON.

In this episode, Nikki discusses her experience as the first black actor to play the role of "Bobbie" in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY. She shares how she decided to pursue musical ...

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