Pioneer Theatre Company's Podcast

Pioneer Theatre Company's Podcast

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September 13, 2019 18 min

Dr. Andrew Nelson from the Film and Media Arts department of the University of Utah breaks down the old movie studio system and the success of tough guy and silver screen icon James Cagney. Pioneer Theatre Company is opening a new bio musical about Cagney and this episode of the podcast provides some background on the early 20th-century films that made the man Jimmy Cagney a star.  

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Matthew Ivan Bennett interviews PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Managing Director Chris Massimine about the 2019-2020 Season. 

Seven main stage plays and musicals, a concert production and three new play readings...it's a busy season, and all the action started this week with the arrival of the cast of "Cagney." 

Here's a bit about each of the upcoming productions you'll see thi... Read more

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Matthew Ivan Bennett interviews Resident Sound Designer Allan Branson about the intricacies of sounding a musical like Grease.

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The Way North is a hopeful yet timely play, set in the Minnesota wilderness. Playwright Tira Palmquist talks about her background, why she decided to set the play in Minnesota, and showcase how timely this play is. 

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In our first dual interview, Matthew Ivan Bennett interviews Director Mary B. Robinson and Actress Nafeesa Monroe. They talk about "what's your moment before" and other ways they navigated the intricacies of the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Sweat, as well as how pertinent this play remains in American politics.

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Vreni Romang, publicity manager at PTC, interviews costume designer Patrick Holt (aka the drag queen Tempest DuJour). Holt talks about his inspirations, his love of "La Cage aux Folles" and why everyone should see "La Cage aux Folles" at Pioneer Theatre Company. 


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February 6, 2019 8 min

PTC's Matthew Ivan Bennett sat down with "Once" actress Hillary Porter (“Girl”) to talk about how she “met” the piano and the insanely soulful music she sings in the show.


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Matthew Ivan Bennett sits down with The Fifth Domain playwright Victor Lesniewski about  cyber security, Pioneer Theatre Company's Play-by-Play series, and what lead him to writing this timely thriller. 

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Dialect – or technically accent – coach Sarah Shippobotham chats with PTC Publicity Manager Vreni Romang about what it takes to make an accent for a PTC show. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley opens November 30 and runs through December 14

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Dialect – or technically accent – coach Sarah Shippobotham chats with PTC Publicity Manager Vreni Romang about what it takes to make an accent for a PTC show. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley opens November 30 and runs through December 14

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PTC's publicity manager Vreni Romang interviews musical director Phil Reno on directing "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at Pioneer Theatre Company, and on meeting Stephen Sondheim. 


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PTC's publicity manager Vreni Romang interviews musical director Phil Reno on directing "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at Pioneer Theatre Company, and on meeting Stephen Sondheim. 

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September 11, 2018 6 min

"Oslo" Director Karen Azenberg speaks to PTC's Matthew Ivan Bennett about her personal connection to the Tony Award-winning play through her visits to the region and her favorite scenes. "Oslo" opens at PTC on Friday, Sept. 14 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

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Matthew Ivan Bennett sits down with Director/Choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Musical Director/Conductor Helen Gregory and Kathryn Brunner, who plays Sophie Sheridan in our production of "Mamma Mia!," running May 11-26.

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Matthew Ivan Bennett talks to playwright Ellen Simon about "ASS," an upcoming Play-by-Play reading.

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February 6, 2018 12 min

Matthew Ivan Bennett sits down to talk with /i/ Playwright Jeff Talbott about /i/, science fiction, and other fun things.

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Matthew Ivan Bennett talks with Lewin about the thriller genre and workshopping "The Envelope." "The Envelope" will be read as part of our 2017-2018 Play-by-Play season Feb. 2-3.

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November 29, 2017 9 min

Matthew Ivan Bennett interviews Musical Director Tom Griffin. No stranger to PTC (he was musical director for PTC's "Oliver!," "It Happened One Christmas," "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Elf" and "A Christmas Carol: The Musical") Griffin did the first and second national tours for “Beauty and the Beast” and works as a conductor at Disney. He took a few minutes to chat about "Newsies&#... Read more

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Matthew Ivan Bennett meets with the dog, in the night-time, to discuss his (the dog's) thoughts on "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," the Tony-award-winning play kicking off our 2017-2018 season.

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Local playwright Eric Samuelsen talks with Matthew Ivan Bennett about his new play, "The Ice Front," and his family’s connection to the Norwegian Resistance against the Nazis.

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