Stages Podcast

Stages Podcast

Stages Podcast connects with creatives, innovators and healers alike to share in the ways art threads us through every stage of our life. Co-hosts Stephanie J. Block and Marylee Fairbanks bring together their friends and colleagues, from Broadway and the global stage, bringing to light roadblocks, choices, mistakes and successes that lead to new avenues of expression and connection. Love where you are now.


March 26, 2023 51 min

Kennedy Kanagawa is a performer & puppeteer.  He has performed the role of Milky White in INTO THE WOODS in the Broadway revival and the special engagement U.S. tour.

In this episode, we learn how Kennedy helped transform “Milky White” from a cardboard prop to a beloved multi-dimensional Character in INTO THE WOODS. He shares stories of puppetry, family and his journey with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s acclaimed f...

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David Lindsay Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter & lyricist.  His work spans Broadway and film and includes KIMBERLY AKIMBO, SHREK THE MUSICAL, GOOD PEOPLE, & RABBIT HOLE.

In this episode, David shares how critically-acclaimed KIMBERLY AKIMBO transformed from a play to a musical over 20 years.  He talks about growing up on the South side of Boston, the women who continue to inspire many of his char...

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Kevin Newbury is an award winning theater, opera & film director. His work has been featured on PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES, and his work has been celebrated at Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carnegie Hall & The Kennedy Center.  

Brandon Kazen-Maddox is a dancer, director and American sign language artist.  His work as an interpreter has been featured on CNN.

In this episode, Kevin and Brandon talk in depth about th...

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February 12, 2023 54 min

Micaela Diamond is an actress, performer & chef.  She starred as Babe in THE CHER SHOW, Peggy in TICK, TICK, BOOM! and Lucille Frank in the upcoming Broadway production of PARADE. 

In this episode, Micaela shares the mental and physical preparation required to return to the Broadway stage in the highly anticipated revival of PARADE. She discusses the courage required to live a life filled with curiosity, the joy of giving and recei...

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January 29, 2023 61 min

Gavin Creel joins STAGES PODCAST this week. Gavin is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor and songwriter.  He is the co-founder of Broadway Impact. Gavin is currently on tour with INTO THE WOODS, starring as Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf, after performing the role on Broadway. He starred in HELLO DOLLY!, SHE LOVES ME, HAIR AND THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

In this episode, Gavin shares insights about his origional musical piece, W...

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January 15, 2023 52 min

Tony Award-winning producer and co-founder of The Museum of Broadway, Julie Boardman joins us this week.

In this episode, Julie discusses being a "disruptor," growing up in an entrepreneurial family, and she combined and immersive experience with groundbreaking moments in Broadway history to create the Museum of Broadway. 

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January 1, 2023 33 min

Happy New Year!  Stephanie and Marylee sit down and set intentions for 2023.  In this episode, Marylee shares the six steps to creating your own Sankalpa and how it helps you clarify your deepst desires and they discuss the power of vulnerablity and gratitude.  

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December 18, 2022 3 min

Stages Podcast has a contest this week!  Go to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and leave stars and a review, like our Instagram page, then send us a picture of your review on Insta and you will be eligible to win a Stages Podcast shout out from Marylee and Stephanie... AND... Stephanie J. Block will send you a personalized holiday greeting!

Stephanie and Marylee are taking some time for family and friends and hope that all of you are p...

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December 4, 2022 49 min

Bonnie Milligan is starring in the current Broadway hit musical KIMBERLY AKIMBO as Aunt Debra.  She received accolades for her performances in HEAD OVER HEELS and  KINKY BOOTS and is known for her amazing range and belt.

In this episode, Bonnie talks about the loss of her father just days before she was called to audition for KIMBERLY AKIMBO. She weaves this personal story and grief into her Award-winning and hilarious portrayal of...

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Larissa FastHorse is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, award winning Native American playwright, choreographer & arts advocate. She is the co-founder of Indigenous Direction, the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audiences.  Her satirical comedy, The Thanksgiving Play was one of the top ten most produced plays in America last season  Other plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Landless and Cow Pie Bingo, Averag...

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November 6, 2022 58 min

Kevin Ryan has been the President and CEO of the Covenant House for the past 13 years and has helped countless kids. The Covenant House Sleep Out takes place on November 13, 2022.  This year marks Stephanie's 10th sleep out.

In this episode, Kevin shares some of what he has learned in his three decades of working with homeless youth, describes how feeling seen empowers independence, and welcomes in his next stage as a Broadway prod...

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October 23, 2022 57 min

Brandon Uranowitz is a three time Tony Award nominee for his work in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, FALSETTOS, and BURN THIS.  

In this episode, Brandon remembers what it was like growing up as a child actor, shares memories of his instant connection to Stephanie during the audition process for FASSETTOS, breaks down how he separates from. his character whil in Tom Stoppard's LEOPOLDSTADT, and channels his neuroses when Marylee surprises hi...

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This week we are joined by Sebastian Arcelus and our own Stephanie J. Block. Sebastian Arcelus is known for his roles as Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS and Jay Whitman in the CBS series MADAM SECRETARY.  His Broadway credits include ELF, JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, & RENT.  He is now starring as The Baker in INTO THE WOODS.

In this weeks episode, Broadway's The Baker and The Baker's Wife discuss bringing a 15-year marr...

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September 25, 2022 50 min

 Elizabeth A. Davis is a Tony Award nominee, starring as Thomas Jefferson in the current Broadway revival of 1776, at the Roundabout Theater Company.  The earned her Tony nod for her appearance as Reza in ONCE.

In this episode, Elizabeth discusses the histoy lessons she has learned from performing in 1776, how violin lessons paid off when she auditioned for ONCE, ad how she flourished in the performing arts growing up in small town...

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September 11, 2022 58 min

James Burrows is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning director. He began his television career directing episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," and "Laverne & Shirley." He became the resident director on "Taxi," then co-created the beloved classic "Cheers," directing 243 of the 273 episodes, as well as all 246 episodes of "Will & Grace." He has directed the pilots and multiple episodes of "Frasier," "Friends," "M...

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August 28, 2022 52 min

Celia Rose Gooding was nominated for a Tony for her Broadway debut performance as "Frankie Healy" in the rock musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL at just 20 years old. Her first memory of wanting to be a professional actor comes from watching her mother, LaChanze, win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in THE COLOR PURPLE in 2006.  After spending the last few years on Broadway, Celia can now be ...

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August 14, 2022 53 min

Marti Gould Cummings is a drag artist, activist, tv personality and former NY City Council Candidate.  

You can see Marti on Fusion televisions SHADE QUEENS OF NYC, on THE MARTI REPORT on LOGO, DRAGGED on Yahoo! and on THE X CHANGE RATE on The Build Series.  They serve on the Board of Directors for The Ali Forney Center for Homelss LGBTQ Youth, the Advisory Board of Equality NY, and is National Co-Chair of Drag Out The Vote.

In thi...

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July 31, 2022 38 min

We're back! To kick off Act II, Stephanie and Marylee catch up on how they spent the Summer, break down the meaning of their birth dates according to Destiny Cards, and obsess over how life imitates INTO THE WOODS in too many ways. 




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May 29, 2022 43 min

We wrap up the first half of our second seaon this week. 

Join us as we take a look back at the last two seasons and check in on where some of our guests are now.  

We will be back August 1, 2022 with a surprise. But, keep checking in for bonus episodes during the break!

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May 22, 2022 61 min

Kecia Lewis is a dynamic stage and screen performer with more than 40 years working in TV, film, and theatre. Her work has been seen throughout multiple seasons of hit TV shows like "The Blacklist" and "Mad About You." She has starred on Broadway in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', LEAP OF FAITH, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, BIG RIVER, and CHICAGO. She holds the title as the youngest actress to play "Effie...

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