As The Curtain Rises - Broadway’s First Digital Soap Opera

As The Curtain Rises - Broadway’s First Digital Soap Opera

After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision? Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical? The drama on stage pales in comparison to the drama behind the curtain…. You don’t want to miss this. This is an original radio play produced by the Broadway Podcast Network. As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor's Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org). THE CAST Alex Brightman as The Narrator James Monroe Iglehart….as Producer Steve Jones Lillias White…..as Producer Cheryl Phillips Ashley Park….as Book Writer/Lyricist Kay Fields Michael Urie…as Composer Bobby Kerns Sarah Stiles…as Diva Emma-Olivia George Salazar…as Agent Maxwell Fernsby Ariana DeBose….as Director / Choreographer Zoey Taylor Andrew Barth Feldman…as Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman Lesli Margherita…as The Broadway Disher Ilana Levine…as the CAAA Receptionist Mauricio Martinez….as Thomas Jacob Smith as Randolph, the Lyft Driver, the N’avi Ticket Buyer and the Barista Danny Marins as the Soul Cycle Instructor Mark Peikart as the Box Office Manager Alan Seales as Alexis WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY Matt Britton – CEO Broadway Briefing David Korins - Set Designer Natasha Katz - Lightning Designer Alex Lacamoire - Music Director/ Arranger Lynn Nottage - Playwright/Lyricist Jordan Roth - Producer and President, Jujamcyn Theatres THE CREATORS Written by Dori Berinstein & Mark Peikert Directed by Dori Berinstein Sound Editing & Design by Bart Fasbender Music by Matthew Sklar Sound Engineering by Alan Seales Banshee Wrangling by Bill Berloni Executive Produced by Liz Armstrong Produced by Dori Berinstein Alan Seales and the Broadway Podcast Network And absolutely everything else….by the extraordinary BPN Team: Brittany Bigelow, Yoanna Nikolova, Katie Rosin, Cyndy Schatz and Beatriz Westby AS THE CURTAIN RISES was created and recorded entirely in quarantine. This Broadway Soap Opera celebrates and supports The Actor’s Fund and the BPN Frontline Worker Initiative which you can find at: Bpn.fm/frontlineworkers with Tremendous Gratitude To our Producing Partner Liz Armstrong.... Show More

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January 28, 2021 59 min
Originally streamed live on Jan 14th, 2021, cast members Alex Brightman, Andrew Barth Feldman, Lesli Margherita, Michael Urie, Lillias White, James Monroe Iglehart, Ramin Karimloo and a few surprise guests joined us for a fun chat about episodes 1 through 8. Watch the original video here: https://youtu.be/hbnguUYIHnM For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises. This is an ori...
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January 15, 2021 19 min
Stavros is taking the Avvatar team by storm—and Emma Olivia couldn’t be more thrilled! Well, no, but she’s an actress and she can pretend! Speaking of pretending, Bobby and Kay are busy pretending that Thomas isn’t a problem, Steve and Cheryl are pretending they were never worried, and ambitious Maxwell Fernsby comes up against a brick wall. (That’s what Stavros calls his core.) For the full cast & creatives list, chec...
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December 18, 2020 22 min
Auditions for Avvatar are finally here—how many blue-themed songs can one creative team hear? As many as the auditioners want to sing, frankly. But just as hope seems lost… a miracle of muscle and ability sweeps into Ripley-Grier and blows everyone away. And diva Emma-Olivia may be the most surprised and thrown of them all. For the full cast & creatives list, check the show notes visit BPN.fm/AsTheCurtainRises. This is...
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December 11, 2020 27 min
The most important aspect of Avvatar is finally being discussed: No, not the new script from Thomas (which Kay is still fuming over privately). The marketing campaign! As producers Cheryl and Steve—and science consultant Andrew Barth Feldman—take meetings, Kay and Bobby try to make it work with Thomas, and Emma Olivia is enticed by Maxwell Fernsby, who might have more going on than these Broadway types realized. For the fu...
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December 3, 2020 19 min
The team takes drives of shame home after the Staten Island debacle. Emma Olivia and Cheryl find themselves too close for comfort; Kay gives Bobby the silent treatment; Maxwell Fernsby has an interesting proposition for director-choreographer-cheerleader Zoey—and Steve may already have his next musical project lined up with Andrew Barth Feldman. No spoilers, but two words: Fantasy Island. For the full cast & creatives ...
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November 19, 2020 17 min
The workshop is here—well, actually, it’s on Staten Island. Did you know cars can go there? The whole team makes the trek to see what they’ve got, but there are a few surprises waiting… not least of which is the score. Could Kay and Bobby have a hit song on their hands? Or will Steve and Cheryl’s behind-the-scenes plotting derail what’s starting to work? At least Emma Olivia’s beloved barista is on hand for plenty of cappuccinos an...
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The pressure is starting to get to Kay and Bobby—or maybe it’s just the caffeine—as they write the book, lyrics, and score for the first act of a musical that everyone thinks is based on the highest-grossing movie of all time, but secretly… isn’t. Luckily, they have a brand-new science consultant joining the team to lead the way in the form of… Dear Evan Hansen star Andrew Barth Feldman? Cheryl and Steve are on board with him, but ...
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October 29, 2020 19 min
Shortly after the debacle at Sardi’s—where, true to form, the pigs in a blanket remained unavailable—Bobby and Kay tried to regroup as the new, contractually obligated writers of a not-Avatar musical. Producers Cheryl and Steve try to salvage their reputations before anyone knows what’s happened by bringing onboard acclaimed director-choreographer Zoey Taylor, who’s never met a dazzle she didn’t want to razzle. And Emma Olivia is d...
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October 22, 2020 22 min
Broadway Composer/Lyricist/Book Writers Bobby and Kaye are writing a top secret new musical. But nothing is secret on Broadway...not with the Broadway Disher around. After news leaks, the Broadway community goes into full-tilt crazy chasing opportunities to get involved. This includes mega producers Steve Jones and Cheryl Philips, arch enemies. Jr. Agent Maxwell Fersby feebly attempts to help with negotiations as Diva Emma-Oliva pu...
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October 17, 2020 1 min
After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the s...
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