The Broadway Ginger Podcast

The Broadway Ginger Podcast

“There are no rules, just musicals.” The Broadway Ginger Podcast is a humorous lovenote to Broadway for theatre nerds by theatre nerds. Aimed at celebrating and maintaining a cultural appreciation for musical theatre history, this season features Broadway interviews by host Sally Henry Fuller. Join us every Monday for conversations with performers, dressers, and more who are making it on Broadway and beyond. TheBroadwayGinger.com // @thebwayginger Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebwayginger/support

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May 17, 2021 54 min

Remember when celebrity after celebrity cycled through the Broadway production of Cinderella in the principle roles? If you saw it in the summer of 2014, you would have caught the one stretch of the run in which Ella was played by one of Broadway's own triple threat performers in her first title role on Broadway, Paige Faure. Join host Sally Fuller as she chats with Faure about what it's like to perform with celebrities lik...

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From a dancer and soloist in a 1970s Ashton Springer musical tour to Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, Terry Burrell's career has been exciting, to say the least. Her joy very audibly bubbles over as she tells story after story from her Broadway career, with a focus on her experience in the original Broadway cast of Into the Woods. Listen as the star pulls back the curtain on the Sondheim show and beyond, incl...

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Ever wonder what a performer is thinking as they sing an opening number for the millionth time? Or what it might be like to sing a love song to a co-star they hate? Songwriter Alexander S. Bermange has taken those concepts to an extreme in his musical revue I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical, now streaming through May 12, 2021 on KingsHeadTheatre.com. Today Bermange joins the BGP fam to share how a background in musical theatre and...

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The Phantom of the Opera is known for its pristine vocals and breathtaking spectacle, but it took a rocky road to achieve its status. Listen as we dive into how Andrew Lloyd Webber went through three different lyricists and three Phantoms before finding the right men for the jobs (not without hurting some feelings) on our way to concluding our conversation about the biggest hit in the British Invasion era of Broadway. Click here fo...

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If you're a fan of both monster movies and musicals, there is no better day than when you discover your favorite monster story is also a Broadway musical. After this impossibly wonderful moment, Emmy Award-winner Paul Milliken spent years of his childhood dressing up as, acting out, and of course incessantly playing music from The Phantom of the Opera. Go behind the mask with Milliken and host Sally Fuller this week as they kic...

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There are few experiences that bring people together quite like sharing moments of live theatre. In today's episode, host Sally Fuller continues her conversation with special guest Craig A. Meyer to revisit some of the best performances he saw during his 20 years as a Tony Awards voter. Yes, the words "Audra" and "Norbert" are said, and we discover that though Sally and Craig saw the same show a couple months ap...

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One minute you're an outspoken Actors' Equity Association member, and the next you're a councilor shaking things up in AEA and voting for the Tony Awards. That is, if you're Craig A. Meyer. Today, host Sally Fuller is joined by the triple-threat whose mile-long resume includes Broadway, Disney, and a 20-year stint as a Tony voter. Dive in with us as Meyer reveals how he ended up touring the world as "Almost Elto...

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What better way to wrap up a series name-dropping Alan Menken than to highlight his Tony Awards win? Though he had Oscars and Grammys already, the Disney and Broadway composer had to wait until 2012 to get his Tony. And that, of course, was for Newsies. Join us as we continue the Newsies conversation we began last week, learn how Menken feels about new Disney composers coming along, and how much of a fansie Ashley is. Be sure to vi...

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It was a flop in movie theatres and a smash on Broadway. Disney’s Newsies has always held a mystic charisma that even the grumpiest critics (you know who you are) admit to appreciating. Join host Sally Fuller and guest Ashley Elliott on today’s deep dive to uncover how Alan Menken's cult classic film became the hottest ticket on Broadway. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot of work mixed with some uncanny luck. Check out our show notes f...

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20 episodes already?! My, how time flies! Today we dive into the whole new world of composer Alan Menken, Disney songwriter extraordinaire, an EGOT winner, and the heart and soul of the Disney Renaissance. Join host Sally Fuller with a triumphant return from Ashley Elliott as they take a walk through Alan Menken’s early career with an emphasis on Disney’s Broadway debut Beauty and the Beast. Click here to check out the show notes a...

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That moment when you’re preparing your second audition for a musical and realize you’ll be singing for the show’s legendary composer himself… No pressure. Actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka had that exact experience on his way to landing the role of Henrik in the 2009 Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim. Join host Sally Fuller and Herdlicka for a chat about all things Night Music- what it was like to work with tr...

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Step into the exciting party scene of 1930s Berlin with a racy M.C. as your tour guide through the lens of the seedy Kit Kat Klub. With dancing to do and interesting people to meet, what could possibly break the cycle of fun? Such is the backdrop of Cabaret, one of Producer/Director Harold "Hal" Prince's most innovative musicals. Not only does this piece tell a chilling story of a world-changing time, but it introduces ...

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We pick up our conversation about Broadway’s most influential creator with a deep dive into one of his most enduring musicals. With the unmistakably Harold Prince trademark of a theme-based plot, our chosen deep dive is Fiddler on the Roof, the last musical of Broadway’s Golden Age. Host Sally Fuller is again joined by Laura Carman to discuss what makes a religious story about “a small town and their small issues” Broadway’s most i...

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How do you get to be the most influential Broadway mogul in the history of the American theatre and set an unbreakable record of Tony Award wins? Insatiable passion and luck. Meet director/producer Harold “Hal” Prince, who spent 64 years shaping our beloved art form into what it is now. Host Sally Fuller and guest host/Hal Prince aficionado Laura Carman dive into Prince’s young beginnings and path to Broadway as the BGP's way o...

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In the conclusion of our Stephen Schwartz spotlight, we explore what makes him a keeper in the American musical theatre landscape, making the bold statement that of all his work, Wicked will, in fact, be his lasting legacy. Guest host Madison Garrett joins host Sally Fuller to deep dive into the backstories and journey of what Schwartz has called "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Oz.” Be sure to check out our show notes on TheBr...

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Join us! We’re kicking off a new series, “Name-Dropping Broadway,” highlighting the people who have built Broadway through the years. We start with a composer/lyricist we affectionately call “the gateway drug to musical theatre,” whose career opened with Godspell, had an 11 o’clock number at Wicked, and is still going strong. Host Sally Fuller and special guest host Madison Garrett take a look at the young beginnings of Stephen Sch...

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Sally sits down with Broadway stars Isabella Russo and Luca Padovan to talk all things Junior Theater Festival in anticipation of Atlanta’s online JTF extravaganza, coming up 1/15-17. This pair shared the stage in SCHOOL OF ROCK and have been best friends ever since! And when it comes to the annual JTF, Isabella and Luca's performances and social media updates are a staple. Join us to kick off our second season with this chat a...

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Christmas songs and Broadway songs have to be the two most delightful genres. And when they are mixed, in the words of Ashley, "It's chef's kiss!" Did you know that many popular songs of the season were written by Broadway composers? Many of the tunes were originally from musicals, though not always Christmas-themed ones. Today we take a deep dive into those Christmas songs from our Broadway guys. Join us as we comp...

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December 7, 2020 48 min

WE’RE BACK! We may have dramatically ended Season 1 last week, but we’ve returned to talk more theatre and more jazz hands. Today we go off the grid with a little break from musical deep dives to talk about “how to theatre” (as Ashley so eloquently put it). Join us as we share stories about our best and most embarrassing celebrity encounters, coin the term “for the love of Sondheim,” and discuss theatregoing strategies (spoiler ale...

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The American Musical Theatre was built on great songwriters whose names can't be said without their partners'. Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella might as well be credited to one hyphenated name, Rodgers-and-Hammerstein. Today we take a look at some equally inseparable duos with an emphasis on Lerner & Loewe and one of their masterpieces, Camelot. Join us as we learn about the battle of the Richards (Burton a...

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