Unwrap Your Candies Now

Unwrap Your Candies Now

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Beyond the footlights and into the spotlight!


Come From Away and Marian’s Song
Mar 6 • 34 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Nick and Diane Marson, a Houston couple who met on 9/11 and whose real-life story inspired central characters in the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away. Then,…
Tamyra Gray and Virginia Lee Montgomery
Feb 21 • 30 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu heads to Lawndale Art Center to interview Houston artist Virginia Lee Montgomery about her solo exhibition Sky Loop. Incorporating video, sound, sculpture and Houston-centric symbols,…
Paul Hope Cabaret and Loop38
Feb 14 • 31 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with singer-actor Paul Hope about legendary songwriter Harold Arlen – in particular about the music he wrote in the decade after his famous “Over the Rainbow.” The Paul Hope…
Jersey Boys and Houston Chamber Choir Grammy
Feb 7 • 35 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu interviews Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson and tenor Jack Byrom on what it was like to attend the 2020 Grammys and accept the award for Best Choral…
Sasson Gabay, Janet Dacal and Marlana Doyle
Jan 31 • 31 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal, who star in The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Broadway Across America presents the North American-touring…
Dan Knechtges and Emilio Delgado
Jan 24 • 31 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars, about the company’s recently-announced 2020 – 2021 season. Knechtges, a Tony-nominated director and…
Ensemble Theatre and Kinetic Ensemble
Jan 17 • 28 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with award-winning director and veteran actor, Shirley Jo Finney. Finney talks about the art of directing and her latest project as director of The Ensemble Theatre’s production…
John Bolton and Madison Petaway
Jan 10 • 31 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Madison Petaway, Houston’s fifth Youth Poet Laureate. Appointed in November 2019 by Mayor Sylvester Turner through a joint program of Writers in the Schools and Houston…
Mariah Lyttle and Francis T. Goodbeer
Jan 3 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Mariah Lyttle, who stars as “Celie” in the North American-touring production of The Color Purple. Society for the Performing Arts presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway…
Julie Andrews
Dec 27, 2019 • 29 min
In this special episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Oscar-winning actor, singer and author, Julie Andrews, along with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. The mother-daughter pair have co-written 32 books, including…
Unwrap Your Christmas Candies Now
Dec 20, 2019 • 28 min
In this special episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse unwrap and share audio gifts of holiday performances by beloved singers and actors from Houston and beyond. Set list: Martha Davis – I’ll Be Home for…
The Nutcracker and Elf The Musical
Dec 13, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Connor Walsh. They talk about his lead role as “The Prince,” which he originated for Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, as well as his childhood…
Jay Leno and Houston Grand Opera
Dec 6, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with longtime “Tonight Show” host, stand-up comedian, voiceover artist, author and speaker Jay Leno, known to many as “the hardest working man in show business.” Society for the…
Hip Hop Nutcracker and Dixie Longate
Nov 29, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with hip hop pioneer and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow, who is the MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. The national-touring holiday production comes to the Smart Financial Centre at…
Catastrophic Theatre and Houston Symphony
Nov 22, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Jeff Miller (director) and Tamarie Cooper (cast member and co-artistic director) about Baby Screams Miracle by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Clare Barron. Described…
Lawndale Art Center and “Dear Evan Hansen”
Nov 15, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Houston arts writer Pete Gershon about Lawndale Art Center’s 40th Anniversary. They discuss the center’s history and impact, from its DIY beginnings in 1979 as an annex for…
“Inherit the Wind” and Writer Addie Tsai
Nov 8, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews actor and attorney John Raley, who stars in Inherit the Wind. Cone Man Running Productions will present the classic play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, inspired by…
Bernadette Peters and Houston Early Music Festival
Nov 1, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse interviews Broadway superstar and stage legend Bernadette Peters, who performs in Houston on November 2 at Jones Hall presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Then, Catherine Lu…
Dia de los Muertos Festival and Cats the Musical
Oct 25, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with MECA’s Resident Curator Theresa Escobedo and Program Director Liz Salinas about the traditions associated with Día de los Muertos and the organization’s free community…
Alley Theatre’s Vietgone and Houston Fringe Festival
Oct 18, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Desdemona Chiang, director of Vietgone at the Alley Theatre, from Oct. 4 – Nov. 3. A mix of rom-com, road trip, hip-hop and 70s pop culture, the play by Qui Nguyen is…
Opera on Tap and TUTS Spring Awakening
Oct 11, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with soprano Anna Diemer, Co-Managing Diva of Opera on Tap - Houston. One of the newest chapters of the international opera non-profit, the group of local singers brings…
4th Wall Theatre and MFAH Films
Oct 4, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode of the podcast “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Philip Lehl, Co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre Company. Now entering its ninth season, the company’s 2019 – 2020 line-up opens with a reimagining of Tennessee…
Yoonshin Song, Houston Symphony concertmaster and Music Box Theater: Keep It Brassy 3
Sep 27, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu interviews Yoonshin Song, the Houston Symphony’s new concertmaster, who begins her appointment this 2019-2020 season. Selected from the orchestra’s extensive three-year search to fill the…
A.D. Players: The Hiding Place and ROCO’s 15th Season
Sep 20, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Jake Speck, Executive Director of A.D. Players. The Christian-based theater company opens its 2019-20 Season of Hope with The Hiding Place. A World Premiere adaptation by A.S.…
Live From Theater District Open House!
Sep 13, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse preview the 2019-2020 seasons of eight of the major performing arts groups of Houston’s Theater District, and they chat with Mayor Sylvester Turner about the significant impact…
Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank and Othello: The Remix
Sep 6, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu learns about the Houston Chamber Choir’s season-opening concert, featuring Annelies, the first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank, composed by James Whitbourn with libretto compiled…
TUTS’ “A Chorus Line” and “Golf Coast” Exhibit
Aug 30, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse gets an inside look at A Chorus Line and what it’s like to cast and stage this Broadway classic with Megan Larche Dominick, Theatre Under The Stars’ Associate Artistic Director / Director of New…
Da Camera’s 2019-2020 Season and Actor Denise Fennell
Aug 23, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Brandon Bell, Director of Education and Artistic Administrator, about Da Camera’s 2019 – 2020 season, which opens with Bon Appetit! – a concert with a musical take on Julia Child. Bell…
The Motels’ Martha Davis and Houston Theater District Open House
Aug 16, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Martha Davis, lead singer of the ’80s new wave band The Motels, known for hits like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer.” The Motels will perform in Houston’s Arena Theater on…
World Doctors Orchestra and
Aug 9, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of “Uwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with two local musicians of the World Doctors Orchestra - Drs. Charles and Grace Lee. A married couple who met while playing in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, The Lees spearheaded the…
Shakespeare Is Back At Miller Outdoor Theatre, And Meet The 2018 Poetry International Prize Winner
Aug 2, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode of Unwrap Your Candies Now, Ernie Manouse introduces us to two of the performers taking to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage as part of the 2019 Houston Shakespeare Festival. Shannon Uphold (Audrey/Ensemble) is a 2nd-year graduate student…
UYCN Welcomes The Newest “Debbie” From The Doyle And Debbie Show, And ROCO Releases A New CD
Jul 26, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu finds out what it took for ROCO to bring together their new CD Visions Take Flight. Alecia Lawyer, ROCO Founder and Artistic Director, explains how Harvey complicated the making of this album.…
Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s “The Mikado” and Houston Blues Museum
Jul 19, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Viswa Subbaraman, Music Director, and Steven McCary, Board President, about A Topsy Turvy Mikado, this summer’s production by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston. Created by…
TUTS’ “Seussical the Musical” and Public Works Houston
Jul 12, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu finds out about Theatre Under The Stars’ new community engagement program, Public Works Houston, and its first collaboration with the company’s annual summer production at Miller Outdoor Theatre.…
Aladdin the Musical, AFA Summer Music Festival and Chapel in the Sky
Jul 5, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with two stars from Disney’s Aladdin The Musical: Major Attaway (Genie) and Jonathan Weir (Jafar). The actors share stories and insights about the production, which features favorite songs…
Apollo Chamber Players, Composer Erberk Eryilmaz and Actor Dequina Moore
Jun 28, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with the Apollo Chamber Players’ Artistic Director, founder and violinist Matthew Detrick and composer Erberk Eryilmaz about their July 6th concert at NASA in honor of the 50th Anniversary…
Catastrophic Theatre’s “Speeding Motorcycle” and Violist Brian Bires
Jun 21, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse talks with Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper, Co-Artistic Directors of Catastrophic Theatre, about Speeding Motocycle. First produced in 2006 to rave reviews, this original rock opera is based on…
Barnstorm Dance Fest and Alley Theatre’s The Three Musketeers
Jun 14, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Mollie Haven Miller, executive director of Dance Source Houston, about the 5th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest. The festival is curated by members of the local dance community (this year’s…
Miller Outdoor Theater’s Cissy Segall Davis and Visual Artist Felipe Lopez
Jun 7, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with Cissy Segall Davis, managing director of Miller Outdoor Theatre, about the historic Houston venue. Opened in 1923 and named after Jesse Wright Miller, the Miller Outdoor Theatre offers…
Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz and TUTS Artist Director Dan Knechtges
May 31, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Leslie Contreras Schwartz as she kicks off her two-year term as Houston Poet Laureate. The native Houstonian describes her plan to tackle mental health through poetry, and she reads…
‘Chicago’ Star Eddie George and ‘Miss Saigon’ Violinist Zoe Miller
May 24, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse talks with Eddie George about his transition from football to theater. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Houston Oiler/Tennessee Titan/Dallas Cowboy stars as “Billy Flynn” in the hit musical…
Houston Ballet’s Jessica Collado and SPA’s Meg Booth
May 17, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu talks with Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Jessica Collado, about her life as a dancer and her lead role in The Merry Widow, from May 31 – June 9 at the Wortham Center. Ernie Manouse chats with…
Houston Chamber Choir’s new CD and Actor/Director Brett Cullen
May 10, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse chats with prolific actor Brett Cullen, who can be seen in Joker this fall with Robert DeNiro and Joaquin Phoenix. A University of Houston alum, Cullen is directing the World Premiere of…
Meet The Alley’s New Artistic Director And Enter HGO’s World Of Mini Opera Films
May 2, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Catherine Lu chats with Carleen Graham, director of HGOco, about Houston Grand Opera’s web opera series, Star-Cross’d. And Ernie Manouse explores the Alley Theatre’s upcoming 2019-2020 season with the…
Meet The Tony-Nominated “Ragtime” Director And Hear Poetry By Outspoken Bean
Apr 30, 2019 • 25 min
Join Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu as they welcome their first guests to the podcast, “Unwrap Your Candies Now.” Ernie chats with director Marcia Milgrom Dodge about her new staging of the musical Ragtime, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, and brought…
Welcome To HPM’s New Arts Podcast
Apr 30, 2019 • 9 min
Hosts Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu chat about what to look forward to on “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” including how they came up with the title, their passions and what they love about Houston’s arts scene. Share your comments, questions and ideas at…