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Theater People
Interviews with Tony Winners, Broadway Legends, and Today’s Hottest Theater Stars. Brought to you biweekly by Patrick Hinds and Mike Jensen.

Laura Benanti is Baaaaaaaaack!
Aug 8, 2018 • 48 min
Laura Benanti needs no introduction, you guys!! The Tony winner and five-time nominee joined me live on the main stage at Broadway con where we chatted like old pals….in front of 2500 people. We swapped parenting stories and talked about everything fr…
Being Out On Broadway Featuring Jenn Colella, Ariana DeBose, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Caesar Samayoa, And Tyler Hanes
Jul 24, 2018 • 47 min
Live From Broadwaycon 2018, we bring you “Being Out on Broadway!” Each BroadwayCon, I ask some of my favorite LGBTQ guests to sit down for a live panel discussion about how it is to be OUT on Broadway. On this year’s panel, we discussed everything from …
Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Jul 16, 2018 • 38 min
We’re Back! Take a listen to this episode’s intro to find out what Patrick and Producer Mike have been up to and how the Theater People production schedule will be a little bit different going forward. AND THEN, prepare ye for our interview with Jennife…
Special Episode: “The Ensemblist” Presents Spring on Broadway
May 4, 2018 • 49 min
Hey Theater People! Yes, it’s been a minute since our last episode. We will have much more on that in our next episode—an interview with newly minted Tony nominee Lindsay Mendez. You guys, if you haven’t seen “Carousel” yet, RUN, do not walk to the Impe…
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Apr 4, 2018 • 4 min
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Adam Kantor Talks “The Band’s Visit”
Feb 19, 2018 • 39 min
We’re SO thrilled to welcome Adam Kantor back to the podcast! When we last chatted with Adam, he was mid-run as Motel in the 2015 Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Adam is now back on Broadway as Telephone Guy in “The Band’s Visit,” one of the …
Lea Salonga Talks “Once On This Island,” Bringing “Fun Home” to The Philippines and Reflects on her Legendary Career
Feb 5, 2018 • 37 min
YOU GUYS!!!! Sitting down with Lea Salonga for this interview was literally a dream come true. Lea, of course, needs no introduction, but since I have to put something here, here goes: In 1989 she was selected to star as Kim in “Miss Saigon”—first in L…
Ryann Redmond Talks “Escape To Margaritaville,” “Bring It On,” “If/Then” and More!
Jan 22, 2018 • 41 min
You Guys!! We are the biggest Ryann Redmond fans ever! We first fell in love with her in 2012 when she made her Broadway debut as Bridget, the lovably awkward sidekick in “Bring It On: The Musical.” From there, she went on to originate roles in “if/Then…
Telly Leung On Being Broadway’s New Aladdin + “In Transit,” “Allegiance” And More!
Jan 8, 2018 • 37 min
We’re SO excited to welcome Telly back to the podcast! Since we last spoke with him, Telly has solidified his standing as one of Broadway’s most popular leading men! For the episode, we’ll chat about his recent move to the New Amsterdam Theatre where he…
Lesli Margherita Talks “Who’s Holiday”
Dec 18, 2017 • 29 min
For our final episode of 2017, we’re chatting with our pal, everyone’s favorite Olivier winner, Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical, Dames At Sea, Zorro The Musical). This holiday season, Lesli is starring in the one-woman (insert Ru Paul voice) extra…
Gillian Pensavalle of “The Hamilcast” On that time Lin-Manuel Miranda Came To Her Apartment, Got Drunk, and Did a 4-hour Interview
Oct 23, 2017 • 33 min
YOU GUYS!!! I am completely obsessed with today’s guest, Gillian Pensavalle. Not only is the creator, producer, editor, and host of “The Hamilcast,” but she is ALSO Patrick’s podcast soulmate and ch-host of “True Crime Obsessed,” their comedy / true cri…
Helene Yorke Talks “American Psycho” “Bullets Over Broadway” and Being a Magnet for Gay Men
Oct 9, 2017 • 49 min
YOU. GUYS. I. AM. DYING. OF. EXCITEMENT! We have been trying to get Helene Yorke on Theater People for YEARS! We have been completely obsessed with her since seeing her in her star-making turn as Olive in “Bullets Over Broadway” but we became full on He…
Jeremy Jordan talks “Newsies,” “Bonnie & Clyde” and more
Oct 2, 2017 • 51 min
This episode has been YEARS in the making. We are so so so excited to welcome Jeremy Jordan to the podcast. .And actually, we sort of tricked him into it. Jeremy initially agreed to sit down for an interview for the “Bonnie and Clyde” episode of our oth…
Director Jeff Calhoun Talks “Newsies” and “Bonnie & Clyde”
Sep 18, 2017 • 48 min
YOU GUYS!! We are SO excited to welcome director Jeff Caohoun to the podcast!Jeff has been at the helm of some of our favorite shows like “Brooklyn: The Musical,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” and “Newsies.” He shared AMAZING stories from his decades long caree…
Morgan James talks “Godspell,” “Wonderland” and Making Her Own Way
Sep 11, 2017 • 41 min
YOU GUYS! I’ve been obsessed with Morgan James for years and I was SO thrilled to get to learn more of her story for this episode. Morgan first moved to NYC to study voice at Julliard—and the story of how she made that happen is one of the coolest…
Tyler Hanes talks “Cats” “A Chorus Line” & More
Aug 30, 2017 • 53 min
YOU GUYS!! We are so so excited to welcome today’s guest, Tyler Hanes! I first met Tyler years and years ago when he was making his Broadway debut in “Oklahoma!” and I have been creepily stalking his career ever since. Since then he’s stacked up 8 more …
Alexandra Silber Talks “After Anatevka” and more + Reed Birney On His Terrifying Role in “1984”
Aug 7, 2017 • 54 min
This Week: A Two-Parter! First Up, the FABULOUS Alexandra Silber share stories from her amazing career on Broadway (2015’s “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Master Class”) and The West End (“The Woman in White” and Fiddler on the Roof”). And she shares how he…
Julia Murney Talks “Wicked” “Sex and the City” & More
Jul 24, 2017 • 43 min
We’re OBSESSED with Julia Murney! In the early days of her career, Julia made a name for herself working downtown in some of off-Broadway’s hottest theaters. Her biggest break early on came in 2000 when she was cast in the leading role of Queenie in And…
Laura Osnes Talks “Bandstand” + The Cast of “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Jul 10, 2017 • 41 min
Today’s episode is in two parts, you guys! Up first is our dear friend Laura Osnes, making her FOURTH appearance on the podcast). Laura recently invited us to her perfectly appointed dressing room at the Jacobs Theater where she is starring as Julia Tro…
Derek Klena talks “Anastasia,” Wicked,” Dogfight” And More!
Jun 26, 2017 • 34 min
The handsome, charming, and talented Derek Klena invited us to his dressing room at the Broadhurst theater to chat about starring in “Anastasia.” He also shared the AMAZING story of his road to professional acting, and his work in “Carrie: The Musical,”…
Great Comet’s Brittain Ashford
Jun 19, 2017 • 43 min
It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”—I truly think it is one of the most powerful and affecting pieces of theater I’ve ever experienced. The first time I saw the show, I knew we had to have Brittain Ashfo…
Andy Blankenbuehler and Johanna Day on their 2017 Tony Nominations
Jun 5, 2017 • 43 min
It’s a 2017 Tony Extravaganza! In this two-part episode, we have two of this year’s most loved nominees! Up first, two-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (“In the Heights” “Hamilton) talks this year’s “Bandstand” which he directed and choreographed. …
“Come From Away” Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Jun 1, 2017 • 41 min
YOU GUYS! The “Come From Away” obsession continues! For today’s episode, I had the great honor of sitting down for a chat with the Irene Sankoff and David Hein who conceived the show and wrote the music, book, and lyrics. I could barely contain myself. …
Betty Buckley: Tony Winner and Broadway Legend
May 22, 2017 • 68 min
I still can’t breathe, you guys! Words cannot explain the pure exhilaration of sitting across the table from the one and only Betty Buckley and the concentration it took trying to sound smart while asking her questions! This Tony-winning Broadway legend…
Come From Away’s Caesar Samayoa
May 15, 2017 • 39 min
Full Disclosure, you guys, I’m OBSESSED with “Come From Away” And I’m equally obsessed with today’s guest, Caesar Samayoa. Caesar plays multiple roles in the show including Kevin, who is one half of a gay couple in which both men are named Kevin, and Al…
Gabriel Ebert talks winning a Tony for “Matilda” and the new play “Gently Down the Stream”
May 8, 2017 • 42 min
This was, without a doubt, one of the most fun and interesting interviews I’ve ever done, you guys. Gabriel Ebert talks being cast as Mr. Wormwood in “Matilda” at the age of 24—winning a Tony Award for the role at age 25—and a new and BRILLIANT play c…
Eva Noblezada: Miss Saigon’s Leading Lady
May 1, 2017 • 40 min
You Guys, I said it the day it happened and I’ll say it again: The chat I had with Miss Saigon’s Eva Noblezada is one of the most memorable I’ve ever had. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I found her to be SO charming and SO funny and SO downri…
“Come From Away”s Jenn Colella
Apr 24, 2017 • 41 min
At Long Last the Jenn Colella interview is here! We couldn’t be more excited to talk with the fabulous Broadway star about her work in this season’s “Come From Away” and to hear her AMAZING and HILARIOUS stories from “If/Then,” “Chaplin,” “High Fidelity…
Ariana DeBose: “Hamilton”s Bullet & “A Bronx Tale”s Leading Lady
Apr 20, 2017 • 38 min
You guys, We’re OBSESSED with Ariana DeBose! Ariana is Currently co-starring as Jane in the critically acclaimed “A Bronx Tale”—directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zacks. She made her Broadway debut in 2012 in “Bring it On: The Musical” (one of my fav…
Gideon Glick: Significant Other’s Leading Man
Apr 17, 2017 • 34 min
28-year-old Gideon Glick is giving one of the most buzzed-about performances on Broadway this season as Jordan Berman, an unlucky in love New York City bachelor in the play “Significant Other.” It was such a pleasure chatting with him about this star-ma…
Nathan Lee Graham of “The View Upstairs”
Apr 10, 2017 • 45 min
I LOVE NATHAN LEE GRAHAM! As a lot of you know, I’m a bit of a gay history nerd, so I was thrilled recently to get to see Nathan—one of my favorite NYC actors—in the new off-Broadway musical, “The View Upstairs.” The show tells the little-known true …
Rebecca Naomi Jones (Episode 103)
Apr 5, 2017 • 44 min
YOU GUYS!!! I’ve been pursuing this interview with Rebecca for YEARS! I’m totally obsessed. I first fell in love with this incredible woman in 2008 when I saw her in the Broadway production of “Passing Strange”—a show she’d been with since the 2007 pro…
Michael Xavier: Sunset Boulevard’s Leading Man
Apr 3, 2017 • 30 min
You Guys! It was such a thrill to spend an afternoon chatting with the perfectly British and perfectly handsome and perfectly hilarious Michael Xavier. Currently starring opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, Michael is on loan to us fro…
Our 100th Episode Featuring Keala Settle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Daisy Eagan, and Beth Malone
Mar 22, 2017 • 52 min
YOU GUYS!! Theater People is 100 episodes old!! To mark the occasion, we recorded this episode live at BroadwayCon. Basically I made some of my favorite guests listen to me talk about how much I love them. Hilarity ensued! Enjoy!
Michael Cerveris is Back! Plus Jose Llana & Laura Michelle Kelly Talk “The King and I”
Mar 13, 2017 • 39 min
What an episode, you guys! In the first segment two-time Tony winner (and five time nominee!!!) Michael Cerveris is back to talk making his own music, acting, and life post-“Fun Home.” In the Second half of the show, two of our favorite guests ,Jose Ll…
Rory O’Malley (Episode 99)
Mar 7, 2017 • 44 min
You guys, we’ve been working on locking down an interview with today’s guest Rory O’Malley for YEARS! He was originally scheduled to be the THIRD ever guest of Theater People! For this episode we talk all things “Hamilton”—he was King George on Broadwa…
Shoshana Bean (Episode 98)
Feb 27, 2017 • 51 min
We are SOOOOO excited to finally welcome everyone’s favorite Screltress, Shoshana Bean to the show! As if I need to tell you guys, Shoshana made her Broadway debut in 2002 in the original cast of “Hairspray.” She, of course went on to be the first repla…
Dear Evan Hansen’s Rachel Bay Jones (Episode 97)
Feb 21, 2017 • 29 min
YOU GUYS!! today is the day that we get to bring you our interview with the one and only Rachel Bay Jones. You all helped us book her when you all responded to my call via twitter to let her know just how much we wanted to chat with her. She is amazing…
LaChanze is Back!
Feb 13, 2017 • 34 min
We are SO SO SO excited to welcome Tony-winning actress LaChanze back to the podcast! For this return visit, we get to talk about her life and career in a way that we didn’t the first time. We start with a little bit of background about growing up and d…
Orfeh (Episode 95)
Feb 6, 2017 • 42 min
Tony nominee—and just fabulous human—Orfeh has an incredible story of growing up in NYC, going to high school at the famed La Guardia High School (the “FAME” school), starting a pop band and getting a record contract that took her all over the world, …
Dear Evan Hansen’s Michael Park (Episode 94)
Jan 16, 2017 • 38 min
The handsome and charming Michael Park is currently co-starring in this season’s hottest new musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” Michael has been a working NYC-based actor for almost 25 years. He got his start off-Broadway in the almost legendary productions o…
Alex Lacamoire (Episode 93)
Dec 19, 2016 • 37 min
The genius Orchestrator / Arranger / Musical Director tells all about his experiences working on Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, In the Heights, and more! We go deep and get great stories of working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Tommy Kail, Mi…
Emily Skinner (Episode 92)
Dec 5, 2016 • 45 min
We’re OBSESSED with Emily Skinner and we FINALLY get to meet her!! Emily made her Broadway debut in 1997 in the original Broadway cast of “Jeckyll & Hyde.” Less than a year later she originated the role of Daisy Hilton in “Side Show.” She was next s…
Found The Musical
Nov 21, 2016 • 34 min
For today’s show, we’re doing something a little different! We’re traveling to Philadelphia, PA to spend the afternoon with the creative team behind the fabulous new musical “Found,” which is now playing at the gorgeous Philadelphia Theatre Company. The…
Broadway Backstory Episode 1: In the Heights
Nov 15, 2016 • 21 min
Today’s the day, Theater People! Our brand new podcast,” Broadway Backstory”, premieres today! Episodes 1 and 2 tell the incredible true backstory of the Tony Award winning “In The Heights”. We’re playing the first 20 minutes of episode 1 here, but you…
“Falsettos’” Brandon Uranowitz
Nov 14, 2016 • 31 min
We loved chatting with this guy!! He’s funny, charming, has a GREAT head of hair, and really knows how to tell a story! Brandon made his Broadway debut in 2011’s “Baby It’s You.” He received a Tony nomination for his turn as Adam Hochberg in last seaso…
Mandy Gonzalez (Episode 88)
Oct 31, 2016 • 49 min
WE”RE OBSESSED! We had the MOST fun hanging out with Mandy Gonzalez in her dressing room backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater before a performance of “Hamilton.” It had been less than two weeks since she’d taken over the role of Angelica, and she st…
Introducing Our Newest Podcast: “Broadway Backstory”
Oct 27, 2016 • 4 min
I am so excited to announce that Theater People has partnered with the fab folks at TodayTix to create a brand new podcast called Broadway Backstory. Each episode tells the story of how a show develops from an idea to a full Broadway production. We get …
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Episode 87)
Oct 17, 2016 • 47 min
I”m a little obsessed with today’s guest, Jay Armstrong Johnson. I loved him in “Hands on a Hardbody” and “On the Town” and I think I’ve listened to his new album “Jay Armstrong Johnson Live at Feinstein’s / 54 Below” like 100 times. It’s that good. He…
Rebecca Luker
Oct 3, 2016 • 39 min
The Legendary three-time Tony nominee talks “Fun Home,” The secrets to having a long career, and we even talk politics! Rebecca made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of “The Phantom of the Opera”—She was a Christine standby before even…
“Hamilton” Director Thomas Kail
Sep 19, 2016 • 42 min
It was such a thrill to chat with the Tony winning “Hamilton” director all about the magic of that show! We also go all the way back to the beginning and talk “In the Heights,” “Lombardi,” and the short lived “Magic/Bird.” And we, of course, talk “Greas…
Jose Llana (Episode 84)
Sep 13, 2016 • 49 min
The handsome, charming, and SMART Jose Llana talks lying his way into his first NYC audition (the most adorable story every), starring in two productions of “The King and I” on Broadway, the productions of “Flower Drum Song,” Spelling Bee,” and his new …
Catching Up With The Ensemblist’s Mo Brady & Nikka Graff Lanzarone
Sep 9, 2016 • 13 min
Happy Friday, Theater People!. As many of you know, the fabulous “The Ensemblist” podcast has recently launched their new season. Hosts Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone tell us all about it!
Will Chase & Rob McClure Talk “Something Rotten”
Aug 29, 2016 • 35 min
YOU GUYS! I’m still hyperventilating over the fact that I got to sit in a room with Will Chase and Rob McClure. These two gorgeous and hilarious men are currently starring in the absolutely fabulous “Something Rotten” currently running at the St. James …
Paramour’s Jeremy Kushnier (Episode 81)
Aug 22, 2016 • 41 min
You guys, I’m gonna use a word that I don’t think I’ve ever used before to describe a guest. Are you ready? Debonair. That’s right, today’s guest, Jeremy Kushnier, is best described as… debonair…..He’s handsome and charming and has one of those, like,…
Producer Kevin McCollum
Aug 15, 2016 • 46 min
It is such a pleasure to welcome three-time Tony winning Producer Kevin McCollum to our show! Kevin is well known in the industry for being the kind of producer that can spot something special miles—and years—away from being a fully formed product. Th…
Catching Up with Carmen Cusack (Episode 79)
Aug 5, 2016 • 19 min
We are SO excited to welcome Carmen Cusack back to the podcast! Since we last spoke with her, Carmen received her first Tony nomination for her work in the FABULOUS “Bright Star.” For this episode, we talk about the wonderful craziness of the Tony Award…
Allison Semmes (Episode 78)
Aug 1, 2016 • 17 min
Hello Theater People! So, the plan was for us to take two weeks off and have a little bit of a summer break. But then we did this great interview with this young actress named Allison Semmes. She was playing Dianna Ross in “Motown The Musical” on Broad…
Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley (Episode 77)
Jul 22, 2016 • 22 min
SURPRISE EPISODE! Happy Friday, Theater People! We’re so excited to bring you this mini bonus episode featuring Broadway powerhouses Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley! Alice and Emily first met in 1998 when they were cast as the conjoined twins Violet and …
Christopher Fitzgerald (Episode 76)
Jul 20, 2016 • 32 min
You guys, I just have to go ahead and admit it, I have a full on Broadway crush on today’s guest, THREE time Tony nominee, Christopher Fitzgerald. I know, I know, I know, it’s probably inappropriate to call a full grown man adorable, but I can’t help it…
James Monroe Iglehart (Episode 75)
Jul 11, 2016 • 54 min
You guys, I’m SO excited to share our interview with Tony winner James Monroe Igleheart with you today. This guy is so smart and warm and funny, I could have talked to him for hours. He made his Broadway debut in 2007 as a replacement in “The 25th Annua…
Betsy Wolfe (Episode 74)
Jun 27, 2016 • 51 min
YOU GUYS!! The day has finally arrived! We are SO thrilled to share this hilarious and heart warming interview with Betsy Wolfe with all of you!Betsy made her Broadway debut in the 2007 production of “110 In The Shade” (which she got through an OPEN CAL…
Alice Ripley (Episode 73)
Jun 20, 2016 • 43 min
Theater People! I’m STILL in a state of shock that the Tony winning powerhouse that is Alice Ripley agreed to sit down for an interview with me! I was SO nervous—I stammered like a fool and kept telling her what an honor it was. Ugh. ANYWAY, she was am…
Jennifer Damiano (Episode 72)
Jun 6, 2016 • 43 min
You Guys! Jenn Damiano (she told me to call her Jenn, so…..) has to be one of the kindest, funniest, most humble humans I’ve ever met. Most recently Jenn starred in the fabulous, hilarious, legitimately scary, and gone-way-too-soon “American Psycho.” …
Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, & Alex Boniello: A “Spring Awakening” Reunion (Episode 71)
May 23, 2016 • 35 min
THEATER PEOPLE!!! We are SO excited to bring you this first-ever cast reunion episode! We are thrilled to welcome Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello to the podcast to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West production of “Spring Awakening”. …
Bright Star’s Carmen Cusack (Episode 70)
May 16, 2016 • 34 min
It’s no secret that ‘Bright Star,’ the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is one of my favorites of the season. And there is no question that the show’s leading lady, today’s guest Carmen Cuasck, is delivering one of this season’s most…
Laura Benanti And Her Mom Linda: A Special Mother’s Day Episode
May 8, 2016 • 38 min
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!Remember last summer when The Heavens opened up and sent Tony winner and (now) five-time Tony nominee Laura Benanti to our show? Remember when I, sort of jokingly, said that she and her mom should come back for a special Mother’s Da…
Laura Michelle Kelly (Episode 68)
May 2, 2016 • 36 min
You guys!!! it’s been a while since I’ve gotten butterflies before an interview, but I have to say, I was NERVOUS before meeting today’s guest, Laura Michelle Kelly. I mean, you know, she was the ORIGINAL west end Marry Poppins, She won an Olivier, she …
Martha Plimpton is Back! (Episode 67)
Apr 29, 2016 • 24 min
Emmy winner and three-time Tony nominee Martha Plimpton is back! Since she was last with us, she has landed the leading role on the new hit ABC sitcom “The Real O’Neals.” She has also continued her work as advocate and activist for women’s health and r…
Bright Star’s Paul Alexander Nolan (Episode 66)
Apr 25, 2016 • 43 min
You Guys! We’re not going to beat around the bush here, we are OBSESSED with the new Steve Martin & Edie Brickell musical ‘Bright Star.’ And we are THRILLED to welcome one of the show’s stars, Paul Alexander Nolan, to the podcast this week. Paul mad…
Danny Burstein (Episode 65)
Apr 18, 2016 • 35 min
I recently described today’s guest, the great Danny Burstein, as a glow worm. On stage, the man, truly, is lit from within. If you’ve ever seen him in anything,you know what I’m talking about. Whether the role is large or small, passionate or passive, w…
Andrea Burns (Episode 64)
Apr 11, 2016 • 45 min
You guys, I have to say that interviewing today’s guest, Andrea Burns, was one of the most fun hours I’ve ever spent in a theater. First of all, she had heard of our little podcast before, which i LOVED, but second, she was just completely game to share…
Spencer Liff (Episode 63)
Apr 4, 2016 • 42 min
You guys, we are so excited to welcome choreographer Spencer Liff to the podcast this week. Like a lot of people, I first became aware of Spencer for his Emmy nominated work as a choreographer on the hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance—’ I had no ide…
Adam Kantor (Episode 62)
Mar 28, 2016 • 34 min
OK fellow Theater People, you’ve been asking for this interview for almost as long as the podcast has existed, so we are THRILLED to be bringing you this episode featuring the fabulous Adam Kantor!Adam made his Broadway debut in 2008 as Marc in the clos…
Phillipa Soo (Episode 61)
Mar 14, 2016 • 47 min
You Guuuuuuuuuuys!!! We could not be happier to bring you today’s episode featuring the divine, the lovely, the just ridiculously talented Phillipa Soo. Phillipa created the role of Eliza Hamilton in last year’s off-Broadway production of the smash hit …
Sierra Boggess (Episode 60)
Feb 22, 2016 • 54 min
When Sierra Boggess made her Broadway debut in 2008 in the title role of the hit Disney musical ‘The Little Mermaid,’ she became an overnight not just star, but also idol, role model, sensation even in a way that happens so rarely to person appearing o…
Megan Hilty (Episode 59)
Feb 8, 2016 • 49 min
YOU GUYS!!!! We don’t even know what to say!!! Megan Hilty is a dream and a delight and a perfect guest! She is just as warm, charming, and fabulous as you’re imagining. AND she makes a killer espresso!Megan made her Broadway debut as Glinda in the Broa…
Alex Brightman (Episode 58)
Feb 1, 2016 • 50 min
There is no other way to say it, Theater People, with Alex Brightman’s turn as Dewey in the brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, a star is born. His energy, his passion, and his comedic timing are brought to life with an athleticism I d…
Beth Malone (Episode 57)
Jan 18, 2016 • 40 min
Beth Malone, Beth Malone, BETH MALONE! We were SO excited to get the chance to sit down with the Tony nominated Fun Home star! Her turn as the grown up Alison—a performance in which she never leaves the stage—is at once intense and vulnerable, sarcas…
Renee Elise Goldsberry (Episode 56)
Jan 4, 2016 • 42 min
We don’t usually play favorites here at the Theater People Podcast, but for us, Renee’s turn at Angelica Schuyler in the mega-hit “Hamilton” is the performance of the season. And her performance of the song “Satisfied” is one of the most genuinely rivet…
Norm Lewis (Episode 55)
Dec 15, 2015 • 53 min
Norm Lewis is a dream, you guys. With a career spanning two and a half decades (and counting!) on and off Broadway, in the West End, and on the international concert circuit, Norm is one of the most sought after and celebrated actors of our time. And oh…
Annoying Actor Friend Revealed: Andrew Briedis
Dec 11, 2015 • 32 min
If you’ve been paying attention to the Broadway press over the last few days, you know that the incredibly popular—and incredibly anonymous—social media personality Annoying Actor Friend has identified himself. World, meet Andrew Briedis. Wonder why h…
Elizabeth Stanley (Episode 53)
Nov 29, 2015 • 31 min
WE LOVE ELIZABETH STANLEY! Currently headlining the national tour of “The Bridges of Madison County,” Elizabeth was most recently seen on Broadway as Claire in last season’s Tony nominated “On The Town.” We first discovered Elizabeth in the 2006 John Do…
Annaleigh Ashford: A Catching Up Episode! (Episode 52)
Nov 23, 2015 • 24 min
One of our favorite guests comes back! Can you believe Annaleigh was the third ever guest of the Theater People Podcast? Since we last spoke, this hilarious spitfire has gotten married, won a TONY AWARD, earned rave reviews for her work on the hit Showt…
Daisy Eagan: A Catching Up Bonus Episode (Episode 51)
Nov 13, 2015 • 32 min
The youngest female Tony Award winner is back! For this episode we catch up with Daisy who has just relocated from LA to NYC where she is living the theater auditioner life for the first time in nearly 12 years. She shares stories we didn’t get the…
Kate Baldwin (Episode 50)
Nov 9, 2015 • 36 min
For our 50th episode (!!!) we present the absolutely darling Kate Baldwin. Kate is currently starring in the brand new ABSOLUTELY AMAZING musical “Songbird” which is now playing at 59 East 59th Street Theater. The show features a blue grass / honky tonk…
Lena Hall (Episode 49)
Oct 25, 2015 • 53 min
Tony winner Lena Hall shares hilarious and inspiring stories from her 10-plus years as a working actor and musician in New York City. She talks making her Broadway debut in “Cats” at 19 years old, working alongside the great Jerry Mitchell in “Kinky Boo…
Lesli Margherita: A Quick Catch Up (Episode 48)
Oct 13, 2015 • 10 min
The always fabulous and tremendously busy Lesli Margherita made time to catch up with us while rehearsing “Dames At Sea” during the day and performing in “Matilda” at night. What a gal! This is the first in a new series we’re launching where we catch u…
Michael Laurence & Annette O’Toole of “Hamlet in Bed”
Oct 7, 2015 • 19 min
This week we’re bringing you a special mini episode with a focus on the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play “Hamlet in Bed,” now playing at the Rattlestick Playwrights’s Theater. The play is a two-hander starring Michael Laurence (who also wrote the …
Laura Benanti Part 2 (Episode 46)
Sep 28, 2015 • 36 min
Too funny, brilliant, and downright entertaining for 1 episode, Tony winner Laura Benanti is back for part 2. In this episode we discuss “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” her work on TV, including the hugely popular “Sound of Music Live,” her…
Laura Benanti Part 1 (Episode 45)
Sep 13, 2015 • 55 min
Laura’s interview was so funny, and honest, and inspiring, that we just couldn’t stop asking her questions—so we had to make it a two-parter! You loved her in “The Sound of Music,” “Swing” (Tony nomination), “Into The Woods,” (Tony nomination), “Nine,”…
Michael Mayer and Dick Scanlan Talk “Whorl Inside A Loop” (Bonus Episode. Episode 43)
Sep 7, 2015 • 42 min
Co-Directors Michael Mayer and Dick Scanlan tell all about their new hit play “Whorl Inside A Loop.” Co-written by Scanlan and Sheire Rene Scott, the play is loosely based on Scanlan and Scott’s experience working with prison inmates on writing and perf…
Geneva Carr (Episode 43)
Aug 31, 2015 • 41 min
The ‘Hand To God’ Tony nominee shares stories from the 10-plus years it took her to become an overnight success. Having come to NYC to be a banker, she stumbled upon acting almost by chance. From commercials to Beyonce and Kevin Bacon, to guesting on ov…
Montego Glover (Episode 42)
Aug 3, 2015 • 44 min
Get ready to smile and laugh till it hurts. Tony nominee Montego Glover is about to deliver 43 minutes of pure fun times. She shares stories of making her Broadway debut in ‘The Color Purple’ (understudying LaChanze, no less), Originating the role of Fe…
Lea DeLaria (Episode 41)
Jul 16, 2015 • 48 min
Broadway Leading Lady! Groundbreaking Stand-Up Comic! Recording Artist! Television Star! Lea DeLaria does it all, and we talk about all of it!From her starring role as Big Boo on the Netflix mega-hit “Orange Is the New Black” to her latest album, “The H…
Michael Cerveris (Episode 40)
Jul 5, 2015 • 43 min
Two time Tony winner Michael Cerveris invited us to his dressing room at the Circle in the Square Theater to talk ‘Fun Home,’ ‘Tommy,’ Assassins,’ and more! One of the Broadway’s great leading men, Michael is funny, charming, and generous with the stories!
Episode 39: Kerry Butler
Jun 21, 2015 • 47 min
WE LOVE KERRY BUTLER! The ‘Xanadu’ star (and Tony nominee!!) Kerry Butler shares memories from her amazing career on and off-Broadway. From ‘Bat Boy’ to ‘Hairspray’ to ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ to ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ Kerry has starred in all of your …
Episode 38: Marc Kudisch
Jun 2, 2015 • 47 min
Three time Tony nominee sits down with us to chat about “Hand To God,” the Tony nominated play that everyone is talking about. This episode is a little different for Theater People and is a very special episode to us—take a listen and you’ll understand…
Episode 37: Jeanine Tesori
May 24, 2015 • 53 min
The Tony nominated composer of “Fun Home” talks her five-year journey with the piece — how she and book writer Lisa Kron worked tirelessly to turn Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel into the groundbreaking Tony-nominated musical. She also shares stories fr…
Episode 36: Lisa Howard
May 17, 2015 • 40 min
We first discovered the incredible talent that is Lisa Howard back in 2006 when she starred as Rona Lisa Peretti in Bill Finn’s ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ and became instant fans—I mean, that voice! We followed her career as she went int…
Episode 35: Tony Yazbeck
May 11, 2015 • 44 min
The newly minted Tony nominee talks about his star making turn as Gayby in this years critically acclaimed and Tony nominated revival of ‘On the Town.’ He shares stories from making his Broadway debut at age 11 in the Arthur Laurents directed, Tyne…
Episode 34: Elaine Paige
May 4, 2015 • 46 min
The ‘First Lady of British Musical Theater’, Elaine Paige is bona fide musical theater royalty. Best known for having originated the roles of Eva Peron (yes, she did it before Patti) in ‘Evita’ and Grizabella (yes, she did it before Betty), she also st…
Episode 33: Martha Plimpton
Apr 28, 2015 • 49 min
Three-time Tony nominee, Emmy winner, and Patrick’s favorite movie star, the great Martha Plimpton discusses her important work as an activist for women’s reproductive rights and stories from her incredible career as an actress. Martha talks about her p…
Episode 32: Andy Karl
Apr 12, 2015 • 48 min
At long last, our interview with Rocky himself! Andy sits down with us to discuss his earlier work in ‘Legally Blonde, and ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ before telling all about starring as the title character in the $17 million mega musical ‘Rocky.’ He …
Episode 31 Keala Settle
Feb 8, 2015 • 47 min
The hilarious Tony nominee chats with us about the 3 years she spent playing Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of “Hairspray” , making her Broadway debut in “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”, winning the role of Norma Valverde in the (criminally short …
Episode 30: Laura Osnes & Ellyn Marie Marsh Return for Theater People Live
Jan 25, 2015 • 50 min
Our first ever live show was a smashing success! Two time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (‘Cinderella’ and ‘Bonnie & Clyde) talks life after ‘Cinderella,’ the roles she auditioned for but didn’t get to play, starring in the upcoming ‘Carousel,’ and we eve…
Episode 29: The Ensemblist Podcast
Jan 12, 2015 • 42 min
Here’s our chance to share one of our favorite theater podcasts! Broadway actors Mo Brady (‘The Adams Family’) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (‘Women on the Verge…’ and ‘Chicago’) talk with us about ‘The Ensemblist’ podcast and how they show Broadway from …
Episode 28: Lindsay Mendez
Dec 28, 2014 • 48 min
The beloved Broadway beltress shares stories of moving to NYC fresh out of high school and booking her fist Broadway gig. She also tells all about her incredible career, including being hand picked by the legendary director Joe Mantello to star Off-Broa…
Episode 27: LaChanze
Dec 14, 2014 • 46 min
The Tony winning star of “If/Then” invited us to her dressing room at the Richard Rodgers theater to talk about her journey with this smash hit rock musical and to look back on her legendary career. We talk about the show that made her a star — Ahrens…
Episode 26: Mary Testa
Dec 7, 2014 • 41 min
Today’s guest, the great Mary Testa, has 13 Broadway credits, 2 Tony Award nominations, 26 off-Broadway credits, 2 Obie awards, and a Drama Desk award for her nearly four decades of outstanding work in the New York Theater. She talks to Theater People a…
Episode 25: Alysha Umphress
Nov 30, 2014 • 52 min
Alysha Umphress, who co-stars as Hildy to critical acclaim in the smash hit Broadway revival of ‘On the Town,’ tells all about her journey with the show; she shares how, after a slew of Broadway ensemble roles, making the bold decision to only audition …
Episode 24: Erin Davie
Nov 16, 2014 • 46 min
The ‘Side Show’ star talks playing one half of the conjoined Hilton twins in the highly anticipated Broadway re-imagining of the show. She also talks about making her Broadway debut as young Edith Bouvier Beale in ‘Grey Gardens,’ getting notes from Sond…
Episode 23: Broadway Debuts! Margo Seibert (Rocky) and Amber Iman (Soul Doctor)
Nov 2, 2014 • 53 min
This week we find out what happens when an ‘unknown’ actor is cast in a leading role for their first time on Broadway. First up, Margo Seibert, who was put through 9 auditions—9!!—before landing the coveted role of Adrian in last season’s “Rocky.” Th…
Episode 22: Celia Keenan-Bolger
Oct 19, 2014 • 54 min
The three time Tony nominee talks “Spelling Bee,” “The Glass Menagerie,” her new play “The Oldest Boy” and SO much more. She’s all wit, humor, and smarts! She generously shares stories from her amazing 13 year (and counting) career.
Episode 21: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Oct 5, 2014 • 59 min
The Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk (and every other conceivable) winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated GENIUS talks the upcoming “Hamilton,” “In the Heights,” and growing up in NYC.
Episode 20: Telly Leung
Sep 21, 2014 • 56 min
The popular actor, dancer, singer tells all about his role on ‘Glee,’ how Tony winner Billy Porter helped him get his first Broadway job, his close friendship with Lea Salonga, working with the legendary George Takei, and taking on the role of Producer …
Episode 19: Ellyn Marie Marsh
Sep 7, 2014 • 53 min
The multi-talented actress talks “Enron,” “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and “Kinky Boots.” She also tells why it took three Broadway contracts for her to make it to the stage, being a Broadway mom, and—once and for all—chooses between Schmackery’…
Episode 18: Jerry Mitchell
Aug 17, 2014 • 52 min
The Tony winning Director/Choreographer talks the wild success of his Tony winning “Kinky Boots.” He also talks his directorial debut—“Legally Blonde.” In addition, he talks choreographing “Hairspray,” and “Catch Me If You Can” and other. He also shar…
Episode 17: Karen Olivo
Aug 3, 2014 • 49 min
The Tony winning actress made headlines when, at the absolute height of her career, she decided to step away from acting and move to Madison, WI to pursue other passions and interests. She discusses this decision, what she’s up to now, her work in “In t…
Episode 16: Robin de Jesus
Jul 20, 2014 • 58 min
The two time Tony nominated star of “In the Heights” and “La Cage Aux Folles” talks making his film debut in “Camp”, and making it on Broadway. And you MUST hear his great story about friend and “Heights” co-star (and upcoming Theater People guest) Kare…
Episode 15: Tonya Pinkins
Jul 13, 2014 • 45 min
The Tony Award winner talks making her Broadway debut in the infamous Stephen Sondheim musical flop “Merrily We Roll Along,” creating the role of Caroline in the Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning “Caroline, or Change,” and why she was compelled t…
Episode 14: Lesli Margherita
Jun 29, 2014 • 54 min
All Hail The Queen! The fabulous “Matilda” star talks growing up on a cattle ranch, winning the role of Inez in London’s “Zorro The Musical” and how that led to an Olivier award for her performance, how she landed the role of Mrs. Wormwood in “Matilda” …
Episode 13: Anthony Rapp
Jun 15, 2014 • 44 min
The “If/Then” and “Rent” (and, um “Adventures in Babysitting”) star talks returning to Broadway in one of this seasons hottest new shows, reuniting on stage with friend and co-star Idina Menzel, and, of course, not getting enough shift hours at Starbuck…
Episode 12: Eden Espinosa
Jun 1, 2014 • 57 min
The Broadway beltress discusses her humble beginnings as a Disney theme park performer, her breakthrough performance in the Title role of the 2004 musical “Brooklyn”, being Idina Menzel’s standby in the original company of “Wicked”, and performing her d…
Episode 11: Katie Finneran
May 18, 2014 • 50 min
The hilarious (and blindingly gorgeous) two-time Tony winner talks about dropping out of Carnegie Mellon to study in NYC with Uta Hagen, balancing career and motherhood, how to win a Tony with just two scenes of material. beating out movie stars for the…
Episode 10: Theater People Goes Cabaret! Featuring Bridget Everett & Maude Maggart
May 11, 2014 • 49 min
This week we welcome two women with vastly different styles who dominate NYC’s cabaret scene, downtown and up. First up, Bridget Everett, who packs ‘em in at downtown hot spots Joe’s Pub and La Mama. Second, Maude Maggart, who plays internationally reno…
Episode 9: Michael Mayer
Apr 27, 2014 • 55 min
The Tony nominated director of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” talks casting Neil Patrick Harris, the show’s long traipse to Broadway, his other hit shows including “Spring Awakening,” (Tony Award) “American Idiot,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and tel…
Episode 8: Anika Larsen
Apr 13, 2014 • 55 min
The Tony nominated “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” co-star discusses growing up as 1 of 10 kids, the highs and lows of her career, quitting the business the day before being cast in “Beautiful”, and how she almost died two days into rehearsal. You …
Episode 7: Andrew Keenan Bolger
Mar 31, 2014 • 47 min
The “Submissions Only” co-creator stops by to talk about season 3 of the popular web series and the many (stylish) hats he wears in bringing the show to life, his Broadway work, and how Sutton Foster was at one point his babysitter. Seriously.
Episode 6: Michael Urie
Mar 9, 2014 • 42 min
The “Ugly Betty” star sits down to discuss his (fictional) year working in Barbra Streisand’s basement in the hit play “Buyer and Cellar,” making his Broadway debut, and how that sneaky Vanessa Williams taught him some very important tricks of the acti…
Episode 5: Daisy Eagan
Feb 23, 2014 • 40 min
The hilarious and sardonic actress reflects on child stardom, winning a Tony Award at age eleven, how motherhood has changed her, and still trying to “make it” in the business.
Episode 4: Laura Osnes
Feb 9, 2014 • 54 min
The Tony nominated star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and Frank Wildhorn’s “Bonnie and Clyde” (among many others) sits down with us to discuss married life, new projects, and, of course, scrapbooking.
Episode 3: Annaleigh Ashford
Jan 26, 2014 • 46 min
Everybody say Yeah! The Tony nominated Kinky Boots star drops by to discuss her career, go-go dancing with Lady Gaga, and why she loves playing hookers. OMG, OMG You Guys, this episode is awesome.
Episode 2: Ben Rimalower
Jan 19, 2014 • 34 min
The columnist discusses his hit play “Patti Issues” about his obsession - turned - (tumultuous) friendship with Broadway legend Patti LuPone.
Episode 1: Cady Huffman
Jan 12, 2014 • 49 min
Tony Award winner Cady Huffman kicks off our podcast with hilarious and moving stories from her career—and a killer Ethel Merman impression.
Theater People Teaser
Jan 6, 2014 • 2 min
Introducing your new favorite theater podcast, bringing you interviews with theater stars, up-and-comers, and the creative people who make the magic happen.