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The American Theatre Wing, in association with XM Satellite Radio, presents Downstage Center a weekly theatrical interview show, featuring the top artists working in theatre both on and Off-Broadway and around the country.
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DATE: Thu, 25 Jan 2007
SIZE: 13.3 MB
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Melissa Errico and Tom Hewitt (#27) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Melissa Errico and Tom Hewitt discuss their roles in Frank Wildhorn's "Dracula", and separately review their careers -- Errico's as a leading lady in numerous high profile revivals and Hewitt's as one of the country's top classical leading men. Original air date October 29, 2004.

DATE: Mon, 22 Jan 2007
SIZE: 9.60 MB
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Margot Harley (#135) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Margot Harley, co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Acting Company, talks about the troupe's origins as an outgrowth of the acting program at The Juilliard School in the early 70s, the challenges of touring serious drama as an ongoing series of one-night-stands around the country, and the state of actor training today; she also provides some insight into how her co-founder John Houseman made his professional acting debut so late in his illustrious life in the theatre. Original air date January 19, 2007.

DATE: Tue, 16 Jan 2007
SIZE: 12.0 MB
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Barbara Walsh (#134) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Barbara Walsh, Joanne in the John Doyle revival of "Company", talks about taking on a role so indelibly associated with Elaine Stritch, explains why her character doesn't really "join the band" in this production and offers her own suggestion of how "Forbidden Broadway" should spoof her; reflects on shows she appeared in first at regional theatres that made it to Broadway ("Company" at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and "Falsettos" at Hartford Stage) and those that didn't ("The Rhythm Club" at Signature and "Houdini" at Goodspeed); and the recalls her Broadway debut playing Grace Slick and Joan Baez in the briefly seen "Rock 'N Roll!: The First 5,000 Years". Original air date January 12, 2007.

DATE: Thu, 11 Jan 2007
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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John McDaniel (#29) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Music Director John McDaniel talks about his first producing project, "Brooklyn The Musical"; reflects on his time working with Rosie O'Donnell on her talk show, and gives some insight into the work of musical directors. Original air date November 12, 2004.

DATE: Mon, 08 Jan 2007
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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Rebecca Luker (#133) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Rebecca Luker confesses to not reading the original "Mary Poppins" books despite her role as Mrs. Banks in the current Broadway musical version; recalls her Broadway debut understudying and then assuming the role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera"; talks about her great experience appearing in a (almost completely) non-singing role in A.R. Gurney's "Indian Blood"; and explains why she's exploring singing in a register lower than her pristine and acclaimed soprano voice. Original air date January 5, 2007.

DATE: Tue, 02 Jan 2007
SIZE: 16.3 MB
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Blair Brown (#132) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Blair Brown discusses her role on stage in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House", and her part in the play winning the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award; explains how she ended up going to drama school and beginning her career in Canada; recalls her role in the triumphant Richard Foreman production of "The Threepenny Opera" and her anguish over the brief Broadway life of "The Secret Rapture"; and considers the experience of humanizing so-called "intellectual" plays like "Copenhagen" and "Arcadia". Original air date December 29, 2006.

DATE: Fri, 22 Dec 2006
SIZE: 12.2 MB
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The Actors' Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (#131) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

The leaders of the two best known theatre-based charitable group, Joe Benincasa of The Actors' Fund and Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, talk about the wide range of work done by their two organizations, their origins more than 100 years apart, the symbiotic relationship between them, and how they manage to produce such elaborate entertainments as a means of raising funds for their worthy causes. Original air date December 22, 2006.

DATE: Tue, 19 Dec 2006
SIZE: 11.6 MB
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Daphne Rubin-Vega (#130) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

"Rent" veteran Daphne Rubin Vega talks about the challenge of tackling the "classic" music of "Les Miserables" after being known for rock-oriented show music, and why she feels a bit lonely as Fantine in "Les Miz"; chronicles how she transitioned from fine arts to rock and roll to theatre; recalls the origins of "Rent" at New York Theatre Workshop; and why she wanted to take a two month break from her fourth Broadway show in order to do a four-character play with LAByrinth Theatre Company in 2007. Original air date December 15, 2006.

DATE: Fri, 15 Dec 2006
SIZE: 13.0 MB
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Ayesha Dharker and Manu Narayan (#8) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

"Bombay Dreams" stars Manu Narayan and Ayesha Dharker discuss bringing Bollywood to Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of "Bombay Dreams" during the show's original New York run. Original air date June 11, 2004.

DATE: Mon, 11 Dec 2006
SIZE: 11.3 MB
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Stephen Spinella (#129) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella talks about joining the youthful cast of "Spring Awakening" as the only male adult in the show, and why he's spent so much time reading the original Wedekind play from which the show is adapted; charts his long-time friendship with Tony Kushner from its start as a college-era intellectual debate through their mutual triumphs with "Angels In America", and surveys his works in stage classics both ancient ("Electra") and modern ("A View From The Bridge"). Original air date December 8, 2006.

DATE: Fri, 08 Dec 2006
SIZE: 13.9 MB
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Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch (#5) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Co-conspirators Neil Patrick Harris and Marc Kudisch consider their roles in the oft-delayed Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" and the expectations and challenges of bringing that politically charged work to the stage in post-9/11 America. Original air date May 21, 2004.

DATE: Mon, 04 Dec 2006
SIZE: 11.7 MB
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William Finn (#128) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Composer William Finn explains how he became involved in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and what drew him to the show's quirky characters; charts the development of the "Marvin" trilogy, including "March Of The Falsettos" and "Falsettoland", and talks about the differing approaches of James Lapine and Graciela Daniele to that material; tells the story of his own early-1990s medical crisis and how that became the basis for "A New Brain"; and recounts his extreme trepidation about the new revue of his songs, "Make Me A Song", during its debut in Connecticut. Original air date December 1, 2006.

DATE: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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Roger Bart and Brad Oscar (#3) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Brad Oscar and Roger Bart, stalwarts from the original cast of "The Producers", talk about their parts in the creation of the hit musical and the experience of then shifting to new roles, with Oscar stepping into Nathan Lane's shoes as Max and Bart taking over for Matthew Broderick as Leo. Original air date May 7, 2004.

DATE: Wed, 29 Nov 2006
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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John Doyle (#127) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

Director John Doyle talks about the development of his unique actor-musician approach to classic musicals, including the current production of "Company" and the recent "Sweeney Todd"; why he's not worried about being seen as a "one-trick pony"; how he matches instruments to characters; why we won't see him directing "West Side Story" in his trademark style; and why he's feeling more pressure now than he did during his Broadway debut. Original air date November 24, 2006.

DATE: Fri, 24 Nov 2006
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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Martha Banta and Carolee Carmello (#38) American Theatre Wing Downstage Center

"Mamma Mia!" star Carolee Carmello talks about her performances in "Parade", "Falsettos" and "Kiss Me Kate", among others, and along with "Mamma Mia!"'s resident director Martha Banta, talks about the process of taking over a role. Original air date January 14, 2005.

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Recent Comments for American Theatre Wing Downs...
Great program

I really enjoy listening to this podcast on my way to work. Keepsme up with what is going on in the NY theatre news.

Submitted By: columbiarich@... (on 10-2005)

Great backstage interviews

Submitted By: tc8@... (on 9-2005)


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