Movie Musical Shakedown Ep# 25 - “Singin’ in the Rain”

This week, Nicole and Chris tackle what many consider is the greatest movie musical of all time. We've been putting it off long enough. It's time to do "Singin' in the Rain."

Random Trivia: A microphone was hidden in Debbie Reynolds' blouse so her lines could be heard more clearly. During one of the dance numbers, her heartbeat can be heard, mirroring what happens to Lina Lamont in the movie itself.

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

It's a Theatre Thing Special Ep - "Fosse/Verdon" Recap: Part 6"

This week, Tracy and Erin discuss episode 6 of Fosse/Verdon. In this episode, we find that Nicole is growing up, Gwen is determined to get Chicago on Broadway and Bob has a heart attack. Tracy and Erin touch on Bob's troubled childhood and his drive to succeed. They also ponder Nicole's feelings towards Ann and Ann's role as Bob's girlfriend.

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

Stage Directions Ep #2 - "Learning to Work Together: Tips on Successful Collaboration"

Whether co writing a play, collaborating on a new musical, or part of a team in the rehearsal room, Ashley gives you the do’s and don’ts of how to have a successful collaboration.

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Hosted by Ashley Griffin (called "The Hermione Granger of the theater world,") STAGE DIRECTIONS offers a deeper look at the things no one discusses contemporary theater. Exploring everything from the dichotomy between critical and audience reception, whether fairy tales are important to modern day storytelling, and whether "high" and "low" musical theater can ever find common ground, Ashley will examine ideas you "didn't know you didn't know."

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network"

About Ashley

Ashley Griffin is the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing HAMLET. As a writer Ashley is most well known as the creator of the pop culture phenomenon FOREVER DEADWARD (New World Stages,) praised by MTV, E!, EW and others, and the hit off-Broadway play TRIAL directed by Lori Petty. Her work has been developed at Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons and La MaMa (among others.) Ashley is currently in development with a new network series, and is artist in residence at The Access Theater Company.

As an actress, Ashley has performed on and off Broadway as well as in L.A. and London. This past year she appeared in HOMELAND, THE DEUCE, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (starring Hugh Jackman,) and in the off-Broadway play THE NEUROLOGY OF THE SOUL at A.R.T. originating the starring role of Amy. She has a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (where she has subsequently taught,) and has studied at R.A.D.A., The Boston Conservatory and the Hamilton Academy of Music.

www.ashleygriffinofficial.com

Twitter: @ashleyjgriffin

Instagram: @ashleygriffinofficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleygriffinofficial/

Music: Ben Sound Music

Art: FayeRavenclaw (@faye_sketches)

It's a Theatre Thing Ep #7 - Theatre Backlashes and Regrets

On this episode, Tracy and Erin have a discussion about theater backlashes. They also discuss their greatest theater regrets - the shows they wish they had seen and the ones they wish they had missed. Additionally, Tracy and Erin give their picks for Beyond the Boards and we finally learn Sandy the Theater Dog's full name.

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

The Box Office Preview Ep#9 - 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

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Greg and Ken get dressed in their finest bulletproof suits and prepare to throw down against each other over John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

(The Intro and Outro song is “Echoplex” by Nine Inch Nails, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

Desperately Seeking Entertainment Ep #11 - Mother's Day, Wu-Tang and Boston Sports

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This week Ben and Chris pay some tributes to their moms, talk about the incredible Wu-Tang Documentary and brag about Boston Sports. Also some GoT chat.(Avoid Spoilers skip 21:00 to 41:00)

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #24 - "Fiddler on the Roof"

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This week, guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I break down 1971's "Fiddler on the Roof". The film was a commercial and critical hit, going on to win 3 Oscars. 

Random Trivia Note: The film was a surprise hit in Japan, where its obvious love for crumbling tradition struck a chord with Japanese audiences.

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

It's a Theatre Thing Special Ep - "Fosse/Verdon" Recap Part 5!

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Tracy and Erin recap episode 5 of Fosse/Verdon. They discuss how Gwen has evolved and her reasons behind wanting to do Chicago. They also explore Ann Reinking's relationships with both Bob and Gwen. Can a wife and a mistress really be friends?"

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

Desperately Seeking Entertainment Ep #10 - Chris Finally Sees the Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Video Games and the Movies that Confuse Us

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This week Ben and Chris finally get to discuss Avengers: Endgame(Spoilers 11:20-31:20), talk about GoT product placement(Spoilers 31:33-39:08), movies that confuse us and a special shoutout to all involved with the 2nd Annual Kessel Run which raised money for Make-a-Wish. 

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

The Box Office Preview Ep #8 - Detective Pikachu

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Greg and Ken briefly touch on the underperforming movies from last weekend (00:00-03:03) before turning their attention to this week’s big release, Detective Pikachu (03:03-32:13), with a great outtake about John Wick and the Celtics (33:29-35:28). (The Intro and Outro song is “Echoplex” by Nine Inch Nails, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

The Theatre Major Podcast: Ep #1 - Ashley Griffin

Photo: Matt Murphy

Photo: Matt Murphy

Welcome to the very first episode of The Theatre Major Podcast!

This show will talk all about theatre from college and even high school. Each week, my guest and I will talk about shows we did, funny backstage stories, lessons we learned, classes we loved/loathed, mentors we admire, and much more.

The show will also discuss the importance of theatre education in school curriculums.

Our first guest this week is actress Ashley Giffin. In addition to being the host of OnStage Blog Network's newest podcast, STAGE DIRECTIONS, Ashley is the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing HAMLET. As a writer Ashley is most well known as the creator of the pop culture phenomenon FOREVER DEADWARD (New World Stages,) praised by MTV, E!, EW and others, and the hit off-Broadway play TRIAL directed by Lori Petty. Her work has been developed at Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons and La MaMa (among others.) Ashley is currently in development with a new network series, and is artist in residence at The Access Theater Company.

Music: Ben Sound Music

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by following/subscribing to "The OnStage Blog Network".

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #23 - "Center Stage"

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Yes, you read that correctly. This week we're deep diving into the film that ignited the Dance Movie Trend of the early 2000's, Center Stage. 

So fire up some "Higher Ground" and dance the sh*t out of it! 

This podcast can be found on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network".

It's a Theatre Thing Special Ep - "Fosse/Verdon" Recap Part 4!

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Tracy and Erin discuss episode 4 of Fosse/Verdon. We take a look at Bob's excessive lifestyle and Gwen's relationship with her daughter. They also ponder a question. Is Bob a troubled person or just a creep?"

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network"

Desperately Seeking Entertainment Ep #9 - GoT, Product placement in movies and the demise of Woodstock 50

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This week, Ben and Chris deep dive into Game of Thrones(To avoid spoilers skip 12:40 to 24:07), discuss production placement in movies, the demise of Woodstock 50 and rundown Nicholas Cage's amazing looking 2019-2020 slate of films. 

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network"

Stage Directions Ep #1 - "Popular: Can a show be both deeply moving and commercially viable?"

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Taking an in depth look at the dichotomy between critical and audience reception in contemporary musical theater, this episode asks, "is it possible for a musical to both deeply move audiences and garner the respect of the theater community - using the work of Stephen Schwartz as a framework.

Hosted by Ashley Griffin (called "The Hermione Granger of the theater world,") STAGE DIRECTIONS offers a deeper look at the things no one discusses contemporary theater. Exploring everything from the dichotomy between critical and audience reception, whether fairy tales are important to modern day storytelling, and whether "high" and "low" musical theater can ever find common ground, Ashley will examine ideas you "didn't know you didn't know."

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network"

About Ashley

Ashley Griffin is the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing HAMLET. As a writer Ashley is most well known as the creator of the pop culture phenomenon FOREVER DEADWARD (New World Stages,) praised by MTV, E!, EW and others, and the hit off-Broadway play TRIAL directed by Lori Petty. Her work has been developed at Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons and La MaMa (among others.) Ashley is currently in development with a new network series, and is artist in residence at The Access Theater Company.

As an actress, Ashley has performed on and off Broadway as well as in L.A. and London. This past year she appeared in HOMELAND, THE DEUCE, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (starring Hugh Jackman,) and in the off-Broadway play THE NEUROLOGY OF THE SOUL at A.R.T. originating the starring role of Amy. She has a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (where she has subsequently taught,) and has studied at R.A.D.A., The Boston Conservatory and the Hamilton Academy of Music.

www.ashleygriffinofficial.com

Twitter: @ashleyjgriffin

Instagram: @ashleygriffinofficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleygriffinofficial/

Music: Ben Sound Music

Art: FayeRavenclaw (@faye_sketches)

The Box Office Preview Ep #7 - Endgame's Success, 'Long Shot'

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This week Greg and Ken marvel at Avengers: Endgame shattering box office records (00:00-24:36), and then take a look at this weekend’s box office and the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy Long Shot (25:57-48:19). (The Intro and Outro song is “Echoplex” by Nine Inch Nails, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)

This podcast can be found on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network".

It's a Theatre Thing Ep #6 - Tony Nominations!

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Tony nominations are out! Listen to Tracy and Erin give their thoughts on the nominations. Who deserved their nominations and who got snubbed? Also, stay tuned to the end for some very exciting news for DC area Lin-Manuel Miranda fans!"

This podcast can be found on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network".

Nobodies in New York Ep #20 - These Ushers Are INTENSE

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The Brother's Stew present another fun-filled episode with some Broadway news and stories about the nutty ushers they meet in the Broadway shows. A vegetarian and vegan-friendly "Fatty Fatty No Friends" is getting served up at intermission, followed by an interview with the lovely EJ Zimmerman about inclusion in casting and, our new FAVORITE game, "Utter Nonsense". As always, buckle UP!