Episode 78: One Woman Repertory

Patty & Emily are not happy with The Last Five Years ticket situation, but they are excited about the Fun Home tour. They also discuss the stories of the week, including Kate Baldwin’s upcoming concert, the Sweeney Todd revival, tick, tick… BOOM! casting, and recent scandals. They also stumble (along) on a great idea for a repertory theatre and discuss one of your dreamcasts!

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Episode 66: Chicago is My Kind of Town

Patty & Emily talk about Emily’s trip to Chicago, where she saw Kate Baldwin in The King and I and Mary Page Marlowe. And there were a ton of little news items this week, including Sara Ramirez leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Sutton Foster in Sweet Charity, David Hyde Pierce in Hello, Dolly!, and Barbra’s new tour!

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Episode 54: Sorry, White Men

Patty begins with an apology to Reed Birney and Tracy Letts. Patty & Emily then gush over Kate Baldwin and Friends, and get angry about people’s anger about the word “vagina.” They go over the week’s stories, including the announcements of FalsettosSingin’ in the Rain, and Rebecca Luker in Fun Home.

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Episode 38: Happy Birthday, Beth Leavel!

Patty & Emily are recording on Beth Leavel’s birthday! They discuss the shows they’ve seen: SongbirdKing Charles III, and the book launch for Seth Rudetsky’s “Broadway Diaries Vol. 2.” They also discuss Cher’s bio musical, cast recordings, and the disappointing fact that the Ragtime tour is non-Eq. And a listener’s dreamcast is discussed!

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Episode 16: Kick-ass Ladies

Patty & Emily saw some great shows this week, including John & JenHorseplay, and The Glorious Ones. They also talk some Finding Neverland news and upcoming events like Erin and Emily’s show and an Honest Accomplice event, both on March 5th!

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Episode 10: Multiverses, Casting, and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Patty & Emily talk about shows we saw this week, including a Sondheim concert at 92Y and Constellations, casting announcements, including convicted child molester James Barbour, the possibility of NBC doing The Wiz, and why we don’t hate Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Episode 6: A Moment of Silence for Side Show

This week Patty & Emily mourn the announcement that Side Show is closing. They celebrate Alice Ripley’s and Nancy Opel’s birthdays, discuss Allegro and the annoucemenst of Kate Baldwin in John & Jen and Laura Benanti in the Rockettes show.

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Patty & Emily at A Little Night Music in the Berkshires

Connecticut. DC. And now Massachusetts. These are the places we’ve gone to see Kate Baldwin in shows. The most recent was our trip to Pittsfield, MA to see A Little Night Music in the Berkshires. We brought along our friends Robbie and Alex and had a musical theatre sing-along all the way (some CD selections: Side ShowLegally BlondeAndrea McArdle: On Broadway). We chose to make the trip in one day. It’s a beautiful and pretty easy drive through the Hudson Valley from New York to Pittsfield. If you have a chance, you should definitely head out there and maybe make a weekend of it! Pittsfield is a cute little town with old buildings, coffee shops, and a lot of theatres.

This production of A Little Night Music is presented by The Berkshire Theatre Group. We saw the most recent Broadway revival (both casts). Emily barely remembered it, and Patty remembered it being slow and long. This production, however, was much lighter and moved quickly. Kate (serving Mother-in-Ragtime Realness) was both hilarious and heartbreaking as Charlotte. A feat made more impressive given she had to play against her talented husband Graham Rowat, here playing the awful rogue Count. The rest of the cast was fantastic, especially Matt Dengler as Henrick and the great Penny Fuller as Madam Armfeldt. Her last scene was beautiful and highlighted the great direction of Ethan Heard. Night Music may not be our favorite Steven Sondhiem show, but it has a beautiful score, and we would travel pretty much anywhere to hear Kate Baldwin sing it.

A Little Night Music only runs through July 19th, so get your tickets now! It’s a great reason to get out of the city, breathe in some mountain air, and watch some fantastic musical theatre. If you can’t make it out, check out all the other shows The Berkshire Theatre Group is producing, including a children’s production of Suessical. We just may have another mountain road trip in our future. For tickets and information, visit www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.