Break a Leg

Break a Leg is hosted by Deborah Sharn, St. Louis actor and singer, Artistic Advisor and board member of New Line Theatre, and Company Manager at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her guests include local actors, directors, designers, critics, and writers, as well as artists working on and off Broadway and in regional theatre across America. The talk is always lively, intelligent, and in-depth. It's the only show in town where a working theatre artist interviews working theatre artists.
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St. Louis actor and singer Deborah Sharn hosts this conversation with local actors, directors, designers, critics, and writers, as well as artists working on and off Broadway and in regional theatre across America. The talk is always lively, intelligent, and in-depth.  

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Oct 20, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks to actress, singer and playwright, Tovah Feldshuh about her career and cabaret show, "Aging is Optional" at the Gaslight Theatre Oct 28 and 29 in St. Louis.

Oct 20, 2016

Deborah Sharn spoke with Kathleen Sitzer, Artistic Director for the New Jewish Theatre and actress Lavonne Byers who plays Gilda Meir in the play, "GOLDA'S BALCONY" that plays thru October 30th at the Wool Studio Theater on the campus of the J. in St. Louis.

Oct 7, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with singer, actress, cabaret performer, director and educator Marilyn Maye about her career which includes 76 appearances in The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Marilyn Maye is performing her cabaret show Oct 14 and 15 at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis.

Sep 30, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with actress/director Linda Kennedy who is directing Upstream Theater’s first show of their 12th season, SUSPENDED in St. Louis. This is the world premiere of  SUSPENDED written by Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur. This tightly paced drama shows two refugees washing windows of a skyscraper in a western city, suspended between a world they can see but cannot join, between a past scarred by violence and an uncertain future.

SUSPENDED opens in St. Louis October 7th and runs through October 23rd at the Kranzberg Arts Center.


Jul 20, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Jenni Ryan, who plays Jen in the musical, JOHN AND JEN which has been produced by Insight Theatre Company in St. Louis. JOHN AND JEN runs through July 31st in St. Louis.  Deborah also talks with Jen about her life in the world of theater – as an actress, director, associate artistic director and educator. 

Jun 23, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Stellie Siteman, Artistic Director for Max and Louie Productions about their upcoming show, the musical, GREY GARDENS that opens July 8thand runs through July 30th at the Wool Studio Theatre on the campus of the J in St. Louis.

Jun 16, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Tony award winning actress Faith Prince about her career, her coaching for actors and her upcoming cabaret show with Jason Graae, “The Prince and The Showboy” July 20, 2016  at the Sheldon Concert Hall.



Jun 6, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Denny Reagan, President and CEO for The Muny about their 98th season.

May 23, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Jack Lane, Executive Producer for Stages St. Louis about their Anniversary season, the Stages Academy, a potential new theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Jack Lanes work as a producer of Broadway shows.

May 10, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Edward Coffield who is directing The New Jewish Theatre's production of "Yentl  A Play With Music" that opens May 11thand runs through June 5th at the Sam Woolf Theater at the J in St. Louis.

Apr 29, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks to Carrie Houk, Executive Artistic Director for the 1st Annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis that runs in St. Louis May 11-15 at Grand Center and the Central West End. Deborah also talks with Carrie about her life as an actor in New York as a casting director in Chicago and St. Louis.  

Apr 28, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks to Phillip Boehm, Founding Artistic Director for Upstream Theater about their production of "The Glass Menagerie" that runs April 29 through May 15 at The Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis. This production is in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis May 11-15.

Apr 5, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Tony awarding winning singer/songwriter Steven Lutvak about his upcoming cabaret show in St. Louis April 8 & 9 at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival theater. Deborah and Steven also talk about the musical, “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.


Mar 26, 2016

Deborah Sharn speaks with Trista Moldovan about the musical "Bridges of Madison County" that opens at The Fox Theatre in St Louis April  5th. Trista also talks about life in the road for an actor.

Mar 15, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Seth Gordon, Associate Artistic Director for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis about their IGNITE New Play Festival that opens March 19th and runs through March 26th.


Mar 8, 2016

Deborah Sharn interviews Broadway actress/singer/cabaret performing Deborah Darr about her life on Broadway and the famous people she worked with – Hal Prince, Leonard Bernstein, etc.  Deborah Darr will also talk about her current cabaret show, “Auditioning For Life: Broadway and Me” that plays Wednesday, March 9th at the Emerald Room in St. Louis. 

Nov 11, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks to playwright, actor and director Stephen Peirick who is directing the West End Players Guild’s production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo.  Ms. Gionfriddo is an American playwright and television writer. Other plays include, “Becky Shaw” and “After Ashley.”  

Stephen Peirick is a local playwright whose plays have been presented in St. Louis by Stray Dog Theatre and R-S Theatrics.



Oct 28, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Tony Award-winning actress Beth Leavel. Beth won a Tony Award for her role as Beatrice Stockwell in the musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”.  Beth has also appeared in numerous Broadway shows including, “42nd Street”, “Crazy For You”, “Show Boat”, “The Civil War”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Mamma Mia!”, “Elf the Musical” and “Baby It’s You!”.  

Beth has also performed the role of Dolly Levi in The Muny’s  production of “Hello Dolly” and Aunt Eller in The Muny’s “Oklahoma” last summer. Deborah and Beth also talk about Beth's theatrical career and her upcoming cabaret performance at The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis November 11 and 12, MUNY MAGIC.

Oct 15, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Kristin Caskey, President and Executive Producer of Fox Theatricals about the 2015/2016
Fox Theatre season that includes Beautiful – the Carole King musical, If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County, Matilda the Musical, Newsies, and The Sound of Music.  

As Executive Producer along with Mike Isaacson, she and Mike have produced award winning shows such as Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Red, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bring It On The Musical and the recent Tony awarding winning musical Fun Home among others.

Sep 24, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Steve Woolf about The Rep’s current show, ALL THE WAY as well as the rest of the Rep season. Deborah and Steve also talk about Steve’s role as Artistic Director for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Aug 13, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Todd Schaefer about the 24 Play festival that plays Saturday, August 15th in St. Louis. Todd is the artistic director for Player’s Project Theater company, one of the two theater companies sponsoring this event. Deborah will also talk about Todd who is an actor, director, producer, educator, artist and much more.


For Tickets:


The short documentary about the festival


Aug 4, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Gary Bell and Robert L. White about their musical, “Spellbound – A Musical Fable” that is being  produced by Stray Dog Theatre this August in St. Louis.  Gary and Robert also discuss the creative process of writing a musical.



Jul 19, 2015

Deborah talks with Edward Coffield, director for Insight Theatre’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo” that plays in St. Louis July 24th – August 9th at the Haegney Theatre on the campus of Nerinx hall.  They discuss the well loved play and how it relates to other situational comedies and farces as it’s a little bit of both.  Deborah and Edward also talk about the fine art of comedy, Edwards history in the theatre as a director and production manager for The Rep.

Jul 9, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Christine Ebersole, a two time Tony award winning actress and singer.  Christine has performed on Broadway, on TV and film, appears in concerts and cabaret and has recorded several albumns.  She will be performing her cabaret act in St. Louis at The Sheldon Auditorium Friday, July 24th

Jun 18, 2015

Deborah talks with Laura Careless about her one woman show, LOST GODDESS that Laura describes as a multi-sensory experience.  Laura Careless is a UK-born, New York-based performing artist specializing in storytelling through dance. 

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