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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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.


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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. 

Jun 11, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Mike Isaacson about the 2015 Muny Season and his role as producer for the Tony Award winning musical, FUN HOME the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.

Jun 1, 2015

Deborah talks with Artistic Director, Donna Northcott about Smoking Monkey’s next show, “Game of Thrones: The Parody”.  Each spring Smoking Monkey presents an original,  late-night parody of a beloved cult movie or TV show. Smoking Monkey Theatre is a spin-off company of St. Louis Shakespeare. Past shows parodied include, “Lord of The Rings”, “The Ten Commandments”, “Valley of the Dolls”, “Star Wars” among others.

May 26, 2015

Deborah Sharn talks with Ryan Foizey, Theatre Lab’s founder and Artistic Director about his upcoming production of “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh.  Deborah and Ryan also discuss Theatre Lab’s 24 Play Festival that happens in late July.   

May 19, 2015

Jack Lane is the executive producer for Stages St. Louis, and he gives the run down of the summer season: Smokey Joe's Cafe May 29 - June 28 / Anything Goes July 17 - August 16 / The Full Monty September 4 - October 4

May 12, 2015

Ben Nordstrom is a St. Louis based actor and he is producing the St. Louis run of Main Street Musicals, a live concert reading series featuring St. Louis actors, directors and music directors.  The festival will present: A Good Man, The Gig, and How Green Was My Valley at the Muny's Orthwein Hall on May 24-25, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Wayne Salomon, director and William Roth, artistic director discuss the St. Louis Actor's Studio production of ART by Yasmina Reza at the Gaslight Theater, running April 17-May 3, 2015.

Apr 14, 2015

Renee Sevier-Monsey, Director and Vincent Murphy, writer discuss the West End Players Guild production of "The Cockfighter" running April 10-19, 2015 at the Union Avenue Christian Church.

Apr 7, 2015

Jerry Vogel, actor who plays "The Mariner" and Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty discuss Upstream Theater's presentation of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" at the Kranzberg Arts Center April 10-19, 2015

Mar 31, 2015

Gary Bell, artistic director talks about Stray Dog Theater presents "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" from April 2-18, 2015 at the Tower Grove Abbey.

Mar 24, 2015

Deborah talks with Ladue News theater critic Mark Bretz about The St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards. Mark Bretz is a co founder of The St. Louis Theatre Circle an organization that awards theater artists.

Mar 17, 2015

Deborah Sharn interviews director Brad Schwartz about "Radium Girls" produced by Kirkwood Theatre Guild. Brad also discusses his training as an actor and experience directing in St. Louis.

Mar 10, 2015

Scott and Deborah interview actor/singer Robert McNichols who plays Paul Robeson in The Black Rep's production of "Paul Robeson."

Mar 3, 2015

Scott and Deborah interview Seth Gordon, Assoc. Artistic Director and producer of The Rep's "IGNITE! New Play Festival." Seth discusses the creation of IGNITE! and what three plays will be presented for the 2015 season.

Feb 24, 2015

Scott and Deborah talk with director Nick Kelly about the musical, "A New Brain" at Lindenwood's J Scheidegger Center.

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