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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 23, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with actor, Michelle Hand about Shakespeare Festival Theatre’s production of “Into The Breaches” which is a part of their ‘In The Works’ Productions. “Into The Breaches” plays Oct. 28 through Nov. 18 at the Grandel Theatre. Other productions include “Ten Thousand Natural Shocks” and “A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness”.

Oct 19, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Broadway, TV, film and cabaret star, Faith Prince about her career and her upcoming cabaret show, “Have a Little Faith” that plays October 26 & 27 at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis. Faith Prince is a part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival In St. Louis produced by Jim Dolan.

Oct 5, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Maggie Ryan, Artistic Director for Insight Theatre Company about their upcoming show, “Silent Sky” that explores the life of astronomer, Henrietta Leavitt. “Silent Sky” runs from October 19 through November 4th at the Marcelle Theatre in St. Louis.

Sep 28, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with William Roth, Artistic Director for St. Louis Actor’s Studio Theatre and actress Kari Ely, both involved in the Actor’s Studio production of “The Little Foxes” that runs from September 28th through October 14th at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis.

Sep 28, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with John O’Brien, Director of Programming for the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis about their Broadway season that includes the musicals, “Love Never Dies”, “Come From Away”, “Waitress”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and many more.

Sep 28, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with producer Michael Ingersoll about the Artists Lounge Live show, “Darrin: Bobby’s Biggest Hit’s” that plays at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza September 26-30th, 2018 in St. Louis.

Aug 1, 2018

Deborah Sharn spoke with Paul Emery of Emery Entertainment about the wide variety of shows being produced at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza.

Jul 31, 2018

Deborah Sharn spoke with the amazing Beth Leavel who is currently performing at The Muny as Momma Rose In GYPSY.

Jul 25, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Edward Coffield who is directing THE REALISTIC JONESes for Rebel and Misfits theater company. THE REALISTIC JONESes opens July 26th and plays through August 12th at the JCC New Theatre Blackbox.

Jun 8, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Angela Ingersoll who plays Judy Garland in the Max and Louie production of “End of the Rainbow” that opens June 21st and plays through July 1st at The Grandel Theatre in St. Louis.

Jun 8, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Jack Lane, Executive Producer for Stages St. Louis about their 32nd season of musicals and Jack’s role as lead Producer for the musical, “The Prom” that opens on Broadway fall of 2018.

May 25, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Tom Ridgely, Executive Producer for Shakespeare Festival and Elena Araoz who is directing Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” that opens June 1st and plays through June 24th in Forest Park in St. Louis.

Apr 27, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Edward Coffield who is directing The New Jewish Theatre’s production of “Life Sucks, an irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, “Uncle Vanya”. “Life Sucks” plays May 23rd through June 10th at the Wool Studio Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis.

Apr 20, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with writer and director Tony Parise, who is writing and directing the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition that takes place April 28th at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.  

Apr 17, 2018

Host Deborah Sharn talks with Bobby Miller and David Wassilak about the St. Louis Actor Studio’s production of “The Dresser” that runs through April 29th at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis.

Apr 12, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Julie Johnson who plays Patsy Cline in the musical, “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” that plays April 17 through May 6 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza in St. Louis.

Apr 12, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with Carrie Houk about The Tennessee Williams Festival that takes place May 10-19 in St. Louis at the Grand Center.

Feb 9, 2018

Deborah Sharn interviews Alan Knoll, actor/director who is currently starring in Upstream Theatre's "Infected" (Feb. 9 - Feb. 25, 2018) and directing Insight Theatre's "The Last Romance" (March 2 - March 18, 2018).  Both shows can be seen at the Kranzberg Art Centre.

Jan 30, 2018

Deborah Sharn talks with actresses Linda Ackerman and LeAnne Matthews about GFour Productions' "Menopause The Musical", which runs through March 31, 2018 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  

 

Dec 30, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Gerry Kowarsky from the HEC program "Two on the Aisle" in review of the 2017 year in theater in the St. Louis region. 

Dec 18, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with actress Michelle Hand about Mustard Seed Theatre's production of "Remnant," which runs through Dec. 23, 2017 at the Black Box Theater at Fontbonne University.

Oct 10, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Jack Feivou, President and CEO of The Fox Theatre about their 2017-2018 Broadway season. The Fox Theatre Broadway season includes the musicals, HAMILTON, ON YOUR FEET, THE KING AND I, and more.

Oct 2, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Kathleen Sitzer and Andy Neiman about the play, "Tuesdays With Morrie" being presented by The New Jewish Theatre October 4th through Oct 22nd at the Wool Studio Theater on the campus of the Jewish Community Center.

Sep 27, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Whit Reichert and John Contini about Upstream Theater's upcoming show, "Sweet Revenge" that opens Oct 6 and runs thru Oct 22, 2017 at the Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis.

Aug 18, 2017
Deborah Sharn speaks with R-S Theatric's Artistic Director, Christina Rios about their production of the musical, IN THE HEIGHTS that plays through September 3rd at the .Zack Theatre in St. Louis.
 
 
Aug 2, 2017

Host Deborah Sharn talks with director and producer, Curt Wollen with Troupe America about his current show, "Church Basement Ladies" that plays through October 1st at the Playhouse at Westport in St. Louis.

Jul 12, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Maggie Ryan, Artistic Director for Insight Theatre Company about their 10th season that continues with ON GOLDEN POND and BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.  Deborah also interview St. Louis favorite, actor Joneal Joplin about his role as Norman Thayer in ON GOLDEN POND and his life as a professional actor in St. Louis and beyond.

 

Jun 15, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with actor, singer, dancer, puppeteer, and producer John Tartaglia about his work on Sesame Street, Avenue Q, and Beauty and The Beast. We also talked about the shows he created - "Johnny and The Sprites", "Imagine Ocean" and his current show, "Splash and Bubbles". John will be at The Muny in St.Louis this Summer playing Hysterium in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" July 5-11, 2017.

Jun 5, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Jack Lane, Executive Producer for Stages St. Louis about the 31st season. Deborah and Jack also talked about the Stages' performing arts academy, the new performing arts center in Kirkwood and shows on which Jack Lane was a producer. Stages 31st season includes, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "9 to 5 The Musical", South Pacific" and "Suessical The Musical".

May 31, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Denny Reagan, president and CEO of The Muny about their 99th season in St. Louis. The Muny opens June 12th with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR followed by THE LITTLE MERMAID, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ALL SHOOK UP, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, A CHORUS LINE and NEWSIES.

May 13, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Director Edward Coffield and actress Amy Loui about the play, “4000 Miles”, the final production of New Jewish Theatre’s 20th season.  They discuss Jewish theater, the New Jewish Theatre and it’s mission and Amy’s father, Wayne Loui.

May 13, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Director, Patrick Siler about Upstream Theatre’s next production, “A Human Being Died That Night”, based on the bestselling book by South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.  Patrick and Deborah talk about the play which are interviews conducted by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela with Eugene de Kock, a South African government sanction political assassin, nick-named “prime Evil” for his crimes against anti-apartheid activists.  The play explores forgiveness in this country that has suffered such tragedy.

Apr 21, 2017

Deborah Sharn spoke with Carrie Houk, Executive Artistic Director for the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival that takes place May 3 through 7 in venues across the Grand Center Theatre District in St. Louis. The Festival includes several theatre productions, cabaret, readings, family photos, a bus tour to several Tennessee Williams homes, a New Orleans style jazz brunch and much more.

Apr 12, 2017

Deborah Sharn spoke with Gary Wayne Barker and Leslie Wobbe about their involvement in Mustard Seed Theatre's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" that opens April 13th and runs through April 30th at Fontbonne University's Fine Arts Theater.

 

Apr 8, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with William Roth, Kari Ely and Megan Baker about St. Louis Actor’s Studio’s production of “August: Osage County” that opens April 14th and runs through April 30th at the Gaslight Theatre on Boyle in St. Louis.

Feb 2, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Rob McClure who will perform the role of Nick Bottom in The Fabulous Fox Theater's production of "Something Rotten!" East-coast based Rob McClure is a regular to St. Louis audiences, having performed multiple roles at the Muny and other local companies.

Feb 1, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Kathleen Sitzer, Artistic Director for The New Jewish Theatre and Gary Barker who directed “Intimate Apparel” the current production of The New Jewish Theatre. We talk about the history of women in early 20th century America, a subject featured in the play.

Jan 31, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Alan Ox about his show, “There’s an Alien in My Soup” that plays through Feb. 4th at the Marcelle Theatre in St. Louis. 

Jan 10, 2017

Deborah Sharn talks with Ryan Foizey and Tom Martin about Theatre Lab’s production of CLOSER, a play by Patrick Marber.  CLOSER is a play about modern love and betrayal.  We also talk about the .ZACK Theatre space in midtown St. Louis and about the vision for Theatre Lab theater company in St. Louis.

Oct 27, 2016

Deborah Sharn talks with Kristin Caskey, President of Fox Theatricals about the Fabulous Fox Theatre season which continues with Fun Home November 15-27, 2016 in St. Louis.

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.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/881165171957643/

 

For Tickets:  http://24hourplayfest4.brownpapertickets.com/

 

The short documentary about the festival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFpKAl-ctuA

 

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.

Feb 17, 2015

Scott and Deborah talk with director Steve Callahan and actor Todd Schaeffer about
the West End Players Guild's production of "Mr. Marmalade" by Noah Haidle. Todd Schaeffer plays Mr. Marmalade in this production.

Feb 10, 2015

Scott and Deborah talk with William Roth and Kari Ely about St. Louis Actor Studio's
production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." William Roth plays George and Kari plays Martha. William Roth is Founder/Artistic Director for St. Louis Actor's Studio.

Feb 3, 2015

Scott and Deborah talk with author Jennifer Ashley Tepper about her books, "The Untold Stories of Broadway" volume 1 & 2. Ms. Tepper has organized tales from the world most famous theaters along with stories from numerous actor, directors, producers and theater production people.

Jan 20, 2015

Scott and Deborah talk with Kathleen Sitzer and Bobby Miller about The New Jewish Theatre's production of "Imagining Madoff."  Bobby Miller plays Ponzi schemer Bernie
Madoff.

Jan 13, 2015

Scott Miller and Deborah Sharn interview Jessica Hentoff, producer of Circus Harmony, a social circus organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change.

Jan 6, 2015

Scott Miller and Deborah Sharn talk with Steve Woolf, Artistic Director for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis about the rest of the Rep season.

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