Imagine “You must pay the rent!” “I can’t pay the rent!” “I’ll pay the rent!” “My hero!” “Curses, foiled again!” sung in the style of five different musical theatre composers from five time periods with four actors and you get an idea of the craziness of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s hilarious satire of musical theatre, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Join Midnight Sun Theatre’s founder and director Dave Block and actress Suzanne Snyder as they explain how it all fits together this week on Stage Talk. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) performs at Anchorage Community Theatre July 4th through July 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 20, at 2:45 p.m.
Jean Paal reports from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference with her guest Arthur M. Jolly, award winning playwright and screenwriter. Join Jean and Arthur as they let us in on the goings-on at this year’s annual migration of playwrights, actors and directors to Valdez.
KSKA: Friday, June 13, at 2:45 p.m.
Cyrano’s Theater Company brings two L.A. performers to Anchorage for an evening of storytelling and songs. Join host Jean Paal and guests, actor Alan Rachins and composer Shelly Markham, on Stage Talk for a sneak peek at what Rachins and Markham will talk about at tonight’s benefit for Cyrano’s. Rachins is best know for his role as Dharma’s wacky dad on the hit TV sitcom “Dharma and Gregg.” He also starred in “LA Law.” Markham is a Broadway composer and will be playing piano tunes during the Cyrano’s benefit. The event happens June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
KSKA: Friday, June 6, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s summer in Anchorage and that can mean only one thing–time to get out to the cemetery and meet some of Alaska’s most famous and infamous folks as they rise from the grave to tell their stories. The creators of this very interesting event, Bruce Kelly, Audrey Weltman Kelly and Linda Benson come to Stage Talk to tell us all about this year’s John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery Tour.
KSKA: Friday, May 30, at 2:45 p.m.
Don Russell, “The Magic Guy” brings more than just a few tricks up his sleeve as he and ACT’s Executive Director Don Gomes come to Stage Talk to talk about Don’s show Mystery, Magic & Mayhem performing at Anchorage Community Theatre Friday May 23rd as a fund raiser for ACT and the Anchorage Food Bank.
KSKA: Friday, May 23, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s a homecoming for some and a new adventure for many. Dawson Moore, Conference Coordinator for the 22nd annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference, joins Stage Talk this week to talk about this internationally known playwriting conference held in Valdez. There’s more than just playwriting going on and Dawson lets us in on all the activities as the conference runs June 8th though the 14th.
KSKA: Friday, May 16, at 2:45 p.m.
Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage the classic English farce — Phillip King’s “See How They Run” (the title is taken from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice”). Director Vanessa Warner and actor Todd Broste take a breather to come by Stage Talk this week. “See How They Run” opens May 9th and runs through the 25th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, May 9, at 2:45 p.m.
Find out what’s up with Wilbur and the gang as TBA brings Charlotte’s Web to the stage. Megan Bladow and Shane Mitchell come to Stage Talk this week to talk about their production of E. B. White’s classic tale running May 9-18th at Grant Hall on the campus of Alaska Pacific University.
KSKA: Friday, May 2, at 2:45 p.m.
Its springtime and you know what that means–golf. Add a little disaster and a lot of misunderstanding and you get Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, The Fox on the Fairway being presented by Anchorage Community Theatre running April 25th through May 18th. Carl Bright, director and Alex Albrecht who plays Dickie drop by Stage Talk to let us know what all the fuss is about.
KSKA: Friday, April 25, at 2:45 p.m.
What is every “Any-town USA” actor’s dream? Why to have a famous actress come by to audition you for her repertory company. But there may be more than meets the eye in Dick Reichman’s new play, The Audition opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company April 24th and running through May 18th. Join Dick and Julia Cossman who plays Simone Crystal this week on Stage Talk as they talk about this exiting new offering from one of Anchorage’s hometown playwrights.
KSKA: Friday, April 18, at 2:45 p.m.
Tennessee Williams’ story of family, greed and sexuality, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is coming to town as Perseverance Theatre of Juneau brings the play to the Sydney Laurence Theatre. Join Enrique Bravo (Brick) and Kevin T. Bennett (Dr. Baugh) as they visit Stage Talk to tell us all about this classic offering of American theatre opening April 11th and running through the 27th.
KSKA: Friday, April 11, at 2:45 p.m.
Anchorage Opera has re-worked the classic Strauss opera, Die Fledermaus (which means “the bat”) with an Alaskan flair to become The Polar Bat. Join librettist Deborah Brevoort and stage director Bill Fabris to find out how they made the change this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday, April 4, at 2:45 p.m.
Take a step back in time to the ’50s and ’60s and meet “Suzy” and “Cindy Lou” aka Karly O’Loughlin and Kelly Anderson from Valley Performing Art’s production of Roger Bean’s musical The Marvelous Wonderettes opening March 28th and running through April 20th.
KSKA: Friday, March 28, at 2:45 p.m.
Seen a good book lately? How about eighty-six? In ninety-eight minutes. Join Jaron Carlson and Jay Burns, two-thirds of the cast of Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s production of All The Great Books (abridged), another in the series of hilarious shows developed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company (those folks who brought you The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)) as they give us a backstage tour as to how it all comes together. All The Great Books (abridged) runs March 28th-April 20th.
KSKA: Friday, March 21, at 2:45 p.m.
Steven Alvarez and John Fraser from Theatre Artists United (TAU) visit Stage Talk this week to talk about their upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz’s ever-popular musical Pippin opening March 21st and running through March 30th.
KSKA: Friday, March 14, at 2:45 p.m.
Espionage, intrigue and love all come together in David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award winning play, M Butterfly. Join director Jessica Jacob and actor Alder Fletcher from UAA Department of Theatre and Dance as they visit Stage Talk to talk about their upcoming production of this moving drama based on a true story opening March 21st and running through April 6th.
KSKA: Friday, 3/7, at 2:45 p.m.
“Chuckles the Chipmunk” couldn’t make it, but the next best thing did when James Jensen and Caleb Swan from Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns drop by to talk about this heart-warming comedy opening March 7th and running through the 30th.
KSKA: Friday, 2/28 at 2:45 p.m.
“To sell out or not to sell out, that is the question” in Yussef El Guindi’s comedy about Ashraf, a struggling actor who must choose between a humble, yet artistically rewarding career on stage and playing a stereotypical terrorist in a film (albeit with a beautiful woman and gads of money!). Join playwright Yussef El Guindi of Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes along with director Dick Reichman this week on Stage Talk as they talk about Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s latest offering running through March 9th.
KSKA: Friday, 2/21 at 2:45 p.m.
Anchorage playwright Arlitia Jones and actor Charity Pomeroy join Jean and Steve this week to talk about Arlitia’s latest play, Rush at Everlasting being brought to town by Perseverance Theatre of Juneau, performing at the Sydney Laurence Theatre February 14th through the 23rd.
KSKA: Friday 2/14 at 2:45pm
There’s more than what just meets the eye in this week’s Stage Talk as Scenic Designer Daniel Carlgren and Costume Designer Colleen Metzger from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Theatre and Dance stop by to talk about creating the evocative world of Tennessee Williams’ powerful drama, The Night of the Iguana opening February 14th and running through March 2nd.
KSKA: Friday 2/7 at 2:45pm