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There are so many creative people
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I think no matter where you do theatre... on Broadway... or in your hometown... there's an overwhelming sense of family.
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And that is intoxicating.
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Also I love seeing different points of view whether it is on Broadway or Off Broadway
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We all have stories to tell
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Heather, I think this year the play competition has been so gooood. I think plays may be harder to market outside of NY. Not sure if that’s right
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Yeah, as I was saying, we had some pretty epic plays last year.
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I agree that the major news outlets have focused on musicals and on movie musicals with major stars
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I think it comes in waves.
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Bobby Traversa
So, let's talk about Best Musical!
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The nominees are Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, and Tootsie
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I was shocked that Be More Chill didn't make the list!
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Ok...so I LOVE these nominees
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And also a little bummed that Head Over Heels didn't get any love. I really liked it!
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I think Hadestown is most likely going to win
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Bobby Traversa
That's the talk of the town.
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But I've heard we might get a Tootsie upset!
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But I also really liked Ain’t Too Proud
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People are saying that it might be Kinky Boots vs Matilda all over again.
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Yowzers!
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I’m rooting The Prom
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Hi Alet!

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Hi Alet!

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Alet is our Executive Director of Creative Development!
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We love the Prom
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Hi everyone!!
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Alet, what was your favorite play this season?
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Mockingbird hands down!
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I am rooting for two one is Ain't to proud and the second is Beetlejuice!
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Ah, Beetlejuice!

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Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
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Watch out... Alex might come and get you!
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Lmao

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Anybody have any predictions for the acting nominations?

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Huge Rob McClure fan
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I really hope SJB wins for Cher.
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She can literally do anything
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We actually have a bunch of the Tony nominees in other things on STAGE.
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Bobby Traversa
Especially in Submissions Only... everyone was in that!
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SJB fighting with the xerox machine in 9to5 was epic

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Santino Fontana
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I'm so mad they cut that for Broadway!

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Judith Light
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Kate W I’m The Other Josh Cohen was fantastic

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Rich Affannato
Hello my partners. It’s Rich Affannato the CEO OF STAGE. I wanted to join the Magic here. How’s everyone doing.
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We *heart* Kate W
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It's Rich!
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I want to see more Kate in everything
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Hi Rich

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“In” - ohhh my typos - how apropos

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Rich!! Happy Birthday!!!

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It's actually Rich's birthday today... he wasn't supposed to join this chat! He's supposed to be celebrating!
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🎉🎊🎂

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Happy Birthday Rich! 🍾💐🎉

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Goodtalk message
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And speaking of Tony’s...

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Thank you! I’m using my birthday to spend time with fans and theatre loves
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I loved Jason Sweettooth in BMC - he gets a special shout out from me

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Taurus strong!! 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂
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Gemini here. Right on the cusp

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Go Gems and Tauruses
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I'm a pisces. We're the wisest ones.

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🤷🏻‍♂️
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Bobby what’s coming up on STAGE next month?
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A lot of really great stuff!
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Rich were you in The Producers with Angie S? Her splits in The Prom are insane.
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On June 7th we're releasing a never before seen concert of Leslie Uggams at Wright State University.
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For those too young To know, let people know who Leslie Uggam’s is
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We love Leslie

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I’m an Aries. We’re highly creative and can’t spell
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And on the 21st we're releasing our very special second episode of Studio Sessions.... which celebrates the music of Stephen Schwartz.
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Jesse Kearney
An amazing actress and singer. She plays Blind Al in Deadpool
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Not too young to know who Blind Al is in Deadpool

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Leslie is a legend.... but y'all probably know her best as Blind Al in Deadpool.
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Rich Affannato
The Stephen Schwartz episode features a phenomenal cast
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That's right, Rich!
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Bobby Traversa
alez...
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Corey Cott, Lindsay Mendez, Mandy Gonzalez...
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Bobby Traversa
Capathia Jenkins does a fierce version of Corner of the Sky.
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Take after take I help my breath during the filming of Studio Sessions. The talent was astounding.
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And Billy Stritch on keys OMG
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We also have unearthed some pretty amazing gems such as "Alice at the Palace" which is a musical version of Alice in Wonderland that stars Meryl Streep and Debbie Allen!
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Debbie Allen. ❤️
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Debbie Allen choreographed my favorite musical.

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Oh no
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Bobby Traversa
#carrie ;)
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Jesse Kearney
😬
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And Range doing Meadowlark!! Have you seen their stuff??
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They are one of the top a capella groups
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Did you see their Hamilton in 7 minutes? Awesome
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My daughter knows ALL of Carrie. Bobby you’d be so proud. I tapped her for a Sound of Music chick, but no. It’s Carrie
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❤️❤️❤️
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Rich Affannato
And THEN that solo performance by Stephen Schwartz himself. It’s outstanding to hear him sing his music the way it was intended.
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AND from a musical most people don't know!
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Bobby Traversa
My Fairy Tale, which is based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen.
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Bobby, i am convinced that you know every musical ever
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Schwartz is a hilarious storyteller - had no clue how funny he was
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I know few.
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Bobby name my favorite song from The Mayor
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Jesse Kearney
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There's another song from that show that Kristoffer Cusick from Wicked sang on his album called "Wings of a Swan". Y'all should download it!
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You Can Be........
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Bobby Traversa
Speaking of Schwartz... did anyone watch his episode of Fosse/Verdon?
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I lived for this week's episode.
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I did I loved it. Thought it was brilliant
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I lived for this week's episodeIt was heartbreaking to watch Gwen have the choreo changed on We Both Reached for the Gun and to have Nowadays made into a duet.
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Jesse what’s my favorite song from Smile?

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#mariassong

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I love Smile.

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Alet, Disneyland?
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Bobby Traversa
We should all strive to be "typical high school seniors".

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Yes duh

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We should all strive to be "typical high school seniors".
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What parameters have you seton stage for original content. Is there an over all theme, quality standard, or is it a place to go discover new shows? I haven’t signed up yet
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That's a really great question, Sanders!

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Our goal to celebrate and expand the world of theatre.
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We are looking for good quality content. Slightly quirky
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Def a place to discover new shows, pushing the boundaries of thematic interest and genre. Couldn’t be more excited
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A celebration of theatre in all its forms. Broadway, Off-Broadway, high quality regional shows
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Plus our own original content
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There’s no limit to the type of performance related scripted and semi scripted content to explore.
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One of our icons is The Food Network and how everything they show is basically about "food"... but if you dig deeper, it's actually game shows, cooking shows, travel shows, docuseries, etc... It's a variety of content that all celebrates the same world. That's what we're trying to do for theatre.
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I think we also want to celebrate new voices and social issues
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It's also the filming of live plays and musicals, but that's not the only focus. People have been doing that since TV was invented. We want to go further.
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All of us grew up in the theater. We love it. And we want to inspire others to love it and get involved
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Absolutely.
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I’m literally jumping out of bed every morning knowing I’ll be reading through original theatre content. Really exciting to know we we will be making it accessible to the next generation who has yet to experience traveling to the big city. STAGE will let you know what’s up until you get here!!
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Creating a company is cool! Helping foster a community is important! Thank you guys!!
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Yup. We’re making a “hat”
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Thank you Heather!!! Next time I think we should talk about our first theater experiences.
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Right. And it allows you experience a larger world of it all. You can come to NY to see Hamilton. (Or on tour). But on STAGE... you can see one of the stars of the show play baseball in Central Park... with a bunch of other Broadway people playing baseball... and you probably didn't even know that happened... but it does every Summer.
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Can’t wait. I’ll start by describing how I was flown into a wall playing Wendy in Peter Pan
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😂
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I learned Motel in Fiddler in less than 245 hours after our Motel got fired. Eeeek.
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It’s hard to stay in tune while you’re flying. Into walls.
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24 hours.
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I learned Fanny Price in two days.

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Well...wow...let’s get into those next time
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Brice

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Gotta love them typos.

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See you all next time
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Maybe I was the understudy cuz I thought it was Price

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Bobby Traversa
All right, it's time to wrap things up
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Thank you all for joining us!
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Bye bye

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Thank you all for joining us

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Goodbye all!!! Can’t wait till next time!!

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Don't forget to check out STAGE at www.watchstage.com.

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