Episode 49 - Amy Saunders aka Miss Behave, of the Miss Behave Game Show!

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay chat about an amazing new dance piece from Justin Peck and the NYC Ballet, the magic show In & Of Itself, and Hideaway's recent performance at the Future of Storytelling Festival. They also call up the hilarious Amy Saunders to talk about her career as a comedian and sword swallower as well as her new show in Las Vegas, The Miss Behave Game Show. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends. Have a great week!
 

  • [13:10] Coming of age in London and the nightclub scene
  • [17:03] Learning how to swallow swords (or rulers)
  • [24:52] Amy set's world records on TV
  • [30:48] Going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time
  • [33:33] Amy on doing street shows
  • [39:31] The formation of La Clique (also known as La Soirree)
  • [47:47] The story of Miss Behave Game Show and what it's all about!

Episode 48 - Christine Van Loo, 7 time National Champion acrobatic gymnast and circus performer

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay recount their trip across the U.S. while working on a new show with Keone and Mari Madrid, update you on exciting news with Miss Behave Game Show, review Cirque Du Soleil's KA and discuss the closing of the CDS New York theatrical division. Josh and Lyndsay also call up Olympic athlete of the year, 7 time National Champion acrobatic gymnast, circus performer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Christine Van Loo. They discuss her career, the transition between athletics and circus, working in special events, and running a circus school abroad. If you enjoy today's episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!
 

  • [14:51] How Christine got into acrobatic gymnastics (sports acro)
  • [23:11] The transition between athletics and performing
  • [27:54] Training circus for the first time and making a promo video
  • [33:59] Creating circus for television (NBC) and musical concerts (Paul McCartney, Britney Spears)
  • [39:15] Starting Airborne Arts in Costa Rica and getting into motivational speaking

 

Episode 47 - Trav SD, circus and variety journalist and historian

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay talk about a new circus school opening in Philadelphia next month, a New York Times article about the premiere Russian state circus school, and sit down for an interview with Trav SD. Trav is revered circus and variety critic, journalist, performer and playwright. We talk a lot in the episode about the history of circus and vaudeville and Trav's storied career. If you enjoy the episode, please share it with your amigos and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [07:36] - Growing up in RI and falling for theatre
  • [15:22 ] - Working for Tony Bennett and Big Apple Circus
  • [20:20] - Writing career takes off
  • [23:10] - Defining Vaudeville
  • [25:51] - On writing No Applause - Just Throw Money and Travalanche
  • [29:25] - Trav on "When did the circus become un-American"
  • [46:35] - Trav's new show in development

Episode 46 - Randy Weiner, producer of Sleep No More and The Box

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay share more great news from Miss Behave Game Show, unrest with Big Apple Circus and Lincoln Center, and tease the upcoming Future of Storytelling Festival in NYC. They also sit down for an interview with theater producer and entrepreneur Randy Weiner. To name just a few, Randy's productions include the Donkey Show, The Box, Sleep No More, Queen of The Night, Seeing You and Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [12:10] - Growing up in New York City in the 70s
  • [20:33] - How Randy met his wife Diane Paulus in high school
  • [26:52] - Randy's first hit, a hip hop musical called Club XII
  • [37:57] - Back to NYC with the Donkey Show
  • [43:51] - Origins of The Box
  • [49:39] - Bringing Sleep No More to NYC
  • [54:23] - Josh & Lyndsay's Queen of the Night bad date story
  • [1:02:24] - Randy's creation process

Episode 45 - Nat Brown, circus tent expert and Smirkus tent boss

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about the 30th anniversary tour of Circus Smirkus, their Las Vegas show the Miss Behave Game Show, and the latest news on their virtual reality circus experience. They also sit down for an interview with Nat Brown, the highly regarded circus tent expert who's worked with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, Cirque Du Soleil, Cavalia, and many more. If you've ever been curious about how tents are set up and made, then this episode is for you. If you enjoy today's show please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [14:28] Nat's start with Smirkus's tent crew
  • [18:15] How do circus tents gets raised? And who does it?
  • [23:20] The differences between raising a small tent vs a large tent like Cirque Du Soleil
  • [27:21] Repairing broken tents and Nat's favorite 'horror' story
  • [32:40] Who makes the best tents?
  • [36:12] Nat's beautiful new tent, Charlotte
  • [42:05] How to run away with tent crew

Nat's crewing company: crewthat.com

Episode 44 - Cory Tabino, artistic director of Circus Maine

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay talk about the good news from the New England Center for Circus Arts, the bad news from Harvard University's acting program, some changes happening at Ecole Nationale De Cirque, and a new musical podcast. They also sit down the Cory Tabino, the artistic director of Circus Maine to discuss his career and the new school he's started in Portland. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [16:06] Growing up in Staten Island
  • [20:40] Dropping out of ENC in the 90's
  • [25:45] Touring with Saltimbanco and a generation of artists
  • [29:38] Teaching around the world
  • [35:40] The story of Circus Maine

Episode 43 - What is going on with NECCA?

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay dive deep into the current drama happening in Brattleboro, Vermont with the New England Center for Circus Arts. They also discuss Cirque Du Soleil's acquisition of Blue Man Group, a new show from Spiegelworld and Steven Hoggett, Hideaway Circus's new show in Las Vegas: Miss Behave Game Show, and the changing demographics within the American circus community. If you like the episode, please rate the podcast iTunes and share it with you friends. Have a great week!

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Episode 42- Tony Award and Olivier Award Winning: The Play That Goes Wrong with Rob Falconer and Greg Tannahill

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about a new show from Cirkus Cirkor, new regulations about exotic animals in NYC, and sit down for an interview with Rob Falconer and Greg Tannahill, cast members in the Tony Award winning show The Play That Goes Wrong. They talk about the creation and running of the Broadway show, devising comedy work with an ensemble, how it played it different countries, and much, much more. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends!

  • [14:35] What is the Play That Goes Wrong?
  • [23:36] The creation the show
  • [29:35] The growth of Mischief Theater company
  • [34:48] Difference between Broadway and the West End
  • [44:35] Designing the set of the Play That Goes Wrong
  • [52:13] The future of the production