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New Yorkers are so excited for the Broadway musical, "On The Town" opening this fall at The Lyric Theater in the heart of Times Square. Host Robin Milling was treated to a sneak peek performance for the press by the multi-talented cast of dancers, singers and actors who are bringing this show back to the Great White Way bigger and better than ever.
Featuring direction by John Rando and choreography by Josh Bergasse, On the Town is a classic that never goes out of style with music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music; it's a story about three sailors on 24 hour leave in New York who are swept away by all the city has to offer, set to dance. Robin chats with Rando and Bergasse about their indelible mark on this quintessential classic.
The show's principal cast featuring Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Jay Armstrong as Chip, Clyde Alves as Ozzie, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire DeLoon, Jackie Hoffman as Madam Dilly, and Alysha Umphress as Hildy share their stories of coming to New York for the first time, bonding with each other as a family, and why On The Town is still so prevalent for everyone to enjoy 70 years later. It's a helluva show!
Legendary movie star Michael Douglas joins host Robin Milling to talk about his role in And So It Goes. Michael discusses his quirky co-star and love interest in the film, Diane Keaton and working with Director Rob Reiner. He also candidly discusses the parallels between his real life son and movie son and the addictions they both share.
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Robin Williams was a master at the spontaneous riff. He could just take a topic and go off on several different tangents, making them funnier and funnier as the ideas came to him literally on the spot. In this short chat from 2002 for the film Insomnia, he was in a really healthy and happy place. I have interviewed him over the years since 1982 and he never ceased to amaze and entertain me.
He talks about turning 50, but of course in the way that only Robin Williams can, his return to stand-up after 15 years, and the future of his own Cabarnet wine Chateau Pimm named for his son's middle name, which he loftily gives out to family and friends.
The artistry and comedy of Robin Williams will forever be missed, but never forgotten.
Candy Spelling joins host Robin Milling to discuss her new memoir, 'Candy At Last,' an insightful look at her life living without her soulmate of 38 years, Aaron Spelling; and reflecting on the beautiful memories they shared together with the rich and famous, while having to move forward. She reveals the role reversal of having to take care of him in the end as he suffered from Alzheimer's.
Candy candidly discusses why her relationship with her TV reality star daughter Tori is constantly tabloid fodder. She tells Robin, 'She's bigger than life and she's my child and sometimes people will have nasty things to say about her. They think they're talking about some notorious reality star and I have to remind them, 'you know that's my little girl you're talking about.'
She also talks about where all the memorabilia has gone to after selling The Manor and what was the most difficult to give up. Through therapy Candy has discovered how to move on, becoming a Broadway show producer plus there's another book in the works featuring her husband's love letters, poems and songs he romantically wrote for her.
Milling About visits Senoia, Georgia, also known as the city of The Walking Dead. This sweet little town just outside of Peachtree City, Atlanta with it's Norman Rockwell Main Street, has become the backlot for the most successful television show on AMC. Walking around you see where the Governor lived, Hershel's farm, the railroad tracks and lots of familiar woods where zombies roam. Don't expect to go there and try to hop the fence that was built around the surrounding woods or find out anything about season five currently shooting there as the show is shrouded in secrecy. Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios, which houses the production, and John Hartnett, former president of Riverwood Studios now with Southern Hollywood Film Tour join host Robin Milling with some fun nuggets about the show.
John tells Robin why the homeowner of Hershel's farm was a tough sell and how tourists love to ring the bell of the Fried Green Tomatoes house even though someone lives there! Scott reveals why Senoia is their permanent production home and how the cast, especially Norman Reedus (Daryl), like to surprise Walker Stalkers visiting The Woodbury Shoppe, the official Walking Dead store. There's a great photo on their Facebook page with Norman and manager Carrie happily straddled behind him on the motorcycle which is on display in the store's basement. Here is where you'll find all your Walking Dead swag. Scott promises an upcoming installation of Penny for Penny's Cage by zombie make-up artist Greg Nicotero. They have specialty items like leather eater keychains with ears made of leather; a throwback to Daryl's trophy of zombie ears he wore on a lanyard around his neck.
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Milling About visits Peachtree City, Georgia where ironically there is not a peachtree in sight. Hop on one of their 10,000 golf carts and drive around 90 miles of designated golf cart paths and you'll soon discover the charm of this southern city affectionately known as 'The Bubble.' Turn 15 and you are gifted a golf cart which Executive Director of the CVB, Nancy Price says, 'can be tricked out!' Celebrities who frequent Peachtree City can be seen cruising around like Bret Michaels; a regular performer at The Fred Ampitheater, a quaint venue celebrating it's 20th anniversary, which Price also manages.
Life is good at 15 mph where golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation. If you stay at The Wyndham Hotel don't miss their photo safari with Frank Murphy where you are given a map, a list of clues and a camera to photograph the answers. Friendly shopkeepers and locals don't even seem surprised when you ask if they have a red Solo cup or if they can model a throw of frisbee golf.
Dolce Hotels and Resorts General Manager Wende Blumberg along with Chef Len Elias and Georgia Shrimp Company restaurant owner Ant Murphy join host Robin Milling to talk about what makes Peachtree City so special. Wende tells Robin how the laidback lifestyle attracts guests. Some are high profile preferring the woodsy privacy of the property. Mums the word but she did fess up to neighboring Pinewood Studios gearing up for Ant Man starring Michael Douglas. Long Island native Dolce Chef Len Elias brings farm to table goodness with a southern flair featuring chocolate espresso shrimp atop grits sprinkled with local goat cheese, and oysters topped with University of Georgia caviar! South African born Ant Murphy puts a peri peri sauce spin on Georgia shrimp like you've never tasted before. And when he's not greeting diners, he's crooning Frank Sinatra standards with the house jazz trio fronted by songstress Toni Byrd.
Author Antonia Hodgson joins host Robin Milling at Kings Cross bar down in the Bowery in New York City to talk about her new murder mystery, The Devil In the Marshalsea. It's a fitting place to meet as her novel is set in 18th century gritty London where oweing a debt can land you in the city's most notorious prison -- the Marshalsea Gaol, and the Bowery was once home to vagrants and street criminals. Facts meet fiction in this page turner featuring the charming rogue Thomas Hawkins whose gambling habits get the best of him and he is thrown into the gaol where a murderer is still at large.
Antonia tells Robin she spent many hours in the British public library researching prisoner's diaries, becoming fascinated with the debtors prisons where rich and poor alike ironically had to scrounge up money to pay for food and shelter in these seedy surroundings. She decided to set her crime novel in this world where whores, society gentlemen and scoundrels live under the roof of the ruthless governor William Acton who actually ran the Marshalsea almost 300 years ago.
The Devil In The Marshalsea has visuals that are ripe for the screen. Antonia says the book has already been optioned for television to develop a series where her wish casting would include Tom Hiddleston in the role of Hawkins. In her other life Antonia is an editor and works with many actors so she is thinking about writing a part for Rupert Everett in her next book which is a sequel!
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Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star of The Bridges of Madison County joins host Robin Milling backstage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City. Kelli tells Robin her dressing room is decorated with photographic inspirations to put her into the mindset of Francesca like a map of Italy, an 18th century Italian sketch, as well as a picture of the actual Rosamund Bridge in Iowa where Robert (played by Steven Pasquale) and Francesa meet.
Born in Oklahoma on a farm where she chopped cotton and was the 'official lawn girl'; she and her sister would harmonize through the aisles of the cotton fields ironically singing 'Love Could Build A Bridge.' Kelli could tap into Francesca's farm life, but slipping into her lilting Neopolitan accent combined with a bit of Americana happens when she says 'Francesa,' puts on a brown wig over her blonde locks, darkens her eyebrows and wears a farmwife's dress. She also has a ritual on her walk to the stage of reading all the signs on the wall in her accent like, 'stage right,' or 'no toaster ovens please!'
Having a new addition to the family and loving relationship with her husband, Greg Naughton enriches her with love and emotion which she brings into the role of Francesca. She says, “I don't think I could've played this role without having what's going on in my personal life right now. You come to a place in your life where everything is just at the right time.”
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Photos courtesy of Joan Marcus
Singer/songwriter Stephen 'Bish' Bishop, best known for top of the chart hits like 'On And On,' 'Separate Lives,' and the theme from Tootsie, 'It Might Be You,' joins host Robin Milling to play and chat about his new album Be Here Then. A fanatical Beatles fan since seeing them on The Ed Sullivan Show, Stephen tells Robin about his dream of being asked to join the group by John and Paul!
Stephen has come a long way since going door to door to music publishers playing them his music in hopes of getting signed. He tells Robin he even gave Barbra Streisand and her then beau, Jon Peters a private concert in her home when they were shopping for A Star Is Born songs. 'They made out on the couch and I sang songs!'
Stephen performs the first single, 'Pretty Baby,' from his new CD, a beautiful acoustic version of 'Separate Lives,' which was covered by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin, confirming it was written about his break-up with Indiana Jones actress Karen Allen. Writing songs since he was 13 there is one he didn't write, It Might Be You, which he sung for the film Tootsie, and performs here. Stephen also reveals his hidden talents doing a mean Billie Holiday impression.
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Jonatha Brooke, currently starring in My Mother Has 4 Noses at the Duke Theater in New York City joins host Robin Milling. Jonatha tells Robin her mother who had four prosthetic noses, ('one for each season,') due to skin cancer, inspired her to write the piece which is filled with tremendously uplifting stories told through song and monologues. It's a Kleenex box worth of tears but you will also laugh along with Jonatha as she relates her journey helping her mother through her declining dementia. In fact the show has inspired so many people to tell their story of sorrow and loss that Jonatha has set up a virtual memory wall on www.fournoses.org for people to share.
A singer, songwriter who toured concert halls for almost 25 years, Jonatha says she comes from a musical family where her father played trumpet and her mother 'played piano rather badly but was passionate about music.' The show is a 'mom and pop operation' produced by her manager/husband Patrick Rains. Jonatha performs select songs from the show including The Wind, How Far You Go For Love, and Scars.
Don't miss this show! It's a universal story where even celebrities can empathize. Edie Falco and Bill Irwin came to the show and cried, sharing their stories afterward with Jonatha. And sometimes she pretends Meryl Streep is sitting in the audience because, 'she's got a great nose and mom would've loved her nose!'
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Start off the summer with the new stars of Grease, Taylor Louderman and Bobby Conte Thornton performing May 28- June 29 at the Papermill Playhouse. They join host Robin Milling during their rehearsal in New York to talk about taking on the beloved roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko. Broadway theater lovers may remember Taylor from Bring It On, but Bobby is making his musical stage debut while still in college balancing musical theater with playing tennis at the University of Michigan.
Bobby tells Robin their show promises to take on more inspiration from the stage version than the movie which starred Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. The one change is adding 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' to their show which wasn't in the original musical. The other classic songs remain the same, but the two actors admit they had to step it up a bit learning the 50s style choreography of 'Hand Jive' by JoAnn M. Hunter. For their homework as members of the highschool gangs the Greasers and the Pink Ladies, they can still recall their former selves in highschool.
Both Taylor and Bobby are the first in their families to make their way into show business. Bobby comes from a family of scientists while Taylor who grew up in Bourbon, Missouri says 'the cattle population exceeds the human population and there's really no theater!' Their families are very supportive of their careers and will no doubt be front row and center to see them starring in Grease!
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Rehearsal photos courtesy of Jerry Dalia
Hello! I'm Robin Guayasamin-Salerno, the host of One-Heart Messages with Robin, offering my weekly radio program to discuss spiritual, healing messages from the worlds of animals, Spirit, and your own intuitive abilities.
This week we'll turn to the world of humans and Spirit-Is there someone in particular you might like to talk with? A loved one is always available to offer suggestions for your next step in Life- Like a cell-phone to Spirit, we'll investigate Next Steps for your Life Path! Be sure to call in at (646)649-0027 during this broadcast to hear your Spirit message!
Robin is a native american sixth-generation psychic-medium and animal intuitive who was raised in the historic village of Lily Dale, New York, in a family of mediums. Robin has spent the past twenty years teaching and lecturing on various metaphysical subjects throughout the Northeastern and Midwest US. Today Robin is the director of Innersongs, LLC., outside of Milwaukee, WI where she offers workshops and personal consultations for self-discovery using the wisdom of horses and teaching of animal and spirit worlds. You can contact her at (262)501-4838, or her websites, www.robinsalerno.com and www.innersongs.net.
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