Stagecraft with Gordon Cox

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Behind the scenes with the biggest stars on Broadway, Off Broadway and beyond.

Episode Date
Derren Brown Spills His Broadway 'Secret'


The mentalist and illusionist on the magic of theater, the theatrics of magic, and why he's banned from casinos all across the U.K.

Sep 10, 2019
How Joel Grey Made 'Fiddler' New Again

The actor, director and photographer talks directing in a language he doesn't know, memories of Hal Prince, and sexy flowers.

Aug 27, 2019
Jake Gyllenhaal is his 'Best Self' in the Theater
Behind the scenes at Broadway's "Sea Wall/A Life,' with Gyllenhaal and director Carrie Cracknell.
Aug 13, 2019
What Rita Rudner Learned From Broadway Greats

The comic, now starring in musical "Two's a Crowd," started out in some legendary Broadway shows.

Jul 30, 2019
The Special Sauce in Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!'

Writer John Logan and director Alex Timbers bring elephants, windmills, Baz and Beyoncé to Broadway.

Jul 16, 2019
Plays for Your Ears

How Jeremy McCarter acts locally but thinks globally with podcast series Make-Believe.

Jul 02, 2019
New List, New Leaders for The Kilroys
Playwrights Hilary Bettis and Caroline V. McGraw on how the collective will expand its push for parity.
Jun 25, 2019
Audra McDonald Faces Her Fear in 'Frankie and Johnny'
The Tony-winning actress talks intimacy onstage, Broadway diversity and why she calls Michael Shannon "The Rev."
Jun 18, 2019
How Disney Taught a Generation to Love Musicals

From early Broadway days to Marvel and Star Wars, with Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher.

Jun 11, 2019
Why Tony Rehearsals Make James Corden Cry

Get a backstage glimpse at the Tony Awards from this year's host.

Jun 07, 2019
Rosemary Harris' Tony Has a Typo

Tales from the actress’ storied career, including that time she got discovered walking a gay dog.

May 28, 2019
Bryan Cranston on the Exhausting Joys of Broadway

The award-winning actor spills backstage secrets behind his Tony-nominated turn in “Network.”

May 21, 2019
Santino Fontana's 'Tootsie' For Our Time

The Tony-nominated actor on fighting the good fight, and why it’s “like a war movie” backstage.

May 14, 2019
Why Aaron Sorkin Cut His Favorite Scene From 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

The "West Wing" writer killed his darlings to make his Broadway "Mockingbird" work.

May 07, 2019
How John Cameron Mitchell's 'Anthem' Fits Into the Mitchellverse
The 'Hedwig' creator explains how his new musical podcast series nods to his previous work.
Apr 30, 2019
Kelli O'Hara Brings #MeToo to 'Kiss Me, Kate'

The Broadway favorite talks vocal honesty and what her Tony win means to her.

Apr 23, 2019
The 'Dumb Joke' Hidden in 'White Noise'
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Oskar Eustis talk race, art, slavery and... bowling?
Apr 16, 2019
'Beetlejuice' and the Biggest Taboo

The new musical's creators reveal how the show has changed since its DC tryout.

Apr 09, 2019
Kidding Around in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

How not to act your age, with Broadway favorites Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gideon Glick. 

Apr 02, 2019
How Phoebe Waller-Bridge Shocked Herself

The "Fleabag" and "Killing Eve" creator revisits her breakout stage role.

Mar 26, 2019
The Balls-Out Theatricality of Sam Mendes

The Oscar winner on “The Ferryman” and how James Bond made him a writer.

Mar 19, 2019
Secrets of Sound Design

Sound designer Gareth Owen gives theatergoers a few pointers on understanding an esoteric art.

Mar 12, 2019
Bringing 'Oklahoma!' and Alanis to Broadway

Producer Eva Price talks taking risks with her two big Broadway projects.

Mar 05, 2019
Building 'Hadestown'

How Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin created their buzzy, Broadway-bound musical.

Feb 26, 2019
Laura Benanti
The Tony winner reveals her most challenging role.
Feb 19, 2019
Adam Shankman

A top director of Hollywood musicals spills his secrets.

Feb 12, 2019
Jeremy Pope
The fast-rising Broadway star on what he wishes he knew as a young actor.
Feb 05, 2019
Making 'The Prom'
Bob Martin and Beth Leavel get political with their critically acclaimed new musical comedy.
Jan 29, 2019
Ethan Hawke
The actor talks 'True West' and the ghost of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Jan 22, 2019
Heidi Schreck
The writer-performer on her scary-topical hit "What The Constitution Means To Me."
Jan 15, 2019
Jason Robert Brown
The Broadway composer on writing for Ariana Grande -- and for himself.
Jan 08, 2019
Tyne Daly & Tim Daly
The real-life siblings on playing brother and sister onstage
Dec 18, 2018
Daniel Radcliffe
The former Harry Potter on how Broadway made him a better actor.
Dec 11, 2018
The Cher Show

Creators take you backstage with 635 costumes, 6 million feathers and one pioneering superstar.

Dec 04, 2018
Ep53 - Joan Allen

The Tony winner talks Broadway, her favorite film and women's roles in Hollywood.

Nov 27, 2018
Michael C. Hall

The actor talks "Thom Pain," queer roles and more "Dexter."

Nov 20, 2018
Glenn Close

Her new play, her recent movie and what "Fatal Attraction" means in the #MeToo era.

Nov 13, 2018
Sasson Gabay

How "the DeNiro of Israel" stole tricks from a Tony winner in "The Band's Visit."

Nov 06, 2018
Stockard Channing

The veteran stage and screen actress doesn't love "Grease" as much as you do.

Oct 30, 2018
'Dear Evan Hansen': The Novel

A YA adaptation reveals new secrets of the fan-favorite Tony winner.

Oct 23, 2018
Aasif Mandvi

Why Mandvi's 20-year-old play "Sakina's Restaurant" is suddenly a political statement.

Oct 16, 2018
Power of Broadway

Top execs talk the business of Broadway at Variety's power breakfast.

Oct 09, 2018
Conor McPherson

He wrote a play with Bob Dylan tunes -- but don't call it a jukebox musica

Oct 02, 2018
Theresa Rebeck & Janet McTeer

The writer and star of “Bernhardt/Hamlet” on their timely play about a powerful woman

Sep 18, 2018
Andy Karl

The "Pretty Woman" star on nostalgia, reviews, and that injured knee.

Sep 04, 2018
Joe Iconis
How to make your musical go viral, according to the fan-fave composer.
Aug 21, 2018
Michael Mayer & Spencer Liff

Why the Go-Go's and 16th century literature make a perfect match in "Head Over Heels."

Aug 07, 2018
Zachary Quinto
The "Star Trek" actor talks Broadway, gay rights and his dream role.
Jul 24, 2018
Tatiana Maslany
The Emmy winner on an “Orphan Black” reunion and her timely new stage role.
Jul 10, 2018
'Once On This Island' Producer on His Surprising Tony Win
Producer Ken Davenport dissects his unexpected Tony triumph and blurs the lines with "Gettin' The Band Back Together."
Jun 26, 2018
BD Wong
The Tony-winning actor, now returning to the New York stage in "The Great Leap," talks basketball in Beijing, dinosaurs, mad scientists, Whiterose, and the secret origin of his name.
Jun 19, 2018
Ep36 - Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells / The Boys in the Band

Two stars of the big-name revival of the landmark gay drama "The Boys in the Band" talk Broadway debuts, Tony parties, Rannells' new book and why Bomer's next Broadway show should be a musical.

Jun 12, 2018
Ep35 - Basil Twist

The puppeteer, a MacArthur genius grant winner, explains the difference between working downtown and working on Broadway, and spills the secrets behind the new revival of his 20-year-old breakout show, "Symphonie Fantastique."

Jun 05, 2018
Ep34 - Andrew Garfield

The actor, nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in "Angels in America," compares the Tonys and the Oscars, talks up the timeliness of "Angels" and reveals what is, for him, "the greatest privilege in playing this part."

May 30, 2018
Ep33 - Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond & Nell Benjamin

The writers of the Tony-nominated "Mean Girls" -- book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin -- take us behind the scenes of their fetch new musical.

May 23, 2018
Ep32 - LaChanze

Tony Award winner and current nominee LaChanze dishes on the Tonys, shares what it means to her to play Donna Summer in the bio-musical "Summer," and reveals why she started going by just one name.

May 15, 2018
Ep31 - Lauren Ambrose & Harry Hadden-Paton

The Tony-nominated stars of Lincoln Center Theater's "My Fair Lady" talk about performing the classic musical in the era of Time's Up and reveal how Adele helped Ambrose pick up Eliza Doolittle's accent.

May 08, 2018
Ep30 - Lynn Nottage
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner of "Ruined" and "Sweat" reveals the secret origins of her new play "Mlima's Tale" -- including its surprising link to Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
May 01, 2018
Ep29 - Tom Hiddleston & William Shakespeare
The "Avengers: Infinity War" star reveals how he first got hooked on The Bard and details his recent production of "Hamlet."
Apr 25, 2018
Ep28 - Chris Evans
Evans, now on Broadway in "Lobby Hero" and soon to reprise his signature role as Captain America in "Avengers: Infinity War," reveals his theater-kid roots, details the difficulties of spit management and ponders his future with -- or without -- Captain America.
Apr 24, 2018
Ep27 - Jamie Parker

The Olivier-winning star of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" reveals how he got cast as the boy wizard, why he's re-read the books five or six times, and what it's like interacting with the show's international audience of superfans.

Apr 17, 2018
Ep26 - Joshua Jackson & Lauren Ridloff

Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek," "Fringe") and newcomer Lauren Ridloff, the stars of the new Broadway revival of "Children of a Lesser God," sound off on accessibility, representation, communication and why "Children" is still so relevant today.

Apr 10, 2018
Ep25 - Billie Piper

The "Doctor Who" star talks about reprising her Olivier Award-winning role in "Yerma," along the way touching on her pop-star past, the film she's directing and the musical that might be in her future.

Apr 03, 2018
Ep24 - Billy Crudup

There are several characters in the Off Broadway thriller "Harry Clarke." But they're all played by Billy Crudup -- who sure does get lonely up there sometimes.

Mar 27, 2018
Ep23 - Robert Greenblatt

The chairman of NBC Entertainment is the man responsible for the network's embrace of theater, performance and live programming, from the new "Rise" to the upcoming "Jesus Christ Superstar" to "Smash" -- and he's also a theater fan and producer.

Mar 20, 2018
Ep22 - Lee Pace

Pace, the "Halt and Catch Fire" star who's now appearing on Broadway in "Angels in America," takes listeners behind the scenes of the "massive" Tony Kushner play -- and explains why he'd love it if Donald Trump came to see the show.

Mar 13, 2018
Ep21 - Casey Nicholaw

Director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Broadway's go-to guy for musical comedy, gives the scoop on his buzzy upcoming production of "Mean Girls," and along the way talks getting "Aladdin" right, why "The Prom" is so timely and what it was like working with the "South Park" creators on "The Book of Mormon."

Mar 06, 2018
Ep20 - Gillian Jacobs & Thomas Kail

The star of "Love" and "Community," Gillian Jacobs, and "Hamilton" director Thomas Kail talk politics, margaritas and their new Off Broadway show, "Kings."

Feb 27, 2018
Ep19 - The Stars and Creators of Broadway's "Frozen"

Actresses Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, director Michael Grandage and designer Christopher Oram, four of the leading players behind Disney's Broadway adaptation of "Frozen," talk deeper characters, new songs and high expectations -- especially from the audience members who show up in costume.

Feb 20, 2018
Ep18 - Jake Shears & Kirstin Maldonado

Two pop musicans, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix, talk about their starring roles in Broadway's "Kinky Boots" -- and why doing theater is like "slamming heroin and jumping out of an airplane, but in front of an audience."

Feb 13, 2018
Ep17 - Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga, the fan favorite who was the original star of "Miss Saigon" and is currently in "Once On This Island," talks Broadway diversity, her new album and finding musicals that "rock me to my core."

Feb 06, 2018
Ep16 - Victor Garber

Garber, back on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters in "Hello, Dolly!," shares his thoughts on the theater, the Arrowverse and the idea of an "Alias" reunion -- and reveals the "weird thing" he used to have about singing, and how he got over it.

Jan 30, 2018
Ep15 - John Lithgow
The film, TV and stage veteran talks about his new Broadway show, "Stories By Heart" -- and reveals that even he feels like a fraud sometimes.
Jan 23, 2018
Ep14 - Keegan-Michael Key

The former "Key and Peele" star talks about his stage gigs in Broadway's "Meteor Shower" (opposite Amy Schumer), Off Broadways' "Hamlet" (opposite Oscar Isaac), his theater background, his "19-year detour into sketch comedy" and why he just can't stop craving the green lights.

Jan 16, 2018
Ep13 - Stephen Adly Guirgis

The Pulitzer-winning playwright ("Jesus Hopped the A Train," "Between Riverside and Crazy") talks about writing (and not writing), his recent forays into acting and why his current retrospective and residency at Signature Theater at first made him think, "Uh, oh. I'm old. It's done."

Jan 09, 2018
Ep12 - Rachel Bloom / Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The creator of the CW musical comedy series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Rachel Bloom is a theater geek at heart. She spills on her favorite musicals, the stage roles she'd like to play and recent events on "Crazy Ex" -- and sings a tune from the unproduced full-length musical she wrote, "Broadway Crazy."
Dec 19, 2017
Ep11 - John Leguizamo / Latin History for Morons

The writer-performer learned a lot in preparation for his new Broadway solo outing -- but his biggest takeaway is that he's "a true ghetto nerd."

Dec 12, 2017
Ep10 - Julie Taymor & David Henry Hwang / M. Butterfly
The director and playwright behind the Broadway revival of "M. Butterfly," starring Clive Owen, talk casting, stage pictures, gender in 2017, and why you can't have Borscht belt humor show up in Shanghai.
Dec 05, 2017
Ep9 - Creators and Stars of "SpongeBob Squarepants"
Director Tina Landau and writer Kyle Jarrow peel back the curtain to explain how they took "SpongeBob Squarepants" from screen to stage, and actors Ethan Slater and Lilli Cooper reveal how they bring two iconic animated characters to life.
Nov 28, 2017
Ep8 - Beau Willimon

The playwright and creator of TV shows "House of Cards" and the upcoming "The First" talks about his new Broadway play, "The Parisian Woman," starring Uma Thurman, and reveals why he's drawn to writing about politics, what it's like to write in the age of Trump, and why his TV career is still a surprise to him.

Nov 21, 2017
Ep7 - Ayad Akhtar
The Pulitzer-winning playwright of "Disgraced" talks about his new Broadway show "Junk," revealing how his father taught him about the stock market, the ways his experience with faith has affected his writing, and how he ended up as the skinny, serious young man in the background of the movie "Vanya on 42 Street."
Nov 14, 2017
Ep6 - Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

The songwriters behind "Ragtime" and "Anastasia" talk about the new revival of their 1990 musical "Once On This Island," its found-object orchestra, diversity and authenticity on Broadway, and their "not particularly good" first song together.

Nov 07, 2017
Ep5 - Jonathan Groff
The Broadway favorite ("Hamilton," "Spring Awakening") talks about working with the famously meticulous director David Fincher in Netflix series "Mindhunter" -- and also spills the truth about the rap that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote for Kelli O'Hara, explains why he's not on social media and reveals with Miranda calls him "the Snowden of Broadway."
Oct 31, 2017
Ep4 - Harvey Fierstein & Michael Urie of "Torch Song"
Playwright Harvey Fierstein and actor Michael Urie discuss "Torch Song," their newly revised version of Fierstein's breakout work "Torch Song Trilogy." Along the way they talk auditions, bus and truck tours, the legacy of gay history plays, and Estelle Getty.
Oct 24, 2017
Ep3 - Tracy Letts

Pulitzer and Tony-winning writer and actor Tracy Letts talks about his new, politically charged play "The Minutes," as well as his latest film, buzzmagnet November release "Lady Bird." He reveals why he's never written a part for himself, why he's happy not to have acted in a play lately, and how an act of blackmail led him to discover acting as a teenager.

Oct 17, 2017
Ep2 - Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk & the Creators of "The Band's Visit"

Stars and creators of the buzzy, award-winning musical talk about bringing the Off Broadway hit to Broadway. Actress Katrina Lenk looks back on a breakout year, writer Itamar Moses explains adapting unlikely source material, composer David Yazbek encourages improvisation and Tony Shalhoub reveals what he finds "terrifying."

Oct 10, 2017
Ep1 - Harold Prince / "Prince of Broadway" & "Sense of Occasion"

Legendary Broadway producer-director Harold Prince, recipient of 21 Tony Awards, talks turkey about his storied career, his current projects, the recent revivals of his work -- and why he never wanted to be producer at all.

Oct 03, 2017