Podcast: A Tale Of Two Theatrical Adventures

Join me for “A Tale of Two Theatrical Adventures” as two longtime out actors have separate, but euphoric experiences with New York Theater on the same weekend.

I followed both simultaneously on social media as they shared the elation of their personal milestones, and the journeys made my Grinchy heart swell.

Up first, Stephen Blackwell.

As his 50th birthday approached, Stephen made the decision to venture forth on his own to the Big Bad Apple for the first time and see his first productions on the Great White Way.

We all know New York City can be expensive for visiting fans of Broadway. As he recounts his big adventure, Stephen also has tips that helped him save money along the way, including:

• The app TodayTix (and the website version todaytix.com) helped Stephen buy discounted tickets to Broadway shows in advance without standing in lines or worrying about what his choices would be.

• Instead of pricey hotels, Stephen stayed in an apartment blocks from the theater district and saved hundreds using AirBNB. If you haven’t tried the popular travel site, Stephen shares his experience.

• And don’t be afraid to reach out to friends you’ve made on social media. Stephen met up with someone he knew from Facebook, and that friend acted as a guide to what to do after an evening in the theater.

The other gentleman in this dual adventure, Ed Dixon, has enjoyed a long, successful career on Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond. He’s an actor, playwright, composer and author.

After more than four decades of great work, Ed was honored by the Drama Desk Awards for his latest project, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, on the same weekend Stephen was experiencing NY theater for the first time.

I interviewed Ed weeks before during the aftermath of his grand rave-review opening, but watching him share his big Drama Desk win on Facebook felt like I was there.

You can listen to my previous interview with Ed here.

At a time when it feels there’s so much doom, gloom and grousing on social media, I loved watching these stories play out in front of me in real time on the Book of Face.

Hit play below to listen to the two men’s simultaneous journeys.

Sometimes, it’s great to savor the good times 🙂

The Randy Report Podcast – Ed Dixon “Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose”

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This week’s stories:

• Broadway veteran Ed Dixon’s latest play, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, recently opened in New York City to rave reviews (The Huffington Post – “Georgie is a masterpiece!”). Ed joins me to talk about the background of the show and it’s genesis to becoming the toast of the town.

• The Utah state legislature has advanced a bill that would make life more difficult for HIV+ people.

• The Trump administration says bathroom rights for transgender students is a “state’s rights issue.”

• British race car driver Danny Watts becomes the highest-profile European driver to come out so far.

• Professional provocateur and former “alt-right” darling, Milo Yiannopolous, had a very bad week.

News Round-Up: February 10, 2017

Pietro Boselli

Some news items you may have missed:

• First things first – from sexiest math teacher turned model Pietro Boselli’s Instagram (above). #dead #woof

• North Carolina state lawmakers have filed bills that would repeal anti-LGBT law, HB2.

• A new poll shows 35% of Americans don’t know “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.

• Melania Trump was conspicuously absent earlier today when Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his wife visited the White House. First Ladies traditionally welcome and host the spouses of visiting leaders – but not today.

• Check out these 5 buzz-worthy off-Broadway shows you should see – including my pal Ed Dixon’s new hit show, Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose.

• Dance your way into the weekend with Hercules & Love Affair’s “Controller” featuring vocals by Faris Badwan. Check out the catchy, hypnotic sex anthem below:

Broadway’s Ed Dixon on The Candi & Randy Show

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Ed Dixon, veteran of over a dozen Broadway shows (including Les Miserables, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George and No, No, Nanette) joins Candi & Randy to talk about his bestselling memoir “Secrets of a Life On Stage… And Off.”

He has worked with everyone from Busby Berkeley to Ruby Keeler to
Leonard Bernstein, to Ann-Margret to Kevin Spacey to Tony Danza to
Kathie Lee Gifford to Stephen Sondheim and everyone in between.

At the halfway mark of his very long stage career Mr. Dixon suffered a
devastating drug addiction which nearly killed him and left him

He overcame addiction and went on to rebuild his life & career and have even greater successes in his life and profession.

This show is in advance of Ed’s already sold-out show at NYC’s Metropolitan Room
on July 2nd where Ed will read excerpts from his book and sing
selections from his career.

For those who can’t be there, hit the “play” button and get the inside
scoop in advance with The Candi & Randy Show.

Just a few excerpts from “Secrets of a Life On Stage… And Off:”

• On working with Ruby Keeler in No, No, Nanette: “She launched into the big tap number, “I Want To Be Happy” and she had the most amazing taps.  Even at 60 she was like a riveting machine. She starts doing trenches – which are very hard – and then the company start joining in one line at a time.  We got to the end of the number and the audience leapt out of their seats and threw their programs in the air screaming like graduation day at West Point.”

• On doing Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at the opening of the Kennedy Center: “He was there, and he was writing it as we were rehearsing it.  West Side Story was the first record I ever purchased and here I was working with the person who created it.”  Ed also tells a story of auditioning for the production and thinking Bernstein had brought his young boyfriend to sit in on the auditions, and then later discovered it was a 22 year old Stephen Schwartz who was helping with the lyrics for the show.

• Being the first replacement (as “Thenardier”) in the original run of Les Miserables: “It was the hottest show in the world.  You couldn’t get a ticket.  Every single seat was sold every day.  To come into something that was that “hot” was an amazing experience.  To be in a hit that was that big and important was just amazing.”

• On talking so openly about his bout with drug addiction: “It’s really why I wrote the book.  It’s been more than 20 years since this event, and I thought enough time had past, and I have established my reputation, that I could talk about this.  I was 40 years old and it never occurred to me that something so life changing could happen to me.  I thought I knew who I was, what I was.  I did the wrong thing one Monday afternoon, and the minute I did I knew something terrible had happened.”

• Working with Ann-Margret: “You can’t imagine how fantastic she was.  She was kind and warm and loving all the time to everyone.  It was like traveling with Buddha – she just gave love to everyone she met.”

If you have
any interest in what goes on behind the scenes in the theater, join us
to hear first hand about an amazing life lived on and off stage.

For more info about Ed, visit www.eddixon.biz