Podcast Episode 113 – Three-Time Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall

Kathleen Marshall has won three . . . THREE . . . Tony Awards for Choreography.

And what’s amazing, is that choreography is just one of her many talents.

Like most in demand and successful choreographers, she quickly transitioned to the role of Director/Choreographer and helmed shows like Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Nice Work If You Can Get It and this season’s a capella In Transit.  It’s known around Shubert Alley that if you want a knock their socks off number in your show, Kathleen should be at the top of your call list.

Kathleen told me how she comes up with those killer numbers in this week’s podcast, as well as . . .

  • How her Director in summer stock knew she was going to direct someday.
  • What it’s like to have an older brother who is also a successful Director/Choreographer, and what she learned from him.
  • What it’s like to be married (!) to a Producer . . . and the three roles she thinks every Producer must fill.
  • The downside of long-running shows on Broadway.
  • Why non-profit and commercial theater are more similar than not.

And of course, what you already know (but we talk about at length) is that the best Director/Choreographers have a way of getting everyone on their creative team on the same page.

And after 30 seconds of listening to this episode, you’ll realize how lucky you’d be to be a member of one of her teams.

Click here for the link to my podcast with Kathleen!

Listen to it on iTunes here.  (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Sorry about the sound issues in this podcast. We found the bug and fixed it in later episodes. It gets better, I promise 🙂


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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.