Podcast Episode 150 – Six-Time Tony Award Nominated Actor, Danny Burstein
I call myself an a$$hole in this podcast episode.
Because in my desire to put a spotlight on the business of Broadway, and give you a peek into the professions who aren’t always front and center, from Writers to Producers to Lighting Designers and more, I have been prejudiced against one of our most important professions.
It’s easy to think of the Actor as just an interpreter of drama, especially since in many cases (like I just talked about in my Facebook Live video at Gettin’ The Band Back Together auditions this week), they are the last ingredients added to the show.
I wanted an Actor to shed some light on the influence a performer can have on a play or a musical, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone more perfect to play this role on my podcast than six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein.
During our chat, Danny gave me some insight into his process and where Actors fit into the development of shows as well as . . .
- The difficult decision of turning down big-time Broadway chorus roles, because he never wanted to be in the chorus, even though he needed the $.
- Why he reads scripts 50-100 times before rehearsals begin.
- When Writers and Directors should listen to Actors and why.
- How to get Danny to do your show.
- Why he thinks of himself like a Plumber.
When you watch Danny perform, like I’ve been lucky enough to do in show after show over the last few decades, you notice two things right away . . .
1 – This guy can act.
2 – This guy loves what he does almost as much as audiences love watching him.
Listen in. His passion will come through your headphones, and straight into your heart.
Enjoy.Click here for the link to my podcast with Danny!
Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)
Download it here.
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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.