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Gary Gunas and Billy Rosenfield, a couple for over 40 years, had front row seats for not only some of the biggest hits of the second half of the 20th century — but an insider’s view of what was going on backstage, too. A general manager and producer (who worked on shows including Dreamgirls, Woman of the Year, La Cage aux Folles, and Godspell) and a playwright and executive producer of over 65 cast albums (including Assassins, The Last Five Years, and Avenue Q), Gunas and Rosenfield sat down with Andrew Hawkins and Jeff Marx in their London home to share memories of the end of the Golden Age of Broadway.
Gary Gunas (Producer/General Manager) and Billy Rosenfield (Playwright/Cast Recording Executive) tell us their favorite memories of Broadway Icons including Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Vivien Leigh, and Debbie Reynolds.
Chapter 5: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Judi Dench, Gilda Radner, Jerry Herman
In chapter 5 of Old Show Queens, Gary Gunas and Billy Rosenfield reminisce about their favorite performances, including Mary Martin in Jennie, Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, the ensemble of Godspell, and the West End’s The Inheritance.
Chapter 6: Legs Diamond, King of Hearts, Why Musicals Are So Hard
In chapter 6 of Old Show Queens, the two reminisce about two short-lived shows they worked on (Legs Diamond and King of Hearts) and ponder why the making of musicals can be so difficult and so heartbreaking when the final product is so joyous.
Chapter 7: Stephen Sondheim, Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along
In chapter 7 of Old Show Queens, Billy & Gary turn their attention to the great Stephen Sondheim. They discuss the original cast recording of Assassins, which featured a much larger orchestra than the original production did, and Billy recalls attending the original Broadway incarnation of the sh...
Chapter 8: Judy Garland, Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Lewis, Madonna
In chapter 8 of Old Show Queens, Billy and Gary turn their attention to a handful of legendary performers: Judy Garland, Carol Channing, Jerry Lewis, Barbra Streisand, and… Madonna. Watch to see what Channing gifted Rosenfield, why Lewis insisted on a clarinet player, and more!
Yes, "Meadowlark is great"—but maybe producer David Merrick had a good reason to yank it from The Baker's Wife? In chapter 10 of Old Show Queens, Gary and Billy share memories of show biz lore from that show (which closed out of town), Grand Hotel, and more. Plus—just how good is the overture to...
In chapter 11 of Old Show Queens, Billy & Gary turn their attention to multi-hyphenate Noël Coward and the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman classic Follies, which Billy considers the greatest musical ever written. He also shares how the concept for that musical evolved, and allows the cameras to ca...