Episode 20: Tony Winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman

Imagine sitting in your tuxedo at the Tony Awards. In front of you is your friend and colleague. Across the aisle, the guy you call when you have no idea how to solve a problem at work. He always helps you out. Two rows behind you is a guy you’ve met a few times. You don’t know him well, but you like him. He’s really friendly and you’d like to get to know him better.

All four of you are nominated for the same award. Three of you are going to lose.

My guest has been in this situation six times, and something similar is going to happen to him again this coming Sunday night.

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These five men are friends. Four of them are going to lose on Sunday. Larry is the one in the middle, with the blue tie. 

My guest this episode is Larry Hochman, the Orchestrator who won the Tony Award in 2011 for The Book of Mormon. He’s been nominated seven other times:

  1. 2001: A Class Act
  2. 2004: Fiddler on the Roof
  3. 2005: Spamalot
  4. 2011: The Scottsboro Boys (2 nominations in 2011)
  5. 2015: Something Rotten
  6. 2016: She Loves Me
  7. 2017: Hello Dolly!

He’s also my cousin, and he came on the podcast to explain what an Orchestrator does, how he got where he is in his career, what it’s been like working on some of the most amazing shows on Broadway, and what it’s like sitting at the Tony Awards when you’ve been nominated against your friends.

I also got him to talk about what he’s excited to see on Broadway this season (he hasn’t been able to see anything yet because he’s been busy with Hello Dolly!) And he threw in the names of two Elsie alums he’d love to hear on the show.

Also, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the naked photo Darren Criss dropped last week. Did you like it? If so, why? Did it make you uncomfortable? Why do you think Darren did it? Let me know what you think.

Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/20-tony-winning-orchestrator-larry-hochman/


Coming up on the podcast:

June 19: Got Your 6

July 3: New York Musical Festival

July 17: Mardie Baldo, Gleek Goddess

Episode 18: Broadway Babylon

I talk to the adorable William Statham about Broadway Babylon, an online group dedicated to Broadway news and discussions. Listen to the episode here.

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The adorable William Statham

We also discuss our mutual love of Darren Criss, Bandstand, and Dear Evan Hansen. William loves Dear Evan Hansen more than I do, but then William loves Dear Evan Hansen more than most people love breathing. Witness his shrine:

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William’s DEH shrine. Listen to the podcast to find out how he got the arm cast!

You can find Broadway Babylon on Facebook.

Twitter: @bwaybabylon

Instagram: @broadwaybabylon

 

Episode 17: Curt Mega Warbler Extravaganza Part 2

Catch up on Part 1 here.

Then listen to Part 2 here, in which Curt Mega and I discuss the filming of “Love, Love, Love,”

Working on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 

and his big Elsie Fest questions: He’d like me to interview Aaron Tveit and you’ll never guess what he wants me to ask Darren Criss!

Plus, my review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Plus, my Warbler giveaway continues this week. Drawing Friday, 5/19 at about noon EDT. Enter to win a signed Playbill from In Transit by tweeting to @Elsiepod using the hashtag #ElsieTransit.

Autographs are:

Telly Leung, Amy Justman, Brad Standley, Dave Abeles, Moya Angela, Gerrianne Perez, Chesney Snow, Nicholas Ward, Mariand Torres

Coming up on the podcast:

May 22: Broadway Babylon

May 29: Thespian Nerd

June 5: Tony Award-winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman

Born This Way

Remember back in Episode 3 when Ducking Up Broadway made me this awesome J. Pierrepont Duck to give away, and I said it looked like Blaine, and it would be cool if they made Kurt and Blaine ducks?

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Well, my amazing husband commissioned Kurt and Blaine ducks for my birthday, and they are spectacular. I’m hoping that Ducking Up Broadway will post some pictures later today, since they’re better at photographing their ducks than I am, but for now, my pic will have to suffice.

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Look at them! They’re soulmates!

I just can’t even.

Thank you so much to Lauren and Hannah for their amazing artwork. Klaine-as-ducks will live on my desk at work and they will make me happy every day. Look at Blaine’s eyebrows! And you can’t even see the detail on the Dalton insignia in this picture, but it’s perfect. And the plaid–you can’t appreciate the plaid in this picture, but it’s…I’m running out of adjectives.

Go check them out @bwayducks on Twitter and Instagram!

Listen to episode 3 here.


Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for an autographed In Transit Playbill by tweeting #elsietransit to me @elsiepod.

Coming up on the podcast:

May 15: Curt Mega Warbler Extravaganza, Part 2

May 22: Broadway Babylon

May 29: Thespian Nerd

June 5: Tony Nominated Orchestrator Larry Hochman (Hello Dolly!)

Episode 15: Hamiltour

Last week, the Kid and I toured Hamilton sites in the New York City area. Hear all about it, including an interview with Tim Dolan, owner of Broadway Up Close Walking Tours, and a bonus interview with Bryan Barreras, author of Where Was the Room Where It Happened: The Unofficial Hamilton — An American Musical Location Guide.

Listen to the episode here.

Giveaway details:

Broadway Up Close is giving away two tickets on a public Hamiltour. The winner will receive a voucher for two tickets (value $70) on a public Hamilton Tour with Broadway Up Close. The voucher is good for one year.

To enter, tweet @elsiepod using the hashtag #elsietour any time between April 24, 2017 and May 5, 2017 at noon, EDT. A winner will be selected at random from all entries and will be announced on Twitter.

If the winner does not reply to Elsie Cast (via twitter or email) in a reasonable amount of time, as determined by me, a warning will be given, and then an alternate winner will be selected and announced on Twitter.

Immediate relatives of Rachel Ferat or Tim Dolan are not eligible to win. Tom Grace is not eligible to win because he won the last prize and I like to spread them around a bit. Everyone else is eligible to enter including past winners of Elsie Cast prizes.