Oh, the drama! The Broadway Podcast Network has announced Broadway’s first digital Soap Opera, As the Curtain Rises. Written by Dori Berinstein (CEO Broadway Podcast Network, The Prom, Legally Blonde) and Mark Peikert (former Editor in Chief Playbill), As the Curtain Rises takes listeners on a never-before-behind-the-scenes look at the drama behind the most dramatic business in the world.
Produced and released exclusively by Broadway Podcast Network, the first episode of As the Curtain Rises streamed on October 22, with future episodes scheduled to release each Thursday thereafter.
After the ‘Broadway Disher’ leaks news of a top-secret, in-the-works, new mega-musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips and Steve Jones, arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye and Bobby manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision? Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega-musical before he needs to leave this top-secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?
The all-star cast includes Alex Brightman (Tony Award-nominee Beetlejuice) as the Narrator, Ariana Debose (The Prom film, Hamilton, Summer) as Zoey Taylor, Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) as “himself,” James Monroe Iglehart (Tony Award-Winner Aladdin), Ilana Levine (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as the CAAA agent, Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical) as the Broadway Texter, Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet!) as Thomas, Ashley Park (Netflix’s Emily in Paris, Tony Award-nominee Mean Girls) as Kay, George Salazar (Be More Chill) as Maxwell Fernsby, Sarah Stiles (Tony Award-nominee Tootsie, Hand to God) as Emma-Olivia, Michael Urie (Grand Horizons) as Bobby, and Lillias White (Tony Award-Winner The Life) as Cheryl.