Originally published 7/7/14 on the See Bethany Blog
- Give Broadway-loving listeners (many of whom lived FAR from any major theatre activity) a showtunes fix once a week.
- Change the minds of people who think they hate showtunes.
- Entertain myself. Have you noticed? I really like to entertain myself.
Through Southwest of Broadway I had some amazing opportunities. Interviewing Stephen Schwartz was a huge one. At least I think so. I’ve tried to block out the bits I could remember. I interviewed Idina Menzel (yes, children…there was life before Frozen…) and the composer/lyricist team behind my favorite musical, The Story of My Life, Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. Other performers to make a contribution through radio liners (“This is _______ and you’re listening to Southwest of Broadway, with your host, Bethany!”) included Susan Egan, Michael Rupert, Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch from the Harry Potter movies, if you’re not a theatre fan!), and Donny Osmond. Actually, Donny introduced me as his friend Bethany. Jealous much?
That was one of the greatest moments ever. I used that to promote Southwest of Broadway for years to come!
*Stephen Sondheim doesn’t think anyone listens to Southwest of Broadway. I would just like to thank you for proving that Stephen Sondheim does in fact know everything.*
*Southwest of Broadway. Stephen Sondheim’s heard of it, but he doesn’t think you have.*
The blurb possibilities were endless. And now I think that’s my quest for the Abigail Phelpsbooks as well. I’m going to reach out to as many celebrities as I have to until I get a perfect blurb. I shall begin on Twitter soon, so be sure you are following @BTLiteraryStuff. The hashtag will be #DreamBlurbs. Can you think of some funny ones? Leave a comment or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
I think I will begin with:
Abigail Phelps: the books about which @Oprah said, “That will never make it into the Book Club.”