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Michael Sterling

Bio: 

Michael Sterling of Michael Sterling & Associates is one of the most distinguished, entertainment publicity veterans in Los Angeles. Highlights of his promotional career include Broadway: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Andy Gibb. Off-Broadway: Now Hear This! Starring Kathy Buckley. National Tours: The Fantasticks starring Robert Goulet. The Pirates of Penzance starring Andy Gibb and Barry Bostwick.
 
Annual U.S. Theatre Tours: The Magic of David Copperfield, Broadway on Ice starring Scott Hamilton, Concert on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill. Annual U.S. Arena Tours: Stars on Ice; Los Angeles Broadway Musicals: The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, Disney’s Tarzan, Side Show, Seussical, Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Sunset Boulevard, And the World Goes Round to name but a very few. Original Musicals: Inside Out, Welcome to My World and LA Now and Then. Special Events: Fractured Broadway 2, Broadway Unplugged. Plays: Seaglass Theatre’s A Christmas Twist, Kvetch, and Of Grapes and Nuts; Like a Dog on Linoleum starring Leslie Jordan, Lemonade starring Maxwell Caulfield and Heather Tom, Renaissance Geek starring Paul Stroili, Life x 3 starring Tony Award nominee Bill Hutton; and off-Broadway’s Don't Buck with Me! Starring Kathy Buckley.  Since 2007, Sterling has produced LA’s Next Great Stage Star®, the only annual musical theatre competition in the western United States. The competition is now sponsored by Princess Cruises.
 
Celebrities: Elizabeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, Joan Collins, Morgan Freeman, David Hyde Pierce, Alan Thicke, Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager, Andy Gibb, the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Donny and Marie Osmond, the Osmond Brothers, Carol Lawrence, Robert Goulet, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Ann-Margret. Additionally, Mr. Sterling has represented Emmy Award-winning television specials, celebrity books, Grammy award-winning albums and CDs.
 
Aside from co-producing and co-hosting State of the Arts with Paul Stroili since May 31, 2010, and now Andrew David James since June 2, 2016... Mr. Sterling is co-producer and host of select Los Angeles theatre coverage for BroadwayWorld TV (BWW TV) and is a leading media member at Red Carpet openings hosted by such live arts institutions as the Los Angeles Centre Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum; and Broadway LA's Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. He is also a director and producer of musical theatre throughout Southern California and Las Vegas; and, founder of Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA (msapr.net). Referred to as "LA's Cabaret destination…" by the Los Angeles Times and named one of LA’s top Five Supper Clubs by LA Weekly, Sterling's Upstairs is the most critically acclaimed, award-winning venue of its kind in greater Los Angeles. Dedicated to presenting the best of Broadway stars and Nightclub artists in a supper club, concert setting, Sterling has presented over 750 concerts since June, 2006 and is currently celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary.

Andrew David James

Bio: 

Raised in the Midwestern United States, Andrew received his B.A. in Composition and Literature from Pepperdine University and currently resides on the West Coast. A 15-year veteran of stage and screen, Andrew has worked extensively throughout the United States and Europe as an actor, fight choreographer, and event host.  He is a member of the Thousand Oaks Repertory Corporation and the Little Fish Theatre Company, and currently serves as Artistic Director for the Gramercy Artists Theatre Ensemble and Common Man Stories. 

An award-winning director and performer, Andrew's extensive Shakespearean resume includes tours and extended engagements as Benedick (Much Ado), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), and Kent (King Lear).  He appeared as Charles in the Neil Patrick Harris smash hit Delusion, Dennis in Loot, George in Of Mice and Men, and as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the Shear Forum.  His television credits include appearances on TNN, PBS, Fox, and the History Channel. His directorial credits include Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, Selling Love, and the acclaimed world premiere of Dark Heart of Poe at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. 

As a public speaker and live events representative, Andrew has been privileged to host fundraisers and galas to benefit Heifer international, Doctors Without Borders, and Operation Smile, in addition to other philanthropic organizations.  He serves on the boards of two non-profit arts educational organizations and he relishes the opportunity to live and work in beautiful Southern California where he can raise his children in a city with such a thriving artistic community. 

Show Time: 
Thursday 1:00PM - 1:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

Now in its 6th consecutive critically acclaimed year, this dynamic weekly series is devoted to coverage of the live performing arts in Los Angeles, and beyond... with emphasis on theatre, music, dance, events, and stage spectaculars. Hosts Michael Sterling and Andrew David James offer astute reviews, insightful discussions, a live arts calendar, and live interviews with celebrity guests, stars of the arts, and the creative teams behind them.

Show Archives

October 2017

10/19/2017
10/12/2017

Cagney - the musical

10/05/2017

September 2017

09/28/2017
09/21/2017
09/14/2017
09/07/2017

August 2017

08/31/2017
08/24/2017
08/17/2017
08/10/2017

July 2017

07/27/2017

From the best of "State of the arts" (original broadcast date 7/30/2015)

07/20/2017
07/13/2017

June 2017

06/29/2017
06/22/2017
06/08/2017

"Jersey Boys"

06/01/2017

Best of State of the Arts:
June 25, 2015

Guests:  Broadway stars Cassie Silva (Rock of Ages, Matilda); Jeff Blumenkrantz (Murder for Two), Brett Ryback (Murder for Two)

May 2017

05/25/2017
05/18/2017
05/11/2017
05/04/2017

April 2017

04/27/2017
04/13/2017
04/06/2017

March 2017

03/30/2017

From the Best of State of the Arts. Originally broadcast March 7, 2011 - Former teen heartthrob/pop recording artist and film and television star Rex Smith talks about his life and career in Los Angeles theatre and on Broadway.  Musical theatre star, singer/comedian Perry Lambert shares celebrity impressions and discusses his touring nightclub act.  Stroili gives a toe-by-toe accounting of his first mani/pedi. The foursome vow not to acknowledge the now so-fired, not-so-winning Charlie Sheen. The Live Arts Calendar features Tony Award winner Lee Hall's (Billy Elliot) commedia dell'arte, signed and voiced adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchioproduced by the nationally distinguished Deaf West Theatre of North Hollywood.  Reviews include the comedy Play Date at Hollywood's Theatre Asylum, and the U.S. National tour stop of the multi-Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q  at the Pantages Theatre, also in Hollywood. Lambert and Smith divulge a few of their most embarrassing moments on stage.

03/23/2017
03/16/2017
03/09/2017
03/02/2017

February 2017

02/23/2017
02/16/2017
02/09/2017
02/02/2017

January 2017

01/25/2017
01/19/2017
01/12/2017
01/05/2017

December 2016

12/22/2016
12/08/2016
12/01/2016

November 2016

11/17/2016
11/03/2016

October 2016

10/27/2016
10/20/2016
10/13/2016
10/06/2016

September 2016

09/29/2016
09/22/2016
09/15/2016
09/08/2016
09/01/2016

August 2016

08/25/2016
08/18/2016
08/11/2016

July 2016

07/28/2016
07/21/2016
07/14/2016
07/07/2016

June 2016

06/30/2016
06/16/2016
06/09/2016
06/02/2016

May 2016

05/26/2016
05/12/2016
05/05/2016

April 2016

04/21/2016
04/14/2016
04/07/2016

March 2016

03/31/2016
03/24/2016
03/17/2016
03/10/2016
03/03/2016

February 2016

02/25/2016
02/18/2016
02/11/2016
02/04/2016

January 2016

01/28/2016
01/21/2016
01/14/2016
01/07/2016

December 2015

12/17/2015
12/10/2015
12/03/2015

November 2015

11/19/2015
11/12/2015
11/05/2015

October 2015

10/29/2015
10/22/2015
10/15/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast October 23, 2014) - Broadway and London stage star Rufus Bonds, Jr. and regional Musical Theatre star Christanna Rowader discuss their careers and starring roles in 3-D Theatricals' critically acclaimed revival of Ragtime the Musical at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. The Live Arts Calendar features Broadway Musical Director Todd Ellison's Broadway's Greatest Hits at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge starring TV's Jane Lynch, Kate Shindle, Klea Blackhurst, Mike McGowan and Jose Llana; and a call to action to assist the Dorris Place Elementary School in Los Angeles for funding of their fine arts program. Bonds and Rowader reveal awkward performance moments.

10/08/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast October 2, 2014) - Broadway and Motion Picture star John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys) is interviewed for the hour about his multi-award winning career including his current CD My Turn and his upcoming concerts at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA October 13 and 14. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Sustaining Sound Theatre Company's production of the hit musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in association with LA's Chromolume Theatre in benefit of Free Arts for Children. Young recalls an embarrassing career moment.

10/01/2015

September 2015

09/24/2015
09/17/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast September 11, 2014) - Award-winning composer, songwriter, producer Kevin Saunders Hayes is interviewed about his creation of Vox Lumiere - Silents You Can Hear; and his current once monthly, weekend offering of a reimagined The Phantom of the Opera as an explosive mash-up of music, dance, and technology, paired with the original 1925 black and white film of the same name at the Los Angeles Theatre Center between September 19 and December 13. The Live Arts Calendar features Off-Broadway playwright Joanne Mosconi's You Love That I'm NOT Your Wife, a fast paced, sexy, edgy world premiere dramedy about 10 distinctly different young men and women living and loving in LA September 12 - October 5 at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA. Critically acclaimed Director/Writer/Composer Richard Hochberg discusses the opening of his SCARY MUSICAL The Musical an homage to classic horror film clichés which combines a slasher movie plot with a rock 'n roll score and pop-culture humor opening September 19 - November 9 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. Hayes and Hochberg tell of embarrassing moments during their careers.

09/10/2015
09/03/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast September 4, 2014) - Award-winning New York Playwright Carey Crim (Growing Pretty, Wake, Green Dot Day) is interviewed about the world premiere of her most recent work Conviction at the distinguished Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. The Live Arts Calendar highlights Dance the Dream, a collaboration of the arts which celebrates the values of brotherhood as proclaimed by Martin Luther King. This creative dynamism of cultural diversityevent takes place today at the Los Angeles Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New Orleans born actor Eddie Jemison (Schizopolis, Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen; HBO's Hung) discusses his work as a first time Co-Director of the award-wining short film King of Herrings which had its Hollywood premier at the Dances with Films Festival with a release date by Devolver Digital during October, 2014. Jemison recalls embarrassing moments during his career.

August 2015

08/27/2015
08/20/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast August 22, 2013) - Gus Krieger, Associate Artistic Director for The Porters of Hellsgate Theater Company in Los Angeles talks about his work as playwright and director for the company's newest endeavorSherlock Through the Looking Glass now on stage at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.   The Live Arts Calendar features Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth and her debut as a solo headliner at LA's legendary Hollywood Bowl. Actress Jennifer Bronstein talks about her career and her co-starring role in Sherlock Through the Looking Glass. Krieger and Bronstein reveal embarrassing moments during performance.

08/13/2015
08/06/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast August 7, 2014) - Stage and comedic improv Actress/Director/Teacher Kimberly Lewis is interviewed about her current co-starring role as "Charlotte Hay" in the Wasatch Theatre Venture madcap farce Moon Over Buffalo at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the world premiere musical comedy The Max Factor Factor , a love story about the perils of two leading men/movie stars during Hollywood's Golden Age at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA; a co-op production from New Musicals Inc. and Hollywood's Celebration Theatre. Classic theatre and film actor Dan Kaemon discusses his co-starring role as "Stanley Kowalski" in Tennessee Williams' A Street Car Named Desire for North Hollywood's Group Repertory Company at the Lonny Chapman Theatre. Lewis and Kaemon reveal embarrassing career moments.

July 2015

07/30/2015
07/23/2015
07/16/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast July 18, 2013) - Broadway leading man David Burnham (Wicked, Light in the Piazza) and Musical Theatre Star Valerie Perri (1ST National U.S. Tour of Evita) are interviewed about their starring roles in the 20th Anniversary West Coast Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber'sSunset Boulevard for Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA. David Lamoureux, the Tony Award winning show's Musical Director, discusses Webber's score, musical intricacies and conducting a 21 piece orchestra for the production. Perri andLamoureux recant embarrassing career moments.

07/09/2015
07/02/2015

June 2015

06/25/2015

Guests:  Broadway stars Cassie Silva (Rock of Ages, Matilda); Jeff Blumenkrantz (Murder for Two), Brett Ryback (Murder for Two)

06/18/2015
06/11/2015
06/04/2015

May 2015

05/28/2015
05/21/2015
05/14/2015
05/07/2015

April 2015

04/30/2015
04/23/2015
04/16/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast April 16, 2012) - Legendary character actor Allan Rich talks about his extraordinary life in film and television, and his new book A Leap from the Method. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles opening of distinguished composer Michele Brourman and cabaret sensation Pat Whiteman at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal and the evening's charitable beneficiary Hope-Net. Sterling reviews the Los Angeles premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Musical Theatre star Daniel Tatar is interviewed about his participation in The Company Men, one of the hottest, new concert acts sweeping the country. Rich and Tatarreveal embarrassing career moments.

04/09/2015
04/02/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast April 2, 2012) - Broadway's Bryonha Parham joins Sterling & Stroili live from New York to talk about her current co-starring role in the newly reimagined hit Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In studio, distinguished award-winning film, television, and musical theatre composer Michele Brourman is interviewed; along with Los Angeles musical theatre star Stephanie Renee Wall, who also portrays the iconic, real life "Barbie" for Mattel Toys. Both discuss their upcoming headlining engagements at the all new Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District. Stroili does a review of The Merchant of Venice at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA. Brourman and Wall recall embarrassing moments during their performing careers.

March 2015

03/26/2015
03/19/2015
03/12/2015
03/05/2015

(From the Best of State of the Arts. Originally broadcast March 7, 2011) - Former teen heartthrob/pop recording artist and film and television star Rex Smith talks about his life and career in Los Angeles theatre and on Broadway. Musical theatre star, singer/comedian Perry Lambert shares celebrity impressions and discusses his touring nightclub act. Stroili gives a toe-by-toe accounting of his first mani/pedi. The foursome vow not to acknowledge the now so-fired, not-so-winning Charlie Sheen. The Live Arts Calendar features Tony Award winner Lee Hall's (Billy Elliot) commedia dell'arte, signed and voiced adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio produced by the nationally distinguished Deaf West Theatre of North Hollywood. Reviews include the comedyPlay Date at Hollywood's Theatre Asylum, and the U.S. National tour stop of the multi-Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q at the Pantages Theatre, also in Hollywood. Lambert and Smith divulge a few of their most embarrassing moments on stage.

February 2015

02/26/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast February 28, 2013) - Broadway's Ron Orbach (Neil Simon'sLaughter on the 23rd Floor) is interviewed about his co-starring role in I'll Be Back Before Midnight at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. Sterling reviews Cavalia's Odyesso under the big top in Burbank, CA. Stroili reviews Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes ‘Round at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. Popular Los Angeles musical theatre star Will Collyer discusses his work as a composer and the writing of his first musical Right Together, Left Together. The show's co-creator and lyricist Pamela Eberhardtalso joins the conversation. Orbach and Collyer share embarrassing performance moments in theatre.

02/19/2015
02/12/2015
02/05/2015

January 2015

01/29/2015
01/22/2015
01/15/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast January 17, 2013) - Broadway musical theatre star, pop recording artist and successful author Nita Whitaker LaFontaine (Finding My Voice) is interviewed about her illustrious career launched by record producer David Foster and the original Star Search TV Talent Series. Sterling and Stroili respectively review Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre; and Freud's Last Session with Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavenagh at Santa Monica's Broad Theatre. The State of the Arts/Breakdown Services Sweepstakes announces this week's winner. LA Stage Alliance 2012 Ovation Award winner (The Color Purple) - Performer Michael Shepperd (Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan U.S. National Tour) - discusses his background as a singer/actor and Co-Artistic Director of Hollywood's Celebration Theatre. Whitaker LaFontaine and Shepperd reveal embarrassing moments while performing.

01/08/2015
01/01/2015

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast January 3, 2013) - Longtime star of Wicked... Eden Espinosa (Elphaba/San Francisco, Los Angeles, Broadway) discusses her musical theatre career and her debut CD/album Look Around which embodies a contemporary pop approach to songs from the Broadway stage. The Live Arts Calendar features The Morini Strad starring Mariette Hartley at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA; and Rogue Machine's A Bright New Boise at LA's Theatre Theatre. Ms. Espinosa's manager Joseph Abate joins the conversation with Sterling & Stroili. Espinosa shares an embarrassing moment while performing on stage.

December 2014

12/25/2014

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS – (Originally broadcast December 20, 2012) - Broadway's Heather Lee (Guys and Dolls, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy,) is interviewed about her life in musical theatre and her co-starring role inChristmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. Lee's Christmas My Way co-starLuca Ellis talks about his career in music and his lifelong fascination with the legendary crooner's distinct vocal style. The Live Arts Calendar features Brian Henson's and Patrick Bristow's year-end and New Year's Eve adult (Muppet-like) puppet show Stuffed and Unstrung at Irvine's Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA. Lee andEllis recall embarrassing moments while performing.

12/18/2014
12/11/2014
12/04/2014

Producer/screenwriter/actor Hoyt Richards discusses his career as fashion's first ever male Supermodel, and his involvement with a life-threating cult. The Live Arts Calendar highlights Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Martin Short in concert for the McCullum Theatre's Annual Fundraising Gala in Palm Springs, CA. Television, film and stage actress Nikki McKenzie is interviewed about her diverse career and her role as a series regular on Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show. Richards and McKenzie also discuss their co-starring roles in the LA smash hit comedy Women are Crazy Because Men are A**holes at West Hollywood's Macha Theatre. The duo also reveal embarrassing career moments.

November 2014

11/27/2014

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS – Originally Broadcast NOVEMBER 28, 2011 - Hold your hats and hallelujah... the holiday season shifts into full gear with crooner Erich Bergen(Jersey Boys) and television and stage star Paolo Andino (LOGO'sBig Gay Sketch Show) as they discuss their respective holiday projects (Erich Bergen's Holiday Party at The Coteri in Hollywood, and A Snow White Christmas at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood; and Andino's solo starring role in the Blank Theatre Company's annual production of The Santaland Diaries at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. The Live Arts Calendar highlightsSister Bernie's Bingo Bash at the Greenway Court Theatre in Hollywood. Sterling reviews the Glendale Centre Theatre's 47th annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and singer Lyn Stanley's headlining debut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. Andino shares an embarrassing moment during a performance.

11/20/2014
11/13/2014
11/06/2014

October 2014

10/30/2014
10/23/2014

Broadway and London stage star Rufus Bonds, Jr. and regional Musical Theatre star Christanna Rowader discuss their careers and starring roles in 3-D Theatricals' critically acclaimed revival ofRagtime the Musical at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. The Live Arts Calendar features Broadway Musical Director Todd Ellison's Broadway's Greatest Hits at theValley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge starring TV's Jane Lynch, Kate Shindle, Klea Blackhurst, Mike McGowan and Jose Llana; and a call to action to assist the Dorris Place Elementary School in Los Angeles for funding of their fine arts program. Bonds and Rowader reveal awkward performance moments.

10/16/2014

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS (October 10, 2013) - Playwright/Composer Dean McClure discusses When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney, his world premiere musical at UCLA's distinguished Freud Playhouse. Regional musical theatre starKristin Towers Rowles (granddaughter of the late MGM movie musical star Kathryn Grayson) and Musical Director Joshua Kranztalk about their participation in the Kentwood Players productionLittle Shop of Horrors at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Sterling reviews the Tony Award winning play War Horseat the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Rowles and Kranz share embarrassing moments in theatre.

10/09/2014
10/02/2014

Broadway and Motion Picture star John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys) is interviewed for the hour about his multi-award winning career including his current CD My Turn and his upcoming concerts at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA October 13 and 14. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Sustaining Sound Theatre Company's production of the hit musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in association with LA's Chromolume Theatre in benefit of Free Arts for ChildrenYoung recalls an embarrassing career moment.

September 2014

09/25/2014

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS (September 27, 2010) - Record-breaking fall temperatures in Los Angeles vs. the cold of winter in Chicago and New York, spark hilarious stories between Sterling & Stroili. Broadway's legendary, Tony Award winning dancer/singer/actress Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line)is interviewed. This week's Live Arts Calendar is followed by brief reviews of film icon and nightclub star Debbie Reynolds at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA; and up-and- coming musical theatre star Taylor Tracey at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. SeaGlass Theatre's critically acclaimed productionOf Grapes and Nuts at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, CA is congratulated. Sterling & Stroili converse with distinguished stage and television star Scott Lowell (Showtime's Queer as Folk).Embarrassing moments in theatre are shared by all.

09/18/2014
09/11/2014

Award-winning composer, songwriter, producer Kevin Saunders Hayes is interviewed about his creation of Vox Lumiere – Silents You Can Hear; and his current once monthly, weekend offering of a reimagined The Phantom of the Opera as an explosive mash-up of music, dance, and technology, paired with the original 1925 black and white film of the same name at the Los Angeles Theatre Center between September 19 and December 13. The Live Arts Calendar features Off-Broadway playwright Joanne Mosconi's You Love That I'm NOT Your Wife, a fast paced, sexy, edgy world premiere dramedy about 10 distinctly different young men and women living and loving in LA September 12 – October 5 at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA. Critically acclaimed Director/Writer/Composer Richard Hochbergdiscusses the opening of his SCARY MUSICAL The Musical an homage to classic horror film clichés which combines a slasher movie plot with a rock ‘n roll score and pop-culture humor opening September 19 – November 9 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. Hayes and Hochberg tell of embarrassing moments during their careers.

09/04/2014

Award-winning New York Playwright Carey Crim (Growing Pretty, Wake, Green Dot Day) is interviewed about the world premiere of her most recent work Conviction at the distinguished Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. The Live Arts Calendar highlights Dance the Dream, a collaboration of the arts which celebrates the values of brotherhood as proclaimed by Martin Luther King. This creative dynamism of cultural diversityevent takes place today at the Los Angeles Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New Orleans born actor Eddie Jemison (SchizopolisOcean's Eleven,Twelve and Thirteen; HBO's Hung) discusses his work as a first time Co-Director of the award-wining short film King of Herrings which had its Hollywood premier at the Dances with Films Festival with a release date by Devolver Digital during October, 2014. Jemisonrecalls embarrassing moments during his career.

August 2014

08/28/2014

Off Broadway/New York Writer/Director/Producer Joanne Mosconiis interviewed about her latest theatrical offering You Love That I'm NOT Your Wife, a world premiere dramedy opening September 12 at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA. The Live Arts Calendar features How Deep is Your Love at the Laguna Beach Playhouse thru August 31 in Laguna Beach, CA. This musical sendup of the film Saturday Night Feverstars The Troubies, one of southern California's hottest improvisational theatre companies. Stage, television and film actorBlake Boyd (Hot Guys with Guns, Rocketman, ER, The Agency) talks about his co-starring role in Mosconi's You Love That I'm NOT Your WifeMosconi and Boyd recant embarrassing career moments.

08/21/2014
08/14/2014

LA Stage Alliance Lifetime Achievement Ovation Award-winning Director David Galligan discusses his career in theatre and nightclubs, including his current project: Broadway Under the Starsstarring Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) at Hollywood's John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The Live Arts Calendar highlights a unique production of Spring Awakeningpresented by Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden in the Rosenthal Theater at Inner City Arts, downtown Los Angeles. Chad Kimball... a 2010 Tony Award nominee as Best Actor in a Musical (Memphis)... talks about his journey to Broadway and his 2014 co-headlining appearance with Holliday, Erich Bergen, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. Danny Gurwin in Broadway Under the Starshosted by Obba Babatunde August 16th at The Ford.

08/07/2014

Stage and comedic improv Actress/Director/Teacher Kimberly Lewis is interviewed about her current co-starring role as "Charlotte Hay" in the Wasatch Theatre Venture madcap farce Moon Over Buffalo at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the world premiere musical comedy The Max Factor Factor , a love story about the perils of two leading men/movie stars during Hollywood's Golden Age at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA; a co-op production from New Musicals Inc. and Hollywood's Celebration Theatre. Classic theatre and film actor Dan Kaemon discusses his co-starring role as "Stanley Kowalski" in Tennessee Williams' A Street Car Named Desire for North Hollywood's Group Repertory Company at the Lonny Chapman Theatre. Lewis and Kaemon reveal embarrassing career moments.

July 2014

07/31/2014

(Encore Broadcast from the Best of State of the Arts. Original Air date: August 2, 2012) Legendary Grammy Award winning pop recording icon Helen Reddy visits with Sterling and Stroili to discuss her 2012 return to the concert stage after a self-imposed 10 year retirement. Sterling does a mini review of the Tony Award winning musical Memphis at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. The wheel turns for the new weekly State of the Arts audience prize fromBreakdown Services. Nightclub star Jeanne Page is interviewed about her impressive career and working with Sammy Davis, Jr. Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, and others. Page also divulges an embarrassing moment during a live performance.

07/24/2014

Theatre and Television star Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) discusses his starring role in the off-Broadway mega hit comedy Buyer & Cellar at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum downtown Los Angeles, CA. Regional musical theatre star Cynthia Ferrer (Nine to Five; I Love a Piano) is interviewed about her co-starring role as "Meg Boyd" in 3D Theatricals' revival of Damn Yankees at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA; and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. Musical theatre star Scott Dreier (Forever Plaid) talks about his longtime fascination with film legend Doris Day and the success of his one-man-true-story tribute to Day in Doris & Me: The Doris Day Songbook at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California's NoHo Arts District.

07/17/2014

Encore presentation of installment 07/19/2012
Film and TV star Esai Morales (Star of La Bamba, NYPD Blue, Showtime's Resurrection Blvd., Plays in the Park at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA), and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, and co-star with George Hamilton in the current U.S. National Tour of La Cage Aux Follesat Hollywood's Pantages Theatre) are interviewed by Sterling and Stroili. The Live Arts Calendar features Komitas, an Armenian love story with music about historic hero Komitas Vardabet (1869-1935) at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Morales and Sieber recall embarrassing career moments.

07/10/2014
07/03/2014

June 2014

06/26/2014
06/19/2014

(From the Best of State of the Arts – Originally broadcast June 13, 2013) - Leading man and television star Robert Gant (Queer as FolkCaroline in the City, Popular) discusses his longtime career; and Hollywood's Young Playwright Festival produced by The Blank Theatre Co. at the Stella Adler Theatre.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus Concert Not Entirely Wicked with Special Guest composerSteven Schwartz at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.  Max Adler (from TV's mega hit musical series Glee) joins the panel to discuss his role as Dave Karofsky (football bully atGlee's McKinley High), and working with Robert Gant and in Black Ice written by 18 year old Max Friedlich for the 2013 Young Playwright's Festival.  Gant and Adler recant awkward moments during their careers.

06/12/2014
06/05/2014

May 2014

05/29/2014
05/22/2014
05/15/2014
05/08/2014

From the Best of State of the Arts (originally broadcast May 14, 2012) - George Wendt, talks about his 11 year tenure as "Norm Peterson" on Cheers; as well as his current starring role in the award winning musical Re-Animator at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. Three-time Emmy Award winner Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible) is also interviewed about her co-starring roles in Love Struck, an evening of 8 short plays at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the musicals Lucky Stiff at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts...and the 35th anniversary of Annie at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Wendt shares an embarrassing moment in his performing career.

05/01/2014

Australian film, television, musical theatre and recording star Nick Hardcastle is joined by musical theatre performer and film actorNate Jones to discuss their cooperative venture as Co-Producers and Co-Founders of the Australian Theatre Company (ATC of Los Angeles which makes its American bow at the LA's Matrix Theatre May 10th with the award-winning, record-breaking Australian dramaHolding the Man adapted by playwright Tommy Murphy from the Timothy Conigrave bestselling memoir of the same title.   Sterlingdiscusses Man in the Case starring Mikhail Baryshnikov at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, and reviews Disney's Tarzan The Stage Musical making its Los Angeles regional debut in the Monroe Forum at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.  Hardcastle and Jones recant embarrassing moments while performing.

April 2014

04/24/2014
04/17/2014

From the Best of State of the Arts (originally broadcast April 16, 2012) - Legendary character actor Allan Rich talks about his extraordinary life in film and television, and his new book A Leap from the Method.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles opening of distinguished composer Michele Brourman and cabaret sensation Pat Whiteman at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal and the evening's charitable beneficiary Hope-Net.  Sterling reviews the Los Angeles premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Musical Theatre star Daniel Tatar is interviewed about his participation in The Company Men, one of the hottest, new concert acts sweeping the country. Rich and Tatarreveal embarrassing career moments.

04/04/2014

Noted theatrical Producer Tony Lauria talks about the Off Broadway opening of the legendary, updated, audience-interactive theatre piece Tony and Tina's Wedding's return to New York.  Film, TV, musical theatre star and author Kristopher Kyerdiscusses his career and current endeavor as Captain Hook in the Grove Theatre's production of Peter Pan in Upland, CA.  Hilarious stand-up comedian and successful author Jordan Pease charms with his rapid fire, quick wit.  Kyer and Pease recall embarrassing moments during performance.

04/03/2014

From the Best of State of the Arts (originally broadcast April 2, 2012) - Broadway's Bryonha Parham joins Sterling & Stroili live from New York to talk about her current co-starring role in the newly reimagined hit Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.  In studio, distinguished award-winning film, television, and musical theatre composer Michele Brourman is interviewed; along with Los Angeles musical theatre star Stephanie Renee Wall, who also portrays the iconic, real life "Barbie" for Mattel Toys.   Both discuss their upcoming headlining engagements at the all new Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.  Stroili does a review of The Merchant of Venice at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA.  Brourman and Wall recall embarrassing moments during their performing careers.

March 2014

03/27/2014
03/20/2014
03/13/2014

Prominent Television Producer/Theatre Writer Kim Flagg discusses the success of I Love Lucy Live currently on its U.S. National Tour pulling into the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.   The Live Arts Calendar features All the Great Books Abridged at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna, CA.  Sterling reviews Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Music Center.Steve Cisneros, Founder and Artistic Director of the Phantom Projects Theatre Group in Los Angeles, discusses the organization's history and its dedication to children and young adults through theatre; in particular its 17th Anniversary production of No Way to Treat a Lady.  Flagg and Cisneros recall embarrassing career moments.

03/06/2014

February 2014

02/27/2014

From the Best of State of the Arts (originally broadcast February 28, 2011) - Sterling and Stroili exchange quips with actor Jim J. Bullock as their sole guest for the hour.   Best known for his unique sense of comedy and his co-starring role on the 80's iconic hit TV series Too Close for Comfort вЂ¦ a regular celebrity player onHollywood Squares вЂ¦ and his former syndicated talk show Jim J. and Tammy Faye (Tammy Faye (Baker) Messner) in 1996 , Bullock discusses his career in television and film, as well as the musical side of his life on Broadway and throughout the country.  The Live Arts Calendar features An Evening with Rita Rudner at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA;  the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs, CA; and The Insomnia Play at the Lyric Hyperian Theatre in Silverlake, CA.  Sterling reviews The Blank Theatre Co.'s The Cradle Will Rock at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and Betty Buckley and Marvin Hamlisch in concert at the new Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.  Bullock shares his worst moment during a performance.

02/20/2014
02/13/2014
02/06/2014

Broadway and television's Jeff Skowron (2013 Los Angeles Ovation Award Winner/Best Lead Actor in a Musical/Parade) talks about his co-starring role as Leo Bloom in 3D Theatricals' production of Mel Brooks' The Producers at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Producers co-star... musical theatre dancer/singer Hilary Michael Thompson ... also discusses her career and her portrayal of Ulla in the Mel Brooks spectacular.   Let's Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter at ITC (International City Theatre/Long Beach, CA) and The Light in the Piazza at the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA are featured in this week'sLive Arts Calendar.  Skowron and Thompson recant embarrassing stories from their professional pasts.

January 2014

01/30/2014

Multiple award-winning theatre, film director, writer and television actor Kiff Scholl discusses his work with the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's American classic Inherit the Wind for Wasatch Theatre Ventures at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA.   Sterling reviews Broadway's legendary Chita Rivera in her one woman concert Chita.. A Legendary Celebration at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA, as well as Cirque du Soleil's Totem under the big top at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA.  Stroili reviews The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, a unique evening of anarchic theatre presented by the National Theatre of Scotland at Santa Monica's Edye Theatre at the Broad Stage.   Scholl recants an embarrassing moment during his professional career.

01/23/2014

(From the Best of State of the Arts – Original Air Date:  January 24, 2011) Sterling and Stroili talk high and low tech about computers and the internet.  Top TV producer/writer Maxine Lapiduss (Roseanne, Home Improvement, Foxworthy, Ellen, Dharma & Greg) is interviewed about her love of singing and stand-up comedy, and her return to performing.  The Live Arts Calendar features the hysterical and stirring adventure Cyrano at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. and Traces, an acrobatic spectacle of circus, physical theatre, music and dance at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Louis Van Amstel's Ballroom with a Twist at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.  Successful television actor Blair Hickey discusses his entrepreneurial skills as the co-founder of CastingAbout.com, and gives proactive advice to actors about how to promote themselves during TV "pilot" season.  Lapiduss andHickey their reveal worst career experiences.  

01/16/2014

A special segment titled Chat about Chita (Rivera that is) with New York City's Merle Frimark is featured.  Frimark, longtime publicist for the multiple award-winning, soon-to-be 81 year old Broadway/film star,  talks about Chita Rivera's upcoming Los Angeles area concerts at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA – January 25, 2014; and the Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, CA – January 26, 2014.   Choreographer/Director Lee Martino discusses her work with the world premiere musical The Wrong Man January 25 – March 2 at LA's Skylight Theatre.   Ross Golan, writer and star of The Wrong Man, is also interviewed about the musical and his successful career as pop songwriter for such artists as Nicki Manaj, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban and Maroon Five... to name but a few.  Martinoand Golan recall embarrassing moments during their careers.

01/09/2014

Premier musical theatre star, concert vocalist, actor and authorGordon Goodman is interviewed about his portrayal of iconic film and theatre star John Barrymore in the LA hit play Barrymore at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar features the dead serious comedy Aspirin and Elephants by playwright Jerry Mayer at the Santa Monica Playhouse; and closing weekend of the U.S. National Tour of Peter and the Star Catcher at the Ahmanson Theatre in the Los Angeles Music Center.   Producer/Director/Author and Record ProducerBruce Kimmel (Kritzerland Records) talks about One Starry Nightat the Pasadena Playhouse which features performances by Hollywood and Broadway stars in benefit of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  Embarrassing career moments are revealed byGoodman and Kimmel.

01/02/2014

(From the Best of State of the Arts originally broadcast January 3, 2011) Back to kick off the New Year with a feel-good goal, Sterling & Stroili converse about the hilarious realities of attending the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.  Veteran nightclub star and recording artist Jeanie Brandes charms the husk right off of the corn as the year's first in-studio guest; along with Broadway and television star Dean Butler who discusses his multi-faceted career from theatre to television's iconic hit series Little House on the Prairie, and his award-winning film company Legacy Documentaries.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the world premiere of TV star Ryan Eggold's Amy and Elliot at the Stella Adler-Gilbert Stage in Hollywood; and Sunset Limited presented by Rogue Machine at Theatre Theater in Los Angeles.  Brandes and Butler recall worst moments during live performance.  Miss Brandes' latest CD Jeanie Brandes Kisses You Awake is also featured

December 2013

12/26/2013

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast December 27, 2012) - Musical Theatre Singer/Actor Chris Kauffmann, star of the LA smash hit Avenue Q talks about his experience with the Doma Theatre Company's production of the Tony Award winning musical at the Met Theatre in Hollywood.  Award winning director Richard Israel also joins the panel to discuss his direction of Avenue Q and other directorial ventures.  From Season 5 of American Idol, popular nightclub star Bobby Bennett shares his thoughts about Idoland his upcoming headlining return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood.

12/19/2013

This last live, 2013 edition of State of the Arts features Musical Theatre Stars Carly Bracco and Jordan Miller who are interviewed about their co-starring roles in the Ensemble Theatre Company's Sondheim and Wheeler classic musical A Little Night Musicstarring Academy Award winner Piper Laurie and Emmy Award nominee Stephanie Zimbalist at The New Vic in Santa Barbara, CA.

12/12/2013

(From the Best of State of the Arts originally broadcast December 13, 2010) Sterling recalls smoky memories of a long ago Christmas, while Stroili reports stranger-than-strange medical news from a British tabloid.  Legendary motion picture star Malcolm McDowell(A Clockwork Orange) talks about his 40 year career and his reading of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales for the Intimate Opera Company of Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Playhouse. The Live Arts Calendar highlights holiday performances by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles with special guests Sheryl Lee Ralph and LeAnn Rimes at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA; and recording star Andy Williams with the Pacific Symphony Pops Orchestra at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.  Sterling reviews the nightclub acts of musical theatre star Leslie Margheritaand recording artist Antony Field.  Television star Gerald McCullouch (CSI) discusses his starring role in the west coast premiere of Daddy at Hollywood's Hudson Theatre.  McDowell and McCullouch account for their embarrassing career moments.

12/05/2013

(From the Best of State of the Arts originally broadcast December 5, 2011) Showtime television star, film star and singer Thea Gill(Queer as Folk) and Broadway Tony Award winner Sammy Williams (A Chorus Line) are interviewed.  The Live Arts Calendar featuresThe Slap and Tickle Holiday Show at Hollywood's Lillian Theatre; and Kritzerland Records' A Broadway/Hollywood Christmas at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood.  Gill discusses her debut inBody and Soul at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. Williams tells of his beginnings in New York and on the Broadway stage.   Embarrassing on stage moments are divulged.

November 2013

11/28/2013

(From the Best of State of the Arts originally broadcast November 29, 2012) Multiple Golden Globe nominated film and television starHarry Hamlin (Shameless, Army Wives, LA Law) is interviewed about his co-starring role in One November Yankee with TV star Loretta Swit (M.A.S.H.) at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.   One November Yankee playwright and directorJoshua Ravetch is also interviewed.  The Live Arts Calendar features The Snow Queen, a world premiere musical at South Pasadena's Fremont Center Theatre.  Broadway's Cortes Alexander also guests to talk about his concert career with Liza Minnelli, his Swell CD and his upcoming Have a Swell Holidayshow at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood. Hamlin and Alexander share awkward career moments.

11/21/2013

Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan is interviewed about first time motherhood and her co-starring role in the Alliance Theatre Company's production of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at The Complex Theatre in Hollywood. The Live Arts Calendar features Todd Robbins & Teller's (of Penn and Teller) thriller Play Dead at the Geffen Playhouse.  The Los Angeles premiere of Broadway's 5-time Tony Award winning, hilarious musical play Peter and the Star Catcher at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theater is also highlighted.  Broadway actress singer Roslyn Cohn talks about her latest project Difficult to Leave, a one woman show which reveals the truth behind her entrance to and exit from Scientology for one night only at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  Eagan and Cohn recant embarrassing career moments.

11/14/2013

Just in time for the upcoming 2014 television pilot season, Casting Director Jami Rudofsky (TV's Gilmore Girls, The Practice, Felicity, Boston Public) discusses what goes on inside the audition room during a casting session. Featured in the Live Arts Calendar is Choreographer Matthew Bourne's reimagined rendition of Sleeping Beauty, replete with the music of Tchaikovsky, depicts gothic vampires, decadent opulence, and breathtaking performances during its Los Angeles/National Tour engagement at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre.  TV commercial actor and regional musical theatre star Eduardo Enrikez talks about his co-starring role in the hilarious, but intensely challenging Off Broadway musical The Musical of Musicals...The Musical! presented by the Chromolume Theater Company at the Attic Theater Complex in Los Angeles.  Rudofsky and Enrikez share embarrassing career related stories.

11/07/2013

East Coast Musical Theatre Star Sandy Bainum (wife of former Maryland State Senator Stewart Bainum, Jr.) talks about her new CD Simply produced by Kritzerland Records, and her upcoming Los Angeles debut at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal.   Southern California Musical Theatre Stars Zachary Ford and Rebecca Johnson are interviewed about their co-starring roles in the regional premiere of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein presented by Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the Los Angeles return of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Look Homeward Angel at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood.  Ford andJohnson divulge awkward moments during performances.

October 2013

10/31/2013

Broadway's Caroline Bowman (Eva Peron) and Sean MacLaughlin (Juan Peron) discuss their co-starring roles in the critically acclaimed, re-vitalized  U.S. National Tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita enjoying its Los Angeles premiere at Hollywood's legendary Pantages Theatre.   International musical theatre and concert star Alison England is interviewed about her all new show More Than One Woman at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights LA's Dorris Place Elementary School five hour community-wide fundraiser to bring back the arts to K-6th grade students.  Bowman and MacLaughlin share embarrassing performance mishaps.

10/24/2013

Emmy Award winner Joe Spano (NCIS, Hill Street Blues) and distinguished actor Tucker Smallwood (Space: Above and Beyond, The Cotton Club) discuss their co-starring roles in Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy's  The Sunset Limited   which opens the 16th Season of the acclaimed Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. Broadway's Andy Umberger (Passion, City of Angels, Company)talks about creating the role of Roy Disney in the World Premiere of Dean McClure's When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney at UCLA'S Freud Playhouse in Westwood, CA.

10/17/2013

Broadway's Tim Martin Gleason (Phantom of the Opera) is interviewed about his career and current starring role in the world premiere musical of Dean McClure's When You Wish:  The Story of Walt Disney at UCLA's distinguished Freud Playhouse.  The Live Arts Calendar features Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate starring Broadway's David Gaines and regional musical theatre star Victoria Strong at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks, CA Civic Arts Plaza.  Sterling reviews Joshua Ravetch's comedy The Light Bulb at the NoHo Arts Center.
Ray Richmond, co-author of The Simpsons:  A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, discusses his career as a television critic and entertainment industry columnist.

10/10/2013

Playwright/Composer Dean McClure discusses  When You Wish:  The Story of Walt Disney, his world premiere musical at UCLA's distinguished Freud Playhouse.  Regional musical theatre starKristin Towers Rowles (granddaughter of the late MGM movie musical star Kathryn Grayson) and Musical Director Joshua Kranztalk about their participation in the Kentwood Players productionLittle Shop of Horrors at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.  Sterling reviews the Tony Award winning play War Horseat the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.   Rowles and Kranz share embarrassing moments in theatre.

10/03/2013

TV's James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel) talks about his starring role in The Bells of 87th Street at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.  Danielle Wade, winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Over the Rainbow 2012 reality vocal talent competition,  and Broadway's Mike Jackson... discuss their respectively starring roles as "Dorothy" and the "Tin Man" in the U.S. National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Clifford Odets'Awake & Sing at the Group Rep Theatre in North Hollywood. Wade and Jackson share awkward moments during performances.

September 2013

09/26/2013

Broadway's Nicole Parker (Elphaba/Wicked/U.S. National Tour); and Australian/U.S. film, TV and musical theatre star Josh Adamson (Hair, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) are interviewed about their co-starring roles as Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein in 3D Theatricals' production of Funny Girl at Fullerton, CA's historic Plummer Auditorium and the South Bay's Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.  The Live Arts Calendar features reviews of Twilight Zone: Unscriptedat the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake, CA; Smokey Joe's Café at the Pasadena Playhouse and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Awkward career moments are revealed byParker and Adamson.

09/19/2013

(From the Best of State of the Arts – Original Broadcast:  September 20, 2012)  - Filmmaker and member of New York Women in Film & Television Emily Sheskin talks about her plus-size beauty pageant documentary titled There She Is.  Musical Theatre stars Adam Huss and Tyler LeDon are interviewed about their co-starring roles in the much anticipated new musical Justin Love at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar features critiques of Kander and Ebb's musical revue The World Goes ‘Round at Hollywood's Crossly Theatre; and Euripides' HELEN at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, CA.  Huss and LeDon share embarrassing moments during performances.

09/12/2013

Recording Artist Alex McMurray of The Tin Men, America's premier sousaphone, washboard and guitar trio, talks about the group's newest CD Avocado Woo Woo featuring an eclectic array of North American pop music. Heidi Huber-Kalen  of The Whole Nine Foundation and The Peace Project discusses the first ever Affair of the Arts in Culver City, CA.  LA-based Actress/Director/Writer/Producer and Acting Coach Cynthia Whitetalks about her new book Your Castable Types (Smith & Kraus Publishing) which reveals her approach to transformational acting techniques and a cutting edge career development program. Huber-Kalen and White share stories about awkward moments during their careers.

09/05/2013

Critically acclaimed Director Richard Israel, Broadway musical theatre star Joe Donohue (U.S. National Tour of Rent), and theatre star Lauren Patten are interviewed about their participation in the west coast premiere of The Burnt Part Boys... a coming of age musical set in a West Virginia mining town featuring an Appalachian-inspired score at West Hollywood's Third Street Theatre.  Broadway song and dance nightclub and recording star Cortes Alexander(Liza's at The Palace) discusses his relationship with Liza Minnelli and his upcoming engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood.  Donohue and Patten reveal embarrassing career moments.

August 2013

08/29/2013

Television and theatre singer/actress Lindsay Heather Pearce(Glee, The Glee Project) is interviewed about her starring role in the Los Angeles revival of Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere's Pop Rock Opera Bare. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the bluegrass musical comedy El Grande De Coca-Cola! At the Ruskin Theatre Group in Santa Monica, CA.  Musical theatre star and writer Jonah Platt is also interviewed about his starring role in Bare and his writing career for television (The Family Guy).  Pearce and Platt reveal embarrassing moments during performances.

08/22/2013

Gus Krieger, Associate Artistic Director for The Porters of Hellsgate Theater Company in Los Angeles talks about his work as playwright and director for the company's newest endeavor Sherlock Through the Looking Glass now on stage at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.   The Live Arts Calendar features Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth and her debut as a solo headliner at LA's legendary Hollywood Bowl. ActressJennifer Bronstein talks about her career and her co-starring role in Sherlock Through the Looking Glass.  Krieger and Bronsteinreveal embarrassing moments during performance.

08/15/2013

(From the Best of State of the Arts – Originally broadcast August 9, 2012) - Singing sensation, concert and recording star Roslyn Kindis interviewed by Sterling and Stroili.   Sterling reviews the U.S. National Tour of Memphis at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Nightclub singer/songwriter Cortes Alexander discusses his career touring the world in concert with Liza Minnelli.  The State of the Arts/Breakdown Services Prize Giveaway spins the wheel in search of its weekly winner. Screenwriter and playwright Jamie Pachino talks about her critically acclaimed, award-winning playThe Return to Morality at Hollywood's Lex Theatre. Embarrassing career moments are revealed.

08/08/2013

Brad T Gottfred, playwright and director of the romantic comedyWomen are Crazy Because Men are A**holes is interviewed about the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of the production at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, CA.  Actor Blake Boyd, one of the stars of Women are Crazy... talks about his association with the show since its world premiere in Chicago during 2011.  The Live Arts Calendar features a review of Dirty Laundry Lit at The Virgil in Silver Lake (Hollywood), CA.   Gottfred and Boyd share awkward performance memories.

08/02/2013
08/01/2013

LA Attorney Natashia Deon, named one of LA Weekly Magazine's Most Fascinating People 2013, talks about her life as creator ofDirty Laundry Lit, an evening of stories and essays read allowed by a variety of guest readers at the Virgil cocktail bar in Silverlake (Hollywood), CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the Actors' Gang adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:  The Superhero Edition (favorite superheroes who play out the classic love triangle) at the Actors' Gang Theatre in Culver City, CA.    Celebrated comedy writer Jeff Eyres (Saturday Night Live, CNN Headline News, HBO's New Performer Series) interfaces with Deon as host ofDirty Laundry Lit, and talks about his passion for writing all things dastardly and inappropriate, and the making of horror films.  Eyresand Deon share embarrassing career moments.

July 2013

07/25/2013

San Francisco phenom Actor, Musician and Author Mick Berry talks about his latest one man show Keith Moon:  The Real Me at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco.  Ta'Rea Campbell discusses her starring role as Deloris Van Cartier in the current U.S. National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical  Sister Act at Hollywood's Pantages Theater; and David Michael Trevino is also interviewed about his starring role as Guido Contini in the Doma Theatre Company's Tony Award winning musical revival of Nine at the Met Theatre in Hollywood.  Trevino and Campbell recall awkward moments in their performing careers.

07/18/2013

Broadway leading man David Burnham (Wicked, Light in the Piazza) and Musical Theatre Star Valerie Perri (1ST National U.S. Tour of Evita) are interviewed about their starring roles in the 20th Anniversary West Coast Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber'sSunset Boulevard for Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.  David Lamoureux, the Tony Award winning show's Musical Director, discusses Webber's score, musical intricacies and conducting a 21 piece orchestra for the production.  Perri and Lamoureux recant embarrassing career moments.

07/12/2013
07/11/2013

Actor/Singer Gregg Marx (a grandson of the Marx Brothers' Gummo Marx) talks about his Daytime Emmy Award winning career on television's As the World Turns (as Tom Hughes); and Days of Our Lives (as David Banning).  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the 20th Anniversary west coast revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard; and mini reviews of The Fantasticks at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre, CA; and the U.S. national Tour ofSister Act The Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Actress/Singer Joan Ryan (from TV's Saved by the Bell and star of the long running Los Angeles musical Ruthless!  The Musical) is interviewed about her career a singer and her most recent role in the soon-to-be-released motion picture comedy Hot Guys with Guns.  Marx and Ryan also discuss their upcoming headlining concert engagements at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA. and reveal embarrassing career moments.

07/04/2013

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS (Original Air Date: July 4, 2011) -Regional SoCal actors Victoria Strong and Peter Husmann, co-stars of 1776 The Musical at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA, celebrate Independence Day with Sterling & Stroili.  The two musical theatre veterans (who portray history's John Adams and Abigail Adams) are interviewed about the uniqueness of the Tony Award winning musical and its setting in the beautiful 400 seat Glendale theatre in-the-round, now in its 64th year as the longest, continuously running theatre in the U.S.  The Live Arts Calendar features reviews of War Horse on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York; and the west coast premiere of Twist at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  Strong and Husmann are inducted into Sterling & Stroili's Hall of Shame by revealing their most embarrassing on stage moments.

June 2013

06/27/2013

Regional Musical theatre stars Melinda Porto and Steven Goodare interviewed about their co-starring roles in the new world premiere juke box musical ModRock at the historic El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the iconic musical Kismet (in concert format,) part of the Reiner Reading Series at the University Theatre at California State University, Long Beach.  Porto and Good exchange embarrassing moments during their career as performers.

06/20/2013

Academy Award nominee, Grammy Award winner and the first ever Million Dollar "Jeopardy" Celebrity Champion Michael McKean is interviewed.  McKean...  known from screen roles in This is Spinal Tap; Best in Show; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; and Laverne & Shirley...  discusses his co-starring role in the British comedy Yes, Prime Minister at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.  The hit play's Co-playwright and Director Jonathan Lynn (Director of such films as My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards) is also interviewed.  Broadway and TV star Eileen Barnett (Nine, Days of Our Lives) talks about her career and headlining engagement You Must Believe in Spring at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA.

06/13/2013

Leading man and television star Robert Gant (Queer as Folk, Caroline in the City, Popular) discusses his longtime career and Hollywood's Young Playwright Festival produced by The Blank Theatre Co. at the Stella Adler Theatre.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus Concert Not Entirely Wicked with Special Guest composer Steven Schwartz at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.  Max Adler (from TV's mega hit musical series Glee) joins the panel to discuss his role as Dave Karofsky (football bully at Glee's McKinley High), and working with Robert Gant and in Black Ice written by 18 year old Max Friedlich for the 2013 Young Playwright's Festival.  Gant and Adler recant awkward moments during their careers.

06/06/2013

Sterling & Stroili are visited by Paul's theatre aficionado sisterCarrie Bashak for some sibling quips and exchanges and a review of the U.S. National Tour Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Actress/Director Skye LaFontaine(daughter of musical theatre and recording star Nita Whitaker and the late, great, golden-voiced Don LaFontaine...Voiceover King of Movie Trailers), talks about her latest endeavor as director of an LA revival of Rent the Musical at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles.  Embarrassing professional moments are also brought to light.

May 2013

05/30/2013

Musical theatre star Ruby Lewis talks about her starring role as "Scaramouche" in the U.S. National Tour of the We Will Rock Youbuilt around 24 of Queen's biggest hits.   Sterling reviews the U.S. National Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Musical theatre star Kristin Towers Rowles(granddaughter of the late MGM movie musical star Kathryn Grayson) is interviewed about her co-starring role in Robert Harling's comedy Steel Magnolias at the beautiful Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, CA.  Lewis and Rowles recall embarrassing moments in theatre.

05/23/2013

Distinguished actor Tucker Smallwood is interviewed about his co-starring role in Jeff Stetson's Los Angeles Ebony Repertory Theatre drama Fraternityabout seven successful black community leaders whose lives were effected Martin Luther King's "I Had a Dream" speech.   The Live Arts Calendar is dedicated to the unexpected passing of LA Stage Times Publisher Lee Melville (LA Stage Alliance).   Actor, Singer, Director Joshua Finkel discusses his newest endeavor ... a twist on the all-time musical theatre comedy classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oak's, CA.  Finkel recants embarrassing moments in theatre.

05/16/2013

Broadway's Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera) guests with Sterling & Stroili to talk about his starring appearance as Mack Sennett in Musical Theatre West's benefit concert production of Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel at Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features Sterling's review of Jason Robert Brown's Parade presented by 3-D Theatricals at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA. Gaines re-tells a classic story of awkwardness involving George W. Bush, Jr.   NOTE:  Broadway leading man David Burnham, originally scheduled as a guest on this program to discuss his co-starring role with Davis Gaines in Mack and Mabel, did not appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

05/09/2013

Television star Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele) discusses her co-starring role in Steel Magnolias at the Laguna Beach Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.   Theatre and Television's Shelley Morrison ("Rosario" on the long running NBC hit series Will & Grace) and her husband Walter Dominguez are interviewed about their latest venture as documentary filmmakers with Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery (www.weavingthepast.com);  Sterling reviews the world premiere musical Falling for Make Believe (the life of Lorenz Hart) at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Beirut a drama at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood focusing on an unnamed disease infecting the lower east side of New York and the right of individuals to choose the manner in which they live or die.  Morrison andDominguez share tales of embarrassing moments during their careers.

05/02/2013

Barbara Beckley and T.J. Dawson, two of Southern California's leading theatre Producer/Artistic Directors join Sterling & Stroili for an insightful discussion about the world premiere musical of Mark Saltzman's Falling for Make Believe (Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart) which reveals the dark side of Hart's troubled and secret life at Beckley's Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA; andT.J. Dawson's 3-D Theatricals production of the infrequently done Tony Award-winning musical drama Paradeat the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, California.  With a hauntingly beautiful score by Robert Jason Brown and a book by Alfred Uhry based on the tragic and true story of the 1913 trial of a Brooklyn-born Jewish factory manager Leo Frank who was accused of raping and murdering a 13 year old employee, Parade recants Frank's story through the eyes of those around him; his trial, sensationalized by the media; and the arousal of anti-Semitic tension in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

April 2013

04/25/2013

Sterling supports Musical Theatre West's production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line at  the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center IN Long Beach, CA; and a new musical work saluting Broadway composer Lorenz Hart at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.   Likened to Tom Waits, New Orleans concert and recording artist Alex McMurray in interviewed by Stroili.  Distinguished Emmy nominated actress Susan Clark(from TV's hit series Webster) discusses her film and television career and her starring role in Habitat produced by the Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, in downtown Los Angeles.  Broadway's Matt Zarley (A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, CATS) talks about his beginnings in New York; his segue into becoming an award-winning pop recording artist; and his upcoming concert appearance at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal.  Clark and Zarley recall awkward moments that went south while performing.

04/18/2013

Broadway's Chryssie Whitehead and Broadway musical theatre star Venny Carranza talk about their lives and careers as dancers; dance's evolvement as an art form; and their history with the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Award winning A Chorus Line in which they are both featured for Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.   The Live Arts Calendar features a call to action and assistance for actorAdrian Black of Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA.   Carranza andWhitehead share stories of embarrassing moments while performing.

04/11/2013

Tony Thomas from the U.S. national touring company of West Side Story at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood is interviewed.  Sabrina Elayne Carten discusses her co-starring role in the record breaking run of One Night with Janis Joplin at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Sterling reviews the 29th Annual S.T.A.G.E. fundraising benefitBroadway My Way for AIDS Project Los Angeles at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The Live Arts Calendar features the Musical Theatre West revival of A Chorus Line at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.  Regional musical theater star Katherine Malak talks about her role as "Rizzo" in the Cabrillo Music Theatre production of Grease at the 1800 seat Fred Kavli Theatre, part of the Thousand  Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Carten and Malak recall embarrassing moments on the stage.

04/04/2013

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS (Originally broadcast April 4, 2011) - Sterling and Stroili's discussion of Meat Loaf (not your mother's, but the rock singer also known as Michael Aday on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice 2011) opens this edition ofState of the Arts.  Broadway stars David Engel and Larry Rabendiscuss their distinguished individual and collective careers, as well as their co-starring roles in Cabrillo Music Theatre's presentation ofThe Producers at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the popular hit musical Forever Plaid at the Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa, CA, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson's Burn This at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  Engel and Raben recall their most embarrassing moments on stage.

March 2013

03/28/2013

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS (Originally broadcast March 28, 2011) - Something's fishy when Stroili opens the hour with tales of the Sushi, and Sterling sprechens der Wienerschnitzel. Television, film and stage star Michelle Clunie (Showtime's Queer as Folk) is interviewed about her co-starring role in the Los Angeles premiere of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seatpresented by Vs. Theatre Company [Inside] at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood. The Live Arts Calendar spotlights Performance Riverside's production ofCurtains at the Landis Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA; and Shuffle, which utilizes the iPod and Macbook Pro to present a live music production from the National Children's Chorus at The Eyde Second Space at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. Actor Mackenzie Astin discusses his career in television and film; his parents actor John Astin and Academy Award winner and television star Patty Duke; and his co-starring role in Caughtby David L. Ray at Hollywood's Zephyr Theatre. The world premiere play centers around the upcoming wedding of a gay couple living in Los Angeles. Astin and Clunie share awkward moments during live performances.

03/21/2013

LA Stage Alliance Lifetime Achievement Ovation Award-winning director David Galligan discusses the all-star AIDS fundraiserBroadway My Way presented by S.T.A.G.E (Southland Theatre Actors Goodwill Event) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.  Award-winning film and stage star Tanna Frederick and TV and stage star Robert Standley talk about  their starring roles in the Los Angeles revival of The Rainmakerat the Edgewater Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the musical journey One Night with Janis Joplin onstage through at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Frederick and Standley recall embarrassing moments while performing.

03/14/2013

Singer/Dancer/Actor Stephen Anthony, star of the U.S. National Tour of Broadway's Catch Me if You Can, talks about his portrayal of real life, former con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre.  The State of the Arts Sweepstakes selects another prize winner, courtesy of Breakdown Services.   Actor/Singer/Impressionist Perry Lambert discusses his all new tribute show Come Fly with Me: The Songs of Sammy Cahnmaking its debut at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.   Anthony and Lambert share stories about mishaps while performing.

03/07/2013

Musical Theatre star Diane Vincent (also the "Official Lucy Impersonator" at the Annual Lucy Festival in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, NY) discusses her musical tribute to another Hollywood legend.. Betty Hutton in Nuttin' But Hutton at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA.   Sterling reviews Right Together, Left Together, a new musical by Will Collyer and Pamela Eberhardt at The Grove Theatre in Burbank, CA.  Stroili reviews Peter Colley's popular Hitchcock type thriller I'll Be Back Before Midnight also in Burbank at The Colony Theatre.   Former actor-turn-businessman Eric Zudak talks about his latest entrepreneurial venture College Town Film Festival, a traveling film festival with a mission to increase communication and collaboration between the academic, creative and business sectors of independent film... one college at a time. Vincent and Zudak share memories of embarrassing moments during performances.

February 2013

02/28/2013

Broadway's Ron Orbach (Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor) is interviewed about his co-starring role in I'll Be Back Before Midnight at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.  Sterling reviewsCavalia's Odyesso under the big top in Burbank, CA.  Stroili reviews Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes ‘Round at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA.   Popular Los Angeles musical theatre star Will Collyer discusses his work as a composer and the writing  of his first musical Right Together, Left Together.  The show's co-creator and lyricist Pamela Eberhardt also joins the conversation.  Orbach and Collyer share embarrassing performance moments in theatre.

02/21/2013

Broadway and LA's Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera) talks about his Los Angeles directorial debut with the Orange County, CA revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma for Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach, CA.  Broadway veteran producer Mark Schwartz (Nine, Zorba, La Cage Aux Folles) discusses his most recent venture Divorce Party The Musical at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features Broadway and TV's Ben Vereen in concert for Orange County California's Men Alive Foundation and their fundraising concert of February 23, 2013.   Young, London/West End musical theatre superstar Ramin Karimloo is interviewed about his illustrious stage career (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Love Never Dies) and his upcoming Sunday, April 21, 2013  Los Angeles concert debut at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA.

02/14/2013

Popular film, TV and Broadway character actress Mary-Pat Green(My Best Friend's Wedding, The Middle, Sweeney Todd) is interviewed about her co-starring role in in Fallen Angels at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  The State of the Arts Sweepstakes sponsored by Breakdown Services selects another weekly winner.   Sterling reviews the retooled Broadway Bound version of Jekyll and Hyde the Musical at the Pantages Theatre.  Green's Fallen Angels co-star Elijah Alexander is also interviewed about his career in film (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the WB's Summerland), on Broadway and in Shakespeare Festivals across the country.  Green and Alexander share awkward embarrassing stories while on stage.

02/07/2013

Legendary Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winning Broadway composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman...) makes a surprise guest appearance to talk with Joshua Eli Kranz (Musical Director and Vocal Director for the 2013 Los Angeles revival of Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes 'Round(ATWGR) at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. Popular LA musical theatre star Kristin Towers-Rowles (granddaughter of MGM movie musical star Kathryn Grayson and one of five co-stars in ATWGR) joins Sterling and Stroili, and Kranz for a fascinating discussion of Kander's work.

January 2013

01/31/2013

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast January 31, 2011) - Is it Super Bowl or … Super Bowl? Something's afoot, as Sterling and Stroili discuss the difference. Broadway star David Burnham talks about his career from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to Wicked and The Light in the Piazza. Burnham's stunning rendition of Flightby composer Craig Carnelia is featured from his current, self-titled CD. The Drowsy Chaperonepresented by 3-D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA, and Cats presented by Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA are highlighted in the Live Arts Calendar. Burnham recalls a dangerously amusing moment during a performance.

01/24/2013

Television, Film, and Broadway Star Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D., Falcon Crest, Stephen Sondheim's Follies) discusses his current co-starring role in the world premiere drama The Snake Can at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.   The Live Arts Calendar features An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth (from TV's long running hit series Frasier in concert) at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA February 23.  The State of the Arts Sweepstakes sponsored by Breakdown Services announces another winner.  Producer Jennifer Schwartz is interviewed about a Los Angeles production of The Vagina Monologues presented in February and March at multiple LA Theatres in support of "V Day", a national day promoting an end to violence against women and girls.

01/17/2013

Broadway musical theatre star, pop recording artist and successful author Nita Whitaker LaFontaine (Finding My Voice) is interviewed about her illustrious career launched by record producer David Foster and the original Star Search TV Talent Series. Sterling and Stroili respectively review Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre; and Freud's Last Session with Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavenagh at Santa Monica's Broad Theatre. The State of the Arts/Breakdown Services Sweepstakes announces this week's winner. LA Stage Alliance 2012 Ovation Award winner (The Color Purple) - Performer Michael Shepperd (Cathy Rigby's Peter PanU.S. National Tour) - discusses his background as a singer/actor and Co-Artistic Director of Hollywood's Celebration Theatre.Whitaker LaFontaine and Shepperd reveal embarrassing moments while performing.

01/10/2013

Margaret Laurena Kemp is interviewed about her internationally acclaimed career as an actress and playwright with emphasis on the worldwide hit A Negro Speaks of Rivers. The State of the Arts Sweepstakes sponsored by Breakdown Services spins the wheel for this week's winner.   Benny Aguayo (Marketing Manager and Director of Public Relations and Communication –Nederlander's Broadway LA) discusses Broadway LA's 2013 Season at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood:  Cathy Rigby is Peter PanJekyll & Hyde starring American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and R&B Grammy Award nominee Deborah Coxto; Mike Tyson – Undisputed TruthCatch Me if You CanDisney's Beauty and the BeastWest Side StoryRainPriscilla Queen of the Desert; and Sister Act.  Kemp and Aguayo share awkward but amusing career moments.

01/03/2013

Longtime star of Wicked... Eden Espinosa (Elphaba/San Francisco, Los Angeles, Broadway) discusses her musical theatre career and her debut CD/album Look Around which embodies a contemporary pop approach to songs from the Broadway stage.  The Live Arts Calendar features The Morini Strad starring Mariette Hartley at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA; and Rogue Machine's A Bright New Boise at LA's Theatre Theatre.  Ms. Espinosa's manager Joseph Abate joins the conversation with Sterling & Stroili.  Espinosa shares an embarrassing moment while performing on stage.

December 2012

12/27/2012

Chris Kauffmann, star of the LA smash hit Avenue Q talks about his experience with the Doma Theatre Company's production of the Tony Award winning musical at the Met Theatre in Hollywood.  Award winning director Richard Israel also joins the panel to discuss his direction of Avenue Q and other directorial ventures.  From Season 5 of American Idol, popular nightclub star BobbyBennett shares his thoughts about Idol and his upcoming headlining return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood.

12/20/2012

Broadway's Heather Lee (Guys and Dolls, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy,) is interviewed about her life in musical theatre and her co-starring role in Christmas My Way:  A Sinatra Holiday Bash at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA.  Lee'sChristmas My Way co-star Luca Ellis talks about his career in music and his lifelong fascination with the legendary crooner's distinct vocal style.  The Live Arts Calendar features Brian Henson's and Patrick Bristow's year-end and New Year's Eve adult (Muppet-like) puppet show Stuffed and Unstrung at Irvine's Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA.  Lee and Ellis recall embarrassing moments while performing.

12/13/2012

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast December 12, 2011) - Stroili is sans Sterling, as Michael takes the day off to cough, among other things.  Paul is joined by TV, Film and Cabaret star Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) and actor/writer/criticJason Rohrer (stagehappenings.combitterlemons.com). Ilene discusses her recent headlining gig at Kritzerland at the Gardenia, and Jason leads a discussion on all things theatrical in Los Angeles, good and bad.

12/06/2012

TV and stage star Paolo Andino (LOGO TV's The Big Gay Comedy Sketch Show) is interviewed about his starring role in the Blank Theatre production of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling gives mini reviews ofSilence! The Musical at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Donny & Marie Christmas in Los Angeles spectacular at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre.  The Live Arts Calendar features theOrange County Men Alive Chorus' A Winter Spectacular with Special Guest Liza Minnelli at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA; and the State of the Arts Sweepstakessponsored by Breakdown Services.  2012 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award Winning Director Michael Matthews (The Color Purple at Hollywood's Celebration Theatre) discusses a bountiful year of directing which also includes the hit world premiere musical Justin Love/Celebration Theatre, and the Santaland Diaries/Stella Adler Theatre.  Andino and Matthews recall embarrassing career moments.

November 2012

11/29/2012

Multiple Golden Globe nominated film and television star Harry Hamlin (Shameless, Army Wives, LA Law) is interviewed about his co-starring role in One November Yankee with TV star Loretta Swit (M.A.S.H.) at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.   One November Yankee playwright and director Joshua Ravetch is also interviewed.  The Live Arts Calendar features The Snow Queen, a world premiere musical at South Pasadena's Fremont Center Theatre.  Broadway's Cortes Alexander also guests to talk about his concert career with Liza Minnelli, his Swell CD and his upcomingHave a Swell Holiday show at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood.  Hamlin and Alexander share awkward career moments.

11/22/2012

From the Best of "Sterling & Stroili" (originally broadcast November 22, 2010)  ... Broadway, television and film stars Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) and John Lloyd Young (Tony Award Winner –Jersey Boys) join Sterling & Stroili to promote their 26th edition ofState of the Arts.  The foursome discuss pre-holiday travel security making the day's headlines: Scanner-proof Undies Keep Passenger's Secrets. Lewis and Young are interviewed about their multi-dimensional careers. Composer Randy Newman's new musical Harps and Angels at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles is featured in the Live Arts Calendar; as is Broadway Rocks Anaheim in benefit of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Guest critic Don Grigware expounds on Tony and Emmy Award winner Leslie Uggams in Uptown, Downtown at the Pasadena PlayhouseLewis and Young recall their worst moments while performing.

11/15/2012

Multiple Tony Award nominee and Broadway leading man Raul Esparza (Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Company, Leap of Faith) is interviewed about his stage career; his new recurring role on Law & Order: SVU; and his November 17th  solo headlining concert Raul Esparza Sings Sondheim at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University at Northridge (California).    Broadway's Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera) and The Color Purple's and American Idol's  LaToya London discuss their respective wins at the LA Stage Alliance's 2012 Ovation Awardsheld November 12th at the Los Angeles Theatre.  The two stars also discuss their current roles in the west coast premiere of the Off-Broadway hit parody Silence! The Musical (based on the motion picture Silence of the Lambs) at the Hayworth Theatre in West Los Angeles.  The Live Arts Calendar features readings of two new comedies:  Cops on Drugs and Rapunzel at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.  Gaines and London share occurrences of embarrassing moments while performing.

11/08/2012

Chicago playwright Doug Armstrong shares memories from 1989 about writing his now nationally, critically acclaimed holiday theatre comedy A Christmas Twist (a parody of Dickens'  A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist).  Los Angeles stage and television actorsLauren McCormack and Jen Ray (from the hit ABC series The Middle) are interviewed about their co-starring roles in the Los Angeles revival of A Christmas Twist at the Victory Theatre Center directed by State of the Arts' own Paul Stroili who also co-stars in the production.    The State of the Arts/Breakdown ServicesSweepstakes claims another weekly winner.   McCormack and Rayrecall embarrassing career moments.

11/01/2012

Four-time U.S. National Champion, Four-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton is interviewed about his 13th Annual cancer Scott Hamilton & Friends fundraising ice and music spectacular at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena; this year starring Five-Time Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd and a skating cast of Olympic Gold Medal legends including Dorothy Hamill and Peggy Fleming.   In studio guests include writer/director/producer/authorBruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical, Kritzerland Records, Out of the Box web series) who discusses his career and monthly Kritzerland concerts at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood.  Standup Comedian, TV, film and theatre actor Richard Tanner talks about the world premiere of his one-man show Small Parts at the Flight Theatre in Hollywood.  Kimmel and Tannershare awkward career moments.

October 2012

10/25/2012

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Sideways) talks about her latest endeavor as a filmmaker (I Know a Woman Like That), a documentary directed by her mother Elaine Madsen.  Broadway star Melissa Fahn (Wicked) discusses her diversified career as a musical theatre performer, voice over actress, and light jazz recording artist; as well as her cabaret debut in Grown Up Girl with distinguished musician/drummer Joel Alpers at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA.  Broadway's Mark C. Reis (Fosse) chronicles his professional path as a dancer/singer, a choreographer, a first time father, an author, a certified Pilates instructor, and his debut in Diapers, Dishes and Dreams also at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal.  Fahn and Reiss recall embarrassing moments while performing.

10/18/2012

Distinguished Award-winning Los Angeles Theatre Artistic Directors Ron Sossi (The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble) and Daniel Henning (The Blank Theatre Company) are interviewed about their respective year end projects:  Sossi's original production titled Theatre in the Dark which is performed in total darkness (30 short plays combined and rotated on different evenings under the sub titles of Dark andMore Dark); and Henning's unique fundraising event  titledHollywood on Tap, a craft beer festival complimented by popular LA food trucks to be held on the "Streets of New York" backlot at Paramount Studios; as well as The Blank's annual Christmas holiday show The Santaland Diaries with Paolo Andino, former co-star of LOGO TV's Big Gay Sketch Show.  Sterling reviews The Beat Goes On at Hollywood's Arena Stage Theatre.  Sossi andHenning share embarrassing moments during their careers.

10/11/2012

Critically acclaimed original cast member of Saturday Night LiveLaraine Newman talks about her career today in theatre, film, television and animation.  Emmy Award nominated Producer/WriterEugene Pack discusses his 2009 Off-Broadway Drama Desk Award-winning show Celebrity Autobiography which continues to sweep the country with a diverse cast of rotating stars such as Newman, Florence Henderson, Roger Bart, Lainie Kazan and Fred Willard, Brook Shields, etc. who will read and act out jaw-dropping vignettes excerpted from celebrity tell-all books.  The show next plays Hollywood's Acme Comedy Theatre.  The Breakdown Services/State of the Arts Sweepstakes selects a weekly prize winner; while the Live Arts Calendar highlights the National Ballet of Canada's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center of Los Angeles.  Pack shares an embarrassing moment as a performer.

10/04/2012

FROM THE BEST OF STATE OF THE ARTS – OCTOBER 4, 2010- How do you keep the music playing? The incomparable Roslyn Kind (younger sister of Barbra Streisand) answersthat question, and more, as she talks about her life on Broadway, in nightclubs, and as a popular recording artist. It's another "No Pants Monday"as Sterling & Stroili share tales of tails. The live Arts Calendar for the week is read; followed by reviews of 19 year old musical theatre starDerek Klena's headlining concert debut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City; and the world premiere of the New York bound Leap of Faithat the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, starring Broadway sensation Raul Esparza and Brooke Shields.Critically acclaimed Los Angeles TV, film and stage actor Ian Vogttalks about his role in SeaGlass Theatre's hit comedyOf Grapes and Nutsat the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, CASenses are tested as Vogt and Kind share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

September 2012

09/27/2012

Theatrical Producer Pink Lady and Broadway/film/TV choreographer and performer Joe Giamalva discuss the opening of the new variety song and dance show The Beat Goes On at the Theatre Arts Arena Stage in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar features the State of the Arts/Breakdown Services weekly Prize Giveaway; and three mini reviews by Sterling: Justin Love at Hollywood's Celebration Theatre, The Full Monty at The Third Street Theatre in West Hollywood, and the Los Angeles Musical Theatre Guild's staged concert production of Titanic.   Pink Ladyand Giamalva share embarrassing moments during their careers.

09/20/2012

Filmmaker and member of New York Women in Film & TelevisionEmily Sheskin talks about her plus-size beauty pageant documentary titled There She Is.  Musical Theatre stars Adam Huss and Tyler LeDon are interviewed about their co-starring roles in the much anticipated new musical Justin Love at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar features critiques of Kander and Ebb's musical revue The World Goes ‘Round at Hollywood's Crossly Theatre; and Euripides' HELEN at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, CA.  Huss and LeDon share embarrassing moments during performances.

09/13/2012

Los Angeles Ovation Award winner Shannon Warne (Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and LA Ovation Award nominee (Having it All) is interviewed about her career and current co-starring role as "Pam" in The Full Monty at the Third Street Theatre in Hollywood. Sterling and Stroili review the Los Angeles premiere of The Book of Mormonat Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. Actor/Singer Morgan Reynolds (Life Could be a Dream, All Shook Up) talks about his career with Disney Entertainment; as well as his co-starring role as "Malcolm" in Third Street's Full Monty.

09/06/2012

A series of over-the-top one liners fuel this episode's high stake antics.  Sterling discusses the opening of Euripides' HELEN at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, CA.  Composer, writer, actor/singerBrett Ryback (the LA Center Theatre Group's The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The History Boys) talks about his acting and music careers and all new nightclub act The Kid with the Keys premiering in Los Angeles at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.   The Live Arts Calendar highlightsAll the King's Men at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood; and the weekly State of the Arts/Breakdown Services Sweepstakes Giveaway selects another winner.  Actor Daniel Sykes is interviewed about his life on the stage and his starring role in the Group Repertory Theatre's production of The Paris Letter at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.   Ryback and Sykesdivulge awkward career moments.

August 2012

08/30/2012

Actor Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, Dynasty and The Colbys) is interview about his work on Broadway and his co-starring role inEuripides' Helen at  the Getty Villa's outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theatre in Pacific Palisades, CA.  Caulfield's wife of 30 years, distinguished Tony Award winning Actress Juliet Mills from TV's memorable hit series Nanny and the Professor, talks about her past achievements, her sister Haley Mills, and their late father Sir. John Mills, one of the world's most distinguished stage and film actors.  The State of the Arts Sweepstakes returns with its giveaway of great prizes from Breakdown Services.  Enter for your chance to win by "liking" State of the Arts" on Facebook.  Caulfieldand Mills recall awkward moments while performing.

08/23/2012

Hollywood legend Budd Moss, agent to such stars as Sidney Poitier, Carolyn Jones, William Shatner, Shelly Winters, Cyd Charisse, Tom Bosley and Mia Farrow, is interviewed about his autobiography And All I Got was Ten Percent set for a September 1st release.  Moss is joined by three time New York Times bestselling celebrity ghostwriter Julie McCarron who discusses her work on Moss' book, as well as autobiographies for pop icons Rick Springfield's and Gene Simmons.  The Live Arts Calendar features the U.S. National Tour of Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; and Euripides' Helen at Moss shares an embarrassing story from his past.

08/16/2012

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast August 23, 2010) - Sterling shares tales about the joys (or not) of moving; while Stroili talks of his mother's move… a slightly different "tail" which ends up in smoke. Film icon and best-selling author Tab Hunter is interviewed about life during the 50's as Warner Brothers #1 Box Office star; co-starring on Broadway with Tallulah Bankhead; working on television; and his best-selling book Tab Hunter Confidential:The Making of a Movie Star. Child star Blake McIver Ewing reminisces about own experiences on TV as aStar Searchwinner and series regular on ABC's beloved Full House.

08/09/2012

Singing sensation, concert and recording star Roslyn Kind is interviewed by Sterling and Stroili.   Sterling reviews the U.S. National Tour of Memphis at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Nightclub singer/songwriter Cortes Alexander discusses his career touring the world in concert with Liza Minnelli.  The State of the Arts/Breakdown Services Prize Giveaway spins the wheel in search of its weekly winner. Screenwriter and playwright Jamie Pachino talks about her critically acclaimed, award-winning playThe Return to Morality at Hollywood's Lex Theatre. Embarrassing career moments are revealed.

08/02/2012

Legendary Grammy Award winning pop recording icon Helen Reddy visits with Sterling and Stroili to discuss her 2012 return to the concert stage after a self-imposed 10 year retirement.  Sterling does a mini review of the Tony Award winning musical Memphis at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre.  The wheel turns for the new weekly State of the Arts audience prize from Breakdown Services.  Nightclub star Jeanne Page is interviewed about her impressive career and working with Sammy Davis, Jr. Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, and others.  Page also divulges an embarrassing moment during a performance.

July 2012

07/26/2012

Sterling and Stroili interview Award-winning actress/singer Sunny Thompson about her starring role in the critically acclaimed international touring show Marilyn Forever Blonde opening in August at North Hollywood's historic El Portal Theatre in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.   The Live Arts Calendar features Susanna Spies' The Dryer at Hollywood's Working Stage Theatre in benefit for the Eamon Cannon Comedy Class at Inner-City Arts Los Angeles.  The Breakdown Services/State of the Arts weekly prize give away is introduced to listeners.  Broadway star Raymond Saar(Les Miserables) talks about his diverse musical theatre career and giving back to youngsters enrolled in the Teenage Drama Workshop summer conservatory on campus at California State University at Northridge.  Saar recalls an awkward moment during a performance.

07/19/2012

Film and TV star Esai Morales (Star of La Bamba, NYPD Blue, Showtime's Resurrection Blvd., Plays in the Park at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA), and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, and co-star with George Hamilton in the current U.S. National Tour of La Cage Aux Follesat Hollywood's Pantages Theatre) are interviewed by Sterling and Stroili.  The Live Arts Calendar features Komitas, an Armenian love story with music about historic hero Komitas Vardabet (1869-1935) at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Morales and Sieber recall embarrassing career moments.

07/09/2012

From  The Best of State of The Arts (Originally broadcast July 12, 2010):  Sterling and Stroili salute "Actors as Entrepreneurs."  In studio Guests Blair Hickey and Brian Wold discuss the formation of CastingAbout.com, an online service for actors, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. This week's live Arts Calendar is highlighted by top productions in Southern California and Chicago. Tony Award winner Alan Cumming's cabaret concert – Alan Cumming: Uncut at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA is reviewed.  Los Angeles Ovation-nominated actress/singer/comedienne and impressionist Cissy Connerdiscusses her career and highly successful shoe business, Bare Sole (BareSole.com)

07/02/2012

Veteran stage and screen stars Andrew Prine and Salome Jensdiscuss their 50+ year careers in hit television series, major motion pictures, and on Broadway; as well as their co-starring roles in the Ernest Thompson Tony Award nominated, Academy Award winning family comedy/drama On Golden Pond at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the Independent Shakespeare Company and its annual summer festival in Los Angeles' Griffith Park; this year featuring The Winter's TaleA Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors.    Prine andJens recall embarrassing moments from their careers.

June 2012

06/25/2012

Broadway musical theatre star Juliana Hansen (Millie in the 1st U.S. National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast) talks about her association with the Walt Disney Company; The Live Arts Calendar features Rogue Artists' D is for Dog at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Million Dollar Quartetat the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and For the Record:  Boogie Nights at Rockwell: Table and Stage in Los Feliz, CA.  Veteran choreographer  Jerry Evans(Reba McIntyre, Paula Abdul, Barbra Streisand) is interviewed about his long career in film, television, commercials, musical theatre and the concert stage.   Hansen and Evans relive embarrassing career moments.

06/18/2012

Michael Sterling (the busiest man in showbiz) is out at a rehearsal, so Christopher Meehan valiantly steps in to fill his well-polished shoes.  Guests include actor, director and author Kevin Theis, co-author of Confessions of a Transylvanian: A Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror - Now available on Kindle and in trade paperback. Also, joining us by phone - American Idol's Bobby Bennett, discussing his upcoming appearance at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal on June 24th. We also talk stage fright, and self-tanning accidents.

06/11/2012

Tony Nominee and Gymnastics legend Cathy Rigby chats about her storied career and reprising the role of Peter Pan in the limited engagement production at La Mirada Theatre, along with an upcoming, cabaret-style performance at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal to benefit a favorite cause of hers: Discovery Arts.  Actor, author and musician James Schneider joins us in studio to discuss his original work: "Clowns, Goddesses and Tough Guys"currently featured in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

06/04/2012

Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) discusses the LA debut of her upcoming cabaret concert The Prince and The Showboy (with Broadway's Jason Graae) at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal; as well as her appearances on Lifetime Television's hit series Drop Dead Diva.  Actor/Writer Mark Nassar (creator of Tony and Tina's Wedding) is interviewed about his latest theatrical endeavor Johnny Boy's Graduation at various locations throughout Chicago.  Actor Peter Husmann talks with Sterling & Stroili about his role as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in the hit musical production ofAnnie at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA.  Prince andHusmann reveal embarrassing moments while performing.

May 2012

05/28/2012

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast May 30, 2011) Sterling recounts for Stroili a colorful cast of characters, though not from any play. Funny man Christopher Meehan (TV'sLast Comic Standing) talks about the opening of his upcoming, self-penned play If Church Walls Could Talk... An Evening of Catholic Comedy at the Miles Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. Just Imagine, starring Tim Piper as John Lennon at the Hayworth Theatre in West Los Angeles, and 100 Saints You Should Know at Hollywood's Elephant Theatre Company highlight the Live Arts Calendar. Daytime television star Marie Wilson (As the World Turns and Port Charles) is interviewed about her upcoming, co-starring role in A Flea in Her Ear at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA. Wilson and Meehan exchange most embarrassing on stage moments.

05/21/2012

From the Best of State of the Arts (Originally broadcast May 23, 2011) - Something's rotten in Denmark! Sterling and Stroili discuss a seasonal mystery scent emanating from the back seat of Paul's Camry. Distinguished Broadway, film and television star Alan Blumenfeld (NBC's hit series Heroes) talks about his association with the prestigious Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, CA. Fernando Richardson's Treacherous Brain at Hollywood'sOpenfist Theatre, and Kritzerland Record's Salute to the Music of Cy Coleman at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood… highlight this week's Live Arts Calendar. Doug Kaback(Director/Actor/Playwright and Professor of Theatre at Cal State University at Northridge, CA) discusses directing the classic farce A Flea in Her Ear at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA. Blumenfeld and Kaback relive their worst moments in theatre.

05/14/2012

George Wendt, talks about his 11 year tenure as "Norm Peterson" on Cheers; as well as his current starring role in the award winning musical Re-Animator at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles.   Three-time Emmy Award winner Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible) is also interviewed about her co-starring roles in Love Struck, an evening of 8 short plays at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the musicals Lucky Stiff at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts...and the 35th anniversary of Annie at the Glendale Centre Theatre.  Wendt shares an embarrassing moment in his performing career.

05/07/2012

Stroili goes it alone, as Michael is off at Suave and Debonaire Expo 2012 - It's a rollicking jalopy of a ride with accomplished actor/writer/singer/songwriter Oscar Jordan, discussing his two albums, MR. BAD LUCK and ECLECTIC SOUL. Also in studio, Jim Kalin from the acclaimed band, PILGRIM talking about their latest release, LATE. The latest Rogue Machine production is featured in our Live Arts Calendar, and Roger from Thousand Oaks calls in to chat.

April 2012

04/30/2012

Critically acclaimed author Patty Farmer and celebrated nightclub star Barbara Van Orden join Sterling and Stroili to discuss Farmer's new book The Persian Room Presents  (Vantage Press), a collaborative memoir of the (once) most elegant nightclub in New York City.  Housed between 1934 – 1975 at the legendary Plaza Hotel at 5th Avenue and Central Park South, The Persian Room comes back to life in Farmer's book through personal stories from such stars as Lainie Kazan, Jack Jones, Michele Lee, Carol Lawrence, Andy Williams, Julie Wilson, Tony Butala and many others ... including Ms. Van Orden.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Hello My Baby, a new musical conceived and written by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Tony Nominee Cheri Steinkellner, presented by the Rubicon Theatre Company at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.  MsVan Orden shares an unusual moment from her performing career.

04/23/2012

Regional Musical theatre stars Bets Malone and Scott Reardonjoin Sterling and Stroili to discuss their co-starring roles in Cabrillo Music Theatre's all new, refreshed production of Once Upon a Mattress at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, part of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA.   Thirteen year old Broadway sensationMelody Hollis (White Christmas) makes a guest surprise appearance to talk about her upcoming headlining concert engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Miss Saigon at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA.  Maloneand Reardon recall embarrassing moments during past performances.

04/16/2012

Legendary character actor Allan Rich talks about his extraordinary life in film and television, and his new book A Leap from the Method.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles opening of distinguished composer Michele Brourman and cabaret sensation Pat Whiteman at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal and the evening's charitable beneficiary Hope-Net (www.hopenetla.org).  Sterling reviews the Los Angeles premiere of
Billy Elliot the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.   Musical Theatre star Daniel Tatar is interviewed about his participation in The Company Men, one of the hottest, new concert acts sweeping the country.  Rich and Tatar reveal embarrassing career moments.

04/09/2012

LaToya London (former American Idol top finalist) is interviewed about her role as "Shug Avery" in the current revival of The Color Purple at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.   Actor Don Swayze discusses his longtime film and television career and how his late brother Patrick's health crisis affected the characterization of his starring role in the world premiere of Elizabeth Sarnoff's Slow Dance in Midtown at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar spotlights William Shakespeare's breathless tragedy Antony and Cleopatra at LA's distinguished A Noise Within classical theatre company; and The New American Theatre's world premiere presentation of Bedfellows by Chuck Rose at Hollywood's McCadden Place Theatre.   Swayze recalls embarrassing performance mishaps.

04/02/2012

Broadway's Bryonha Parham joins Sterling & Stroili live from New York to talk about her current co-starring role in the newly reimagined hit Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.  In studio, distinguished award-winning film, television, and musical theatre composer Michele Brourman is interviewed; along with Los Angeles musical theatre star Stephanie Renee Wall, who also portrays the iconic, real life "Barbie" for Mattel Toys.   Both discuss their upcoming headlining engagements at the all new Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.  Stroili does a review of The Merchant of Venice at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA.  Brourman and Wall recall embarrassing moments during their performing careers.

March 2012

03/26/2012

Gary A. Marsh, creator of Breakdown Services, the Los Angeles based corporation that universally revolutionized the casting industry for motion pictures, television, commercials, and beyond, discusses the company's 40 year history with Sterling and Stroili.  Divisions of Breakdown Services such as Showfax, Casting About, the Virtual Channel Network, Talent Pro, Eco-Cast, and Actors Access are highlighted.   State of the Arts' new 99-Seat Theatre Spotlight singles out the award-winning Theatre Banshee in Los Angeles, while the Live Arts Calendar promotes the Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.  Marsh shares an amusingly awkward career moment.

03/19/2012

Broadway, Film, TV, Concert star and popular adult contemporary Recording artist Lainie Kazan spends an intimate and disarming hour with Sterling & Stroili as she discusses her very diverse and much heralded career including an upcoming appearance inCelebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition at the Clive Davis Theatre at LA's GRAMMY Museum; and her special guest appearance at the April 1, 2012 Grand Opening of Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in Kritzerland Records' Take Me Along, a tribute to the work of Broadway and pop songwriter Bob Merrill.    The Live Arts Calendar spotlights Broadway's Liz Callaway and Cabaret's Ann Hampton Callaway in "Boom" at The Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA; and Opera superstar Renee Fleming in concert with the San Diego Symphony at the Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA. Ms. Kazan recalls a humorous, awkward career moment.

03/12/2012

Sterling and Stroili vent about irresponsible parents and child care. Michelle Danner, Entrepreneur and Artistic Director for the Edgemar Center for the Arts and Edgemar Theatre Group in Santa Monica, CA is interviewed about the company's new production of Henrik Ibsen's classic Ghosts.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights LA Opera's production of Albert Herring at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center.  Sterling's reviewsBernadette Peters in Concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal State University at Northridge.   Artistic Director Greg Shane not only discusses his involvement with CRE Outreach and the organization's Theatre by The Blind arts program, but its current offering of the Steven Dietz comedy/drama Private Eyes Danner and Shane share embarrassing moments during performance.

03/05/2012

From the Best of Sterling and Stroili (first broadcast March 7, 2011) - Former teen heartthrob/pop recording artist and film and television star Rex Smith talks about his life and career in Los Angeles theatre and on Broadway. Musical theatre star, singer/comedian Perry Lambert shares celebrity impressions and discusses his touring nightclub act. Stroili gives a toe-by-toe accounting of his first mani/pedi. The foursome vow not to acknowledge the now so-fired, not-so-winning Charlie Sheen. The Live Arts Calendar features Tony Award winner Lee Hall's (Billy Elliot) commedia dell'arte, signed and voiced adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio produced by the nationally distinguished Deaf West Theatre of North Hollywood. Reviews include the comedy Play Date at Hollywood's Theatre Asylum, and the U.S. National tour stop of the multi-Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q at the Pantages Theatre, also in Hollywood.  Lambert and Smith divulge a few of their most embarrassing moments on stage.

February 2012

02/27/2012

Sterling and Stroili talk shop with 2012 LA Comedy Award nomineeStephanie Jones  ("Funniest Actress in a Comedy") about her career and her starring role in the hit web TV series Good Job, Thanks!  Created and written by Ryan Glasgow, and also nominated for an LA Comedy Award as "Best New Comedy", Good Job, Thanks!  follows showbiz casting diva, Linda Livingston-Black (Jones) as she struggles to maintain her sanity in a job where day-to-day "normal" is anything and everything imaginable.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the LA Opera's production of Albert Herring at the Los Angeles Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; and Celebrate Dance 2012, an annual, one-night-only dance festival showcasing the work of nine choreographers and seven dance companies at Glendale's Alex Theatre.  Jones shares an embarrassing career moment.   Note: Bryonha Parham(currently co-starring in Porgy and Bess on Broadway) was originally set to guest on this edition of State of the Arts.  Due to an unexpected conflict, Ms. Parham will be rescheduled for a near future appearance).

02/20/2012

Television star and Tony Award nominated Broadway star Craig Bierko (Sex and the CityThe Music Man) is interviewed by Sterling and Stroili about his participation with Celebrity Biography in benefit of the Loma Linda California Children's Hospital.  Chelsea Emma Franko, winner of LA's coveted, annual musical theatre competition LA's Next Great Stage Star is interviewed along with three of Stage Star's top five finalists Tyson Pyles, Carrie St. Louis, and David Michael Laffey.   Sterling does a shout-out toMan of La Mancha starring Broadway's Davis Gaines and international musical theatre star Leslie Margherita at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA.

02/13/2012

TV, film and theatre heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas (Renegade and Falcon Crest) talks about his co-starring role as the Pharaoh inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (a benefit for Musical Theatre of Los Angeles and Josh Grobin's Find Your Light Foundation);  Distinguished Broadway star Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera) and the vivacious, award-winning musical theatre starLesli Margherita (London's Zorro: The Musical and Reprise's Kiss Me Kate) join Sterling & Stroili for a rollicking hour.  Gaines discusses his beginnings on Broadway, and taking on the starring role of Don Quixote (Cervantes) opposite Leslie Margherita'sportrayal of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha for Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights a stage adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic Ghosts at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.

02/06/2012

A February 15th fundraising concert version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Musical Theatre of Los Angeles (MTLA) and Josh Grobin's Find Your Light Foundation(starring heartthrobs David Burnham from Broadway's Wicked and Light in the Piazza; and television and film star Lorenzo Lamas at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA,) is discussed with MTLA'sBonnie McMahan and Aaron Jacobs.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights Sidetracked, a timeless murder mystery (Hollywood style) at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, CA.  Jacobs and Stroili share some embarrassing showbiz related social moments.

January 2012

01/30/2012

Broadway 's Roger Bart (The Producers, Young Frankenstein) andKim Huber (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) join Sterling & Stroili for a frothy, fast moving hour.  Bart discusses his career and his starring role in celebrated playwright Yasmina Reza's Art at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  Sterling gives a mini review of It's a Wonderful Life at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA; and announces "Tutu Day" (February 2nd) on behalf of Hollywood's Pantages Theatre and the upcoming west coast premiere engagement of Broadway's Billy Elliot The Musical. Huber also elaborates on her career, and taking on the iconic role  of "Maria Von Trapp" in 3D Theatricals' extravagant production ofThe Sound of Music at the historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA.

01/23/2012

Shtick around for the jokes, folks… Suzanne Whang, standup comedienne and longtime host of Home & Garden TV's House Hunters and House Hunters International, returns to State of the Arts  to not only share the trials and joys of her life on stage inCracked Open: Let Go & Gook at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA; but her much publicized bout with breast cancer.  Journalist, jazz enthusiast and filmmaker Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn talks about her first full length documentary But Can She Play? which focuses on the lives and music of female sax and brass players.  The Live Arts Calendar features Art written by award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage) at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  Whang shares an embarrassing moment on stage.

01/16/2012

Sterling and Stroili talk Golden Globes and 3 year old YouTube film critic Jack Porter.  Librettist Elizabeth Yng-Wong and songwriter Joel Henry Stein are interviewed about their current, collaborative  work-in-progress… The Demise, a rock opera about a tormented young musician (Broadway's Doug Kreeger) whose spiritual quest in New York City seemingly takes him into isolation, despair and suicide for one night only (January 19, 2012)  in On the Rox at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights a groundbreaking new version of Thornton Wilder's Our Town starring Academy Award winner Helen Hunt at The Broad Theatre in Santa Monica, CA.  Yng-Wong and Stein share embarrassing performance moments.

01/09/2012

Back in full form for the New Year, Sterling and Stroili welcome film star and Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan (The Help; Will & Grace); and Michael Orland - Associate Musial Director/Pianist/Arranger for American Idol.  The Live Arts Calendar features Zanna Don't, a hip musical fairytale at Theater Theatre in Los Angeles, and the 2009 Tony Award winning comedy God of Carnage at International City Theatre in Long Beach, CA.   Jordan and Orland share fun moments during live performances.

01/02/2012

From the "Best of Sterling and Stroili - 2011" - A Special Repeat:  It's a laugh-a-minute as Sterling and Stroili welcome Broadway and television stars Jenny O'Hara (Promises, Promises; My Sister Sam) and Nick Ullett (Me and My Girl; Loot). The foursome discuss the 65th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast. O'Haraand Ullett are interviewed about their marriage, their careers, and their co-starring roles in Steven Sachs' world premiere comedyBakersfield Mist at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Live Arts Calendar features the Pasadena Playhouse's west coast premiere of Twist, An American Musical directed by Debbie Allen; and the Long Beach Opera's presentation of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field at the Terrace Theatre in California's Long Beach Performing Arts Center. O'Hara and Ullett recant their most embarrassing moments on stage.

December 2011

12/26/2011

From the "Best of Sterling and Stroili"  - A special holiday repeat from December 27, 2010:  Stroili flies alone, while Sterling stays home with a holiday cold. Stroili makes an (unannounced) on-air singing debut. Ryan Eggold and Gillian Zinser, co-stars of the CW's iconic, revitalized hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, guest in-studio to discuss their roles in Amy and Elliot, a world premiere comedy (written and directed by Eggold) opening at the Stella Adler-Gilbert Stage in Hollywood. The Live Arts Calendar highlights New Year's Eve with Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth at theWalt Disney Concert Hall downtown Los Angeles;and the Jim Henson puppets with guest comics in Stuffed and Unstrung at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at the University of Irvine, CA. Sterling makes a surprise phone call into the program. Eggold and Zinser are coerced into sharing their worst moments during a performance.

12/19/2011

From the "Best of Sterling & Stroili" - A special holiday repeat from December 20, 2010: ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Stroili recitesThe Nightmare Before Martha (Stewart),a self-penned parody ofThe Night Before Christmas), while Sterling and guests James Roday (star of USA Network's hit TV series Psych), and Brad Raider (TV and film actor and Co-Artistic Director of LA's Red Squadron Theatre Company) provide backup vocals to underscore the reading. Roday and Raider are interviewed about their friendship and careers, Red Squadron's history, and its west coast premiere of Karl Gajdusek's comedy/drama greedy at Hollywood's El Centro Theatre. The Live Arts Calendar highlight's The Nutcracker's Journey from the Arts in Review Repertory Players at LA radio station KPFK (90.7 FM). Sterling reviews the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and Comfort and Joy, their annual holiday extravaganza at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Roday and Raider relive their worst moments in theatre. Crooner Antony Field's latest CD You and Me on Christmas Eve is also highlighted.

12/12/2011

Stroili is sans Sterling, as Michael takes the day off to cough, among other things.  Paul is joined by TV, Film and Cabaret star Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) and actor/writer/critic Jason Rohrer (stagehappenings.combitterlemons.com). Ilene discusses her recent headlining gig at Kritzerland at the Gardenia, and Jason leads a discussion on all things theatrical in Los Angeles, good and bad.

12/05/2011

Showtime television star, film star and singer Thea Gill (Queer as Folk) and Broadway Tony Award winner Sammy Williams (A Chorus Line) are interviewed.  The Live Arts Calendar features The Slap and Tickle Holiday Show at Hollywood's Lillian Theatre; and Kritzerland Records' A Broadway/Hollywood Christmas at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood.  Gill discusses her debut inBody and Soul at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. Williams tells of his beginnings in New York and on the Broadway stage.   Embarrassing on stage moments are divulged.

November 2011

11/28/2011

Hold your hats and hallelujah... the holiday season shifts into full gear with crooner Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys) and television and stage star Paolo Andino (LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show) as they discuss their respective holiday projects (Erich Bergen's Holiday Party at The Coteri in Hollywood, and A Snow White Christmas at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood; and Andino's solo starring role in the Blank Theatre Company's annual production of The Santaland Diaries  at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Sister Bernie's Bingo Bash at the Greenway Court Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews the Glendale Centre Theatre's 47th annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and singer Lyn Stanley's headlining debut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA.  Andino shares an embarrassing moment during a performance.

11/21/2011

Hilarity ensues when Sister Bernie Wyjakenowsinetski (Mary McHale) of Chicago's St. Dymphna Church gives a stern interview about her traveling Sister Bernie's Bingo Bash at Los Angeles' Greenway Court Theatre.  The Live Arts Calendar features the poignant 2010 Tony Award-winning drama Next Fall at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles; and a lavish production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA. U.S. Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Champion Lyn Stanleytalks about her foray into singing and her Los Angeles cabaret debut in Makin' Whoopie at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's.  Sister Bernie and Ms. Stanley share embarrassing career moments.

11/14/2011

TV heartthrob James Denton (Desperate Housewives) and uber talented recording artist and television actress Caitlin Crosby(MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger) discuss their roles inKaraoke Man, the new, critically acclaimed feature film collecting distinguished awards at top festivals throughout the country.   The live arts calendar spotlights The Playground, a new musical inspired by true stories of LA's homeless youth at Hollywood's Met Theatre.  Sterling reviews the U.S. National Tour opening of Bring it On: The Musical (based on the film of the same name) at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown Los Angeles.   Crosby and Dentonshare awkward moments while performing live on stage.

11/07/2011

Obie and Peabody Award winning actor/writer Roger Guenveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story) discusses his latest work Juan and John at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles. Sterling coerces Stroili to talk about his weekend road trip to Arizona and a close encounter of the fudge kind. Popular radio show host Sheena Metal (LA Talk Radio.com) is interviewed about her co-starring role in Last Summer at Bluefish Cove and its reopening at the Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles. The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Blank Theatre Company's hilarious holiday offering of The Santaland Diaries. Sterling reviews A Sentimental Journey, The Story of Doris Day at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Smith and Metal divulge awkward on stage moments.

October 2011

10/31/2011

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction) is interviewed by Sterling and Stroili about her career and latest stage endeavor:  Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.  Broadway and television star Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) laughs it up as he talks about his return to Hairspray the Musical as Edna Turnblad at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA.  Sterling reviews the Twyla Tharp/Frank Sinatra hit Broadway musical Come Fly Away, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood; and a new production of Sweet Charity at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Los Angeles.  Bullock and Ms. Archer recant embarrassing on stage moments.

10/24/2011

Figure Skating icon and Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton calls Sterling and Stroili to remind listeners about his annual cancer fundraising event Scott Hamilton & Friends, this year featuring 9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and Olympic Champs Dorothy Hamill and Kristi Yamaguchi.   Sirena Irwin and Bill Mendieta are interviewed about their roles as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the smash LA hit, world premiere comedy (with music) I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.  "…Lucy…" Producer Stephen Kahn also calls in to discuss the project.  The weekly live arts calendar features Four Foot Productions' Seascape with Sharks and Dancer at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood; and the west coast premiere of Dolly West's Kitchen at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA.  Irwin andMendieta reveal embarrassing moments while performing.

10/17/2011

Fasten your seatbelts… it's going to be a bumpy ride!  Recording artist, Broadway and concert star Roslyn Kind; and stage, film and TV comedian Chris Meehan (Last Comic Standing) are part of a high speed chase with Stroili behind the wheel and Sterling riding shotgun.  Kind discusses her annual headlining engagement at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club, while Meehan chats about his latest motion picture (Gratitude) in film festivals throughout the U.S.  The Live Arts Calendar features Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA, and Musical Theatre West's production of Hairspray at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.  Kind and Meehan share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

10/10/2011

Four-time Emmy Award winning actress Ms. Michael Learned (The Waltons) and critically acclaimed Southland theatre director Robert Marra (Seven Brides…A Chorus Line, Chess, Oklahoma) share the hour with Sterling and Stroili who open the show with banter about the correct pronunciation of Italian food dishes and the hazards of driving in the rain.  Learned discusses her co-starring role in the romantic comedy Southern Comforts on stage at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake, CA; while Marra talks about a fresh, "more edgy" revival of Sweet Charity at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Los Angeles.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights I Love Lucy … Live on Stage at the Greenway Court Theatre in LA, and the world premiere comedy of Centre Theatre Group's Poor Behavior at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles.  An embarrassing tongue-twisting, on-stage story is revealed by one of the guests.

10/03/2011

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sally Struthers (All in the Family), and Norman Large (Broadway: Les Miserables and The Woman in White) discuss their co-starring roles in Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of Annie at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks, CA.  TV, Broadway and Musical Theatre performer Cassie Silva is interviewed about her competitive participation in Legally Blonde -The Musical: The Search for Elle Woodsand her role in the new musical South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse.  The Live Arts Calendar features South Street and a ticket giveaway to listeners of this broadcast. Large and Silva recall their worst moments on stage.

September 2011

09/26/2011

Broadway leading man David Burnham (Wicked, The Light in the Piazza) joins Sterling  and  Stroili to discuss his history on the Great White Way, and upcoming concert schedule in Los Angeles at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA … and across the nation.  Listeners are treated to a cut from Burnham's newest CDOne Day.   Los Angeles musical theatre star Jim Holdridge (Life Could be a Dream, Stomp) also joins the panel to talk about his career and current endeavor with South Street, a new musical on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights South Street as its pick of the week with three pair of complimentary bonus tickets for listeners to win (must listen to broadcast for further details).  Burnham and Holdridge tell of their most unusual moments during performances.

09/19/2011

Real, live South Jersey boy and Broadway performer Graham Fenton ("Frankie Valli" in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boysat the Palazzo Hotel); and LA's busiest leading lady Kristin Towers-Rowles, currently co-starring in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at The Met Theatre in Hollywood) are interviewed by Sterling and Stroili.  The Live Arts Calendar featuresUp at Anaheim, CA's award-winning Chance Theatre; and South Street, a new musical at the historic Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.   Fenton treats listeners to his rendition of Billy Joel's New York State of Mind.  Fenton and Towers-Rowlesreveal their most awkward moments in theatre.

09/12/2011

Sterling and Stroili welcome notable stage and television actors Ian Vogt and Dale Morris - both of whom are associated with SeaGlass Theatre's production of Kvetch at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Vogt talks about directing the hilarious Steven Berkoff comedy which not only features Morris, but State of the Arts co-host Paul Stroili.  Random callers phone in with their own "kvetches" causing hysteria in the studio. The Live Arts Calendar features reviews of Israeli superstar Mike Burstyn in Jolson Live at the Winter Garden on stage at North Hollywood's historic El Portal Theatre; Kritzerland Records'  salute to the music of Frank Loesser at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood; and The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O'Neill at the Pasadena Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre.   Vogt and Morris share embarrassing performance moments.

09/05/2011

From the Best of the 2010 State of the Arts Series: Sterling & Stroili work while the rest of the country takes a day off.  (What's wrong with this picture?) An exchange of Stroili's bizarre trip to a local library, and Sterling's chance meeting with a celebrity in a nearby restaurant kick off this Labor Day show. World Champion Figure Skating legend Tai Babilonia shares a few spins through her well-documented life. The weekly Arts Calendar is announced. Michael Orland gives insight to his nearly ten-year position as Associate Musical Director, Pianist and Arranger for TV's reality/variety, mega hit series: American Idol.

August 2011

08/29/2011

Comedic actor Monroe Makowsky (AKA "Whopper Sr." in a continuing series of commercials for Burger King), chews the fat with Sterling and Stroili about his checkered professional life … from Oprah to Liza and James (Cameron, that is)…  to his current co-starring role in the LA hit comedy drama Dsynomia at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar features SeaGlass Theatre's fall production of Steven Berkoff's hilarious comedyKvetch at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA, and the Deborah Laufer comedy End Days at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.  Makowsky shares his most embarrassing moments on stage.

08/22/2011

Daytime television star Judith Chapman (The Young and the Restless) joins Sterling & Stroili to discuss her career in television and theatre, including her critically acclaimed performance as Vivien Leigh in Vivien for Rogue Machine Theatre Co. and Troubadours of Daytime at Theater Theatre in Los Angeles.  Israeli superstar and Broadway performer Mike Burstyn discusses his theatrical history and his one man concert Jolson at the Winter Garden at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the Los Angeles Stage Alliance's "Ovation Recommended" production of Dysnomia at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews the James Sherman comedy Beau Jest at the Glendale Centre Theatre.  Chapman and Burstyn recall unusual moments during their performances.

08/15/2011

Sterling & Stroili are joined by singer, stage and television starAlison Robertson (Passions), and veteran theatre actor Mario Di Gregorio.  Michael and Paul vent on the technology of texting, emails and misuse of cell phones.  Robertson and Di Gregoriodiscuss their careers and co-starring roles in the James Sherman off-Broadway hit comedy Beau Jest at the Glendale Centre Theatre, in Glendale, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Dancing at Lughnasa on stage at The Complex Theatre in Hollywood and the Lopez Auditorium in Whittier, CA; Othello at LA's Lex Theatre; andEnnio at the Pasadena Playhouse.   Robertson and Di Gregorioshare awkward moments while performing.

08/08/2011

Ana Gasteyer from Broadway's Wicked and TV's Saturday Night Live… joins Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden) for an hour of daffy, goofy fun and laughs with Sterling and Stroili. Gasteyer discusses her west coast cabaret concert debut inElegant Songs from a Handsome Woman at Hollywood's Catalina Bar and Grill; while Eagan talks about her return to musical theatre in The Real Love:  A New Musical at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium; JERSEY SHORESical  at LA's Bootleg Theatre, andGhostlight at New York's Musical Theatre Festival.  Sterling does mini reviews of Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, and Kritzerland'ssalute to the music of Broadway composers Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood.  Gasteyerand Eagan share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

08/01/2011

Marion Ramsey, co-star of the classic Police Academy comedy series of movies; and Bart Braverman, a regular from the former, longtime hit TV series Vega$ starring Robert Urich, join Sterling and Stroili for an hour of tomfoolery.  Ramsey and Braverman discuss their careers and their return to the stage in the world premiere ofCountermen at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar singles out Hairspray, the Hollywood Bowl's annual summer, star-driven Broadway spectacular; and global phenomenon Ennio starring Ennio Marchetto - The Living Paper Cartoon at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Ramsey and Bravermanrecall some of their worst career moments.

July 2011

07/25/2011

On this very musical Monday, stage and television stars Lisa Marinacci and Will Collyer sit shot gun as Sterling and Stroili gear up for another wild ride on the air waves.  A discussion about Ms. Marinacci's career also features musical selections from her new rock musical The Devil and Daisy Jane at Hollywood's Terrace Theatre.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights On Golden Pond with Hal Linden and Christina Pickles at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA; and Stroili's review of Caught at LA's Zephyr Theatre.  Will Collyer talks about his career and debut with Kritzerland at the Gardenia:  The Schmidt and Jones Album.  Tunes from Collyer are also played.  Marinacci and Collyer are inducted into MESM (Most Embarrassing Stage Moments).

07/18/2011

Broadway and television stars Mary Jo Catlett (Hello Dolly; Glee; Diff'rent Strokes) and Derek Keeling (Grease; NBC's Grease: You're the One I Want) find themselves in the fast lane with Sterling & Stroili as they talk birthdays and martinis, LA's "Carmageddon" and auto mishaps.  Catlett and Keeling discuss their careers, and their co-starring roles in The Wedding Singer at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar spotlights Come Together - A Beatles Cabaret at the Attic Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Shrek The Musical at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre.  Catlett and Keeling share embarrassing moments during live performances.

07/11/2011

Television stars Denise Crosby (Trekkies 1 and 2Star Trek: The Next Generation, Key West) and Jamie Rose (Falcon Crest, Lady Blue) join Sterling and Stroili for a rousing conversation about cell phones and driving; and mistaken celebrity identities.  Crosby and Rose are interviewed about their personal and professional lives; and their co-starring roles in the world premiere of Kari Floren'sRevisting Wildfire at the Odyssey Theatre in west Los Angeles.   Steven Dietz's contemporary masterpiece Fiction at The Underground Theatre in Hollywood, highlights the Live Arts Calendar.  Sterling reviews Kritzerland at the Gardenia - An Evening of Kander and Ebb; the west coast premieres of Twist the Musical at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA and Shrek at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre are promoted.  Stroili reviews 1776the musical at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA;Crosby and Rose share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

07/04/2011

Regional SoCal actors Victoria Strong and Peter Husmann, co-stars of 1776 The Musical at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA, celebrate Independence Day with Sterling & Stroili.  The two musical theatre veterans (who portray history's John Adams and Abigail Adams) are interviewed about the uniqueness of the Tony Award winning musical and its setting in the beautiful 400 seat Glendale theatre in-the-round, now in its 64th year as the longest, continuously running theatre in the U.S.  The Live Arts Calendar features reviews of War Horse on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York; and the west coast premiere ofTwist at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  Strong and Husmann are inducted into Sterling & Stroili's Hall of Shame by revealing their most embarrassing on stage moments.

June 2011

06/27/2011

In this repeat airing of State of the Arts' Premiere Broadcast from May 31, 2010, Sterling and Stroili share a little about themselves and their goals for State of the Arts. Six productions are featured in the Live Arts Calendar, along with a star-studded benefit to assist in covering medical expenses for local musical theatre enthusiast and lymphoma cancer patient, Ana Adame.  Tony Award nominee and Broadway legend Carol Lawrence who created the role of "Maria" in the musical theatre masterpiece West Side Story, is interviewed about her life and career.

06/20/2011

Father's Day, Family, and a Booze Cruise (that's right, a Booze Cruise) are discussed by Sterling & Stroili.   Bonnie McMahan, Artistic Director and Founder of Musical Theatre of Los Angeles(MTLA) is interviewed.   The Live Arts Calendar features 1776 The Musical at Glendale Centre Theatre in in Glendale, CA.  Sterling reviews Good, Bad but Beautiful at the Comedy Store in Hollywood; and Cabaret star Harold Sanditen's Thoughts 'Round Midnight, a west coast debut at Hollywood's M Bar.  Award-winning theatre and television actor Eduardo Enrikez is also interviewed. McMahan and Enrikez share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

06/13/2011

It's a laugh-a-minute as Sterling and Stroili welcome Broadway and television stars Jenny O'Hara (Promises, Promises; My Sister Sam) and Nick Ullett (Me and My Girl; Loot).  The foursome discuss the 65th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast.  O'Hara and Ullett are interviewed about their marriage, their careers, and their co-starring roles in Steven Sachs' world premiere comedy Bakersfield Mist at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the Pasadena Playhouse's west coast premiere of Twist, An American Musical directed by Debbie Allen; and the Long Beach Opera's presentation of The Difficulty of Crossing a Fieldat the Terrace Theatre in California's Long Beach Performing Arts Center.  O'Hara and Ullett recant their most embarrassing moments on stage.

06/06/2011

Sterling is joined by LA Talk Radio Network personality Sheena Metal who sits in for host Paul Stroili.  Former, successful U.K. theatre producer Harold Sanditen talks about his new career as a cabaret performer.   The Live Arts calendar features The Rat Pack Revisited at Fullerton Civic Light Opera's Skyroom in Fullerton, CA; and Douglas Carter's showbiz comedy The Little Dog Laughed at LA's El Centro Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Kritzerland Record's musical salute to Broadway composer Cy Coleman at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood; and iGhost, a new, contemporary musical based on Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost at the Lyric Theatre in LA.  Disney TV teen star Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place) is interviewed about her career and participation in the Young Playwright's Festival produced by the LA's Blank Theatre Company.  Stone shares her most embarrassing career moment.

May 2011

05/30/2011

Sterling recounts for Stroili a colorful cast of characters, though not from any play.  Funny man Christopher Meehan (TV's Last Comic Standing) talks about the opening of his upcoming, self-penned playIf Church Walls Could Talk... An Evening of Catholic Comedy at the Miles Theatre in Santa Monica, CA.   Just Imagine, starring Tim Piper as John Lennon at the Hayworth Theatre in West Los Angeles, and 100 Saints You Should Know at Hollywood's Elephant Theatre Company highlight the Live Arts Calendar.  Daytime television star Marie Wilson (As the World Turns and Port Charles) is interviewed about her upcoming, co-starring role in A Flea in Her Ear at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.  Wilson and Meehan exchange most embarrassing on stage moments.

05/23/2011

Something's rotten in Denmark!  Sterling and Stroili discuss a seasonal mystery scent emanating from the back seat of Paul's Camry.   Distinguished Broadway, film and television star Alan Blumenfeld (NBC's hit series Heroes) talks about his association with the prestigious Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, CA.  Fernando Richardson's Treacherous Brain at Hollywood'sOpenfist Theatre, and Kritzerland Record's Salute to the Music of Cy Coleman at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood… highlight this week's Live Arts Calendar.  Doug Kaback(Director/Actor/Playwright and Professor of Theatre at Cal State University at Northridge, CA) discusses directing the classic farce A Flea in Her Ear at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.  Blumenfeld and Kaback relive their worst moments in theatre.

05/16/2011

Sterling takes one last bite of Meat Loaf on the Donald's Celebrity Apprentice.  Stroili injects a botoxicating headline from the news of the day.  Multi-talented Broadway star Leenya Rideout (from the current 2011 Tony Award nominated play War Horse and Broadway productions of Company, Cabaret and Cyrano De Bergerac )is interviewed.  LA's SeaGlass Theatre highlights the Live Arts Calendar.  Sterling reviews the West Coast Theatre Ensemble's production of Gypsy (Stripped) … the Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim classic musical at Hollywood's Theatre of Arts Arena Stage; and Jason Graae in Perfect Hermany:  The Songs of Jerry Herman at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.   Award-winning star tenor of the New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Opera Companies Dennis McNeil is interviewed about his career and cabaret concert debut in Los Angeles.  McNeil gets inducted into the State of the Arts Hall of Horror when recalling his most embarrassing career moments.

05/09/2011

Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webbie Award nominee/winner Allee Willis joins Sterling and Stroili for an discussion about her career as a composer of some of the most iconic pop songs ever written (September, Neutron Dance, I'll Be There for You); her success on the Broadway stage with the musical version of The Color Purple; and her lifestyle as one of LA's most fascinating residents.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights the annual emerging artsHollywood Fringe Festival; and the world premiere of The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) presented by Circle X Theatre at the Atwater Village Theatre.  Sterling reviews An Evening with Shirley MacLaine at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA; and the world premiere musical The Next Fairy Tale at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.  Willis shares a worst career memory.

05/02/2011

An earful and an eyeful rub Stroili the wrong way; while Sterling gets tongue tied with names in the news.   Broadway star Ron Orbach(Chicago and Laughter on the 23rd Floor) returns to State of the Artsfor the hour, as does stage and television star Dan Frischman(Head of the Class and Kenan and Kel).  Stroili reviews The Crucible at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA.   Sterling discussesMusical Theatre of Los Angeles and their annual fundraising benefit; followed by a review of the U.S. National Tour/dance and song spectacle Burn the Floor at Hollywood's Pantages TheatreFrischman and Orbach reminisce about their most embarrassing moments on stage.

April 2011

04/25/2011

A conversation about how Sterling and Stroili spent their respective Easter holiday, begs such questions as:  Is life just a bowl of cherries or a bowl of 240? Is high flying adored or just plane crazy?  Distinguished musical theatre director Dan Mojica discusses his diverse career on Broadway and in California.  The Live Arts Calendar features Let Me Down Easy on the Lyceum Stage at San Diego Repertory Theatre in San Diego, CA; and Cirque du Soleil's U.S. arena touring show Quidam.  Sterling reviews Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles' presentation of Little Me at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.  Stage, television actor, and respected theatre criticDink O'Neal is interviewed about his dual life on both sides of the footlights.  O'Neal and Mojica recall worst memories during a performance.

04/18/2011

Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q) and stage and television star JD Cullum (Wizards of Waverly Place) join Sterling and Stroili to discuss their careers and respective LA theatre projects (The Tempermentals/Blank Theatre Co., and The Malcontent/Anteaus Theatre Co).  Sterling and Stroili engage the group in a humorous exchange on reality TV shows.  The Live Arts Calendar features George Gershwin Alone at the Pasadena Playhouse; and God of Carnage at the Ahmanson Theatre/Los Angeles.  Tartaglia speaks of an eye-popping incident during a performance, while Cullum recounts a noxious on stage intrusion.

04/11/2011

Tales of lotion and men in motion are told by Sterling and Stroili.  Television, film and stage actor Scott Lowell (Showtime's Queer as Folk) discusses his appearance in the upcoming motion picture The Chicago 8.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Arthur Miller's The Crucible at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA; and The Blank Theatre Company's production of Jon Marans' The Temperamentals at Hollywood's Second Stage Theatre.  Award winning theatre director Richard Israel discusses his endeavors with the hit musical Having it All at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, and the classic Broadway musical Gypsy (Stripped) for West Coast Ensemble at Hollywood's Egyptian Arena Stage. Lowell and Israel share embarrassing moments in theatre.

04/04/2011

Sterling and Stroili's discussion of Meat Loaf (not your mother's, but the rock singer also known as Michael Aday on Donald Trump'sCelebrity Apprentice 2011) opens this edition of State of the Arts.  Broadway stars David Engel and Larry Raben discuss their distinguished individual and collective careers, as well as their co-starring roles in Cabrillo Music Theatre's presentation of The Producers at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The Live Arts Calendar features the popular hit musical Forever Plaid at the Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa, CA, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson's Burn This at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  Engel and Raben recall their most embarrassing moments on stage.

March 2011

03/28/2011

Something's fishy when Stroili opens the hour with tales of the Sushi, and Sterling sprechens der Wienerschnitzel.  Television, film and stage star Michelle Clunie (Showtime's Queer as Folk) is interviewed about her co-starring role in the Los Angeles premiere of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat presented by Vs. Theatre Company [Inside] at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar spotlights Performance Riverside's production of Curtains at theLandis Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA; and Shuffle, which utilizes the iPod and Macbook Pro to present a live music production from the National Children's Chorus at The Eyde Second Space at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.  ActorMackenzie Astin discusses his career in television and film; his parents actor John Astin and Academy Award winner and television star Patty Duke; and his co-starring role in Caught by David L. Ray at Hollywood's Zephyr Theatre.  The world premiere play centers around the upcoming wedding of a gay couple living in Los Angeles.   Astin and Clunie share awkward moments during live performances.

03/21/2011

Tiny Bubbles?  Or Tea for Two?  Sterling and Stroili speculate Boba, a popular Southeast Asian beverage sweeping the U.S.   Guests include Judy Norton and Mary McDonough (respectively known as "Mary Ellen Walton" and "Erin Walton") from The Waltons… one of the most renowned television series of all time. Ms. Nortondiscusses a diverse career as an actress, writer, director, and musical theatre star.  Ms. McDonough talks about her new book of memoirs Lessons from the Mountain:  What I Learned from Erin Walton; overcoming personal challenges; her dedication to women's health issues; and her work as a life coach.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights Faith Healer at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, IL., and  Layers of Love, a musical theatre fundraising event for children afflicted with HIV/AIDS at the M Bar in Hollywood, CA.   Ms. Norton and Ms. McDonough share their embarrassing moments on stage. 

03/14/2014

Sterling & Stroili forego their usual comedic opening to acknowledge the recent Tsunami/Earthquake disaster in Japan.
7-time Emmy Award winning, legendary actor Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant) is interviewed about FDR, his one man tour de force now in its third year of touring the U.S.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights The Loft Ensemble's 100 Days, a world premiere comedy by Weiko Lin.  A new State of the Arts(SOTA) segment titled Regional Spotlight is introduced with a review by SOTA fan Carrie Bashak of New York.  Bashak reviewsLouden Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY.   Robert Bucker, Executive Director of the all new Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University at Northridge, joins Sterling & Stroili to discuss the spectacular $125 million dollar venue's diverse 2011 season.

03/07/2011

Former teen heartthrob/pop recording artist and film and television star Rex Smith talks about his life and career in Los Angeles theatre and on Broadway.  Musical theatre star, singer/comedian Perry Lambert shares celebrity impressions and discusses his touring nightclub act.  Stroili gives a toe-by-toe accounting of his first mani/pedi.  The foursome vow not to acknowledge the now so-fired, not-so-winning Charlie Sheen.   The Live Arts Calendar features Tony Award winner Lee Hall's (Billy Elliot) commedia dell'arte, signed and voiced adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchioproduced by the nationally distinguished Deaf West Theatre of North Hollywood.  Reviews include the comedy Play Date at Hollywood's Theatre Asylum, and the U.S. National tour stop of the multi-Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q at the Pantages Theatre, also in Hollywood.  Lambert and Smith divulge a few of their most embarrassing moments on stage.

February 2011

02/28/2011

Sterling and Stroili exchange quips with actor Jim J. Bullock as their sole guest for the hour.   Best known for his unique sense of comedy and his co-starring role on the 80's iconic hit TV series Too Close for Comfort вЂ¦ a regular celebrity player on Hollywood Squares вЂ¦ and his former syndicated talk show Jim J. and Tammy Faye (Tammy Faye (Baker) Messner) in 1996 , Bullock discusses his career in television and film, as well as the musical side of his life on Broadway and throughout the country.  The Live Arts Calendar features An Evening with Rita Rudner at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA;  the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs, CA; and The Insomnia Play at the Lyric Hyperian Theatre in Silverlake, CA.  Sterling reviews The Blank Theatre Co.'s The Cradle Will Rock at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and Betty Buckley and Marvin Hamlisch in concert at the new Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.  Bullockshares his worst moment during a performance.   

02/21/2011

Sterling and Stroili welcome actress/comedienne Maripat Donovan, star and co-author of Late Night Catechism; the hilarious, critically acclaimed series of stage productions that have toured the U.S., Canada and the British Isles.  Donovan is interviewed about her role as "Sister" in the series' latest incarnation - Late Night Catechism 3: 'Till Death Do Us Part at the Pasadena Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre.   Sterling, Stroili and Donovan discuss everything from theatre presented at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, a legendary celebrity cemetery; to some still-living legends and their performances on this year's Grammy Awards.   The Live Arts Calendar highlights The Mercy Seat, playwright Neil LaBute'scaustically funny examination of opportunism in the wake of tragedy at "Inside" the Ford Theatre in the Hollywood Hills.  Sterling reviews the U.S. National Tour's LA engagement of Rock of Ages at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Miss Donovan recounts her worst nightmare while performing.

02/14/2011

It's not all hearts and roses, or what it's "cracked" up to be.  Sterling and Stroili discuss the tainting of Valentine's Day.   Legendary Broadway star Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera) discusses his illustrious career.  Broadway, television, film star and theatre director Ron Orbach (Room Service) is also interviewed.   Sterling reviews the 8-time, 2007 Tony Award winning U.S. Tour production of Spring Awakening at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Co-Director Bjorn Johnson (Room Service) joins the group via telephone.  Gaines and Orbach tell of unusual situations experienced during live performance.

02/07/2011

Does eating a bag of chips during a theatre performance qualify as audience participation?  Sterling and Stroili sound-off on the don'ts and don'ts of theatre etiquette.   Broadway Tony Award winnerMichael Rupert (Sweet Charity, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, City of Angels, Pippin) and Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast) discuss their co-starring roles in the new musical and west coast premiere of Dangerous Beauty at thePasadena Playhouse.  The Live Arts Calendar acknowledges the U.S. Tour of Spring Awakening at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre.  Stroili reviews Shawn Colvin and Louden Wainwright III, the inaugural performance of the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State University, Northridge; and Room Service at the Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles.   Sterling reviews The Sherman Brothers Album, part of a of live (monthly) concert series presented by Kritzerland Records at the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood. Rupert and McGinnis divulge awkward moments while performing.

January 2011

01/31/2011

Is it Super Bowl or … Super Bowl?  Something's afoot, as Sterling and Stroili discuss the difference.  Broadway star David Burnham talks about his career from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to Wicked and The Light in the Piazza.  Burnham's stunning rendition of Flight by composer Craig Carnelia is featured from his current, self-titled CD.  The Drowsy Chaperonepresented by 3-D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA, and Cats presented by Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA are highlighted in the Live Arts Calendar.   Burnham recalls a dangerously amusing moment during a performance.

01/24/2011

Sterling and Stroili talk high and low tech about computers and the internet.  Top TV producer/writer Maxine Lapiduss (Roseanne, Home Improvement, Foxworthy, Ellen, Dharma & Greg) is interviewed about her love of singing and stand-up comedy, and her return to performing.  The Live Arts Calendar features the hysterical and stirring adventure Cyrano at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. and Traces, an acrobatic spectacle of circus, physical theatre, music and dance at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling reviews Louis Van Amstel's Ballroom with a Twist at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.  Successful television actor Blair Hickey discusses his entrepreneurial skills as the co-founder of CastingAbout.com, and gives proactive advice to actors about how to promote themselves during TV "pilot" season. Lapiduss and Hickey their reveal worst career experiences.  

01/17/2011

Shtick around for the jokes…  Is art really in the eye of the beholder?  Sterling and Stroili cite some questionable examples.   Broadway star Jason Graae (A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos), and television's Jim O'Heir, co-star of the hit NBC series Parks and Recreation, are not only interviewed about their careers, but partake in the day's order of funny business.  The live Arts Calendar singles out Caught at Hollywood's Zephyr Theatre - which examines America's contentious debate over same sex marriage; and Hoboken to Hollywood at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA - the critically-acclaimed, new, big band musical about Sinatra during the early years.  Sterling reviews the world premiere comedy Amy and Elliot at Hollywood's Stella Adler Gilbert Stage- starring, written and directed by Ryan Eggoldof the hit CW TV series Beverly Hills 90210.  Stroili reviews Rogue Machine's The Sunset Limited at Theatre Theater in Los Angeles. Graae and O'Heir recall their worst moments while performing.

01/10/2011

Right this way, your laughs are waiting.  Sterling and Stroili announce unusual news items involving human consumption and human kindness.   Concert star, musical theatre star, and recording artist Nita Whitaker is interviewed about her diverse career from Grand Champion of Star Search to working with legendary record producer David Foster.   LA Ovation nominated comedienne, singer/actress Cissy Connor arrives at State of the Arts with Cherand Katherine Hepburn; and discusses Bare Sole, her chic, Studio City, CA shoe boutique.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the classic farce Room Service at Hollywood's Open Fist Theatre; and the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Dan Via's humorous and provocative Off Broadway hit Daddy starring CSI's Gerald McCullough at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood.   Miss Whitaker and Miss Connor tell of their worst moments on stage.

01/03/2011

Back to kick off the New Year with a feel-good goal, Sterling & Stroili converse about the hilarious realities of attending the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.  Veteran nightclub star and recording artist Jeanie Brandes charms the husk right off of the corn as the year's first in-studio guest; along with Broadway and television star Dean Butler who discusses his multi-faceted career from theatre to television's iconic hit series Little House on the Prairie, and his award-winning film company Legacy Documentaries.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights the world premiere of TV star Ryan Eggold's Amy and Elliot at the Stella Adler-Gilbert Stage in Hollywood; and Sunset Limited presented by Rogue Machine at Theatre Theater in Los Angeles.  Brandes and Butler recall worst moments during live performance.  Miss Brandes' latest CD Jeanie Brandes Kisses You Awake is also featured.

December 2010

12/27/2010

Stroili flies alone, while Sterling stays home with a holiday cold.  Stroili makes an (unannounced) on-air singing debut.  Ryan Eggoldand Gillian Zinser, co-stars of the CW's iconic, revitalized hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, guest in-studio to discuss their roles inAmy and Elliot,  a world premiere comedy (written and directed byEggold) opening at the Stella Adler-Gilbert Stage in Hollywood.  The Live Arts Calendar highlights New Year's Eve with Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth at the Walt Disney Concert Halldowntown Los Angeles; and the Jim Henson puppets with guest comics in Stuffed and Unstrung at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at the University of Irvine, CA.   Sterling makes a surprise phone call into the program.  Eggold and Zinser are coerced into sharing their worst moments during a performance.

12/20/2010

'Tis the season to be jolly.  Stroili recites The Nightmare Before Martha (Stewart),a self-penned parody of The Night Before Christmas), while Sterling and guests James Roday (star of USA Network's hit TV series Psych), and Brad Raider (TV and film actor and Co-Artistic Director of LA's Red Squadron Theatre Company) provide backup vocals to underscore the reading.  Roday andRaider are interviewed about their friendship and careers, Red Squadron's history, and its west coast premiere of Karl Gajdusek's comedy/drama greedy at Hollywood's El Centro Theatre.  The Live Arts Calendar highlight's The Nutcracker's Journey from the Arts in Review Repertory Players at LA radio station KPFK (90.7 FM).  Sterling reviews the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles andComfort and Joy, their annual holiday extravaganza at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.  Roday and Raider relive their worst moments in theatre.  Crooner Antony Field's latest CD You and Me on Christmas Eve is also highlighted.

12/13/2010

Sterling recalls smoky memories of a long ago Christmas, while Stroili reports stranger-than-strange medical news from a British tabloid.  Legendary motion picture star Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) talks about his 40 year career and his reading of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales for the Intimate Opera Company of Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Playhouse. The Live Arts Calendar highlights holiday performances by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles with special guests Sheryl Lee Ralph and LeAnn Rimes at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA; and recording star Andy Williams with the Pacific Symphony Pops Orchestra at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.  Sterling reviews the nightclub acts of musical theatre star Leslie Margheritaand recording artist Antony Field.  Television star Gerald McCullouch (CSI) discusses his starring role in the west coast premiere of Daddy at Hollywood's Hudson Theatre.  McDowell and McCullouch account for their embarrassing career moments.

12/06/2010

Sterling & Stroili recall unusually odd memories of Christmas past.  Stars of the U.S. National Tour of West Side StoryAli Ewoldt("Maria") and Kyle Harris ("Tony"), are interviewed about their roles in the classic musical on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Pacific Symphony's Nutcracker for Kids at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA; and the U.S. tour of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Anaheim's Honda Center and LA's Nokia Theatre, highlights this week's Live Arts Calendar.   Los Angeles productions of Next to Normal, Harps and Angels, and West Side Story are reviewed.  Nightclub star and recording artist Antony Field discusses his newest CD for the holidays You and Me on Christmas Eve,  and his annual concert with Chip Smith at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA.  Field recalls an awkward on-stage moment.

November 2010

11/29/2010

Sterling & Stroili talk turkey.  George Chakiris (recipient of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor/West Side Story); and Best Supporting Actor/Oscar nominee Russ Tamblyn (Peyton Place) - respectively discuss their roles as "Bernardo" (leader of the Sharks) and "Riff" (leader of the Jets) in the historic 1961 movie musicalWest Side Story, winner of 10 Academy Awards. The Live Arts Calendar highlights The Color Purple at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA, and the U.S. National Tour of West Side Story at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Sterling & Stroili induct Chakiris and Tamblyn into the State of the Arts Hall of Shame (the sharing of their most embarrassing career moments).

11/22/2010

Broadway/television and film stars Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) andJohn Lloyd Young (Tony Award Winner - Jersey Boys) join Sterling & Stroili to promote for their 26th edition of State of the Arts.  The foursome discusses pre-holiday travel security making the day's headlines: Scanner-proof Undies Keep Passenger's Secrets.  Lewis and Young are interviewed about their multi-dimensional careers.  Composer Randy Newman's new musicalHarps and Angels at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles is featured in the Live Arts Calendar; as  is Broadway RocksAnaheim in benefit of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation.  Guest critic Don Grigware expounds on Tony and Emmy Award winner Leslie Uggams in Uptown, Downtown  at thePasadena Playhouse.  Lewis and Young recall their worst moments while performing.

11/15/2010

Sterling  & Stroili exchange quips about facial expressions while looking at one's self in a mirror; then go head-to-head with their own (and their guests') respective crowns of glory.  Leslie Ishii of East West Players (EWP), the nation's premiere Asian American theatre company, is interviewed about Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heartand Ishii's directorial debut of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play at EWP's David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles.  The weekly Live Arts Calendar highlights two productions.  Insanity erupts from stand-up comedian, television and theatre actor Christopher (stick around for the jokes, folks) Meehan who engages the group in non-stop hilarity.   Ishii and Meehan are initiated into State of the Arts' worst, must-tell theatre moments.

11/08/2010

Sterling and Stroili, along with guest Dan Frischman ("Arvid Engen" of the hit ABC TV series Head of the Class; and "Chris Potter" in Nickelodeon's Kenan & Kel ), crank up the volume with hilarious memories of their mothers strange and unusual antics.  Frischman discusses his early life and career as a kid magician, a stand-up comedian, working in television; and his current turn as author of the new comedic action/adventure novel  Jackson and Jenks Master Magicians (J.J. Ross Books).  The weekly Live Arts Calendar is highlighted by a review of nightclub star Barbara Van Orden'sdebut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. Frischman share's his most embarrassing (if not "hottest") moment on stage.

11/01/2010

The day after Halloween prompts Paul to recall creative costumes from the past.  Olympic Champion and figure skating legend Scott Hamilton discusses his 11th annual fundraising gala benefit for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center.  Sterling reviews Barefoot in the Park presented by The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, CA; and Musical Theatre West's production of Annie starring Andrea McArdle at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.  Nightclub star Barbara Van Ordenis interviewed about her multi-faceted career in New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood.  Hamilton and Van Orden share never-to-be-forgotten performance moments.

October 2010

10/25/2010

Sterling and Stroili discuss unique to weird marketing approaches for the performing arts in the U.S. and abroad.  Film and television star Stephanie Zimbalist (TV's hit series Remington Steele) is interviewed about her stage career and starring role as Katherine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's Tea at Five at the Falcon Theatrein Los Angeles; the weekly live Arts Calendar is read; Lewis Wilkenfeld, Artistic Director for Cabrillo Music Theatre housed at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Bank of America Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA - is interviewed about Cabrillo's 2010/2011 season.   Both Zimbalist and Wilkenfeld share their most embarrassing moments in theatre.

10/18/2010

Double the pleasure, double the fun as Sterling & Stroili interviewAndrea McArdle, Broadway's original title star of Annie the musical; and former teen heartthrob - turned distinguished television, film and Broadway star Richard Chamberlain.  McArdle and Chamberlain relive their worst moments on stage.  The Live Arts Calendar is read.  LA musical theatre star Callie Carson'sdebut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA  is highlighted; Paul Stroili reviews the west coast premiere of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five  (featuring Lily Vonnegut) presented by Action Theatre Company at Studio Stage Theatre in Los Angeles.

10/11/2010

Location:  Supper Club.  Question: What's up with dressing down?   Stroili and Sterling humorously discuss the lack of good taste in  clothes when going out on the town.  Television and theatre starsMike Farrell (M*A*S*H), and Jim Parrack (HBO's True Blood) are interviewed about their careers and starring together in famed fiction writer Edmund White's hit drama Terre Haute at Hollywood's Blank Theatre Company.   The weekly live Arts Calendar highlights three productions.   Sterling reviews recording artist Roslyn Kind in concert at Catalina's Bar and Grill in Hollywood.  Farrell andParrack reveal their most embarrassing theatrical moments.

10/04/2010

How do you keep the music playing? The incomparable Roslyn Kind answers that question, and more, as she talks about her life on Broadway, in nightclubs, and as a popular recording artist.  It's another "No Pants Monday" as Sterling & Stroili share tales of tails.  The live Arts Calendar for the week is read; followed by reviews of 19 year old musical theatre star Derek Klena's headlining concert debut at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City; and the world premiere of the New York bound Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, starring Broadway sensationRaul Esparza and Brooke Shields.  Critically acclaimed Los Angeles TV, film and stage actor Ian Vogt talks about his role inSeaGlass Theatre's hit comedy Of Grapes and Nuts at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, CA.  Senses are tested as Vogt andKind share their most embarrassing moments on stage.

September 2010

09/27/2010

Record-breaking fall temperatures in Los Angeles vs. the cold of winter in Chicago and New York, spark hilarious stories between Sterling & Stroili.  Broadway's legendary, Tony Award winning dancer/singer/actress Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Lineis interviewed.  This week's Live Arts Calendar is followed by brief reviews of film icon and nightclub star Debbie Reynolds at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA; and up-and- coming musical theatre star Taylor Tracey at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA.  SeaGlass Theatre's critically acclaimed productionOf Grapes and Nuts at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, CA is congratulated.  Sterling & Stroili converse with distinguished stage and television star Scott Lowell (Showtime's Queer as Folk). Embarrassing moments in theatre are shared by all.

09/20/2010

It's a musical Monday when Sterling & Stroili interview Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer Charles Fox (Roberta Flack'sKilling Me Softly, Jim Croce's I Got a Namethe TV theme songs for Happy Days, Love American Stylethe Love Boat and many more.)  "Driving in your car" stories are exchanged.  The weekly Live Arts Calendar is read.  Reviews of former Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen's new nightclub act, and SeaGlass Theatre's west coast premiere Of Grapes and Nuts are featured.  Former Broadway dancer/choreographer (turned director) Stan Mazin discusses his career on Broadway, in musical variety television (The Carol Burnett Show), and directing for North Hollywood, CA's Group RepTheatre Company.

09/13/2010

A festive episode celebrates State of the Arts' 16th week on the air, and the ?? something birthday of Co-Host Michael Sterling.  Sterling & Stroili exchange stories about unusual restaurant experiences. Hilarity ensues with Erich Bergen, recording artist (The Vegas Sessions) and co-star of the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and U.S. National Tour productions of Jersey Boys.  The weekly live Arts Calendar is featured.  Kimberly Van Luin, actress and Artistic Director of LA's prestigious SeaGlass Theatre, talks about the company's newest endeavor Of Grapes and Nutsa satirical parody of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.  Bergen and Van Luin are initiated into what has become aState of the Arts tradition: the recounting of one's worst career moments in live theatre.

09/06/2010

Sterling & Stroili entertain while the rest of the country takes a day off.  An exchange of Stroili's bizarre trip to a local library, and Sterling's chance meeting with a celebrity in a nearby restaurant… kick off this Labor Day show.  World Champion Figure Skating legend Tai Babilonia shares a few spins through her well-documented life.  The weekly Arts Calendar is announced.  Michael Orland gives insight to his nearly ten-year position as Associate Musical Director, Pianist and Arranger for TV's reality/variety, mega hit series: American Idol.

August 2010

08/30/2010

Following talk between Sterling & Stroili about over-endowed body parts, longtime television star Suzanne Whang (HGTV's House Huntersdiscusses her multi-faceted career as a TV host, a working actress, published author, and equally successful, politically incorrect stand-up comedienne.   The weekly performing arts calendar is revealed, followed by an interview with Tim Dang, actor and Producing Artistic Director of East West Players - the nation's premier Asian American theatre company at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles.  Dang shares highlights of the company's 45th - 2010/11 anniversary season including its opening production Mysterious Skina searing adult drama based on the 1996 novel which later became a motion picture (2004.)

08/23/2010

Sterling shares tales about the joys (or not) of moving; while Stroili talks of his mother's move… a slightly different "tail" which ends up in smoke.  Film icon and best-selling author Tab Hunter is interviewed about life during the 50's as Warner Brothers #1 Box Office star; co-starring on Broadway with Tallulah Bankhead; working on television; and his best selling book  Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.  Child star Blake McIver Ewing reminisces about own experiences on TV as a Star Search winner and series regular on ABC's beloved Full House.

08/16/2010

Elvis and a comeback tour (75 years later) is discussed by Sterling & Stroili.  Skylar Astin, (Broadway co-star of the 8-time Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening,) is interviewed about his career and his co-starring role in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris.  This week's Live Arts Calendar is announced; followed by a review of Funny Girl at the Sacramento Music Circus, courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com's west coast critic Don Grigware.  Sterling & Stroili interview Producer/Writer/Actress A'da Alison Woolfolk of Breakdown Services' innovative, multi-channel - Virtual Channel Network

08/09/2010

Sterling & Stroili share stories of public awkwardness; specifically, Stroili being verbally abused by the homeless.  In-studio guests include filmmaker, Broadway star, and television star Dean Butler (Little House on the Prairie); and musical theatre star Ryan Castellino - original cast member and co-star of the Los Angeles mega hit musical Life Could be a Dream The weekly Arts Calendar is featured.  Butler and Castellino are prompted to share their most embarrassing moments on stage.  

08/02/2010

Sterling & Stroili share more nightmares as actors.  Broadway starDanny Bolero (co-star of the In the Heights U.S. National Tour) is interviewed.  This week's Live Arts Calendar sponsored byPerformingArtsLIVE.com is featured.  Sterling reviews Guys and Dolls at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park, CA.  ActorKevin Farrell talks about his latest role as America's #1 Sales Star for Tupperware.

July 2010

07/26/2010

A hair-raising side of Sterling & Stroili is revealed.  Theatre and television star Marcia Wallace (The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons) discusses her co-starring role as the Wicked Step Mother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella at Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA.  She is joined by Derek Klena who portrays Prince Charming, and the production's title star Melissa Mitchell.  Stage and television actress Megan McNulty is interviewed about her role in The Baby Dance at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

07/19/2010

Sterling & Stroili share some past audition nightmares.  Broadway and television star Linda Purl (Happy Daysdiscusses her career as an actress, a vocalist, and Director of the 2010 California International Theatre Festival; The weekly Arts Calendar reveals diverse productions and events in New York and Los Angeles;  Paul reviews Center Theatre Group's presentation of The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles;  French dancer, aerialist, acrobat artist, choreographer, producer and director Aurelein Roulin converses about his all new cabaret spectacular Beyond at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA.

07/12/2010

Sterling and Stroili salute "Actors as Entrepreneurs." In studio Guests: Blair Hickey and Brian Wold discuss the formation ofCastingAbout.com, an online service for actors, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.  This week's live Arts Calendar is highlighted by top productions in Southern California and Chicago.Tony Award winner Alan Cumming's cabaret concert - Alan Cumming: Uncut  at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA is reviewed.  Los Angeles Ovation-nominated actress/singer/comedienne and impressionist Cissy Connerdiscusses her career and highly successful shoe business, Bare Sole (BareSole.com)

07/05/2010

Sterling and Stroili recall their week and the July 4th holiday before being joined by celebrated Broadway and television stars Sally Struthers (All in the Family) and Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere).    Six Los Angeles productions are featured in the Live Arts Calendar.  Michael and Paul review the National tour of Broadway's 2008 Tony and Grammy Award winning musical In The Heights at Hollywood's legendary Pantages Theatre.

June 2010

06/28/2010

Sterling and Stroili interview Tom Viola,2010 Tony Award Honoree andExecutive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in New York.  They are also joined in-studio by celebrated actor, author and musicianTucker Smallwood, co-star of Tracerspresented by LA's LOFT Ensemble.  Weekly reviews include All My Sons at The Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood, CA and CHIPS: The Musical presented by the Troubadour Theatre Company at The Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake, CA.

06/21/2010

Sterling and Stroili interview TV icon and Broadway star Florence Henderson.  This week's Live Arts Calendar is announced, along with reviews of Oklahoma presented by Musical Theatre of Los Angeles; and the World Premiere musical Daddy Long Legs at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.  The bi-monthly State of the Actor informational series is also featured.

06/14/2010

Sterling & Stroili are joined in-studio by Terence McFarland - Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance, and successfulsinger/songwriter/recording artist Jeff Phillips, co-host of"LAGenX" on LATalkRadio.com.  Insightful discussion is had about the work of the LA Stage Alliance, McFarland's academic and professional history, the arts in Los Angeles, and the failure of the arts-related "Measure E" on the June 8, Los Angeles, California ballot.  This week's live Arts Calendarand a colorful review of the 64th Annual Tony Awards held June 13 at Radio City Music Hall in New York are also included.

06/07/2010

Sterling and Stroili interview three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Carol Channing.  Also featured: The State of the Actor, an ongoing, bi-weekly informational series; this week's Live Arts Calendar; Reviews of the Loft Ensemble'sTracers  at LA's Fringe Theatre, The Will Rogers Follies at the Glendale Centre Theatre, and the National Tour presentation of South Pacific at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre.  Actor and teacher Jill Holden guests to discuss "Measure E" and its effect on the performing arts in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

May 2010

05/31/2010

Premiere Broadcast: Sterling & Stroili share a little about themselves and their goals for State of the Arts (SOTA), including non-profit arts organizations LA Stage Alliance and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which will benefit from the show. 
Six new productions are featured in the Live Arts Calendar, along with a star-studded benefit to assist in covering medical expenses for local musical theatre enthusiast and lymphoma cancer patient, Ana Adame. 
In-Studio Guest: Broadway legend Carol Lawrence who created the role of "Maria" in the musical theatre masterpiece… West Side Story.

January 2010

01/29/2010