Show Tunes with Kate Botello - Episode 31

Nov 27, 2016

Donna Drake (second from the left!), an original cast member of A CHORUS LINE, joins us at Intermission.

Welcome to Episode 31 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - tunes for TV! And - speaking of TV, if you missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast, never fear! We’ll highlight the Broadway shows featured this year. At Intermission, we’ll talk with director Donna Drake. She’ll tell us the story of how she came to be one of the original cast members of A CHORUS LINE. In Act Two, we’ll answer last week’s trivia question and give you a new one to peruse.

Click through for this week's playlist!


This week's playlist:

  • NINE (1982) - Overture
  • GALAVANT (2015) - She'll Be Mine
  • SMASH (2012) - The National Pastime
  • HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2006) - Stick to the Status Quo
  • IRVING BERLIN'S HOLIDAY INN (2016) - Happy Holiday
  • CATS (1982) - The Song of the Jellicles
  • HAIRSPRAY (2002) - I Know Where I've Been

INTERMISSION - A CHORUS LINE - At the Ballet: Actor, Dancer, Director, Choreographer and Professor Donna Drake is here with our favorite casting story ever. No, really - EVER. Donna tells us her incredible story of becoming one of the original cast members of A CHORUS LINE.

  • SONGS FROM THE NEW WORLD (1995) - A New World
  • ALADDIN (2011) - A Whole New World
  • NINE - Long Ago/Nine Reprise

Here's a video clip of Donna and company on the 1976 Tony Awards! Donna's solo line, "I really need this joooob!" was cut at the last minute, but she did get a nice feature! (She starts in front at 2:35 in a black leotard with a purple knotted shirt. Big close-up at 2:43!)

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