- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of Pasadena Symphony
I am just catching up with an enjoyable video POPScast hosted by Larry Blank, The Pasadena POPS resident Conductor. Each week (they started in late June) Blank chats with a star-studded line-up of performers, composers and musicians who frequently appeared on the POPS stage. You’ll hear behind-the-scenes stories, personal recollections, and heartwarming anecdotes of life on the road, on stage, in films/TV, rehearsals, auditions, how they are coping with life away from performing and so much more. At the end of each POPScast, there is a musical clip from a past POPS performance.
Guests for the month of August include: singer/songwriter Kiki Ebsen (daughter of actor Buddy Ebsen); Tony Award-winning actress Cady Huffman (Ulla in Broadway’s The Producers and Netflix Master of None); Lisa Vroman, a versatile songstress who starred in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera; actress/singer Anita Gillette (Tina Fey’s mother in 30 Rock); and Lucie Arnaz who starred opposite her mother, Lucille Ball, in numerous TV shows and has enjoyed a career playing many of the best women’s roles in the theater. New POPScasts premiere weekly on Saturday at 7:30pm on the Pasadena POPS website. Past POPScasts and musical clips from past POPs performances are also available. Don’t miss Michael Feinstein ‘ambassador of the Great American Songbook;’ composer/lyrist Marc Shaiman (Bette Midler’s original vocal arranger) or Valerie Perri talking Evita, the role of a lifetime
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