18 Burst results for "Rebecca Luker"

Woke Crowd Cries Racism After 'Slave Play' Tony Awards Snub

Mike Gallagher Podcast

01:52 min | 8 months ago

Woke Crowd Cries Racism After 'Slave Play' Tony Awards Snub

"For a theater geek like me like me. Last night was the like the super bowl because it was the tony awards. I've got a friend in moulin rouge actually a few friends in moulin rouge and moulin rouge the musical. The huge winner. I was really really excited for danny burstein. Zeya a new york actor. He had just a horrific year. he's one of the stars of moulin rouge on broadway. And he's been a broadway actor for and he and his wife. Rebecca luker a real beloved couple rebecca. His wife got ls and both of them got cove head and she died last december. This past december. So he's back on stage with moulin rouge. He won his first. Tony award very gracious speech. And there's a huge controversy about the play side not the musical side you got you got musicals and you got you got plays right and the play that was expected to clean up at. The tonys was a play called slave plane. I know people who saw it and said it was a incoherent mess. It's just. I don't even know what it's about something about. It's all woke stuff about race. It's race and sexuality and you know a lot of people. I know roy just didn't like it at all but you know the woke crowd of new york being the wo- crowd it was nominated for. I think i think twelve tony awards. It was completely shut out. It didn't win a single tony so now of course come the accusations that the tony select selection committee is racist. Because everything's got to be racist. Everything is a lack of diversity. Everything about And of course. New york's broadway community is about the most diverse community in the world. But it's not enough for the woke crowd

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

07:35 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

"At the end of twenty twenty. What was already a crazy tumultuous year. We lost rebecca for you you. You've known her years and years now. And i can only imagine the loss of such close friend like done. Yeah it was. It has not been easy. It's been rough. Yeah hard to wrap my brain around that on but yeah we met in two thousand four we did. We were doing a reading of jenny. Gearing piece called the mistress cycle and we just hit it off his gangbusters like immediately. Tell it we laugh. In 'cause we i said i'm the bathroom so i'll go with you and So we like talking you know. She's in the stall next to me. Where are you from. What are you doing in this whole thing. This whole conversation on. I thought i love that girl. And of course i knew about her. I was like such a fan of hers. She is just a completely authentic down to earth individual. Which is my requirement for all of my best girlfriend. Now don't don't bring the crazy okay. but she was just an authentic real individual That was genuinely interested in the minutia of your life. She wanted to know about you your life and we also even though she's from alabama and i'm from ohio. We had very similar sensibilities and also very similar approaches to our work and the friendship was not only just as powell's but also as artists which was really cool and we supported each other through all those years. And i see her and show she would come to see me in shows and you know got stronger and stronger and then we always said she would. I guess johnson shows that she did on like her kern show ended up guests. We played ukulele together. Created this scenario number called the bullfrog control and And then she guested. I she guested on some shows a mine and and so we were constantly wanting to work more together We were always socializing the other. We'd say you gotta do a show together. We do show in our minds. We're thinking about show together. But then we had this opportunity in two thousand seventeen in tapper from fifty four below. Who was programming at the time. were doing a of series since so. Jen called me inch that. Hey we're doing the series. Would you be interested in in this. I said yeah. Let me get back to you. And i just picked up the phone call back i said. Hey listen they're doing this. Would you be interested. She said yes and we just immediately in the way calling. Joe thakin are extraordinary musical director and began working on it. Everybody says don't everybody says don't everybody says domed walk on the grass. The peace skate on people always said to be june. Ever do a show with your best friend. Don't ever do that. It will ruin the run the friendship because you never know someone to you live with them. There's that saying but you also never know someone to your day in day out like when you're on the road with same with the national tour they become everything and that's the highs the lows the everything in between crazily we were so it was kind of crazy how much we loved working on it. In any time there was even a hint of. I don't agree with that. we would. We'd say what try let's try it. Let's see if it works and if it doesn't it doesn't we also chose all of the material is by committee. I mean even our solos we for like auditioning ourselves now now at so that we could settle into what we were. We programming this in in wanting to that. We really agreed. Upon was that we didn't want it to be your typical duo show where it was just basically both opening up our our know our audition books in saying i got this song. Got this. i got this in just a bunch of solos and then okay and then we'll throw in duet here and there. We wanted it to be a true duo show and we wrote vocal arrangements. We would go out. We would be at her house in the poconos. We wrote a lot of it out there and we would be sitting on the dock on the lake or in her in the kitchen or on the deck just listening and trying different harmonies for things and we also wanted the listener to not know who is on top and who was on bottom so we were constantly weaving in and out of each other just to keep it interesting not only for us but for the listener on so it was creatively. Probably one of the funnest. Times i've ever had with another human being just to just to create something like that together and we kept. We were never satisfied until we felt like okay. That's end like we'd finish the song or like okay. That one's done and we listened back to it than one of us to be like you know why should there should be a modulating opium and then we take it to joe. Joe would work his magic can in all of this. So how did the show change through. Its various incarnations in its live performances. We the fifty four Below version was like sixty five minute. production dot product was about fifty or sixty five minutes. And even when we were starting that night there was one song in there that we knew as it was actually rehearsing like a couple of days before and we both each other like this should be cut but we were stuck with it and we love the song but we thought it doesn't quite fit and so then after that sean hartley merkin hall contacted us and said we'd really love for you to do all the girls in larger ormat and and to expand it so we expanded it to ninety minutes which was a lot of material and really indicate this opportunity to say We need to trim that medley and that one song that we had although we love it that had to go and then what to put in its place and we had two other solos each and what ended up happening was we said you know what we should put like a new songwriter section in here some compositions and we were looking and we were exploring and doing a deep dive into all these people. We knew personally a lot of them in other people we heard their songs and we were kinda putting them together and we couldn't figure out how to chain thing kind of linked them together and all of a sudden we were going. We're like what are we doing. We have joe falcon right here. Who's an extraordinary composer who writes songs for rebecca knee. And we thought. What are we doing looking.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

01:50 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

"She is just completely authentic down to earth individual but she was just an authentic real individual. That was genuinely interested in.

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

01:35 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Standards on W N Y C. Falling in Love With Love, the Rodgers and Hart Waltz. You can hear it very plainly and her straight ahead approach to the tune that usually gets swung. By a particular singer and hard Frank Sinatra really leans into the backbeat and Sammy Davis Jr jazzed it up just some of the versions of that song that are a bit less. Legit. But Rebecca Luker was a denizen of the Broadway stage and someone whose voice will be missed and we'll hear it again. Tonight. I'm Paul Cavalcanti with Nat King Cole than a Blue Z move. Okay. Love makes me treat you the way way that I do. G baby. Not good, Tonto. There's nothing in this world too good for girls. So good intrude, G baby. Not good, Tonto..

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:01 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Or a marvelous woman, was she She cooked like an angel made all her own clothes at four every morning, this paragon roles. She played the piano and shallow and strung up the kitchen. Each day. She sang like a dog, and she wasn't a ball. Taking in refined washing. They say she Woz, my husband's first wife, My husband's first wife. She never was cranky. She jumped when you'd call and the house ran on nothing at all. So he tells me. My husband's first wife, My husband's first wife. She hated by cycling. It gave her no thrill. She never went out and she never was ill. I know how I wish the dear girl where here Still my husband's first wife. My husband's first wife, My husband's first wife, She sang as she brought up the coal every morn. And she mentioned vacations with scorn. So he tells me my husband's first wife, My husband's first wife. Figure with lovely just 18. She looked, the Children were scrapped and their shoes always looked. They were born in the morning, but wasps cooked by my husband's first So that's Rebecca Luker.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:59 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Rebecca Luker in the part of Mary in the library in You have songs with it with what seems to me anyways, to be a really big range. When then starts off in your, You know the bottom of your speaking range and ends up on really high notes. But you have a voice that's very well equipped to do that. This this was probably not even a stretch for you. Oh, how did comment on that? Well, I guess the range is writing my voice. I have to say I done this role twice before and you know the ranges. I guess it is a big range goes up to a flat and then starts pretty low. But I try to keep it all sort of in the same, you know, register and try to make it sound like I'm speaking more than singing and And it has been hard has been hard. It's a light. So it's a lot of work and a lot of songs, and it did take a lot of rehearsal in a lot of discipline to make it sound. If it sounds easy that just cause we rehearsed a lot, you know, worked hard on it. Let me play something with you. Rebecca Luker singing on the cast recording of the music man and I thought we'd go with a ballot that is not That famous is called My White Knight. It's It's a really lovely song has a thing. Quite a big range. You do start off as if you're speaking and then sore. Yeah, this one has a big range. Yeah, say something about the song is it's too bad. This one isn't isn't as well known Well, it is. It's not that well known. Probably One reason is that in the movie they interpret late the MEREDITH Wilson's version into them, you know, and into the song in the middle of the song you hear. My white knight as we do it in the show, and it's surrounded by another song called Being in Love, which I'm Not even sure if MEREDITH Wilson wrote that someone else wrote it, I think Uh, and maybe lesser wrote it, But I It's one of my favorite songs now and hopefully when people see the show they come away feeling that way about it like Oh, I never knew it was, you know a good song. But the way we arranged it for the show is David Chase, our conductor and musical director had the idea that the beginning was too high. It was too high. Sound natural. So we lowered it about 1/4. And then a few lines later, we we jump back up to the original key, and it works so well, and it just sort of naturally flows into the song the right way. And then it ends on a flat, You know, Big, big money noted the end it is, You know, it's one of my favorite songs. Now, though, it's such a lovely song, and it just It's sort of Encapsulates marrying and how you know how who she is. It makes her you know, you understand her better know where she's coming from Better from the song When the sun starts, you know, marries and marries Mother's saying to her, you know. It's about time you found a guy and nobody's ever nice to you. What are you waiting for? And she sings this In response. This is my white knight. Rebecca Luker singing on the new cast recording of the music man..

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:03 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Rebecca Luker from the new cast recording of the music Man. Rebecca. He grew up in a small town in Alabama. Did you feel connected it all to the small town of River City in the music man? Uh, yes. And no. I mean, I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, but I wasn't there too many years. I moved when I was four. But actually I moved to even even a smaller town than Birmingham. So Yes, In a way, I guess I was acquainted with sort of that kind of slower life. And you know how you know your neighbors and that sort of thing. So that was That was a connection. Yes. How small was the town You moved to after a while after Brangelina, Alabama. I don't know the population, but it's small. I mean, we're talking six traffic lights or something, You know, so it hasn't changed and 30 years. Probably was there any theater? The one from Helen is listening. No. Oh, no. There was there was the little theater in Birmingham so we would go there too. If we ever did see theater, it was in Birmingham. Was there any local entertainment? You know you go to the movies or you'd you know course. My my university town. Montevallo was even further south. And I guess you could go there to see Cem Cem plays and things. But We didn't you No church was a lot of went there a lot to sing and be entertained. What kind of songs did you sing in church? Mostly. Well, I grew up in the Baptist church. So we had that sort of Secular kind of popular type music. You know, Bill Gaither, if you know anything about that kind of music, nothing classical, nothing. Bach or, you know the none of the good church music it was. It was all sort of That that contemporary religious music and in him, so we did some of the old hymns. Of course we want to do a few bars of him. You sang when you were a kid. Oh, um, just as I am without one, please. You know that one? No. Okay? Never mind And we'd sing. We'd saying that they didn't sing that one of my synagogue. Yeah. Wait. Think about 12 verses of that while there, preacher stood at the end, waiting for someone to walk down the island. Joining the church. You know, why don't we take a pause here and listen to some more music from the new cast recording of the music man and Rebecca? I thought we could listen to you singing Goodnight, my someone Okay. It's a very familiar song from the show. You want to say anything about about the song and I love When it comes in the show. I think you need a ballad You know, I've often heard the audience say that by the time you know, marry and goes out on the porch and the moonlight, you know, hit, sir and she sings this beautiful lullaby. That is just a wonderful Change what's been happening. You know The Herald's been singing trouble and starting the town up and they've had the town meeting and everything's going full blast. You know, you get to Sort of relax a little bit. There's been a lot of goings on before this happens, and it's just so lovely song. That's one of my favorites..

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

03:05 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KCRW

"What do you say to people like that, even if they don't care about the cost of keeping it open when Ronald Reagan called the United States a shining city on the hill, it was Actually speaking to a truth that we have largely abandoned since 9 11. We have given up the moral clarity and moral credibility that we have, because we operate this dungeon full of men who've never been even brought before a judge. That's an incredible betrayal of our most basic values. And so if you can provide me any good argument at all Spending that much money and that much moral and diplomatic cost to hold an elderly man in the Caribbean. Then, you know, try try and persuade me, but I haven't heard a good argument for it. Let's talk about the obstacles to closing Guantanamo. I'm thinking about the law. Congress passed when Obama was in office that prevents Guantanamo prisoners from coming to the US for any reason, not trial, not medical care, not even imprisonment s O. That does not, however, prevented Divide demonstration from doing what the Bush administration from what the Trump Administration from what the Obama administration did. Which is to transfer detainees to foreign countries. Now that's not a difficult thing to do in 2020, except except that the Trump Administration shut down the government office that negotiates those prisoner transfers to other countries. So do you expect that office to be revived? Reopened once Biden is an office. I do. It's very much expect that office to be revived, and it should be given as much in terms of supporting resources, as the Biden administration can provide it because it really was the most effective means. Not on Lee to reduce the Guantanamo population but to show that the United States was committed to establishing and re establishing its place as a leader on human rights, the rule of law around the world. Michelle. Some colleagues of yours, who also represents Guantanamo detainees, wrote a piece recently about what it would take to close Gitmo and they said there is no perfect solution. Do you think that's true? If you can lower the Guantanamo population down to the eight men who are currently facing trial. That's a huge achievement and it should be treated this such and if you can resolve those eight cases, right on, Lee eat. And provide some degree of closure for something as scarring to the national psyche as 9 11. That's going to be a huge achievement of the Biden administration. Will everyone be happy with every aspect of how? How something like that gets resolved? No, of course not. Because if it was easy, it would have been a long time ago. Michelle parody is a U. S. Defense department attorney who represents several Guantanamo prisoners. And he also teaches at Columbia Law School. Thank you for talking with us about this. My pleasure. Mm hmm. Broadway star Rebecca Luker died this week in a Manhattan hospital from a LS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 59 Luker was best known for playing several roles and Broadway musicals from The Phantom of the Opera to the Music Man. Jeff Lunden has this appreciation. For over 30 years. Rebecca Luker graced Broadway stages,.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

03:04 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KCRW

"What do you say to people like that, even if they don't care about the cost of keeping it open When Ronald Reagan called the United States a shining city on the hill, it was actually speaking to a truth that we have largely abandoned since 9 11. We have given up the moral clarity and moral credibility that we have, because we operate this dungeon full of men who've never been even brought before a judge. That's an incredible betrayal of our most basic values. And so if you can provide me any good argument at all Spending that much money and that much moral and diplomatic cost toe hold an elderly man in the Caribbean. Then, you know, try try and persuade me, but I haven't heard a good argument for it. Let's talk about the obstacles to closing Guantanamo. I'm thinking about the law. Congress passed when Obama was in office that prevents Guantanamo prisoners from coming to the US for any reason, not trial, not medical care, not even imprisonment s O. That does not, however, prevented the by demonstration from doing what the Bush administration from what the Trump administration from what the Obama administration did. Which is to transfer detainees to foreign countries. Now that's not a difficult thing to do in 2020, except except that the Trump Administration shut down the government office that negotiates those prisoner transfers to other countries. So do you expect that office to be revived? Reopened once Biden is an office. I do. It's very much expect that office to be revived, and it should be given as much in terms of supporting resource is, as the Biden administration can provide it because it really was the most effective means not on Lee to reduce the Guantanamo population. Like to show that the United States was committed to establishing and re establishing its place as a leader on human rights, the rule of law around the world. Michelle Some colleagues of yours, who also represent Guantanamo detainees, wrote a piece recently about what it would take to close Gitmo and they said there is no perfect solution. Do you think that's true? If you can lower the Guantanamo population down to the eight men who are currently facing trial. That's a huge achievement and it should be treated this such and if you can resolve those eight cases, right on, Lee eat. And provide some degree of closure for something as scarring to the national psyche as 9 11. That's going to be a huge achievement of the body administration. Will everyone be happy with every aspect of how? How something like that gets resolved? No, of course not. Because if it was easy, it would have been a long time ago. Michelle parody is a U. S. Defense department attorney who represents several Guantanamo prisoners. And he also teaches at Columbia Law School. Thank you for talking with us about this. My pleasure. Mm hmm. Broadway star Rebecca Luker died this week in a Manhattan hospital from a LS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 59 Luker was best known for playing several roles and Broadway musicals from The Phantom of the Opera to the Music Man. Jeff Lunden has this appreciation. For over 30 years. Rebecca Luker graced.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:00 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"What do you say to people like that? Even if they don't care about the cost of keeping it open when Ronald Reagan called the United States a shining city on the hill, it was actually speaking to a truth that we have largely abandoned since 9 11. We have given up The moral clarity and moral credibility that we have because we operate this dungeon full of men who've never been even brought before a judge. That's an incredible betrayal of our most basic values. And so if you can provide me any good argument at all for spending that much money and that much moral and diplomatic cost toe hold an elderly man in the Caribbean Then, you know, try try and persuade me, but I haven't heard a good argument for it. Let's talk about the obstacles to closing Guantanamo. I'm thinking about the law Congress passed when Obama was in office that prevents Guantanamo prisoners from coming to the US for any reason, not trial, not medical care. Not even imprisonment s O. That does not, however, prevented the by demonstration from doing what the Bush administration from what the Trump Administration from what the Obama administration did. Which is to transfer detainees to foreign countries. Now that's not a difficult thing to do in 2020, except except that the Trump Administration shut down the government office that negotiates those prisoner transfers to other countries. So do you expect that office to be revived? Reopened once Biden is an office. I do. It's very much expect that office to be revived, and it should be given as much in terms of supporting resources, as the Biden administration can provide it because it really was the most effective means not on Lee to reduce the Guantanamo population but to show that the United States was committed to establishing and re establishing its place as a leader on human rights, the rule of law. Around the world. We shall some colleagues of yours, who also represent Guantanamo Detainees wrote a piece recently about what it would take to close Gitmo and they said there is no perfect solution. Do you think that's true? If you can lower the Guantanamo population down to the eight men who are currently facing trial. That's a huge achievement and it should be treated this such and if you can resolve those eight cases, right on, Lee eat. And provide some degree of closure for something as scarring to the national psyche as 9 11. That's going to be a huge achievement of the body administration. Will everyone be happy with every aspect of how? How something like that gets resolved? No, of course not. Because it was easy. It would have been done a long time ago. Michelle parody is a U. S. Defense department attorney who represents several Guantanamo prisoners. And he also teaches at Columbia Law School. Thank you for talking with us about this. My pleasure. Hmm. Broadway star Rebecca Luker died this week in a Manhattan hospital from a LS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 59 Luker was best known for playing several roles and Broadway musicals from The Phantom of the Opera to the Music Man. Jeff Lunden has this appreciation. For over 30 years. Rebecca Luker graced Broadway stages. Rebecca Luker had a globe in her presence and in her voice. That I associate with Golden age of musical theater. Ben Brantley, former drama critic of The New York Times, was a big fan. It wasn't that she was the throwback. Exactly. There is nothing quite about her. But she had that kind of luminous soprano that you associate from another time. The Alabama born soprano played a variety of ingenue roles in both new shows and revivals. Magnolia in Show Boat Maria in the sound of music with and.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:17 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"On the Swan galleries, app. On this week's on the media. NBC hosted a Trump Town hall and ended at the same time is a B C's Biden event. Was it a ratings crap? I don't think from the radius perspective or a chain dollar perspective, It makes album my chances of political decision network machinations and more from this week's on the media from W. N. Y. C. Tomorrow morning at 10 on 93.9 FM. This's w N. Y C. 93.9 FM and AM 20, NPR News and the New York conversation. This is fresh air weekend. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Let's get back to Terry's interview with Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein. Their lives have become complicated by health crises bursting was starring in Moulin Rouge before it shut down in March, and he contracted a severe case of covert 19. After he returned home from the hospital. Luker had a relatively minor case of Covad, but that was on top of having been diagnosed a few months earlier with a less or Lou Gehrig's disease. A progressive disease that affects the brain's ability to initiate and control muscle movement, and in later stages Khun Lead to paralysis. Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker spoke to Terry last Monday. If you don't mind my asking. I think you have just such a beautiful voice. I love your singing so much, and I know it's hard for you just to have enough breath to talk right now. And as recently as June, there was AH zoom event for you related to a less and raising awareness about it. And you sung three songs in that and sounded gorgeous. S o. I can I can hear that, You know, in terms of your voice and the breath that you need for a voice that that's That's progressed. Are there songs that go through your mind now? Even if you can't really sing them? Yeah, and we we listen to me sometimes no recordings. Yes, Lovely. So you know, I'm proud of What? Yeah. Yeah, There's a There's a type of immortality that we were talking about the other day that Becca's recordings give her and and she was expressing how proud she is of those recordings. So and they are their glorious they are. I agree. Let's why don't we pause in and listen to one Okay, so I'd like you back up to choose one that you'd particularly like to hear, especially if it's on visit song that has special meaning for, you know, or that's taken on a new meaning for you. I was going to suggest come My white Knight. Say a few words about why you love this song. And then we'll hear it. I was just I was just gonna say that, um Danny's My White Knight. So So here's Rebecca Luca from the Broadway revival of the.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:16 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Think that was my guess. Rebecca Luker recorded in June, singing the drum current song, Not you. And in the months Since then her a less rigorous disease has progressed and At this point, Becca, you you're saying you You can't really sing anymore. Or you don't have enough breath or diaphragm support to do that, right? Sadly for you, and for all of us who love your singing. Like me. What So, you know, also with us is Danny Burstein, who is this six time Tony nominee, Rebecca lookers. Three time Tony nominee and So, Danny, we've been saying that you got covered shortly after Moulin Rouge closed on Broadway because there was a suspected case of Cove it that turned out to be a real case of covert. And then you Got it soon after. What are the eyes that Moulin Rouge will ever reopened? I mean, it's it's a seems like a really expensive Lavish musical. And you know Broadway hope financially. Who knows what Broadway's future is going to be? It may take a while. I mean, they said in the most recent press release that we should be back June 1st. But you know even that We're unsure of that. You know, I'm sure of anything right now. When it comes to when will things we open? It's true they're gonna have to set up new protocols for theatergoing. Or think of new ways to get the show's out to people. There is a need. There's a desperate need for people to experience art again. For ideas and and entertainment on that kind of energy. That only happens from a live experience. There is a deep need for that. A human desire and we're going to try and figure out some way of making that happen. And that's for Moulin Rouge coming back. Our producers are intrepid. And they are really in it for the long haul and we will be back. I'm sure we will be one of the shows that will return. Yes, it is expensive, but They're they're committed to keeping the show open and one way or another, we will be back. Okay. Well, good luck. With the Tony nominations, and I will be thinking of you both. Thank you so much for this conversation and for sharing so much with us. Thank you. Lovely talking to you, Terry. Our thanks to Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker. Tomorrow on fresh air. Our guests will be filmmaker Craig Foster. His new documentary. My Octopus teacher is about a year Foster spent diving off the coast of South Africa into a kelp forest. There. He gained the trust of a wild octopus that taught him about its life and foster zone. I hope you'll join us. Fresh air's executive producer is Danny Miller, our technical director and engineers. Sergey Bentham. Our interviews and reviews have produced and edited.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

07:06 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Interview with Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein, who are a married couple he was starring in Moulin Rouge. When it went dark because of Cove. It He came down with a severe case. Luca had a relatively mild case soon after, but she had been diagnosed just a few months earlier with the progressive disease unless Lou Gehrig's disease Which interferes with the brain's ability to initiate movement and control muscles. So that the Tony nominations were postponed in June because of covert and other nominations will be announced tomorrow was Roman ruins the first show to go dark because there was a case of suspected Cove it in the production. Actually, it wass way were we had on an unusual schedule. We had Thursday matinee and we knew that that people were getting sick all around us. But we didn't know in the company that anyone was sick or anyone in the building was sick. Or suspected of being ill. And we all got a text at around. 12 30. Normal time for show to start for Matt native started two o'clock. And we got a text from our producers that's and come to the house. On and we're going to have an emergency meeting at one o'clock, and so literally, everybody in the building had to be there. Stagehands Thie, Usher's house manager, and they said one of our cast members has taken ill. And he said the doctor right now and it was it was suspected that he might have covet and so to be proactive and to make sure nobody else got sick. They were going to cancel the matinee and evening show and they were going to sterilize everything that they could And I really applaud our producers for taking that step before any other show did on day cancel the show and nobody knew that they were going to cancel the show. Even the House manager said. There's a whole line of people waiting outside to come in the line goes around the block, and he was just told to tell them that an emergency is calm. Mama come up. And we're very sorry, but the show is canceled today. And later on that afternoon, Governor Cuomo actually cancelled all of the Broadway shows today that very day that evening for a month. And how soon after that, did you get covert? Danny? Uh, I think a week later. I was a little over, like nine days later, I was in the hospital. We're afraid to go to the hospital thinking like, well, maybe I don't have cove it but I'll be exposed to it if I do go. Well, I had a feeling I might have it. But, Andi, I gotta try to get a test and that took a week and a half to finally come through. But I felt ill, and my doctors kept telling me if you don't feel if you don't have trouble breathing. Don't go to the hospital because right now the hospitals are dangerous places to actually go. So I was holding on. I was sick and I had fever and I was trying Teo stay away from back as much as I could. And our son Zack was here with us at the time. And I wasn't feeling good. And I decided to take a shower in the evening one evening and I went into the shower and I couldn't breathe and I fell to my needs in the shower. And a voice just came out of me That said, Guys, I need to go to the hospital, and it just literally came out of me. And that voice that decision saved my life. Because my lungs were so bad if I hadn't gone, you know, probably because I just kept any worse on Ben. My son, Zack walked me. To the hospital ST. Luke's, which has been a block and a half away. And he was looking back at me the whole time, you know, so worried about me and you know, it's apparently all you want to do is take care of your Children. You know, desperately take care of your Children and not have him worry. And to see that look in his eyes that worry for me and him. Walking me to the hospital was going reversal and quite emotional for me. Yeah, but they took me in right away. And I got great care there and I'm very grateful to everybody in that. You wrote in your articles that were times you thought you were going to die. Were you reflecting on your life during that time during those times when you thought like I might be dying right now. Sure I was reflecting on everyone in my life that I love. My Children. My wife, my friends, My parents, um leaving my you know. Not being there for my Children not being there for my wife, who was home. In wheelchair. And I just knew that this was not going to be the way and I just did. I was so focused on not letting that happen. Now you know, if circumstances were different in my lungs were little worse. You know, I would have left us left the world, of course. But I was lucky enough that I was able to turn things around. And I mean that I was lucky. I know it was lucky, Um and I just kept my attitude. And they were strong. I was strong enough. Jenny and you're in your articles about having covert You wrote about strength in stillness and trying to find that strength in stillness. What does what does that mean? It had to do with the conservation of my movement. During that time, I knew that anything extraneous took a lot of energy and took the wind out of me. And I knew I had to just find the strength in just being In the bed there and just concentrating on breathing. That that's all the energy my body had strength to do at that particular time. And one of the nurses told me that she gave me a little thing to remember. She said that I should smell the roses. In other words, breathe in through my nose. And then breathe out through my mouth and she's so she said, Smell the roses and blow out the candles. And I thought those were those two phrases were kind of wonderful and they helped get me through because that's what I thought about while I was lying in bed there trying to be a still is possible. That I would one day smell the roses again and then one day I would blow out the candles and move forward. If you're just joining us, my guest or Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein. We'll talk more about Cove in a.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

09:20 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Let's get back to my interview with Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker. They've been married since 2000. He was one of the stars of Moulin Rouge when it went dark in March because someone in the production was suspected of having cove. It. Soon after bursting got a severe case of Cove it after he was released from the hospital, Rebecca Luker came down with a relatively mild case. But that was just months after she'd been diagnosed with a L S Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal card, causing loss of muscle control, which can make it increasingly difficult to move. Speak. Or breathe. Danny, do you think you have A better understanding of what it's like. To have an illness because you had cove. It And had such a bad case of it like there might be a level of understanding of the sense of What it's like to feel dependent what it's like to feel. Ah, loss of control. Yeah, there is. There is a loneliness. To having an illness. Andi, I It's but it's hard. I still can't imagine how difficult it is for someone with a less because you're trapped inside your own body. Your mind is is soaring and free and On DH wants to be happy and on move your limbs and unfortunately your becomes more and more Uh, claustrophobic for you. So it's it's been difficult to watch her go through it, but I understand part of the loneliness of of having an illness and coming close to Having to make peace with your own mortality. And, um, and feeling that that maybe this was enough. And maybe this has to be enough. And ah, and being proud of all that I have accomplished in my life thus far. And you know if if one of us did pass away could you know I had like one of us, meaning anybody who's listening to this? You know, you hope that you feel like that You've lived a productive life and then you've given back when they've done good things for other people. Do you feel? Similarly? I really I really do. Other times when I think I may have made peace with Dying. And then I In other times I reject that. Serious strongly because, you know, I just always thought I'd be an old lady. Some I still plan on that. Being old. You know, everybody says it's very, very hard to be a patient, but it's also very hard to be a caregiver. And it can also what When, in a couple of 11 person needs care, and the spouse is the caregiver. It can be a very loving tender thing. It can also create a lot of Impatience with each other. And if you're comfortable talking about it cause so many people are going through or have gone through or will go through this kind of thing. If there's anything you're comfortable sharing about The Tenderness and the pressures When Somebody is sick and the spouse becomes thie caregiver. Well, I feel like I haven't really slept the seven or eight months I laugh, but I honestly I say that in all honesty It's exhausting. And and not easy, and I've been helping to take care of Beck enough for a year and a half since the onset of the illness. You know, having said that? Of course, there are the beautiful things that this kind of a situation Present this U F the the closeness the friendship, the deep Understanding the trust. Andi. It's a privilege and I mean that that it is a great great privilege to share this time together. Having said that, it's an exhausting Yes, it is exhausting. And sometimes we are at at each other because we're still a normal married couples just going through this. Kind of awful bizarre situation from But you know, we still you know, bicker and and and laugh and kiss And you know a ll the normal things that everybody else goes to. It's just that everything is Heightened because of the situation because of the illness and the and the sheer exhaustion of it all. As hard as this is for me, I sometimes think that Danny has the harder job. It's a pleasure to tell you something. This stuff is tough. You're constantly on the phone with with doctors with bowties with deities with reflexology with insurance companies, and you know your home health aide and we're so grateful to everybody who has stepped up and you know you are we love you. I guess, or Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein, who've been married for 20 years. We'll talk more after a break. This is fresh air. Support for WN Y C comes from Craig Newmark Philanthropies who is providing the first Big day Challenge for W. Y. C's Fault pledge drive. This is fresh air. Let's get back to my interview with Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein, who've been married 20 years he was starring in Moulin Rouge. When it went dark because of Cove. It he came down with a severe case. Luca had a relatively mild case soon after, but she had been diagnosed just a few months earlier with the progressive disease, a less Lou Gehrig's disease, which interferes with the brain's ability to initiate movement and control muscles. You both have received Tony nominations for your performances in musicals back. It seems like you are just such a natural singer. I can't imagine it. No one could learn to sing like you unless they had a gift that they just had, you know, and Danny, you've said you'd you'd never really thought of yourself as a singer and that you had to work at it. Um, although I think you're a terrific singer. I've heard you in several musicals, but Compare. Compare. Your approach is Tio How you developed into Singer's Wel Beck opens her mouth and her heart falls out. It's just a gift. That, you know, just, uh it's just a gift. You know that that she had from birth, She opened her mouth and this beautiful sound came out. And I know she worked like crazy at it, but it's It's something that is innate in her. This beauty and goodness that comes out of her when she sings. I never had that. Also, I had to concentrate on the lyric and putting the lyric over and storytelling more than anything, and that got me by and I was good enough. Good enough musician to make it work. But that's how I have to work twice as hard on a song. Maybe 10 times and Becca will pick up and she's also an amazing musician. So she'll pick up the song and be able to read it down, You know, and then just say it, and I don't read music that well, I read some And and it takes me forever, But I learned a lot from Danny because he's such a great actor. Said. It made me better. Over the years..

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

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01:33 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"That was Rebecca Luker singing my White knight from the musical theme music man, And this is from a Broadway revival of the show. And that is such a beautiful recording and grateful to have it was part of the show. Yeah. I always think it must be so hard to have something that you're so gifted at that you can't You can't do any more. Right? Yes, Hard. Yeah, it was. It's been especially hard. I on back on on on on all of us who know Rebecca And ah But I will say that she there's some days she has actually no voice at all. And then it comes back and she fights hard. And and she, you know, perseveres. Um, there are many Different things that we have to Ah morn. Along the way. But we also it also teaches us something and we adapt. Because it seems like every few weeks we're adapting to a new reality with this illness. Let's take a short break here and then we'll talk some more my guests or to Broadway stars who have been married since 2000 Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker will be right back. This is fresh air..

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

07:06 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Let's get back to my interview with Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein, who are a married couple he was starring in Moulin Rouge. When it went dark because of Cove. It He came down with a severe case. Luca had a relatively mild case soon after, but she had been diagnosed just a few months earlier with the progressive disease, Lou Gehrig's disease. Which interferes with the brain's ability to initiate movement and control muscles. So that the Tony nominations were postponed in June because of covert and other nominations will be announced. Tomorrow was was Monroe was the first show to go dark because there was a case of suspected Cove it in the production. Actually, it wass way were we had on an unusual schedule. We had Thursday matinee AIDS, and we knew that, uh, that people were getting sick all around us. But we didn't know in the company that anyone was sick or anyone in the building was sick. Or suspected of being ill. And we all got a text at around. 12 30. Normal time for show to start for Matt native started two o'clock. And we got a text from our producers that's and come to the house. On and we're going to have an emergency meeting at one o'clock, and so literally, everybody in the building had to be there. Stagehands Thie, Usher's house manager. And they said one of our cast members has taken ill and he said the doctor right now and it was it was suspected that he might have coven and so To be proactive and to make sure nobody else got sick. They were gonna cancel the matinee and evening show and they were going to sterilize everything that they could And I really applaud our producers for taking that step before any other show did on day canceled the show and nobody knew that they were going to cancel the show. Even the House manager said. There's a whole line of people waiting outside to come in the line goes around the block. And he was just told to tell them that an emergency has come up come up, and we're very sorry, but the show is canceled today. And later on that afternoon, Governor Cuomo actually cancelled all of the Broadway shows. You know that very day that evening for a month. And how soon after that, did you get Koven? Danny? Uh, I think a week later. I was wait a little over, like nine days later, I was in the hospital. We're afraid to go to the hospital thinking like, well, maybe I don't have covert, but I'll be exposed to it. If I do go. Well, I had a feeling I might have it. But and I gotta try to get a test and that took a week and a half to finally come through. But I felt ill, and my doctors kept telling me if you don't Feel if you don't have trouble breathing. Don't go to the hospital because right now the hospitals are dangerous places to actually go. So I was holding on. I was sick and I had fever and I was trying Teo stay away from back as much as I could. And our son Zack was here with us at the time. And I wasn't feeling good. And I decided to take a shower in the evening one evening and I went into the shower and I couldn't breathe and I fell to my needs in the shower. And a voice just came out of me That said, Guys, I need to go to the hospital, and it just literally came out of me. And that voice that decision saved my life. Because my lungs were so bad if I hadn't gone, you know, probably because I just kept any worse on DH. Then my son, Zack walked me. To the hospital, ST Louis, which is about a block and a half away. And he was looking back at me the whole time, you know, so worried about me and you know, it's a parent. All you want to do is take care of your Children. You know, desperately take care of your Children and not have him worry. And to see that look in his eyes that worry for me and him. Walking me to the hospital was quite a reversal and quite emotional for me. Yeah, but they took me in right away. And I got great care there and I'm very grateful to everybody in that building. You wrote in your articles that were times you thought you were going to die. Were you reflecting on your life during that time during those times when you thought like I might be dying right now. Sure I was reflecting on everyone in my life that I love. My Children. My wife, my friends, my parents, um, leaving my You know, not Not being there for my Children not being there for my wife, who was home. In a wheelchair. And I just knew that this was not going to be the way and I just did. I was so focused on not letting that happen. Now you know, if circumstances were different in my lungs were little worse. You know, I would have left us left the world, of course. But I was lucky enough that I was able to turn things around. And I mean it. I was lucky. I know I was lucky, Um and I just kept my attitude. They were strong. I was strong enough. You are? Yeah. Jenny and you're in your articles about having cove with you wrote about strength in stillness and trying to find that strength in stillness. What does what does that mean? It had to do with the conservation of my movement. During that time, I knew that anything extraneous took a lot of energy and took the wind out of me. And I knew I had to just find the strength in just being In the bed there and just concentrating on breathing. That that's all the energy my body had strength to do at that particular time. And one of the nurses told me that she gave me a little thing to remember. She said that I should smell the roses. In other words, breathe in through my nose. And then breathe out through my mouth and she's so she said, Smell the roses and blow out the candles. And I thought those were those two phrases were kind of wonderful and they helped get me through because that's right. What I thought about While I was lying in bed there trying to be a still is possible that I would one day smell the roses again. Yeah, And then one day I would blow out the candles and move forward. If you're just joining us, My guests are Broadway stars Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein. We'll talk more about.

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"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

07:09 min | 1 year ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Is fresh air. I'm Terry Gross. The nominees for Broadway's Tony Awards will be announced tomorrow. The awards ceremony was originally scheduled for June but was postponed because of the covert pandemic. One of the shows likely to receive nominations is Moulin Rouge, the musical adapted from the film of the same name. Just hours before all of Broadway shutdown last March. In response to the pandemic, Moulin Rouge canceled a matinee because someone in the production was suspected of having cove. It. Over, then spread to several other members of the production, including one of its stars. My guest, Danny Burstein. He had a severe case had to be hospitalized, and there were several times when he thought he would die. When he returned home. His wife, Rebecca Luker, who is also with us and who's also a Broadway star, came down with Cove it her case was relatively mild. But it was on top of having been diagnosed just a few months earlier with a L S or Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Causing loss of muscle control, which can make it increasingly difficult to move, speak or even breathe. Bursting and Luca are two of my favorite Broadway performers, and I know many people share that feeling. She's received three Tony nominations bursting has been nominated six times, and it's likely to receive 1/7 nomination for his performance in Moulin Rouge, for which he's already won this year's Drama League Award for distinguished Performance. Last week, it was announced that Broadway will stay dark until the end of May. Let's start by hearing recordings by Luca and bursting in roles for which they received Tony nominations. First, we'll hear Rebecca Luker as Maria in the 1998 revival of the Sound of music. Then we'll hear Danny Burstein is te Vea in the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. With with songs. My heart wants to sing. My heart wants to beat like rise from If they will? Yes, the along well Wouldn't have to work, huh? Yeah, Yeah. If I were rich, I'd die. Eyes, my wife, my looking like a rich man's wife with a proper double chin, supervising meals to her heart's. I see her putting on airs and strutting like a peacock. Screaming at the servants Day. Rebecca Luker, Danny Burstein, Welcome back to fresh air. You've both been on our show several times. It's a pleasure to have you back. I'm so sorry about all the medical problems. You've been having, and I know it's been a rough time. So you've both had covert. So I want to start with that. I'd like to hear your reaction to President Trump's message that it was a blessing from God. That he caught Cove it he said that they're M de severe. The antiviral medication he was given, which doesn't have government approval yet was a cure. When a lot of people are saying a lot of medical experts are saying if anything helped him it was probably the decks Amethyst zone. And The president urged people not to be afraid of covert and said he felt better than he did 20 years ago. So what was your reaction to hearing that? Well, you would think that someone who went through such a traumatic experience would have learned something from such a difficult experience. Also, he had the best doctors in the world. And the best the newest medications. When I went in at the beginning of March, I happened to be in a room next to the nurse's station, and there were literally people dying all around me. I was very sick. I was in the hospital for about a week and I heard when people needed to be intubated when they needed to be put on respirators when they were rushed to the I C u when they died in their rooms. My roommate almost died a couple of times I literally had to rip off my own oxygen. I should get to run to the door to get the nurse is in there because he couldn't breathe. And the idea that someone thinks that this is a blessing from God is just absurd. It's absurd. It's a perversion of reality. And I'm sorry that he was sick and I'm sorry so many people in the government have gotten sick from it, But I truly wish they had actually learned something, but it's It's a very dangerous thing, and it should not be toyed with it should not be treated lightly. And to brush it off as nothing as you know, is now he feels better after having had it is just a slap in the face and such a insulted not only everyone who's who has passed away but everyone who's gotten it and they suffered and he's still suffering like myself with residual issues. You said you had residual effects from the cove it What are they I have a lot of swelling in my hands. I get very lethargic. Ah. And that's that's mostly what's left of it. But it took my lungs months before I could walk outside, walk a couple of blocks outside. My lungs. I have double coded pneumonia in both my lungs and there were they showed me my chest X rayed five weeks after I came out of the hospital initially And I had my way were all white on a check. Normal chest X ray, your lungs. They're supposed to look black and mine were all white, except for two little Strick ce in the middle. And those were the reason I'm sure I wasn't on a respirator. Biplane. You're strong..

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03:21 min | 2 years ago

"rebecca luker" Discussed on WBAI

"Not trying to sell you anything and with course we won't share your email addresses with anyone. I thank you for those of you who are becoming be A. I. buddies as we speak right now thank you please continue to become be A. I. buddies and keep your pen and paper handy as I begin to announce more full events that you want to attend for example to life celebrating Sheldon Harnick he is the recipient of the twenty nineteen AS a lifetime achievement award the S. A. is the American songbook association which is the parent company of cabaret scenes it takes place on Monday September sixteenth at seven thirty PM at the Persian whole square signature theatre which is at four eighty west forty second street. one evening it will be. Robert could she only will be there Jeff Harner as a part of it Rebecca Luker will be there Sidney Myer will be their T. Oliver reed will be there Alex ride back will be there clear black cursed is hosting and you know who else will be there. Laura Benanti. really he like me when we meet. he's going to see the. me too. he's like really he he is he tall. he is like. who can say how I wish that we could another day. it's up. he used she lost. when I. that's how it is when I..

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