Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, Jason Alexander, the Tony and Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee best known for playing George Costanza on Seinfeld, and more performing arts luminaries are coming to Studio Tenn’s weekly talk show, Studio Tenn Talks: Theater Conversations with Patrick Cassidy, this summer.
“Our summer lineup is stacked with performing arts legends, each who I’ve had the privilege of working with at one point throughout my career,” says Cassidy, Studio Tenn’s artistic director and series host. “We’ve received excellent feedback from the talk show so far, and we’re thrilled to launch into this next phase for the remainder of the summer.”
Additionally, Cassidy is restructuring the show to include an opening guest from a local Tennessee arts institution. By doing so, he hopes to showcase how performing arts organizations are adapting during the pandemic and continuing to spread hope and creativity. The first local guest to appear at the beginning of Sunday’s episode will be Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director of the Nashville Ballet.
Studio Tenn Talks: Theater Conversations with Patrick Cassidy take place every Sunday at 7 p.m. CT and can be viewed at studiotenntalks.com or on the Studio Tenn Facebook page. The show is free for all viewers, and voluntary donations to support Studio Tenn are accepted.
The July/August lineup is below:
Victor Garber is an acclaimed stage, film, and television personality whose notable projects include The Flash, Glee, Motive, and Sleepless in Seattle. He is currently starring in Greg Berlanti’s new DC Comics Superhero series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. On Broadway, Garber has appeared in Godspell (Jesus), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Anthony Hope), and Assassins (John Wilkes Booth). He is a Tony and Emmy Award nominee, as well as a Screen Actors Guild and Drama Desk Award winner.
Talented vocal and cello duo Branden and James have shared the stage with stars like Sarah McLachlan, Rita Moreno, and Sally Struthers. They recently debuted at the critically acclaimed Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City, and they have recorded an album with producer Patrick Hamilton.
Treat Williams first became widely known from his performance in the 1979 musical film Hair. He has since starred in more than 75 films, including Prince of the City and 127 Hours, as well as dozens of television shows such as Everwood. Williams has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards and three Golden Globes. On Broadway, he performed in Grease, Once in a Lifetime and Pirates of Penzance.
Kelli O’Hara is a Tony Award winner and seven-time nominee who is an original Broadway cast member of multiple hit musicals, including The Light in the Piazza (Clara Johnson), The Pajama Game (Babe Williams), South Pacific (Ensign Nellie Forbush), The King and I (Anna Leonowens), and Kiss Me Kate (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine).
In addition to an extensive film and television career, Jason Alexander has starred in musicals such as Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Accomplice and Fish in the Dark. He has directed multiple projects both on screen and on stage.