Real Talk With Mason Bray

Broadway Podcast Network

For years, younger artists have spent countless hours looking through Broadway blogs, vlogs, and podcasts for advice on how they can get on Broadway and connect with all of the talented artists who contribute worldwide to the success of musical theatre.  Starting during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Real Talk has gathered 50+ interviews with theatre professionals to get information on the many different ways to break into the industry, to connect you to theatre professionals everywhere, and most of all; to bring us together as peers and friends to talk about our love for the arts. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Ep. 706 - BROADWAY TALKS with an Actor/Podcast Host - Eli Tokash
Apr 25 2022
Ep. 706 - BROADWAY TALKS with an Actor/Podcast Host - Eli Tokash
Eli Tokash is one of the other youngest podcast hosts on the Broadway Podcast Network with his show “Take A Bow” which just celebrated 100 episodes! As a fantastic child performer, he has been in the Broadway production and National Tours of Finding Neverland, Pippin, A Christmas Story, and Mary Poppins. He also played the leading role of Trevor in “Trevor” during their run in Chicago.  In this episode, Eli and Mason dive into the world of being young performers, his experience producing podcasts, as well as our newfound expression of podcasting through TikTok and social media.  “Take A Bow walks audiences through life in the entertainment industry with guests from all facets of the entertainment industry including top actors, directors, stage managers, casting directors, musicians, child wranglers/tutors, and more. Eli highlights each guest’s unique story and celebrates their journeys and accomplishments as they give insight on how they came to be where they are in the spotlight. This podcast offers helpful information for those just starting out in the industry such as the process of auditioning, headshots, getting agents/managers, the daily life of actors, funny mishaps, and so much more. Join Eli weekly as he engages in these insightful and fun conversations and he and his guest’s offer their experiences, thoughts, and advice on all aspects of the industry, seen through a kid’s perspective while speaking with child and adult actors alike.” -Broadway Podcast Network Check out Take A Bow on social media: Instagram - @takeabowpodcast Twitter - @takeabowpodcast TikTok - @takeabowpodcast If you want to check out more content from Eli: Instagram - @tokash_eli Twitter - @tokash_eli Thank you so much for listening and for your support to make Season 7 possible! Check out my socials: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @realtalkpodcast  Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 705 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Swing - Lexie Plath (THE PROM)
Apr 18 2022
Ep. 705 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Swing - Lexie Plath (THE PROM)
Lexie Plath is an amazingly talented triple threat currently with THE PROM on their national tour as a Swing and Co-Dance Captain. Before this tour, she has joined the cast of Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, and Cats on their national tours! In our interview, we dive deeper into what a swing does specifically on a national tour (during a pandemic), her role as a Dance Captain, and some of the challenges that come with being on tour! In addition to that, we discuss the situations of burnout that come with being on tour, both physically and mentally. (After all, 8 shows a week in different cities can be exhausting!) THE PROM is touring the United States NOW! Get your tickets at; theprommusical.com Upcoming Tour Dates: 4/19-4/24 - Chicago, IL 4/26-5/1 - Worcester, MA 5/31-6/19 - Seattle, WA 6/21-7/17 - San Francisco, CA Check out THE PROM on social media: Instagram - @theprommusical Twitter - @ThePromMusical Facebook - The Prom If you want to check out more content with Lexie: Instagram - @lexie.plath Twitter - @readinthewings TikTok - @readinginthewings Website - lexieplath.com  Special Thanks to NETworks Tours (Zach Stevenson and Heather Hess), Bond Theatrical (Phillip Aleman and Janiya Wade), and Dori Berinsten (Producer)! Thank you so much for listening and your support to make Season 7 possible! Check out my socials: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @realtalkpodcast  Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 703 - BROADWAY TALKS with Executive Producers from "ENSEMBLE" - Telly Leung & Joey Monda
Apr 4 2022
Ep. 703 - BROADWAY TALKS with Executive Producers from "ENSEMBLE" - Telly Leung & Joey Monda
Broadway performer, Telly Leung, and producer, Joey Monda, sit down to discuss their new documentary “Ensemble” highlighting the rapidly changing theatre industry! Telly Leung is a Broadway star with credits ranging from Aladdin to Allegiance as a performer.  Joey Monda is a multiple Tony Award winning producer on Broadway with credits like Hadestown, Slave Play, Allegiance, and Mrs. Doubtfire. “In the height of the pandemic, Joey and Telly came together to find a way to bring the lesser recognized foundation of our industry together… the Ensemble.  On the one year anniversary of the longest shutdown in Broadway history, a multigenerational group of Broadway ensemble members come together to dance, reflect on the year that was, and what the world's largest stage can learn from this Intermission to come back for a stronger and more equitable Act 2. This behind-the-scenes look features cast members from the biggest hits on Broadway in an up-close and honest way examining their love of performing and how they can be the change they want to see in the world and in the industry they love.” -broadwayondemand.com  In this episode, we discuss the culmination of artistry shown in this documentary, both of their interpretations on the necessity of education and the continuation of learning after formal institutions, as well as a deep dive in the transparency and reforming of the theatre community. If you want to check out more content… Telly Leung Instagram: @tellyleung Twitter: @tellyleung Joey Monda Instagram: @joeymondanyc Twitter: @joeymondanyc Thank you so much for listening and your support to make Season 7 possible! Check out my socials: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @realtalkpodcast  Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 701 - BROADWAY TALKS with "What the Constitution Means to Me?" Cast
Mar 21 2022
Ep. 701 - BROADWAY TALKS with "What the Constitution Means to Me?" Cast
Cassie Beck, Jocelyn Shek, and Emilyn Toffler join me to kick-off Season 7 and discuss their journey and time on the road with Heidi Shreck’s “What the Constitutional Means to Me?” “Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.” - constitutionbroadway.com  Cassie Beck takes on the role originated by playwright Heidi Shreck to tackle a number of trivial topics from Women’s rights, immigration, domestic abuse, as well as the obvious topic of the Constitution.  Jocelyn Shek and Emilyn Toffler join the show as the young debaters who discuss and enlighten the audience on topics of oppression in the United States as well as LGBTQIA+ Representation in government.  In this episode, we discuss these important topics brought to light throughout audiences in the U.S., their audition journey to joining the Constitution tour, advice for those going into the world of theatre and entertainment, and so much more! If you want to keep up to date with all of their ventures during and after the tour closes… What The Constitution Means to Me: Instagram - @constitutionbwy Twitter - @constitutionbwy Facebook - What The Constitution Means to Me? Cassie Beck: Instagram - @cassiebeckster Twitter - @cassiebeckster Jocelyn Shek: Instagram - @jocelyn.shek Twitter - @jocelyn_shek TikTok - @dramaticvalleygirl Emilyn Toffler: Instagram - @emilyn_toffler Thank you so much for listening and your support to make Season 7 possible! Check out my socials: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @realtalkpodcast  Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 608 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Marketing Director - Jenna Rich
Dec 20 2021
Ep. 608 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Marketing Director - Jenna Rich
Jenna Rich is an amazing marketing professional and producer based in NYC and working on countless Broadway and Off-Broadway productions! Right now, she is on the Marketing Team for Winnie the Pooh Off-Broadway and is the brain behind the New York City-wide Honey Hunt and various other partnerships. She has also run the social media for Chicago the Musical, Waitress the Musical, Company Revival, and much more! In this episode, we discuss her winding path to working in press and marketing, random encounters with Bernie Telsey, her advice for getting into the industry as a marketer or social media manager, and you can get some VERY helpful tips to creating successful partnerships (from one of the best)! If you want to check out some of the amazing resources Jenna has put together, check out the link below: jennaonstage.com/links Find Jenna on social media: Instagram - @rich_jenna Twitter - @rich_jenna TikTok - @jennaonstage This season I want to highlight the people that can and should be the mentors for people of all ages wanting to get into the industry! Join me in connecting to Broadway and figuring our way into the industry! \ While I have you, please check out my socials to keep up to date on all things Broadway: Instagram – @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter – @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok – @RealTalkPodcast Website – realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook – Real Talk with Mason Bray Thank you so much for your support! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 606 - REMEMBERING STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Dec 7 2021
Ep. 606 - REMEMBERING STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Broadway lost one of the greatest artists ever in the past few weeks. Stephen Sondheim was such a huge influence on my life and the lives of so many others. He has truly been an inspiration to millions... I was introduced to his work in a time where I had very little hope in continuing theatre, quitting was at the forefront of my mind and "Into The Woods" reeled me back in, again. His musicals got me through the pandemic and has me still fully into musical theatre enough to make a podcast about it. His passing was such a culture shock to people all around the United States, take a look at some of the celebrations of his life: BwaySho/ Lin-Manuel Miranda reads from Stephen Sondheim's "Look, I Made A Hat" at "Sunday" for Sondheim BwaySho/ "Sunday" for Sondheim CBS/ Patti LuPone one-on-one with Stephen Sondheim NY Times/ ‘Elemental and Irreplaceable’: Stars Pay Tribute to Stephen Sondheim What's Up, Broadway?/ Happy Trails, Stephen Sondheim This season I want to highlight the people that can and should be the mentors for people of all ages wanting to get into the industry! Join me in connecting to Broadway and figuring our way into the industry!  While I have you, please check out my socials to keep up to date on all things Broadway: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @RealTalkPodcast Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Thank you so much for your support! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 604 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Playwright - Douglas Lyons
Nov 22 2021
Ep. 604 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Playwright - Douglas Lyons
Douglas Lyons is the phenomenal Broadway playwright behind “Chicken & Biscuits”! Not only did he write that show, he also worked on the musical “Breathe” virtually during the pandemic! His play opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on October 10th and it was just announced it will be closing early on November 29th due to the loss of ticket sales while there was a breakthrough case of COVID-19 in the cast! But, Douglas has since said that there will still be a life for the show after Broadway… In this episode, we discuss his road to Broadway, how he reacted when he saw that Lin-Manuel Miranda saw (and loved) his play, handling the rave reviews from acclaimed critics like Ayanna Prescod and so many more, and his process to being grateful for his life! This season I want to highlight the people that can and should be the mentors for people of all ages wanting to get into the industry! Join me in connecting to Broadway and figuring our way into the industry!  Follow Douglas on social media: Instagram - @chocolatehipster Twitter - @DouglasSings Check out his shows on social media, too: Instagram - @chickenandbiscuitsbway, @breatheonstage, @polkadotsmusical Twitter - @ChickenBway, @BreatheMusical, @polkadotsmusical Facebook - Chicken and Biscuits While I have you, please check out my socials to keep up to date on all things Broadway: Instagram - @_RealTalk_Pod Twitter - @_RealTalk_Pod TikTok - @RealTalkPodcast Website - realtalkmasonbray.com Facebook - Real Talk with Mason Bray Thank you so much for your support! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices