Luba Mason, "It's About Freedom"

The Rudewoke Sessions

Nov 18 2020 • 1 hr 42 mins

My guest today is American singer, actress, dancer and songwriter, Luba Mason.

Luba has starred on Broadway in shows like How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Paul Simon’s Capeman, Jekyll and Hyde, Chicago, and most recently as morphine-addicted Mrs. Burke in the critically-acclaimed Girl From the North Country featuring the music of Bob Dylan.

Born in New York City to first-generation immigrants from Slovakia, Luba is married to Panamanian musician, actor and activist Ruben Blades. She just released her third solo album, Triangle, for which she chose the uncommon line-up of just voice, vibraphone and bass to showcase an eclectic form of musical cross-currents she calls Mixtura.

Luba and I met in the cast of a revival of Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby here in New York several years ago where I experienced first-hand her chops as actress, singer and comedienne. Because we share a heritage in Central Europe and certain artistic sensibilities, I wanted to sit down to chat and get to know her better. This we did on an early Autumn in New York kind of day, complete with the occasional siren in the background and thumping of a radiator.

Our conversation is timely, rangy and revealed as Luba shares key awakenings, rude and otherwise, along her rich journey through art and partnership. We discuss:

* her pressured childhood as a young, aspiring musician and younger sister
* the trait her favorite Broadway roles all have in common
* how meeting Latin music icon, Ruben Blades, opened up her world and musical affinities
* her thoughts on the key ingredient necessary for both art and partnership to thrive
* her next dream project as she continues to challenge herself and grow
and much more…

You Might Like

This American Life
This American Life
This American Life
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Should Know
iHeartPodcasts
Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
The Why Files: Operation Podcast
The Why Files: Operation Podcast
The Why Files: Operation Podcast
The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion
Criminal
Criminal
Vox Media Podcast Network
We Can Do Hard Things
We Can Do Hard Things
Glennon Doyle and Audacy
The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
Literally! With Rob Lowe
Literally! With Rob Lowe
Stitcher & Team Coco, Rob Lowe
Am I the Jerk?
Am I the Jerk?
youtube.com/amithejerk
Shawn Ryan Show
Shawn Ryan Show
Shawn Ryan | Cumulus Podcast Network
Girls Next Level
Girls Next Level
Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt & Audioboom
Behind the Bastards
Behind the Bastards
Cool Zone Media
The Viall Files
The Viall Files
Nick Viall