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Front Row Network

At The Front Row Network, we're the entertainment site for people who ACTUALLY LIKE movies, television, video games and all other manner of pop culture. We have over a dozen different shows that all bring a unique subject matter and perspective to the world of entertainment. Check them out one or all and we'll see you in the front row!

Latest Episodes
  • In a different kind of interview, Craig speaks to Julie Ratz about the upcoming performance of ROCKBALLET coming to the Springfield area on August 20 which will take place at The Springfield Muni. We discuss how the music of Queen was chosen for the ballet. Julie talks about how Copper Coin Ballet Company sees itself as a company that can unite arts organizations throughout Central Illinois. It is a wonderful conversation about a great local arts group!
  • In the latest episode of Original Broadway Cast, Gus Gordon welcomes entertainment legend Bill Hayes. Gus had the chance to meet Bill when they both appeared in a concert version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies at The Little Theatre on the Square back in 2007.
  • Nick Dodson is an activist, an organizer, and seeks to make his part of the world better all of the time. He's also a member of The Junior Varsity, a band that was gaining in popularity, had an enormous following, and then found itself just done...for a while. We discuss rugged individualism, social justice, the life of a traveling performer, the history of labor in America, and a ton more.The Junior Varsity are back for reunion shows and tickets are going fast!
  • Brandon welcomes author & film historian, John DiLeo to Front Row Classics this week. John has recently written a new book called, "There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less". The book shines a spotlight on pivotal performances from gifted actors who make their mark with limited screen time. The actors range from major stars to dependable character actors in a wide variety of films from 1935-2019. Brandon and John highlight close to a dozen of the one-hundred performances discussed in the book. We hope this interview will inspire you to go back and appreciate these small but scene-stealing gems.
  • We are thrilled to welcome back George Stevens Jr. to Front Row Classics this week. George joins Brandon to discuss the release of his autobiography, "My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington". The book delves into his experiences growing up with a legendary film director father. He, then, forged his own path into becoming one of the true warriors for the performing arts in America. In this interview, you'll hear great stories revolving around such legendary 20th century figures as John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn. George also pays tribute to his late friend, Sidney Poitier.
  • Alex reviews the latest from the MCU, Thor: Love and Thunder.
  • Howard Berger is an Oscar winner and an Emmy winner for his work in makeup over a forty year career in Hollywood. One of his first projects was "Aliens," and since then has become a fixture in special effects makeup especially in the area of creatures and monsters. Howard won his Academy Award for "The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Craig gets a chance to ask him about his prolific career as well as some inside stories about his work with Quentin Tarantino and Sam Raimi. They also talk about the role of mentorships in Hollywood. Howard gives Craig his thoughts behind serving as one of the makeup and hair stylists to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • In the latest episode of ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST, Gus welcomes a good friend of his from high school and an incredibly accomplished veteran of the Broadway Stage: Mr. Michael Gruber.
  • Today on the pod Jeremy is speaking with writer, director, producer and show-runner Liz Hannah. Liz is an incredibly accomplished person having written the 2017 Steven Spielberg film "The Post" for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. More recently, she was a writer and executive producer on the Hulu series "The Dropout." But our conversation today primarily concerns her work co-creating, writing and executive producing the true crime series "The Girl From Plainville" on Hulu.
  • Hello all you Lasso fans! We are so excited to bring you our conversation with Emmy nominee, Nick Mohammed. This is a conversation where we dive into all things Lasso, including some hints on where Nate might be heading in season three. He also gives us insights into how he played Nate Shelley over the first two seasons of the show. We also discuss Nick's career outside of Ted Lasso, speaking to him about his TV show Intelligence and his new film Maggie Moore with Jon Hamm and Tina Fey. Nick is such a kind and talented person, this was quite the chat. We hope you enjoy!