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TRANSCRIPT of Episode 34: "Child Acting Schools with Marc Tumminelli"

Review That Review with Chelsey Donn & Trey Gerrald
Episode 34: "Child Acting Schools with Marc Tumminelli"


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THEME SONG: [00:00:00] Everybody's got an opinion.

Every Californian and Virginian.

It's so hard to tell who to trust and who to ignore.

Someone's gotta settle the score.

Trey and Chelsey will help you choose!

Whose views win, which ones lose.

Online haters are comin' for you!

Baby, it's time to Review That Review!

[00:00:30] Chelsey Donn: Hello.

[00:00:33] Trey Gerrald: Hi everyone. Welcome to Review That. Review the podcast dedicated to reviewing...

[00:00:38] Chelsey Donn: Reviews! We're just like Siskel and Ebert only instead of reviewing cinematic, masterpieces, we rate and review those hilarious scathing and sometimes suspicious online reviews.

[00:00:49] Trey Gerrald: that's Chelsey Donn,

[00:00:51] Chelsey Donn: and that's @TreyGerrald.

[00:00:52] Trey Gerrald: and together we are.

[00:00:54] VOICEOVER: The Review Queens

[00:00:58] Trey Gerrald: And if you want to support the show while getting bonus and exclusive content, including a members only after show podcast, visit our Patreon Page at

[00:01:11] Chelsey Donn: Oh Oh, my God, so much content. And we are so excited today.

[00:01:15] Guest Of Honor!

[00:01:15] Chelsey Donn: You guys, I like I can barely contain myself. Okay. Cause we have a very, very special

[00:01:21] VOICEOVER: Guest of honor.

[00:01:32] Trey Gerrald: OMG!

[00:01:33] Chelsey Donn: It's it's Like Disneyland, you guys. Oh my God. So exciting

[00:01:37] Trey Gerrald: Alright. So every so often we like to invite a special guest of honor on to share some of their experiences dealing with online reviews, from their unique position.

[00:01:48] Chelsey Donn: with our experience in their field, we have them Dawn, their Review Queen crown and help us inspect some Review!.

[00:01:57] Trey Gerrald: And today we have got the renowned

[00:01:59] Chelsey Donn: Oh My God.

[00:02:00] Trey Gerrald: legendary talents of Mr. Marc Tumminelli. Woo.

[00:02:08] Trey Gerrald: Hi Marc!

[00:02:08] Marc Tumminelli: Wow! Hi! Hi Trey. Hi Chelsey. Thank you for having me.

[00:02:13] Chelsey Donn: Oh, my God. It our honor.

[00:02:14] Chelsey Donn: It is honor.

[00:02:15] Marc Tumminelli: I am particularly raspy today.

[00:02:17] Trey Gerrald: Ooh.

[00:02:18] Marc Tumminelli: enjoy.

[00:02:19] Chelsey Donn: Yay, me too,

[00:02:20] Trey Gerrald: You know, I'm feeling a little postnasal Adelaide. Alright. Let me tell you bit about Marc Tumminelli. Marc is the founder of Broadway Workshop, New York's top training program for young artists.

[00:02:35] Marc Tumminelli: say

[00:02:35] Trey Gerrald: Yeah, I would too. In fact, I just did. Marc is also considered one of the top acting coaches in New York with over 60 of his students, appearing in major Broadway musicals and plays as well as on TV and film. Marc also serves as an onset acting coach for Walt Disney pictures. Excuse me.

[00:02:55] Chelsey Donn: What?

[00:02:56] Trey Gerrald: Additionally, Marc has become one of the go tos to adapt musicals for their licensable school edition versions, including titles like Spamalot, and The Addams Family 23 others, Marc's also a genius director, recovering actor, host of the fabulous podcast: Little Me: Growing Up Broadway, dog dad to the goodest boy, Max.

[00:03:19] Chelsey Donn: my God.

[00:03:19] Marc Tumminelli: ...Oh I love 'Goodest Boy, Max.' That's very sweet. Well, Trey, you know, I love you and Chelsey, I feel like we're old friends,

[00:03:27] Chelsey Donn: I feel the same way.

[00:03:29] Marc Tumminelli: I listen to you guys every week. It's so great to be here!

[00:03:32] Chelsey Donn: Marc Tumminelli. We are so excited to have you here today. I mean, I didn't know that you adapted musicals for the shorter, like school versions. That's so cool. So does that mean like when I was at camp and I was doing Guys and Dolls, but like the shorter version, I have someone like you to thank for that.

[00:03:49] Marc Tumminelli: yes. In short!

[00:03:51] Chelsey Donn: my How cool is that?

[00:03:53] Marc Tumminelli: basically I just look at the show and be like, this song sucks we and get rid it.

[00:03:58] Chelsey Donn: I always just love when they're doing like Rent for kids or something, you know? Like what do we

[00:04:03] Chelsey Donn: do?

[00:04:03] Marc Tumminelli: Yeah. I haven't worked on, well, that one I didn't do, but, um,

[00:04:06] Chelsey Donn: I know.

[00:04:06] Marc Tumminelli: They two things out of it. They

[00:04:09] Chelsey Donn: Oh my goodness.

[00:04:10] Marc Tumminelli: They don't get bronchitis instead of HIV.

[00:04:13] Chelsey Donn: Right, right.

[00:04:15] Marc Tumminelli: the high school versions are very tame, but these middle school, junior, what we call young at part it at theatrical rights, worldwide, and, JV, I probably licensing.

[00:04:25] Marc Tumminelli: They're just like these kind of fun, easy to put together hour long versions of shows that you love. one of my favorite things I get to do. So thanks for bringing it up.

[00:04:35] Trey Gerrald: I've had the privilege of seeing many of the presentations that Marc has worked on

[00:04:40] Chelsey Donn: Oh yeah.

[00:04:41] Trey Gerrald: the requirements vary. Sometimes there'll be trimming songs here and there. And sometimes it's actually like doing a lot of script doctoring. Right?

[00:04:51] Marc Tumminelli: Yeah, I do a lot of rewriting. It depends. What the project is sometimes it's just very easy cuts, spamalot was the world's easiest one because they're all vignettes. So you can just cut a full vignette or rewrite a slight joke. But you know, other shows like We Will Rock You get really tricky to cut. Curtains the musical was the hardest one I've ever done. Cause

[00:05:10] Chelsey Donn: Wow.

[00:05:10] Marc Tumminelli: like a murder going on. So as soon as you get rid of a character, the whole thing falls apart, but it is super creative and fun to do.

[00:05:18] Chelsey Donn: That's amazing.

[00:05:18] Trey Gerrald: Can you share a little bit about your company Broadway Workshop?

[00:05:22] Marc Tumminelli: Yeah, I founded Broadway Workshop in, um, 2007, right before the 2008, uh, real estate, uh, crash.

[00:05:30] Chelsey Donn: time.

[00:05:31] Marc Tumminelli: and we, uh, it was a great time to start a small business and actually it was actually was a very good time to start a business. because no one was expecting anything

[00:05:39] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:05:40] Marc Tumminelli: but, uh, basically we do classes, workshops, camps, and productions for kids generally in the tri-state area. But since COVID, we have moved to everything virtually. So not only are we doing classes and things in the studio, we also offer tons of zoom workshops