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Backstage With


Backstage with... The Color Purple

The Color Purple January 19, 2012

Alice Walker & Marsha Norman on their influences & the colorful work that's now a musical.

Backstage with... Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks November 24, 2010

Tom Hanks joins a live studio audience for an intimate and revealing conversation about his life and career.

Backstage with... John Lithgow

John Lithgow November 17, 2010

An actor with an incredible range, Lithgow entertains the audience with tales from his diverse roles.

Backstage with... Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton November 10, 2010

Heaton tells stories from her time as a struggling actress to the set of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Backstage with... Tim Conway

Tim Conway November 3, 2010

Conway give viewers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of his most famous shows.

Backstage with... A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line May 20, 2008

Marvin Hamlisch's life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance.

Backstage with... The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone May 16, 2008

Tony Award-winning author Bob Martin discussed his Broadway debut with "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Backstage with... The Dancer’s Life

The Dancer’s Life May 14, 2008

Newsweek magazine has called Chita Rivera "the greatest musical dancer ever."

Backstage with... The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza May 12, 2008

Adam Guettel is a Tony Award-winning musical theater composer and lyricist.


BackStage with℠ is a series of dynamic interviews with masters in the performing arts, offering revealing insights and inspirational motivation into the creation of groundbreaking Broadway musicals.

Scott Simon, Host

Scott Simon

Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, and is host of Backstage With.

Backstage With... Funding

Episodes of BackStage with... have been funded by: The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and The Ohio Arts Council.

WVIZ PlayhouseSquare

Presented by WVIZ/PBS ideastream and PlayhouseSquare.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.