MD Theatre Guide Takes a Nostalgic Look ‘Behind The Scenes’

I was at my friend Ron Israel’s home in Baltimore when I noticed a picture on the wall. It was of him with Larry King.  I asked what that was from and he proceeded to tell me that he interviewed Larry King on a local television program he used to produce called Behind The Scenes, which aired in the 1990s.  The series began under the name Three on the Town in 1982.

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Wanting to know more about his television series, I asked if I could see his video vault.  When we opened up the vault, I dusted off each video one by one.

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To my amazement, I saw video interviews with Jay Leno, Mel Brooks, Celine Dion, Donald Trump, Jean Stapleton, Tony Bennett, Walter Cronkite, and many, many more!

Besides celebrities, Behind The Scenes also contained interviews with local performers and directors from The Lyric, The Mechanic, The Baltimore Opera, and other theatres.

The videos were shot at theatres, TV studios, book stores, or other events.  We will present either clips featuring a celebrity interview or in some cases the entire TV episode.

The old videos are being remastered one by one and will be presented exclusively on the MD Theatre Guide as they become available.  This video footage hasn’t been seen since it aired in the 1980s and 90s!

So, it is with great pleasure that I bring you selections from Behind The Scenes.

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.