Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Brad Forenza's Around the Sun Podcast Launches Season 3 with EGOT-winning Cast: Jai Rodriquez, Francois Clemmons, Terry Hu, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Estelle Parson, Judy Gold, Cady McClain, Robert Funaro & More

The award-winning podcast Around the Sun in back for its third season. And this season has an added bonus - though each episode (under 15 minutes) tells a story, together they are all part of a larger story. Get to know some of the "Pinecones Family" and their friends with all the drama that complicated family relationships have. And it all starts with the passing of their family matriarch, Bibi, voiced by Oscar-winner Estelle Parson. 

The season launches October 18, 2023 with two new episodes, then episodes are scheduled to drop every two weeks throughout fall 2023 and into early 2024. The series is presented via the Broadway Podcast Network and available “wherever you listen to podcasts.” For information and how to listen visit:  www.aroundthesunpodcast.com.

Known for its all-star casts, this season features and EGOT-winning cast put together by actor/writer/producer Brad Forenza. The ensemble includes Francois Clemmons (Grammy winner, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), Brad Forenza (A Case of Blue), Robert Funaro (The Sopranos, The Irishman), Judy Gold(Emmy winner, She Came to Me), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Tony winner, Rent), Terry Hu (Never Have I Ever), Cady McClain  (Daytime Emmy Winner - Days, All My Children), Estelle Parsons (Oscar winner, Bonnie and Clydeand Jai Rodriquez (Emmy winner, Queer Eye). The series is presented via the Broadway Podcast Network and available “wherever you listen to podcasts.” For information visit:  www.aroundthesunpodcast.com.

Brad Forenza states, 
“Season 3, "Pinecones" - is a miniseries, with our voice acting ensemble integrated throughout the season, in a continuous, ongoing conflict,” explains Forenza. “That said, most of the episodes can still be enjoyed independently, reminiscent of prior seasons. And of course, we’re still exploring human connections, made and missed, with an existential flare, as brought to fabulous life by our celebrated ensemble of voice actors.”

The overarching conflict pertains to the Pinecone family matriarch (played by Oscar winner for Bonnie and ClydeEstelle Parsons), who is called away from her mountain home by a familiar, omniscient voice (played by Grammy winner for Porgy and BessFran├žois Clemmons). The Pinecone family children (played by Emmy winners Judy GoldCady McClain, and Jai Rodriguez) and her caretaker (played by series creator Brad Forenza) are then forced to reconcile their past, present, and future selves. Helping them to cope is an all-knowing bartender (played by Sopranos alum, Robert Funaro), a new age-y therapist (played by Tony winner for RentWilson Jermaine Heredia), and the matriarch’s younger confidant (played by breakout Disney star, Terry Hu). 


It is a story that will bring you into the lives of the characters as they deal with the reality of the world today. Each episode is under 13 minutes making it prefect for something to listen to in the car, on a walk, exercising or just as a break in the day.



Francois Clemmons states, 
“To perform is to give of yourself. A performance can have deep meaning and symbolism when it matches the text, which is exactly what Brad’s writing empowers here, in Around the Sun.”

Cady McClain states, “I am so excited to have worked on Around the Sun. I’ve been hoping Brad would ask me, as I really love his writing and what he’s done combining the worlds of theater and podcasting. It was a true pleasure to explore this complex and heartbreaking character and getting to work with Robert Funaro was an absolute delight. I can’t wait for you to hear this very special podcast!” 

Robert Funaro of The Sopranos fame adds, "We're all in this together, and Brad's writing offers a cornucopia of what could be our past and how it shapes our future. He is an honest writer unafraid to tackle the adversities we all face... I was truly moved, and also honored to be working with Cady McClain, who brought to her role as 'Grace' what every actor hopes for: simply the truth.”

Jai Rodriguez says, “I’ve been lucky to have seen and been a part of the evolution of queer representation in media for over two decades.  But playing a nuanced, expectant ‘dad to be’ opposite the iconic Wilson Heredia was really full circle for me.  While we did get to do RENT together for a short while, getting to build characters together was a dream come true.” 


Wilson Jermaine Heredia said, "I really enjoyed the opportunity to affect a character using just voice. And the fact that I got to play opposite my talented friend, Jai Rodriquez, was icing on the cake!"

Around the Sun is a Best Version of Yourself production, created by Brad Forenza, and presented via the Broadway Podcast Network. It is available for listening wherever one listens to podcasts. Continue the #AroundTheSunPodcast conversation via the show’s creator (fb: @BVOYLLC; IG @BradForenza; Twitter: @BradForenza), and Around the Sun’s compendium website: www.aroundthesunpodcast.com.

ABOUT SEASON 1 - "Urban Dwellers"

Season 1 of Around the Sun is based in New York City and features the prolific voice acting talents of: David Alan Basche (The Exes), Joanna Bonaro (Good ‘n Screwed), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of NJ), Fran├žois Clemmons (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Veanne Cox (Cinderella), Brad Forenza (A Case of Blue), David LaRosa (Clandestine), Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl), Christine Nagy (Lite FM), Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Austin Pendleton (What’s Up, Doc?), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Sally Struthers (All in the Family), Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos), BD Wong (Jurassic Park), and Ryan Wotherspoon (Fogg)… all playing New Yorkers, yearning to connect.


Jennie Kwan talks Around the Sun, California Dreams and more with Brad Forenza on The LIBBY SHOW on Youtube Here:




ABOUT SEASON 2: - "Desert People"

Season 2 of Around the Sun is set in a seemingly defunct part of the American southwest, brought to rich, dramatic life by the voices of: Adassa (Encanto), Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life), Brad Forenza (By Any Means), Richard Kind (Inside Out), Richard Kline (Three’s Company), Jennie Kwan (California Dreams), Piper Laurie (Carrie), Taylor Purdee (Killian and the Comeback Kids), and Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares).

Around the Sun is a Best Version of Yourself production, created by Brad Forenza, and presented via the Broadway Podcast Network. Associate Producers are Duane Scott Cerny, Suzanne Ordas Curry and Diana Prano. Sound design and theme music by Shane Curry. 


Around the Sun Podcast available for listening wherever one listens to podcasts. Continue the #AroundTheSunPodcast conversation via the show’s creator (fb: @BVOYLLC; IG @BradForenza; Twitter: @BradForenza), and Around the Sun’s compendium website: www.aroundthesunpodcast.com.

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