11. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Wade McCollum

If you could have a drink with anyone in the theatre world, who would it be? In this episode of Broadway Bartender, host Anthony Caporale welcomes Wade McCollum from Ernest Shackleton Loves Me to the bar!Tune into BeTerrific.com every Monday and Thursday at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what its like to live, work, and play on Broadway!

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WADE MCCOLLUM (performer). Wade originated the role of Shackleton at Seattle Rep and went on to play Shackleton at George Street Playhouse and most recently in Boston at the Paramount/Arts Emerson where he won the Norton award for best actor in a musical. Wade has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked, in S.F. in Jersey Boys and also starred in the first national tour of Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Tick/Mitzi. Off-Broadway he has been seen as the Velociptor of Faith in Triassic Parq, and the Stranger in Secondary Dominance. Other favorite credits include:  the Narrator in Fly by Night, Prior in Angels in America, Dracula in Steven Dietz's Dracula, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, the Emcee in Cabaret (Dallas Fort Worth Critic's Circle Award for Best Actor), Charlotte in I am My Own Wife, Peter/Craig in Dying City,  Jake in A Lie of the Mind, Lancelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Batboy in Batboy the Musical and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for which he garnered Backstage's Garland Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for best actor. While based in LA, Wade originated the role of Woody in Toy Story: The Musical in several workshops for Disney. Film/TV: Sydney Carton in “The Knick” opposite Clive Owen, and Nolan Grigsby in the popular Broadway Web-series Submissions Only. www.wadesong.com



The McMurdo

Glassware: Rocks


  • Mixing Tin
  • Mixing Glass
  • Hawthorne Strainer

Garnish: None


  • 2 oz. Single Malt Irish Whiskey (We use West Cork 10 Year)
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters


In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, combine:

  • 2 oz. Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth.

Cover with a mixing glass and shake until tin is frosted.

Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and add 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

The Nimrod (A Deconstructed Irish Coffee)

Glassware: Rocks

Tools: None

Garnish: None


  • 1-½ oz. Single Malt Irish Whiskey (We use West Cork 10 Year)
  • ½ oz. Half-and-Half
  • 1 Coffee Ice Cube


In a rocks glass with one Coffee Ice Cube, combine:

  • 1-½ oz. of Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • ½ oz of Half-and-Half

**To create a layered effect, hold a Bar Spoon against the inside of the rocks glass, and pour Half-and-Half over the convex side of the spoon.