A Musical Theatre Podcast

A Musical Theatre Podcast

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October 25, 2020 80 min

MATILDA (aka the rubik's cube) is a genius show put together by geniuses about a genius. And once you hear this week's guest Cassie Silva (Broadway and 1st National Tour "Mrs Wormwood") explain why, you'll be a believer. Enjoy our journey through the world of Roald Dahl, childhood journals, and "British accents for American audiences."

Follow Cassie on Instagram @cassiemsilva and while you're at i...

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October 11, 2020 55 min

The musical CONTACT may be one of the most controversial Tony Award winners of all time, but Karen Ziemba is one of the most gracious and deserving. A musical theatre triple threat with incredible work ethic, true vulnerability, and a dazzling smile, we are honored she joined us this week to discuss the very special show that brought her so much acclaim. Along the way, we talk about her many collaborations with Susan Stroman and th...

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October 4, 2020 77 min

Ten years ago, we would have said MY FAIR LADY is a musical that will be produced forever: iconic characters, a legendary score and source material. But now has that all changed? This week we're joined by Cindy and Christine from the Bottomless Broadway podcast to discuss rom com makeovers, gender politics, and of course, "quan" Julie Andrews. 

For more Cindy and Christine, subscribe to Bottomless Broadway and follow the...

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SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE may be a five person musical dealing with the existential crisis of objective truth, but it also has brought together one of our most exciting episodes. Not only do we have the charming and talented Travis Leland to discuss this wonderful show, we have the composer and writer himself: five time Tony nominated Michael John LaChiusa (HELLO AGAIN, THE WILD PARTY, MARIE CHRISTINE)! Join us as together we marvel Mic...

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September 20, 2020 72 min

"Wilkommen, bienvenue, and welcome" to the legendary musical that entertains you, slaps you across the face, and somehow makes you grateful for it: CABARET! Award winning director Richard Israel joins us to discuss the brilliance of Kander & Ebb, the elegance of Joe Masteroff, and why this musical is a must in 2020.

Enjoy a look at Richard's work by visiting https://richardisraeldirector.com Don't forget to follo...

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"How did you get to be here?" That single question has always been the success and struggle of Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and this week actress and activist Jennifer Shelton joins us to discuss its fascinating past, and what its unconventional style reveals about our past, present, and future.

Take a deeper dive into Jen's career by visiting her website at http://jennifer-shelton.com Whil...

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Can you spell the word... podcast? Yeah, you're right. Too easy. You know what's not easy, though? William Finn music! And to discuss the brilliance of him and the delightful THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is the equally delightful music director, Jennifer Lin. Get ready to delve into the quirky side of musical theatre with this conversation that we promise isn't "chimerical."

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August 23, 2020 55 min

ANYTHING GOES is a legendary madcap musical from the 1930s, and thanks to actress Leah Sprecher, our guest to celebrate it this week is the equally legendary and madcap icon Barbara Dixon. You don't want to miss Barbara's unique perspective on her first love: musical theatre.

Follow Barbara on Instagram (you won't be disappointed) at @broadwaybarbaraofficial and while you're at it, follow us at @amusicalpodc...

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August 16, 2020 56 min

Hooray for our "favorite son!" It's an election year, so this week we're covering THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES with music director extraordinaire Jeff Rizzo. It's also a pretty great excuse for us to talk about musical theatre legends like Cy Coleman, Tommy Tune, and of course, the show stealing dogs in Act 1. This one isn't getting a revival anytime soon, so enjoy!

Be sure to check out Jeff Rizzo's virtual ch...

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WARNING: there's nothing "shy" about this episode! ;) Actress Rena Strober joins us to shed a little love on the summer camp musical to end all summer camp musicals: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Carol Burnett, the Rodgers Dynasty, golden age comedy, and champagne bought with your unemployment insurance...this episode has it all. 

Be sure to follow Rena on Twitter @renastrober and support her new album IMAGINE THAT! with the...

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August 2, 2020 60 min

Anybody in the mood to fall in love? If so, try following the simple recipe from ALL SHOOK UP... just add Elvis. "C'mon Everybody" get ready to tune in and tune out with this week's episode as actor Andre Myers joins us to discuss jukebox musicals, this feel good show's identity crisis on Broadway, the reason he stopped pursuing musical theatre, and why he still can't help falling in love with it. (See what ...

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July 26, 2020 54 min

This week we take a ride through THE GRAND TOUR, the biggest flop the king of optimism Jerry Herman ever had, with the man he asked to star in it. Broadway vet Jason Graae joins us for a funny and heartfelt retrospective on one of the greatest composers in musical history and this largely forgotten show that quite possibly includes the most "Jerry-like" character he ever wrote.

To follow all things Jason Graae, visit his we...

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This week we get to be part of "her" world. Broadway Ariel, Chelsea Morgan Stock joins us for a conversation about the stage adaptation of Disney's game changing film THE LITTLE MERMAID, and reveals the complexities of being an understudy, dancing in Heelys, and staging a certain villain's demise. 
 
Be sure to follow Cheslea on Instagram @chelsmstock and while you're at it, follow us @amusicalpodcast for ...

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July 12, 2020 84 min

THE BAND'S VISIT is one of the most sophisticated musicals in theatre history, and yet, despite winning pretty much every award imaginable, it isn't talked about nearly enough. Cast member Marc Ginsburg joins Jeff for a conversation about the joy, sadness, and phonetic pronunciations of this great addition to modern musical theatre.

To follow all things Marc, check out his Instagram @marc_ginsburg and Twitter account &#...

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June 21, 2020 78 min

Happy Pride Month Everyone! This week we're celebrating by covering a listener request and all around great musical FUN HOME with special guest Alyssa M Simmons. Join us for a personal conversation about this groundbreaking musical that, believe it or not, is actually more fun than a funeral home. 

Be sure to follow Alyssa on Instagram @alyssamsimmons and check out her Star Wars podcast "Inside the Tauntaun." Also do...

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June 14, 2020 83 min

In any discussion of the musical SUNSET BOULEVARD, the central piece of the conversation is inevitable: "Who is playing Norma Desmond? And who should be playing Norma Desmond?" To explore that musical theatre phenomenon, Jeff is joined this week by guest Ryan O'Connor, and together they journey the drama filled road that is now synonymous with this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. Warning- Beware of floor lamps.

For all thi...

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Amid the events of this past week, we felt the need to dedicate an episode of our podcast to the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and specifically how it relates to musical theatre. Theatre/film/television actress Sharon Catherine Brown joins us for a conversation about her career that has broken down racial boundaries on Broadway and the toll it takes on the black artists willing to do it. After listening to the episode, reach out to u...

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This week we're covering a musical to help us all look forward to the future! THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the new stage adaptation of the famed animated musical film had recently opened and was playing to sold out houses in the West End before closing due to the global pandemic. In this episode we talk with the show's associate director J Scott Lapp, its two stars Luke Brady and Christine Allado, and the writer of both the film an...

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What better time to delve into the musical FINDING NEVERLAND than when "the world is upside down?!" Guest, and host of The Musical Man podcast, Jon Pernisek joins us for a conversation about this unique show that has its heart in the right place until you remember Harvey Weinstein was behind it all. Not to worry, though, we also have Broadway and National Tour cast member Cameron Bond to share some of his favorite memories ...

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May 17, 2020 80 min

Hate 'em or secretly wanna be 'em, this week we're talking about the HEATHERS with special guest and original cast member Rachel Flynn. Join us for a conversation about this dark and satirical take on the high school experience, but with plenty of laughs to go with all the murder.

Be sure to follow Rachel on Instagram and Twitter @radiofreerachel, and don't forget to check us out at @amusicalpodcast for more...

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