More Than Tracy Turnblad

More Than Tracy Turnblad

Body size diversity in entertainment is an issue that often goes unspoken or ignored by the artistic community, but is deeply felt by those who (literally) don't fit into the ideal. On this podcast, Abby Rose Morris interviews fat people in all areas of entertainment about where fatphobia shows up in their artistic lives, the fat characters that have impacted them, and the changes they would like to see regarding the treatment of body size in the arts. Join us as we challenge stereotypes of fat bodies, honor the power of representation, and dream of how entertainment can evolve to become more inclusive.

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June 28, 2021 68 min

This week we're jumping back in for the second half of Abby's conversation with Katrina Rose! They discuss Katrina's role in making Nadia thin in Bare: The Musical, her time on The Voice, body neutrality, Janis Joplin, the beauty of saying "f*ck it," and more!

This episode marks the end of Season 1 and the launch of our fund raiser for season 2. Donate here and get psyched for an amazing season 2, launching late ...

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It's the beginning of the end (of the beginning)! AKA the first part of the final episode of the first season of More Than Tracy Turnblad. In this episode, Abby lists some red flags of fatphobia in educational theatre programs. Then Katrina Rose joins her to spill the beans about playing Tracy Turnblad, generational fatphobia, weight distribution, getting booed as a standby, and searching for control in an unstable industry. St...

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If you ever wanted to hear Abby attempt a Gollum voice, this is the episode for you!!! This week, she reveals that there is actually one fat trope she loves (the soft, sensitive, kind fat boy) and notes that most of them are named Sam. Then she is joined by singer/songwriter Elle Baez (she/her) and healing artist Marlee Dater (she/they), founders of Curvy Artists Collective, an online community for curvy creatives! They chat about ...

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Alternate title for this episode: "I made it through our entire interview without obnoxiously complimenting Jenny's accent, are you proud of me???" First, Abby debunks the stereotype that fatness is associated with (and caused by) depression. Then she is joined by Jenny O'Leary, a West End musical theatre actress who originated the role of Martha Dunnstock in Heathers in the UK. They talk about the British school sy...

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In honor of season 3's recent release, Abby lists all the wonderful things about Shrill! Then she is joined by actor, social media manager, and branding coach Jenna Leigh Miller to discuss self-limitation, brand v. type, rock musicals, Ado Annie, looking for the fattest dancer in every Broadway show, and Jenna's experience playing Tracy Turnblad twice.

Jenna's web site: https://www.jennaleighmiller.com
Jenna's Instagr...

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Abby talks about her recent PCOS diagnosis and why people don't need to be absolved of responsibility for their fatness. Then she is joined by performance artist and space maker Provvidenza Catalano (they/them) to discuss desirability politics, emotional labor, The L Word, transmasculine beauty standards, and how fatness intersects with queerness.

Provvidenza's web site: https://www.provvidenzac.com
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May 10, 2021 89 min

Abby gives her take on the controversy around the recent New York Times article that cited performers' weight gain as an impediment to Broadway reopening. Then she is joined by plus model and actress Clare Rea (she/her). They discuss the difference between entertainment industry fat and real life fat, Clare's appearance in Seventeen Magazine, Katy Perry's Firework, giving up dieting, BFA programs, body positivity, being...

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Abby rants about heteronormative height preferences in the arts and in dating. Then she is joined by Maddie McClouskey (they/she), an actor, writer, singing server at Marie's Crisis, and host of Theatre Games on Pop Culture Coop. Abby and Maddie discuss Doc Martens, early puberty, trauma responses, being weighed in elementary school math class, industry abuse, Spongebob, size and gender expression, neurodivergence, and being bl...

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It's the longest episode yet because we love talking oops! First, Abby raves about how all movies should be like Thunder Force. Then Lexi Schreiber, aka @thefatingenue, comes on to explain her grad school thesis on feminist musical theatre analysis of Jeanine Tesori's work. They also discuss body neutrality, capitalism, Khloe Kardashian, the pressure for fat actresses to belt high, biding your time until you’re old enou...

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Did you catch the HAIRSPRAY in the title??? Get it??? Cause this podcast is called More Than TRACY TURNBLAD??? Anyway, on a more serious note, Abby opens the episode with a discussion about the Scott Rudin reckoning and how the culture of the entertainment industry enables abuse. Then she is joined by plus size fashion blogger/creative director/theatre producer and director Brianna McDonnell to talk plus size fashion, being a music...

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This episode marks a very important podcast milestone: the first time we forgot to press record and had to redo the entire interview! But as Ashley says in the episode, that was just a preview and now you get to listen to opening night. First, Abby explains how fat tropes in media implicitly give the audience permission to be cruel to fat people. Then Ashley Monique Menard, performer, host of The Eff Your Fears Podcast and creator ...

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Prompted by polarizing TikTok discourse, Abby subjected herself to nearly the entire first season of Insatiable and shares her opinion (in a word: cringe). Then she is joined by Nic Mains, a New York-based, actor, singer, and theatre artist. They discuss Ursula, college auditions, fat gay representation, the possibility of writing a truly funny fat joke, James Corden, the stupid happy fat guy trope, and letting yourself be sad.

Nic&...

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A virgin, a whore, and a mom walk into a theater. Can you guess which one is fat? Obviously it's the mom, and Abby explains why this is (short answer: THE PATRIARCHY). Then she is joined by Katharine Scarborough, creator and star of the new web series Big Girl, which drops the same day as this episode! Abby and Katharine talk about sexual empowerment, Miss Piggy, intuitive eating, learning to be fearless, Katharine's tips f...

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When two podcasts love each other very much...they make a two-part CROSSOVER EPISODE! First, Abby laments the difficulty of finding plus size skiwear and discusses why fat people don't feel safe in fitness spaces. Then she is joined by opera singer Sarai Cole for part 1 of a crossover episode between More Than Tracy Turnblad and Sarai's podcast Social Takeout! Sarai and Abby chat about  fatphobia and racism in the opera wor...

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Abby reviews the feast of fat representation that is Shallow Hal (01:24), which she recently watched on TikTok live. Then she chats with Bethany Kay (09:30), an actor and career coach, about street harassment as a plus size woman, grad school, knowing your "no lines," the glorification of artist poverty, Brittany Runs A Marathon, dollar pizza, and Bethany's role on Dietland where she famously proclaimed, "I AM A GOD...

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Abby rants about the terrible fat rep in CATS (2019)! This is super pent up because she has been mad about it for over a year and also saw Cats four times in theaters. Then performer, teaching artist, and certified Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant Kristin Avila joins Abby to chat about being a plus size dancer and choreographer, Bridgerton, the generation gap, what she learned in DEI officer training, and more!

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This week, Abby breaks down the shady origins of the BMI, which enabled her to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Then she is joined by Spencer Frankeberger to discuss size and disability, male fat representation, glorifying animal obesity, hot Seymours, casting breakdowns that say "fit," Charlie Brown, and more. Abby is also guesting on the podcast Depp Impact this week, so check that out if you want to hear two theatre k...

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This week, Abby shares her take on the changes in cultural attitudes toward fatness in the last 2 decades and their impact on Millennials and Zoomers (0:44). Then she is joined by Mallory Kidd (08:02), a wardrobe, hair, and make-up technician and podcaster who has worked on and off Broadway as well as regionally. Mallory shares her best tips for how actors can effectively communicate with costumers, and how costumers can be more ac...
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In this episode, we break down stereotypes and (in an ironic twist) an actual chair. Abby declares her deep love for Shrek (00:22), then interviews Tiffany T. Taylor, a Chicago-based actor, singer, and dancer (05:24). They chat about all-white productions of Hairspray, being a fat soprano, eating onstage, Tiffany's viral TikTok, and why she hates being compared to Lizzo. And seriously, Abby breaks a chair in real time (42:16). ...

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Abby writes a 2015 -The-Odyssey-Online-style verbal open letter to the "I'm-So-Fat Friend," aka that friend who calls themselves fat in front of their larger bodied friends (00:32). Then she is joined by Kimie Muroya, a Philadelphia-based theatre artist (07:56). They discuss the lack of fat Asian representation, being rewarded for disordered eating patterns, asexuality, conscious casting, and getting called "brave&#...

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