This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea – Pacific Overtures (with Rob Urbinati)
The opening song to Pacific Overtures. Is it meant to be an explanation of the idyllic world Japan was in, or is it a warning about he dangers of isolationism? Luckily, Kyle doesn't have to figure that out alone as he has Rob Urbinati, a person who has seen the original Pacific Overtures dozens of times.
Pacific Overtures trailer
Trailer for the upcoming Pacific Overtures season of Putting It Together.
The Frogs: Act 2 (with Justin Havard)
Listen. It's just frogs. Justin Havard joins Kyle to discuss the history of this show, reports on a friend of his who was at the original Yale production, and the song Shaw in particular.
The Frogs: Act 1 (with Jonathan Chisolm)
In this case it is a couple of hippy-dippy homosexuals talking about some hoity-toity intellectuals. Jonathan Chisolm returns to discuss the history of this show, the plot of Act 1 in general, and the song Ariadne in particular.
The 10 Best Sondheim Songs – 1970 to 1975
Who doesn't like a list (song)? In this special episode Kyle goes through his 10 favourite Sondheim songs which were released from 1970 until the end of 1975.
Kurt Peterson – An Interview
Kurt Peterson was in the original production of Follies. But he also was in the second West Side Story revival and starred as Bobby in the first Canadian production of Company. In this episode you'll hear about his time on-stage and why he transitioned to being a creative producer.
I just discovered this podcast and can’t believe you exist! Someone I can nerd out with regarding Sondheim musicals. It doesn’t get any better than this. I think you’ve made my whole year! Thank you so much for your insight, knowledge, love, and care in spreading the wonders of Sondheim.
Not to be missed
As someone who has searched for years for a podcast dedicated to the musical theatre Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, it has been wonderful to find that one has been created. Kyle’s care and the detail he puts into each episode ensures that each song gets there due diligence. This is not a podcast to be missed!
Musical fans rejoice!
Finally we get a Sondheim podcast! And Kyle is so knowledgeable and fun to hear!