Each week, host Richard Carroll discusses a different musical with smart and hilarious guests, including Joel Creasey, Lucy Durack, Leigh Sales, David Campbell, Virginia Gay and Julia Zemiro. Each musical gets an in-depth going-over – from deconstructing the minutiae of the plot, to fan-girling over the songs, reminiscing about the impact of the musical on our lives, and interrogating the unanswered questions we’ve always wanted resolved.
My Fair Lady (with Eliza Reilly)
It's a Golden Age episode as we talk My Fair Lady with the suitably-named Eliza Reilly (Sheilas, Growing Up Gracefully). This was Eliza's favourite movie as a child, and after revisiting it as a grown-ass woman ahead of our recording, she has some questions. We discuss Audrey Hepburn's accent, Julie Andrews done wrong, the secret love story between Higgins and Pickering, what we'd like to change about the ending, and why Higgins has so many songs in this musical when Eliza is clearly the protagonist.
Cats (with Shaun Rennie)
It's finally time to discuss the original mega-musical - CATS! Famously Cats-sceptic Richard sits down with acclaimed director and recovering Munkustrap Shaun Rennie to talk about the show's history, the music, the 'plot', cat school... and yes, the movie.
Xanadu encore (with Patricia Ward Kelly)
Patricia Ward Kelly (wife of Gene Kelly) tells Richard about Gene's experiences making the movie XANADU.
Xanadu (with Jackie Hoffman)
You may know guest Jackie Hoffman from the original Broadway casts of Xanadu, Hairspray, The Addams Family, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, and from her Emmy-nominated role as Mamacita in Feud.
Richard and Jackie have a rambling conversation about making Xanadu (including a lot of the backstage and onstage drama), as well as the current New York theatre lockdown.
Rent (with Thomas Campbell)
It's a big episode as Richard tackles RENT, with Australian actor and Rent super-fan Thomas Campbell. They discuss the various productions of the show, the tragic death of Jonathan Larsson and how the show might have changed had things been different, and Rent's impact on other musicals of the last 25 years. They also get into rumours about the original Australian production, the doomed movie version, and the debacle that was Rent Live on US television.
The Boy From Oz (with Mark Humphries)
TV satirist and musicals mega-fan Mark Humphries joins Richard Carroll to talk about THE BOY FROM OZ. They discuss the show's place in Australian theatre history, the original production, the Todd/Hugh controversy, and the show's success on Broadway, as well as the real Peter Allen (and Liza, and Judy...).
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Passionate and fabulous fun
After only recently venturing into the world of podcasts, I had been a little disappointed at the negativity of a lot of shows I had thought I would enjoy. Then I discovered this! Utterly joyful! The first one I listened to was with Marc Shaiman about Hairspray. What a treat! Please get him back on to discuss Smash! I am now hooked. This is everything I had hoped it would be and more. An absolute must for anyone who loves musical theatre.
Thrilled it’s back!
Loooove this podcast