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.
Three Pacific Overtures recordings (with Colm Molloy)
Every recording of a musical is slightly different. Colm Molloy returns to discuss how each album of Pacific Overtures brings something new and which song is the best from each production.
Cut Songs from Pacific Overtures
Kyle discusses all three cut songs from Pacific Overtures.
Next – Pacific Overtures (with Erik Stadnik)
A song about always looking forward, no matter what your past is. Erik Stadnik returns to provide some insight into the final song of Pacific Overtures.
Pretty Lady – Pacific Overtures (with Ashley Pribyl)
Ashley Pribyl returns to show this song in particular is the bridge between A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. But she also talks with Kyle about such light topics as imperialism and institutional racism.
A Bowler Hat – Pacific Overtures (with Sam Simahk)
A perfect musical theatre experience. A Bowler Hat is a song that not only explains the theme of Pacific Overtures but also is one of the best stage songs of all time. Sam Simahk joins Kyle to discuss the history of Japan, how this song works, and try to figure out who Spinoza was.
Please Hello – Pacific Overtures (with Donatella Galella)
Japan is opening up. But what do the other nations have to say about that? Donatella Galella comes on to discuss history, Asian representation, and all the different musical styles of "Please Hello".
A great podcast for Sondheim fans
I love listening to Kyle and whoever guest is on go really deep into these songs and shows, my favourite so far are Company and A Little Night Music is shaping up to be a great one. Also really looking forward to Into the Woods, Sweeny Todd and Assassins.
Absolutely love listening to the discussions about each individual song from a show at length. Have shared with a few Facebook groups as more Sondheim fans should be aware of this! Can’t wait for the Pacific Overtures series!
Kyle has stepped up to the plate on behalf of all Sondheim fans and filled a huge gap in the market for well-researched, comprehensive, and easy-to-digest analysis of His work.
The idea to present each song from each show in order with different guests provides a great balance between depth and variety which is sure to appeal to both ardent fans and newcomers to Steve's genius,
I binged the first three episodes back-to-back, and eagerly await more to come!