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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

    LIVE at BroadwayCon: Podcastical Cats - "Cats: the Movie"

    LIVE at BroadwayCon: Podcastical Cats - "Cats: the Movie"

    LIVE at BroadwayCon: Podcastical Cats - "Cats: the Movie"
    This January Jimi and Tommy flew all the way to Broadway’s heartland to settle a score, to come to terms with and to try to provide closure on something which has changed the face of musical theatre forever: the Cats movie. Join the lads alongside a wonderful live audience as they try to comprehend cockroaches with faces, whether Judironomy actually lifted her leg, contemplate Sir Ian McKellan’s Oscar chances and attempt to answer the age old question: was this enjoyable?
    Cats (Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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    SHOW NOTES
    First of all, we’d like to give a huge thank you to our wonderful network - the Broadway Podcast Network - for welcoming us in NYC! Go to their website and check out over 40 podcasts all related to theatre!
    The Brits among us should know Alan Partiridge I’m sure, but for those of you throughout the rest of the world - here’s a sample!
    How would you shake up some of the upcoming musical adaptations? Is there scope for digital fur technology in Dear Evan Hansen? Let us know on Reddit!
    If you’d like to stay in Hotel Bovril, I’m afraid you’re in for a disappointment. But if you’d like a hearty drink then check it out!
    So, we need to discuss this - tweet us all your thoughts on the Cats movie!
    Also we’re on a trading card - what’s going on?! Available over on the Lights of Broadway page soon!

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    Happy Hour #79: Only In The Podcasts - ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

    Happy Hour #79: Only In The Podcasts - ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

    Happy Hour #79: Only In The Podcasts - ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’
    This time around we are stepping into the fantastical mind of Luis Molina as we explore Kander and Ebb’s gem ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman.’ Jimi and Tommy discuss the horrific events of the ‘Dirty War’ which acts as the backdrop to the musical, evaluate the merits of workshopping musicals and taking your time to get to Broadway, and deep dive into the world of abstract thought and ‘metaphoralising’ while they work out what the musical’s thematic intentions are.

    WE’RE GOING TO BROADWAYCON!
    Where can theatre lovers, Broadway Stars, and industry professionals come together to celebrate Broadway? BroadwayCon!
    As part of the three-day event in New York City from January 24 - 26, Broadway Podcast Network is producing over 20 live events, which of course include us! We’ll hosting a live show on Friday, January 24th at 5:30pm, and we need to see you there! Day passes and weekend passes are still available on BroadwayCon.com, so get your tickets today.
    Tweet us to let us know you’re coming!

    Kiss of the Spider Woman (Original Cast Recording)
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    SHOW NOTES
    To get a good idea of how the original production handled the dichotomy of the horrors of torture and the escapism of Molina’s mind have a look at their presentation at the Tony’s! 
    Let’s get the incredible musical ‘These Trees Are Made of Blood’ back up and running again! Go give it a listen, create a storm on Twitter and let’s see it happen! 
    If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth having a look at the movie adaptation of Puig’s novel!
    If you’re interested in the history of ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ or just want to expand your knowledge of high-end musical theatre production in general then this American Theatre Wing interview is well worth a watch! 
    We talked a lot about seeing shows as the finished product and seeing them as they are evolving. What are your thoughts on this? Hop on over to Reddit and let us know!
    As Jimi says, there’s nothing wrong with pretty things. Let’s listen to Rufus Wainwright tell us why that’s so!
    If you’ve had your fill of Chita, Brent and the gang then try out the New Broadway Cast Recording!

    A Glaswegian Quiz Question
    The “definitive version” of this infinitely revised operetta premiered in Glasgow in 1988. It has since been revised multiple times. What show?

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    Happy Hour #78: Sugar, Podcast, Flour - ‘Waitress’

    Happy Hour #78: Sugar, Podcast, Flour - ‘Waitress’

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    Waitress (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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    Who knew we would ever reference Come On Eileen on the podcast outside of a ‘SMASH’ reference? Anyway, here is uncategorically the worst live vocal you’ll ever hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3rg4psdHxw
    A fun game! A weird concept! Tweet us what you think certain musical lobbies would smell like? 
    Sara Bareilles has spoiled us with ‘Waitress’ supplementary content. Here you can check out her version of the ‘Waitress’ OBC, the songs from the cutting room floor, and a commentary on the origins and meanings of every song! 
    If you want the ‘Part of Your World’ story in full, check out this amazing ‘Side by Side by Susan Blackwell’ episode! 
    We pose you the question, if you would have any recording artist write a musical - who would you want and what it would it be? Hit us up over on Reddit!
    Last 5 years podcast If you’re at all interested in our views on monogamy and infidelity then it’s worth having a listen to our ‘Last 5 Years’ episode!
    What do you think about the idea of ‘Waitress’ being a feminist musical? Have a read of the Vox article and let us know what you think! 
    And if you want to get yourself riled up, then have a gander at Michael Riedel’s article on ‘Waitress’ before it was on Broadway...
    Tommy would never be critical of anything. Ever.
    One of Jimi’s biggest Broadway inspirations, Laura Heywood, held a fantastic interview with Jesse Mueller and Sara Bareilles.
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    A Quiz Question Currently in Development
    This musical accidentally shut down a so-called “musical theatre lab” because it premiered first. The lab was working on ‘The Secret Garden,’ ‘My Favorite Year’ and this show. Hal Prince is of the opinion that the lab would still be functioning today had The Secret Garden premiered first instead of this musical. What show?

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    Happy Hour #77: The Podcast Hour - ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

    Happy Hour #77: The Podcast Hour - ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

    Happy Hour #77: The Podcast Hour - ‘Bye Bye Birdie’
    Did you hear about Hugo and Kim getting pinned? We simply can’t believe it to be honest, so that’s why we’re pulling apart all things ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ this week! From the stage musical, to the film, to the live event that never happened this show has had a full life! The boys talk all about where this show stands in the Musical Theatre Timeline, debate the representation of teens, women and rock and roll in the show and try to work out exactly what Ann margaret was meaning when she sang ‘Bye Bye Birhee.’ Let’s make this happen!
    Bye Bye Birdie (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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    If you’re brand new to Bye Bye Birdie then the movie is a great place to start! Although the plot deviates from the stage musical you get a good sense of it! Plus, Ann Margaret! 
    What is a Birhee? Does Ann Margaret know something we don’t? 
    If you can’t be bothered watching the film, someone you may know has digested it for you!
    What do you think about giving musicals with outdated books rewrites? Should it be directorially focussed like Oklahoma? Or should they get the Harvey Fierstein treatment and get down and dirty with the text? Let us know on Reddit!
    More Ann Margaret fun times. If you’d have enough of Liza trying to turn off a lamp, it’s time to move on. Let’s make this happen!
    Mad Men tried their hand at parodying the opening to the movie, and their cast and crew had a try too. Should we get Birhee-ing (standing in front of a blue backdrop and singing) to be next sensation?
    For the final Ann Margaret reference of the evening we look to everyone’s favourite prehistoric family, The Flintstones with their version: Ann Margrock.
    What do you think about the female characters in Bye Bye Birdie? Sound off on Twitter!
    And while you’re at it, check out the wonderful Lindsey Ellis talking about representation in Disney movies!
    An Olfactory Quiz Question
    The original production of this musical tickles all of your senses the moment you enter the lobby. We’re not sure if it had an official smell designer, but let’s be honest, it probably did.

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    Happy Hour #76: Bring on the Podcasts - ‘The Lightning Thief’

    Happy Hour #76: Bring on the Podcasts - ‘The Lightning Thief’

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    Hey half-bloods, have we got a show for you! This time we are heading on a journey across America with everyone’s favourite demigod, Percy Jackson as we explore ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.’ Jimi and Tommy work out why this show is so faithful to the source material, analyse the many different characters in the show and discuss the fallout from the recent Broadway reviews, and why it may highlight a bigger systemic issue in the world of theatre critics.

    The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Original Cast Recording)
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    If you, like us, have never delved into the Percy Jackson books then there’s no time like the present! Jimi just picked up his copy from his local second-hand book store but you can get yours here! 
    There are a plethora of musical adaptations from books, but what ones have caused as much fan dedication as the Lightning Thief? Were there people who were devastated at the changes in Wicked from Gregory Maguire’s books?
    What series would you be wildly protective over if they ever made a musical adaptation of it? Let us know on Twitter!
    Here’s an incredible roundup of all of the fallout from the Lightning Thief’s Broadway opening by Alexandra Middlemitch.
    If you missed Peter and the Starcatcher when it was on Broadway then check out this featurette from Playbill which gives you an idea of its incredible staging.
    ISSUES! Where does the opening sit? Is it a parody? Is it sincere? Is it a send-up of this SNL sketch?
    Always a fan of a literary recommendation, if you’re approaching or have reached your thirties and you worry you’ve forgotten what it was like to be a child - check out ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman.
    The Lightning Thief Twitter account (Mx. Thief to their followers) is a fantastic example of how to run social media for a show with a younger fan base. 
    Here’s the review that started it all...what do you think? The ramblings of someone out of touch or a vital critique of the show? 
    If you’re a writer or wannabe writer then check out Buzzfeed’s Style Guide for how to do it properly in the 21st century.

    A Sexy Quiz Question
    According to legend, at the wrap party for the movie adaptation of this musical, either Maureen Stapleton or Paul Lynde stood up and said to one of the leading female actresses, “I want you to know that I’m the only person who worked on this film who doesn’t want to f**k you!”

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    Happy Hour #75: Everybody Says Podcast - ‘Anyone Can Whistle’

    Happy Hour #75: Everybody Says Podcast - ‘Anyone Can Whistle’

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    This time around we are diving head-first into the magical waters of Cora Hoover Hooper’s town and breaking open the Cookie Jar as we explore Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Anyone Can Whistle.’ Often penned as his biggest flop, ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ has opened the doors for a ton of discussion and Jimi and Tommy never shy away from that. Here they discuss what caused it to flop and why sometimes that can be a good thing, some of the genius music Sondheim wrote for the show and start the revolution - #MusicalTheatreNerdsUnite!
    Anyone Can Whistle (Original Broadway Cast)
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    As we do with every Sondheim episode, check out his incredible collection of lyrics and attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes. A must-have for any musical theatre nerd. 
    For some more analysis about why it flopped check out Tommy’s video guide from his Sondheim September series. 
    If you’ve burned through your copy of the OBC and want more of the story, then it’s well worth checking out the Carnegie Hall recording starring Madeleine Kahn, narrated by Angela Lansbury herself! 
    One of the cut songs from ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ found a brilliant new home in Putting It Together. Here is Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett singing ‘There’s Always a Woman’ - the cut 11 o’clock number from the show. 
    For more of a deepdive into Angela Lansbury’s involvement in ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ check out Arthur Laurents’ book ‘Mainly on Directing.’
    One of Jimi’s all-time favourite musical theatre writers, Scott Miller, says that ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ is “still a better musical than two thirds of what Broadway has turned out in the last fifty years.” Check out his write-up on this week’s musical here (as well as the rest of his books, he’s amazing!) 
    #MusicalTheatreNerdsUnite - let’s get it trending! We want people to join in the wonderful conversation that we have about musical theatre and nerd out alongside us. Be proud, unleash your nerd and help legitimise the art form that we all know and love!
    What is YOUR all-time favourite Sondheim lyric? Let us know on Twitter!
    If you’re not following us on Instagram come join in the party for some behind the scenes fun! Leave us a comment letting us know the kinds of things you want to see on here.
    Have you got any big thoughts about ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ and what could’ve made it work? Come join the discussion over on our subreddit!
    A Plutonic Quiz Question
    Hades is hoppin’ in New York Theatre right now. When this show opens later this year, it will mark the third time the Greek god has “trod the boards” in 2019. What show?

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