75 episodes

Conversations revealing the cultural and emotional impact of our favorite musicals in theatre history.

A Musical Theatre Podcast Jeffrey Scott Parsons

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 96 Ratings

Conversations revealing the cultural and emotional impact of our favorite musicals in theatre history.

    ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Klea Blackhurst

    ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Klea Blackhurst

    The moment you think you may know everything about musical theatre is the moment you should talk to Klea Blackhurst about ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. This week we sit down with this amazing singer, actress, and "Merman-ologist" to laugh, warble, and explore the all time greatest musical theatre star (Ethel Merman) in one of her all time greatest roles (Annie Oakley). We can't wait for you to hear about these real life characters from both on and off the stage.

    Please check out Native Voices at the Autry

    Look for opportunities to see Klea live at https://www.kleablackhurst.com

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    LITTLE WOMEN with Gwen Hollander

    LITTLE WOMEN with Gwen Hollander

    Today we're celebrating "Women Power" with the 2005 musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's groundbreaking novel LITTLE WOMEN. Joining us to discuss this holiday worthy listener request is the hilarious and heartwarming "March sister veteran" Gwen Hollander, and Stage Manager turned CEO Jen Kahn stops by to discuss her powerful journey as creator of the highly successful company Scenery Bags!  No matter who you are or where you're from, these two women will leave you inspired to be "astonishing."

    Be sure to follow Gwen on Instagram at @gwenstagram811. You can also find Jen on Instagram at @jenwkahn and check out @scenerybags on this or any holiday at www.scenerybags.com!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    LITTLE ME with Mary Gordon Murray

    LITTLE ME with Mary Gordon Murray

    The 1962 musical LITTLE ME has one of the great comedic scores of all time, and it just so happens our incredible guest Mary Gordon Murray was Tony nominated for singing it! Join us as this Broadway pro reflects on belly laughs, boob jokes, and her memories with legends like Cy Coleman, Bob Fosse, and yes, Stephen Sondheim. If you don't know LITTLE ME, you're about to!

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    • 58 min
    THE BOOK OF MORMON with Candace Quarrels

    THE BOOK OF MORMON with Candace Quarrels

    The controversial musical THE BOOK OF MORMON has been a popular listener request for quite some time, and in this episode, we finally get to share those "mission stories" you've been craving. Longtime "Nabalungi" Candace Quarrels joins Jeff to talk faith, biting satire, and "being right vs getting it right." This is definitely your not so typical episode about a not so typical musical.

    Follow Candace on Instagram @candacequarrels and while you're at it, follow her amazing band Mermaid @mermaid.band

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    TABOO with J Bailey Burcham and Sarah Uriarte Berry

    TABOO with J Bailey Burcham and Sarah Uriarte Berry

    After almost 20 years, it's time to look back with fresh eyes at the Boy George musical TABOO and realize how pioneering it was. Guest J Bailey Burcham joins us as we evoke the New Romantic Era, discuss queer identities in musical theatre, and express our undying love for Rosie O'Donnell. And if that's not enough, original cast member Sarah Uriarte Berry stops by to share quite possibly the best audition story you've ever heard.

    Follow Bailey on Instagram at @j.bailey.b and while you're there you can also check out his podcast @theatre_theater_pod

    For all things Sarah Uriarte Berry, follow her on Instagram at @iamsarahuriarteberry and Twitter at @sarahuriarteb

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    CARRIE with Julia Lester

    CARRIE with Julia Lester

    In the genre of horror musicals, there's nothing quite like CARRIE. In fact, to quote the original Broadway poster, "There's never been a musical like her." Here to celebrate Halloween 2021 and discuss the evolution of this flop turned cult classic turned high school musical is one of the stars of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" Julia Lester!

    Be sure to follow Julia on Instagram @julialester

    If you can't get enough CARRIE, check out Out For Blood.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

non-social ,

If you only have time for one musical theater podcast, this is it

I’m sad! I have been binging this podcast for the last 2 months as I have commuted to and from rehearsals and shows and I still have one weekend left but am all caught up on the episodes. The insights, commentary, and personal connection (often sweet and touching) that Jeff brings to this show is unparalleled. Unlike just about any other Broadway related podcast Jeff discusses how this art form affects and changes us personally and as a society (can’t wait for the She Loves Me episode-one of my top three favs, just listen to it, you’ll get it). It is so much more than discussing the crazy histories and stories surrounding some of the greatest musicals and artists of all time, and new artists, or talking through a synopsis of an off-hand forgotten “flop”, he breathes life and engagement into the connection of theater to our shared human experience. And the guests! The guests. Some of our great local southern CA performers to former and current Broadway actors, directors, stage managers, composers, and even Tony, Emmy, and/or Oscar winners. If you are new to musical theater or have performed or taught musical theater for many—many years, and only have time for one podcast, this is the podcast tor you!

Leyadora ,

Love this!

Jeff is so personable, and I love the way anecdotes and history are mixed in with a rundown of the story and songs. Most of the guests have been involved with a professional production of each show in one way or another, which totally adds to the fun. The only thing missing is enough money to buy the rights to listen to some of the songs! Guess we’ll just have to support the artists by seeing the shows and buying the recordings ourselves. Not a problem!

Stany2401k ,

Very entertaining and passionate!

Lovely, informative chats populate this series. This isn’t a nuts-and-bolts making-of series, but rather a discussion of why these shows have an impact, both now and when originally produced. You do get a general walk through the storytelling but always through the prism of why it is significant. Well done!

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