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Ever wondered if a musical was actually good? Join hosts MJ and Jonah as they debate the performances, plots, and puns of a variety of broadway hits to determine if the show is a bop or a flop.

Bop or Flop? Jonah Wilkinson

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Ever wondered if a musical was actually good? Join hosts MJ and Jonah as they debate the performances, plots, and puns of a variety of broadway hits to determine if the show is a bop or a flop.

    Ep. 7 - Can DHP Do No Wrong? Feat. Paige Pedersen - Curtains (2007)

    Ep. 7 - Can DHP Do No Wrong? Feat. Paige Pedersen - Curtains (2007)

    Guest host Paige Pederson joins Jonah and MJ to obsess over David Hyde Pierce in the show within a show murder mystery musical Curtains. Join the hosts as they praise how Curtains captures the spirit of show business, learn a bit about how Jonah and Paige as stage managers feel about opening nights, and see if MJ will ever get over her inability to see the merit in songs irrelevant to the plot!

    Notes

    Lass-oh Vs. Lass-oo
    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fforthright.livejournal.com%2F222078.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3O6wOhkG7MwL8Ahbz0B1HlXU97h5oFrpC8JlaBbcTvGye-GuXe1zUSvIA%23%3A~%3Atext%3DUsage%252C%25201926%252C%2520p.%2CEnglish%2520pronunciation%2520is%2520la%27so.%26text%3DGowers%2520changed%2520this%2520to%2520%27lasso%2Cmost%2520English%2520people%2520too%27.%255D&h=AT0Hnvrf4GZjWDv2LeeJy9eEBCPiZa3mM_pgPULdYvWCRLGllEKky2Xct5elf0pUAUtzv4Hx9gky4AxsZS2ne72vqZwQtgcdQlE0IoupCI7n5Tesh1U7jOaXkFdn-qJ5RHOok1ZIaw

    Enneagram Institute
    https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/


    Show People at the Tony’s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj1hzFmib9M


    DHP Performing Hit The Couch - Song Starts at about 4:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNwj_n7ElQw
    A link to take the test - There is only one official one and many knockoffs, this is the best knockoff.
    https://enneagramtest.net/


    Cafe Nervosa
    https://thecheersfrasier.fandom.com/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_Nervosa


    Nighthawks - Edward Hopper
    https://www.widewalls.ch/magazine/edward-hopper-nighthawks-painting


    DHP - A Valentine for Niles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpImet3Xwgw


    Jason Danieley - Streets of Dublin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEJ9EAlydQI


    Karaoke Muppets - Mentioned in a bit that got cut, but it’s so funny we had to share it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwaOoWo0UOo


    Parody of the racist songs in the Golden Age (similar to Kansasland) as demonstrated by The Drowsy Chaperone
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0YUmen9rcI

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Ep. 6 - Will Jonah Cry? Feat. Jackson Johnson - She Loves Me (2016)

    Ep. 6 - Will Jonah Cry? Feat. Jackson Johnson - She Loves Me (2016)

    In this very special, very long revenge episode, MJ’s good buddy Jackson Johnson rips into Jonah’s favorite musical, the 2016 revival of She Loves Me. They discuss the merits of pure fun, feminism, the treasure that is Zachary Levi, and disagree on whether or not the Red Scare should have played a factor in the plot.


    Notes

    Hugh Jackman in his pre-Wolverine days in Boy From Oz
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA4965Uz8as


    Why Hugh Jackman (and everyone) sounds bad in the Les Mis movie
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ikqU6G6Xgs


    That Song In Every Musical That No One Likes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXKUgjYh7lo


    She Loves Me from 1993 - This is the one MJ likes more
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIN82_siQD4&list=PL457BE0C858F17A63&index=17


    Here’s a song that MJ loves Zachary Levi’s voice in. Put him in more pop/rock musicals!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRBCjLV1FQ&list=PLhAszZScgYlfBha1W9dtEgxzBm04vlrS6&index=14


    Laura Benanti doing a quick summary of the whole show
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--7F1i9Srtc

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Ep. 5 - Is You a Newfoundlander? - Come From Away (2017)

    Ep. 5 - Is You a Newfoundlander? - Come From Away (2017)

    Come From Away gets serious, and so do MJ and Jonah. Along with the usual musical analysis, our hosts compare and contrast the reactions to 9/11 with those of our current pandemic and unrest. Join them as they discuss how the stories and music from Come From Away shed light on the worst and best parts of humanity.


    Notes

    The first production after the workshop was produced in 2012 at Sheridan College in Ontario

    Listen to the masters themselves talk about their show
    https://www.playbill.com/article/track-by-track-breakdown-irene-sankoff-and-david-hein-share-the-true-stories-behind-their-tony-nominated-come-from-away-score

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0XtepC6_Ck&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR25DP_7OFyy-zjNI5FuXwwFDrpa_Xkc-kwCQAOERAL8v8FJVTpgHMeVG-U


    African Talking Drum
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-iNFKIFQmQ


    Christian Hymn/Saint Francis’ Prayer - Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNagMjn1zXg

    Islamic Call to Prayer - Adhan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe8qRj12OhY

    Hindu Mantra of Peace - Asato Ma Sadgamaya
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwyo62x9yC4

    Hebrew Prayer for Peace - Ya’aseh (Oseh) Shalom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMbEJUfnllk

    Ugly Stick
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQkrsx4_3_g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_SWPeyb1pg&t=23s


    A Screech In
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnfrENK77_w


    The real Nick and Diane Marson
    https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/nick-and-diane-marsons-come-from-away-love-story_83995.html


    Diane at The Dover Fault
    https://twitter.com/RealNickanDiane/status/874735222805463040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E874735222805463040%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theatermania.com%2Fbroadway%2Fnews%2Fnick-and-diane-marsons-come-from-away-love-story_83995.html


    Interviews with the real people who inspired the characters
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZdj1LxqGrs


    A beautiful piece regarding normalcy in this new era we are in
    https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/05/07/f**k-the-bread-the-bread-is-over/


    9/11 memorial
    https://www.911memorial.org/

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep. 4 - Why is "Her Is?" The Way It Is? - The Pajama Game (1954)

    Ep. 4 - Why is "Her Is?" The Way It Is? - The Pajama Game (1954)

    The Golden Age proves to be divisive. Listen in as MJ argues that Jonah is taking bop too literally, Jonah questions the shows improper use of grammar, both agree that we need more baritones, and brace yourselves for a surprise bike horn. You won't be ready for it. MJ and Jonah sure weren't.


    Notes


    Nick Cordero
    https://www.insider.com/amanda-kloots-nick-cordero-finished-song-he-started-recording-2020-8

    https://variety.com/2020/artisans/news/nick-cordero-memorial-livestream-broadway-demand-1234748001/


    Sleepless
    https://www.playbill.com/article/sleepless-musical-based-on-sleepless-in-seattle-begins-in-london-august-25


    Chadwick Boseman’s contributions to live theatre
    https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/remembering-the-theatrical-career-chadwick-boseman_91364.html


    The Transatlantic Accent
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpv_IkO_ZBU

    Alice in Wonderland - Very Good Advice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srn0xkXTSgs

    Donald Duck and WWII - Heads up, there’s A LOT of questionable propaganda and racially insensitive material in this one, but it’s a fascinating look at the history of Disney and of US politics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-PZVrWvJM0

    All the songs we said sounded like Once a Year Day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxrFdtSFMXY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAk28Z4qIKc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvrE_ekDXQc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AhORMKCBeQ

    Soliloquy - Carousel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3cmZxPfk6o

    Fosse Choreography - Steam Heat and Sing Sing Sing, Soloist starts at 6:50
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQdyDlSie0Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbAI4NT3RlU


    Set MacFarlane singing 7 and a Half Cents
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKQL1rENZYE

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep. 3 - Were We Too Mean? - Disaster! (2016)

    Ep. 3 - Were We Too Mean? - Disaster! (2016)

    Get ready for Is It Too 70s 2, Electric Boogaloo! Jonah and MJ go overboard on their criticism of the seafaring song-fest, Disaster!

    Notes


    Disaster Reviews -AmNY and Chicago Tribune
    https://www.amny.com/entertainment/disaster-pokes-fun-at-the-poseidon-adventure-airport-1975-1.11552252/

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/sc-disaster-broadway-review-ent-0308-20160308-column.html

    NBC Broadway Showcase
    https://pagesix.com/2020/08/19/nbc-looking-to-revitalize-broadway-with-splashy-primetime-special/

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Ep. 2 - Who's The REAL Scene Stealer? - Mean Girls (2017)

    Ep. 2 - Who's The REAL Scene Stealer? - Mean Girls (2017)

    In this totally fetch episode, MJ fangirls a little too much, Jonah passionately defends old school showstoppers, and both of them marvel at the razor sharp wit of the 2017 Broadway hit Mean Girls.


    Episode Links

    Diana musical clip
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yZjS1DadLs

    Broadway Theatre Tribute
    https://www.playbill.com/article/see-the-broadway-community-reunite-for-a-moving-tribute-to-the-theatre

    Power Princess Medley - Taylor Louderman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHc5cHtsvJI

    Fresh Prince Parody - Cheech Manohar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bub1Nx0Tt5A

    Choreography Sample - Cheech Manohar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTaSj7vErqQ

    I’d Rather Be Me breakdown
    https://www.playbill.com/article/mean-girls-barrett-wilbert-weed-and-jeff-richmond-break-down-id-rather-be-me

    See what the masters themselves have to say about their show
    https://www.playbill.com/article/meet-the-plastics-and-the-rest-with-a-deep-dive-into-the-mean-girls-cast-album

    Fun additional song - Bossed Up - The original Act 2 opener in D.C., replaced by Stop.
    https://www.playbill.com/article/listen-to-a-cut-song-from-the-mean-girls-musical

    • 1 hr 47 min

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