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.
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...).
Avenue Q (with Josie Lane)
We are back for season 3! This season, you will get a new episode on a new musical, twice a week (plus occasional encore episodes thrown in too)!
We kick off with a kiki on the beloved sleeper hit Avenue Q, featuring podcast favourite (and original Australian cast member) Josie Lane. She educates Richard about puppetry, puppet sex, and the difficulties of promoting an adult show featuring puppets. Hope you like puppets.
South Pacific encore (with Ted Chapin)
Richard is joined by Ted Chapin, the President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation since 1981 to talk in depth about South Pacific - how it was created, how it was received at the time, and how it has been kept alive over the years. Ted also reveals some of the amazing things he's discovered in the Rodgers & Hammerstein offices over the years in old boxes and broom cupboards!
South Pacific (with Bruce Vilanch)
Hollywood writer and jack-of-all-trades Bruce Vilanch joins Richard Carroll to talk about SOUTH PACIFIC. In a wide-ranging conversation, they cover the politics of the show, the original production, and the movie version - with some diversions along the way about Bruce's decades-long friendship with Mitzi Gaynor, his 50-year working relationship with Bette Midler, and even his X-rated pitch for the plot of the third Mamma Mia movie..!
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A must listen to for any musical theatre fan!! You feel like it’s an unforced conversation and I get to listen alongside! Gets me excited about shows I need to watch and gives me fun facts about ones I know! Would recommend!
Please do a review of Newsies!
Love listening to this podcast, and it already has reviewed many of my favorite shows, but I’d have to request is Disney’s Newsies and Hunchback of Notre Dame!
Dear Evan Hansen, please
Love the podcast. Although, I have noticed that you haven’t done one on Dear Evan Hansen. For future reference, maybe, just maybe, invite Ben platt to your show...but maybe though