The Broadway-scale musical comes to the world of podcasts – spearheaded by a creative dream team that includes three-time Tony winner Doug Besterman, Tony and Pulitzer winner Mitchell Maxwell, Oscar and Golden Globe winner Dean Pitchford, Tony-nominee Patrick Page, Olivier-winner Lesli Margherita, Disney star Laura Marano, and YouTube superstar Kurt Hugo Schneider.
Featuring twenty-two original songs backed by a full band and sung by a stellar team of vocalists, Little Did I Know is the story of a group of friends – recent college graduates – who bring a broken-down summer theater back to life in 1976. The summer will be different from anything they expected, and what they experience will resonate throughout their lives. At turns funny, romantic, stirring, and poignant, this is an unforgettable coming-of-age story.
Starring Kurt Hugo Schneider, Laura Marano, Jennifer Blood, Alex Blue, Casey Breves, Alexander Chaplin, E. Clayton Cornelious, Richard Kind, Lesli Margharita, Patrick Page, and Sam Tsui.
Based on the novel by Mitchell Maxwell. Directed by Marlo Hunter. Music by Doug Besterman. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford and Marcy Heisler. Book by Lou Aronica and Johanna Besterman. Musical Director: Jeffery Saver. Orchestrations: Mike Morris. Sound Design, Edit and Mix: Dave Hart
Episode 9: Finale: I Wouldn't Mind Getting a Chance to Finish It
In the season finale, everything comes to a head for Sam as secrets are revealed, relationships are altered, and the future comes into view. Features the songs "Farewell Medley," "Only in My Mind (Reprise)," "Find the Thread," and "Something to Remember (Reprise)"
Episode 8: It's Your Everything
As the final show of the summer is about to premiere, Sam receives two surprising visits – one welcome, and one anything but. And a walk on the beach with Veronica and talk about the future leads to a conversation Sam never imagined having. Includes the songs "Learn to Let Them Go" and "I Have Questions."
Episode 7: Hopes and Dreams
Bolstered by the Fourth of July parade, the crew gets back to work harder than ever. With little time to take a breather, Sam and Veronica go for late night walks on the beach . . . the same beach where James makes a valiant attempt to reveal his feelings to Ellie. Includes the songs "Look at Us Now!" and "Everything Moves Me."
Episode 6: Silver
As activity ramps up to the first curtain, Sam and Veronica get a little break . . . and get a little closer. But opening night brings with it a make-or-break challenge and an ultimatum impossible to ignore. Features the songs "Standing Only Steps from the Ocean" and "Something to Remember."
Episode 5: Special Delivery
Sam and the crew are working harder than ever to get ready for their first opening night. When Veronica comes by with their lunch delivery, Sam takes a much needed breather and his fascination with Veronica grows. Later, Dr. Barrows checks in on how Scotty is doing with the costumes and learns something he never anticipated and Sam is amazed by a confession from James. Features the songs "It Never Lets Go," "We Never Know What's Waiting in the Wings," and "Only in My Mind."
Episode 4: Just Think About the Possibilities
Sam and the crew visit the theater for the first time and find it both inspiring and terrifying. Sam visits with Veronica afterward to share his excitement. But when the crew finds out about a compromise Sam made to get the gig, they're reminded of all of the other times Sam played fast and loose with the truth. Features the songs "Cape Cod Bay" and "Damn, Sam!"
I love love love this!!!!
It’s not bad, per se...
In the trailer, Kurt Hugo Schneider introduces this program as “the first true Broadway-level podcast musical”. Unfortunately for this musical, this automatically pits “Little Did I Know” against Two-Up Productions’ 2017 podcast musical, “36 Questions”. And “36 Questions” did it better.
“36 Questions” has dialogue, but the songs both stand on their own and tell their own story, and they move you through the musical. It’s all a cohesive whole, and the parts all work together to “show” the story, and dialogue isn’t generally used as exposition. The characters speak directly to the audience, but that’s part of the conceit of the musical. Natalie/Judith is intentionally creating a record of events. We, the audience, hear the story as it unfolds.
For this, the songs are really flat. There’s a lot of exposition, and the story moves mostly behind the scenes. We get moments of a summer, but between the snippets, we know time moves because we are told time moves. The songs are also a bit of a disconnect from the story. They’re not particularly complex, but they also rather lack structure. Often, it’ll seem like there’s been a missed opportunity for a tighter lyric, like the song has been set up for the expectation of a rhyme or repeated rhythm, but the expectation is neither fulfilled nor subverted. There isn’t generally really anything creative or interesting done. This is all telling with not much actually showing. This works better in the beginning when we’re getting to know the characters, but at the end, it just feels like there wasn’t really ever enough depth.
Mostly, I leave this wondering why this is being promoted as “the first true Broadway-level podcast musical”. Was no one involved in the production aware of “36 Questions”? Did anyone actually check to see if there had be previous podcast musicals? What did they mean by “Broadway-level”, and if someone knew about “36 Questions”, what about it makes it not Broadway level or pseudoBroadway-level? Why doesn’t “36 Questions” fit?
I love this musical, very fun and moving
Tho I want to kill Kurt and Laura for singing “Hi Veronica”, due to the fact I’m singing the “Bla bla bla” part all day lol