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A podcast by musical-lovers for musical-lovers. Together our hosts will mine their musical libraries in order to learn whatever it is that musicals have to teach!

Musicals Taught Me Everything I Know That's Not Canon Productions

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.1 • 21 Ratings

A podcast by musical-lovers for musical-lovers. Together our hosts will mine their musical libraries in order to learn whatever it is that musicals have to teach!

    Call Me Madam with Naomi Mole

    Call Me Madam with Naomi Mole

    This week we chat with Naomi Mole about what lessons can be learned from the political commentary musical - Call Me Madam!


    "But for every joke that falls flat, there's a terrific song, including the charming "It's a Lovely Day Today," the beautiful ballad "Marrying for Love," the toe-tapping "The Hostess with the Mostes' On the Ball," and the show's unqualified masterpiece of counterpoint, "You're Just in Love," the last guaranteed to send you out of the theater on a high. The numbers are beautifully sung and gorgeously rendered by the large orchestra using Don Walker's original orchestrations. There are even two musicians performing on ocarinas, which in the show's conceit is the national instrument of Lichtenburg."


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Madam
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Madam_(film)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Berlin
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045592/
    http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_c/call_me_madam.htm
    https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/call-me-madam-1871
    https://stageagent.com/shows/musical/1830/call-me-madam


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    • 36 min
    Bernarda Alba with Timothy Winn

    Bernarda Alba with Timothy Winn

    This week we chat with Timothy Winn about the Spanish play turned musical - Bernarda Alba.


    Ben Brantley, reviewing for The New York Times, wrote, "This latest offering from the prolific Mr. LaChiusa, often feels wan and weary...The music, though superbly orchestrated (by Michael Starobin) and played, goes places that singers used to hard-sell Broadway pizazz cannot follow. The punctuating yelps; the wavering sustained notes in minor keys; the labyrinthine interior musical paths; the eruptions into antimelodic harshness — these are all more the stuff of mid-20th-century chamber operas than conventional show tunes...The touchingly game performers, who include musical pros like Daphne Rubin-Vega (a haunting presence as the ugly daughter) and Yolande Bavan (as Bernarda's senile mother), inevitably stumble over such challenges."


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernarda_Alba_(musical)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_John_LaChiusa
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Bernarda_Alba_(play)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federico_Garc%C3%ADa_Lorca
    https://www.origintheatrical.com.au/work/6669
    http://www.classictheatre.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/The-House-of-Bernarda-Alba-Study-Guide.pdf


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    • 39 min
    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Brad Chapman

    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Brad Chapman

    This week we chat with Brad Chapman about the Australian cult classic turned musical - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!


    Reviews for the Toronto production include praise for the costumes from the Globe and Mail: "The costumes designed by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the same team that won an Oscar for the movie, are a fabulous mix of Village People meet Tim Burton culminating in, at the curtain call, a whole crass menagerie of dragged-up koalas and 'roos."


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priscilla,_Queen_of_the_Desert_(musical)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Priscilla,_Queen_of_the_Desert
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephan_Elliott
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Scott_(Scottish_screenwriter)
    https://priscillathemusical.com.au/
    https://www.facebook.com/PriscillaAustralia/
    https://www.theatricalrights.com/show/priscilla-queen-of-the-desert/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Priscilla,_Queen_of_the_Desert
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adventures_of_priscilla_queen_of_the_desert


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    • 46 min
    The Band's Visit with Becky Ho

    The Band's Visit with Becky Ho

    This week we chat with Beck ho about the Tony Award Winning Musical - The Band's Visit!


    The New York Times said it was "one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by," and also "a Broadway rarity seldom found these days outside of the canon of Stephen Sondheim: an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups." It also praised the adaptation for the bigger stage, due to an "impeccably coordinated creative team." Deadline also gave the musical a positive review. The review's only criticism was that seating at a far distance in the new theater made the sound somewhat muddled and sight lines limited.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Band%27s_Visit_(musical)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Band%27s_Visit
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Yazbek
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itamar_Moses
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/72nd_Tony_Awards
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrina_Lenk
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Shalhoub
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari%27el_Stachel
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/theater/the-bands-visit-review-broadway-tony-shalhoub.html
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/sc-ent-bands-visit-broadway-review-1110-story.html
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032856/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoXHN-jyoPs
    https://www.mtishows.com/the-bands-visit
    https://youtu.be/sWlclUJhJx8


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    • 50 min
    The Wiz with Asabi Goodman

    The Wiz with Asabi Goodman

    This episode we chat with singer-sensation Asabi Goodman about the super soul musical reimagining of the Wiard of Oz - The Wiz!


    In his review of the 1984 revival, Frank Rich wrote: "What made The Wiz surprisingly moving the first time around was that its creators found a connection between Baum's Kansas fantasy and the pride of urban black Americans. When Glinda, the good witch, musically instructed Dorothy to 'believe in herself,' she seemed to be delivering a broader inspirational message. The Wiz was hardly a great musical in 1975, but it had something to say, and it said it with verve and integrity. It's depressing to watch a once-fervent expression of black self-respect and talent be spilled on the stage as if it were a trunkload of marked-down, damaged goods."


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Frank_Baum
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Smalls
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Brown_(writer)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_Live
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)


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    • 56 min
    Ladies in Black with Laura Fois

    Ladies in Black with Laura Fois

    In this episode we chat we Laura Fois about the the Australian written and produced musical-turned film - Ladies in Black!
    ArtsHub indicated that "a comedy of mid-20th century manners, Ladies in Black is a paean to an optimistic future – the future of an uncomplicated gender equality and seamless multiculturalism. But Finn’s canny lyricism transports the play from its late 50s context to a subtle but salient comment on social issues of today."


    FURTHER READING:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_in_Black
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeleine_St_John
    https://www.davidspicer.com.au/shows/ladies-black
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAUcozPj-Bs
    https://youtu.be/oHRqcc-eEj0
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Finn


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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

teacherturnedmom ,

Good but occasionally annoying

I’ve enjoyed some of the episodes, but when one of the hosts annoying sings a line from the songs they’re discussing, I roll my eyes and want to turn it off. If you’re going to sing, do that. There’s no need to sing in a mocking tone.

JoyfullyMe1969 ,

Why?

Anyone want to tell me why they’re speaking about a show of which at least 2 of them have not seen or remember? As a fan of the show, I was annoyed at the mindless banter concerning this amazing show. Not knowing how to pronounce “Schuyler”, not knowing what “Guns and Ships” was about, not knowing that Lin was in the show, as well as other details was pretty disappointing too. You should have watched the bootleg or listened to the soundtrack!! My suggestion is that you all see it first THEN speak on it......I give this one star just for the synopsis. Everything else was pretty worthless, and I don’t recommend it.

Strangastrange ,

For anyone who lives for Musicals

If I had friends, they would all sound like the people on this podcast. This is everything I wanted in a musical podcast and more! [insert humble request to guest host from the US]
I learn more from this show than I do from the actual musicals they’re discussing! Perfect for road trips, less perfect for background noise since I want to pay attention. Perfect for practicing my Australian accent, less perfect for the FOMO I experience because I’m thousands of miles away.
KEEP DOING EVERYTHING

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