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“There are no rules, just musicals.” The Broadway Ginger Podcast is a humorous lovenote to Broadway for theatre nerds by theatre nerds. Aimed at celebrating and maintaining a cultural appreciation of musicals and their history, host Sally Henry Fuller and co-host Ashley Elliott discuss theatre thematically, taking a deep dive into a different musical every Monday. Both former homeschoolers and forever Aaron Tveit fangirls, Fuller is a theatre journalist, and Elliott is a marketing professional and theatre director.

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“There are no rules, just musicals.” The Broadway Ginger Podcast is a humorous lovenote to Broadway for theatre nerds by theatre nerds. Aimed at celebrating and maintaining a cultural appreciation of musicals and their history, host Sally Henry Fuller and co-host Ashley Elliott discuss theatre thematically, taking a deep dive into a different musical every Monday. Both former homeschoolers and forever Aaron Tveit fangirls, Fuller is a theatre journalist, and Elliott is a marketing professional and theatre director.

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    #10: If Ever I Would Leave You - Songwriting Duos

    #10: If Ever I Would Leave You - Songwriting Duos

    The American Musical Theatre was built on great songwriters whose names can't be said without their partners'. Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella might as well be credited to one hyphenated name, Rodgers-and-Hammerstein. Today we take a look at some equally inseparable duos with an emphasis on Lerner & Loewe and one of their masterpieces, Camelot. Join us as we learn about the battle of the Richards (Burton and Harris), how much the Tonys committee snubbed the original show, and why Camelot seems to be universal homeschooler sewing music. 

    Check out our show notes on TheBroadwayGinger.com for some bonus Broadway videos and fun facts! ...while you’re there, take a look at our survey and let us know what you think of the BGP!

    Local theatre spotlight: Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA

    MENTIONS: Camelot, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick “Fritz” Loewe, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Dame Julie Andrews, The Once and Future King, Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, Roddy McDowall, Richard Harris, Jack Warner, Warner Bros., Roger Ebert, Michael Lerner. OFF-TOPIC MENTIONS: James Bond, Sean Connery, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, Smash, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Boy Meets World, Toy Story 2, That Darn Cat, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Rex Harrison, Forrest Gump, StarKid, Darren Criss, The Sword in the Stone, Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Harry Potter, Oliver Reed, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Lyndsay Ricketson, Alliance Theatre



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    #9: Consider Yourself - One-Hit Wonders

    #9: Consider Yourself - One-Hit Wonders

    When Lionel Bart penned one of the greatest British musicals of all time, he had no reason to think his first hit would be his last. Join us as we delve into the success of Oliver! and the bizarre trajectory of its author in this week’s episode about one-hit-wonder composers. Along the way, we discover a burlesque Robin Hood musical was a real thing, a future pop star was in the original cast of Oliver!, and Ashley has a strong Pavlovian response to hearing the album. Check out TheBroadwayGinger.com for some elaboration on the episode including Oliver! videos of the amazing Patti LuPone, and while you're there, take a few minutes to take our listener survey!

    Local theatre spotlight: The Pumphouse Players in Cartersville, GA

    Mentions: Oliver!, Lionel Bart, Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Phil Collins, Danny Sewell, Michael Caine, Davy Jones, Patti LuPone, Eric Rodgers, The West End, Blitz!, Twang!!, Mark Lester, Roger Ebert, Rowan Atkinson, Kerry Ellis. Off-topic mentions: The Music Man, Meredith Wilson, Mitch Leigh, The Man of La Mancha, Richard Kiley, The King and I, Joe Darion, The Monkees, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats, Matthew Morrison, Sean Connery, From Russia with Love, Mark Steyn, Kathe Green. 




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    #8: I'm Alive - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musicals

    #8: I'm Alive - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musicals

    The Pulitzer Prize for Drama almost always goes to a critically-acclaimed straight play by someone really serious like Eugene O’Neill or August Wilson, but on rare occasions, it goes to a musical. Only ten musicals have ever won. So today we take a look at some of those select few and take a deep dive into a huge favorite of ours, Next to Normal. Join us as we try to get through a whole episode without giggling every time the name “Aaron Tveit” is said. Check out our show notes on TheBroadwayGinger.com to watch Next to Normal videos including the recent Stars in the House reunion. And while you're there, take a few minutes to take our listener survey!

    Local theatre shout-out: The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA

    Our favs: "Tveiter-tots,"  Next to Normal, Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Jennifer Damiano, Louis Hobson, Adam Chanler-Berat, Ben Brantley, Helen Hayes Awards, Tony Awards, Feeling Electric, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott. Off-topic mentions: Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Of Thee I Sing, South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Fox Theatre, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Walter Kerr, Rent (Ashley’s favorite show), Side Show, Emily Skinner, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, The Sound of Music, Peter and the Starcatcher, Amelie, Philippa Soo, the Les Miserables movie, Grease Live!, Dear Evan Hansen, The Last Five Years, The Arena Stage, 30 Rock, Billy Elliot, Stockard Channing, Pal Joey, Ben Platt, Tuck Everlasting, The Color Purple


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    #7: Simple Little Things - Underrated Works from Broadway's Best

    #7: Simple Little Things - Underrated Works from Broadway's Best

    There are few better moments for theatre people than discovering our favorite songwriting team has written more than just that one hit show we love (looking at you, Lin-Manuel Miranda). In today’s episode, Sally and Ashley discuss when they have experienced such moments with Lin himself, Andrew Lippa, and Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt of The Fantasticks. Join us for an Audra McDonald fangirl sesh as we deep dive into Jones and Schmidt’s lesser-known but awesome 110 in the Shade. Visit our show notes for bonus videos of Audra, plus more fun facts for theatre nerds on TheBroadwayGinger.com. And while you're there, take a few minutes to take our listener survey!

    Local theatre shout-out: Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square 

    Relevant favs: The Fantasticks, Audra McDonald, Steve Kazee, Gower Champion, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Inga Swenson, Lesley Ann Warren, Scooter Teague, John Cullum, Richard Horton, David Merrick, Greencastle Indiana's Putnam County Playhouse. Off-topic mentions: Hamilton, 21 Chump Street, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lippa, A Little Princess, The Wild Party, Josh Groban, Chess the musical (or “Checkers” as Ashley said), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Damn Yankees, Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Michael Maguire (tbh we’re still trying to find what happened to him, and listen to our first episode for our Michael Maguire rant), The Alliance Theatre, The Prom musical, James Corden, Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera, Sierra Boggess, Will Chase, Theatrical Outfit.


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    • 42 min
    #6: The Secret of Happiness - Tiny Casts

    #6: The Secret of Happiness - Tiny Casts

    Musical theatre has a history of big, splashy, high-kicking casts, and that's what many people think when they hear the word "musical." The increasing trend for writers wanting to tell a poignant, dramatic story (and producers wanting to pay fewer actors) is to use a tiny cast of six or fewer to narrow the focus without getting distracted by glitter.

    In today's episode, we examine tiny-cast shows with a deep dive into one of Ashley's favorites, Daddy Long Legs. We debate the title, discuss why every straight play should be a musical (except The Crucible), postulate that Megan McGinnis is likely an Enneagram 6, and Sally tries to keep Ashley from reciting the entire libretto. For bonus videos consisting mostly of Megan McGinnis being radiantly perfect, check out the show notes on TheBroadwayGinger.com. And while you're there, take a few minutes to take our listener survey!

    Local theatre shout-out: Stage Door Players in Dunwoody, GA 

    Ourfavs: Pumphouse Players, Stage Door Players, 110 in the Shade, Lord of the Rings the musical, The Story of My Life, Our Buddy Ben Brantley, Will Chase, Malcolm Gets, Emma, Paul Gordon, John Caird, Megan McGinnis, Adam Halpin, The Last Five Years, Jane Austen's Emma, Next to Normal, Suzi Bass Awards, Chase Peacock, Legacy Theatre. 

    Other mentions: St. James Theatre, Frozen, American Idiot, BroadwayHD (where you can stream Megan and her husband Adam in DLL!).






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    #5: Suddenly Seymour - The Community Theatre Formula

    #5: Suddenly Seymour - The Community Theatre Formula

    Is there anything quite like community theatres? They offer the unique chance for average locals to form the most diverse casts imaginable, where a city council member and accountant get to perform a very ok but entertaining version of "Brush up Your Shakespeare" from Kiss Me, Kate. They comfortingly present classics but tend to perform those same classics over and over again. Due to overexposure to wildly overdone musicals in community theatres (looking at you, Seussical), Sally and Ashley now have the Community Theatre Formula down to a jazz-handed science. In today’s episode, we take a deep dive into Little Shop of Horrors, compare it to VeggieTales, and discover Sally’s parents’ one irreconcilable difference in their 44-year marriage revolves around The Sound of Music. 


    Our favs: Junior Theatre Festival (where we saw way too many Seussical performances), Pumphouse Players, Howard Ashman, the Disney+ documentary Howard, Alan Menken, Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed, Cameron Mackintosh, Kerry Butler, Douglas Sills, The Scarlet Pimpernel musical (we managed to make that relevant again), Cathy Rigby, Pocahontas, Tim Rice, Stephen Schwartz, Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Doria in Smile)
    Other mentions: Aaron Carter, Kevin Chamberlain, Tangled, Ellen Greene, Hunter Foster (yes, Sutton Foster’s brother), Anthony Rapp, Rent
    Local theatre shout-out: Act 1, Inc. in Cartersville, GA

    For bonus videos including Douglas Sills schooling all of us with his pipes, check out the show notes on TheBroadwayGinger.com. 





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