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A podcast for musical theatre nerds and newbies. Join Chelsey and Tara as they discuss musicals and all their glorious facets--the technical, the dramatic, the problematic, and the beloved songs we never want to hear again. Episodes released twice a month.

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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

A podcast for musical theatre nerds and newbies. Join Chelsey and Tara as they discuss musicals and all their glorious facets--the technical, the dramatic, the problematic, and the beloved songs we never want to hear again. Episodes released twice a month.

    The Who's Tommy

    The Who's Tommy

    Content Warning: child abuse, murder, sexual assault, racism, ableism

    There's an Amazing Journey ahead with The Who's TOMMY! We talk rock ballets, setting up idols to fall, and pinball as a metaphor for life. PLUS: is JLM more of a pinball or skee-ball kinda guy?

    Theme music by Cullen Vance. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Darling Grenadine

    Darling Grenadine

    Content Warning: alcoholism

    Manhattan is never far away when we sip our way through DARLING GRENADINE! We talk new musical development, centering off-center characters, and the best dog in a musical, ever. PLUS: please wave a safely-socially-distanced "hello" to JLM for us.

    Theme music by Cullen Vance.

    • 58 min
    Cinderella

    Cinderella

    A Lovely Night is only made better by the magic of CINDERELLA! We talk contemporary casting, love at first sight, and fairy tale revolutions. PLUS: we bet JLM would waltz through a lovely night.

    • 46 min
    BONUS INTERVAL: Hadestown

    BONUS INTERVAL: Hadestown

    Even the prettiest flowers can have a few wilting petals--but in case you want to look past any possible blemishes, we separated all of our Hadestown criticisms into one convenient bonus episode! (Feel free to look away.)

    • 24 min
    Hadestown

    Hadestown

    Hey, Little Songbird, let's venture into the new year with HADESTOWN! We talk holistic creativity, Chelsey's inner eco-Marxist, and the struggles of love and fulfillment. PLUS: another circle around the sun for JLM, and perhaps a circle back to the stage?

    Theme music by Cullen Vance.

    • 57 min
    The Lion King

    The Lion King

    The Morning Report calls for THE LION KING! We talk Julie Taymor Magic (TM), the Hamlet King, and a show that is, truly, for everyone. PLUS: an update on our Broadway King, JLM.

    Theme music by Cullen Vance.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

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I love this podcast it is really great and would love it if they would review something like heathers! Also I was just wondering do they still
Come out with new episodes thanks!

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Finally!

After months and months of searching for a musical theater podcast that fit a specific criteria—talk about a musical, break it down, give a little history, play some clips of the music, and review it —I finally found one, and it’s perfect. Honestly, I thought there would be hundreds of podcasts that fit the criteria, but not so much. Some analyze musicals, but go off on uninteresting disjointed tangents, that are neither enlightening or entertaining. Some have interviews with people working in musical theater—yes, please—but those don’t really analyze specific shows. There is one that gives the production history of a musical, but a new episode is released every Haley’s Comet.

What the Musical is PERFECT. The hosts, Chelsey and Tara, are funny, smart, and they do research, but keep it concise. They give their opinions on the musical, along with their favorite numbers. It’s so well put together and organized. Plus, they play small clips of the music! I don’t write reviews, normally. But the search for a podcast like this one has been so long, arduous, and disappointing, that I had to review it immediately. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN. Good job, Chelsey and Tara.

takennivkname25795 ,

Skuuuuuull Island

I saw King Kong last year when I visited NYC. It was the very first show that I saw on Broadway and it was hilariously bad, and I got the urge to relive it. This podcast brought back the memories! The laser beams! The triangle ship! THE PUPPET!!!!!! Total trash! Fun podcast!

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