Happy Hour #53: Happiness Is Making A Podcast - ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’

The Doctor is most definitely in! Unpack your blanket and put down your book report because this week Jimi and Tommy are discussing “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” This time around the block Tommy gives a brief history of Peanuts, the boys muddle over whether this show works in a big Broadway house without losing some of its integrity and they discuss the nature of kids playing adults playing kids. Good grief! 

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999 New Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Not familiar with Peanuts? Well here’s the first ever comic strip which tells you all you need to know!

Jimi got introduced to Vince Guaraldi in this podcast, if you didn’t know about him check out some of his iconic music here!

The peanut butter monologue is absolutely stellar. Finlay MacAulay, the actor playing Charlie Brown in Jimi’s production, even used it to get into drama school!

Do you agree with Jimi and Tommy that this is the perfectly structured musical revue? Can you even compare Company to YAGMCB? Come over to Reddit and discuss!

Did you see the recent Broadway revival? How did the small-scale sketches land in a Broadway house? Let us know on Twitter!

Who knew that Troy Bolton himself, Zac Efron, started life as Snoopy in a high-school production of ‘Charlie Brown!’


A NEWSCASTER QUIZ QUESTION

Our next show is Anderson Cooper’s only Broadway credit. What show?


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Unsung Heroes #2: Rob Roy

It's mind over matter! It's man over machine! It's Jimi over Tommy!!! (No, not like that. Ew.) This is Unsung Heroes – a new segment that pits our two hosts against each other in a battle of wits and unknown musicals.


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Rob Roy: The Train Conductor of 16 Wheel Bertha

(Tommy's made up musical)

Rob Roy: The Musical

(Jimi's real-life musical)

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Happy Hour #52: I Don’t Know How To Podcast - ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’


What’s the buzz? Well the boys talking all about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s controversial smash ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this week! Tommy manages to get over his Andrew Lloyd Webber hatred for an hour and a half so they can talk all about how the musical is more relevant today than ever before, discuss whether this is a religious tale or a humanist one and Jimi falls in love with Tony Vincent, Ben Vereen and a septuagenarian Ted Neeley.

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Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Digitally Re-Mastered Edition)

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Show Notes

This week Jimi is inhabiting the spirit of Dean Pelton. Don’t ask questions, just roll with it Jeffrey.

Research time! Check out the original concept album and enjoy some supreme seventies nostalgia with the movie, then sample something more contemporary with the millennial touring production and the massive arena tour! Great way to start if Jesus Christ Superstar is new to you.

While we’re on the subject, it’s there anything finer than the frosted-tips, pre-Jimmy era of Tony Vincent? No. The answer is no.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a really fantastic play if you’re interested in the other side of this story. Definitely worth a peek!

Compare this video of Simon Zealotes from the movie version of JCS to Tony Vincent’s. Which do you prefer? Let us know on Twitter!

This is the picture that garnered Jimi recognition from the legendary Ben Vereen. He’s still reeling.

Have a look at this incredible video of Ted Neeley performing as Jesus in 2006, decades after his movie appearance.


Check out this behind the scenes footage of the recent arena tour starring Tim Minchin and Sporty Spice herself!


ANOTHER CLASSICAL QUIZ QUESTION

Our last show featured a song by Felix Mendelssohn – uncredited. Our next show features a song by Ludwig van Beethoven – credited. What show?


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Happy Hour #51: 48kHz: A Musical Podcast - ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’

Hold still, and focus as we’re talking all about Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy’s beautiful “35mm: A Musical Exhibition.” As this is a fusion of photography and music the boys get arty this week. They talk about what makes a musical ‘exhibition,’ ponder over the terrifying potential of Twilight the Musical and muse over how artists really want their work to be viewed and appreciated.

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35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you’re intrigued as to what the hell we were talking about with that quiz question, check out some of Matthew Murphy’s beautiful work!

In London from 09/18 to 09/30? Then go on a fact finding mission for Jimi and Tommy and go see ‘35mm’ at The Other Palace and let us know all about it!

To find out more about Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez’s Actor Therapy Group then have a look at their website here.

Have a look at Katie Thompson singing ‘Leave, Luanne’ - what do you think about a female singing it? Do you think it changes the message?

If you’re at all interested in the sculptor that moved Jimi so GD much then you can watch this great documentary on him here.


A CLASSICAL QUIZ QUESTION

Some people argue that this next musical features the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his Violin Concerto in E Minor? Mendelssohn remains uncredited to this day. What show?


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Unsung Heroes #1: The Change

It's mind over matter! It's man over machine! It's Jimi over Tommy!!! (No, not like that. Ew.) This is Unsung Heroes – a new segment that pits our two hosts against each other in a battle of wits and unknown musicals.


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The Change: Keeping Puberty in the Family

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The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical

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Happy Hour #50: A Warble In The Woods - ‘Into The Woods’

Happy 50th Annibirthary to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour! In honour of this monumentous occasion, the gang have chosen to discuss one of musical theatre’s most beloved shows - ‘Into the Woods.’ The lads discuss what makes this some of Sondheim’s best writing, muse on low-budget Milky Whites and ponder what makes Sondheim shows just so bloody good. They also tease a brand new segment kicking off in honour of the 50th celebrations! Wish no more, it’s here!

Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Fancy some Musical Mash nostalgia? Check out Tommy’s first ever video - all about Into the Woods!

Fancy some (less nostalgic) asinhendrix nostalgia? Have a swatch at Jimi’s first YouTube video!

We’re best friends with her now, but he’s the source of our quiz question! Joanna Gleason trimming the tree with Susan Blackwell. Bliss.

If you’re a writer, reading ‘Into the Woods’ by John Yorke is a vital step in your development.

Are you obsessed with what happened After Ever After too? Let Jon Cozart spell it out for you!

If you want to know Tommy’s opinions on which Witch is which, have a look at his Miscast Witches video! If you want to know Jimi’s opinions, tweet him!

If you’ve never seen the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Into the Woods, check it out now! In the meantime you can watch Hannah Waddingham’s stunning rendition of Children Will Listen here.

Is this the best Witch transformation ever? We’ll invite you to show us a better one!

And speaking of drag queen transformations, check out this Elsa reveal!

If you want to see something cute as heck, check out Tommy in the biggest hat ever as Jack in Into the Woods!  

Tell us about your production of Into the Woods! Did you do anything funky? Did you use any of the alternatives? Was your HS the one to do Into the Woods in space? Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

Below is Jimi’s ‘favourite’ low-budget Milky White. It’s really the stuff of nightmares. What’s yours?

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Speaking of the stuff of nightmares, no one can explain this one man rendition of Your Fault.

If you’d like to support the podcast on Patreon we would be absolutely honoured. Check out our page here!

We’re going to be celebrating our 50th birthday over on Twitter all week. Come and join us!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!

Finally, we just want to send out one more whopping great thank you for listening to our little show. We wouldn’t have got anywhere near 50 episodes without you so this Bud’s for you, babe!


AN ALL-STAR QUIZ QUESTION

One of the co-collaborators on this musical has worked with a laundry list of famous musical theatre names: Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Jordan, Ramín Karimloo, Betsy Wolfe, Annaleigh Ashford, and Sierra Boggess…but not in the way you think. What show?


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Happy Hour #49: Take Me Out to the Podcast - ‘Damn Yankees’

Got your peanuts? Got your crackerjack? Got your camp demonic storyline? Then you’re all set for the latest podcast on Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s ‘Damn Yankees.’ This time around the guys try and wrap their heads around sports, discuss whether this show needs a 21st century update and Jimi starts his multipart series on Bob Fosse. Let’s play ball!

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Damn Yankees: Original Broadway Cast

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Show Notes

The recent Encores! production stayed extremely faithful to the original Broadway production, coded gay characters and all. Here’s Sean Hayes giving his hilarious performance as Mr Applegate.

Do you think Damn Yankees needs a 21st century update? Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

Can you think of other musical composer copycats like Pajama Game/Damn Yankees? Come and tell us on Twitter!

If you’re a Fosse nut like Jimi, come and join the celebration! Here’s a kickass mashup of Michael Jackson (who was great inspired by Fosse) and Bobby!

Into the literary side of musical theatre history? Look no further than Sam Wasson’s amazing biography of Bob Fosse here.

All of the props got to the glorious Vicki Lewis for her spectacular turn as Gloria in the 1994 Tony Awards performance!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!


A HIGH SPEED QUIZ QUESTION

The Tony Award winning leading actress in this show auditioned with a ballad  – ‘What Did I Have That I Don’t Have’ from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. When asked if she had an uptempo song, the actress responded, “No…but I can sing this one five-times faster.” So she did, and got the part. What show?


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Happy Hour #48: A Medieval Masterclass - ‘Blondel’

Come back with us to the Middle Ages as we follow the pursuits of everyone’s favourite court misntrel: ‘Blondel!’ Potentially winning the award for the most unknown show so far on the podcast, Jimi and Tommy talk about what might be some of Tim Rice’s best lyrics, how this show comes packaged as a surprisingly feminist political satire and discuss Great Comet-gate and the social responsibility of fan culture.

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Blondel: Original London Cast

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Show Notes

If you want a bit of 80s camp fabulousness, here is Paul Nicholas in the role of Blondel with his glorious Blondettes!

Tim Rice is one of musical theatre’s coolest cats. Check out this (slightly peculiar) interview of him discussing the rewrites to turn ‘Blondel’ into ‘Lute!’

Not just a Pointless presenter, Alexander Armstrong has had a great string of roles in British musical theatre. Here he is singing some of Tim Rice’s best lyrics in “No Rhyme for Richard.”

Stage Door Records are leading their own crusade in reviving lost west end hits (and misses!), check them out!

What are your thoughts on musical theatre fan culture? Are you going to be a Blondelite? Head over to Reddit and give us your thoughts!


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR A GORILLA

Originally act one of this show was slated to end with a round of musical chairs emceed by a gorilla. However, the producer didn’t think think this number worked – much to the dismay of the choreographer. Strangely, when they adapted the musical into a movie, this same choreographer performed in the new number that replaced the gorilla piece. What show?


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Happy Hour #47: Step, Kick, Kick, Leap, Kick, Touch - Podcast! - ‘A Chorus Line’

Get ready to do the whole combination away from the mirror and unpack your headshot, as we’re heading straight onto Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line!” As one of the longest running musicals of all time, there’s lots to unpack this week! Jimi and Tommy discuss how this show created the first musical theatre workshop, why the lyricist hated the show’s biggest song and muse over whether you can alter something so iconic. A-5-6-7-8!

A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Recording)

 

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Show Notes

Before you do anything, listen to the cast recording and watch the amazing documentary: “Every Little Step,” especially if you’re an aspiring director! Listen to Jimi’s plea and watch this to see how casting’s done properly!

If you want to find out more about the creation of the show and those early recording sessions, look no further than this fantastic book: “On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line”

If you’re interested in the ins and outs of how royalties work with workshop casts then check out this article which details what went down with “Hamilton” last year.

It’s time for another “Jimi Was In This Show” moment. Not as scary as Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, here he is as Larry in “A Chorus Line”

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What do you think about revamping iconic musical choreography? Have a look at the MUNY production and see what you think about Denis Jones’ attempts.

Have you been in “A Chorus Line?” Did your choreographer give the show a revamp? Let us know! Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

If you’re interested in how the lyrics were developed for “A Chorus Line” listen to this NPR interview all about him.

What’s your dance routine mental cheat sheet? Come and tell us on Twitter!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!


A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL QUIZ QUESTION

In 1985, this musical – conceived and created by a big-league lyricist and librettist and that proved to be a British hit – tried out in a US High School instead of heading straight for Broadway?


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Happy Hour #46: Alice in Podcastland - ‘Wonderland’

Come on down the rabbit hole (or elevator shaft) as we travel to Frank Wildhorn’s ‘Wonderland.’ This week, the boys try and wrap their heads around why this show has yet to have a success, dissect the drama unfolding with the current UK tour and Tommy offers his own personal adaptation which he thinks would solve everything!

Wonderland (Original Broadway Recording)

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Show Notes

What’s your favourite Alice in Wonderland adaptation? Jimi will always fight for the 1999 made-for-TV version.

Tommy on the other hand will always fight for Ms Carol Channing singin’ about jam.

If this is your favourite musical, apologies for panning it, but please change our minds! Head over to Reddit and fight its corner!

What do you think about Tommy’s changes to the musical? Give your 140 characters long review on Twitter!

The recent UK tour underwent some drastic changes to the original (or one of the original books.) Did you see it? How close was Jimi to the plot? Let us know! If you didn’t see it, here’s the trailer!

If you’re interested in backstage politics, there’s nothing juicier the the unfolding drama of the Wonderland tour’s closure!

If you know where to find a copy of Death Note’s musical outing then hit Jimi up! In the meantime let’s all enjoy Kwang-Ho Hong’s rendition of the title song.


A FALLING QUIZ QUESTION


In Chicago there’s a gay bar where they play musicals on Monday. And people shout at the screen. All the time. When they play the finale to this musical, all the patrons chant “Fall! Fall! Fall! Fall! YAAAAAYYYYY!” when one of the performers eventually falls. What show?


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Happy Hour #45: Podcast In A Box - ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Make way for the sideways grimace that is ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch!’ This time around the gang are chatting about the creation of Hedwig in the queercore scene in New York, identify the mythicality which is so prevalent in the show and the representation of trans rights in musical theatre.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you’ve never had a chance to experience ‘Hedwig’ live, then the movie is a great way for you to enjoy it!

Darren Criss came under fire for some comments he made whilst in character, here’s what he had to say in response.

If you’re at all fascinated by the corner of queer culture and the 80s punk scene then look no further than the documentary about the club where it all began!  

Our biggest question this time around was simply is Hedwig transphobic? Might be a simple question, but there’s no simple answer. Also, Do you think ‘Hedwig’ works in a big ol’ Broadway house? Or does need it that dive-bar intimate environment?  Let us know what you think over on Reddit!

Listen to Jimi’s plea - go support your local drag queens! Got one that you love? Give them a shout out in 140 characters.


AN ELEVATING QUIZ QUESTION

Which musical, surprisingly, was inspired by a story about a broken elevator, that one of the author’s made up to appease his child?


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Happy Hour #44: All About Podcasts – ‘Applause’

The boys are back in town after their summer holiday and are very excited to bring to you Charles Strouse’s fabulous ‘Applause’ (no, not the inevitable Lady Gaga biopic!) They discuss the nature of ‘evil’ and work out if the antagonist really is, how ‘Applause’ was one of the earliest examples of normalised gay culture presented onstage and Jimi learns all about ‘kickbutt.’

Applause: Original 1970 Broadway Cast

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Show Notes

If you, like Jimi, are one of the six people who watched ‘Glee’ to the end then you can pass by. If not, take a look at Rachel Berry getting her jush in some (mildly stereotypical) New York gay club, then compare it to ‘But Alive’ in ‘Applause.’

So what do we think folks? Is Eve evil? Is she just ambitious? Does she deserve what she got? Let us know over on Reddit!

If you haven’t watched Tommy’s self-proclaimed ‘Gay YouTube Saga’ then you can check it out here and see what he has to say about diva worship in the gay community.

Old Hollywood was full of coded gay characters and ‘All About Eve’ was no different. Have a look at these clips and see what you think. Is it implied or are people reaching? There’s plenty of fascinating information on this online too, go have a read!

If you haven’t watched the 1973 telecast, it’s the best way to experience this fabulous show nowadays. Have a look here, or skip to 31:00 if you want to enjoy the sensational title number!

We barely hear about ‘Applause’ anymore, but we did have the recent Encores! production to tide us over. Why do you think we haven’t seen a revival? Tell us about it in 140 characters.


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR STEPHEN SCHWARTZ


Our next musical was written by Stephen Schwartz but not the Stephen Schwartz you think…


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Happy Hour #43: I Wanna Be A Podcaster - ‘The Producers’

It’s Jim and Tomic’s latest show, will it flop or will it go? Well that’s for you to decide as we talk all about Broadway’s smash-hit - ‘The Producers!’ This week Jimi and Tommy are delving into the background of the show, the controversy of the original movie and work out which version tells the story best,  they ponder why Nathan Lane isn’t the biggest comedic actor of all time and discuss the nature of ad-libs in contemporary theatre.

The Producers (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you haven’t seen the original Mel Brooks movie, then get on that NOW! Bask in the joy of forgotten character L.S.D. singing the smash hit - ‘Love Power.’

Nathan Lane knows how to Tony. Take a look at his classy acceptance speech!

If you’re into it, have a look at the behind the scenes documentary for the original film including some great interviews with dear departed Gene Wilder. 

Vanity Fair also did this amazingly in depth article about the history of the movie here if you’re more into the written word!

Who doesn’t love a blooper reel? Well the one from ‘The Producers’ movie is one of the best.

There’s this cool little BroadwayWorld.com thread which details some audience experiences of the myriad of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick’s ad-libs.

If you want to hear more about where the genius of Nathan Lane came from, take a gander at this Guardian article.

Scary to think that this video of Max and Leo making their triumphant return on Jimmy Kimmel was from a happier time. But hey, political commentary!

If you’ve never seen any of Chez Lindsay’s video essays, you’re missing out! No better place to start than her video on satire, Nazism and Mel Brooks.


A GLEEFUL QUIZ QUESTION

One of Tommy’s favorite numbers from next week’s musical was actually parodied in an episode of Glee. Although they do not sing a song from the actual musical, the circumstances and the setting during the ‘Funny Girl’ era of season five of ‘Glee’ are a direct mirror of the circumstances and the setting of this number next week’s musical.


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Happy Hour #42: A Podcast of Penzance - ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

A rollicking band of podcasters we, who tired of editing relentlessly are trying our hand at a G&S and hope it’s not too boring. Leaving the writing to WS Gilbert, Jimi and Tommy embark on a journey to meet the fated ‘Pirates of Penzance’ this week. They talk about the ironic history of the show, where G&S sit in the musical theatre arc and try to pick apart a 19th century plot. Ta-ran-ta-ra!

The Pirates of Penzance (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Recording)

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Show Notes

Who’d have thought you’d be able to turn to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour to find out all about Carmen Miranda’s Ghost and your one stop shop to talk sea shanties?

If you’re new to the world of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ look no further than this Australian version. It’ll give you the best flavour of what a modern interpretation of a Gilbert and Sullivan show can (and probably should) look like!  

Model of a modern major general There is an annjillian different covers and interpretations of A Very Model Of A Modern Major General out there. Here’s a few that we dig! (Uno - dos - tres) Let us know if you’ve discovered any other gems!

After much deliberation about whether or not to put this video out into the world Jimi has gone and put up what he considers his biggest stage blunder of all time when he messed up (and recovered!) the famous Pirate King recit in ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’ Enjoy his calamity! Also he’s only a couple of subscribers away from 500 so hit the button while you’re over there!

In a much less embarrassing video, Tommy has offered his opinions on the original Pirates of Penzance movie!

If we’ve whetted your appetite on the vast world of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan then check out Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ which gives you some backstory on their fascinating relationship and writing process! 


AN IMPROVISED QUIZ QUESTION

This musical is immensely funny from the get-go, but many of its funniest moments developed from actor ad-libs and stage mishaps. From accidentally throwing a coat across stage onto a coat rack and getting a standing ovation to being trapped onstage because of a malfunctioning door. What musical?


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Happy Hour #41: What’s Your Podcast, Heather? – ‘Heathers the Musical’

Well f*** them gently with a chainsaw, Jimi and Tommy are talking the cult classic ‘Heathers the Musical’ this week! The guys go in on the importance of honest high school musical theatre, the incredible ways this show is surviving beyond Off-Broadway and have a lovefest about fandoms. How very.

Heathers: The Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording) 

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Show Notes

Hey, we want you to feel okay! If it ever gets rough call The Lifeline on 800-273-TALK or if in the UK The Samaratins on 116 123.

Schools licensing Did you know the full version of Heathers is currently available for licensing in the US? Let this musical live on and get your local theatre group to do it today!

There’s no official recording of the Heathers 101: School Edition track ‘You’re Welcome’ yet but I’m sure a quick Google will sort you out. What do you think of it compared to ‘Blue?’

For some sweet Heathers fandom love, go check out some of these insane animatics over on YouTube - there’s a LOT!

Come and chat to us on Reddit! It’s a great place for us to extend the conversation from the podcast - there’s only so much we can talk about! So many of you wanted us to chat ‘Heathers’ so I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say!


A CONTEXTUAL QUIZ QUESTION

One of the most popular songs from this ‘musical’ has been parodied in every context. It will help you learn about the chemical elements, nations of the world and even college majors. What is the ‘musical?’


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Happy Hour #40: A Passionate Podcast - ‘Passion’

This week Jimi and Tommy go on a trip with Sondheim to Italy and explore the life and love of Fosca and Giorgio in his ‘Passion.’ They ponder over why the show was a critical success but not as popular with audiences, laud the importance of orchestrators on Broadway and make conjecture on Sondheim’s meta-musical.

 

Passion (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Did you know Donna Murphy also had a star turn as the Witch in Into the Woods? Watch Tommy proclaim his love for her in his Miscast Witches video!

If Sondheim is God then does that mean Finishing The… and Look I Made A… are the Old and New Testaments? Either way, gettem!

If you don’t know who Maria Friedman is then the perfect place to start is this this performance of ‘How Many Tears’ from Martin Guerre from ‘Hey, Mr Producer!’

We’re extremely grateful that Sondheim is an advocate for filmed staged versions of his show. Why not treat yourself and have a listen to the creator’s commentary on ‘Passion’?

Here’s a fascinating interview with Sondheim around the time of the release of ‘Passion’ on Broadway.

If you’ve never dipped into the ‘Show People with Paul Wontorek’ Broadway.com segments, you really should! No better place to start than with Judy Kuhn getting passionate.

Orchestrator masterworks bway Hear the man himself talking about the importance of orchestrators, particularly Jonathan Tunick!

If you don’t want to take our word for it, just look at Jonathan Tunick’s repertoire. We owe him so much!


A Highly Anticipated Quiz Question

This show has seen substantial rewrites for it’s licensable school version including the entire re-writing of one of its songs. The creators have said they actually like the new song better than the original and may just include it in all future versions. What show?


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Happy Hour #39: A Scottsboro Song - ‘The Scottsboro Boys’

Jimi and Tommy are going back in history to look at a case that is not talked about enough - the story of the ‘The Scottsboro Boys.’ They examine the controversy surrounding Kander and Ebb’s use of a minstrel show as a framing device, discuss the importance of educating yourself about issues that might be foreign to you and why not enough people know about this musical.

The Scottsboro Boys (Original London Cast)

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Show Notes

If you want to find out more about The Scottsboro Boys’ story there is so much out there for you to have a look at, but why not watch this documentary to start you off?

It’s so important to look at all sides of the dice when it comes to any issue, particularly if it’s a side you might not agree with. Have a look at the article that inspired our quiz question this week.

In the same vein, have a look at this video from one of the Freedom Party protests surrounding The Scottsboro Boys’ Broadway run.

There’s an amazing interview with John Thompson, the book writer of this show that gives great insights into the controversy surrounding this piece.

Jane Elliott has done wonderful things for race relations and understanding all through her career. Check out this documentary from when she created her famous ‘Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Experiment’ after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Once you’ve got the hang of what it’s about, go see what happened when Jane brought the experiment to the UK.


A SONDHEIMTASTIC QUIZ QUESTION

The actor who auditioned for the lead role in this musical knocked her audition so far out of the park that Sondheim remarked, “let’s open tomorrow!” What show?


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Happy Hour #38: It’s De-Podcast! - ‘Anything Goes’

All ashore who’s comin’ ashore! Let’s set sail on the SS American with evangelists and crooks as Jimi and Tommy talk about Cole Porter’s classic ‘Anything Goes.’ The lads discuss the many incarnations of the show over the years, why you should just sing ‘Let’s Misbehave’ and get a special visit from UK musical director Dan Glover!

Anything Goes (2011 Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Keep ‘em comin’ kids!

Unexpectedly this might’ve been our toughest quiz question yet! John Williams arranged this fascinating opening for ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’

One of our favourite SNL skits is the High School Theatre Show. Check it out here! Jimi and Tommy take no responsibility for any SNL YouTube holes you fall into.

Forbidden Broadway had their take on the 1987 revival of ‘Anything Goes’ and probably do one of the best Patti LuPone impressions of all time!

Are you in the UK? Check your local theatre and go see Dan’s production of Wedding Singer! Full details on tickets here. Then go follow him on Twitter @DanGlover_27!

It got snipped from any of the amateur productions you’ll find out there, but here is Bonnie asking the age old question: where are the men?

A product of his times or something more sinister? What’s your take on Cole Porter? This article wages in on the question.


A CRITICAL QUIZ QUESTION

This musical stirred something of a controversy on Broadway though it had many positive reviews the following critic did not speak so highly: “The only reason [this musical] has made it to the Great White Way is the Great White Guilt.” What show?


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Jimi

Jimi

Tommy

Tommy

Happy Hour #37: Podcast Noir - ‘City of Angels’

Crack out your smoky sax and don your best femme fatale dress, as we’re going to LA in the 1940s for ‘City of Angels.’ Jimi and Tommy try and work out why we don’t see too much of this show, have a tennis match about the lyrics of the show and discuss the many opportunities for creative teams that the show offers.

City of Angels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Interested in finding out more about Film Noir? Start with the quintessential Maltese Falcon! You can check out the trailer here.

Visiting London anytime soon? Why not check out the West End premiere of ‘The Life’ starring Sharon D. Clarke written by ‘City of Angels’ Cy Coleman?

Thoughts on City of Angels success rate Why do you think City of Angels has never kicked up a storm? Or even just never revived on Broadway? Let us know on Reddit!

Tony performance We often wonder what goes into the creative team’s decision to showcase what they do at the Tony’s! Have a look at what City of Angels brought to the table.

Want to give yourself a challenge? License ‘City of Angels’ with your local theatre group!

Donmar director’s article The recent West End revival met some good success. Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke weighs in on why she chose City of Angels as her first musical.


A CINEMATIC QUIZ QUESTION

Did you know, John Williams worked arranging the score for the 1971 film version of Fiddler on the Roof. To our knowledge, he’s only ever arranged one other song from musical theatre. This song is the title song of next week’s musical.

P.S. It's not 'Thomas and the King'


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Jimi

Jimi

Tommy

Tommy