Happy Hour #66: The Podcast Game - ‘The Pajama Game’

Don’t waste time! Tune in right now to the latest Happy Hour where Jimi and Tommy are talking all about the very serious drama, “The Pajama Game!” After a long summer off the boys were keen to get right back in and talk about the peculiar structure of this show, why it might have all been a time-travelling-filled ruse to get Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway and discuss Bob Fosse’s choreographic debut!

The Pajama Game (2006 Cast Album)

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Musical Madness

Over the next few weeks we are giving you the chance to decide what show you want us to talk about in an upcoming episode! After polling our listeners, the top 16 most wanted shows were put into a March Madness style bracket and we’ll be voting every day to see which one will come out on top.

Our first vote is...

Next to Normal vs. Rent

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Voting will be open for 7 days so be sure you don’t miss out.

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Show Notes

Jimi was indeed disappointed to find out that Jock Jams had nothing to do with Jock Straps.

Not that anyone needs reminding but this is what Jimi looked like when he tried to get into The Pajama Game.


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They had wannabe scenesters in 1950s Iowa right?

Oh and for balance, here’s Tommy during the Pajama Game…

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If ham is mentioned in a musical Pickle Surprise must make an appearance. It’s one of those unwritten laws. Enjoy! Drag Race fans please note a cameo from RuPaul and Lady Bunny.

I wonder if any high school directors could work this interpretation of Hernando’s Hideaway into their production?

Feast your eyes on Bob Fosse’s choreographic grand slam ‘Steam Heat!’

The 2006 revival switches up a lot of songs, including Babe’s reprise of ‘Hey There’ - what do you think of the tweaks? Is it important that Sid doesn’t get much to do in act 2? Let us know on Reddit!


A Withdrawn Quatement

To our knowledge, the only time the Tony Awards Nomination Committee has withdrawn a nomination from a production was for next week’s show.


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Happy Hour #65: You Are The Podcast Queen - ‘Mamma Mia’

Crack open those spandex dungarees as we head over to the beautiful Greek islands and talk all about the super-smash hit ‘Mamma Mia!’ In a bid to drive Tommy over the edge, the boys are once more going head-to-head over the merits of this show. They talk all about what has made it such a phenomenon, Jimi explains away the mysteries of the Eurovision Song Contest and the guys finally open up about their opinions on jukebox musicals.

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Mamma Mia (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Do you say ABBA or ABBA? End the debate over on Twitter!

It’s the picture that broke the Internet. The Cher/Streep kiss is just what the world needs right now

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If you are yet to listen to ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ then get right on it now and find out exactly why Cher is The Duchess in the movie sequel.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a sight to behold for anyone, anytime. Here’s the winner from the last competition. Compare that with another classic from the UK here. Camp for all!

‘Mamma Mia!’ was so important in the healing process post-9/11 and was one of the first shows to re-open. Here’s an article where Meryl Streep talks about her relationship with the show and how it helped her family cope with the tragedy.

If you were wondering how ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ could possibly shoehorn in ‘Waterloo’ into the main narrative then look no further! Featuring the IMMENSELY adorable Hugh Skinner (any W1A fans out there? Speak to Jimi.)

Here’s the article with the brilliantly sassy quote that talks about how an immensely fun and unapologetic experience ‘Mamma Mia!’ is.

We’ve managed to go 65 episodes without talking about Jukebox Musicals properly. But the time is now, come on over to Reddit to weigh in on the endless musical theatre debate!

What do you make of Lisa Howard and Susan Blackwell’s exchange over ‘Escape to Margaritaville?’


Jimi’s Big Quatement Moment

Jimi fought tooth and nail to get a line in our next show, that he has mentioned on a couple of previous podcasts. The line is: “This’ll wake them up!”


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Happy Hour #64: Another Podcast in Another Feed - ‘Evita’

What’s new Happy Hour fans? We’re flying back to the B.A., Buenos Aires, Big Apple to talk all about the controversial first lady, ‘Evita’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Come for the deep discussion, stay for Jimi and Tommy fighting over whether this is a good show or not! This week the guys discuss some of Argentina’s troubled history, including the truth about what happened to Eva Peron’s body, work out the potential merits of the movie and debate whether or not this Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest score.

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Evita (Original Cast Recording/1979)

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Show Notes

To be honest, I’d always have thought Patti was taller. Here is the diva herself giving her true opinions on what she thinks of Madonna in the movie.

If you fancy some pure 80s brilliance check out the musical version of War of the Worlds featuring original Ché, David Essex!

If you’re interested in more background to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s process then have a look at this brilliantly detailed book with lots of exclusives and great photographs. (You can tell Tommy doesn’t write the show notes, right?)

Jimi is heartbroken more people won’t experience this amazing show, ‘These Trees Are Made of Blood’ - go check them out and give them some love!

If you’ve yet to see the movie, it’s definitely worth a watch. Once you’ve seen come and tell us what you thought over on Twitter!

Is this how your parents reacted to Les Miserables? In all honesty though Jimi was in a similar state after he left the theatre from the 25th Anniversary Tour production…

Never heard of The Corrs? you might have heard their lead singer as the voice of the protagonist in the Quest for Camelot movie. This movie has some great bangers by the way...

And if that whetted your whistle then get your Celtic mojo going with one of The Corrs’ biggest hits!  

We’d be surprised if you’re aware of Evita and have never seen this video. All jokes aside, no one can deny this wonderful woman is a POWERHOUSE!

And if you want to work out exactly how she does it (and some of the intelligence behind the composition of this number in particular) check out Seth Rudetsky’s brilliant deconstruction!

And if you want to hear in her own words what she thinks about Andrew Lloyd Webber then this interview is amazing with Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek!

Check out our interview we held with Brittain Ashford where she talks to us about how Dave Malloy writes for the really challenging part of her voice.

This is a fantastic article which goes into a lot of detail around the difficulties of casting a show like Evita.

Who’s your favourite Evita? What are your feelings on the Movie? Let’s talk about it all over on Reddit!


Smells Like Teen Quatements

This musical shares its poster title font with Nirvana’s album covers.


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Happy Hour #63: This Is Not A Podcast - ‘American Psycho’

Abandon all hope ye who enter here as we delve into the dark world of free-range squid, designer suits and subtly thick business cards and discuss Duncan Sheik’s ‘American Psycho.’ Whether you’ve read the book, seen the film, both or neither this musical is a controversial take on the already controversial subject matter. This week Jimi and Tommy talk about the differences between the three media, muse on why the Broadway run of the show was so unsuccessful and think about whether theatre should make sure it’s fun for everyone, or sometimes just be for the ‘cool kids.’

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American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording) [Explicit]

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Sponsor

This week’s episode is sponsored by Goldstar. Goldstar has a great selection of affordable tickets to all sorts of live events, including Broadway theater, national tours, concerts, comedy, dance, and more. Our first 200 listeners who head to goldstar.com/happyhour or use the promo code HAPPYHOUR at purchase will get $10 off their order.


Show Notes

If you’re ever in Glasgow you need to go check out the delicious Hanoi Bike Shop for all your Vietnamese food desires. Tyr the peanut dip - you’ll never look back!

Magic sponge If you, like Tommy, have been living under a rock for all these years then come out into the sunshine and enjoy ‘The Rainbow Sponge’ lady and her wiggles.

There’s no better way of understanding a piece of fiction than going to the source, and that’s never been truer for ‘American Psycho’ - check it out!

Once you’ve read that then check out the 2000’s movie version. Congratulations! You are now well versed in ‘American Psycho!’

Tommy compared this musical’s journey to the notorious ‘Carrie’ musical. What are some of your flops that you are obsessed with? Let us know on Twitter!

Here’s a cool interview with the (highly controversial) Bret Easton Ellis talking about ‘American Psycho’ and its transformation into a musical.

Duncan Sheik has a lot to say about the musical, and love him or hate him he knows what he’s talking about! Here’s a really good BUILD Series interview of him talking about the musical.

If you’re a fan of ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘American Psycho’ you might dig some of Duncan Sheik’s own music. This album features a song called ‘A Body Goes Down’ which Jimi loves because it’s about Jeff Buckley.

If this was your first impression of the ‘American Psycho’ musical staging would you be impressed?

What are your experiences with the ‘American Psycho’ world? Let’s get literal over on Reddit and we can discuss some of the book/movie/musical’s themes!


A Lofty Quiz Statement

Two of the actresses who have played the title role in this musical have only ever had one conversation with each other. It went as follows: one actress said to the other, “I’m taller than you.”


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Happy Hour #62: Paciencia y Podcast - 'In the Heights'

No pares, sigue sigue and take a train to the top of the world to join the wonderful residents of Washington Heights in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway venture, ‘In the Heights.’ As a nice break from the heat outside, join the boys as they chat up a storm about some of the difficulties of directing this show, how important ‘Heights’ is in the canon of American musical theatre and explore the true meaning of the word superfluity. Wepa!

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In the Heights (Original Broadway Cast)

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Let us know what tickets you get with the offer code for a shout-out on the next podcast!


Show Notes

Jimi apologises for talking about his production of ‘In the Heights’ so much but hey, if you’re interested, check out the trailer for it!

Lin-Manuel has done his usual malarkey and uploaded some of his tracks from the cutting room floor onto his Soundcloud including a cut song for Camila!

There is a fantastic documentary from PBS Great Performances about ‘In the Heights’ that you really need to check out and has supplied Jimi with one of his favourite quotes - ‘Dreams come true, bitches!’

Is this video a glimpse into the future once the amateur rights for ‘Hamilton’ drop? Probably. As sad as that is…

Get on over to Reddit and tell us what you think about the whole race conflama, cause we certainly don’t have an answer! Is as diverse as possible okay for a show like Heights? Or is it just the exact same as casting a show like 'Scottsboro Boys?' Let us know!

Are you following us on Twitter yet? If not, get with the programme! Come and tweet us your experiences with ‘Heights.’

Also this is one of Jimi’s first exposures to ‘In the Heights.’ It explains a lot.


A Wet Quiz Statement

To our knowledge this show is one of the only broadway musicals to include a full-stage splash guard for audience protection.


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Happy Hour #61: The Man in the Moon is a Podcast - ‘Mame’

Open the windows! Travel the highways! Toast the vintages and fizz the fizz! This week the Bosom Buddies are dishing on Jerry Herman’s second female tour de force: Mame. Get ready for plenty of whinging about the film, prasing of Ms. Lansbury, contemplation of powerful female roles, and perhaps a hint of Nietzsche! Oh, and some gay stuff. Always some gay stuff.

Mame (Original Broadway Cast)

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Sponsor

This week’s episode is sponsored by Goldstar – the online ticket vendor that has a great selection of affordable tickets to all sorts of live events. Our first 200 listeners who head to goldstar.com/happyhour or use the promo code HAPPYHOUR at purchase will get $10 off their order.


Show Notes

You’ve heard the musical, now get the book! Patrick Dennis’s novel (and Mame’s escapades) took the world by storm in the 1950s. It’s no wonder the book exploded so quickly into so many stage and film adaptations.

For a more direct discussion of southern racist problems of a bygone era, check out Happy Hour #39 about Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys.

Is Kimmy Schmidt a modern day Auntie Mame? Well…HAS VERA CHARLES ALWAYS BEEN A LEADING LADY?!?!?

Want to get all intellectual like Jimi and read up on your Apollonian epic and Dionysian lyric verse? Then crack open a copy of Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. (And then you can explain it to Tommy).

For a fascinatingly fabulous trip town a YouTube black hole, why not check out this all-male performance of Mame from San Franciscio in 1980.

Interested in more discussion about gay men and their relationships with musical theatre, check out Tommy’s series “Musical Theatre is SO gay!”

Haven’t watched Lucy in the Mame movie yet? Don’t. Just satisfy your curiosity with this trailer for the original film.

Oh you HAVE watched the Mame movie? Then maybe you can sympathize with Tommy (or add to the vitriolic comments) on his Miscast Mame video.

Still got thoughts about the movie? Hit us up on the reddit to vent your woes.

Jimi has insisted that Tommy include the Angela Lansbury massage video. Tommy is writing these notes (in the third person) and…sigh…will include a link to the video.

Just kidding. This is the video.


A Fitness QUIZ Statement

This musical was (partially) inspired by a New York Pilates Studio on 181st street.


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Happy Hour #60: Waitin’ For My Podcast - ‘Brigadoon’

Hoots mon! There’s a moose loose aboot this podcast. Time to travel through the mist and into the mythical Scottish town of ‘Brigadoon.’ Expect many references, bad accents and groans from Jimi, as the boys explore Lerner and Loewe’s famous musical. This time around they discuss how accurate a portrayal it actually is, Jimi gives us a brief history of Scotland and Tommy learns all about Buckfast. Braw!

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Brigadoon (1988 London Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

There’ll be plenty of ‘authentic’ Scottish references in the show notes for you all to sample this week. Let’s start with Ned culture and The Wee Man who enjoys a Buckfast every once in a while. Gene Kelly, eat your heart out.

One of the potential origins for the story of Brigadoon is the piece of Celtic classic folklore of Tir Na n’Og which you can read more about here!

The TV series ‘Outlander’ is sort of the best of a bad bunch when it comes to representing tartan in historical Scottish culture. This great article tells you all about how they manage it!

If you fancy reading more about the history of ‘Brigadoon’ and its impact on Scottish culture you can check out this great book, which also brings ‘Braveheart’ into the mix...

The power of the Freed Unit can really be seen with the fact they changed the name of Saratoga Village in Maryland to Brigadoon as part of the massive marketing campaign for the movie! There’s even a MacConnachy Square...

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Sir Harry Lauder is one of the biggest names in exporting Scottish ‘culture’ to the world. As kitsch as it is, you can’t deny that it had an effect! Here he is singing his most famous song, “Roamin’ in the Gloamin’.

Harry Lauder’s impact can be seen in examples such as this: our favourites Fred and Ginger trying their hand (one more successfully than the other) at Scottish culture. Maybe just stick to what you’re best at guys…

A fine example of what Jimi was talking about of these Scottish ditties he learned in school is the Jeely Piece Song. Yes, a song about throwing sandwiches out of a high-rise. Get into it!

Another big hitter for Scottish singing is of course, The Singing Kettle. Here’s Cilla and Artie leading us in another Scottish classic - “Oh Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus.”

If you think bagpipes are just a lot of noise, you would be wrong! Here’s Clanadonia giving us something a bit more traditional and for a bit of difference, here’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers with one of their famous covers.

Jimi is dying to know what you folks across the pond and in the rest of the world think/feel/know about Scotland and Scottish culture. Come tell him all about it on Reddit!

If you fancy celebrating Hogmanay wherever you are and feel the need to first foot, here’s a fine recipe for Black Bun. It’s honestly so delicious!

If you’re at the Fringe this year and want to check out some good Scottish fare, check out “The Mould That Changed The World” - all about Alexander Fleming’s greatest invention!

If you're not following us on Twitter yet, get it sorted! It’s the easiest way to get in touch!


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR DIVAS

A laundry list of actresses were considered to play the title role in this musical including: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Bea Arthur, Doris Day, Elaine Stritch, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. But instead the role went to a relative newcomer on the Broadway scene. What show?


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Happy Hour #59: Asaka Play Me A Podcast - ‘Once On This Island’

Brave the storm and come and hear the story of Ahrens and Flaherty’s beautiful musical, ‘Once On This Island.’ With its current Broadway revival this show has gained a new life, so come and listen to the boys this week as they talk all about how Michael Arden’s production has reinvigorated the gender roles and turned ‘Once On This Island’ into a much more feminist piece, they have some cheery chat about how different societies deal with death and give their thoughts about this year’s Tony nominations!

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Once On This Island (Broadway Revival Recording)

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Show Notes

We can’t quite believe this is our first Ahrens and Flaherty show! If you’re into your academic texts about writing teams then this is a great resource for finding out more about this incredible duo!

For a bit of a different viewpoint on the introduction of Haitian vodou culture to the Americas, look no further than Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ - and if you’re more of a visual learner then check out the Amazon series!

It’s difficult to find protest for ‘Once On This Island’ but here is one article which talks about the difficulties of the story portrayed through the current revival. What do you think?

Amateur libretti can be fantastic insights into author's’ intentions and viewpoints. Have a read of the ‘Once On This Island’ note from Ahrens and Flaherty. Are there any more you know of?

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What are your views on race/cultural portrayal in amateur theatre? Is there anything you think schools and amateur groups could be doing more of to promote equality? Let us know over on Reddit!

Jimi would like to take this opportunity to profess his love for Alex Newell and all that he does. From ‘The Glee Project’ to now he’s a constant superstar! Check out this hugely groundbreaking performance on ‘Glee’ where Alex was one of the first portrayals of transgender teens of colour on network television!

Jimi would also like to take this opportunity to talk about another one of his icons, Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix and Superfruit fame. Again, smashing gender barriers with one of the best voices Jimi’s ever heard.

Without turning into a book club, if you haven’t read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman yet then you REALLY need to get on that.

Here’s a great video with Dane Laffrey, set designer of the revival, talking about his influences for his incredible set design.

Like Tommy’s ‘a tree!’ moment, do you have any moments that you’ve found become laugh lines that totally weren’t meant to be? Come and tell us on Twitter!

 


A MOO-TIFUL QUIZ QUESTION

The film version of this musical proved that Gene Kelly was afraid of cows. What is it?


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Happy Hour #58: SQUIP - Super Quantum Unit Intel Podcast - ‘Be More Chill’

C-c-c-c’mon, c-c-c-c’mon, go, go! Get that Mountain Dew ready because it’s time to take your pill as we talk about the online musical sensation that has found its way out of its Tumblr existence and unprecedentedly burst into the mainstream - it’s Joe Iconis’ ‘Be More Chill!’ Join the guys as they work out exactly how this musical came to be the smash among the iGen, Jimi sends out a plea to 21st century audiences and Tommy makes a startling revelation about exactly how he feels about this show.

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Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

For all you listeners under the age of 60 and living outside of the UK, here’s what Jimi meant by ‘Watch With Mother.’ It gave us ‘Muffin the Mule’ and ‘Andy Pandy.’ We’re eternally grateful.

Where my emos at? Do you agree with Jimi that there’s a certain Fall Out Boy flair to some of Iconis’ music? Just listen to ‘Pitiful Children!’ Also, all pictures of bad late noughties haircuts are welcome.

Would you want to listen to a podcast where Jimi reacts to Tommy reacting to Smash? Come and cast your vote over on Twitter!

How do you think this show deals with themes of teen anxiety compares to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’/’Mean Girls’/’Thirteen Reasons Why?’ Join the conversation over on Reddit!

The original novel that this musical is based on is pretty darn different in terms of plot. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read! Get it here!

Here’s a vlog from the team behind the Exit32 production of ‘Be More Chill.’ It doesn’t take much delving into the YouTube comments before you realise how fanatic these fans are!


There’s a pretty neat interview with Joe Iconis and George Salazar, who plays Michael, as they check out the cast album!  


A DREAMY QUIZ QUESTION

What show stars “actors” named Effie, Deena, and Lorrell but has nothing to do with Dreamgirls?


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Happy Hour #57: Tragedy Tomorrow, Podcasting Tonight - ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum’

It’s back to Ancient Rome we go for Stephen Sondheim’s first solo outing as a composer/lyricist with ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.’ This time around the block Jimi and Tommy discuss whether farce and musical theatre are good bedfellows or whether one negatively impacts the effects of the other, the boys reveal the impact that the McCarthy era had on this show and they get ready to premier their new collective drag persona - Shéva LaVey. 

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Show Notes

One of Jimi’s all-time favourite writers is Mr Larry Gelbart who wrote the very effective book for ‘Forum,’ but why not check out his own book - ‘Laughing Matters’ - filled with fascinating tidbits?

So whether it’s ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,’ or ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum’ (these shows don’t like short titles do they?) - what do you think? Does farce work on a musical theatre stage? Do the songs slow down the action? Come and tell us what you think!

Sondheim is quite open about the fact he’s down on his lyrics for this show. You can get all of them, including Hero’s fantastic cut Echo song, in Sondheim’s collection ‘Finishing the Hat’ - a staple for every musical theatre household.

Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett are among the groups who have taken Forum’s songs and put them to good use outwith the confines of the show itself. Here they are in Putting it Together with their rendition of ‘Lovely.’

Also check out one of the campest songs in all of musical theatre, ‘Everybody Ought to Have a Maid,’ at Sondheim’s birthday concert at the Proms!

If you’ve not seen the film, we’re not going to make you watch it. But we’d be interested to hear what you think about it if you have - let us know over on Twitter! If you’re curious anyway, here’s the link.

And finally for your viewing pleasure, enjoy this clip of Zero Mostel being awkward in a tuxedo-cum-toga at the 1971 Tony Awards.


AN EXCELLENT QUIZ QUESTION

Sadly, the musical adaptation of this Young Adult novel does NOT star Keanu Reeves as the antagonist. What could it be?


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Happy Hour #56: We’re Still Podcasting - ‘The Last Five Years’

Get out the tissues to mop those eyes (or ball up and throw!) as the boys get deep with Jason Robert Brown’s classic ‘The Last Five Years.’ This week Jimi and Tommy weigh up who ‘wins’ in this show, if anyone, whether this piece is autobiographical or not - and whether autobiographical shows are appropriate, and debate the nature of creative jealousy, infidelity and Russell Crowe.

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Show Notes

We got quite deep this week and we imagine there will be some hefty discussion on this one. So, Jamie or Cathy? Or neither? Or both? What do you think? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!

The origins of this show were shaky to say the least. This Playbill article shines a light on how it all started.

Here’s a great interview with the man himself talking about the origins of the show and the musical theatre business in general.

If you’ve not seen the trailer, it’s definitely worth watching. Here’s the trailer for your perusal, and here’s the link to the movie!

Jimi gets down and dirty with his thoughts about critics constantly citing a lack of ‘hummable melodies’ and he wants to know your thoughts! Let him know over on Twitter!


AN AWARD WINNING QUIZ QUESTION

Every actor who opened as the leading role from our next musical has won the Tony Award for Best Acting - even when the role wasn’t in this musical. What is it?


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Happy Hour #55: Way Down Podcastown - ‘Hadestown’

All aboard the Hades express as we travel the Road to Hell to explore Anais Mitchell’s underground hit ‘Hadestown.’ Jimi finally gets a chance to bring out his inner Ancient Greek Geek and delve into the myth behind the musical, the boys weigh up the state of Broadway as it currently is and discuss the importance of new blood in an art form like musical theatre.

Hadestown: The Myth. The Musical. (Original Cast Recording) [Live]

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Show Notes

Just a brief note: we recorded this podcast before the huge announcement that Hadestown is in fact coming to London in November. We can predict the future, who knew!

There aren’t many musicals that have come straight from a concept album, but this one certainly has! Get to know the history of Hadestown by checking out Anais Mitchell’s original album.

Want to swat up on your Greek mythology but can’t be bothered wading through textbooks, well pick up a copy of the book that started Jimi’s obsession a quarter of a century ago. It’s cute, there are pictures!

What are your thoughts about the idea that Broadway shows have to feel pressured to ‘think big’ Does it always work? Is it at detriment to the story? Is there a way to compete with the budgets of shows like Frozen? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!

There are some great little videos made around the release of the cast album where Anais and Rachel take you through the meaning behind each number. It really helps show that this musical is a force to be reckoned with!

Are there any cast recordings or shows that you think are made infinitely better due to their Original Cast and the others just don’t cut the mustard? Let us know over on Twitter!

Have a look at the trailer for Edmonton’s production (and soon to be the West End production!) of Hadestown and compare it to the stripped down version from the NYTW. What has your vote?


A LITIGATING QUIZ QUESTION

This is perhaps one of the only musicals with key lyrical changes driven by a post-divorce legal agreement. What is it?


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Happy Hour #54: How to Podcast - ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’

The boys are back in town and they're diving straight into the self-help musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!’ This time around Jimi and Tommy try and fit ‘How to Succeed’ in a contemporary setting in spite of its blatant misogyny, Jimi muses on whether Bob Fosse is the real reason this show is so successful with the critics and together they work out how to get a Pulitzer prize.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

We’ve missed you all so much! Come and let us know what you’ve been up to for the past 6 months over on Twitter!

Our 21st century ‘How To Succeed’ is easily the TV show ‘Mad Men’ which takes the extant misogyny of the 1960s and puts it in the driving seat. Here’s the show’s creator sitting down with Larry King to talk all about it.

For all you law aficionados out there, check out employment law Professor Miriam Cherry’s paper comparing the content of ‘How to Succeed’ with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - who said musical theatre wasn’t relevant in the real world?

When you think ‘How to Succeed’ the last thing you think about is Bob Fosse - but he was there! However, if you watch ‘A Secretary is Not a Toy’ you can he his flexed-footed stamp is well and truly there!


Why do you think ‘How to Succeed’ won the Pulitzer prize for drama? Come over to Reddit and tell us!


A BROOKLYNITE QUIZ QUESTION

The folk-singer-author of our next musical has shared studio space with friend-of-the-podcast Dave Malloy. And her artistic connections clearly reflect this. What show?


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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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Jimi

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Tommy

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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Jimi

 Tommy

Tommy

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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Jimi

 Tommy

Tommy

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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Jimi

 Tommy

Tommy

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.


Vote!

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The Change: Keeping Puberty in the Family

(Jimi's made up musical)

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The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical

(Tommy's real-life musical)

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Jimi

 Tommy

Tommy

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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Jimi

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Tommy