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. 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Original Broadway Cast)

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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.

The Last Five Years (Original Broadway Cast)

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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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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

(Tommy's real-life 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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