Happy Hour #30: Der Dreigroschenpodcast - ‘The Threepenny Opera’

Hallo kinder! We’re going further than we’ve ever gone before for our thirtieth birthday, back to pre-war Germany and Brecht and Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.” We learn the differences between Verfremdungseffekt and Gesamtkunstwerk, talk about how torturous times can create form-changing art and reflect on how Brechtian theatre exists today.

The Threepenny Opera – 1954 New York Cast Blitzstein Adaptation

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Show Notes

If you’ve only ever listened to the OBC, why not try something new and listen to the RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra recording starring Ute Lemper? It’s Jimi’s all time favourite.

Get your notepads out, listeners! It’s time for a bit of theatre education. Your prescribed textbook is ‘Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic.’ Turn to page 394.

If you’re more of an auditory learner check out this documentary here, here and here, featuring interviews from Brecht’s wife and collaborator Helene Weigel.

Don’t tell Brecht, but you should REALLY listen to ‘Tristan und Isolde’ by Wagner if you haven’t. It’s pretty darn life changing.

After that, continue you on your operatic journey and check out our musical theatre pal Patti LuPone in Brecht and Weill’s ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ and then buy the DVD.

There are approximately an annjillian versions of ‘Mack the Knife,’ but here’s Ella Fitzgerald showing us all how to get over forgetting the lyrics mid-song.

Tommy pulled out Weill’s ‘The Firebrand of Florence’ out of his pocket mid-podcast. Check out what the hell he was talking about here!

What do you think about the music of ‘The Threepenny Opera?’ Tommy’s tied, Jimi’s in love, where are you? Tell us on Reddit!

Here’s the queen of cabaret, Lotte Lenya, singing one of Jimi’s all-time favourite musical theatre numbers - ‘Pirate Jenny.’ Then have a swatch at Ute Lemper, her contemporary counterpart, doing the same in German. But if you want something completely different, check out Amanda Palmer taking her NSFW take on it! Which do you prefer?

Why was Bob Dylan aroused? It’s a question we ask ourselves every day. Check out this article to find a bit about why!

We’ve not heard from ‘Forbidden Broadway’ in a while, check out their inadvertent pastiche of ‘The Threepenny Opera’ in their ‘Spring Awakening’ spoof!

Also if anyone wants to hear more from Lotte Lenya or Bertolt Brecht in Jimi’s little book,

Bonus shnote! Here's Jimi when he played Mr Peachum in a production of 'The Threepenny Opera' at the Edinburgh Fringe:


A SMASHING QUESTION

Which musical caused the events of this quote to occur:

“From the outside, I’m sure it sounded like all hell had broken loose in my dressing room, which in fact it had. I was hysterical … I took to batting practice in my dressing room with a floor lamp. I swung at everything in sight — mirrors, wig stands, makeup, wardrobe, furniture, everything. Then I heaved a lamp out the second-floor window.”


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Happy Hour #29: The Podcast Men – ‘The Music Man’

We got no trouble here just pure unadulterated love for Meredith Willson’s one-hit-wonder “The Music Man!” We bask in the brilliance of the book, music and lyrics of this show, discuss the disparity between Broadway and West End successes and weigh up historical accuracy versus inclusivity.

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The Music Man (Original Broadway Cast)

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Show Notes

Interested in finding out a bit more about Meredith Willson? Check out this article about the man behind “The Music Man.”

Tommy is a master of mockery, go check out his pastiche of “Ya Got Trouble” and the 2003 Disney televised movie.

Does anyone have this elusive Meredith Willson interview record? Let us know!

Any excuse to post a vid of the queen herself, Patti LuPone singing “Ya Got Trouble” on SiriusXM.

Jimi was first exposed to The Music Man the same way he was exposed to most American culture - through The Simpsons. Then subsequently in everyone’s favourite camp extravaganza, BBC’s “Over the Rainbow.”

We’ve plugged it before, and we’ll plug it again. If you’re interested in scholarly reading about musical theatre, check out Warren Hoffman’s “The Great White Way.”

Surprise! Tommy is representin’ at BroadwayCon in NYC this weekend. Who’s all going? Come say hi!


A QUESTION THAT’S BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

Bob Dylan became aroused straightaway by the raw intensity of the songs in this musical. What musical was it?


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Happy Hour #28: The Jim and Tomic Mixtape – ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’

Jimi and Tommy go back to their roots and return to see just how much the Hamilton phenomenon has affected the world and discuss the release of ‘The Hamilton Mixtape!’ The pair chat about the contentious relationship between theatre and politics, exposing the musical theatre world to new music and question Hamilton’s potential successes worldwide.

The Hamilton Mixtape

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Show Notes

Want a brief taster of how much Hamilton took over in 2016? Check out this Playbill article!

As with the OBC, genius.com has got you covered with understanding just how nuanced and incredible this mixtape is! Go, devour, learn!

Speaking of demos, check out Raul Esparza giving us a taste of 'The Flag Song' from Sondheim's Assassins. Very topical. Very very.

Check out the video that blasted Watsky onto the pop sphere. How can any human being go that fast? I dunno. I’m jealous.

Wanna see “An Open Letter” straight from the horse’s mouth? Have a swatch of this vid of Lin and friends giving their rendition on the Hamilton stage!

And a final congratulations to Andrew McDermott for winning the Overtures quiz with an impeccable 100% score!


A QUESTION FOR A HAPPY DAY

The movie version of this musical is one of Ron Howard’s only singing roles. Which musical?


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Happy Hour #27: A Christmas Podcast - ‘A Christmas Story’

Happy holidays everybody! To celebrate, we’re chatting about one of Broadway’s newest Christmas stories, “A Christmas Story” - the adaptation of the cult American classic. The lads talk all about the differences between US and UK Christmas movies, the glory of Pasek and Paul and work out what our Red Rider Carbine Action BB Guns of yore were.

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Take a peek at Broadway’s premiere prosthetic kickline in “A Major Award.”

Take a look at Ralphie defending his family from Black Bart in the movie, then compare it to a rehearsal of “Ralphie to the Rescue” from the movie!

Johnny Rabe is a boy wonder! Read this sage-like interview about his first producing credit here.

Is Luke Spring Fred Astaire reincarnate? Very potentially! Check out him and Caroline O’Connor in the Tony Awards performance!

Next proceed to fall into a Caroline O’Connor shaped YouTube hole starting from here.

What was your Red Rider Carbine Action BB Gun? Let us know over on Reddit or Twitter what the best present you've ever received was!


Not just a quiz question, a quiz…

As it is the season of giving we’re holding our first prize giveaway! We’ve got 20 overtures, some easy, some hard, for you to guess. DM us on Twitter, email us or fill out our contact form with your answers. The person with the most correct wins! Deadline for answers is midnight CST on the 31st. Good luck and happy holidays!


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Happy Hour #26: An Oklahoma Hoedown - ‘Oklahoma!’

Jimi and Tommy talk about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record-breaking debut, ‘Oklahoma!’ The gang discuss where the show fits in a contemporary setting, the importance of narrative choreography and the birth of the two most important names in musical theatre history!

Oklahoma! (1998 London Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If musical theatre history is your thing, then look no further than Broadway: The American Musical beautifully narrated by Julie Andrews!

Also if you are interested in race representation in musical The Great White Way by Warren Hoffman is a good starting point.

Check out the glorious Agnes DeMille, one of the true founders of narrative choreography.

Oklahoma was the first musical to contain a dream ballet - have a look at the 1955 movie’s attempt at it!

What are you opinions and experiences with narrative choreography and dance on Broadway? Let us know on Reddit!

Stephen Sondheim owes a lot of his career to Mr Oscar Hammerstein II. Have a look at this great interview where he talks a little bit about his influence.

As it’s the holidays we’ve got an exciting giveaway in next week’s podcast so be sure to tune in and find out the details!


A LEGGY QUIZ QUESTION

Which musical contains Broadway’s premiere prosthetic kickline?


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Happy Hour #25: Some Matilda Malarkey – ‘Matilda: The Musical’

Grab your library books and keep an eye on that newt! This week we're chatting up the nuvo-West End show “Matilda: The Musical.” We discuss stellar child actors, British and US dialectical differences, the fabulous Bertie Carvel and the marvels of childhood.

Matilda: The Musical (Original London Cast Recording)

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SHOW NOTES

Have a look at this interview with the marvelous Tim Minchinwhere he talks about how he got involved with the RSC and Matilda.

The set design for this show is JUST fab. Here's an interview with set and costume designer Rob Howell and lighting designer Hugh Vanstone about their letters-and-blocks inspired design.

There're two recordings of Matilda! Did you know that? Tommy didn't. If you want to do some comparisons, the London Cast is on Spotify and the Broadway Cast is on Amazon.

2013 was the year of the children choruses at the Tony Awards. Don't believe us? Check out NPH's exhausting opening number.

Have a look at the stunning Bertie Carvel in the recording studio. Fabulous both in and out of costume.

Join Lesli Margherita in her backstage vlog “Looks Not Books”from Broadway.com.

Tim Minchin sings songs. They're funny. Really funny.

He's also working on a new musical – an adaptation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. It'll be a while before you can listen to the whole thing, but you can check out one of the songs right now!

Happy Hour #24: A New World Whirl – ‘Songs for a New World’

Set sail with us as we explore Jason Robert Brown's early song cycle, “Songs for a New World.” We talk the contentious differences between Revues, Musicals and Song Cycles, kvetch about the “Contemporary Musical Theatre Song” and ruminate on misplaced production concepts.

Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Jason Robert Brown not only played piano during the original production of Songs for a New World he also regularly performs his own stuff! Check him out singing “King of the World!”

Feel like Tommy? Didn't know “Surabaya Santa” was a reference to a Kurt Weill song? Well, live in the dark no longer!

You'd never believe it, but this is the London production Jimi references.

Wanna listen to a “Contemporary Musical Theatre Song?” Here you go! Wanna hear Jimi singing it? Go bug him on twitter. 😬

What's the certain sign of a “contemporary musical theatre” show? A song about coffee, that's what.

We didn't talk about it, but listen to this “Jason Robert Brown Song.”


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Bonus Episode! Our Trip to See The Great Comet

Jimi and Tommy have returned from their adventure into the heart of 19th Century Russia and are ready to tell you all about it. Check out our exclusive interview with musical director Or Matias and music supervisor Sonny Paladino, hear our opinions on all of the cast and we give our final verdict on Broadway’s hottest ticket this season!


Show Notes

We just want to give one last big thank you to everyone involved in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 for being so accommodating and treating to Broadway fans to the night of their lives!

Josh Groban blew us away as Pierre. Have a listen to Dust and Ashes, the new showstopper which doesn’t appear on the Original Cast Recording.

If you still haven’t caved to Jimi’s constant ramblings about Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, featuring Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell of Comet - get a copy here! And then go buy Brittain Ashford’s EP.

If you don’t want to take our word for it please read the New York Times’ glowing review!

Check out our YouTube channels (Jimi’s and Tommy’s) for other fun NYC shenanigans appearing shortly…


And, of course, a BIG thank you to all of our Indigogo supporters:

Amanda Sublette, Andrew van Baarsen, Benjamin-Jack Charles, Bethan Whitear, Bradley Johnson, Brendan Clifford, Brendan Vitek, Brett Meade, Caitriona Johnston, Carlos Adan Ortega, Caroline Elms, celiadugua, chelek, Danielle Hevey, Darrick Jackson, Daryl Rosenbaum, Garion Holland, Hayley Isenhour, Jesse McAnally, Joanne Warrener, Joel Leggett, Julien Matthews, Kiera Jade Smitheram, kudrofel, lauren9739, Logan dokes, Lyris Miu, Mack Herman, Payton Jordan, rosemary , Sara Graves, Sarah Berhanu, Shana Ziolko, Sharon Horwatt, Shelby Cleveland and Tatum Shiff

Thank you!


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Happy Hour #23: A Gypsy Get-Together – ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’

Here it is boys! Here it is WORLD! Here's our Gypsy podcast! We talk about the genius of this almost sixty year old musical, Arthur Laurents changing his mind (shocker!) and spend WAY too much time talking about each of the formidable actresses who have played Mama Rose. Oh, and we're in New York right now, too. Did we mention that?

Gypsy (with Imelda Staunton)

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Show Notes

Check out Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir – where this whole show began.

Or, for something less risqué, maybe check out Arthur Laurents's Mainly on Directing.

You've GOT to check out Jo Melziner's book of set design renderings. Tommy's in NYC right now so can't scan in the Gypsy rendering, but if somebody reminds him in like a week, he can put it here…

Live, from Sardi's, it's Ethel Merman! (Complete with microphone.)

Ethel Merman. Disco. Everything's Coming Up Roses. 'Nuff said.

Ugh. Isn't she fabulous. Check out the humble (ambiguously British) Angela Lansbury as Mama Rose at the Tony Awards.

Wanna see a weird production of Into the Woods? What if we told you Imelda was in it? Yah. There you go.

This is just a sampling of the fabulous Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, but you should ABSOLUTELY watch it.


Not a quiz question, just a question-question…

What would you like us to do in New York?


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Happy Hour #22: A Grand Gallop – ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’

Pack your bags, come on down to Berlin and don't forget to tip your bellhop. This week, Jimi and Tommy are checking in to the wonderfully dark Grand Hotel. We discuss the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Tommy Tune's leg-bending choreography, Forbidden Broadway parodies, Michael Jeter's moustache, and a fabulous upcoming adaptation of Sweeney Todd.

Grand Hotel: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Can you guess who's who? It's a halloween tradition!

Everyone's favorite ripoff comic creator: Stu Lou

Everyone's favorite ripoff comic creator: Stu Lou

The lovechild of Klaus Nomi and Annie Lennox after they time travelled to Weimar Germany…obviously.

The lovechild of Klaus Nomi and Annie Lennox after they time travelled to Weimar Germany…obviously.

It's one of the classics of black & white American Cinema. Check out this trailer for the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Grand Hotel.

Tommy Tune's choreography is stunning. Here's a tiny taste of it.

An adorable and wholesome human being, we are lucky to have experienced Michael Jeter. Have a look at his Tony acceptance speech here (and try not to cry along with him).

"Cyd Charisse is fabulous! I'd like to see her two more times."

Forbidden Broadway is fabulous and if you've never listed to it you're wrong. Here's the fabulous Christine Pedi singing Cabaret as Elaine Stritch. What more do you need?

Can't get enough of the fabulous Michael Jeter? Check out this episode of "No Small Parts" entirely dedicated to him.

And last, but certainly not least, feast your eyes on the unbeatable showstopper: Take a Glass Together.


A CLEAN QUIZ QUESTION

During its preview, an unexpected technical malfunction forced Patti LuPone to double as 'Cleaning Lady'. Which musical?


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Happy Hour #21: A Phantom Tantrum – ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Grab your half-masks, put on your cape, and come on down to the opera house! This week we're (somewhat begrudgingly) chatting about A-L-dubb's smash hit The Phantom of the Opera. Buckle up – we're talking misplaced musical styles, plagiarized melodies, and creepy romances (both on and off stage.)

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The Phantom of the Opera
Original London Cast

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Show Notes

Health and safety regulations being what they are, the chandelier crash can be painfully slow in some productions. Check out this compilation video!

Check out Maury Yeston talking about his (probably superior) musical “Phantom.”

What style and grace! Have a look at Sarah Brightman extolling the virtues of her phantom – ex-hubby Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber is notorious for ripping off other people's melodies. Here's a small sampling.


A CINEMATIC Quiz Question

The film that this musical is based upon is the only best picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.


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Happy Hour #20: A Wizarding Wipeout – ‘The Wiz’

Ease on down to this week’s podcast where we’re hitching a ride on a balloon all the way to Oz; we’re chatting all things ‘The Wiz’! Jimi and Tommy discuss the significance of the show in musical theatre history, go head to head on the movie and give thanks to Shanice Williams for giving us life!

The Wiz (Original Cast Album)

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We’ve talked about it before, but there’s always time to relive the camp television moment that is the exit of the Dorothys on BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ - now with bonus voice cracking from EmFlem!

The 80s brought out some of the most twistedly dark and amazing kid’s films. Could ‘Return to Oz’ be the crowning glory?

Phylicia Rashad is much more than just Mrs. Cosby! Did you know she was the first black woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress? Here’s her beautiful acceptance speech.

We obviously don’t endorse bootlegs, but if you really wanted to you can watch the entire 1984 revival online with Stephanie Mills doing her stuff! But you didn’t hear it from us…

It’s a travesty that Michael Jackson never got to do anymore musical theatre before he died. The commitment he put into developing The Scarecrow was exemplary. Check out him and Miss Ross easing on down that massive sound stage.

So we’re split on our opinions on ‘The Wiz’ movie, but what do you think? Let us know over on Reddit!

Shameless plug alert! Check out part one of Jimi’s YouTube series on live musical theatre recordings and the future of musical theatre!

Take a look at some of the exciting changes NBC are making to their annual televised broadcast after the successes of ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease: Live.’

Check out the incomparable Shanice Williams breaking everyone’s hearts in the finale of ‘The Wiz Live!’ - and bask in the glory of that perfect cyclorama usage.

Then as if you think it couldn’t get any better, have a look at eleven year old (yes, eleven!) Jazmine Sullivan riff the house down with her rendition of ‘Home’ in her high school production - and learn how to do it with Natalie Weiss!

On Thursday the 20th October it’s Rocky Horror night on FOX! Crack out your fishnets and squirt guns and get ready to (potentially) have the night of your life! Here’s the most comprehensive (and R-rated) guide to the audience participation we could find, but for all you virgins out there (it’s a technical term) we’ve got you covered! But hey, it’s a whole new show so maybe it’s time to make a new set of memories!


A LIFE-THREATENING QUIZ QUESTION

During which musical are you more likely to die in Stuttgart than you are in Los Angeles?


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Happy Hour #19: A Piazza Party – ‘The Light in the Piazza’

Benvenuto and welcome to the land of “naked marble boys” with this week's musical fairy-tale “The Light in the Piazza.” We marvel over beautiful lighting design, talk the differences between opera and musical theatre, and contemplate the discussion of mental health in theatre. 

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The Light in the Piazza (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Watch the wonderful Heidi Blickenstaff on Side by Side by Susan Blackwell confess vacuuming and dusting to songs from Piazza.

Two fabulous musical theatre composers in one touching interview: take a look at Adam Guettel interviewing his mentor and friend, Stephen Sondheim.

Need more Adam Guettel in your life? Check out two of his other musicals: Myths and Hymns and Floyd Collins.

On the topic of opera companies doing musical theatre, take a look at the fabulous English National Opera's production of Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.

Also, want to learn Italian in 10 minutes? (Complete with the requisite hand gestures?) Check out this guy!


A REALLY DIFFICULT quiz question…

Jimi and Tommy tweeted these things about next week's show:

“DOLLY PARTON BIOPIC?!”
“Aww. Shit. I'm in Moscow.”
“YES CYCLORAMA!”
“If Queen Latifah started mamboing at me, I'd be terrified too.”

…what show?


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Happy Hour #18: A Gangster’s Gavotte - ‘Guys and Dolls’

Place your bets, it’s time to shoot craps with the spectacular musical comedy, Guys and Dolls! We boggle over the mystical parallel universe that the musical’s set in, Nathan Detroit - the most popular role in the acting world and tease the possible new movie production!

Guys and Dolls (1992 Revival Cast Recoding)

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Show Notes

It wasn’t the Tony’s best year in 2009. Tituss Burgess’ performance of Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat was just one of the many tech fails on the night (check out 4:48)

Nathan Lane loved Mr. Detroit so much he named himself after him! Check out him and the glorious Faith Prince!

Check out Marlon Brando’s moves! Is this what you need to do to graduate to becoming Don Corleone? 

Here’s a taste of the recent Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls featuring stunning British musical actress Sophie Thompson!

If you’re old enough, and haven’t already, check out the HILARIOUS podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno.

The critics are tied, but what do you think? Did any of you see Rebel Wilson play Adelaide? 

If you’re interested, check out the 1976 Revival recording with updated score and orchestrations to have a Motown vibe

Interested in race representation on Broadway as much as us? Read this book!


A CLEAN AND POLISHED QUIZ QUESTION

The title song of this musical is Heidi Blickenstaff’s go-to cleaning song, what could it be?
 


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Happy Hour #17: A Newsboy Nugget - ‘Newsies: The Musical’

Are you ready to seize the day and carry that banner? Well now is the time! Newsboy wannabes Jimi and Tommy talk all about Menken, Feldman and Fierstein’s high-flying smash Newsies! Expect discussion about the historical context of the show, as well as highlighting the stronghold of The Mouse and some severe adoration of Andrew Keenan-Bolger.

Newsies: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Before you do anything, bask in the brilliance of past Broadway Prom “Queens” and Newsies Ryan Steele, Garett Hawe and Tommy Bracco and fall into the Newsies YouTube Hole. For the record, at least 30,000 of these views are from Jimi.

And while you’re in the camp mindset, check out Jimi’s favourite film - ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.’ 

What do you think? Is Christian Bale acting glaikit on purpose? Watch and decide! 

Tinfoil hats at the ready! Have a look at Tommy’s Disney conspiracy theory and find out a bit more about the Disney machine!

We hope you’ve got the popcorn out, cause we’ve got even more footage for you! One of the alltime greatest Tony Awards performances in  our opinion. 

Check out the heroine that is Aida Overton Walker who was the inspiration for changing the ethnicity of Hedda Larkin in the stage version. It would’ve been nice to have seen a bit of this historical context in the show! What do you think?

Why do you think Newsies hasn’t made it’s way across to the West End yet? Let us know over on Reddit!

These newsboys are multi-talented! Have a look at Crutchie’s own digital series, ‘Submissions Only’ for a some broadway-shaped tomfoolery! 

Look what else he can do - have a lot of fun in the summertime! 


A BLUNDER OF A QUIZ QUESTION

When a recent revival of this musical performed at the Tony Awards, the performer’s microphone failed almost immediately during the telecast. You can overhear a tech guy say “Am I going with it? I’m goin’, I’m goin’, I’m goin’!” Before he runs onstage with a handheld microphone. What musical was this?


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Happy Hour #16: A Hairy Hootenanny - HAIR

Strip off your clothes and let the sunshine in, it’s time to talk all about the revolutionary classic Hair! Jimi and Tommy debate whether or not this one of the most important musicals of all time, Jimi comes out as a latent hippie and the guys discuss the concept of tribe musicals.

Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Take a listen to the Original Cast Recording for some insightful interviews from the creators of Hair. 

Have you ever been involved in a show which you would consider tribal? Let us know all about it over on our subreddit!

Check out this Broadway.com interview with some of the team from the Diane Paulus revival in Central Park. 

We love the woman in the pink dress! We love hallucinogenic orgies! Come and enjoy these highlights from the film with us. 


An Award-Winning Quiz Question…

This musical holds the record for producing the biggest number of Broadway Prom ‘Queens’ for any single show - what is it?


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Happy Hour #15: A Fun Home Hoopla - Fun Home

Welcome to our podcast on Maple Avenue! This week, we're talking about the fabulously important (and recently closed) musical Fun Home. We chat about the importance of representation, non-linearity, vagaries in the LGBTQ alphabet soup of terminology, and Jimi gets caught up on a particular V-word.

Fun Home (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you haven't read the graphic novel that the musical Fun Home is based on, we highly recommend it!

Alison Bechdel's early comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For is archived online. Check it out!

After seeing her life on stage, Alison Bechdel responded in the best way possible: with another autobiographical comic strip.

Sydney Lucas. Ring of Keys. Tony Performance. 'Nuff said.

No matter how you describe it, Ellen's coming out on television was revolutionary in the 90s. Here's a retrospective.

Want to hear more about the political drama surrounding the graphic novel in South Carolina? Here's a quick NPR story about it.

It never made it to television (SHAME) but, thanks to the power of the internet, you can experience the entire Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron Tony acceptance speech.


A Scandalous Quiz Question…

What musical revival caused an audience member to strip completely naked because she loved it that much?


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Happy Hour #14: A Raining Rumpus - Singin' In The Rain

Good morning! Unpack your raincoats and dust off your tap shoes as it’s time to celebrate the greatest movie musical of all time - Singin’ in the Rain! We chat all about directorial tyranny, metatheatrical dubbing and Hollywood’s biggest drag queen of all time - Gene Kelly!

Singin' In The Rain (Original Film Soundtrack)

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SHOW NOTES

She battled through the tyranny of Gene Kelly’s directorial reign and gave birth to the exquisite Carrie Fisher. Check out this amazing interview from Debbie Reynold’s daughter!

Check out Hollywood’s most beautiful Drag Queen of all time - Gene Kelly, beat for the gods!


This movie contains some of the greatest tap dancing routines ever! Check out ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ at the movie’s opening for a little taste. Oh, and movie producers - bring tap back! 

Which Beautiful Girl are you? Jimi is naturally number 2 as his cloak is ALWAYS trimmed with monkey fur to lend a dash of drama, Tommy is number 4; always dripping with fringe.


Shout to our dearly departed Queen of Dubbing - Marni Nixon! Check out this great interview on NPR

Then have a listen to the magic she can do in this clip of My Fair Lady. Compare Audrey Hepburn’s singing voice with Marni Nixon’s - thank goodness for you, Ms. Nixon!

Have a listen to Cole Porter’s ‘Be a Clown’ from The Pirate. Sound familiar? 

Check out an amazing documentary series on homosexuality in musical theatre by “some guy”. What do you think, is Cosmo Brown a coded gay character? 

Have a look at the incredible design from Théâtre du Châtelet’s production coming to Broadway…at some point! 


A political quiz question…

The source material for this musical was quite controversial and talks of censorship made it into the American political discourse. In one censorship hearing, a politician criticized the censorship attempt saying: “Are we going to start attacking ABC for Scandal? I mean where does this stop?”


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