Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 1 – What Are Musicals and Why Do I Love Them?

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I’m starting a podcast all about musicals. Why? Because I love musicals, and I find talking about musicals can be a little bit easier for me than writing about them. And I got a lot to talk about when it comes to musicals. With this podcast I’ll be talking about specific musicals, and about broad topics in musical theatre. I’ll mostly be focusing on stage productions, but will also talk about movie musicals from time to time as well.

In this first episode I talk about what exactly a musical is and how I define them. As well I talk about my experience with musicals and why I love them so much.

Where to Listen to Episode 1?

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Resources – Music

This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Playlist. This has over 2000 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows as well. As I see more musicals and listen to more cast albums I’ll add them to this playlist. The albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. This is a great way to listen musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals as well.

The Phantom of the Opera (1987 Original London Cast)

The Little Mermaid (1989 Movie Soundtrack)

The Little Mermaid (2008 Original Broadway Cast) 

Coraline (2010 Original Off-Broadway Cast)

Ordinary Days (2010 Original Cast)

Next to Normal (2009 Original Broadway Cast) – The third song “Who’s Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I” is one of my goosebump songs.

The Book of Mormon (2010 Original Broadway Cast)

Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast – Highlights) – The song “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” is one of many songs in this show that makes me cry, all the damn time. The song is a major spoiler so don’t listen if you haven’t seen the full show.

Resources – Videos

The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie) – I didn’t really enjoy this movie adaption, but it’s out there if you haven’t seen the musical on stage. I’m not a film studies expert, but Lindsay Ellis did a great video essay about some of the issues in this movie adaptation.

The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall (2011 Concert) – This is a live concert performance done for the 25th anniversary of the show.

The Little Mermaid (1989 Movie) – This is the movie that started it all for my musical obsession.

Rent (2005 Movie) – This is an adaption of the musical featuring a lot of the original Broadway cast. There is also the filmed adaptation Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008). This was done with the final Broadway cast, and is filmed like the musical.

Resources – Websites

The Phantom of the Opera. This is the official website for the show. It’s one of the most popular musicals out there. You can buy tickets for the show with various international productions.

Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon official website.

Reddit Musical Thread.This is a great place to go if you want to talk about musicals, or get recommendations on shows to check out. Some of the information is specific to performers (getting help with auditions, that sort of thing), but most is sort of general knowledge.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used Today Tix in London with great success.

Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix. 

Check out some more Musical Theatre Podcast Episodes on Take Me to the World

Do you love musicals? What’s your favourite musical? If you have any suggestions on a musical-theatre related topic I should cover on this podcast or have a suggestion of a show I should watch or listen to leave me a comment below.

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