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I’m starting a bi-weekly 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. This episode is about 40 minutes long.
Where to Listen to Episode 1?
You can listen to Episode 1 on Podcasts.com
You can also listen to and subscribe to the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast on your favourite podcast app or website below.
Resources – Music
It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1900 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.
The Little Mermaid (2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording). I haven’t listened to or seen the Broadway production of this show (which is now closed), but I’m including the link for the cast recording if you want to check it out.
Next to Normal (2009 Original Broadway Cast Recording). The third song “Who’s Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I” is one of my goosebump songs.
The Book of Mormon (2011 Original Broadway Cast Recording). Listener discretion is advised. The song “Man Up” is the one that was playing on the random playlist at a pub where I worked in Ireland. It’s just a little inappropriate for work, but I loved hearing it anyway (I did not decide on the music at that job).
Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast Recording). 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). 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. This is a live concert performance done for the 25th anniversary of the show.
The Little Mermaid (1989 Walt Disney 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: Live on Broadway. This was done in 2008 with the final Broadway cast. This live version 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.
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.
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.