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

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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

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Resources – Music

It’s Broadway, Bitch Playlist. This has over 1600 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen, or just listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few musical tv shows on here as well. As I listen to more shows I’ll be adding more songs to this playlist. The cast albums on here are just in a random order. Some songs contain strong language, so listener discretion is advised.

The Phantom of the Opera (Original Cast Recording Remastered).

The Little Mermaid (Movie Soundtrack).

The Little Mermaid (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.

Coraline (The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording).

Ordinary Days (Original Cast Recording).

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

The Book of Mormon (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 (The 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 – Video

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.

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.

Musical Theatre International. This is the website that local/community/schools would use to find a show for license to perform. Even if you aren’t putting on a musical they have a search function at the bottom of the main page, so you can look for local productions of musicals in your area. It says to enter city, state and zipcode, but if you don’t live in the US (like me) you can search by city and country. If you don’t know what musicals are coming up in your area the MTI search function is a great resource to use.

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.

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