Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 2 – All About Jukebox Musicals

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Hello all. This is the accompanying post for Episode 2 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast. This episode is all about Jukebox Musicals. I talk about what a jukebox musical is. I give some examples, and talk about the good and bad points of the jukebox musical in general.

Confused about why I have a podcast about musicals now? Check out Episode 1 where I talk about why I love musicals so much. Don’t worry I’m still blogging about travel too, but now I’ll be having a bi-weekly podcast on musicals too. New episodes will come out every other Thursday.

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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.

Jukebox Musicals from Stage and Screen Spotify Playlist. I made a playlist of Jukebox musicals for this episode. It has over 1200 songs from different jukebox musicals. Unlike the It’s Broadway, Bitch Playlist above I haven’t seen or listened to all the musicals on this playlist. All the albums on here are in random order. Some songs contain strong language, so listener discretion is advised.

American Idiot (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Fela! (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Jersey Boys (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Mamma Mia (1999 London Cast Recording).

Moulin Rouge (Movie Soundtrack).

Singing in the Rain (Movie Soundtrack).

The Who’s Tommy (Broadway Cast Recording).

Resources – Video

Jersey Boys. The 2014 movie of the jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I haven’t seen Jersey Boys on stage, but my friend who did said the movie is pretty true to the stage show.

Mamma Mia. The 2008 movie version of this popular jukebox musical. It stays pretty true to the stage show. Not everyone in this film can sing.

Rock of Ages. This is the 2012 movie version of this 80’s glam rock jukebox musical. I hadn’t seen the stage show, but I thought the movie was fun.

Moulin Rouge. This is the 2001 jukebox musical with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. In the podcast episode I incorrectly listed it as being released in 1999.

Singing in the Rain. The classic 1952 movie musical with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Singing in the Rain is a great film that everyone should see. In particular prepare to have your mind blown watching the number “Moses Supposes.” How do their feet do that!?

Tommy. This is the 1975 movie of The Who’s musical Tommy. I haven’t seen all of this movie, but I will say two things. First, I think everyone in this film and making it was likely on drugs. Second, this movie is not appropriate for children, and deals with themes of child abuse, and sexual abuse. Just want to give a heads up, because this subject matter might be one that some people would like to avoid.

Resources – Websites

Mamma Mia. This is where to check for the professional productions of Mamma Mia the stage musical.

Jersey Boys (Broadway). This is the website to buy tickets for Jersey Boys in New York City. It’s playing at New World Stages at 340 West 50th Street.

Jersey Boys (UK/Ireland Tour). If you live in or will be visiting the UK and Ireland you can check to see if Jersey Boys is playing near you. Of course since I’m no longer living in Ireland next year Jersey Boys is coming to Dublin. Just my luck.

Moulin Rouge (Upcoming Broadway Production). This is the website for the upcoming Broadway production of Moulin Rouge. While the movie musical is a jukebox the Broadway production apparently will also have the songs from the movies and some original songs as well. There isn’t a date for when this production will debut.

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.

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 this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.

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Have you seen a jukebox musical before? What’s your favourite jukebox musical? Is there an artist or band you wished had a jukebox musical? Let me know in the comments below.

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