Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 6 – Opening Numbers

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Episode 6 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about the opening numbers in musicals. I talk about overtures, prologues, preludes, and other opening numbers in musicals.

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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 – Spotify 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 on here as well. 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 to 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.

Cabaret (1998 New Broadway Cast)

A Chorus Line (2006 New Broadway Cast)

Fela! (2010 Original Broadway Cast)

Hairspray (2002 Original Broadway Cast)

Hamilton (2015 Original Broadway Cast)

Into the Woods (1988 Original Broadway Cast)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Original Studio Cast)

The Last Five Years (2005 Original Off-Broadway Cast)

Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 (2017 Original Broadway Cast)

Next to Normal (2009 Original Broadway Cast)

The Phantom of the Opera (1987 Original London Cast)

Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast – Highlights). Spotify doesn’t have the full Original Broadway Cast recording of this show, which is the only one I’ll listen to, and the “Tune Ups” were cut from the film adaptation.

Spamalot (2005 Original Broadway Cast)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast)

Resources – Videos

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008 Filmed Stage Movie). Since this is a filmed stage version it has the original Tune-Up #1 song.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973 movie)

Hairspray (2007 Movie)

Into the Woods (1991 Filmed Stage Movie)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie). This is the movie version that cuts out the original Prologue opening song from the musical, but the story still makes sense.

Resources – Websites and Apps

Hamilton Musical. This is the official website where to get tickets for all current/upcoming productions of Hamilton.

The Phantom of the Opera. This is the official website where to get tickets for all current/upcoming productions of The Phantom of the Opera.

Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical theatre 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 musical, 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 a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

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

What do you think about Opening Numbers? What’s your favourite opening number from a musical?