Rank #1: Happy Hour #50: A Warble In The Woods - ‘Into The Woods’
Happy 50th Annibirthary to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour! In honour of this monumentous occasion, the gang have chosen to discuss one of musical theatre’s most beloved shows - ‘Into the Woods.’ The lads discuss what makes this some of Sondheim’s best writing, muse on low-budget Milky Whites and ponder what makes Sondheim shows just so bloody good. They also tease a brand new segment kicking off in honour of the 50th celebrations! Wish no more, it’s here!
Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Fancy some Musical Mash nostalgia? Check out Tommy’s first ever video - all about Into the Woods!
Fancy some (less nostalgic) asinhendrix nostalgia? Have a swatch at Jimi’s first YouTube video!
We’re best friends with her now, but he’s the source of our quiz question! Joanna Gleason trimming the tree with Susan Blackwell. Bliss.
If you’re a writer, reading ‘Into the Woods’ by John Yorke is a vital step in your development.
Are you obsessed with what happened After Ever After too? Let Jon Cozart spell it out for you!
If you’ve never seen the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Into the Woods, check it out now! In the meantime you can watch Hannah Waddingham’s stunning rendition of Children Will Listen here.
Is this the best Witch transformation ever? We’ll invite you to show us a better one!
If you want to see something cute as heck, check out Tommy in the biggest hat ever as Jack in Into the Woods!
No one can explain this one man rendition of Your Fault.
AN ALL-STAR QUIZ QUESTION
One of the co-collaborators on this musical has worked with a laundry list of famous musical theatre names: Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Jordan, Ramín Karimloo, Betsy Wolfe, Annaleigh Ashford, and Sierra Boggess…but not in the way you think. What show?
Sep 09 2017
Rank #2: Happy Hour #41: What’s Your Podcast, Heather? – ‘Heathers the Musical’
Well f*** them gently with a chainsaw, Jimi and Tommy are talking the cult classic ‘Heathers the Musical’ this week! The guys go in on the importance of honest high school musical theatre, the incredible ways this show is surviving beyond Off-Broadway and have a lovefest about fandoms. How very.
Heathers: The Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording)
Hey, we want you to feel okay! If it ever gets rough call The Lifeline on 800-273-TALK or if in the UK The Samaratins on 116 123.
Did you know the full version of Heathers is currently available for licensing in the US? Let this musical live on and get your local theatre group to do it today!
There’s no official recording of the Heathers 101: School Edition track ‘You’re Welcome’ yet but I’m sure a quick Google will sort you out. What do you think of it compared to ‘Blue?’
For some sweet Heathers fandom love, go check out some of these insane animatics over on YouTube - there’s a LOT!
Come and chat to us on Reddit! It’s a great place for us to extend the conversation from the podcast - there’s only so much we can talk about! So many of you wanted us to chat ‘Heathers’ so I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say!
A CONTEXTUAL QUIZ QUESTION
One of the most popular songs from this ‘musical’ has been parodied in every context. It will help you learn about the chemical elements, nations of the world and even college majors. What is the ‘musical?’
May 19 2017
Rank #3: Happy Hour #21: A Phantom Tantrum – ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
Grab your half-masks, put on your cape, and come on down to the opera house! This week we're (somewhat begrudgingly) chatting about A-L-dubb's smash hit The Phantom of the Opera. Buckle up – we're talking misplaced musical styles, plagiarized melodies, and creepy romances (both on and off stage.)
The Phantom of the Opera (Original London Cast)
Health and safety regulations being what they are, the chandelier crash can be painfully slow in some productions. Check out this compilation video!
What style and grace! Have a look at Sarah Brightman extolling the virtues of her phantom – ex-hubby Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is notorious for ripping off other people's melodies. Here's a small sampling.
A CINEMATIC QUIZ QUESTION
The film that this musical is based upon is the only best picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.
Oct 26 2016
Rank #4: Happy Hour #65: You Are The Podcast Queen - ‘Mamma Mia’
Crack open those spandex dungarees as we head over to the beautiful Greek islands and talk all about the super-smash hit ‘Mamma Mia!’ In a bid to drive Tommy over the edge, the boys are once more going head-to-head over the merits of this show. They talk all about what has made it such a phenomenon, Jimi explains away the mysteries of the Eurovision Song Contest and the guys finally open up about their opinions on jukebox musicals.
Mamma Mia (Original Cast Recording)
Do you say ABBA or ABBA? End the debate over on Twitter!
If you are yet to listen to ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ then get right on it now and find out exactly why Cher is The Duchess in the movie sequel.
‘Mamma Mia!’ was so important in the healing process post-9/11 and was one of the first shows to re-open. Here’s an article where Meryl Streep talks about her relationship with the show and how it helped her family cope with the tragedy.
If you were wondering how ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’could possibly shoehorn in ‘Waterloo’ into the main narrative then look no further! Featuring the IMMENSELY adorable Hugh Skinner (any W1A fans out there? Speak to Jimi.)
Here’s the article with the brilliantly sassy quote that talks about how an immensely fun and unapologetic experience ‘Mamma Mia!’ is. We’ve managed to go 65 episodes without talking about Jukebox Musicals properly. But the time is now, come on over to Reddit to weigh in on the endless musical theatre debate!
What do you make of Lisa Howard and Susan Blackwell’s exchange over ‘Escape to Margaritaville?’
JIMI’S BIG QUATEMENT MOMENT
Jimi fought tooth and nail to get a line in our next show, that he has mentioned on a couple of previous podcasts. The line is: “This’ll wake them up!”
Jul 20 2018
Rank #5: Happy Hour #56: We’re Still Podcasting - ‘The Last Five Years’
Get out the tissues to mop those eyes (or ball up and throw!) as the boys get deep with Jason Robert Brown’s classic ‘The Last Five Years.’ This week Jimi and Tommy weigh up who ‘wins’ in this show, if anyone, whether this piece is autobiographical or not - and whether autobiographical shows are appropriate, and debate the nature of creative jealousy, infidelity and Russell Crowe.
The Last Five Years (Original Broadway Cast)
We got quite deep this week and we imagine there will be some hefty discussion on this one. So, Jamie or Cathy? Or neither? Or both? What do you think? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!
The origins of this show were shaky to say the least. This Playbill article shines a light on how it all started.
Here’s a great interview with the man himself talking about the origins of the show and the musical theatre business in general.
Jimi gets down and dirty with his thoughts about critics constantly citing a lack of ‘hummable melodies’ and he wants to know your thoughts! Let him know over on Twitter!
AN AWARD WINNING QUIZ QUESTION
Every actor who opened as the leading role from our next musical has won the Tony Award for Best Acting - even when the role wasn’t in this musical. What is it?
May 02 2018
Rank #6: Happy Hour #55: Way Down Podcastown - ‘Hadestown’
All aboard the Hades express as we travel the Road to Hell to explore Anais Mitchell’s underground hit ‘Hadestown.’ Jimi finally gets a chance to bring out his inner Ancient Greek Geek and delve into the myth behind the musical, the boys weigh up the state of Broadway as it currently is and discuss the importance of new blood in an art form like musical theatre.
Hadestown: The Myth. The Musical. (Original Cast Recording) [Live]
Just a brief note: we recorded this podcast before the huge announcement that Hadestown is in fact coming to London in November. We can predict the future, who knew!
There aren’t many musicals that have come straight from a concept album, but this one certainly has! Get to know the history of Hadestown by checking out Anais Mitchell’s original album.
Want to swat up on your Greek mythology but can’t be bothered wading through textbooks, well pick up a copy of the book that started Jimi’s obsession a quarter of a century ago. It’s cute, there are pictures!
What are your thoughts about the idea that Broadway shows have to feel pressured to ‘think big’ Does it always work? Is it at detriment to the story? Is there a way to compete with the budgets of shows like Frozen? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!
There are some great little videos made around the release of the cast album where Anais and Rachel take you through the meaning behind each number. It really helps show that this musical is a force to be reckoned with!
Are there any cast recordings or shows that you think are made infinitely better due to their Original Cast and the others just don’t cut the mustard? Let us know over on Twitter!
Have a look at the trailer for Edmonton’s production (and soon to be the West End production!) of Hadestown and compare it to the stripped down version from the NYTW. What has your vote?
A LITIGATING QUIZ QUESTION
This is perhaps one of the only musicals with key lyrical changes driven by a post-divorce legal agreement. What is it?
Apr 26 2018
Rank #7: Happy Hour #4: An Awakened Affair - 'Spring Awakening'
It’s time to get ‘Totally F@&#ed’ as this week’s podcast is all about the beautifully raw ‘Spring Awakening’. We discuss the current revolutionary revival by Deaf West on Broadway, play spot the difference with the musical and the original play, fangirl about Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff and Tommy finally admits his mad crush on Frank Wedekind.
Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast)
The beautiful Sutton-Superfan, Jonathan Groff, sounds off to the equally beautiful Seth Rudetsky (give us a job, Seth!) about when he auditioned for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and performs the entire tap number from the opening!
He’s come a long way to get to his adonis status in Perfect Pitch. Here’s Skylar Astin sporting the famous Georg binocular locks.
This is purely just a podcast about the hot men associated with “Spring Awakening”. Here’s the man who started it all. You work that moustache, Mr. Wedekind!
Lea Michele looking adorable herein one of her first Broadway roles in Ragtime. Am I the only one who thinks she hasn’t changed a bit?
Oh, and speaking of Groffsauce, here he is chatting about totally blanking during “Left Behind.” It's the bomb.
Here’s the marvelous Deaf West performing the revival of “Spring Awakening” at the White House with an interesting interview from Duncan Sheik. You get a great glimpse of how they use the blend of hearing and deaf actors.
This is a great article from The Guardian which features opinions from five deaf New Yorkers and a hearing ASL interpreter. They give a great insight as to what the experience is like for a deaf audience member.
And of course, JIMI'S NEW VIDEO! GO WATCH IT! MY CAPS LOCK IS BROKEN NOW! SHOOT!
“WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT” QUIZ QUESTION
Jerry Herman infamously re-used this Hello, Dolly! melody* in a later musical. What is the subject of the song in which he re-uses the melody?
Dec 04 2015
Rank #8: Happy Hour #32: A Little Night Podcast - ‘A Little Night Music’
Come with us as we spend a weekend in the country listening relentlessly to Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music.’ We ponder why Sondheim wrote the show in the first place, try to work out why ‘Send in the Clowns’ is his most popular song of all time and make a plea for a renaissance of Broadway Cast Recordings.
A Little Night Music (Revival Broadway Cast Recording)
We couldn’t talk about Elaine Stritch’s Broadway finale without giving her some mad props. Here’s a marvellous glimpse of her in the show as Madame Armfeldt (with a smidge of Bernadette thrown in for good measure!)
Jimi owes a lot of his musical theatre knowledge to The Simpsons. This was his introduction to ‘A Little Night Music.’
If you haven’t seen ‘Hey! Mr Producer’ yet then fix that right now! If you have, let’s all reminisce over this beautiful moment with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim together (featuring the world’s most awkward handshake/hug!)
What do you think of all of the many millions of adaptations of ‘Send In The Clowns’, like Barbra Streisand’s here. Let us know what you think about musical theatre songs being popularised over on Reddit!
Let’s have one final nod to the glorious Elaine Stritch, you may not be ‘still here’ with us in person, but your musical certainly will be forevermore!
A WELSH QUIZ QUESTION
Catherine Zeta-Jones made her Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of ‘A Little Night Music,’ BUT this was far from her theatrical stage debut. In fact, she got her big break in a West End production of our next musical. What is it?
Mar 09 2017
Rank #9: Happy Hour #13: A Cavalcade of Cats - 'Cats'
*Cough!* *Hack!* *Eeech!* Hairball got you down? We've got the perfect solution: Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-hit musical Cats. It's team Jimi (aka Cats Trash) vs team Tommy (aka the rest of the world). Are we talking about high concept art? Or the lowest common denominator. The gloves are off in this cat-astrophe of an episode.
Cats (Original Cast Recording)
Do you share Jimi's crush on Tony Vincent as Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar? You will soon…
Reminisce with this Independent article published the morning after Cats's record-breaking 6,138th performance."
Wanna see an old-man theatre cat get scared out of his wits by the creepiest cat you've ever seen? Of COURSE you do…
Tune in to Broadway.com's backstage coverage of the Cats revival with the oh-so-handsome Tyler Hanes.
Want too much information about Cats (but nothing about it's critical reception)? Check out the Wikipedia page. Really – check it – it's a work of art.
Get your Elaine Page fix over at her BBC Radio 2 page. Do you think she's "The First Lady of Musical Theatre?"
Get a load of Ruthie Henshall (and Bernadette Peters and Julia McKenzie) doing "You Gotta Get a Gimmick."
A MISTRANSLATED QUIZ QUESTION…
What musical's title song's first lyric goes like this, when poorly translated: "Condone violence in the cloud from any location monitoring.
Aug 02 2016
Rank #10: Happy Hour #47: Step, Kick, Kick, Leap, Kick, Touch - Podcast! - ‘A Chorus Line’
Get ready to do the whole combination away from the mirror and unpack your headshot, as we’re heading straight onto Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line!” As one of the longest running musicals of all time, there’s lots to unpack this week! Jimi and Tommy discuss how this show created the first musical theatre workshop, why the lyricist hated the show’s biggest song and muse over whether you can alter something so iconic. A-5-6-7-8!
A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Recording)
Before you do anything, listen to the cast recording and watch the amazing documentary: “Every Little Step,” especially if you’re an aspiring director! Listen to Jimi’s plea and watch this to see how casting’s done properly!
If you want to find out more about the creation of the show and those early recording sessions, look no further than this fantastic book: “On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line”
If you’re interested in the ins and outs of how royalties work with workshop casts then check out this article which details what went down with “Hamilton” last year.
What do you think about revamping iconic musical choreography? Have a look at the MUNY production and see what you think about Denis Jones’ attempts.
Have you been in “A Chorus Line?” Did your choreographer give the show a revamp? Let us know! Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!
If you’re interested in how the lyrics were developed for “A Chorus Line” listen to this NPR interview all about him.
What’s your dance routine mental cheat sheet? Come and tell us on Twitter!
Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL QUIZ QUESTION
In 1985, this musical – conceived and created by a big-league lyricist and librettist and that proved to be a British hit – tried out in a US High School instead of heading straight for Broadway?
Aug 18 2017
Rank #11: Happy Hour #3: A Fiddler Foray - 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Come join us in our auditory shtetl as we discuss the trials and tribulations of Tevye and his family and their classic and much beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. About to enjoy another promising revival on Broadway, we thought it was high time we talked about the musical that puts the “rad” in “tradition”! Witness Jimi having an existential crisis, bask in our vain attempts at trying to pronounce Eastern European names and find out who the true protagonist of this fan favourite is. L’chaim!
Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Cast)
Check out the cast of the brand spanking new revival of Fiddler on Broadway and hear about how the show has influenced them throughout their lives.
Read a bit more about the “Tevye the Dairyman” stories that started it all - and find out the fates of the forgotten daughters Shprintze and Bielke!
Check out the sickest slickness of Jerome Robbins’ original choreography at the 2011 Tonys and then compare it to the 2015 revival’s choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s carnal contemporary work. Jimi will be obsessing over Broadway choreography on Reddit. If you’re in any way interested, go chat to him!
Who ever thought that you would ever see Fiddler with puppets? Well now you can on Avenue Jew!
IT EXISTS! Discover the answer to that question we know you’ve been asking all your life: Which Fiddler on the Roof daughter are you? For the record, Jimi was Hodel.
Gender roles onstage aside, Sean Patrick Doyle KILLS it as Fruma Sarah. Props to the man underneath the dress for some fantastic footwork.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for; I present to you, Emo Jimi. I mean, who wouldn’t cast him as the foreman of a Pajama Factory?! (For comparison, here's Tommy dressed as the foreman of a Pajama Factory.)
Lin-Manuel kills it yet again with the Fiddler-inspired flashmob he created for his wife on their wedding. Concrete proof that anyone can find something relatable in this musical!
“WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT” QUIZ QUESTION:
A supreme court justice described the source material for this musical as “prurient.” What musical?
Nov 19 2015
Rank #12: Happy Hour #23: A Gypsy Get-Together – ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’
Here it is boys! Here it is WORLD! Here's our Gypsy podcast! We talk about the genius of this almost sixty year old musical, Arthur Laurents changing his mind (shocker!) and spend WAY too much time talking about each of the formidable actresses who have played Mama Rose. Oh, and we're in New York right now, too. Did we mention that?
Gypsy (2015 London Cast)
Check out Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir – where this whole show began.
Or, for something less risqué, maybe check out Arthur Laurents's Mainly on Directing.
You've GOT to check out Jo Melziner's book of set design renderings.
Tommy's in NYC right now so can't scan in the Gypsy rendering, but if somebody reminds him in like a week, he can put it here…
Live, from Sardi's, it's Ethel Merman! (Complete with microphone.)
Ugh. Isn't she fabulous? Check out the humble (ambiguously British) Angela Lansbury as Mama Rose at the Tony Awards.
Wanna see a weird production of Into the Woods? What if we told you Imelda was in it? Yah. There you go.
This is just a sampling of the fabulous Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, but you should ABSOLUTELY watch it.
NOT A QUIZ QUESTION, JUST A QUESTION-QUESTION…
What would you like us to do in New York?
Nov 10 2016
Rank #13: Happy Hour #58: SQUIP - Super Quantum Unit Intel Podcast - ‘Be More Chill’
C-c-c-c’mon, c-c-c-c’mon, go, go! Get that Mountain Dew ready because it’s time to take your pill as we talk about the online musical sensation that has found its way out of its Tumblr existence and unprecedentedly burst into the mainstream - it’s Joe Iconis’ ‘Be More Chill!’ Join the guys as they work out exactly how this musical came to be the smash among the iGen, Jimi sends out a plea to 21st century audiences and Tommy makes a startling revelation about exactly how he feels about this show.
Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording)
For all you listeners under the age of 60 and living outside of the UK, here’s what Jimi meant by ‘Watch With Mother.’ It gave us ‘Muffin the Mule’ and ‘Andy Pandy.’ We’re eternally grateful.
Where my emos at? Do you agree with Jimi that there’s a certain Fall Out Boy flair to some of Iconis’ music? Just listen to ‘Pitiful Children!’ Also, all pictures of bad late noughties haircuts are welcome.
Would you want to listen to a podcast where Jimi reacts to Tommy reacting to Smash? Come and cast your vote over on Twitter!
How do you think this show deals with themes of teen anxiety compares to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’/’Mean Girls’/’Thirteen Reasons Why?’ Join the conversation over on Reddit!
The original novel that this musical is based on is pretty darn different in terms of plot. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read! Get it here!
Here’s a vlog from the team behind the Exit32 production of ‘Be More Chill.’ It doesn’t take much delving into the YouTube comments before you realise how fanatic these fans are!
There’s a pretty neat interview with Joe Iconis and George Salazar, who plays Michael, as they check out the cast album!
A DREAMY QUIZ QUESTION
What show stars “actors” named Effie, Deena, and Lorrell but has nothing to do with Dreamgirls?
May 17 2018
Rank #14: Happy Hour #25: Some Matilda Malarkey – ‘Matilda: The Musical’
Grab your library books and keep an eye on that newt! This week we're chatting up the nuvo-West End show “Matilda: The Musical.” We discuss stellar child actors, British and US dialectical differences, the fabulous Bertie Carvel and the marvels of childhood.
Matilda: The Musical (Original London Cast Recording)
Have a look at this interview with the marvelous Tim Minchin where he talks about how he got involved with the RSC and Matilda.
The set design for this show is JUST fab. Here's an interview with set and costume designer Rob Howell and lighting designer Hugh Vanstone about their letters-and-blocks inspired design.
2013 was the year of the children choruses at the Tony Awards. Don't believe us? Check out NPH's exhausting opening number.
Have a look at the stunning Bertie Carvel in the recording studio. Fabulous both in and out of costume.
Tim Minchin sings songs. They're funny. Really funny.
He's also working on a new musical – an adaptation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. It'll be a while before you can listen to the whole thing, but you can check out one of the songs right now!
Dec 09 2016
Rank #15: Happy Hour #11 (Part 1): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812
Come with us to 19th century Russia where we attend the stunning musicopera, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” based on a chapter of Tolsty’s epic ‘War and Peace’. Seeing as it’s regarded as one of the longest novels, we thought we’d make this one of the longest podcasts - so here’s part 1! We muse about how Comet will leave its mark on the future of musical theatre, whether it’s Mosc-OH or Mosc-OW, and generally bask in the brilliance of Mr Dave Malloy!
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Original Cast)
Shout out to superfan, Brad, who supplied us with an amazing relic from the American Rep production of the show – an actual, honest to goodness programme!
Come join us on our obsession with Dave Malloy - check out his blog for some magic musings from the maestro himself!
Get a glimpse of the stunning production values and interviews from the creative team.
Is it Mosc-OH or Mosc-OW? Linguists of the Happy Hour, let us know!
Bored of reading the Hamilton genius pages for the millionth time? We’ve got you covered.
Join us for a shot of your finest Russian standard and tasty pierogi and stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!
Jun 24 2016
Rank #16: Happy Hour #73: Just Another Podcast - ‘Next to Normal’
Happy Hour #73: Just Another Podcast - ‘Next to Normal’
We are very excited that this time around we are talking all about the exquisite, original rock musical ‘Next to Normal.’ Considered a masterpiece of its time, the show even won the prestigious Pulitzer for drama in 2010. Come and join Jimi and Tommy as they work out why it’s just so good in its lyrics, music and book, discuss why the show hasn’t had its West End premiere yet and the potential ways to explore the show in the future.
Next to Normal (Original Broadway Cast)
Instantly iconic, Alice Ripley’s Tony Award acceptance speech for Next to Normal is one not to be missed!
If you want a bit of flavour of The Real Fierce Alice Ripley, check out her Obsessed! video with Seth Rudetsky.
If you can bear it, see if you can get through the trainwreck that was the 2009 Tony Awards opening to see Aaron Tveit mashup with Stockard Channing...for some reason.
Fun question alert - this show has always been hugely requested, so what’s your Next to Normal experience? Let us know on Reddit!
Did you get to see the recent Canadian production of Next to Normal? If not, check out the trailer to see what you missed!
Technically not a bootleg, we’d never promote that, but here’s the out-of-place bop ‘Feeling Electric’ for your listening pleasure!
Carrie Fisher is exquisite and that’s all that needs to be said. So are the Goodmans.
Potentially one of the best explorations of mental health for adults and children alike, Inside Out is one not to be missed.
A Really Straightforward Quiz Question
Despite popular assumptions to the contrary, this musical is NOT the first musicalized mash-up of this author’s work. A previously created TV special stars, among other people, Kathy Najimy, Christopher Lloyd, Robin Williams and an entire gospel choir. What musical is the SECOND musicalized mash-up of this author’s work?
Sep 21 2019
Rank #17: Happy Hour #62: Paciencia y Podcast - 'In the Heights'
No pares, sigue sigue and take a train to the top of the world to join the wonderful residents of Washington Heights in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway venture, ‘In the Heights.’ As a nice break from the heat outside, join the boys as they chat up a storm about some of the difficulties of directing this show, how important ‘Heights’ is in the canon of American musical theatre and explore the true meaning of the word superfluity. Wepa!
In the Heights (Original Broadway Cast)
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Jimi apologises for talking about his production of ‘In the Heights’ so much but hey, if you’re interested, check out the trailer for it!
Lin-Manuel has done his usual malarkey and uploaded some of his tracks from the cutting room floor onto his Soundcloud including a cut song for Camila!
There is a fantastic documentary from PBS Great Performancesabout ‘In the Heights’ that you really need to check out and has supplied Jimi with one of his favourite quotes - ‘Dreams come true, bitches!’
Is this video a glimpse into the future once the amateur rights for ‘Hamilton’ drop? Probably. As sad as that is…
Get on over to Reddit and tell us what you think about the whole race conflama, cause we certainly don’t have an answer! Is as diverse as possible okay for a show like Heights? Or is it just the exact same as casting a show like 'Scottsboro Boys?' Let us know!
Are you following us on Twitter yet? If not, get with the programme! Come and tweet us your experiences with ‘Heights.’
Also this is one of Jimi’s first exposures to ‘In the Heights.’ It explains a lot.
A WET QUIZ STATEMENT
To our knowledge this show is one of the only broadway musicals to include a full-stage splash guard for audience protection.
Jun 27 2018
Rank #18: Happy Hour #17: A Newsboy Nugget - ‘Newsies: The Musical’
Are you ready to seize the day and carry that banner? Well now is the time! Newsboy wannabes Jimi and Tommy talk all about Menken, Feldman and Fierstein’s high-flying smash Newsies! Expect discussion about the historical context of the show, as well as highlighting the stronghold of The Mouse and some severe adoration of Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
Newsies: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Before you do anything, bask in the brilliance of past Broadway Prom “Queens” and Newsies Ryan Steele, Garett Hawe and Tommy Bracco and fall into the Newsies YouTube Hole. For the record, at least 30,000 of these views are from Jimi.
And while you’re in the camp mindset, check out Jimi’s favourite film - ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.’
What do you think? Is Christian Bale acting glaikit on purpose?
Watch and decide! Tinfoil hats at the ready! Have a look at Tommy’s Disney conspiracy theory and find out a bit more about the Disney machine!
We hope you’ve got the popcorn out, cause we’ve got even more footage for you! One of the alltime greatest Tony Awards performances in our opinion.
Check out the heroine that is Aida Overton Walker who was the inspiration for changing the ethnicity of Hedda Larkin in the stage version. It would’ve been nice to have seen a bit of this historical context in the show! What do you think?
Why do you think Newsies hasn’t made it’s way across to the West End yet? Let us know over on Reddit!
These newsboys are multi-talented! Have a look at Crutchie’s own digital series, ‘Submissions Only’ for a some broadway-shaped tomfoolery!
Look what else he can do - have a lot of fun in the summertime!
A BLUNDER OF A QUIZ QUESTION
When a recent revival of this musical performed at the Tony Awards, the performer’s microphone failed almost immediately during the telecast. You can overhear a tech guy say “Am I going with it? I’m goin’, I’m goin’, I’m goin’!” Before he runs onstage with a handheld microphone. What musical was this?
Sep 28 2016
Rank #19: Happy Hour #71: Supercalifragilisticexpialipodcast - ‘Mary Poppins’
The wind is firmly blowing in from the east which spells the arrival of the world’s favourite nanny, ‘Mary Poppins.’ An absolute classic, this show has had a fascinating journey from page to stage. As we team up with the Banks family from Cherry Tree Lane we discuss how Mary Poppins became a cultural phenomenon, work out why the show had to change during its run and work out if the new additions to the musical cut the mustard. Spit-spot!
Mary Poppins (Original London Cast)
If you’ve somehow managed to miss the original movie, you MUST correct that immediately.
The opening ceremony to the UK Olympics as some kind of fever dream but nothing more feverish than Mary Poppins squaring up to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself!
Jo from Supernanny is probably the closest thing we have to a real-life Mary Poppins.
If you’re a Mary Poppins fan then I don’t doubt you’ll have seen the beautiful ‘Saving Mr Banks’ movie but if you haven’t yet - get on it!
Here’s a nice interview from Stiles and Drewe that gives you some insight into their writing process for adapting Mary Poppins for the stage.
We didn’t even talk about it in the podcast but it’s safe to say the original Matthew Bourne choreography for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is out of this world!
Stiles and Drewe have had a varied back catalogue of musicals, but there are some real hidden gems there! Check out their website to see some of their work.
Today we establish that Tommy is Jonathan Creek. Any mysterious crimes you need solved? He’s your man.
If you’re around the West End this fall then pop those umbrellas and float on down to the Prince Edward. Jimi will see you there!
Charlie Stemp is an exciting man on the musical theatre sphere. Here’s a fun interview with upcoming West End Poppins, Zizi Strallen (equally iconic!)
Are you ready for the Jim and Tomic Musical coming this season?
A LONG RUNNING QUIZ QUESTION
What show is the world’s longest running musical?
Aug 07 2019
Rank #20: Happy Hour BONUS: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards
The boys are back to discuss all of the nominated musicals for this year’s Tony Awards! If you want the low-down on what’s hot and what’s not in the musicals category then this is the podcast for you. Including discussions of artistry in musical theatre, the importance of impersonation in jukebox musicals and a pondering as to why viral sensation ‘Be More Chill’ only garnered one nomination. Good luck to all the nominees!
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Jun 06 2019