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MusicalTalk - The UK's Independent Musical Theatre Podcast

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We are a weekly podcast devoted tobringing you news, views, reviews, interviews and much more content devoted to musical theatre andfilm. We discuss composers, writers, actors, theatres and shows and encourage listeners to join in.Visit our site at musicaltalk.co.uk

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We are a weekly podcast devoted tobringing you news, views, reviews, interviews and much more content devoted to musical theatre andfilm. We discuss composers, writers, actors, theatres and shows and encourage listeners to join in.Visit our site at musicaltalk.co.uk

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25 Ratings
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Where is everybody?

By mrice99 - May 20 2011
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This is a quality show. Give them some iJuice.

MUSICALTALK is Suhweet!

By SeasonPass_Doug - Feb 11 2009
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Great show, wonderful interviews, brilliant presenters. Nick Hutson is a Sexy Beast!

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
4
1
2
2

Where is everybody?

By mrice99 - May 20 2011
Read more
This is a quality show. Give them some iJuice.

MUSICALTALK is Suhweet!

By SeasonPass_Doug - Feb 11 2009
Read more
Great show, wonderful interviews, brilliant presenters. Nick Hutson is a Sexy Beast!

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Cover image of MusicalTalk - The UK's Independent Musical Theatre Podcast

MusicalTalk - The UK's Independent Musical Theatre Podcast

Updated 3 days ago

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We are a weekly podcast devoted tobringing you news, views, reviews, interviews and much more content devoted to musical theatre andfilm. We discuss composers, writers, actors, theatres and shows and encourage listeners to join in.Visit our site at musicaltalk.co.uk

0621: Bully for You

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As Mike Shapiro’s hugely entertaining new musical, The Bully Problem, premieres at the prestigious Hollywood Fringe in June, Thos chats with Mike about the genesis and development of this witty new show; you’ll hear about everything from robots, fundraising, hairline fractures, Swedish professors and that titan of modern musical Theatre, Stephen Schwartz – and course four amazing songs from the show itself! 

Jun 04 2019

1hr 32mins

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0581: Little Shop of Horrors at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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As avid fans of Little Shop of Horrors, it was a pleasure to be able to interview the three mysterious chorus girls (played beautifully by Reneé Lamb, Christina Modestou and Seyi Omooba) and hear their thoughts on playing the roles in this amazingly unique setting amongst the trees and plants of the open air theatre in Regent's Park! Nick then discusses the show with Andrew and it didn't disappoint!  What happens when a musical famous for puppetry does away with for a majority of it? Find out! Remember - don't feed your plants! Andrew also touches briefly on seeing the Muppets' stage show at the O2... but it's all linked!

Aug 28 2018

46mins

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0636: I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

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Thos sits down with the talented and generous songwriter, Alexander S. Bermange, to discuss his stunning and brilliant show, I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical – a sharply observed and hilarious revue of songs about the glamour (and lack of it) in the lives of those in musical theatre. It’s a show that almost feels written specifically for fans of MusicalTalk!  Hear songs from the show and some of the true stories behind their writing in his insightful conversation with one of Britain’s wittiest composers.

Sep 17 2019

1hr 9mins

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0461: The Play Pictorial and Musical Theatre Magazines

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Ever wondered what the avid musical theatre fan did a hundred years ago?  Join Thos and Tim as they look into the world before MusicalTalk to a time when the musical theatre magazine was king and, in particular, The Play Pictorial ruled the roost for insights into the latest musicals.  Learn how shows like No No Nanette, Funny Face, Words and Music and 1909's Nellie Neil were covered - and how theatre merchandising is anything but new!

Nov 25 2015

52mins

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0191: Little Women in the West End (Part Two)

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We continue our discussions with all involved with Little Women - including Shona Lindsay, Laura Brydon, Mark Hedges and Tamara Harvey.

Jun 16 2010

59mins

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0259: Idina Menzel Interview

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Nick Hutson sits down with Broadway legend Idina Menzel to discuss her career, her singing camp and Glee!

Oct 05 2011

17mins

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0457: The Quentin Dentin Show

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Join Thos as he talks to Henry Carpenter, the man behind – and in front of – the Quentin Dentin Show, an intriguing musical from at this year’s Fringe that falls into the category of “weird and wonderful”.  With a number of catchy songs, and an insightful conversation into the influences that inspired the eponymous character and his world(s), enjoy this analysis of a satirical, layered and ultimately excellent show that’s like no other.

Oct 13 2015

1hr 8mins

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0597: 2018 in Review - A Big Leap Forward

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2018 saw lots of musicals open in London that explored very modern themes - so, in no order, join Antonia and Nick as they discuss Chess, Hamilton, Bring it On, Chicago, The Band, Bat out of Hell, Strictly Ballroom, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, The King and I, Tina Turner, Fanatical, Little Shop of Horrors, Heathers, The Grinning Man, Caroline or Change, Spamilton, Company, Seussical, Nativity, Fun Home, Fiddler on the Roof and many more! Whilst touching gently upon Mary Poppins 2, Mamma Mia 2 and Randy Rainbow in just to cheer us all up!   And will Tonia ever see The Greatest Showman….?? This episode contains strong language. 

Dec 18 2018

56mins

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0604: Everybody's Moaning about Les Mis

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Nick and Rachael talk about the reaction that the news that Les Miserables is to change forever has caused amongst theatre fans and why they think it's not a bad thing... 

They then talk about why Everybody's Talking abut Jamie didn't live up to the hype for them and then end the discussion talking about the UK Tour of West End singer - Ramin Karimloo. 

Feb 05 2019

49mins

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0268: The 2011 UK Tour Review

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As 2011 draws to an end, Nick and Lisa discuss the shows that have made their merry way around the UK including Grease, Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Jekyll and Hyde and many more.

Dec 13 2011

51mins

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0255: Edinburgh Fringe Festivities (Part Five)

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The dust has settled, the streets are quieter and all the bunting has all gone – but the 2011 Fringe still leaves a warm glow for all of those who were there. Join Thos and David as they give us the final wrap up and chat about some more of those enigmatic musicals that were on offer – and hear songs from our Pick of the Fringe!

Sep 13 2011

1hr 56mins

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0596: Our Love Never Dies for Phantom of the Opera

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Nick recently shocked Tonia with news that he would be re-visiting Phantom of the Opera for the first time in over 15 years.  Listen to hear his thoughts, how it compares to Love Never Dies and what Tonia has to say about the minor flaws with the operatic accuracy the show has. 

Dec 11 2018

34mins

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0644: Barely Thirteen

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Join Thos, Mike and Ellen for a look at student favourite, Bare – the Musical, a modern high school take on Romeo and Juliet, before Thos surveys Jason Robert Brown’s Thirteen, one of the many musicals charting the life changing transformations experienced by thirteen year olds.

Nov 12 2019

58mins

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0240: WS Gilbert’s Ages Ago – The Complete Recording

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MusicalTalk marks the centenary of the death of the father of the modern musical, WS Gilbert, with this exciting, exclusive episode – the complete audio recording of WS Gilbert's Ages Ago, his first musical hit. Featuring a fabulous score by Frederick Clay, Arthur Sullivan’s best friend, this highly amusing, tuneful, sophisticated production is yours to download for the first time ever! Hoorah!

May 31 2011

1hr 24mins

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0252: Edinburgh Fringe Festivities (Part Two)

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Join MusicalTalk at the Edinburgh Fringe and hear all about some amazing, varied and, frankly excellent, musicals – not to mention some others!  From pantomime dames to directors, from composers to singers, from MDs to improvisers, MusicalTalk has them all!

Aug 24 2011

2hr 23mins

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0631: Ed Fringe – The Musical

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The world’s largest arts festival is back as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hits town again – and to get you in the mood (and to help you explore some of the experience of being there yourself), Thos talks to the very talented Patrick Stockbridge, whose acutely observed revue, Ed Fringe the Musical, was one of the hits of last year.  It’s the next best thing to being there! 

Aug 06 2019

56mins

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0246: When Harry Met Barry

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MusicalTalk talks to Paul Emelion Daly, about his romantic musical comedy When Harry Met Barry, and delves into revivals, revisions and revisitations...and Rome!

Jul 13 2011

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0190: Little Women in the West End (Part One)

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In this special preview of a new musical of Little Women that's currently in development, we welcome back David Ball to discuss the project, and hear from Zizi Strallen and Gina Beck to discuss this new musical.

Jun 08 2010

37mins

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0235: Royal Wedding

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To mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, MusicalTalk explores the huge number of musicals about royal weddings where a prince marries a commoner, from the Mikado to the erotic musical comedy version of Cinderella! This episode contains some strong language.

Apr 27 2011

1hr 12mins

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0605: Propping Up the Barnum

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Episode 605: Propping Up the Barnum.

What a year it’s been for PT Barnum!  With a blockbuster musical film about his life, The Greatest Showman, and a London revival of the original 1980 Cy Coleman musical show, Barnum, his enviable show business legend lives on. But did the London production walk the tightrope between success and failure?  Join Thos and Colm to find out more and see if they give it a (Tom) thumbs up or (Tom) thumb their nose!

Feb 12 2019

49mins

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0648: Robot Teammate and Pockets

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Mike sits down with Chris Bramante, Molly Dworsky, Branson NeJame, Kat Primeau, and Dave Reynolds — a.k.a. Robot Teammate — to discuss the Off-Broadway run of their Hollywood Fringe hit musical Pockets.

Dec 10 2019

50mins

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David's Audio Blog (Part Two): "Aladdin" at the Blackburn Empire Theatre

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David Herzog and the rest of the cast and crew begin rehearsals for the traditional pantomime and chat backstage about characters and preparing for opening night.

Dec 05 2019

20mins

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0647: The Boy in the Dress

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Join Nick and Robert as they travel to the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon to see The Boy in the Dress - their first big new musical since Matilda opened there 10 years ago.  How does it compare?  

Dec 04 2019

29mins

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0646: Mary Poppins, Aladdin & Juliet.

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In this three parter episode - Nick talks to Andrew Keating about &Juliet, David Herzog gives us the first instalment of his panto blog from Aladdin and Nick talks to Jonathan Cohen about Mary Poppins! 

Nov 26 2019

48mins

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0645: Enigma

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Join Thos as he talks to Hedda Rustad Carlsen, composer and lyricist of Enigma, a new musical which tells the unrecognised story of female code breakers in America during the Second World War.  With songs and music from the score, you’ll learn about an amazing band of unfairly forgotten women who played a significant role in one of the world’s biggest conflicts – and who had to live with the consequences.

Nov 19 2019

53mins

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0644: Barely Thirteen

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Join Thos, Mike and Ellen for a look at student favourite, Bare – the Musical, a modern high school take on Romeo and Juliet, before Thos surveys Jason Robert Brown’s Thirteen, one of the many musicals charting the life changing transformations experienced by thirteen year olds.

Nov 12 2019

58mins

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0643: Paradise Lodge

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Join Thos as he speaks to the people behind Paradise Lodge, the musical comedy based on writer Steve Cooper's experience of caring for his mother-in-law as she lived with dementia.  You’ll hear about accessibility in the theatre and in the community and how to take a sad subject and make it a relatable and compassionate show that creates an immediate connection with everyone.  Comes with added ukeleles!

Nov 05 2019

50mins

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0642: BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

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Episode 642: BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen:  It’s an early Christmas present for all fans of the musical! As the BFI’s extended celebration of musical films begins across the United Kingdom, Thos chats to Robin Baker, the Head Curator of the BFI National Archive and programmer of the BFI Musicals Season in a wide ranging conversation full of insight and anecdotes about some of the greatest musical films ever filmed in technicolor whilst shining a light on some of the stranger and more obscure!  It’s time to put on your undulating undies with the marabou frills!

Oct 26 2019

52mins

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0641: Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area

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With a run of this popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe show about to open in Cambridge, Thos sits down with Laurence T-Stannard to discuss his score for this supermarket based musical comedy. And we learn about Cole Porter’s thoughts on song writing, and hear about the Frank Loesser rarity, Where’s Charley?

Oct 22 2019

45mins

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0640: Jon Robyns and West End Misfits

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Nick talks to Jon Robyns about his new album - Musical Direction - as well as providing a song from the album for us all to enjoy and then we hear from Nicholas Chiappetta and Suzie Aries about a wonderful concert called West End Misfits playing at the Other Palace on the 21st October.  

Oct 15 2019

50mins

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0639: Mamma Mia - The BIG Immersive Party

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Thos and Nick talk about Big, that's now playing at the Dominion Theatre, the history of Mamma Mia and also about the new immersive Mamma Mia party that's playing in London and how it all links to theme parks.  

Oct 08 2019

50mins

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0638: From SIX to Post Modern Jukebox

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This week Nick and Thos discuss taking an old fashioned story and telling it in a modern way as they look into SIX and then discuss how Post Modern Jukebox take modern songs and do them in old fashioned way... and how that enhances the stories behind the songs.  

Oct 01 2019

32mins

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0637:  Jekyll Versus Hyde

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Thos joins the hugely talented Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman to discuss their latest gothic horror comedy musical, the award winning Jekyll Versus Hyde, one of the great hits from 2019’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  With songs and anecdotes, this episode showcases the show that puts the jewel into duality!  It’s transformative!

Sep 24 2019

47mins

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0636: I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

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Thos sits down with the talented and generous songwriter, Alexander S. Bermange, to discuss his stunning and brilliant show, I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical – a sharply observed and hilarious revue of songs about the glamour (and lack of it) in the lives of those in musical theatre. It’s a show that almost feels written specifically for fans of MusicalTalk!  Hear songs from the show and some of the true stories behind their writing in his insightful conversation with one of Britain’s wittiest composers.

Sep 17 2019

1hr 9mins

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0635: Ed Fringe Round-Up 2019: Josephine Baker and Other Movers and Shakers

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Josephine Baker and Other Movers and Shakers:  Join Thos and Colm as they look at some more of the great shows from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe including Legally Blonde, Vulvarine, the Perfect Opera, Josephine – the Josephine Baker Story, Limbo: The Twelve, and MusicalTalk’s Pick of the Fringe – You and I.  OMG, You Guys

Sep 03 2019

1hr 10mins

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0634: Ed Fringe Round-Up 2019: Sweet Charity and Friends (and fiends)

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 2019 might be over but its memories live on.  Join Thos and Mike as they discuss four of the great shows you could have seen in Scotland this August – Sweet Charity, Shreds – A Jack The Ripper Musical, How To Use A Washing Machine and Space Junk – A Soviet Musical.  Hey Big Spender, spend a little time with us!

Aug 27 2019

1hr 14mins

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0633: From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood

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Join Thos as he catches up with Rebecca Perry and David Kingsmill to discuss the wonderful five star show, From Judy to Bette: the Stars of Old Hollywood, which pays tribute to Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Betty Hutton and Lucille Ball with songs aplenty!  Learn about the debt owed to such great songwriters as Irving Belin, Frank Loesser and Cole Porter and how these four fabulous women made Hollywood a better place, as well as what makes Rebecca herself a powerhouse performer.

Aug 21 2019

50mins

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0632: What To See At The Edinburgh Fringe 2019

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With the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in full swing, Thos guides you through a selection of songs and interviews with the people behind some of the best musical theatre shows and revues that you can still catch!. It's the best of the Fest!

Aug 14 2019

1hr 46mins

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0631: Ed Fringe – The Musical

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The world’s largest arts festival is back as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hits town again – and to get you in the mood (and to help you explore some of the experience of being there yourself), Thos talks to the very talented Patrick Stockbridge, whose acutely observed revue, Ed Fringe the Musical, was one of the hits of last year.  It’s the next best thing to being there! 

Aug 06 2019

56mins

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0630: Good Queen Bess and Mess

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With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe just about to start, Thos sits down with the man behind one of this year’s shows, David William Hughes, whose witty and splendid production, Elizabethan, is back in Edinburgh. Hear them explore how much and how  little popular music has changed over 400 years – touching on everything from lutes to Barbie Girl. And then Thos talks to the two talented people behind last year’s wonderful show, Mess, the musical which investigated the nature of a non-romantic friendship between a man and a woman.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 29mins

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