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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

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165 Ratings
Average Ratings
153
6
3
1
2

Favorite

By fortunesdearestspite - Jun 14 2019
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This is my favorite podcast to listen to.

Thank You

By 🌫🌫🧣🦖🦕 - Jun 08 2019
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This podcast is my happy place.
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Jim and Tomic's Musical Theatre Happy Hour

Updated 12 days ago

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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

Rank #1: Happy Hour #71: Supercalifragilisticexpialipodcast - ‘Mary Poppins’

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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)

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Mary Poppins inspired our inner children to open the show today reminiscing on Rocko’s Modern Life and Wacky Races. What would be on your vintage reboot list?

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!

Mary Poppins has been parodied across all forms of media. Meet a few of our favourites: Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs Featherbottom and Shary Bobbins. Do you have a favourite?

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.

So it’s Temper, Temper versus Playing the Game. Who wins in your opinion?

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
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #2: Happy Hour #41: What’s Your Podcast, Heather? – ‘Heathers the Musical’

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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)
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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
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #3: Happy Hour #50: A Warble In The Woods - ‘Into The Woods’

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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)
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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, r
eading ‘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 want to know Tommy’s opinions on which Witch is which, have a look at
his Miscast Witches video! If you want to know Jimi’s opinions, tweet him!

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
2 hours 13 mins
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Rank #4: Happy Hour #21: A Phantom Tantrum – ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

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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)
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Health and safety regulations being what they are, the chandelier crash can be painfully slow in some productions. Check out this compilation video!

Check out Maury Yeston talking about his (probably superior) musical “Phantom.”

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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #5: Happy Hour #1: A Hamilton Hello - 'Hamilton'

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We launch straight in with a Lin-Manuel Miranda-shaped love-fest to discuss the musical that is taking this Broadway season by storm and discuss the characters, lyrical genius and influences of the smash-hit sensation 'Hamilton'.

Hamilton (Origincal Broadway Cast)
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Jimi: YouTube / Twitter

Tommy: YouTube / Twitter

Check out the some of the certified-grant-winning 'genius' behind the lyrics

Go follow Mr Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter - and tell him we sent you!

Want to know what we meant by ALW 'queening everything up?' Check out this episode of 'Over the Rainbow' and all will become clear. This particular episode says goodbye to Emilie Fleming. Good luck.

Schoolhouse Rock; for Jimi and the other non-Yanks out there.

Read about how Hamilton is only just out-paced by "Not Getting Married Today"

Wanna get real nerdy about Hamilton (like Tommy's U.S. History teacher co-worker)? Check out the online collection of Hamilton's writings.

Watch the beautiful 'In the Heights' documentary; featuring the best quote ever by Karen Olivo: "Dreams come true, bitches!" That they do, Karen. That they do.
linmanuel.tumblr.com. 'nuff said.

Pretty much all of the Ham4Ham performances.  Go watch 'em. Now. Like right now.

Read more about Daveed Diggs' epic journey to Broadway in the New York Post. Then listen to "Guns and Ships" and bask in his brilliance.

Watch Lin-Manuel, Renée and Daveed absolutely kill it in the BET Awards Cypher. Oh, and the lyrics have already been 'Genius-ed.'

Take a look at these Hamilton casting descriptions. Even the characters are mash-ups!

Read what Stephen Sondheim (and the Roots and Ron Chernow) have to say about Hamilton. Spoiler alert: good things. They have good things to day.
Oct 21 2015
53 mins
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Rank #6: Happy Hour #55: Way Down Podcastown - ‘Hadestown’

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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]
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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
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #7: Happy Hour BONUS: The 71st Annual Tony Awards

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It's that time of year again! Jimi and Tommy have a gab about the Tony nominees. Enjoy!
May 14 2017
2 hours 40 mins
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Rank #8: Happy Hour #56: We’re Still Podcasting - ‘The Last Five Years’

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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)
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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.

If you’ve not seen the trailer, it’s definitely worth watching. Here’s the trailer for your perusal, and here’s the link to the movie!

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
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #9: Happy Hour #65: You Are The Podcast Queen - ‘Mamma Mia’

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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)
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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.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a sight to behold for anyone, anytime. Here’s the winner from the last competition. Compare that with another classic from the UK here. Camp for all!

‘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
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #10: Happy Hour #2: A Sweeney Soirée - 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'

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Happy Hallowe’en! We get spooky with the scariest musical of all time King Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. This week we make revelations about who has the power, add fuel to the fire of the eternal debate of who is the best Mrs Lovett, discuss whether or not Nellie Lovett is really as a misguided as she seems and Jimi dances live to the one and only “Disco Sweeney Todd”. Yes, it exists.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast)
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Come bask in the flickering glow that is the ending of Hangover Square.Sharpen your pitchforks, folks!

Is this the most controversial YouTube video of 2015?
Millions of Helena Bonham Carter fans agree.

Who do you think is the ultimate Lovett?Go buy the Sondheim Bibles a.k.a. “Finishing the Hat” and “Look, I Made a Hat” to witness copious tidbits of awesomeness from “Saturday Night” to “Road Show” and plenty more in between.

We love amateur musical theater! The founding fathers MTI have made it super easy for you to love it too. Go click this link and search your location to see what’s on in your area - then go and support!

And, if you want to see that infotastic documentary that MTI made with big Steve, you can check it here. Dig in. It's almost an hour long.

Here’s the picture of Patti LuPone with a tuba. Enough said, really. Do with it as you see fit. Tommy keeps it above his bed. Jimi burned it.

Here’s the stunningly terrifying Imelda Staunton strutting her pie-shaped stuff at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s 2012 revival.

Make it your life’s work to watch this video of Disco Sweeney Todd. It will change everything. Please petition your local nightclubs to get it on their setlist.
Nov 05 2015
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #11: Happy Hour #23: A Gypsy Get-Together – ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’

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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)
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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.)

Ethel Merman. Disco. Everything's Coming Up Roses. 'Nuff said.

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
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #12: Happy Hour #34: A Saigon Serenade - ‘Miss Saigon’

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The heat is most definitely on in the podcast this week as Jimi and Tommy discuss Boublil and Schonberg’s controversial ‘Miss Saigon.’ The guys discuss the problem of Asian diversity onstage, how much the author’s intent qualifies the tone of a musical and the effect of covering songs outside the context of the show!

Miss Saigon: The Definitive Live Recording
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There’s lots to discuss this episode so head straight on over to Reddit to join in the conversation. While you’re there why not check out the chat on some of our previous episodes too?

If you haven’t seen the show before, it’s well worth checking out the 25th Anniversary recording to get a good idea of the story and some of the staging, plus some outstanding performances!

Have a look at some of the shocking statistics about Asian casting on Broadway. We’re looking at you Aladdin!

It’s crazy to think that Lea Salonga was just 17 when she auditioned to play Kim. Have a look at her callback auditionwhere she sings ‘Sun and Moon’ with the writers.

There are so many amazing recordings from places outside of Broadway and the West End. Since we’re celebrating Asian actors this episode, let’s enjoy more of Hong Kwang-Ho who plays Thuy in 25th Anniversary recording. His voice is breathtaking! Here he is singing Jekyll and Hyde, which was huge in Korea and Phantom of the Opera where he was one of the youngest to be cast in the role. What are some of your favourites? Let us know!

Sorry but Jimi will take any excuse to feature Liza’s Losing My Mind cover...

Have a read of this article by playwright David Henry Hwang to hear his take on the Asian casting issues in theatre.

A CARTOON QUIZ QUESTION

We’ve got an audio clip for our next quiz question! If you can work out the identity of the cartoon being described, it’ll lead you towards the title of our next show!
Mar 22 2017
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #13: Happy Hour #58: SQUIP - Super Quantum Unit Intel Podcast - ‘Be More Chill’

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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)
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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
1 hour 51 mins
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Rank #14: Happy Hour #11 (Part 1): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812

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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)
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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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #15: Happy Hour #47: Step, Kick, Kick, Leap, Kick, Touch - Podcast! - ‘A Chorus Line’

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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)
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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 jimandtomic@gmail.com!

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
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #16: Happy Hour BONUS: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards

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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
2 hours 21 mins
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Rank #17: Happy Hour #31: We're Ready for our Podcast, Mr. DeMille – ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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Put on your your finest fur and hop in your star vehicle (an Isotta-Fraschini, naturally) as we drive down Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard! Jimi and Tommy chat about film noir, lazy rhymes, and Patti LuPone's Andrew Lloyd Webber memorial pool. 

Sunset Boulevard (American Premiere Recording)
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Check out this smokey, vintage trailer for the original movie version of Sunset Boulevard.

Much to Tommy's chagrin, we've talked Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals a few times before on the podcast. Check out our coverage of Phantom and Cats.

Yes, Tommy has an obsession with Murder, She Wrote. No, it's not a problem…

And today on Jim and Tomic's Video Game Happy Hour, it's the point-and-click classic Grim Fandango.

Want to relive the whole newspaper-reading, floor lamp-heaving moments for yourself? Check out Patti LuPone's Memoir.

Or, for a quick look into the fiasco (and discussion of the ALW memorial pool) check out this New York Times article.

Jimi's favorite: Elaine Page singing With one Look. …take a look at it…get it?

A BREATHY QUIZ QUESTION…

One of the songs in the original production of this show was specifically written to accommodate the leading lady's tiny lungs. Interestingly, this is not the first time a song has been written to accommodate this actress. What show is it?
Mar 02 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #18: Happy Hour #25: Some Matilda Malarkey – ‘Matilda: The Musical’

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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)
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SHOW NOTES

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.

There're two recordings of Matilda! Did you know that? Tommy didn't. If you want to do some comparisons, the London Cast is on Spotify and the Broadway Cast is on Amazon.

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.

Join Lesli Margherita in her backstage vlog “Looks Not Books” from Broadway.com.

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
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #19: Happy Hour #12: An Assassinating Analysis - 'Assassins'

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This time around we’re going in heavy with Stephen Sondheim’s harrowing hit ‘Assassins’. We try and tease apart the intricacies of the American Dream, discuss how musical theatre can be used as a form of therapy in times of crisis and discuss what it means to be a ‘docu-musical’.

Assassins (Original Cast Recording)
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Assassins (Revival Cast Recording)
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SOME BUSINESS…

Big thank you once more to Dave Malloy and Team Comet for giving us a shout out! If you’re new to the podcast feel free to check out some of our older episodes. Jimi’s top choice is ‘A Cabaret Cocktail’ and Tommy’s is ‘Dinner With Dolly’ but take your pick, pour yourself a drink and enjoy!

This episode was recorded prior to the killings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas and are therefore not discussed among the other tragic events in Orlando.

SHOW NOTES

If you didn’t join us, you can check out Tommy’s "high-budget" live stream here where so many of you asked us to talk about Assassins!

Check out some pictures of the amazing all-star cast in rehearsal for the recent Menier Chocolate Factory production of Assassins here and bow down to the glory of Aaron Tveit in a beard.

There aren’t many musicals whose characters are still alive today, but Assassins is surprisingly one of them. Here are some fascinating/chilling interviews with Sara Jane Moore and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme.

Have a look at the chilling photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination after his arrest in 1963.

If you’re interested, you can have a look at the publicity photos from Jimi’s production of Assassins in 2012!

Also if you’re an amateur director looking to flex their creative muscles look no further than this show! If you want to ask Jimi any questions about it just drop us an email via our contact box

We’ve got no quiz question this time, just a request - go out there, spread some love and listen to some musical theatre!
Jul 12 2016
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #20: Happy Hour #4: An Awakened Affair - 'Spring Awakening'

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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)
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SHOW NOTES

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
1 hour 19 mins
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