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My Little Tonys

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Rank #136 in Performing Arts category

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Society & Culture
Performing Arts
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Devouring Broadway history, season by season // Hosted by Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower

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Devouring Broadway history, season by season // Hosted by Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower

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1951 best yet!

By Jeff, Chicago - Sep 29 2019
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Show gets better and better. So many great stories and quotes in this episode. Looking forward to more (and tracking down those books)!

Fantastic podcast

By CheeseyMoosicals - Mar 28 2019
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This is my new podcast obsession— so well researched and perfectly executed!

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
86
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1
2

1951 best yet!

By Jeff, Chicago - Sep 29 2019
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Show gets better and better. So many great stories and quotes in this episode. Looking forward to more (and tracking down those books)!

Fantastic podcast

By CheeseyMoosicals - Mar 28 2019
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This is my new podcast obsession— so well researched and perfectly executed!
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My Little Tonys

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Devouring Broadway history, season by season // Hosted by Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower

Rank #1: The 1998 Tony Awards, Part 2

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In this episode, we conclude our discussion of the ‘98 Tony Awards. We pour one out for the dearly departed Natasha Richardson, join our heads together to analyze the reasons Side Show flopped, and wonder where in the world is Frank Wildhorn? (He’s big in Japan). Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@mylittletonys) for additional content about this season’s shows!

Works referenced/cited:

Patinkin, Sheldon. "No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance": a History of the American Musical Theater. Northwestern University Press, 2008.

Bloom, Ken, and Frank Vlastnik. Broadway Musicals: the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Black Dog & Leventhal Pubs., 2010.

Filichia, Peter. Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959 to 2009. Applause Books, 2010.

Als, Hilton. “Freaks on Broadway.” The New Yorker, 20 June 2017.

O'Malley, Sheila. “Fully Realized: On Natasha Richardson in Cabaret.” Slant Magazine, 20 Mar. 2009.

Lyman, Rick. “Defeated, 'Side Show' Is Closing Jan. 3.” The New York Times, 23 Dec. 1997.

Lyman, Rick. “Ideas & Trends: Queasy About Broadway; What the Audience Won't Watch.” The New York Times, 4 Jan. 1998.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; Desperate Dance at Oblivion's Brink.” The New York Times, 20 Mar. 1998.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; Recovered, Restuffed, Otherwise Unchanged.” The New York Times, 5 Nov. 1998.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; Two Faces, And Both In Trouble.” The New York Times, 10 Nov. 1997.

Brookhiser, Richard. “With a Revival Comes a Helping Of Revisionism.” The New York Times, 24 Aug. 1997.

Canby, Vincent. “THEATER; Finally, a Dandy of a 'Pimpernel'.” The New York Times, 15 Nov. 1998.

Canby, Vincent. “THEATER; Reworked for the Stage, 'High Society' Isn't Very.” The New York Times, 3 May 1998.

Considine, J.D. “Facing the Music.” Baltimore Sun, 22 Oct. 2018.

Evans, Greg. “Triumph of Love.” Variety, Variety, 2 Nov. 1997.

Kendrick, Anna. Scrappy Little Nobody. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Lyman, Rick. “'1776' Will Make It to Broadway.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 30 Oct. 1997.

Lyman, Rick. “After 'Capeman,' A Chill in a Thriving Broadway Season.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Mar. 1998.

Lyman, Rick. “Revival of '1776' Unlikely To Reach Broadway.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Oct. 1997.

Pogrebin, Robin. “Broadway's Critic-Proof Composer Says This Is (Still) His Moment; Like His 'Scarlet Pimpernel,' Frank Wildhorn Keeps on Going.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Oct. 1999.

Suisman, Charlie. “THEATER; Cue the Pop Ballad, Warn the Critics.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 15 Aug. 2004.

Viagas, Robert. “Paul Simon's Capeman Opens to Protests.” Playbill, 30 Jan. 1998.

Frank Wildhorn - on How He Works

The Scarlet Pimpernel Broadway Tour Special, Part 1

Kurtz, Judy. “Rosie O'Donnell to Lead Broadway Stars in Protest Outside White House.” The Hill, 3 Aug. 2018.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; With Restraint, Illuminating The Freak In Everyone.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Oct. 1997.

Canby, Vincent. “SUNDAY VIEW; 'Side Show' Asks, What Is Normal?” The New York Times, 26 Oct. 1997.

Canby, Vincent. “SUNDAY VIEW; 'Capeman' Doesn't Fly, Despite the Music.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Feb. 1998.

The Capeman on Broadway

Dec 23 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: The 2015 Tony Awards, Part 1

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Caption: The 2015 Tony Awards! Harvey Weinstein’s hideous, smug face forces us to reflect on how much the world has changed in the last four years. We also talk about the highs and lows of adapting stage-resistant source material with Fun Home, An American in Paris, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; get carried away by On the Town; and work in references to everything from Beloved to “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@mylittletonys) for additional content about this season’s shows!

Works referenced/cited:

Paulson, Michael, and Patrick Healy. Tony Awards: ‘Fun Home’ Wins Best Musical and ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Best Play The New York Times, 8 June 2015.

Theater Talk: "Fun Home" with Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori & Alison Bechdel

Cast and Creators of the 2015 Best Musical: "Fun Home"

Behind the Music of FUN HOME with Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori

Paulson, Michael. Fun Home,' the Musical, Takes Alison Bechdel's Life to Broadway. The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Pogrebin, Robin. “Bringing 'Fun Home' to the Stage.” The New York Times, 19 Oct. 2018.

Brantley, Ben. “Family as a Hall of Mirrors.” The New York Times, 23 Oct. 2013.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: 'Fun Home' at the Circle in the Square Theater.” The New York Times, 20 Apr. 2015.

Thomas, June. “Fun Home Was the Big Winner at the 2015 Tonys. How Did a Graphic Memoir Become a Musical?” Slate Magazine, 8 June 2015.

Paulson, Michael. “'Fun Home' Recoups on Broadway.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

Mattila, Kalle Oskari. “How a 'Lesbian Suicide Musical' Was Branded as a Feel-Good Broadway Hit.” The Atlantic, 10 May 2016.

Schulman, Michael. “Watching Sondheim Watch ‘Fun Home.’” The New Yorker, 19 June 2017.

Thurman, Judith. “Backstage at ‘Fun Home.’” The New Yorker, 19 June 2017.

Als, Hilton. “Outsiders Take Center Stage.” The New Yorker, 19 June 2017.

Rimalower, Ben. “From Falsettos to Fun Home: Lesbian Characters Move from Sidelines to Center Stage.” Playbill, 10 Sept. 2016.

Grode, Eric. “Lisa Kron Juggles Two Shows at Public Theater.” The New York Times, 19 Oct. 2018.

“Alison Bechdel Draws a Fun Home Coda.” Vulture.

Acocella, Joan. “A New ‘American in Paris.’” The New Yorker, 19 June 2017.

Als, Hilton. “Ta-Da!” The New Yorker, 19 June 2017.

Brantley, Ben. “Carried Away by the Sights! Lights! Nights!” The New York Times, 17 Oct. 2014.

Brantley, Ben. “In 'On the Town,' Sailors on Leave Look for Love.” The New York Times, 19 Oct. 2018.

Brantley, Ben. “Plotting the Grid of Sensory Overload.” The New York Times, 6 Oct. 2014.

Carey, Benedict. “An Autistic-Friendly Version of 'The Curious Incident'.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Clarke, David. “BWW Interview: Christopher Wheeldon Talks AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Movie Theaters.” BroadwayWorld.com, 20 Sept. 2018.

Cohen, Stefanie. “'The Curious Incident of the Dog' Journeys to Broadway.” The Wall Street Journal, 2 Oct. 2014.

“'Curious Incident' Director Marianne Elliott Isn't Afraid of Big Risks.” Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2017.

Geoghegan, Kev. “National Theatre Adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident.” BBC News, 6 Aug. 2012.

Gottlieb, Robert. An "On the Town" for Our Time. The New Yorker, 20 June 2017.

Green, Adam. “The Making of On the Town: How a Group of Young Upstarts Made Broadway History.” Vanity Fair, 10 Apr. 2015.

Heller, Allan Kozinn and Scott. “'Curious Incident,' 'On The Town' Steer Clear of Stars in Casting.” The New York Times, 21 May 2014.

Isherwood, Charles. “Review: 'An American in Paris,' a Romance of Song and Step.” The New York Times, 13 Apr. 2015.

Mackrell, Judith. “Return to Rive Gauche: How Christopher Wheeldon Adapted An American in Paris.” The Guardian, 8 Dec. 2014.

Martinelli, Marissa. “An American in Paris: The Musical Is Not Content to Be Simple Escapism.” Slate Magazine, 21 Sept. 2018.

Paulson, Michael. “For the Scene Stealers of 'The Curious Incident,' a Happy Second Act, in Dog Years.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Pollock, David, et al. “Marianne Elliott, Interview with Theatre Director Who Helmed War Horse.” The Stage, 20 July 2017.

Rooney, David. “'An American in Paris': Theater Review.” The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2015.
Schiff, David. “Misunderstanding Gershwin.” The Atlantic, 1 Oct. 1998.

Seibert, Brian. “Christopher Wheeldon's 'An American in Paris' Brings Ballet Values to Broadway.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Soloski, Alexis. “An American in Paris Review – Wheeldon's Fine, Fanciful Entertainment.” The Guardian, 13 Apr. 2015.

Stasio, Marilyn. “Broadway Review: 'On the Town'.” Variety, 17 Oct. 2014.

Suskin, Steven. “Stage Alchemy, Brilliant as Stars.” The Huffington Post, 7 Dec. 2017.

Zoglin, Richard. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Theater Review Time, 6 Oct. 2014.

Theater Talk: “An American in Paris”; remembering Jean-Claude Baker

Mar 10 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: The 2015 Tony Awards, Part 2

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We debate whether Something Rotten! is mocking or celebrating musical history, trace The Visit’s long road and short stay, and celebrate Kelli O’Hara’s sixth-time’s-the-charm win for The King and I. Plus: more dream (and nightmare) threesomes, a couple of failed attempts to find a “What?!”, and maybe a little too much joshing at Josh Groban’s expense.

Works referenced/cited:

Behind the Music of SOMETHING ROTTEN! with Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick

Associated Press. How 3 Broadway Novices Wrote 'Something Rotten!' San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2015.

Billington, Michael. “The Guardian Profile: Sir David Hare.” The Guardian, 13 Feb. 2004.

Brantley, Ben. “Once Scorned, Now Rich and Vengeful.” The New York Times, 7 Aug. 2014.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: Chita Rivera Stars in Kander and Ebb's 'The Visit'.” The New York Times, 24 Apr. 2015.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: 'On the Twentieth Century,' With Kristin Chenoweth, Opens on Broadway.” The New York Times, 16 Mar. 2015.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: 'Skylight,' With Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, Opens on Broadway.” The New York Times, 3 Apr. 2015.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: 'Something Rotten!,' an Over-the-Top Take on Shakespeare.” The New York Times, 23 Apr. 2015.

Brantley, Ben. “Review: 'The King and I,' Back on Broadway.” The New York Times, 17 Apr. 2015.

Buruma, Ian. “Thailand's Banned 'King'.” The New York Review of Books.

Canby, Vincent. “THEATER REVIEW;Once Again, The Taming Of a Despot.” The New York Times, 12 Apr. 1996.

Gans, Andrew. “What Did Critics Think of London's The King and I, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe?” Playbill, 5 July 2018.

Green, Jesse. “Theater Review: A Little Engine Keeps On the Twentieth Century Moving.” Vulture, 16 Mar. 2015.

Green, Jesse. “Theater Review: Shall We Dance Once Again? The King and I Returns.” Vulture, 17 Apr. 2015.

Hetrick, Adam. “The Visit, Starring Chita Rivera, Ends at Williamstown; Creators Hopeful for Future Life - Playbill.com.” Playbill, 17 Aug. 2014.

Hofler, Robert. “'Something Rotten!' Theater Review: Or How a Musical Called 'Omelette' Begat a Play Called 'Hamlet'.” TheWrap, 23 Apr. 2015.

Isherwood, Charles. “A Musical Adaptation of 'The Visit'.” The New York Times, 31 May 2008.

Jones, Kenneth. “Angela Lansbury Withdraws From The Visit; Producers Seek Alternatives.” Playbill, 20 July 2000.

Jones, Kenneth. “Rivera Is Triple Threat in Kander & Ebb's The Visit, Opening Oct. 1.” Playbill, 1 Oct. 2001.

“Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway.” Broadway.com.

Marks, Peter. “Dancing in The Dark: 'The Visit' With Chita Rivera.” The Washington Post, 29 May 2008.

McGrath, Charles. “In 'Something Rotten!,' If Music Be the Food of Farce, Play On.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

McGrath, Charles. “Ken Watanabe Moves From 'Samurai' to 'The King and I'.” The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017.

Neher, Erick. “The King and I at Lincoln Center.” The Hudson Review.

Paget, Clive. “After #MeToo, Says Kelli O'Hara, The King and I Is More Relevant than Ever.” Limelight, 21 Nov. 2018.

Pressley, Nelson. “A 'Visit' With Very Familiar Faces of Broadway.” The Washington Post, 1 June 2008.

Reed, Rex. “'Something Rotten!' Is Not to Be Forgotten.” Observer, 30 Apr. 2015.

Rooney, David. “'On the Twentieth Century': Theater Review.” The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2019.

Rothstein, Mervyn. “Playbill Features: Re-Visiting The Visit.” Playbill, 23 May 2008.

Schulman, Michael. “Something Rotten!” The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2016.

Simonson, Robert. “Many Visits Along the Way: The Long History of Broadway's Latest Kander & Ebb Musical.” Playbill, 23 Mar. 2015.

Simonson, Robert. Playbill News: The Visit Will Not Visit Off-Broadway as Investors Pull Out. 22 Aug. 2003.

Smith, Neil. The King and I: Timeless Classic or Dated Relic? BBC, 4 July 2018.

Soloski, Alexis. “Skylight Review – Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan Have a Melancholy Pull.” The Guardian, 3 Apr. 2015.

Stasio, Marilyn. “Broadway Review: 'On the 20th Century' with Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher.” Variety, 16 Mar. 2015.

Stasio, Marilyn. “Broadway Review: 'Something Rotten'.” Variety, 23 Apr. 2015.

Stewart, Zachary. “Something Rotten!'s Creatives Talk Their Broadway Crash Course and the Art of Letting Go.” TheaterMania, 21 Apr. 2015.

Vincentelli, Elisabeth. “'Something Rotten!' Deserves to Be Broadway's New Big, Fat Hit.” New York Post, 23 Apr. 2015.

Mar 17 2019

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Rank #4: The 1994 Tony Awards, Part 1

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We’re back to the 90s! We wonder what the hell Anthony Hopkins was doing there, discuss the controversy over Disney’s first bid for Broadway domination with Beauty and the Beast, and try our best to deconstruct Passion’s take on passion.

Works referenced/cited:

Sondheim, Stephen. Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Gordon, Joanne. Art Isn't Easy: the Theater of Stephen Sondheim. Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.

Zadan, Craig. Sondheim & Co. Da Capo Press, 1994.

Jones, John Bush. Our Musicals, Ourselves: a Social History of the American Musical Theatre. Brandeis University Press, 2011.

McLaughlin, Robert L. Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical. Univ Pr of Mississippi, 2018.

Film Genre Reader. Univ. of Texas Press, 2007.

“List of 1994 Tony Award Nominations With AM-Tony Nominations.” AP NEWS, 16 May 1994.

Weber, Bruce. “'Passion' and 'Beast' Square Off in Tonys; 'Angels' Cited Again.” The New York Times, 17 May 1994.

Weber, Bruce. “'Passion' Wins Tony As Best New Musical; 'Angels' Wins Again.” The New York Times, 13 June 1994.

Rose, Lloyd. “'PASSION,' 'PERESTROIKA' TAKE TOP TONY AWARDS.” The Washington Post, 13 June 1994.

Kakutani, Michiko. “Sondheim's Passionate 'Passion'.”
The New York Times, 20 Mar. 1994.

Richards, David. https://“Review/Theater; Sondheim Explores the Heart's Terrain.” The New York Times, 10 May 1994.

Seckerson, Edward. “Sondheim Passion Original Broadway Cast.” Gramophone, 9 Jan. 2013.

Gerard, Jeremy. “Passion.” Variety, 10 May 1994.

“The Inspiration for Passion.”

Melada, Geoffrey. “Why Sondheim's 'Passion' Is His Most Personal Work.” TodayTix Insider, 23 Aug. 2018.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW;A More Intimate 'Passion' Throws Off Its Inhibitions.” The New York Times, 20 June 1996.

King, Susan. “Sunday, No Park, Lots of 'Passion'.” Los Angeles Times, 28 Sept. 1996.

Harris, Kathryn. “My Dearest Giorgio: The Use of Letters in PASSION.” Music Theatre International, 27 Jan. 2017.

Passion Interviews - Donna Murphy, Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea

Davis, Francis. “More Than They Can Chew?.” Sondheim.com.

Pacheco, Patrick. “THEATER : Mr. Cool Tries Passion : Stephen Sondheim's New Musical of Obsessive Love May Be the Biggest Challenge Yet for Broadway's Restless 'Conscience'.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 1994.

Richards, David. “Review/Theater: Beauty and the Beast; Disney Does Broadway, Dancing Spoons and All.” The New York Times, 19 Apr. 1994.

Vine, Hannah. “Look Back at the Original Broadway Cast of Beauty and the Beast.” Playbill, 18 Apr. 2018.

“Susan Egan on Her Dirt-Catching Days as a Disney Princess and Humble Motherhood.” Stage Rush, Oct. 2011.

“'Beauty' Moving From Palace To the Fontanne.” The New York Times, 14 July 1999.

Canby, Vincent. “Is Broadway Ready for a Disney World Show?”The New York Times, 24 Apr. 1994.

Robinson, Gaile. “BY DESIGN : A Beastly Assignment : How to Make a Human-Sized Teapot and a Candelabra? Ann Hould-Ward Used Fancy Wiring, Prosthetics and Pryotechnics to Make the the Stage Production of 'Beauty and the Beast' Come Alive.” Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 1995.

Witchel, Alex. “Is Disney the Newest Broadway Baby?” The New York Times, 17 Apr. 1994.

Handy, Bruce. “Disney Does Broadway.” The New York Times, 9 Oct. 1994.

Maslin, Janet. “Critic's Notebook; A Beauty or a Beast? Contrasting Film and Musical.” The New York Times, 23 Apr. 1994.

Ehren, Christine. “Toni Braxton Premieres Beauty 's New Song, Oct. 7 On 'Rosie'.” Playbill, 7 Oct. 1998.

Brantley, Ben. “Review/Theater: Cyrano: The Musical; Cyrano's Flights Have Touched Down On West 52d Street.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 22 Nov. 1993.

Simons, Marlise. “A Musical 'Cyrano': Can a Dutch Hit Sell on Broadway?” The New York Times, 21 Nov. 1993.

Alexander, Ron. “CHRONICLE.” The New York Times, 29 Nov. 1993.

May 26 2019

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Rank #5: The 1975 Tony Awards, Part 1

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In this episode covering the first half of an extremely crowded season, we try to unpack the truly bizarre ceremony for the 1975 Tonys. We also gush over the many talents of Geoffrey Holder, uncover a Wikipedia conspiracy about The Wiz, and separate fact & fiction in Mack & Mabel. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@mylittletonys) for additional content about this season’s shows!

Works referenced/cited:

Hischak, Thomas S. The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Filichia, Peter. Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959 to 2009. Applause Books, 2010.

Mordden, Ethan. One More Kiss: the Broadway Musical in the 1970s. Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.

Bloom, Ken, and Frank Vlastnik. Broadway Musicals: the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Black Dog & Leventhal Pubs., 2010.

Mandelbaum, Ken. Not since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops. St. Martin's Press, 1992.

Barnes, Clive. “Stage: 'The Wiz' (of Oz).” The New York Times.

Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; Pie Fights, Keystone Kops and Pain.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 July 1999.

Dietz, Dan. The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

“Ease on Down the Road.” National Museum of African American History and Culture, 30 Jan. 2019.

Gray, Tim. “'The Wiz': How TV Turned a Troubled Stage Show Into a Smash.” Variety, 3 Dec. 2015.

Harris, Hark. “'Mack & Mabel' and Silent Film Era.” The New York Times, 7 Oct. 1974.

Herman, Jerry, and Ken Bloom. Jerry Herman: the Lyrics: a Celebration. Routledge, 2003.

Hirschhorn, Clive. “Will Sondheim Succeed In Being Genuinely Japanese?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 4 Jan. 1976.

Klein, Alvin. “THEATER; 'MACK AND MABEL' IN A REVIVAL.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 June 1985.

Klein, Alvin. “THEATER; 'Mack and Mabel' With a New Finale.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 July 1988.

Lester, Elenore. “Geoffrey Holder‐The Whiz Who Rescued 'The Wiz'.” The New York Times, 25 May 1975.

McOUISTON, JOHN T. “'The Wiz,' Best Musical, Wins 7 Tonys.” The New York Times, 21 Apr. 1975.

Rollins, Bryant. “Does 'The Wiz' Say Something Extra to Blacks?” The New York Times, 28 Dec. 1975.

Stock, Ellen. “Mack & Mabel: Getting the Show Off the Road.” New York Magazine, 7 Oct. 1974, pp. 49–52.

“'The Wiz' Misses.” The New York Times, 12 Jan. 1975.

Viertel, Jack. Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. Sarah Crichton Books,Farrar, Straus and Grioux, 2017.

Weinstock, Matt. “Angela Lansbury on Mack & Mabel.” New York City Center, 2 Oct. 2014.

Wilson, John S. “RECORDINGS VIEW.” The New York Times, 1 June 1975.

Longworth, Karina. “Mabel Normand (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 5).” You Must Remember This, 31 July 2018.

Anger, Kenneth. Hollywood Babylon. Rogner & Bernhard Bei Zweitausendeins, 2011.

Peters, Bernadette, and Véronique Hyland. “Broadway Legend Bernadette Peters on Meditation and Italian Feasts.” The Cut, 3 Mar. 2016.

Jan 06 2019

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Rank #6: The 2005 Tony Awards, Part 1

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This episode, we’re serving you two Hulkowers for the price of one. Anna's sister Isabel stops by to reminisce about the time they made their dad drive them to New Jersey to see Elaine Stritch. We also compare everything to The Producers, confess how much we like (Norbert Leo) Butz and we CANNOT lie, and wish Spamalot would spam a little less. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@mylittletonys) for additional content about this season’s shows!

Works referenced/cited:

Hischak, Thomas S. The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Filichia, Peter. Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959 to 2009. Applause Books, 2010.

Patinkin, Sheldon. "No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance": a History of the American Musical Theater. Northwestern University Press, 2008.

Bloom, Ken, and Frank Vlastnik. Broadway Musicals: the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Black Dog & Leventhal Pubs., 2010.

Anderson, Sam. “Why Spamalot Should Never Have Won a Tony.” Slate Magazine, 21 June 2005.

“Best Replacement Tony Award Is No More.” Broadway.com.

Brantley, Ben. “A 'Menagerie' Full of Stars, Silhouettes and Weird Sounds.” The New York Times, 23 Mar. 2005.

Brantley, Ben. “A Quest Beyond the Grail.” The New York Times, 18 Mar. 2005.

Brantley, Ben. “A Weak Erotic Charge Flickers in the New Orleans Heat.” The New York Times, 27 Apr. 2005.

Brantley, Ben. “Family Guys Who Are What They Are.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 10 Dec. 2004.

Brantley, Ben. “Here, Honor Is Profane and Words Do Hurt.” The New York Times, 2 May 2005.

Brantley, Ben. “Repatriating the Japanese Sondheim.” The New York Times, 3 Dec. 2004.

Brantley, Ben. “'Sweet Charity,' After a Rocky Road, Finally Reaches Broadway.” The New York Times, 5 May 2005.

Brantley, Ben. “The Art of the Con, Reprised.” The New York Times, 4 Mar. 2005.

“Did Broadway Critics Find Fun, Laughs, Good Times at Sweet Charity?” Broadway.com.

Gans, Andrew. “2004-2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations.” Playbill, 10 May 2005.

Jones, Chris. “Sweet Charity.” Variety, 6 Mar. 2005.

Kachka, Boris. “'Noooooooooooo!' - Christina Applegate.” New York Magazine,.

McKINLEY, JESSE. “'Spamalot' Discovers the Straight White Way.” The New York Times, 10 Apr. 2005.

Riedel, Michael. “BRITNEY MAY BE B'WAY BABE – 'CHARITY' TEAM SWEET ON HOT POP TART.” New York Post, 23 Nov. 2005.

Rooney, David. “La Cage Aux Folles.” Variety, 10 Dec. 2004.

Rooney, David. “Monty Python's Spamalot.” Variety, 18 Mar. 2005.

Rooney, David. “Pacific Overtures.” Variety, 3 Dec. 2004.

Rooney, David. “'Spamalot' Closes on Broadway.” Variety, 18 Oct. 2008.

Shirley, Don. “'Scoundrels' Opens on Broadway.” Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2005.

Simon, John. “Exquisite Corpses.” New York Magazine.

Simon, John. “Medieval Times.” New York Magazine, 28 Mar. 2005.

Simon, John. “Pros and Cons.” New York Magazine.

Simon, John. “The Caged Bird Sings.” New York Magazine, Intelligencer.

“'Spamalot' and 'Doubt' Win Tony Awards.” The New York Times, 5 June 2005.

Top Grossing Broadway Shows of 2005. BroadwayWorld.com.

“Were New York Critics Taken with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?” Broadway.com.

Viertel, Jack. Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. Sarah Crichton Books,Farrar, Straus and Grioux, 2017.

Zehme, Bill. “King Mike and The Quest for the Broadway Grail.” New York Magazine, 2005.

Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow & Sherie Rene Scott in Rehearsal for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Production: "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (Working In The Theatre #332)

Theater Talk - Remembering Mel Gussow & Spamalot (Full Episode)

A conversation with Eric Idle

Tim Curry - Spamalot REHEARSALS !! - Original London Cast

Eric Idle Spamalot documentary 2005

Mike Nichols on Directing, "Spamalot" and Being Funny (April 26, 2005) | Charlie Rose

Jan 27 2019

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Rank #7: The 1980 Tony Awards, Part 1

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The truth is, we never left you! This week we discuss the differing treatments of controversial historical figures in Evita and Barnum, Anna has a meltdown over “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” and we demand justice for Joice Heth. Email us at mylittletonyspodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@mylittletonys) for additional content about this season’s shows!

Sep 08 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: The 1964 Tony Awards, Part 2

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Filichia, Peter. Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959 to 2009. Applause Books, 2010.

Mordden, Ethan. Open a New Window: the Broadway Musical in the 1960s. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Mandelbaum, Ken. Not since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops. St. Martin's Press, 1992.

Viertel, Jack. Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. Sarah Crichton Books,Farrar, Straus and Grioux, 2017.

Lambert, Philip. To Broadway, to Life!: the Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Kissel, Howard. David Merrick, the Abominable Showman: the Unauthorized Biography. Applause, 1993.

Bryer, Jackson R., and Richard Allan. Davison. The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators. Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Bloom, Ken, and Frank Vlastnik. Broadway Musicals: the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Black Dog & Leventhal Pubs., 2010.

Lahr, John. Notes on a Cowardly Lion the Biography of Bert Lahr . Bloomsbury, 1992.

Simon, Neil. Neil Simon’s Memoirs: Rewrites and The Play Goes On. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Kissel, Howard. David Merrick, the Abominable Showman: the Unauthorized Biography. Applause, 1993.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: 'She Loves Me,' a Musical; Play by Miklos Laszlo Opens at the O'Neill.” The New York Times, 24 Apr. 1963.

Swope, Martha, Thomas Buckley, and Werner J. Kuhn. “PRINCE VS. PRINCE Producer-Director of ‘She Loves Me’ Discusses His Dual Assignment.” The New York Times, 21 Apr. 1963.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: '110 in the Shade'; Musical 'Rainmaker' Is at Broadhurst.” The New York Times, 25 Oct. 1963.

“'110 In the Shade' Receives Mixed Notices in Boston.” The New York Times, 12 Sept. 1963.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: 'Girl Who Came to Supper' in Premiere; Jose Ferrer Is Star of Musical at Broadway Tunes and Lyrics Are Work of Noel Coward.” The New York Times, 9 Dec. 1963.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: Bert Lahr, Northern Volpone; 'Foxy' at Ziegfeld Is Set in Gold‐Rush Yukon.” The New York Times, 17 Feb. 1964.

Atkinson, Brooks. “Critic at Large; Bert Lahr Reaches Peak of His Career as a Wildly Comic Actor in 'Foxy'.” The New York Times, 20 Mar. 1964.

Taubman, Howard. “The Theater: 'Anyone Can Whistle'; Musical at Majestic Is About Madness; Book by Laurents and Music by Sondheim.” The New York Times, 6 Apr. 1964.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: 'Luther' Stars Albert Finney; John Osborne Drama Is at the St. James.” The New York Times, 26 Sept. 1963.

Taubman, Howard. “Theater: Alec Guinness as 'Dylan'; Play About Welsh Poet Opens at Plymouth.” The New York Times, 20 Jan. 1964.

Longworth, Karina. “Barbara Loden (Dead Blondes Episode 12).” You Must Remember This, 18 Apr. 2017.

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Rank #9: The 2008 Tony Awards, Part 2

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Brantley, Ben. “Again, for the First Time.” The New York Times, 1 June 2008.

Brantley, Ben. “Come Back, Little '50s, Even With the Clouds.”
The New York Times, 24 Feb. 2008.

Isherwood, Charles. “Two Helpings of Pie From Broadway's Fridge.”
The New York Times, 23 Mar. 2008.

Simonson, Robert. “'South Pacific'.” The New York Times, 1 June 2008.

Rich, Frank. “Memorial Day at 'South Pacific'.”
The New York Times, 25 May 2008.

The Editorial Board. “'South Pacific': Some Enchanted Quagmire?” The New York Times, 11 Apr. 2008.

Bloom, Lary. “1949 Show Is Timely for 2008.” The New York Times, 6 Apr. 2008.

Brantley, Ben. “Optimist Awash in the Tropics.” The New York Times, 4 Apr. 2008.

Isherwood, Charles. “The Ingénue Who Roared.” The New York Times, 18 May 2008.

Green, Jesse. “Let Her Entertain You. Please!” The New York Times, 8 July 2007.

Brantley, Ben. “What Ever Happened to Momma Rose?” The New York Times, 16 July 2007.

Isherwood, Charles. “Patti's Turn, If Not Always Rose's.” The New York Times, 5 Aug. 2007.

Mcgee, Celia. “Sing Out, Laura. It's Your Turn.” The New York Times, 23 Mar. 2008.

Lahr, John. “Mother Load.” The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2017.

McElroy, Steven. “Citing Economy, 'Gypsy' to Close Earlier.” The New York Times, 15 Dec. 2008.

Brantley, Ben. “Down by the Blue Purple Yellow Red Water.” The New York Times, 22 Feb. 2008.

Robertson, Campbell. “Connecting Philosophy, Sondheim and Seurat.” The New York Times, 28 May 2008.

Brantley, Ben. “As Seen on TV! Danny and Sandy 4-Ever and Ever.” The New York Times, 20 Aug. 2007.

Robertson, Campbell. “For This Broadway Musical, the Casting Agents Are TV Viewers.” The New York Times, 6 Jan. 2007.

Laurents, Arthur. Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

LuPone, Patti. Patti Lupone: a Memoir. Harmony Books, 2010.

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Rank #10: The 1957 Tony Awards, Part 2

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What do McCarthyism, Charlie Chaplin, I Love Lucy, Catfish, Sister Act, Andrew Cunanan, John & Yoko, and the Caroline, or Change extended universe have to do with Bells Are Ringing, The Most Happy Fella, and Li’l Abner? That’s for us to know and you to find out.

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Mordden, Ethan. Coming up Roses: the Broadway Musical in the 1950s. Oxford Univ. Press, 2000.

Bryer, Jackson R., and Richard Allan. Davison. The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators. Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Loesser, Susan. A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: a Portrait by His Daughter. Hal Leonard, 2000.

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Patinkin, Sheldon. "No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance": a History of the American Musical Theater. Northwestern University Press, 2008.

Propst, Andy. They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden and Adolph Greens Musicals & Movies. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Taylor, Theodore. Jule: the Story of Composer Jule Styne. Random House, 1979.

Vaill, Amanda. Somewhere: the Life of Jerome Robbins. Broadway Books, 2006.

Wasson, Sam. Fosse. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Grimes, William. “Industrial Musicals Were Once Big Shows.” The New York Times, 20 Dec. 2017.

Brantley, Ben. “With Her, It's Love at First Sound.” The New York Times, 19 Nov. 2010.

Wilson, John S. “THEATER: A REVIVAL OF 'BELLS'.” The New York Times, 4 Nov. 1984.

Millstein, Gilbert. “MISS HOLLIDAY ON THE LINE; RETURN.” The New York Times, 25 Nov. 1956.

“Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday (The Blacklist Episode #11).” You Must Remember This, 3 May 2016.

Atkinson, Brooks. “Theatre: 'Bells Are Ringing' for Judy Holliday; Overcomes Antiquated Plot at Shubert Actress Flies High in New Musical Show.” The New York Times, 30 Nov. 1956.

Atkinson, Brooks. “Theatre: Loesser's Fine Music Drama; 'The Most Happy Fella' Opens at Imperial.” The New York Times, 4 May 1956.

Schumach, Murray. “MOLDING 4 MUSICAL; Discussing the Birth Of 'The Most Happy Fella' HOW 'THE MOST HAPPY FELLA' WAS REARED Search Ended Orchestra.” The New York Times, 29 Apr. 1956.

Millstein, Gilbert. “The Greater Loesser; The Composer-Lyricist-Author of 'Most Happy Fella' Gives Musical Comedy the Once-over-Seriously.” The New York Times, 20 May 1956.

Jr., Fred H. Diekmann. “DRAMA MAILBAG; Some Pro and Con Views on 'The Most Happy Fella' and 'Waiting for Godot'.” The New York Times, 13 May 1956.

“Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser.”

Green, Jesse. “Theater Review: The Happy Return of The Most Happy Fella.” Vulture, 3 Apr. 2014.

Brantley, Ben. “Uncorking a Napa Vintage for a Toast to Adult Romance.” The New York Times, 3 Apr. 2014.

Gussow, Mel. “Stage: The Most Happy Fella'.” The New York Times, 12 Oct. 1979.

Rich, Frank. “Review/Theater: The Most Happy Fella; Basic Feelings, Soaring Songs.” The New York Times, 14 Feb. 1992.

Tommasini, Anthony. “Frank Loesser's 'Most Happy Fella,' at Dicapo Opera.” The New York Times, 9 Mar. 2012.

Rich, Frank. “Review/Theater; Rethought, Refined and Revived: Goodspeed's 'Most Happy Fella'.” The New York Times, 30 May 1991.

Richards, David. “SUNDAY VIEW; A 'Happy Fella' With Less Offers More.” The New York Times, 2 June 1991.

Foran, Chris. “'Li'l Abner,' Al Capp Were Bigger than Life — until They Weren't.” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel , 21 Apr. 2016.

Atkinson, Brooks. “Theatre: 'Li'l Abner'.” The New York Times, 16 Nov. 1956.

Atkinson, Brooks. “Theatre: Roz Russell.” The New York Times, 1 Nov. 1956.

Benjamin, Lois. “QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST.” The New York Times, 5 May 1957.

Atkinson , Brooks. “Theatre: 'Shangri-La'; Musical Based on Book by Hilton Opens.” The New York Times, 14 June 1956.

“LI'L ABNER SENDS A LETTER HOME; A Lovin' Son Tells His Mammy an' Pappy Of Philly-Delfya 'Mess' LI'L ABNER WRITES TO HIS MAMMY AN' PAPPY.” The New York Times, 11 Nov. 1956.

Schwabacher, Thomas K. “The Harvard Crimson.” Shangri-La The Harvard Crimson, 9 May 1956.

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