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Putting It Together

Author: Kyle Marshall

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This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.
125 Episodes
Petra gets to take centre stage to give her opinions on life and love. Jared O'Roark shares his personal history with this song. Then Kyle and Jared discuss the sexual liberation of this song, its placements in the show, and the similarities it has to Liaisons.
Eric Matthew Richardson returns! This time to discuss two songs from Act 2 of A Little Night Music. The first has two men preening like peacocks. The second is all about anticipation without the need of a Satanic mechanic.
Also know as "The Sun Won't Set" and "The Sun Sits Low" respectively. William C. White returns to discuss the quintet, 24 hour daytime, and (of course) Ravel.
Matthew Gardiner has been the Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre since 2010. Signature Theatre has devoted itself to continuing Sondheim's work (or adjacent work) every year. Now you can enjoy this new show, Simply Sondheim, from the comfort of your own home!
JAY Records has released a complete recording of Anyone Can Whistle after 25 years in production! Joel DeCandio returns to discuss why this is album is so good, the history of the show, and a bit about Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
A Weekend in the Country was Sondheim's attempt at perfecting the complex story song. Colm Molloy returns to discuss whether it works, the end of Act 1, and Beyoncé.
No doubt living with Carl Magnus every day does feel like a little death. Karen Unland returns to try and understand the character of Charlotte, if the title of the song has a secret meaning, and how it doesn't quite work in the movie version.
A pig of a man singing about why women are merely objects to be enjoyed by men. Adrianna Boris returns to discuss Carl Magnus, misogyny, and that beautiful voice.
Liaisons. What's happened to them? In this episode Jackson Cooper joins Kyle to try and figure that out. This song just may be the secret to understanding the whole show.
Perhaps the funniest song in the entire score, You Must Meet My Wife shows how clueless Frederick is and how petty Desiree seems to be. Celina Reynes returns to discuss those matters and unpack the subtext of this song.
Sometimes we see an ex and flashes of memory come to us. That's what this song does as Frederick and Desiree lock eyes with one another. But how true are their memories? Christine Chen returns to try and answer that question with Kyle.
The Glamorous Life is a song where Desiree's daughter sings about Desiree's supposed fancy profession. In reality Desiree is just tired. Kyle is tired because there are (sort of) three versions of this song! Brian Holcomb and Joel Perkin join him to break down why there's such a difference between the stage version and the film version.
Now, Later, and Soon are a triplet of songs that introduce us to three different characters. At the end all the songs converge to reveal the fears and desires of those characters. Daniel Bund joins Kyle to unpack the comedy that works and doesn't.
A Little Night Music opens up in quite the unique way. A set of four people sing the melody of a couple of songs in the score. It's an experiment that was hardly ever tried again. Plus, how does the film version introduce the characters?
We start our season looking at the inspiration that led to A Little Night Music. Smiles of a Summer Night is sometimes considered Ingmar Bergman's first masterpiece. It certainly was the first film to bring him recognition. David Youn joins Kyle to discuss the movie in more detail.
Now, I can't tell you how excited I am for the new season. Later next week you'll get to hear it. It'll be here soon enough. A new season of Putting It Together debuts next Wednesday (November 25) all about the musical A Little Night Music! A season where we'll learn how to celebrate a weekend in the country, be each other's liaisons, and when to send in the clowns.
The Last of Sheila is a cult classic film co-written by Stephen Sondheim. Erik Stadnik returns to discuss the inspiration, the execution, and the reception to this oddity of a movie.
There has been over a dozen major productions of Follies. Some have released an album version of the show. Kyle takes the time to listen to all the albums he could find to discover the best Follies recording, and which songs on each album are standouts.
Follies is full of songs. But that doesn't mean that certain tunes didn't get cut during the creative process. On this episode Kyle details the 10 songs that weren't included in Follies and why they didn't ever see time on-stage.
It's not exactly the play where everything goes wrong, but it feels like it! Ben tries to put on a smiling face, dance, and be charming but the show is crumbling around him. William White returns to the podcast to close out the Follies season.
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