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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.
80 Episodes
Here's to the crowd that just listens! Jonathan Chisolm returns to discuss Elaine Stritch, Mahler, and the girls who just watch. Plus a great discussion on who has performed this song the best.
Is Barcelona an example of masculine apathy, or is Bobby actually trying to find a connection? Alex Luber joins Kyle to discuss that and some of the other oddities of this song.
Maternalistic worries, dance breaks, and hot sex. That about sums up Poor Baby and Tick Tock. Two songs which are intertwined with each other. Adrianna Boris joins Kyle to break it all down as well as tell some stories about Elaine Stritch.
Act 2 of Company opens with an ode to vaudeville. Dr. Ashley Pribyl joins Kyle to discuss how this upbeat song is actually incredibly sad. And what do all those numbers mean?
Victoria Gordon will be starring in Sondheim on Sunday: A 90th Birthday Salute. Victoria is an acclaimed performer, director, and producer based out of Los Angeles. In this episode she discusses with Kyle her inspirations, her love of Sondheim, and why her concert was always inevitable.
How, exactly, do you marry someone a little? That's what Darby Turnbull and Kyle discuss in this last song of Act One. It seems like Bobby's delusions are getting the best of him. Plus the conversation drifts into topics of mental health, Showboat, and stress eating.
A wedding day can be stressful. The character Amy decides to sing through her anxiety as fast as she possibly can. Kyle is joined by Hallie Casey to discuss relationships, updated lyrics, and a book written in 1852.
By bus, train, or plane people keep coming to New York. Matthew Sampson joins Kyle to discuss a song that was written for a specific performer but hides a whole lot of meaning to the rest of the show.
Someone Is Waiting contains foreshadowing for a couple of songs that appear in Company later in the show. Federico Tedeschi returns to explain why this is such an important song. Plus, a formal apology is given for the events of last week.
A bunch of guys try to convince Bobby to tell them about his sexual conquests. But maybe there's more to this song than that? Matt McClendon joins Kyle to discuss the Kamasutra and Sazerac Slings.
No bulls needed to be coerced in the recording of this podcast. Christine Chen returns to unpack the word "crazy" and discuss if changing the original lyrics of this song was a good idea.
How can you feel sorry and grateful at the same time? I'm sure the Germans have a word for it. Lauren Shippen joins Kyle to discuss this odd feeling along with relationships and vulnerabilities.
The definitive list of the best songs Stephen Sondheim wrote before 1970. Or, at least, the definitive list until I change my mind.
Tara Young was born and raised in Alberta. She dreamed of working in the theatre and by 20 had already had the fortune of dancing on stage with Liza Minnelli. Soon after Susan Stroman selected her to work on Celebration of Sondheim at Carnegie Hall. In this interview you'll hear about her career but more importantly about Tara's life and what she finds the most joy in now.
On this episode Kyle invites on Juan Quibrera to share and swear together. This is the first song to feature the character Joanne. Her observations help to inform the entire show. But there's a lot to unpack with these lyrics about relationships.
Company was the "coming out" of Stephen Sondheim as a composer to be reckoned with. In this episode Eric Matthew Richardson returns to talk about the 1970s, minimalism, and why a show that shouldn't work absolutely does.
Phone rings, door chimes, etc. This coming Wednesday (December 11) the new season about Company will debut! Here's a sneak peak of what to expect.
Is it possible for Charles and Ella to escape the department store and make a life with each other in this mixed up world we live in? Kyle invites on Erik Stadnik to discuss that further and go in-depth with the last two songs of Evening Primrose.
Evening Primrose was an episode of Stage 67. It was a collaboration between Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman years before Follies debuted. From it came four songs, a few of which are among the best of Sondheim's career.
So much talent and yet what was produced seems so bland. In this final episode of the Do I Hear a Waltz? mini-season, we go through a quick history of the musical, a few of the songs, and then try to put this show into context. Also, where's the T?
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