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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.
70 Episodes
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 – An Interview

Tara Young – An Interview


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?
Do I Hear a Waltz? was actually the third time that Arthur Laurents adapted his original story. It started as a play, became a movie, and then was musicalized. Were any worthwhile?
A short history of Richard Rodgers with speculation about what he and Sondheim were feeling before they started their only collaboration. Part 1 of the three episode mini-series on Do I Hear a Waltz features William C. White and Layan Elwazani along with some old audio clips and lots of great music.
The new season of Putting It Together debuts on October 30th! This will be different from previous episodes, as we take a look at Do I Hear a Waltz in a three episode miniseries. It will explore the history, the problems, but most importantly the music.
It's a weird way to end a show, but then again with Anyone Can Whistle everything has been a bit odd. Karen Unland and her daughter Elizabeth (from the podcast That's a Thing?!) join the show to discuss With So Little To Be Sure Of. They also talk about the difficulty with love songs, whether this song is inconsistent with the characters singing it, and they try to guess how many Tony Award nominations the show received.
This episode starts with an extended ballet sequence that leads directly into a song that was eventually cut. Tim Kov and Anna Hulkower, from My Little Tonys, join the discussion and reveal secret Sondheim facts while deciding on whether the cut song should have stayed and whether the dance should have left.
Fay has been holding out for a hero the entire show, but now she realizes it needs to be her that's the hero. Local actor Riley Galarneau joins Kyle to discuss character motivation, being pushed to do uncomfortable things, and 80s power ballads.
Sometimes you got to to lean on yourself. Kyle talks with himself about a song where people say they can rely on each other. But could they be just as likely to stab each other in the back? The answer is yes.
Everybody Says Don't may seem like another song that fits into the theme of "be yourself no matter what the world says." But guest Will C. White discusses with Kyle why you shouldn't overlook this part of Anyone Can Whistle. Plus, does Ira Gershwin suck?
There's a Parade in Town is a song that was written because Angela Lansbury demanded it. Sometimes it can be hard to think about Angela Lansbury as a diva, especially if you've seen interviews with her and can see how gracious she normally is. In this episode Jonathan Chisolm helps Kyle to square those two sides of her personality.
50th Episode Spectacular!

50th Episode Spectacular!


Listeners called and wrote in questions for Kyle to answer about Broadway, Sondheim, and the podcast itself. This is a special episode that celebrate the last 50 episodes and (hopefully) gets you excited for the next 50.
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