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Author: Jeffrey Scott Parsons

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Conversations revealing the cultural and emotional impact of our favorite musicals in theatre history.
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It's fun, irreverent, endlessly melodic, and more profound than you might think. HAIRSPRAY is a new classic in musical theatre, and our guest to discuss it this week is Broadway cast member Sabrina Sloan! We also enjoy a visit with listener Jonathan Chisolm! Get ready for stories galore, followed by an uncontrollable desire to revisit the score.  Be sure to follow Sabrina on Instagram at @sabrinasloannyc to listen to some pretty amazing singing and enjoy how incredible she looks in her Angelica costume.   Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast and follow us on Twitter @amusicalpodcast and Instagram @amusicalpodcast. Also, our Teepublic store https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Wasn't it Oscar Hammerstein II who remarked, "Nothing says musical theatre quite like a board game and the Cold War?" Maybe not, but this week composer Michael Gordon Shapiro joins us to talk about the musical CHESS! Get your ABBA on and come along for a look at this incredibly electric piece of 1980s musical theatre that shouldn't work, might not work, and yet has a bigger cultural footprint than many shows that do. Take a look at Michael's career by visiting http://mikemusic.com as well as his family friendly musical "Gideon and the Blundersnorp" on Instagram at @gideonandtheblundersnorp. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @amusicalpodcast and Twitter @amusicalpodcast and hop over to our TeePublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
This week's episode is dedicated to a musical about kids, so who better to have on as a guest than an expert in musical theatre and kids!? Julie Cohen Theobald is the Executive Director of the Educational Theatre Association, a non profit celebrating over 90 years of creating theatre curriculum for kids in their educational settings. Together, we discuss the joys of discovering theatre while being a child and the joys of playing a child in the Peanuts gang musical gem: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. To learn more about the Educational Theatre Association, International Thespian Society, and accompanying Foundation, visit https://educationaltheatrefoundation.org/ You can also follow them on Instagram @schooltheatre @thespiansociety and @edtfoundation. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @amusicalpodcast and Instagram @amusicalpodcast and stop by our Teepublic store! https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Few musicals have left a singular cultural imprint quite like the song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from the zany 1949 musical GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Whether associated with Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe, or anyone else, this iconic piece of musical theatre is a fascinating window into our history, both past and present. Join us this week as we welcome Tim and Anna from "My Little Tonys Podcast" to talk about musical theatre, musical films, and the woman whose name you must remember: Anita Loos. Be sure to listen to "My Little Tonys Podcast," available wherever you're reading this! Follow Anna and Tim on Instagram @mylittletonys, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast. While you're at it, visit our Teepublic store!  https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
MATILDA with Cassie Silva

MATILDA with Cassie Silva

2020-10-2501:20:11

MATILDA (aka the rubik's cube) is a genius show put together by geniuses about a genius. And once you hear this week's guest Cassie Silva (Broadway and 1st National Tour "Mrs Wormwood") explain why, you'll be a believer. Enjoy our journey through the world of Roald Dahl, childhood journals, and "British accents for American audiences."Follow Cassie on Instagram @cassiemsilva and while you're at it, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast for more great content. Don't forget about our Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
The musical CONTACT may be one of the most controversial Tony Award winners of all time, but Karen Ziemba is one of the most gracious and deserving. A musical theatre triple threat with incredible work ethic, true vulnerability, and a dazzling smile, we are honored she joined us this week to discuss the very special show that brought her so much acclaim. Along the way, we talk about her many collaborations with Susan Stroman and the real importance of dance in musical theatre. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @amusicalpodcast for more great content, and don't forget about our Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Ten years ago, we would have said MY FAIR LADY is a musical that will be produced forever: iconic characters, a legendary score and source material. But now has that all changed? This week we're joined by Cindy and Christine from the Bottomless Broadway podcast to discuss rom com makeovers, gender politics, and of course, "quan" Julie Andrews. For more Cindy and Christine, subscribe to Bottomless Broadway and follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @bottomlessbway. Don't forget to follow us at @amusicalpodcast for more great content, and visit out Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE may be a five person musical dealing with the existential crisis of objective truth, but it also has brought together one of our most exciting episodes. Not only do we have the charming and talented Travis Leland to discuss this wonderful show, we have the composer and writer himself: five time Tony nominated Michael John LaChiusa (HELLO AGAIN, THE WILD PARTY, MARIE CHRISTINE)! Join us as together we marvel Michael John's complex writing style and Idina Menzel's soft palette.Follow Travis on Instagram at @travisleland20 and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @amusicalpodcast for more great content. Don't forget our Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
CABARET with Richard Israel

CABARET with Richard Israel

2020-09-2001:12:01

"Wilkommen, bienvenue, and welcome" to the legendary musical that entertains you, slaps you across the face, and somehow makes you grateful for it: CABARET! Award winning director Richard Israel joins us to discuss the brilliance of Kander & Ebb, the elegance of Joe Masteroff, and why this musical is a must in 2020.Enjoy a look at Richard's work by visiting https://richardisraeldirector.com Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @amusicalpodcast. And while you're at it, hop over to our Teepublic store: https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
"How did you get to be here?" That single question has always been the success and struggle of Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and this week actress and activist Jennifer Shelton joins us to discuss its fascinating past, and what its unconventional style reveals about our past, present, and future. Take a deeper dive into Jen's career by visiting her website at http://jennifer-shelton.com While you're at it, don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @amusicalpodcast, and take a look at our TeePublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Can you spell the word... podcast? Yeah, you're right. Too easy. You know what's not easy, though? William Finn music! And to discuss the brilliance of him and the delightful THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is the equally delightful music director, Jennifer Lin. Get ready to delve into the quirky side of musical theatre with this conversation that we promise isn't "chimerical."Follow Jennifer Lin on Instagram @jen_lin and don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast 
ANYTHING GOES is a legendary madcap musical from the 1930s, and thanks to actress Leah Sprecher, our guest to celebrate it this week is the equally legendary and madcap icon Barbara Dixon. You don't want to miss Barbara's unique perspective on her first love: musical theatre. Follow Barbara on Instagram (you won't be disappointed) at @broadwaybarbaraofficial and while you're at it, follow us at @amusicalpodcast. Don't forget about our Teepublic store https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Hooray for our "favorite son!" It's an election year, so this week we're covering THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES with music director extraordinaire Jeff Rizzo. It's also a pretty great excuse for us to talk about musical theatre legends like Cy Coleman, Tommy Tune, and of course, the show stealing dogs in Act 1. This one isn't getting a revival anytime soon, so enjoy!Be sure to check out Jeff Rizzo's virtual choirs at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLbTjz06jXY and don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast for more great content.
WARNING: there's nothing "shy" about this episode! ;) Actress Rena Strober joins us to shed a little love on the summer camp musical to end all summer camp musicals: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Carol Burnett, the Rodgers Dynasty, golden age comedy, and champagne bought with your unemployment insurance...this episode has it all. Be sure to follow Rena on Twitter @renastrober and support her new album IMAGINE THAT! with the writers of Sesame Street. http://www.renastrober.bandcamp.com Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast for more great content, and check out our TeePublic store https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Anybody in the mood to fall in love? If so, try following the simple recipe from ALL SHOOK UP... just add Elvis. "C'mon Everybody" get ready to tune in and tune out with this week's episode as actor Andre Myers joins us to discuss jukebox musicals, this feel good show's identity crisis on Broadway, the reason he stopped pursuing musical theatre, and why he still can't help falling in love with it. (See what we did there?) Follow Andre on Instagram at @princeadm to see his gorgeous photos and exciting projects. While you're at it, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @amusicalpodcast and don't forget about our Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
This week we take a ride through THE GRAND TOUR, the biggest flop the king of optimism Jerry Herman ever had, with the man he asked to star in it. Broadway vet Jason Graae joins us for a funny and heartfelt retrospective on one of the greatest composers in musical history and this largely forgotten show that quite possibly includes the most "Jerry-like" character he ever wrote. To follow all things Jason Graae, visit his website at jasongraae.com.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @amusicalpodcast and don't forget to drop by our TeePublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
This week we get to be part of "her" world. Broadway Ariel, Chelsea Morgan Stock joins us for a conversation about the stage adaptation of Disney's game changing film THE LITTLE MERMAID, and reveals the complexities of being an understudy, dancing in Heelys, and staging a certain villain's demise.  Be sure to follow Cheslea on Instagram @chelsmstock and while you're at it, follow us @amusicalpodcast for more great content. The TeePublic store is still alive and well! Check it out at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
THE BAND'S VISIT is one of the most sophisticated musicals in theatre history, and yet, despite winning pretty much every award imaginable, it isn't talked about nearly enough. Cast member Marc Ginsburg joins Jeff for a conversation about the joy, sadness, and phonetic pronunciations of this great addition to modern musical theatre. To follow all things Marc, check out his Instagram @marc_ginsburg and Twitter account @m_ginsburg. (Yes, he knows they're different!) Also, be sure to follow us on social media @amusicalpodcast for more great content. While you're at it, check out our TeePublic store https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
Happy Pride Month Everyone! This week we're celebrating by covering a listener request and all around great musical FUN HOME with special guest Alyssa M Simmons. Join us for a personal conversation about this groundbreaking musical that, believe it or not, is actually more fun than a funeral home. Be sure to follow Alyssa on Instagram @alyssamsimmons and check out her Star Wars podcast "Inside the Tauntaun." Also don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @amusicalpodcast for more great content, and while you're at it, visit our Teepublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast
In any discussion of the musical SUNSET BOULEVARD, the central piece of the conversation is inevitable: "Who is playing Norma Desmond? And who should be playing Norma Desmond?" To explore that musical theatre phenomenon, Jeff is joined this week by guest Ryan O'Connor, and together they journey the drama filled road that is now synonymous with this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. Warning- Beware of floor lamps. For all things caftans and Ryan, please follow him on Instagram @ryanoconnor81 And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @amusicalpodcast for more great content. Check out our TeePublic store at https://www.teepublic.com/user/a-musical-theatre-podcast 
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