Jim and Tomic's Musical Theatre Happy Hour

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We're Jimi (@asinhendrix) and Tommy (@MusicalMash) and we're obsessed with musical theatre. Like, really, we won't shut up about it. And now YOU get to listen, too! If you're looking for two diehard musical theatre nerds babbling on about Sondheim, then this is the podcast for you!

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Happy Hour #61: The Man in the Moon is a Podcast - ‘Mame’
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Open the windows! Travel the highways! Toast the vintages and fizz the fizz! This week the Bosom Buddies are dishing on Jerry Herman’s second female tour de force: Mame. Get ready for plenty of whinging about the film, prasing of Ms. Lansbury, contemplation of powerful female roles, and perhaps a hint of Nietzsche! Oh, and some gay stuff. Always some gay stuff.

Mame (Original Broadway Cast)

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Show Notes

You’ve heard the musical, now get the book! Patrick Dennis’s novel (and Mame’s escapades) took the world by storm in the 1950s. It’s no wonder the book exploded so quickly into so many stage and film adaptations.

For a more direct discussion of southern racist problems of a bygone era, check out Happy Hour #39 about Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys.

Is Kimmy Schmidt a modern day Auntie Mame? Well…HAS VERA CHARLES ALWAYS BEEN A LEADING LADY?!?!?

Want to get all intellectual like Jimi and read up on your Apollonian epic and Dionysian lyric verse? Then crack open a copy of Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. (And then you can explain it to Tommy).

For a fascinatingly fabulous trip town a YouTube black hole, why not check out this all-male performance of Mame from San Franciscio in 1980.

Interested in more discussion about gay men and their relationships with musical theatre, check out Tommy’s series “Musical Theatre is SO gay!”

Haven’t watched Lucy in the Mame movie yet? Don’t. Just satisfy your curiosity with this trailer for the original film.

Oh you HAVE watched the Mame movie? Then maybe you can sympathize with Tommy (or add to the vitriolic comments) on his Miscast Mame video.

Still got thoughts about the movie? Hit us up on the reddit to vent your woes.

Jimi has insisted that Tommy include the Angela Lansbury massage video. Tommy is writing these notes (in the third person) and…sigh…will include a link to the video.

Just kidding. This is the video.


A Fitness QUIZ Statement

This musical was (partially) inspired by a New York Pilates Studio on 181st street.


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Jun 20, 2018
Happy Hour #60: Waitin’ For My Podcast - ‘Brigadoon’
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Hoots mon! There’s a moose loose aboot this podcast. Time to travel through the mist and into the mythical Scottish town of ‘Brigadoon.’ Expect many references, bad accents and groans from Jimi, as the boys explore Lerner and Loewe’s famous musical. This time around they discuss how accurate a portrayal it actually is, Jimi gives us a brief history of Scotland and Tommy learns all about Buckfast. Braw!

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Brigadoon (1988 London Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

There’ll be plenty of ‘authentic’ Scottish references in the show notes for you all to sample this week. Let’s start with Ned culture and The Wee Man who enjoys a Buckfast every once in a while. Gene Kelly, eat your heart out.

One of the potential origins for the story of Brigadoon is the piece of Celtic classic folklore of Tir Na n’Og which you can read more about here!

The TV series ‘Outlander’ is sort of the best of a bad bunch when it comes to representing tartan in historical Scottish culture. This great article tells you all about how they manage it!

If you fancy reading more about the history of ‘Brigadoon’ and its impact on Scottish culture you can check out this great book, which also brings ‘Braveheart’ into the mix...

The power of the Freed Unit can really be seen with the fact they changed the name of Saratoga Village in Maryland to Brigadoon as part of the massive marketing campaign for the movie! There’s even a MacConnachy Square...

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Sir Harry Lauder is one of the biggest names in exporting Scottish ‘culture’ to the world. As kitsch as it is, you can’t deny that it had an effect! Here he is singing his most famous song, “Roamin’ in the Gloamin’.

Harry Lauder’s impact can be seen in examples such as this: our favourites Fred and Ginger trying their hand (one more successfully than the other) at Scottish culture. Maybe just stick to what you’re best at guys…

A fine example of what Jimi was talking about of these Scottish ditties he learned in school is the Jeely Piece Song. Yes, a song about throwing sandwiches out of a high-rise. Get into it!

Another big hitter for Scottish singing is of course, The Singing Kettle. Here’s Cilla and Artie leading us in another Scottish classic - “Oh Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus.”

If you think bagpipes are just a lot of noise, you would be wrong! Here’s Clanadonia giving us something a bit more traditional and for a bit of difference, here’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers with one of their famous covers.

Jimi is dying to know what you folks across the pond and in the rest of the world think/feel/know about Scotland and Scottish culture. Come tell him all about it on Reddit!

If you fancy celebrating Hogmanay wherever you are and feel the need to first foot, here’s a fine recipe for Black Bun. It’s honestly so delicious!

If you’re at the Fringe this year and want to check out some good Scottish fare, check out “The Mould That Changed The World” - all about Alexander Fleming’s greatest invention!

If you're not following us on Twitter yet, get it sorted! It’s the easiest way to get in touch!


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR DIVAS

A laundry list of actresses were considered to play the title role in this musical including: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Bea Arthur, Doris Day, Elaine Stritch, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. But instead the role went to a relative newcomer on the Broadway scene. What show?


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Jun 14, 2018
Happy Hour #59: Asaka Play Me A Podcast - ‘Once On This Island’
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Brave the storm and come and hear the story of Ahrens and Flaherty’s beautiful musical, ‘Once On This Island.’ With its current Broadway revival this show has gained a new life, so come and listen to the boys this week as they talk all about how Michael Arden’s production has reinvigorated the gender roles and turned ‘Once On This Island’ into a much more feminist piece, they have some cheery chat about how different societies deal with death and give their thoughts about this year’s Tony nominations!

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Once On This Island (Broadway Revival Recording)

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Show Notes

We can’t quite believe this is our first Ahrens and Flaherty show! If you’re into your academic texts about writing teams then this is a great resource for finding out more about this incredible duo!

For a bit of a different viewpoint on the introduction of Haitian vodou culture to the Americas, look no further than Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ - and if you’re more of a visual learner then check out the Amazon series!

It’s difficult to find protest for ‘Once On This Island’ but here is one article which talks about the difficulties of the story portrayed through the current revival. What do you think?

Amateur libretti can be fantastic insights into author's’ intentions and viewpoints. Have a read of the ‘Once On This Island’ note from Ahrens and Flaherty. Are there any more you know of?

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What are your views on race/cultural portrayal in amateur theatre? Is there anything you think schools and amateur groups could be doing more of to promote equality? Let us know over on Reddit!

Jimi would like to take this opportunity to profess his love for Alex Newell and all that he does. From ‘The Glee Project’ to now he’s a constant superstar! Check out this hugely groundbreaking performance on ‘Glee’ where Alex was one of the first portrayals of transgender teens of colour on network television!

Jimi would also like to take this opportunity to talk about another one of his icons, Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix and Superfruit fame. Again, smashing gender barriers with one of the best voices Jimi’s ever heard.

Without turning into a book club, if you haven’t read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman yet then you REALLY need to get on that.

Here’s a great video with Dane Laffrey, set designer of the revival, talking about his influences for his incredible set design.

Like Tommy’s ‘a tree!’ moment, do you have any moments that you’ve found become laugh lines that totally weren’t meant to be? Come and tell us on Twitter!

 


A MOO-TIFUL QUIZ QUESTION

The film version of this musical proved that Gene Kelly was afraid of cows. What is it?


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May 31, 2018
Happy Hour #58: SQUIP - Super Quantum Unit Intel Podcast - ‘Be More Chill’
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C-c-c-c’mon, c-c-c-c’mon, go, go! Get that Mountain Dew ready because it’s time to take your pill as we talk about the online musical sensation that has found its way out of its Tumblr existence and unprecedentedly burst into the mainstream - it’s Joe Iconis’ ‘Be More Chill!’ Join the guys as they work out exactly how this musical came to be the smash among the iGen, Jimi sends out a plea to 21st century audiences and Tommy makes a startling revelation about exactly how he feels about this show.

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Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

For all you listeners under the age of 60 and living outside of the UK, here’s what Jimi meant by ‘Watch With Mother.’ It gave us ‘Muffin the Mule’ and ‘Andy Pandy.’ We’re eternally grateful.

Where my emos at? Do you agree with Jimi that there’s a certain Fall Out Boy flair to some of Iconis’ music? Just listen to ‘Pitiful Children!’ Also, all pictures of bad late noughties haircuts are welcome.

Would you want to listen to a podcast where Jimi reacts to Tommy reacting to Smash? Come and cast your vote over on Twitter!

How do you think this show deals with themes of teen anxiety compares to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’/’Mean Girls’/’Thirteen Reasons Why?’ Join the conversation over on Reddit!

The original novel that this musical is based on is pretty darn different in terms of plot. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read! Get it here!

Here’s a vlog from the team behind the Exit32 production of ‘Be More Chill.’ It doesn’t take much delving into the YouTube comments before you realise how fanatic these fans are!


There’s a pretty neat interview with Joe Iconis and George Salazar, who plays Michael, as they check out the cast album!  


A DREAMY QUIZ QUESTION

What show stars “actors” named Effie, Deena, and Lorrell but has nothing to do with Dreamgirls?


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May 17, 2018
Happy Hour #57: Tragedy Tomorrow, Podcasting Tonight - ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum’
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It’s back to Ancient Rome we go for Stephen Sondheim’s first solo outing as a composer/lyricist with ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.’ This time around the block Jimi and Tommy discuss whether farce and musical theatre are good bedfellows or whether one negatively impacts the effects of the other, the boys reveal the impact that the McCarthy era had on this show and they get ready to premier their new collective drag persona - Shéva LaVey. 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Original Broadway Cast)

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Show Notes

One of Jimi’s all-time favourite writers is Mr Larry Gelbart who wrote the very effective book for ‘Forum,’ but why not check out his own book - ‘Laughing Matters’ - filled with fascinating tidbits?

So whether it’s ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,’ or ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum’ (these shows don’t like short titles do they?) - what do you think? Does farce work on a musical theatre stage? Do the songs slow down the action? Come and tell us what you think!

Sondheim is quite open about the fact he’s down on his lyrics for this show. You can get all of them, including Hero’s fantastic cut Echo song, in Sondheim’s collection ‘Finishing the Hat’ - a staple for every musical theatre household.

Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett are among the groups who have taken Forum’s songs and put them to good use outwith the confines of the show itself. Here they are in Putting it Together with their rendition of ‘Lovely.’

Also check out one of the campest songs in all of musical theatre, ‘Everybody Ought to Have a Maid,’ at Sondheim’s birthday concert at the Proms!

If you’ve not seen the film, we’re not going to make you watch it. But we’d be interested to hear what you think about it if you have - let us know over on Twitter! If you’re curious anyway, here’s the link.

And finally for your viewing pleasure, enjoy this clip of Zero Mostel being awkward in a tuxedo-cum-toga at the 1971 Tony Awards.


AN EXCELLENT QUIZ QUESTION

Sadly, the musical adaptation of this Young Adult novel does NOT star Keanu Reeves as the antagonist. What could it be?


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May 09, 2018
Happy Hour #56: We’re Still Podcasting - ‘The Last Five Years’
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Get out the tissues to mop those eyes (or ball up and throw!) as the boys get deep with Jason Robert Brown’s classic ‘The Last Five Years.’ This week Jimi and Tommy weigh up who ‘wins’ in this show, if anyone, whether this piece is autobiographical or not - and whether autobiographical shows are appropriate, and debate the nature of creative jealousy, infidelity and Russell Crowe.

The Last Five Years (Original Broadway Cast)

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Show Notes

We got quite deep this week and we imagine there will be some hefty discussion on this one. So, Jamie or Cathy? Or neither? Or both? What do you think? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!

The origins of this show were shaky to say the least. This Playbill article shines a light on how it all started.

Here’s a great interview with the man himself talking about the origins of the show and the musical theatre business in general.

If you’ve not seen the trailer, it’s definitely worth watching. Here’s the trailer for your perusal, and here’s the link to the movie!

Jimi gets down and dirty with his thoughts about critics constantly citing a lack of ‘hummable melodies’ and he wants to know your thoughts! Let him know over on Twitter!


AN AWARD WINNING QUIZ QUESTION

Every actor who opened as the leading role from our next musical has won the Tony Award for Best Acting - even when the role wasn’t in this musical. What is it?


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May 02, 2018
Happy Hour #55: Way Down Podcastown - ‘Hadestown’
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All aboard the Hades express as we travel the Road to Hell to explore Anais Mitchell’s underground hit ‘Hadestown.’ Jimi finally gets a chance to bring out his inner Ancient Greek Geek and delve into the myth behind the musical, the boys weigh up the state of Broadway as it currently is and discuss the importance of new blood in an art form like musical theatre.

Hadestown: The Myth. The Musical. (Original Cast Recording) [Live]

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Show Notes

Just a brief note: we recorded this podcast before the huge announcement that Hadestown is in fact coming to London in November. We can predict the future, who knew!

There aren’t many musicals that have come straight from a concept album, but this one certainly has! Get to know the history of Hadestown by checking out Anais Mitchell’s original album.

Want to swat up on your Greek mythology but can’t be bothered wading through textbooks, well pick up a copy of the book that started Jimi’s obsession a quarter of a century ago. It’s cute, there are pictures!

What are your thoughts about the idea that Broadway shows have to feel pressured to ‘think big’ Does it always work? Is it at detriment to the story? Is there a way to compete with the budgets of shows like Frozen? Get on over to Reddit and tell us your thoughts!

There are some great little videos made around the release of the cast album where Anais and Rachel take you through the meaning behind each number. It really helps show that this musical is a force to be reckoned with!

Are there any cast recordings or shows that you think are made infinitely better due to their Original Cast and the others just don’t cut the mustard? Let us know over on Twitter!

Have a look at the trailer for Edmonton’s production (and soon to be the West End production!) of Hadestown and compare it to the stripped down version from the NYTW. What has your vote?


A LITIGATING QUIZ QUESTION

This is perhaps one of the only musicals with key lyrical changes driven by a post-divorce legal agreement. What is it?


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Apr 26, 2018
Happy Hour #54: How to Podcast - ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’
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The boys are back in town and they're diving straight into the self-help musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!’ This time around Jimi and Tommy try and fit ‘How to Succeed’ in a contemporary setting in spite of its blatant misogyny, Jimi muses on whether Bob Fosse is the real reason this show is so successful with the critics and together they work out how to get a Pulitzer prize.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

We’ve missed you all so much! Come and let us know what you’ve been up to for the past 6 months over on Twitter!

Our 21st century ‘How To Succeed’ is easily the TV show ‘Mad Men’ which takes the extant misogyny of the 1960s and puts it in the driving seat. Here’s the show’s creator sitting down with Larry King to talk all about it.

For all you law aficionados out there, check out employment law Professor Miriam Cherry’s paper comparing the content of ‘How to Succeed’ with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - who said musical theatre wasn’t relevant in the real world?

When you think ‘How to Succeed’ the last thing you think about is Bob Fosse - but he was there! However, if you watch ‘A Secretary is Not a Toy’ you can he his flexed-footed stamp is well and truly there!


Why do you think ‘How to Succeed’ won the Pulitzer prize for drama? Come over to Reddit and tell us!


A BROOKLYNITE QUIZ QUESTION

The folk-singer-author of our next musical has shared studio space with friend-of-the-podcast Dave Malloy. And her artistic connections clearly reflect this. What show?


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Apr 18, 2018
See you soon…
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We're back…soon! Probably next Wednesday. Talk to ya then!

Apr 11, 2018
Happy Hour #53: Happiness Is Making A Podcast - ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’
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The Doctor is most definitely in! Unpack your blanket and put down your book report because this week Jimi and Tommy are discussing “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” This time around the block Tommy gives a brief history of Peanuts, the boys muddle over whether this show works in a big Broadway house without losing some of its integrity and they discuss the nature of kids playing adults playing kids. Good grief! 

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999 New Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Not familiar with Peanuts? Well here’s the first ever comic strip which tells you all you need to know!

Jimi got introduced to Vince Guaraldi in this podcast, if you didn’t know about him check out some of his iconic music here!

The peanut butter monologue is absolutely stellar. Finlay MacAulay, the actor playing Charlie Brown in Jimi’s production, even used it to get into drama school!

Do you agree with Jimi and Tommy that this is the perfectly structured musical revue? Can you even compare Company to YAGMCB? Come over to Reddit and discuss!

Did you see the recent Broadway revival? How did the small-scale sketches land in a Broadway house? Let us know on Twitter!

Who knew that Troy Bolton himself, Zac Efron, started life as Snoopy in a high-school production of ‘Charlie Brown!’


A NEWSCASTER QUIZ QUESTION

Our next show is Anderson Cooper’s only Broadway credit. What show?


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Oct 21, 2017
Unsung Heroes #2: Rob Roy
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Rob Roy: The Train Conductor of 16 Wheel Bertha

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Rob Roy: The Musical

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Oct 08, 2017
Happy Hour #52: I Don’t Know How To Podcast - ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
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What’s the buzz? Well the boys talking all about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s controversial smash ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this week! Tommy manages to get over his Andrew Lloyd Webber hatred for an hour and a half so they can talk all about how the musical is more relevant today than ever before, discuss whether this is a religious tale or a humanist one and Jimi falls in love with Tony Vincent, Ben Vereen and a septuagenarian Ted Neeley.

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Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Digitally Re-Mastered Edition)

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Show Notes

This week Jimi is inhabiting the spirit of Dean Pelton. Don’t ask questions, just roll with it Jeffrey.

Research time! Check out the original concept album and enjoy some supreme seventies nostalgia with the movie, then sample something more contemporary with the millennial touring production and the massive arena tour! Great way to start if Jesus Christ Superstar is new to you.

While we’re on the subject, it’s there anything finer than the frosted-tips, pre-Jimmy era of Tony Vincent? No. The answer is no.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a really fantastic play if you’re interested in the other side of this story. Definitely worth a peek!

Compare this video of Simon Zealotes from the movie version of JCS to Tony Vincent’s. Which do you prefer? Let us know on Twitter!

This is the picture that garnered Jimi recognition from the legendary Ben Vereen. He’s still reeling.

Have a look at this incredible video of Ted Neeley performing as Jesus in 2006, decades after his movie appearance.


Check out this behind the scenes footage of the recent arena tour starring Tim Minchin and Sporty Spice herself!


ANOTHER CLASSICAL QUIZ QUESTION

Our last show featured a song by Felix Mendelssohn – uncredited. Our next show features a song by Ludwig van Beethoven – credited. What show?


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Sep 29, 2017
Happy Hour #51: 48kHz: A Musical Podcast - ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’
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Hold still, and focus as we’re talking all about Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy’s beautiful “35mm: A Musical Exhibition.” As this is a fusion of photography and music the boys get arty this week. They talk about what makes a musical ‘exhibition,’ ponder over the terrifying potential of Twilight the Musical and muse over how artists really want their work to be viewed and appreciated.

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35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you’re intrigued as to what the hell we were talking about with that quiz question, check out some of Matthew Murphy’s beautiful work!

In London from 09/18 to 09/30? Then go on a fact finding mission for Jimi and Tommy and go see ‘35mm’ at The Other Palace and let us know all about it!

To find out more about Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez’s Actor Therapy Group then have a look at their website here.

Have a look at Katie Thompson singing ‘Leave, Luanne’ - what do you think about a female singing it? Do you think it changes the message?

If you’re at all interested in the sculptor that moved Jimi so GD much then you can watch this great documentary on him here.


A CLASSICAL QUIZ QUESTION

Some people argue that this next musical features the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his Violin Concerto in E Minor? Mendelssohn remains uncredited to this day. What show?


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Sep 17, 2017
Unsung Heroes #1: The Change
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The Change: Keeping Puberty in the Family

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The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical

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Sep 09, 2017
Happy Hour #50: A Warble In The Woods - ‘Into The Woods’
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Happy 50th Annibirthary to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour! In honour of this monumentous occasion, the gang have chosen to discuss one of musical theatre’s most beloved shows - ‘Into the Woods.’ The lads discuss what makes this some of Sondheim’s best writing, muse on low-budget Milky Whites and ponder what makes Sondheim shows just so bloody good. They also tease a brand new segment kicking off in honour of the 50th celebrations! Wish no more, it’s here!

Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Fancy some Musical Mash nostalgia? Check out Tommy’s first ever video - all about Into the Woods!

Fancy some (less nostalgic) asinhendrix nostalgia? Have a swatch at Jimi’s first YouTube video!

We’re best friends with her now, but he’s the source of our quiz question! Joanna Gleason trimming the tree with Susan Blackwell. Bliss.

If you’re a writer, reading ‘Into the Woods’ by John Yorke is a vital step in your development.

Are you obsessed with what happened After Ever After too? Let Jon Cozart spell it out for you!

If you want to know Tommy’s opinions on which Witch is which, have a look at his Miscast Witches video! If you want to know Jimi’s opinions, tweet him!

If you’ve never seen the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Into the Woods, check it out now! In the meantime you can watch Hannah Waddingham’s stunning rendition of Children Will Listen here.

Is this the best Witch transformation ever? We’ll invite you to show us a better one!

And speaking of drag queen transformations, check out this Elsa reveal!

If you want to see something cute as heck, check out Tommy in the biggest hat ever as Jack in Into the Woods!  

Tell us about your production of Into the Woods! Did you do anything funky? Did you use any of the alternatives? Was your HS the one to do Into the Woods in space? Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

Below is Jimi’s ‘favourite’ low-budget Milky White. It’s really the stuff of nightmares. What’s yours?

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Speaking of the stuff of nightmares, no one can explain this one man rendition of Your Fault.

If you’d like to support the podcast on Patreon we would be absolutely honoured. Check out our page here!

We’re going to be celebrating our 50th birthday over on Twitter all week. Come and join us!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!

Finally, we just want to send out one more whopping great thank you for listening to our little show. We wouldn’t have got anywhere near 50 episodes without you so this Bud’s for you, babe!


AN ALL-STAR QUIZ QUESTION

One of the co-collaborators on this musical has worked with a laundry list of famous musical theatre names: Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Jordan, Ramín Karimloo, Betsy Wolfe, Annaleigh Ashford, and Sierra Boggess…but not in the way you think. What show?


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Sep 09, 2017
Happy Hour #49: Take Me Out to the Podcast - ‘Damn Yankees’
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Got your peanuts? Got your crackerjack? Got your camp demonic storyline? Then you’re all set for the latest podcast on Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s ‘Damn Yankees.’ This time around the guys try and wrap their heads around sports, discuss whether this show needs a 21st century update and Jimi starts his multipart series on Bob Fosse. Let’s play ball!

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Damn Yankees: Original Broadway Cast

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Show Notes

The recent Encores! production stayed extremely faithful to the original Broadway production, coded gay characters and all. Here’s Sean Hayes giving his hilarious performance as Mr Applegate.

Do you think Damn Yankees needs a 21st century update? Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

Can you think of other musical composer copycats like Pajama Game/Damn Yankees? Come and tell us on Twitter!

If you’re a Fosse nut like Jimi, come and join the celebration! Here’s a kickass mashup of Michael Jackson (who was great inspired by Fosse) and Bobby!

Into the literary side of musical theatre history? Look no further than Sam Wasson’s amazing biography of Bob Fosse here.

All of the props got to the glorious Vicki Lewis for her spectacular turn as Gloria in the 1994 Tony Awards performance!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!


A HIGH SPEED QUIZ QUESTION

The Tony Award winning leading actress in this show auditioned with a ballad  – ‘What Did I Have That I Don’t Have’ from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. When asked if she had an uptempo song, the actress responded, “No…but I can sing this one five-times faster.” So she did, and got the part. What show?


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Sep 01, 2017
Happy Hour #48: A Medieval Masterclass - ‘Blondel’
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Come back with us to the Middle Ages as we follow the pursuits of everyone’s favourite court misntrel: ‘Blondel!’ Potentially winning the award for the most unknown show so far on the podcast, Jimi and Tommy talk about what might be some of Tim Rice’s best lyrics, how this show comes packaged as a surprisingly feminist political satire and discuss Great Comet-gate and the social responsibility of fan culture.

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If you want a bit of 80s camp fabulousness, here is Paul Nicholas in the role of Blondel with his glorious Blondettes!

Tim Rice is one of musical theatre’s coolest cats. Check out this (slightly peculiar) interview of him discussing the rewrites to turn ‘Blondel’ into ‘Lute!’

Not just a Pointless presenter, Alexander Armstrong has had a great string of roles in British musical theatre. Here he is singing some of Tim Rice’s best lyrics in “No Rhyme for Richard.”

Stage Door Records are leading their own crusade in reviving lost west end hits (and misses!), check them out!

What are your thoughts on musical theatre fan culture? Are you going to be a Blondelite? Head over to Reddit and give us your thoughts!


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR A GORILLA

Originally act one of this show was slated to end with a round of musical chairs emceed by a gorilla. However, the producer didn’t think think this number worked – much to the dismay of the choreographer. Strangely, when they adapted the musical into a movie, this same choreographer performed in the new number that replaced the gorilla piece. What show?


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Aug 25, 2017
Happy Hour #47: Step, Kick, Kick, Leap, Kick, Touch - Podcast! - ‘A Chorus Line’
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Get ready to do the whole combination away from the mirror and unpack your headshot, as we’re heading straight onto Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line!” As one of the longest running musicals of all time, there’s lots to unpack this week! Jimi and Tommy discuss how this show created the first musical theatre workshop, why the lyricist hated the show’s biggest song and muse over whether you can alter something so iconic. A-5-6-7-8!

A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Recording)

 

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Before you do anything, listen to the cast recording and watch the amazing documentary: “Every Little Step,” especially if you’re an aspiring director! Listen to Jimi’s plea and watch this to see how casting’s done properly!

If you want to find out more about the creation of the show and those early recording sessions, look no further than this fantastic book: “On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line”

If you’re interested in the ins and outs of how royalties work with workshop casts then check out this article which details what went down with “Hamilton” last year.

It’s time for another “Jimi Was In This Show” moment. Not as scary as Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, here he is as Larry in “A Chorus Line”

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What do you think about revamping iconic musical choreography? Have a look at the MUNY production and see what you think about Denis Jones’ attempts.

Have you been in “A Chorus Line?” Did your choreographer give the show a revamp? Let us know! Head over to Reddit and tell us all about it!

If you’re interested in how the lyrics were developed for “A Chorus Line” listen to this NPR interview all about him.

What’s your dance routine mental cheat sheet? Come and tell us on Twitter!

Also if you’d like to, feel free to send us an email at jimandtomic@gmail.com!


A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL QUIZ QUESTION

In 1985, this musical – conceived and created by a big-league lyricist and librettist and that proved to be a British hit – tried out in a US High School instead of heading straight for Broadway?


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Aug 18, 2017
Happy Hour #46: Alice in Podcastland - ‘Wonderland’
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Come on down the rabbit hole (or elevator shaft) as we travel to Frank Wildhorn’s ‘Wonderland.’ This week, the boys try and wrap their heads around why this show has yet to have a success, dissect the drama unfolding with the current UK tour and Tommy offers his own personal adaptation which he thinks would solve everything!

Wonderland (Original Broadway Recording)

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What’s your favourite Alice in Wonderland adaptation? Jimi will always fight for the 1999 made-for-TV version.

Tommy on the other hand will always fight for Ms Carol Channing singin’ about jam.

If this is your favourite musical, apologies for panning it, but please change our minds! Head over to Reddit and fight its corner!

What do you think about Tommy’s changes to the musical? Give your 140 characters long review on Twitter!

The recent UK tour underwent some drastic changes to the original (or one of the original books.) Did you see it? How close was Jimi to the plot? Let us know! If you didn’t see it, here’s the trailer!

If you’re interested in backstage politics, there’s nothing juicier the the unfolding drama of the Wonderland tour’s closure!

If you know where to find a copy of Death Note’s musical outing then hit Jimi up! In the meantime let’s all enjoy Kwang-Ho Hong’s rendition of the title song.


A FALLING QUIZ QUESTION


In Chicago there’s a gay bar where they play musicals on Monday. And people shout at the screen. All the time. When they play the finale to this musical, all the patrons chant “Fall! Fall! Fall! Fall! YAAAAAYYYYY!” when one of the performers eventually falls. What show?


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Aug 11, 2017
Happy Hour #45: Podcast In A Box - ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
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Make way for the sideways grimace that is ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch!’ This time around the gang are chatting about the creation of Hedwig in the queercore scene in New York, identify the mythicality which is so prevalent in the show and the representation of trans rights in musical theatre.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Original Cast Recording)

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If you’ve never had a chance to experience ‘Hedwig’ live, then the movie is a great way for you to enjoy it!

Darren Criss came under fire for some comments he made whilst in character, here’s what he had to say in response.

If you’re at all fascinated by the corner of queer culture and the 80s punk scene then look no further than the documentary about the club where it all began!  

Our biggest question this time around was simply is Hedwig transphobic? Might be a simple question, but there’s no simple answer. Also, Do you think ‘Hedwig’ works in a big ol’ Broadway house? Or does need it that dive-bar intimate environment?  Let us know what you think over on Reddit!

Listen to Jimi’s plea - go support your local drag queens! Got one that you love? Give them a shout out in 140 characters.


AN ELEVATING QUIZ QUESTION

Which musical, surprisingly, was inspired by a story about a broken elevator, that one of the author’s made up to appease his child?


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Aug 03, 2017
Happy Hour #44: All About Podcasts – ‘Applause’
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The boys are back in town after their summer holiday and are very excited to bring to you Charles Strouse’s fabulous ‘Applause’ (no, not the inevitable Lady Gaga biopic!) They discuss the nature of ‘evil’ and work out if the antagonist really is, how ‘Applause’ was one of the earliest examples of normalised gay culture presented onstage and Jimi learns all about ‘kickbutt.’

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If you, like Jimi, are one of the six people who watched ‘Glee’ to the end then you can pass by. If not, take a look at Rachel Berry getting her jush in some (mildly stereotypical) New York gay club, then compare it to ‘But Alive’ in ‘Applause.’

So what do we think folks? Is Eve evil? Is she just ambitious? Does she deserve what she got? Let us know over on Reddit!

If you haven’t watched Tommy’s self-proclaimed ‘Gay YouTube Saga’ then you can check it out here and see what he has to say about diva worship in the gay community.

Old Hollywood was full of coded gay characters and ‘All About Eve’ was no different. Have a look at these clips and see what you think. Is it implied or are people reaching? There’s plenty of fascinating information on this online too, go have a read!

If you haven’t watched the 1973 telecast, it’s the best way to experience this fabulous show nowadays. Have a look here, or skip to 31:00 if you want to enjoy the sensational title number!

We barely hear about ‘Applause’ anymore, but we did have the recent Encores! production to tide us over. Why do you think we haven’t seen a revival? Tell us about it in 140 characters.


A QUIZ QUESTION FOR STEPHEN SCHWARTZ


Our next musical was written by Stephen Schwartz but not the Stephen Schwartz you think…


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Jul 26, 2017
Happy Hour #43: I Wanna Be A Podcaster - ‘The Producers’
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It’s Jim and Tomic’s latest show, will it flop or will it go? Well that’s for you to decide as we talk all about Broadway’s smash-hit - ‘The Producers!’ This week Jimi and Tommy are delving into the background of the show, the controversy of the original movie and work out which version tells the story best,  they ponder why Nathan Lane isn’t the biggest comedic actor of all time and discuss the nature of ad-libs in contemporary theatre.

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Show Notes

If you haven’t seen the original Mel Brooks movie, then get on that NOW! Bask in the joy of forgotten character L.S.D. singing the smash hit - ‘Love Power.’

Nathan Lane knows how to Tony. Take a look at his classy acceptance speech!

If you’re into it, have a look at the behind the scenes documentary for the original film including some great interviews with dear departed Gene Wilder. 

Vanity Fair also did this amazingly in depth article about the history of the movie here if you’re more into the written word!

Who doesn’t love a blooper reel? Well the one from ‘The Producers’ movie is one of the best.

There’s this cool little BroadwayWorld.com thread which details some audience experiences of the myriad of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick’s ad-libs.

If you want to hear more about where the genius of Nathan Lane came from, take a gander at this Guardian article.

Scary to think that this video of Max and Leo making their triumphant return on Jimmy Kimmel was from a happier time. But hey, political commentary!

If you’ve never seen any of Chez Lindsay’s video essays, you’re missing out! No better place to start than her video on satire, Nazism and Mel Brooks.


A GLEEFUL QUIZ QUESTION

One of Tommy’s favorite numbers from next week’s musical was actually parodied in an episode of Glee. Although they do not sing a song from the actual musical, the circumstances and the setting during the ‘Funny Girl’ era of season five of ‘Glee’ are a direct mirror of the circumstances and the setting of this number next week’s musical.


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Jun 17, 2017
Happy Hour #42: A Podcast of Penzance - ‘The Pirates of Penzance’
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A rollicking band of podcasters we, who tired of editing relentlessly are trying our hand at a G&S and hope it’s not too boring. Leaving the writing to WS Gilbert, Jimi and Tommy embark on a journey to meet the fated ‘Pirates of Penzance’ this week. They talk about the ironic history of the show, where G&S sit in the musical theatre arc and try to pick apart a 19th century plot. Ta-ran-ta-ra!

The Pirates of Penzance (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Recording)

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Who’d have thought you’d be able to turn to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour to find out all about Carmen Miranda’s Ghost and your one stop shop to talk sea shanties?

If you’re new to the world of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ look no further than this Australian version. It’ll give you the best flavour of what a modern interpretation of a Gilbert and Sullivan show can (and probably should) look like!  

Model of a modern major general There is an annjillian different covers and interpretations of A Very Model Of A Modern Major General out there. Here’s a few that we dig! (Uno - dos - tres) Let us know if you’ve discovered any other gems!

After much deliberation about whether or not to put this video out into the world Jimi has gone and put up what he considers his biggest stage blunder of all time when he messed up (and recovered!) the famous Pirate King recit in ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’ Enjoy his calamity! Also he’s only a couple of subscribers away from 500 so hit the button while you’re over there!

In a much less embarrassing video, Tommy has offered his opinions on the original Pirates of Penzance movie!

If we’ve whetted your appetite on the vast world of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan then check out Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ which gives you some backstory on their fascinating relationship and writing process! 


AN IMPROVISED QUIZ QUESTION

This musical is immensely funny from the get-go, but many of its funniest moments developed from actor ad-libs and stage mishaps. From accidentally throwing a coat across stage onto a coat rack and getting a standing ovation to being trapped onstage because of a malfunctioning door. What musical?


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Jun 07, 2017
Happy Hour #41: What’s Your Podcast, Heather? – ‘Heathers the Musical’
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Well f*** them gently with a chainsaw, Jimi and Tommy are talking the cult classic ‘Heathers the Musical’ this week! The guys go in on the importance of honest high school musical theatre, the incredible ways this show is surviving beyond Off-Broadway and have a lovefest about fandoms. How very.

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Hey, we want you to feel okay! If it ever gets rough call The Lifeline on 800-273-TALK or if in the UK The Samaratins on 116 123.

Schools licensing Did you know the full version of Heathers is currently available for licensing in the US? Let this musical live on and get your local theatre group to do it today!

There’s no official recording of the Heathers 101: School Edition track ‘You’re Welcome’ yet but I’m sure a quick Google will sort you out. What do you think of it compared to ‘Blue?’

For some sweet Heathers fandom love, go check out some of these insane animatics over on YouTube - there’s a LOT!

Come and chat to us on Reddit! It’s a great place for us to extend the conversation from the podcast - there’s only so much we can talk about! So many of you wanted us to chat ‘Heathers’ so I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say!


A CONTEXTUAL QUIZ QUESTION

One of the most popular songs from this ‘musical’ has been parodied in every context. It will help you learn about the chemical elements, nations of the world and even college majors. What is the ‘musical?’


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May 19, 2017
Happy Hour BONUS: The 71st Annual Tony Awards
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It's that time of year again! Jimi and Tommy have a gab about the Tony nominees. Enjoy!


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May 14, 2017
Happy Hour #40: A Passionate Podcast - ‘Passion’
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This week Jimi and Tommy go on a trip with Sondheim to Italy and explore the life and love of Fosca and Giorgio in his ‘Passion.’ They ponder over why the show was a critical success but not as popular with audiences, laud the importance of orchestrators on Broadway and make conjecture on Sondheim’s meta-musical.

 

Passion (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Did you know Donna Murphy also had a star turn as the Witch in Into the Woods? Watch Tommy proclaim his love for her in his Miscast Witches video!

If Sondheim is God then does that mean Finishing The… and Look I Made A… are the Old and New Testaments? Either way, gettem!

If you don’t know who Maria Friedman is then the perfect place to start is this this performance of ‘How Many Tears’ from Martin Guerre from ‘Hey, Mr Producer!’

We’re extremely grateful that Sondheim is an advocate for filmed staged versions of his show. Why not treat yourself and have a listen to the creator’s commentary on ‘Passion’?

Here’s a fascinating interview with Sondheim around the time of the release of ‘Passion’ on Broadway.

If you’ve never dipped into the ‘Show People with Paul Wontorek’ Broadway.com segments, you really should! No better place to start than with Judy Kuhn getting passionate.

Orchestrator masterworks bway Hear the man himself talking about the importance of orchestrators, particularly Jonathan Tunick!

If you don’t want to take our word for it, just look at Jonathan Tunick’s repertoire. We owe him so much!


A Highly Anticipated Quiz Question

This show has seen substantial rewrites for it’s licensable school version including the entire re-writing of one of its songs. The creators have said they actually like the new song better than the original and may just include it in all future versions. What show?


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May 12, 2017
Happy Hour #39: A Scottsboro Song - ‘The Scottsboro Boys’
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Jimi and Tommy are going back in history to look at a case that is not talked about enough - the story of the ‘The Scottsboro Boys.’ They examine the controversy surrounding Kander and Ebb’s use of a minstrel show as a framing device, discuss the importance of educating yourself about issues that might be foreign to you and why not enough people know about this musical.

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If you want to find out more about The Scottsboro Boys’ story there is so much out there for you to have a look at, but why not watch this documentary to start you off?

It’s so important to look at all sides of the dice when it comes to any issue, particularly if it’s a side you might not agree with. Have a look at the article that inspired our quiz question this week.

In the same vein, have a look at this video from one of the Freedom Party protests surrounding The Scottsboro Boys’ Broadway run.

There’s an amazing interview with John Thompson, the book writer of this show that gives great insights into the controversy surrounding this piece.

Jane Elliott has done wonderful things for race relations and understanding all through her career. Check out this documentary from when she created her famous ‘Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Experiment’ after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Once you’ve got the hang of what it’s about, go see what happened when Jane brought the experiment to the UK.


A SONDHEIMTASTIC QUIZ QUESTION

The actor who auditioned for the lead role in this musical knocked her audition so far out of the park that Sondheim remarked, “let’s open tomorrow!” What show?


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May 04, 2017
Happy Hour #38: It’s De-Podcast! - ‘Anything Goes’
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All ashore who’s comin’ ashore! Let’s set sail on the SS American with evangelists and crooks as Jimi and Tommy talk about Cole Porter’s classic ‘Anything Goes.’ The lads discuss the many incarnations of the show over the years, why you should just sing ‘Let’s Misbehave’ and get a special visit from UK musical director Dan Glover!

Anything Goes (2011 Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Keep ‘em comin’ kids!

Unexpectedly this might’ve been our toughest quiz question yet! John Williams arranged this fascinating opening for ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’

One of our favourite SNL skits is the High School Theatre Show. Check it out here! Jimi and Tommy take no responsibility for any SNL YouTube holes you fall into.

Forbidden Broadway had their take on the 1987 revival of ‘Anything Goes’ and probably do one of the best Patti LuPone impressions of all time!

Are you in the UK? Check your local theatre and go see Dan’s production of Wedding Singer! Full details on tickets here. Then go follow him on Twitter @DanGlover_27!

It got snipped from any of the amateur productions you’ll find out there, but here is Bonnie asking the age old question: where are the men?

A product of his times or something more sinister? What’s your take on Cole Porter? This article wages in on the question.


A CRITICAL QUIZ QUESTION

This musical stirred something of a controversy on Broadway though it had many positive reviews the following critic did not speak so highly: “The only reason [this musical] has made it to the Great White Way is the Great White Guilt.” What show?


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Apr 29, 2017
Happy Hour #37: Podcast Noir - ‘City of Angels’
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Crack out your smoky sax and don your best femme fatale dress, as we’re going to LA in the 1940s for ‘City of Angels.’ Jimi and Tommy try and work out why we don’t see too much of this show, have a tennis match about the lyrics of the show and discuss the many opportunities for creative teams that the show offers.

City of Angels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Interested in finding out more about Film Noir? Start with the quintessential Maltese Falcon! You can check out the trailer here.

Visiting London anytime soon? Why not check out the West End premiere of ‘The Life’ starring Sharon D. Clarke written by ‘City of Angels’ Cy Coleman?

Thoughts on City of Angels success rate Why do you think City of Angels has never kicked up a storm? Or even just never revived on Broadway? Let us know on Reddit!

Tony performance We often wonder what goes into the creative team’s decision to showcase what they do at the Tony’s! Have a look at what City of Angels brought to the table.

Want to give yourself a challenge? License ‘City of Angels’ with your local theatre group!

Donmar director’s article The recent West End revival met some good success. Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke weighs in on why she chose City of Angels as her first musical.


A CINEMATIC QUIZ QUESTION

Did you know, John Williams worked arranging the score for the 1971 film version of Fiddler on the Roof. To our knowledge, he’s only ever arranged one other song from musical theatre. This song is the title song of next week’s musical.

P.S. It's not 'Thomas and the King'


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Apr 20, 2017
Happy Hour #36: A Godspell Gab - ‘Godspell’
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Prepare ye-selves for our next musical, Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s ‘Godspell!’ This week Jimi and Tommy debate whether this is a show about religion or community, marvel over the creative freedom allowed when producing it and try and decide which are their favourite (of the MANY) cast recordings.

Godspell (The New Broadway Cast)

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Tweet us your ideas!

Stephen Schwartz’s service to his fans is fantastic. Check out the forums on his website to see some of his interaction. The Godspell stuff is particularly interesting!

Godspell is yet another ‘70s-New-York-Centric-Movie-Musical, have a look at a young Victor Garber leading the flock with some fascinating choreography to ‘All For The Best.’

In complete contrast, have a look at the trailer for the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell complete with onstage water and trampolines!

We want to hear about your thoughts on the religious side of Godspell, particularly if you’re not of the Christian faith - but Christians don’t worry, we want to hear from you too! Come say hi on Reddit!


A LYRICAL QUIZ QUESTION

In the song ‘Beautiful City’ from Godspell lies the title of our next musical. What could it be?


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Apr 12, 2017
Happy Hour #35: Podcast. Podcast. Podcast. - ‘Now. Here. This.’
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Jimi and Tommy take a trip round the Natural History Museum with their favourite fab foursome - The FourBs - as they discuss their musical ‘Now. Here. This.’ They contemplate the importance of subtlety in cast recordings, high school moments that made them hot and queer representation in musical theatre for their weekly socio-political fix.

Now. Here. This. (Original Cast Recording)

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What’s your name for the ‘FourBs’ - Susan Blackwell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, Hunter Bell? Tell us on Twitter!

Check out ToS If you haven’t already, and you’re a musical theatre nerd, go check out the FourBs’ first work ‘[title of show]’. Those guys sure do love their punctuated titles…

Neofuturists Interested in experimental fringe theatre? Have a peek at the stuff that The Neo-Futurists are getting up to!

Dazzle camouflage Let musical theatre and Jeff Bowen guide you into a whole new world of education with what the hell Dazzle Camouflage actually is.

Hey podcast fans, what makes you hot? Let us know over on our subreddit!

Necessary ‘Now. Here. This.’ watching is the gang’s Kickstarter documentary - you can watch it here!

Surprise! We got to interview the gorgeous and glorious cast of ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’ while they were recording their original Broadway cast recording (due next month!) - have a look at us speaking to Denée Benton here!


A PHILOSOPHICAL QUIZ QUESTION

 

What musical features Socrates, Jean-Paul Sartre and L. Ron Hubbard in its cast?
 


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Apr 07, 2017
Happy Hour #34: A Saigon Serenade - ‘Miss Saigon’
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The heat is most definitely on in the podcast this week as Jimi and Tommy discuss Boublil and Schonberg’s controversial ‘Miss Saigon.’ The guys discuss the problem of Asian diversity onstage, how much the author’s intent qualifies the tone of a musical and the effect of covering songs outside the context of the show!

Miss Saigon: The Definitive Live Recording

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There’s lots to discuss this episode so head straight on over to Reddit to join in the conversation. While you’re there why not check out the chat on some of our previous episodes too?

If you haven’t seen the show before, it’s well worth checking out the 25th Anniversary recording to get a good idea of the story and some of the staging, plus some outstanding performances!

Have a look at some of the shocking statistics about Asian casting on Broadway. We’re looking at you Aladdin!

It’s crazy to think that Lea Salonga was just 17 when she auditioned to play Kim. Have a look at her callback audition where she sings ‘Sun and Moon’ with the writers.

There are so many amazing recordings from places outside of Broadway and the West End. Since we’re celebrating Asian actors this episode, let’s enjoy more of Hong Kwang-Ho who plays Thuy in 25th Anniversary recording. His voice is breathtaking! Here he is singing Jekyll and Hyde, which was huge in Korea and Phantom of the Opera where he was one of the youngest to be cast in the role. What are some of your favourites? Let us know!

Sorry but Jimi will take any excuse to feature Liza’s Losing My Mind cover...

Have a read of this article by playwright David Henry Hwang to hear his take on the Asian casting issues in theatre.


A CARTOON QUIZ QUESTION

We’ve got an audio clip for our next quiz question! If you can work out the identity of the cartoon being described, it’ll lead you towards the title of our next show!


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Happy Hour #33: Jim and Tomic Are Doing A Podcast! - ‘42nd Street’
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Come and meet those dancing feet, we’re taking you to everyone’s favourite ‘avenue’: 42nd Street! Don your tap shoes and triple-time step your way into the Great Depression as Jimi and tommy (feat. a noisy cricket) discuss the tragic nature of the show’s opening night, debate the nature of dance breaks and the success of contemporary awakenings of classic musical comedies.

42nd Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Turns out Pinky and Perky are British! For all you non-Brits out there here’s a taste of the singer-songwriter pigs’ TV show.

If that sold you, you can get the VHS of the Chattanooga Choo Choo number here!

If you fancy yourself some black and white realness, check out the Hollywood classic 42nd Street movie!

Old Hollywood trailers are a beautiful thing, check out the (massively misogynistic) 42nd Street trailer from 1933.

Did you know classic Hollywood actors made mistakes too? Just look and see! God damn!

If you haven’t got one of the greatest musical theatre resources ever (Broadway: The American Musical by the way) then fix that right now!

What do you think about the nature of dance breaks? Come tell us on Reddit!

One of Jimi’s favourite Tony openings ever is 2001, with this fantastic turn from 42nd Street!

If you want some more Tony opening fun have a look at the train wreck of 2009

Have a look at this xkcd comic as we tease apart the nature of reviving classic musicals.


A CONFRONTATIONAL QUIZ QUESTION

There are three musicals (that we know of) with songs in them titled “The Confrontation.” One of them is our musical next week.

Which one?


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Mar 16, 2017
Happy Hour #32: A Little Night Podcast - ‘A Little Night Music’
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Come with us as we spend a weekend in the country listening relentlessly to Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music.’ We ponder why Sondheim wrote the show in the first place, try to work out why ‘Send in the Clowns’ is his most popular song of all time and make a plea for a renaissance of Broadway Cast Recordings.

    
A Little Night Music (Revival Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you’ve not got the musical theatre equivalent of Moses’ tablets from Mt. Siani- then what are you playing at? Finishing The… and Look I Made A…

We couldn’t talk about Elaine Stritch’s Broadway finale without giving her some mad props. Here’s a marvellous glimpse of her in the show as Madame Armfeldt (with a smidge of Bernadette thrown in for good measure!)

Our pal Mo Brady from The Ensemblist podcast (check ‘em out!) is very well acquainted with ‘A Little Night Music’ - go see what we mean!

Wondering what we’re talking about with Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman? Please inform your local nightclubs of the existence of both of these.

Jimi owes a lot of his musical theatre knowledge to The Simpsons. This was his introduction to ‘A Little Night Music.’

If you haven’t seen ‘Hey! Mr Producer’ yet then fix that right now! If you have, let’s all reminisce over this beautiful moment with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim together (featuring the world’s most awkward handshake/hug!)

What do you think of all of the many millions of adaptations of ‘Send In The Clowns’, like Barbra Streisand’s here. Let us know what you think about musical theatre songs being popularised over on Reddit!

Let’s have one final nod to the glorious Elaine Stritch, you may not be ‘still here’ with us in person, but your musical certainly will be forevermore!


A WELSH QUIZ QUESTION

Catherine Zeta-Jones made her Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of ‘A Little Night Music,’ BUT this was far from her theatrical stage debut. In fact, she got her big break in a West End production of our next musical. What is it?


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Mar 09, 2017
Happy Hour #31: We're Ready for our Podcast, Mr. DeMille – ‘Sunset Boulevard’
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Put on your your finest fir and hop in your star vehicle (an Isotta-Fraschini, naturally) as we drive down Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard! Jimi and Tommy chat about film noir, lazy rhymes, and Patti LuPone's Andrew Lloyd Webber memorial pool. 

Sunset Boulevard (American Premiere Recording)

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Show Notes

Andrew Lloyd Webber has four musicals on Broadway right now (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, School of Rock and Sunset Boulevard). It all makes for one interesting photo:

Check out this smokey, vintage trailer for the original movie version of Sunset Boulevard.

Much to Tommy's chagrin, we've talked Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals a few times before on the podcast. Check out our coverage of Phantom and Cats.

Yes, Tommy has an obsession with Murder, She Wrote. No, it's not a problem…

And today on Jim and Tomic's Video Game Happy Hour, it's the point-and-click classic Grim Fandango.

Want to relive the whole newspaper-reading, floor lamp-heaving moments for yourself? Check out Patti LuPone's Memoir.

Or, for a quick look into the fiasco (and discussion of the ALW memorial pool) check out this New York Times article.

Jimi's favorite: Elaine Page singing With one Look. …take a look at it…get it?


A breathy quiz question…

One of the songs in the original production of this show was specifically written to accommodate the leading lady's tiny lungs. Interestingly, this is not the first time a song has been written to accommodate this actress. What show is it?


Mar 02, 2017
Happy Hour #30: Der Dreigroschenpodcast - ‘The Threepenny Opera’
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Hallo kinder! We’re going further than we’ve ever gone before for our thirtieth birthday, back to pre-war Germany and Brecht and Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.” We learn the differences between Verfremdungseffekt and Gesamtkunstwerk, talk about how torturous times can create form-changing art and reflect on how Brechtian theatre exists today.

The Threepenny Opera – 1954 New York Cast Blitzstein Adaptation

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Show Notes

If you’ve only ever listened to the OBC, why not try something new and listen to the RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra recording starring Ute Lemper? It’s Jimi’s all time favourite.

Get your notepads out, listeners! It’s time for a bit of theatre education. Your prescribed textbook is ‘Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic.’ Turn to page 394.

If you’re more of an auditory learner check out this documentary here, here and here, featuring interviews from Brecht’s wife and collaborator Helene Weigel.

Don’t tell Brecht, but you should REALLY listen to ‘Tristan und Isolde’ by Wagner if you haven’t. It’s pretty darn life changing.

After that, continue you on your operatic journey and check out our musical theatre pal Patti LuPone in Brecht and Weill’s ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ and then buy the DVD.

There are approximately an annjillian versions of ‘Mack the Knife,’ but here’s Ella Fitzgerald showing us all how to get over forgetting the lyrics mid-song.

Tommy pulled out Weill’s ‘The Firebrand of Florence’ out of his pocket mid-podcast. Check out what the hell he was talking about here!

What do you think about the music of ‘The Threepenny Opera?’ Tommy’s tied, Jimi’s in love, where are you? Tell us on Reddit!

Here’s the queen of cabaret, Lotte Lenya, singing one of Jimi’s all-time favourite musical theatre numbers - ‘Pirate Jenny.’ Then have a swatch at Ute Lemper, her contemporary counterpart, doing the same in German. But if you want something completely different, check out Amanda Palmer taking her NSFW take on it! Which do you prefer?

Why was Bob Dylan aroused? It’s a question we ask ourselves every day. Check out this article to find a bit about why!

We’ve not heard from ‘Forbidden Broadway’ in a while, check out their inadvertent pastiche of ‘The Threepenny Opera’ in their ‘Spring Awakening’ spoof!

Also if anyone wants to hear more from Lotte Lenya or Bertolt Brecht in Jimi’s little book,

Bonus shnote! Here's Jimi when he played Mr Peachum in a production of 'The Threepenny Opera' at the Edinburgh Fringe:


A SMASHING QUESTION

Which musical caused the events of this quote to occur:

“From the outside, I’m sure it sounded like all hell had broken loose in my dressing room, which in fact it had. I was hysterical … I took to batting practice in my dressing room with a floor lamp. I swung at everything in sight — mirrors, wig stands, makeup, wardrobe, furniture, everything. Then I heaved a lamp out the second-floor window.”


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Feb 09, 2017
Happy Hour #29: The Podcast Men – ‘The Music Man’
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We got no trouble here just pure unadulterated love for Meredith Willson’s one-hit-wonder “The Music Man!” We bask in the brilliance of the book, music and lyrics of this show, discuss the disparity between Broadway and West End successes and weigh up historical accuracy versus inclusivity.

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The Music Man (Original Broadway Cast)

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Show Notes

Interested in finding out a bit more about Meredith Willson? Check out this article about the man behind “The Music Man.”

Tommy is a master of mockery, go check out his pastiche of “Ya Got Trouble” and the 2003 Disney televised movie.

Does anyone have this elusive Meredith Willson interview record? Let us know!

Any excuse to post a vid of the queen herself, Patti LuPone singing “Ya Got Trouble” on SiriusXM.

Jimi was first exposed to The Music Man the same way he was exposed to most American culture - through The Simpsons. Then subsequently in everyone’s favourite camp extravaganza, BBC’s “Over the Rainbow.”

We’ve plugged it before, and we’ll plug it again. If you’re interested in scholarly reading about musical theatre, check out Warren Hoffman’s “The Great White Way.”

Surprise! Tommy is representin’ at BroadwayCon in NYC this weekend. Who’s all going? Come say hi!


A QUESTION THAT’S BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

Bob Dylan became aroused straightaway by the raw intensity of the songs in this musical. What musical was it?


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Jan 26, 2017
Happy Hour #28: The Jim and Tomic Mixtape – ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’
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Jimi and Tommy go back to their roots and return to see just how much the Hamilton phenomenon has affected the world and discuss the release of ‘The Hamilton Mixtape!’ The pair chat about the contentious relationship between theatre and politics, exposing the musical theatre world to new music and question Hamilton’s potential successes worldwide.

The Hamilton Mixtape

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Show Notes

Want a brief taster of how much Hamilton took over in 2016? Check out this Playbill article!

As with the OBC, genius.com has got you covered with understanding just how nuanced and incredible this mixtape is! Go, devour, learn!

Speaking of demos, check out Raul Esparza giving us a taste of 'The Flag Song' from Sondheim's Assassins. Very topical. Very very.

Check out the video that blasted Watsky onto the pop sphere. How can any human being go that fast? I dunno. I’m jealous.

Wanna see “An Open Letter” straight from the horse’s mouth? Have a swatch of this vid of Lin and friends giving their rendition on the Hamilton stage!

And a final congratulations to Andrew McDermott for winning the Overtures quiz with an impeccable 100% score!


A QUESTION FOR A HAPPY DAY

The movie version of this musical is one of Ron Howard’s only singing roles. Which musical?


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Jan 19, 2017
The Overtures Quiz
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This is our overtures quiz! Twenty overtures!

Email us your answers here (jimandtomic@gmail.com) or send us a DM on Twitter.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Dec 24, 2016
Happy Hour #27: A Christmas Podcast - ‘A Christmas Story’
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Happy holidays everybody! To celebrate, we’re chatting about one of Broadway’s newest Christmas stories, “A Christmas Story” - the adaptation of the cult American classic. The lads talk all about the differences between US and UK Christmas movies, the glory of Pasek and Paul and work out what our Red Rider Carbine Action BB Guns of yore were.

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Take a peek at Broadway’s premiere prosthetic kickline in “A Major Award.”

Take a look at Ralphie defending his family from Black Bart in the movie, then compare it to a rehearsal of “Ralphie to the Rescue” from the movie!

Johnny Rabe is a boy wonder! Read this sage-like interview about his first producing credit here.

Is Luke Spring Fred Astaire reincarnate? Very potentially! Check out him and Caroline O’Connor in the Tony Awards performance!

Next proceed to fall into a Caroline O’Connor shaped YouTube hole starting from here.

What was your Red Rider Carbine Action BB Gun? Let us know over on Reddit or Twitter what the best present you've ever received was!


Not just a quiz question, a quiz…

As it is the season of giving we’re holding our first prize giveaway! We’ve got 20 overtures, some easy, some hard, for you to guess. DM us on Twitter, email us or fill out our contact form with your answers. The person with the most correct wins! Deadline for answers is midnight CST on the 31st. Good luck and happy holidays!


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Dec 24, 2016
Happy Hour #26: An Oklahoma Hoedown - ‘Oklahoma!’
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Jimi and Tommy talk about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record-breaking debut, ‘Oklahoma!’ The gang discuss where the show fits in a contemporary setting, the importance of narrative choreography and the birth of the two most important names in musical theatre history!

Oklahoma! (1998 London Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If musical theatre history is your thing, then look no further than Broadway: The American Musical beautifully narrated by Julie Andrews!

Also if you are interested in race representation in musical The Great White Way by Warren Hoffman is a good starting point.

Check out the glorious Agnes DeMille, one of the true founders of narrative choreography.

Oklahoma was the first musical to contain a dream ballet - have a look at the 1955 movie’s attempt at it!

What are you opinions and experiences with narrative choreography and dance on Broadway? Let us know on Reddit!

Stephen Sondheim owes a lot of his career to Mr Oscar Hammerstein II. Have a look at this great interview where he talks a little bit about his influence.

As it’s the holidays we’ve got an exciting giveaway in next week’s podcast so be sure to tune in and find out the details!


A LEGGY QUIZ QUESTION

Which musical contains Broadway’s premiere prosthetic kickline?


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Dec 15, 2016
Happy Hour #25: Some Matilda Malarkey – ‘Matilda: The Musical’
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Grab your library books and keep an eye on that newt! This week we're chatting up the nuvo-West End show “Matilda: The Musical.” We discuss stellar child actors, British and US dialectical differences, the fabulous Bertie Carvel and the marvels of childhood.

Matilda: The Musical (Original London Cast Recording)

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SHOW NOTES

Have a look at this interview with the marvelous Tim Minchinwhere he talks about how he got involved with the RSC and Matilda.

The set design for this show is JUST fab. Here's an interview with set and costume designer Rob Howell and lighting designer Hugh Vanstone about their letters-and-blocks inspired design.

There're two recordings of Matilda! Did you know that? Tommy didn't. If you want to do some comparisons, the London Cast is on Spotify and the Broadway Cast is on Amazon.

2013 was the year of the children choruses at the Tony Awards. Don't believe us? Check out NPH's exhausting opening number.

Have a look at the stunning Bertie Carvel in the recording studio. Fabulous both in and out of costume.

Join Lesli Margherita in her backstage vlog “Looks Not Books”from Broadway.com.

Tim Minchin sings songs. They're funny. Really funny.

He's also working on a new musical – an adaptation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. It'll be a while before you can listen to the whole thing, but you can check out one of the songs right now!

Dec 09, 2016
Happy Hour #24: A New World Whirl – ‘Songs for a New World’
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Set sail with us as we explore Jason Robert Brown's early song cycle, “Songs for a New World.” We talk the contentious differences between Revues, Musicals and Song Cycles, kvetch about the “Contemporary Musical Theatre Song” and ruminate on misplaced production concepts.

Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Jason Robert Brown not only played piano during the original production of Songs for a New World he also regularly performs his own stuff! Check him out singing “King of the World!”

Feel like Tommy? Didn't know “Surabaya Santa” was a reference to a Kurt Weill song? Well, live in the dark no longer!

You'd never believe it, but this is the London production Jimi references.

Wanna listen to a “Contemporary Musical Theatre Song?” Here you go! Wanna hear Jimi singing it? Go bug him on twitter. 😬

What's the certain sign of a “contemporary musical theatre” show? A song about coffee, that's what.

We didn't talk about it, but listen to this “Jason Robert Brown Song.”


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Dec 01, 2016
Bonus Episode! Our Trip to See The Great Comet
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Jimi and Tommy have returned from their adventure into the heart of 19th Century Russia and are ready to tell you all about it. Check out our exclusive interview with musical director Or Matias and music supervisor Sonny Paladino, hear our opinions on all of the cast and we give our final verdict on Broadway’s hottest ticket this season!


Show Notes

We just want to give one last big thank you to everyone involved in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 for being so accommodating and treating to Broadway fans to the night of their lives!

Josh Groban blew us away as Pierre. Have a listen to Dust and Ashes, the new showstopper which doesn’t appear on the Original Cast Recording.

If you still haven’t caved to Jimi’s constant ramblings about Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, featuring Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell of Comet - get a copy here! And then go buy Brittain Ashford’s EP.

If you don’t want to take our word for it please read the New York Times’ glowing review!

Check out our YouTube channels (Jimi’s and Tommy’s) for other fun NYC shenanigans appearing shortly…


And, of course, a BIG thank you to all of our Indigogo supporters:

Amanda Sublette, Andrew van Baarsen, Benjamin-Jack Charles, Bethan Whitear, Bradley Johnson, Brendan Clifford, Brendan Vitek, Brett Meade, Caitriona Johnston, Carlos Adan Ortega, Caroline Elms, celiadugua, chelek, Danielle Hevey, Darrick Jackson, Daryl Rosenbaum, Garion Holland, Hayley Isenhour, Jesse McAnally, Joanne Warrener, Joel Leggett, Julien Matthews, Kiera Jade Smitheram, kudrofel, lauren9739, Logan dokes, Lyris Miu, Mack Herman, Payton Jordan, rosemary , Sara Graves, Sarah Berhanu, Shana Ziolko, Sharon Horwatt, Shelby Cleveland and Tatum Shiff

Thank you!


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Nov 22, 2016
Happy Hour #23: A Gypsy Get-Together – ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’
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Here it is boys! Here it is WORLD! Here's our Gypsy podcast! We talk about the genius of this almost sixty year old musical, Arthur Laurents changing his mind (shocker!) and spend WAY too much time talking about each of the formidable actresses who have played Mama Rose. Oh, and we're in New York right now, too. Did we mention that?

Gypsy (with Imelda Staunton)

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Show Notes

Check out Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir – where this whole show began.

Or, for something less risqué, maybe check out Arthur Laurents's Mainly on Directing.

You've GOT to check out Jo Melziner's book of set design renderings. Tommy's in NYC right now so can't scan in the Gypsy rendering, but if somebody reminds him in like a week, he can put it here…

Live, from Sardi's, it's Ethel Merman! (Complete with microphone.)

Ethel Merman. Disco. Everything's Coming Up Roses. 'Nuff said.

Ugh. Isn't she fabulous. Check out the humble (ambiguously British) Angela Lansbury as Mama Rose at the Tony Awards.

Wanna see a weird production of Into the Woods? What if we told you Imelda was in it? Yah. There you go.

This is just a sampling of the fabulous Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, but you should ABSOLUTELY watch it.


Not a quiz question, just a question-question…

What would you like us to do in New York?


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Nov 10, 2016
Bonus Episode! Jim and Tomic are Going to Broadway!
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Happy Hour #22: A Grand Gallop – ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’

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Pack your bags, come on down to Berlin and don't forget to tip your bellhop. This week, Jimi and Tommy are checking in to the wonderfully dark Grand Hotel. We discuss the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Tommy Tune's leg-bending choreography, Forbidden Broadway parodies, Michael Jeter's moustache, and a fabulous upcoming adaptation of Sweeney Todd.

Grand Hotel: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Can you guess who's who? It's a halloween tradition!

  Everyone's favorite ripoff comic creator: Stu Lou

Everyone's favorite ripoff comic creator: Stu Lou

   The lovechild of Klaus Nomi and Annie Lennox after they time travelled to Weimar Germany…obviously.

The lovechild of Klaus Nomi and Annie Lennox after they time travelled to Weimar Germany…obviously.

It's one of the classics of black & white American Cinema. Check out this trailer for the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Grand Hotel.

Tommy Tune's choreography is stunning. Here's a tiny taste of it.

An adorable and wholesome human being, we are lucky to have experienced Michael Jeter. Have a look at his Tony acceptance speech here (and try not to cry along with him).

"Cyd Charisse is fabulous! I'd like to see her two more times."

Forbidden Broadway is fabulous and if you've never listed to it you're wrong. Here's the fabulous Christine Pedi singing Cabaret as Elaine Stritch. What more do you need?

Can't get enough of the fabulous Michael Jeter? Check out this episode of "No Small Parts" entirely dedicated to him.

And last, but certainly not least, feast your eyes on the unbeatable showstopper: Take a Glass Together.


A CLEAN QUIZ QUESTION

During its preview, an unexpected technical malfunction forced Patti LuPone to double as 'Cleaning Lady'. Which musical?


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Nov 02, 2016
Happy Hour #21: A Phantom Tantrum – ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
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Grab your half-masks, put on your cape, and come on down to the opera house! This week we're (somewhat begrudgingly) chatting about A-L-dubb's smash hit The Phantom of the Opera. Buckle up – we're talking misplaced musical styles, plagiarized melodies, and creepy romances (both on and off stage.)

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The Phantom of the Opera
Original London Cast

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Show Notes

Health and safety regulations being what they are, the chandelier crash can be painfully slow in some productions. Check out this compilation video!

Check out Maury Yeston talking about his (probably superior) musical “Phantom.”

What style and grace! Have a look at Sarah Brightman extolling the virtues of her phantom – ex-hubby Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber is notorious for ripping off other people's melodies. Here's a small sampling.


A CINEMATIC Quiz Question

The film that this musical is based upon is the only best picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.


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Happy Hour #20: A Wizarding Wipeout – ‘The Wiz’
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Ease on down to this week’s podcast where we’re hitching a ride on a balloon all the way to Oz; we’re chatting all things ‘The Wiz’! Jimi and Tommy discuss the significance of the show in musical theatre history, go head to head on the movie and give thanks to Shanice Williams for giving us life!

The Wiz (Original Cast Album)

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We’ve talked about it before, but there’s always time to relive the camp television moment that is the exit of the Dorothys on BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ - now with bonus voice cracking from EmFlem!

The 80s brought out some of the most twistedly dark and amazing kid’s films. Could ‘Return to Oz’ be the crowning glory?

Phylicia Rashad is much more than just Mrs. Cosby! Did you know she was the first black woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress? Here’s her beautiful acceptance speech.

We obviously don’t endorse bootlegs, but if you really wanted to you can watch the entire 1984 revival online with Stephanie Mills doing her stuff! But you didn’t hear it from us…

It’s a travesty that Michael Jackson never got to do anymore musical theatre before he died. The commitment he put into developing The Scarecrow was exemplary. Check out him and Miss Ross easing on down that massive sound stage.

So we’re split on our opinions on ‘The Wiz’ movie, but what do you think? Let us know over on Reddit!

Shameless plug alert! Check out part one of Jimi’s YouTube series on live musical theatre recordings and the future of musical theatre!

Take a look at some of the exciting changes NBC are making to their annual televised broadcast after the successes of ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease: Live.’

Check out the incomparable Shanice Williams breaking everyone’s hearts in the finale of ‘The Wiz Live!’ - and bask in the glory of that perfect cyclorama usage.

Then as if you think it couldn’t get any better, have a look at eleven year old (yes, eleven!) Jazmine Sullivan riff the house down with her rendition of ‘Home’ in her high school production - and learn how to do it with Natalie Weiss!

On Thursday the 20th October it’s Rocky Horror night on FOX! Crack out your fishnets and squirt guns and get ready to (potentially) have the night of your life! Here’s the most comprehensive (and R-rated) guide to the audience participation we could find, but for all you virgins out there (it’s a technical term) we’ve got you covered! But hey, it’s a whole new show so maybe it’s time to make a new set of memories!


A LIFE-THREATENING QUIZ QUESTION

During which musical are you more likely to die in Stuttgart than you are in Los Angeles?


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Happy Hour #19: A Piazza Party – ‘The Light in the Piazza’
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Benvenuto and welcome to the land of “naked marble boys” with this week's musical fairy-tale “The Light in the Piazza.” We marvel over beautiful lighting design, talk the differences between opera and musical theatre, and contemplate the discussion of mental health in theatre. 

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The Light in the Piazza (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Watch the wonderful Heidi Blickenstaff on Side by Side by Susan Blackwell confess vacuuming and dusting to songs from Piazza.

Two fabulous musical theatre composers in one touching interview: take a look at Adam Guettel interviewing his mentor and friend, Stephen Sondheim.

Need more Adam Guettel in your life? Check out two of his other musicals: Myths and Hymns and Floyd Collins.

On the topic of opera companies doing musical theatre, take a look at the fabulous English National Opera's production of Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.

Also, want to learn Italian in 10 minutes? (Complete with the requisite hand gestures?) Check out this guy!


A REALLY DIFFICULT quiz question…

Jimi and Tommy tweeted these things about next week's show:

“DOLLY PARTON BIOPIC?!”
“Aww. Shit. I'm in Moscow.”
“YES CYCLORAMA!”
“If Queen Latifah started mamboing at me, I'd be terrified too.”

…what show?


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Oct 12, 2016
Happy Hour #18: A Gangster’s Gavotte - ‘Guys and Dolls’
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Place your bets, it’s time to shoot craps with the spectacular musical comedy, Guys and Dolls! We boggle over the mystical parallel universe that the musical’s set in, Nathan Detroit - the most popular role in the acting world and tease the possible new movie production!

Guys and Dolls (1992 Revival Cast Recoding)

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Show Notes

It wasn’t the Tony’s best year in 2009. Tituss Burgess’ performance of Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat was just one of the many tech fails on the night (check out 4:48)

Nathan Lane loved Mr. Detroit so much he named himself after him! Check out him and the glorious Faith Prince!

Check out Marlon Brando’s moves! Is this what you need to do to graduate to becoming Don Corleone? 

Here’s a taste of the recent Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls featuring stunning British musical actress Sophie Thompson!

If you’re old enough, and haven’t already, check out the HILARIOUS podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno.

The critics are tied, but what do you think? Did any of you see Rebel Wilson play Adelaide? 

If you’re interested, check out the 1976 Revival recording with updated score and orchestrations to have a Motown vibe

Interested in race representation on Broadway as much as us? Read this book!


A CLEAN AND POLISHED QUIZ QUESTION

The title song of this musical is Heidi Blickenstaff’s go-to cleaning song, what could it be?
 


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Oct 05, 2016
Happy Hour #17: A Newsboy Nugget - ‘Newsies: The Musical’
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Are you ready to seize the day and carry that banner? Well now is the time! Newsboy wannabes Jimi and Tommy talk all about Menken, Feldman and Fierstein’s high-flying smash Newsies! Expect discussion about the historical context of the show, as well as highlighting the stronghold of The Mouse and some severe adoration of Andrew Keenan-Bolger.

Newsies: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Before you do anything, bask in the brilliance of past Broadway Prom “Queens” and Newsies Ryan Steele, Garett Hawe and Tommy Bracco and fall into the Newsies YouTube Hole. For the record, at least 30,000 of these views are from Jimi.

And while you’re in the camp mindset, check out Jimi’s favourite film - ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.’ 

What do you think? Is Christian Bale acting glaikit on purpose? Watch and decide! 

Tinfoil hats at the ready! Have a look at Tommy’s Disney conspiracy theory and find out a bit more about the Disney machine!

We hope you’ve got the popcorn out, cause we’ve got even more footage for you! One of the alltime greatest Tony Awards performances in  our opinion. 

Check out the heroine that is Aida Overton Walker who was the inspiration for changing the ethnicity of Hedda Larkin in the stage version. It would’ve been nice to have seen a bit of this historical context in the show! What do you think?

Why do you think Newsies hasn’t made it’s way across to the West End yet? Let us know over on Reddit!

These newsboys are multi-talented! Have a look at Crutchie’s own digital series, ‘Submissions Only’ for a some broadway-shaped tomfoolery! 

Look what else he can do - have a lot of fun in the summertime! 


A BLUNDER OF A QUIZ QUESTION

When a recent revival of this musical performed at the Tony Awards, the performer’s microphone failed almost immediately during the telecast. You can overhear a tech guy say “Am I going with it? I’m goin’, I’m goin’, I’m goin’!” Before he runs onstage with a handheld microphone. What musical was this?


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Sep 28, 2016
Happy Hour #16: A Hairy Hootenanny - HAIR
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Strip off your clothes and let the sunshine in, it’s time to talk all about the revolutionary classic Hair! Jimi and Tommy debate whether or not this one of the most important musicals of all time, Jimi comes out as a latent hippie and the guys discuss the concept of tribe musicals.

Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

Take a listen to the Original Cast Recording for some insightful interviews from the creators of Hair. 

Have you ever been involved in a show which you would consider tribal? Let us know all about it over on our subreddit!

Check out this Broadway.com interview with some of the team from the Diane Paulus revival in Central Park. 

We love the woman in the pink dress! We love hallucinogenic orgies! Come and enjoy these highlights from the film with us. 


An Award-Winning Quiz Question…

This musical holds the record for producing the biggest number of Broadway Prom ‘Queens’ for any single show - what is it?


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Sep 21, 2016
Happy Hour #15: A Fun Home Hoopla - Fun Home
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Welcome to our podcast on Maple Avenue! This week, we're talking about the fabulously important (and recently closed) musical Fun Home. We chat about the importance of representation, non-linearity, vagaries in the LGBTQ alphabet soup of terminology, and Jimi gets caught up on a particular V-word.

Fun Home (Original Cast Recording)

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Show Notes

If you haven't read the graphic novel that the musical Fun Home is based on, we highly recommend it!

Alison Bechdel's early comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For is archived online. Check it out!

After seeing her life on stage, Alison Bechdel responded in the best way possible: with another autobiographical comic strip.

Sydney Lucas. Ring of Keys. Tony Performance. 'Nuff said.

No matter how you describe it, Ellen's coming out on television was revolutionary in the 90s. Here's a retrospective.

Want to hear more about the political drama surrounding the graphic novel in South Carolina? Here's a quick NPR story about it.

It never made it to television (SHAME) but, thanks to the power of the internet, you can experience the entire Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron Tony acceptance speech.


A Scandalous Quiz Question…

What musical revival caused an audience member to strip completely naked because she loved it that much?


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Sep 14, 2016
Happy Hour #14: A Raining Rumpus - Singin' In The Rain
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Good morning! Unpack your raincoats and dust off your tap shoes as it’s time to celebrate the greatest movie musical of all time - Singin’ in the Rain! We chat all about directorial tyranny, metatheatrical dubbing and Hollywood’s biggest drag queen of all time - Gene Kelly!

Singin' In The Rain (Original Film Soundtrack)

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SHOW NOTES

She battled through the tyranny of Gene Kelly’s directorial reign and gave birth to the exquisite Carrie Fisher. Check out this amazing interview from Debbie Reynold’s daughter!

Check out Hollywood’s most beautiful Drag Queen of all time - Gene Kelly, beat for the gods!


This movie contains some of the greatest tap dancing routines ever! Check out ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ at the movie’s opening for a little taste. Oh, and movie producers - bring tap back! 

Which Beautiful Girl are you? Jimi is naturally number 2 as his cloak is ALWAYS trimmed with monkey fur to lend a dash of drama, Tommy is number 4; always dripping with fringe.


Shout to our dearly departed Queen of Dubbing - Marni Nixon! Check out this great interview on NPR

Then have a listen to the magic she can do in this clip of My Fair Lady. Compare Audrey Hepburn’s singing voice with Marni Nixon’s - thank goodness for you, Ms. Nixon!

Have a listen to Cole Porter’s ‘Be a Clown’ from The Pirate. Sound familiar? 

Check out an amazing documentary series on homosexuality in musical theatre by “some guy”. What do you think, is Cosmo Brown a coded gay character? 

Have a look at the incredible design from Théâtre du Châtelet’s production coming to Broadway…at some point! 


A political quiz question…

The source material for this musical was quite controversial and talks of censorship made it into the American political discourse. In one censorship hearing, a politician criticized the censorship attempt saying: “Are we going to start attacking ABC for Scandal? I mean where does this stop?”


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Sep 07, 2016
Happy Hour #13: A Cavalcade of Cats - CATS
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*Cough!* *Hack!* *Eeech!* Hairball got you down? We've got the perfect solution: Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-hit musical Cats. It's team Jimi (aka Cats Trash) vs team Tommy (aka the rest of the world). Are we talking about high concept art? Or the lowest common denominator. The gloves are off in this cat-astrophe of an episode.

Cats: Original Cast Recording

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Show Notes

Do you share Jimi's crush on Tony Vincent as Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar? You will soon…

Reminisce with this Independent article published the morning after Cats's record-breaking 6,138th performance.

"We're rats. We're RATS! We're furry and forlorn!"

"Who out there is a fan of Stephen Ward?" Did you miss that Lloyd Webber flop? We've got you covered.

Wanna see an old-man theatre cat get scared out of his wits by the creepiest cat you've ever seen? Of COURSE you do…

Brace yourself. Here's a picture of the new "hip" Rum Tum Tugger…

 … meow!

meow!

Tune in to Broadway.com's backstage coverage of the Cats revival with the oh-so-handsome Tyler Hanes.

Want too much information about Cats (but nothing about it's critical reception)? Check out the Wikipedia page. Really – check it – it's a work of art.

Get your Elaine Page fix over at her BBC Radio 2 page. Do you think she's "The First Lady of Musical Theatre?"

Get a load of Ruthie Henshall (and Bernadette Peters and Julia McKenzie) doing "You Gotta Get a Gimmick."


A mistranslated quiz question…

What musical's title song's first lyric goes like this, when poorly translated: "Condone violence in the cloud from any location monitoring."


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Aug 02, 2016
Happy Hour #12: An Assassinating Analysis - ASSASSINS
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This time around we’re going in heavy with Stephen Sondheim’s harrowing hit ‘Assassins’. We try and tease apart the intricacies of the American Dream, discuss how musical theatre can be used as a form of therapy in times of crisis and discuss what it means to be a ‘docu-musical’.

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Original Cast Recording

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Revival Cast Recording

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Some Business…

Big thank you once more to Dave Malloy and Team Comet for giving us a shout out! If you’re new to the podcast feel free to check out some of our older episodes. Jimi’s top choice is ‘A Cabaret Cocktail’ and Tommy’s is ‘Dinner With Dolly’ but take your pick, pour yourself a drink and enjoy!

This episode was recorded prior to the killings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas and are therefore not discussed among the other tragic events in Orlando.


Show Notes

If you didn’t join us, you can check out Tommy’s "high-budget" live stream here where so many of you asked us to talk about Assassins!

Check out some pictures of the amazing all-star cast in rehearsal for the recent Menier Chocolate Factory production of Assassins here and bow down to the glory of Aaron Tveit in a beard. 

There aren’t many musicals whose characters are still alive today, but Assassins is surprisingly one of them. Here are some fascinating/chilling interviews with Sara Jane Moore and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme.

Have a look at the chilling photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination after his arrest in 1963. 

If you’re interested, you can have a look at the publicity photos from Jimi’s production of Assassins in 2012!

Also if you’re an amateur director looking to flex their creative muscles look no further than this show! If you want to ask Jimi any questions about it just drop us an email via our contact box.


We’ve got no quiz question this time, just a request - go out there, spread some love and listen to some musical theatre!


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Oh, and here's a gif of a cat. For no reason. Just to bring some joy into your life…

Jul 12, 2016
Happy Hour #11 (Part 2): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812
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Come with us to 19th century Russia where we attend the stunning musicopera, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” based on a chapter of Tolstoy’s epic ‘War and Peace’.  Seeing as it’s regarded as one of the longest novels, we thought we’d make this one of the longest podcasts - so here’s part 2! We chat about the joys and importance of feminism on Broadway, Jimi unleashes his musical theatre homosexual agenda and Tommy has his best line-reading of the word "YEAH" ever!

Listen to the Original Cast Recording of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

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◀ DID YOU LISTEN TO PART 1?


SHOW NOTES

Keep following along with us on Genius for more tidbits from the maestro, Dave Malloy.

Have a listen to the breathtaking Brittain Ashford perform Sonya Alone at the recent Sh-K-Boom anniversary concert.

Get a glimpse of the spectacle of Comet and see how much audiences freak for this show! 

Want to hear more magic from Dave Malloy? A journey into the hypnotised mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff perhaps? Maybe an electro-grunge exploration of the story of Beowulf and Grendel? Check out his website for heaps of free music!


A rule-breaking TRIVIA QUESTION

Despite its original production premiering Off Broadway, when this show was remounted 14 years later, the Tony administration committee deemed it only eligible to be nominated as a revival of a musical. What was the show?


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Jul 02, 2016
Happy Hour #11 (Part 1): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812
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Come with us to 19th century Russia where we attend the stunning musicopera, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” based on a chapter of Tolsty’s epic ‘War and Peace’.  Seeing as it’s regarded as one of the longest novels, we thought we’d make this one of the longest podcasts - so here’s part 1! We muse about how Comet will leave its mark on the future of musical theatre, whether it’s Mosc-OH or Mosc-OW, and generally bask in the brilliance of Mr Dave Malloy!

Listen to the Original Cast Recording of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

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Show Notes

Shout out to superfan, Brad, who supplied us with an amazing relic from the American Rep production of the show – an actual, honest to goodness programme!

Come join us on our obsession with Dave Malloy - check out his blog for some magic musings from the maestro himself!

Get a glimpse of the stunning production values and interviews from the creative team.

Is it Mosc-OH or Mosc-OW? Linguists of the Happy Hour, let us know!

Bored of reading the Hamilton genius pages for the millionth time? We’ve got you covered.

Join us for a shot of your finest Russian standard and tasty pierogi and stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!


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Jun 24, 2016
Happy Hour BONUS: The Tony Awards
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During the interval, Jimi and Tommy gossip and gab about Tony noms, Hamil-hype, and more. Plus some (inadvertent) hints about the next podcast's show. Enjoy!


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Jun 10, 2016
Happy Hour #10: A Spelling Bee Shindig - The 25th Annual putnam county spelling bee
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Can you spell F-I-N-A-L-L-Y? After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus, Jimi and Tommy are back! This time with the William Finn penned musical, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Listen as Jimi and Tommy discuss the tribulations of pre-adolescence, the intensity of actual spelling bees and hear Jimi confess his undying love of Barrett Foa. E-N-J-O-Y!

Listen to the Original Broadway Cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

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Show Notes

Who would have guessed that even Dame Julie Andrews herself would trip over her lines! Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration. Still, her guest star role during Spelling Bee is a heck of a good time.

Interested in the real-life cutthroat world of high stakes spelling? Here's a trailer for the documentary Spellbound. (And compare that to the Weimaraners from Best in Show.)

Like sports AND musical theatre? (Or, at least, like making fun of sports with musical theatre?) You'll love watching Billy Eichner and Jason Sudeikis bro out as they tailgate Wicked.

Here's that whole Kids Bop cover of Thrift shop. Listen. If you dare!

TheatreMania (hire us!) put together a great compilation of the Spelling Bee reunion concert. You'll never see a happier group of actors.

And now a picture of Barrett Foa. Because you're worth it.

Leaf Conybear has cats. He makes cat capes. Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre holds her breath. Man, remember when internet marketing was young?

 

And finally, have you ever heard the word “sardoodledom?” Like, have you ever heard anyone say it? Trust us, it's worth a listen.


A Mysterious Trivia Question

This musical is one that we've never listened to before, based on a book that neither of us have ever read.

The person who famously never sang as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady played the title character of this show in a 1956 film adaptation of this book that we've never read.  What musical?


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May 15, 2016
Happy Hour #9: Dinner With Dolly - hello, dolly!
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Put on your Sunday clothes no matter what day it is and come on down to Yonkers and join us in celebration of everyone’s favourite matchmaker (sorry, Yente!) - Hello, Dolly! Jimi and Tommy are back after a little break with one of the most successful musicals ever. They babble about Pearl Bailey and the vitally important all-black production, decide on who did Dolly best and Tommy shares a hilarious corn-shaped anecdote.

Can't pick which cast album you want? Try both!

Hello Dolly with Pearl Bailey

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Hello Dolly with Carol ChanninG

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Show Notes

The song that didn’t start it all! Here’s Satchmo himself singing the title song.

Take a glimpse at the original New York Times glowing review of the 1964 Broadway production : 

These are the ultimate friendship goals! Here’s Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway in 1969 from the very suitably titled, “Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway”: 

They say that Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are the modern day Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli. Christine Pedi just proves it here.

This was Jimi’s introduction to Hello, Dolly! in the greatest love story ever told: Wall-E 


A Totally Real Trivia Question:

"This musical was Julie Andrews’ last Broadway performance to date where in an unfortunate turn of events she flubbed on her lines left the stage in embarrassment. What was the musical?"


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Apr 04, 2016
Happy Hour #8: Merrily Rolling Along - merrily we roll along
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We swing back in time to Chateau Sondheim and visit that Frank in “Merrily We Roll Along”! Together we fanboy over the artistry in one of Tommy’s ALL-TIME favourite musicals, Jimi channels his inner Irene Cara and has a crisis about LA and the boys get the deep about the nature of artistic relationships. Also - singing!

Grab the best recording of Merrily We Roll Along:

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SHOW NOTES

It started out with a song, which which was a nursery rhyme, which then became a theme tune for maniac cartoon characters!

Check out when our podcast deity Lin-Manuel Miranda (alongside Celia Keenan-Bolger and unhyphenated Colin Donnell) was in the Encores! production

Have you ever seen “Six By Sondheim”? Well you should! Potentially the sexiest line up of Merrily ever? Jimi’s hyped-up libido certainly thinks so! Go look!

What do you think about LA? Are you team Charley or team Frank? Whatever the decision, the Tony Awards have successfully mocked those that tried. Will Jeremy Jordan be next? Who can say! 

Hey! Have you got a favourite theatre game? We want to know cause we’re adult children! Hit us up over on Reddit and we’ll talk about them in another podcast if they’re good!


A SParkly TRIVIA QUESTION:

“Known for its flashy costumes and extravagant hats, one sparkly dress from the original production of this musical now resides the the smithsonian national archives. What musical?”

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Feb 18, 2016
Happy Hour #7: A Nine Natter - Nine
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Let us take you back to that glorious age of Italian cinema and explore Guido Contini’s mental breakdown as we discuss the smash-hit stage musical and less-of-a-hit movie musical, Nine! We come down with a case of the sandy tambourines, discuss where we feel this show stands in the world of feminism and Jimi exposes Tommy to Fosse’s love for agendered hypersexualised choreography.

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SHOW NOTES

Grab the original recording of Nine:

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*Also Jimi apologises for the behaviour of his microphone, he recorded this episode during his trip to the Mariana Trench.

Check out original Nine director Tommy Tune in his greatest role of all time - as Mr Fantastic in Arrested Development Season 4!

Catch the sandy tambourines and watch Fergie provide us with the only good reason to watch the movie.

In contrast, check out the ‘82 Tony Awards where Nine swept up the award for Best Musical. Is this the best choreography for children on a Broadway stage? Yes. Yes it is. Nice try, Billy Elliot.

Have you seen ‘All That Jazz’? It’s so similar to ‘Nine’! But maybe better? Do you agree? Or is Jimi just biased? Enjoy this clip from the movie that is one of Jimi’s all time favourite things. He wants it played at his funeral. Potentially a bit R-Rated, some tasteful nudity awaits you behind the link.


A Sondheim TRIVIA QUESTION:

“Stephen Sondheim has said that ‘musical comedies aren’t written, they’re rewritten,’ this musical of his, arguably one his longest writing processes, took at least 32 years of revision before Sondheim deemed it worthy of his satisfaction.”

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Feb 04, 2016
Happy Hour #6: A Cabaret Cocktail - Cabaret
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Happy New Year sportsfans! So many of you wanted us to talk about Kander and Ebb’s sensational Cabaret so we decided what was the use of sitting alone on our rooms and decided to let that music play ... and then analyse the heck out of it! Don’t tell mama, but Jimi and Tommy go head to head over Sally Bowles, we officially canonise Bob Fosse and we talk an AWFUL lot about Alan Cumming. Grab some pineapple and some string and come play with us!

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SHOW NOTES

Grab the revival recording of Cabaret:

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See what on earth Tommy is talking about when he mentions this podcast’s sponsor, Liza Minelli’s marvelous “hand dance” during New York, New York.

Newly discovered X-Men team member, Chita Rivera has adamantium-infused hips. Check out them kicks, folks! SHE’S 82 YEARS OLD! 

Jimi thinks Jane Horrocks is unstoppable, Tommy thinks otherwise. Maybe it’s a Transatlantic divide thing. You decide!

Check out the Kander and Ebb Kennedy Center Honors performance, and then fall into the eternal loop of chainwatching every other Kennedy Center Honors performance (particularly recommend Julie Andrews!)

Is Alan Cumming the greatest character actor on Broadway? Bold strokes! But just check out the subtle contrasts in his performances from the West End and Broadway.

Has your school or college ever performed Cabaret and better yet do you have footage? Tweet us @jimandtomic!

Broadway’s most recent Sally Bowles, Emma Stone, mixes it up a bit when it comes to her rendition of ‘Cabaret’. What do you think?

Join Jimi in his unhealthy obsession with Weimar Germany. Check out this darkly beautiful painting by Otto Dix and then check out Fosse’s homage in the movie. 

Another of Jimi’s unhealthy obsessions (this one being a bit more justified) is the one and only Bob Fosse! Add to the ocean of drool Jimi has put out into the world over this video and Fosse’s majesty.

Thank you so much to those of you who sent in your double-song suggestions! We were stumped on a couple, can you do any better? Remember, one song with the same (or very similar) title appears in two (or more!) different musicals! Can you work out which ones?

  • ‘I’m Alive’ - Next to Normal and…?
  • ‘The Abduction Song’ - We think one is The Fantasticks and the other is...?
  • ‘All This Time’ - Hopefully not Michelle McManus from X Factor…
  • ‘No More’ - Into the Woods and…?
  • You and I - We were stumped on both!

As a final goodbye to the glorious Liza Minnelli, (until the next time we fawn over her...probably next week…) enjoy Kristen Wiig trying to turn off a lamp in her honour. There’s the scoundrel!


A trivia question with a ‘Z’:

“This series of popular children’s books is rumoured to be based on Liza Minnelli's childhood. What are they?”

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Jan 22, 2016
Happy Hour #5 (Part 2): A Christmas Celebration
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Welcome to part two of the Jim and Tomic Holiday Extravaganza! By now you’ll be fatted on the sofa full to the brim of turkey, cookies and general festive cheer. What better way to unwind than with Jimi and Tommy talking holiday traditions, the top ten Christmas songs from musicals, the enigma that is the British Pantomime and a good ol’ fashioned game of everyone’s favourite Ellen DeGeneres-crafted activity. Happy Holidays!

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SHOW NOTES

◀ Did you listen to PART 1?

First of all, we want to know what your favourite holiday musical is! Tweet us @jimandtomic to let us know!

Have a look at Tommy’s alltime favourite holiday special - the Rankin and Bass Christmas Specials! Here are the Brothers Miser introducing themselves in some festive stop-motion joy.

Jimi’s all time favourite holiday special is everyone’s favourite Scottish soft drink’s Christmas advert. Take a wander around the sights of Scotland in full Raymond Briggs style glory.

Speaking of holidays, watch Tommy watch Mrs. Santa Claus over on his channel.

Kudos to Mr Peter Hilliard for compiling this brilliant list of the Top 10 Christmas Songs from musicals. Do you agree with his choices?

And, of course, some gentle 70s nudity from I Love My Wife.

Are you in the UK? If you’re not, do you have enough disposable income to fly to the UK before the end of January? If the answer to either of these questions is a resounding YES, then there is only one thing you need to do when you’re here - SEE A PANTO! Check out this amazingly comprehensive list of Pantomimes on all across the UK and Ireland.

If you have absolutely no idea what a Pantomime is by the way, this highlights clip from Gravesend’s “Aladdin” will tell you all you need to know. Good luck!


A Vaguely Holiday-Themed Question

After Auld Lang Syne, which Kander and Ebb song is played in Times Square every New Years?

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Dec 23, 2015
Happy Hour #5 (Part 1): A Christmas Celebration
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Welcome to part one of the Jim and Tomic Holiday Extravaganza! Crack open the eggnog and light up a fire as you settle down with us for an evening of musical quizzes, chatting about the recent NBC Live production of “The Wiz”, potentially poor Christmas musicals, the questionably successful live stream of “Daddy Long Legs” and a plethora of deviation from the point. Happy Holidays!

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SHOW NOTES

To get you in the mood here’s Queen Liza-With-A-Z and Cyril Ritchard after what looks like their seventh carton of eggnog.

Enjoy Dame Angie leading the working broadway masses in a post-strike sing a long! (And do your best to look past her lyric difficulties).

Check out Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” saving the day with his Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun, with the compass on the stock and this thing that tells time, in an early rehearsal for its out of town tryouts in Chicago

Have sympathy for poor Marta in the recent “Sound of Music” live broadcast in the UK, who takes a fall but recovers beautifully with the aid of Maria (played by the surprisingly alright Kara Tointon).

Jimi is still obsessing over the gods of lighting design who were integral in making “The Wiz Live” as spectacular as it was. Just look at that cyclorama!

Ask anyone what the ultimate movie musical song is and they will answer only thing: “Reproduction” from Grease 2. They’d be 100% correct. Here’s why…

Hey listeners, we want you to quiz us! Tweet us any song title (grammar and punctuation doesn’t matter) which is shared by two musicals to @jimandtomic and we’ll try and guess!

Have a look-see at the trailer for the Off-Broadway premiere of “Daddy Long Legs”. What do you think? Was this the right musical to invest in streaming to the world? Let us know your thoughts!

Tune in to part two of our Holiday Extravaganza to find out our next quiz question for what we’ll be talking about in our first podcast of 2016!


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Dec 22, 2015
Happy Hour #4: An Awakened Affair - SPring Awakening
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It’s time to get ‘Totally F@&#ed’ as this week’s podcast is all about the beautifully raw ‘Spring Awakening’. We discuss the current revolutionary revival by Deaf West on Broadway, play spot the difference with the musical and the original play, fangirl about Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff and Tommy finally admits his mad crush on Frank Wedekind.

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SHOW NOTES

Grab the OBC Recording of Spring Awakening:

iTunes / Spotify / Amazon

The beautiful Sutton-Superfan, Jonathan Groff, sounds off to the equally beautiful Seth Rudetsky (give us a job, Seth!) about when he auditioned for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and performs the entire tap number from the opening! 

He’s come a long way to get to his adonis status in Perfect Pitch. Here’s Skylar Astin sporting the famous Georg binocular locks.

This is purely just a podcast about the hot men associated with “Spring Awakening”. Here’s the man who started it all. You work that moustache, Mr. Wedekind!

Lea Michele looking adorable herein one of her first Broadway roles in Ragtime. Am I the only one who thinks she hasn’t changed a bit?

Oh, and speaking of Groffsauce, here he is chatting about totally blanking during “Left Behind.” It's the bomb.

Here’s the marvelous Deaf West performing the revival of “Spring Awakening” at the White House with an interesting interview from Duncan Sheik. You get a great glimpse of how they use the blend of hearing and deaf actors.

This is a great article from The Guardian which features opinions from five deaf New Yorkers and a hearing ASL interpreter. They give a great insight as to what the experience is like for a deaf audience member.

And of course, JIMI'S NEW VIDEO! GO WATCH IT! MY CAPS LOCK IS BROKEN NOW! SHOOT!


“WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT” QUIZ QUESTION:

Jerry Herman infamously re-used this Hello, Dolly! melody* in a later musical. What is the subject of the song in which he re-uses the melody?

*Yes. Tommy said medley and not melody. But you got what he meant. right?


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Dec 04, 2015
Happy Hour #3: A Fiddler Foray - Fiddler on the Roof
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Come join us in our auditory shtetl as we discuss the trials and tribulations of Tevye and his family and their classic and much beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. About to enjoy another promising revival on Broadway, we thought it was high time we talked about the musical that puts the “rad” in “tradition”! Witness Jimi having an existential crisis, bask in our vain attempts at trying to pronounce Eastern European names and find out who the true protagonist of this fan favourite is. L’chaim!

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Show Notes

Grab the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Fiddler:

Amazon / iTunes / Spotify

Check out the cast of the brand spanking new revival of Fiddler on Broadway and hear about how the show has influenced them throughout their lives.

Read a bit more about the “Tevye the Dairyman” stories that started it all - and find out the fates of the forgotten daughters Shprintze and Bielke!

Check out the sickest slickness of Jerome Robbins’ original choreography at the 2011 Tonys and then compare it to the 2015 revival’s choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s carnal contemporary work. Jimi will be obsessing over Broadway choreography on Reddit. If you’re in any way interested, go chat to him!

Who ever thought that you would ever see Fiddler with puppets? Well now you can on Avenue Jew!

IT EXISTS! Discover the answer to that question we know you’ve been asking all your life: Which Fiddler on the Roof daughter are you? For the record, Jimi was Hodel.

Gender roles onstage aside, Sean Patrick Doyle KILLS it as Fruma Sarah. Props to the man underneath the dress for some fantastic footwork.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for; I present to you, Emo Jimi. I mean, who wouldn’t cast him as the foreman of a Pajama Factory?! (For comparison, here's Tommy dressed as the foreman of a Pajama Factory.)

Lin-Manuel kills it yet again with the Fiddler-inspired flashmob he created for his wife on their wedding. Concrete proof that anyone can find something relatable in this musical!

This is genuinely one of the worst and yet most hilarious stage mishaps we’ve ever seen.


“What Will We Do Next” quiz question:

A supreme court justice described the source material for this musical as “prurient.” What musical?


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Nov 19, 2015
Happy Hour #2: A Sweeney Soirée - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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Happy Hallowe’en! We get spooky with the scariest musical of all time King Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. This week we make revelations about who has the power, add fuel to the fire of the eternal debate of who is the best Mrs Lovett, discuss whether or not Nellie Lovett is really as a misguided as she seems and Jimi dances live to the one and only “Disco Sweeney Todd”. Yes, it exists.

Show Notes

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There're a lot of Sweeney Todd recordings, but you can grab the Original Broadway Cast here:

Amazon / iTunes / Spotify / Google Play

Happy Hallowe’en! Jimi went as a Newsie (specifically the beautiful Tommy Bracco) and Tommy as the equally beautiful Bob Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. We both killed it this year. We know. What did you dress up as? There may be a prize for the best submission. There may also not be. That’s where the fun lies.

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 Come bask in the flickering glow that is the ending of Hangover Square.

Sharpen your pitchforks, folks! Is this the most controversial YouTube video of 2015? Millions of Helena Bonham Carter fans agree. Who do you think is the ultimate Lovett?

Go buy the Sondheim Bibles a.k.a. “Finishing the Hat” and “Look, I Made a Hat” to witness copious tidbits of awesomeness from “Saturday Night” to “Road Show” and plenty more in between. Plus they feature what Jimi thinks is the sexiest photo of Stephen Sondheim in existence. Page XVI of “Finishing…” for those following along at home. Stud.

We love amateur musical theater! The founding fathers MTI have made it super easy for you to love it too. Go click this link and search your location to see what’s on in your area - then go and support!

And, if you want to see that infotastic documentary that MTI made with big Steve, you can check it here. Dig in. It's almost an hour long.

Here’s the picture of Patti LuPone with a tuba. Enough said, really. Do with it as you see fit. Tommy keeps it above his bed. Jimi burned it.

Here’s the stunningly terrifying Imelda Staunton strutting her pie-shaped stuff at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s 2012 revival.

Make it your life’s work to watch this video of Disco Sweeney Todd. It will change everything. Please petition your local nightclubs to get it on their setlist.

Let us know what you thought about the podcast! We really wanna know! Tweet us @jimandtomic, drop us a nice, juicy meat pie of a message in our Contact Form, or swing by the reddit thread!


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Nov 05, 2015
Happy Hour #1: A Hamilton Hello - Hamilton
00:53:56

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We launch straight in with a Lin-Manuel Miranda-shaped love-fest to discuss the musical that is taking this Broadway season by storm and discuss the characters, lyrical genius and influences of the smash-hit sensation 'Hamilton'.

Show Notes

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Grab the Hamilton cast recording:

Amazon / iTunes / Spotify / Google Play

Check out the some of the certified-grant-winning 'genius' behind the lyrics

Go follow Mr Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter - and tell him we sent you!

Want to know what we meant by ALW 'queening everything up?' Check out this episode of 'Over the Rainbow' and all will become clear. This particular episode says goodbye to Emilie Fleming. Good luck.

Schoolhouse Rock; for Jimi and the other non-Yanks out there.

Read about how Hamilton is only just out-paced by "Not Getting Married Today"

Wanna get real nerdy about Hamilton (like Tommy's U.S. History teacher co-worker)? Check out the online collection of Hamilton's writings.

Watch the beautiful 'In the Heights' documentary; featuring the best quote ever by Karen Olivo: "Dreams come true, bitches!" That they do, Karen. That they do.

linmanuel.tumblr.com. 'nuff said.

Pretty much all of the Ham4Ham performances.  Go watch 'em. Now. Like right now.

Read more about Daveed Diggs' epic journey to Broadway in the New York Post. Then listen to "Guns and Ships" and bask in his brilliance.

Watch Lin-Manuel, Renée and Daveed absolutely kill it in the BET Awards Cypher. Oh, and the lyrics have already been 'Genius-ed.'

Take a look at these Hamilton casting descriptions. Even the characters are mash-ups!

For a musical theatre breather, check out the mystery that was the Stop 'n' Swap Shop from Banjo Kazooie for the Nintendo 64.

Read what Stephen Sondheim (and the Roots and Ron Chernow) have to say about Hamilton. Spoiler alert: good things. They have good things to day.


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Jimi

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Oct 21, 2015