Corner of the Sky

Hosted by Quinn Rose

Do you love musical theater? We do too! Every episode, Quinn Rose and a guest lovingly dissect a musical’s music, characters, plot, themes, and anything else that occurs to them.

Latest Episode: June 7, 2021

58 Random Pursuit: Musicals

Well friends, after four years of Corner of the Sky, this podcast is going on indefinite hiatus. But to leave on a high note, we’ve got a full game show episode! Moisés Chiullán, Brian Hamilton, David Loehr, Jean MacDonald, and Shelly Brisbin are competing in a custom version of Random Pursuit that’s ALL musicals.

Also, this episode includes a mini-game: try to count how many times Quinn makes a mistake! It turns out that Random Pursuit is a deceptively complicated game to keep track of, and Erika Ensign actually has superpowers.

Read the show notes.

Previous Episodes

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    April 6, 2021 “Falsettos”
    57 Kill Your Mother, Cancel Your Bar Mitzvah

    Yoni Weiss talks the charmingly dysfunctional family of Falsettos.

    Highlights: masculinity, borrowing synagogue chairs, Chip Zien, high school productions of Elegies, maturation, regression, lesbians, family.

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    March 3, 2021 “Assassins”
    56 Another National Anthem

    Margaret Hall talks the “most controversial musical ever,” Assassins.

    Highlights: flashpoint memories, Assassins Creed, Kidz Bop, shoulder devil, 9/11, John Weidman, empathy.

    Content warning: discussion of gun violence.

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    February 3, 2021 “Follies”
    55 Bury Your Straights

    Aaron Roberts talks the depressingly universal Follies.

    Highlights: no one can stop my musical theater enthusiasm, nostalgia, the gayest musical without any homosexuality in it, summer camp, ghosts, Michael Bennett, Pirates of the Caribbean.

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    January 5, 2021 “Guys & Dolls”
    54 Luck Be A Lady

    Philip Michaels talks the persistent classic Guys & Dolls.

    Highlights: all in one place (except for Cuba), undercover cop, hijinks, female agency, Tom Hooper, revivals, Frank Sinatra.

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    December 5, 2020 “The Prom”
    53 Don’t Be Gay in Indiana

    Holly Sansom talks the infectiously optimistic show The Prom.

    Highlights: The Drowsy Chaperone, seeing theater for work, TV performances, girls kissing, we’re all lesbians, cringing, Glee.

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    November 3, 2020 “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
    52 Brandy’s Cinderella

    Kat Largent talks the always-evolving classic Cinderella.

    Highlights: Whitney Houston, musicals as popular music, revivals, award eligibility, casting movie musicals, onstage quick changes, basic but beautiful.

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    October 1, 2020 “Something Rotten!”
    51 I’ll Ask Mom

    Stanley Rose talks the charming satire/homage Something Rotten.

    Highlights: Christian Borle, write what you know, the Black Death!, simple entertainment, fact checking with Mom, humming the songs.

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    September 1, 2020 “Godspell”
    50 Camp Counselor Christ

    Kerri Kearse talks the “drum circle for the Lord” and/or musical Godspell.

    Highlights: directorial freedom, Christian rock, belting about the Lord, baby George Salazar, Marianne Williamson, race in casting, parables, Jesus Christ Superstar, earnestness.

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    May 18, 2020 “Sunday in the Park with George”
    49 Finishing the Hat

    Emily Clark talks the pointillist musical Sunday in the Park with George.

    Highlights: Bounce, autobiographical musicals, putting it together, universal (or not), historical inaccuracy, Pulitzer Prizes, Mandy Patinkin.

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    May 11, 2020 “Jagged Little Pill”
    48 You Oughta Know

    Jhanelle Benton talks the unflinching rock musical Jagged Little Pill.

    Highlights: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, being overly attached to the cast, interpretative dance, fluid movement, Elizabeth Stanley, gushing about the ensemble, Christmas letters, jukebox musicals.

    Content warning: discussion of sexual assault and drug abuse.

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