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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.