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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.

Quinn Rose with Brian Hamilton, Moisés Chiullan, David J. Loehr, Shelly Brisbin and Jean MacDonald

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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.

Quinn Rose with Yoni Weiss


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.

Quinn Rose with Margaret Hall


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.

Quinn Rose with Aaron Roberts


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.

Quinn Rose with Philip Michaels


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.

Quinn Rose with Holly Sansom


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.

Quinn Rose with Kat Largent


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.

Quinn Rose with Stanley Rose


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.

Quinn Rose with Kerri Kearse


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.

Quinn Rose with Emily Clark


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.

Quinn Rose with Jhanelle Benton

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