Highlights include: People who write musicals hate you, Jamie apologists, Ohio, feelings, timey-wimey, Jeremy Jordan, autobiographical, a very sad musical.
Highlights: missing second, third, and fourth walls, alienation, criticizing everyone but yourself, changing the blocking, German names, Sweeney Todd, “edgy,” scoundrel. liar. thief.
Highlights include: the Bechdel test, tragicomics, gay teens, clothing choices, borrowing books, fun funeral songs.
Thank you to Brian Hamilton for editing this episode.
Highlights: Lucas Steele, modern folk-pop, violin tattoos, great songs for not great people, problematic plots, real life controversy, Josh Groban, so many names.
Highlights: Mamma Mia, fascinatingly flawed, Cats, changing the book, Broadway flops, everyone is connected, American jerks, yogurt.
Highlights: jumps and twists and twirls, corner of the sky, I’m extraordinary, Patina Miller, circular plots, fourth wall and the lack thereof, belting, do not try this at home.
Highlights: activism, movie adaptations, musical memes, tragedy in media, questionable casting decisions, “it’s not a happy musical”
Highlights: bawling, secret musical theater iPods, selling out, context and lack thereof, dancing on tables, Rentheads, living in the moment.
Highlights: high school theater people, angst, Pink Floyd, angst, Glee, angst, Cats, angst, soooo back to Spring Awakening.
Highlights: Traditiooooon, match wordplay, family tension, bottle hats, being complicit, reinterpretation of characters, 7th grade musical productions.
Highlights: immortality, Broadway babies, the early deaths of the 2016-17 season, feel-good musicals that make you sob, problematic marriage proposals, ballet as plot, evil bananas.
Highlights: High school history, hip-hoperas, Alexander-Hamilton-in-training, moving to Chicago, a (not) surprising amount of Rent conversation, gender-swapping, Wayne Brady.
Highlights: Idealism, Canadian jokes, Tony Awards, Tim Hortons, plane choreo, did we mention that this is Canadian?
Highlights: spectacular spectacular, the Phantom is problematic, altos are better than sopranos, the Phantom is Batman, it’s scrap metal, the Phantom is Andrew Lloyd Webber, media at face value.