Episode 1 – What Are Musicals and Why Do I Love Them?
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I’m starting a podcast all about musicals. Why? Because I love musicals, and I find talking about musicals can be a little bit easier for me than writing about them. And I got a lot to talk about when it comes to musicals. With this podcast I’ll be talking about specific musicals, and about broad topics in musical theatre. I’ll mostly be focusing on stage productions, but will also talk about movie musicals from time to time.
In this first episode, I talk about what exactly a musical is and how I define them. As well I talk about my experience with musicals and why I love them so much.
Where to Listen to Episode 1?
You can listen to Episode 1 on Podcasts.com
Resources – Music
This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.
It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1800 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.
Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. It’s a fun way to listen to musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals.
Next to Normal (2009 Original Broadway Cast). The third song “Who’s Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I” is one of my goosebump songs.
Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast – Highlights). The song “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” is one of many songs in this show that makes me cry, all the damn time. The song is a major spoiler so don’t listen if you haven’t seen the full show.
Resources – Videos
These are links on Just Watch (unless otherwise noted) for the following movie versions of the musicals I talked about in this episode. Just Watch will have links to where you can watch these movies on various streaming sites.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie). I didn’t really enjoy this movie adaptation, but it’s out there if you haven’t seen the musical on stage. I’m not a film studies expert, but Lindsay Ellis did a great video essay on YouTube about some of the issues in this movie.
The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall (2011 Concert). This is a live concert performance done for the 25th anniversary of the show.
The Little Mermaid (1989 Movie). This is the movie that started it all for my musical obsession.
Rent (2005 Movie). This is a movie adaptation of the musical featuring a lot of the original Broadway cast.
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008). This was done with the final Broadway cast and is filmed like the musical on stage.
Resources – Websites
Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.
Broadway Musical Home. This is a great resource for anyone who loves musicals. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musical, you can check out the Rights page, which has information on where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.
Playbill has a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.
Today Tix has an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same-day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and several others. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.
The Phantom of the Opera. This has links to where you can buy tickets for all productions of The Phantom of the Opera.
Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon. This is the official website for the musical Ordinary Days.
Do you love musicals? What’s your favourite musical? If you have any suggestions on a musical-theatre topic I should cover on this podcast leave a comment below.