Episode 15 – Visual Element Series: Props

Episode 15 – Visual Element Series: Props

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Episode 15 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast is the first episode in a series where I talk about different visual elements in musical theatre. In this episode I talk about props, focusing on a prop in the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In this episode I mentioned Episode 7 – The I Want Song. You may also want to check out Episode 4, which is all about movie musicals.

Where to Listen to Episode 15?

If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 15 on Podcasts.com

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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.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie Soundtrack)

Resources – Videos

These are links on Just Watch (unless otherwise noted) for some movie adaptations of the musicals I mentioned in this episode. I’ve also included some non-musical movie versions if available.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982 Filmed Stage Movie)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie)

Resources – Websites and Apps

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.

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What’s your favourite use of a prop in a musical?

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