Musical Theatre Podcast | Episode 18 Five Musicals I Love But Have Never Seen
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Episode 18 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast I talk about five different musicals I’ve never seen but have still loved.
Where to Listen to Episode 18?
If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 18 on Podcasts.com
Related episodes. I mentioned that in Episode 6 I talked about the opening number “Prologue” from Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. You don’t need to listen to that episode to understand this one.
Resources – Music
This has links (mostly on Deezer, 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 – Deezer Playlist. This has over 1700 songs from different musicals. Most are from stage musicals, but there are a few movie and tv musicals as well. Albums are listed in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter; 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.
Grey Gardens (2006 Original Broadway Cast). This is a YouTube playlist (audio only) of all the songs from the 2006 Broadway Cast Recording of Grey Gardens.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (1999 Broadway Revival Cast). As mentioned in the episode there is a 1967 Original Broadway Cast Recording, but the Revival production has some additional songs that the original does not.
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.
Resources – Websites and Apps
Hadestown. This is the official website for the Broadway production and The US Tour. Unfortunately, there are no shows close to me, but I’m sure one day I’ll get to see Hadestown. Update: Hadestown is coming to Edmonton in November 2023. Huzzah!
Wikipedia Page – Hadestown. If you can’t get to see Hadestown in person you can read the plot summary on Wikipedia. This is mostly sung through so you should be able to understand the plot and characters from the cast recording.
Wikipedia Page – Spring Awakening. This has a basic a plot summary of the musical, plus info on the history of the show. Since this is a book musical you may find it helpful to read the plot summary (unless you want to remain spoiler free, then don’t read it).
IMDb – Spring Awakening. This is the IMDb for the potential upcoming movie adaptation of Spring Awakening. There’s not much information here, so I’ll believe this is happening when an official trailer drops for it.
Wikipedia Page – Grey Gardens. This is a book musical and not sung through so it might be helpful to read the plot summary on Wikipedia. Plus there’s a dual role played the same actress, and the two Acts are set more than 30 years apart from each other so the plot summary might be useful.
Wikipedia Page – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. This is another book musical. It’s hard to get a sense of the plot from the songs alone so reading the plot summary here can give you some context for the show. Of course many people know the Peanuts gang from comics, tv specials, etc. so it’s easy to get a sense of the characters from the songs on the cast recording.
Wikipedia Page – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. While this musical is sung through and easy to follow along with the cast recording if you want to read a quick plot summary this is a good place to go.
Concord Theatricals – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. This is the information for how to obtain the licensing rights to stage this show for your theatre company. This isn’t the easiest musical to perform, but if you have strong singers and musicians then you might want to consider this show. And if you’re putting on this musical anywhere within the Edmonton, Alberta region let me know and I will gladly go see your show.
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. You can search 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 visit 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’ve successfully used this app in London and highly recommend it.
What’s a musical you’ve listened to and love, but have never seen?