Musical Theatre Podcast | Episode 19 – Visual Element Series: Lighting Design
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Episode 19 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast is the third episode in a series where I talk about different visual elements in musical theatre. In this episode I talk about how lighting design can be used in musicals, focusing on the musical Hamilton.
You don’t need to listen to the previous episodes of the Visual Elements series to understand this episode. However; if you want to listen the previous episodes of the series check out Episode 17 – Set and Episode 15 – Props.
While you don’t need to listen to these episodes to understand this one I do talk about my first time seeing Hamilton in London in Episode 5. I also mention the “I Want Song” which I cover in Episode 7.
Where to Listen to Episode 19?
If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 19 on Podcasts.com
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 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.
Resources – Videos
These are links on Just Watch for the movie adaptations of the musical I mentioned in this episode.
Resources – Websites and Apps
Hamilton Musical. This is the website where you can buy tickets for Hamilton. Currently, the show has productions in New York, London, Germany, Australia, and there’s a tour in the US and Canada.
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.
Have you noticed the lighting in a musical? What musical has your favourite lighting design?