Episode 6 – Opening Numbers
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Episode 6 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about opening numbers in musicals. I talk about overtures, prologues, preludes, and other types of opening numbers in musicals.
Where to Listen to Episode 6?
If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 6 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.
Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast – Highlights). Spotify doesn’t have the full Original Broadway Cast recording of this show, which is the only one I’ll listen to, and the “Tune Ups” were cut from the film adaptation.
Resources – Videos
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008 Filmed Stage Movie). Since this is a filmed stage version it has the original Tune-Up #1 song.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie). This is the movie version that cuts out the original Prologue opening song from the musical, but the story still makes sense.
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.
Hamilton. This is the official website where you can get tickets for all current/upcoming productions of Hamilton.
The Phantom of the Opera. This is the official website where you can get tickets for all current/upcoming productions of The Phantom of the Opera.
What do you think about Opening Numbers? What’s your favourite opening number from a musical?