The Doctor is most definitely in! Unpack your blanket and put down your book report because this week Jimi and Tommy are discussing “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” This time around the block Tommy gives a brief history of Peanuts, the boys muddle over whether this show works in a big Broadway house without losing some of its integrity and they discuss the nature of kids playing adults playing kids. Good grief!
What’s the buzz? Well the boys talking all about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s controversial smash ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this week! Tommy manages to get over his Andrew Lloyd Webber hatred for an hour and a half so they can talk all about how the musical is more relevant today than ever before, discuss whether this is a religious tale or a humanist one and Jimi falls in love with Tony Vincent, Ben Vereen and a septuagenarian Ted Neeley.
Hold still, and focus as we’re talking all about Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy’s beautiful “35mm: A Musical Exhibition.” As this is a fusion of photography and music the boys get arty this week. They talk about what makes a musical ‘exhibition,’ ponder over the terrifying potential of Twilight the Musical and muse over how artists really want their work to be viewed and appreciated.
Happy 50th Annibirthary to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour! In honour of this monumentous occasion, the gang have chosen to discuss one of musical theatre’s most beloved shows - ‘Into the Woods.’ The lads discuss what makes this some of Sondheim’s best writing, muse on low-budget Milky Whites and ponder what makes Sondheim shows just so bloody good. They also tease a brand new segment kicking off in honour of the 50th celebrations! Wish no more, it’s here!
Got your peanuts? Got your crackerjack? Got your camp demonic storyline? Then you’re all set for the latest podcast on Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s ‘Damn Yankees.’ This time around the guy’s try and wrap their head around sports, discuss whether this show needs an update and Jimi starts his multipart series on Bob Fosse. Let’s play ball!
Come back with us to the Middle Ages as we follow the pursuits of everyone’s favourite court misntrel: ‘Blondel!’ Potentially winning the award for the most unknown show so far on the podcast, Jimi and Tommy talk about what might be some of Tim Rice’s best lyrics, how this show comes packaged as a surprisingly feminist political satire and discuss Great Comet-gate and the social responsibility of fan culture.
Get ready to do the whole combination away from the mirror and unpack your headshot, as we’re heading straight onto Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line!” As one of the longest running musicals of all time, there’s lots to unpack this week! Jimi and Tommy discuss how this show created the first musical theatre workshop, why the lyricist hated the show’s biggest song and muse over whether you can alter something so iconic. A-5-6-7-8!
Come on down the rabbit hole (or elevator shaft) as we travel to Frank Wildhorn’s ‘Wonderland.’ This week, the boys try and wrap their heads around why this show has yet to have a success, dissect the drama unfolding with the current UK tour and Tommy offers his own personal adaptation which he thinks would solve everything!
Make way for the sideways grimace that is ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch!’ This time around the gang are chatting about the creation of Hedwig in the queercore scene in New York, identify the mythicality which is so prevalent in the show and the representation of trans rights in musical theatre.
The boys are back in town after their summer holiday and are very excited to bring to you Charles Strouse’s fabulous ‘Applause’ (no, not the inevitable Lady Gaga biopic!) They discuss the nature of ‘evil’ and work out if the antagonist really is, how ‘Applause’ was one of the earliest examples of normalized gay culture presented onstage and Jimi learns all about ‘kickbutt.’
It’s Jim and Tomic’s latest show, will it flop or will it go? Well that’s for you to decide as we talk all about Broadway’s smash-hit - ‘The Producers!’ This week Jimi and Tommy are delving into the background of the show, the controversy of the original movie and work out which version tells the story best, they ponder why Nathan Lane isn’t the biggest comedic actor of all time and discuss the nature of ad-libs in contemporary theatre.
A rollicking band of podcasters we, who tired of editing relentlessly are trying our hand at a G&S and hope it’s not too boring. Leaving the writing to WS Gilbert, Jimi and Tommy embark on a journey to meet the fated ‘Pirates of Penzance’ this week. They talk about the ironic history of the show, where G&S sit in the musical theatre arc and try to pick apart a 19th century plot. Ta-ran-ta-ra!
Well f*** them gently with a chainsaw, Jimi and Tommy are talking the cult classic ‘Heathers the Musical’ this week! The guys go in on the importance of honest high school musical theatre, the incredible ways this show is surviving beyond Off-Broadway and have a lovefest about fandoms. How very.
It's that time of year again! Jimi and Tommy have a gab about the Tony nominees. Enjoy!
This week Jimi and Tommy go on a trip with Sondheim to Italy and explore the life and love of Fosca and Giorgio in his ‘Passion.’ They ponder over why the show was a critical success but not as popular with audiences, laud the importance of orchestrators on Broadway and make conjecture on Sondheim’s meta-musical.
Jimi and Tommy are going back in history to look at a case that is not talked about enough - the story of the ‘The Scottsboro Boys.’ They examine the controversy surrounding Kander and Ebb’s use of a minstrel show as a framing device, discuss the importance of educating yourself about issues that might be foreign to you and why not enough people know about this musical.