Scene to Song Episode 15: The Musical My Fair Lady

February 11, 2019

In this episode, writer Jessica Fleitman discusses the musical My Fair Lady--its inherent sexism, the new ending in the most recent Broadway revival, and what the musical might look like from a female perspective. We also talk about the song "Without You" from My Fair Lady.

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Scene to Song Episode 14: Portraying Mental Illness in Musical Theater

January 28, 2019

In this episode, writer David Brush and composer Rachel Dean discuss portraying mental illness in musical theater, the shows that do it well and what musical theater can bring to the dialogue and to those affected. We also talk about the song "I Miss the Mountains" from the 2009 musical Next to Normal. 

 
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Scene to Song Episode 13: Season One Finale

December 10, 2018

In this episode, two of this season's guests--Christie Baugher and Brandon Michael Lowden--return to discuss listener-submitted questions and comments. We also talk about songs from two Christmas musicals that no one thinks of as Christmas musicals: "Twelve Days to Christmas" from She Loves Me and "A New Deal for Christmas" from Annie.

 
 
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Scene to Song Episode 12: “Musical Worlds” in Musical Theater, Featuring Frank Loesser

November 26, 2018

In this episode, writer John Verderber discusses musical worlds, conjuring different places through music, in musical theater, with a focus on the composer/lyricist Frank Loesser. We also talk about Meredith Wilson's song "My White Knight" from his 1957 musical The Music Man.

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Scene to Song Episode 11: Rock Operas in Musical Theater

November 12, 2018

In this episode, composer Landon Braverman discusses rock operas in musical theater, including deep dives into the scores of Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. We also talk about Michael Friedman's songs "I'm Not That Guy" and "I'm So That Guy" from his 2010 musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

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Scene to Song Episode 10: Plot Twists in Musical Theater

October 29, 2018

In this episode, playwright, composer, and lyricist Daniel Levin discusses plot twists in musical theater. We also talk about Jason Robert Brown's song "Still Hurting" from his 2002 musical The Last Five Years.

 
 
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Scene to Song Episode 9: The Female Gaze in Musical Theater

October 15, 2018

In this episode, musical theater writer Christie Baugher discusses the female gaze in musical theater, from Oklahoma to Fun Home. We also talk about Micki Grant's song "Cleanin' Women" from the 1978 musical Working.

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Scene to Song Episode 8: Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man

October 1, 2018

In this episode, composer and lyricist Benny Gammerman discusses Meredith Wilson's 1957 musical, The Music Man. We also talk about the song "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man.

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Scene to Song Episode 7: The Opera Libretto vs. the Book in Musical Theater

September 17, 2018

In this episode, composer, writer, and director John Grimmett discusses the opera libretto vs. the book in musical theater, including the eternal question: what makes a piece an opera and what makes a piece a musical? We also talk about the song sequence "Montage/Safe/The One I Love" from Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical Hello Again.

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Scene to Song Episode 6: Outsider Characters in Musical Theater

September 4, 2018

In this episode, composer, lyricist, bookwriter, and performer Joe Iconis discusses outsider characters in musical theater, from Grease to Assassins to his own show Be More Chill. We also talk about the song "Cabaret" from Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical Cabaret.

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