In this episode, teacher and singer Nicholas Harbison discusses the lesser-known musicals of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty: Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, and The Glorious Ones. We also talk about the song "We Dance" from their 1990 musical Once on This Island.
Scene to Song Episode 24: The Formation of White/White Jewish Identity in America and the Racial History of America Constructed through Musical Theater
In this episode, writer EllaRose Chary discusses the formation of white and white Jewish identity in America, as well as the racial history of America, constructed through musical theater. We also talk about the song "The Night that Goldman Spoke at Union Square" from the 1997 musical Ragtime.
In this episode, director and Royal Family Productions artistic associate Mark Falconer discusses the musicals of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, from The Fantasticks to Philemon and Grover's Corners. We also talk about the song "I Said It, and I'm Glad" from Comden and Green and Styne's 1961 musical Subways are for Sleeping.
In this episode, composer, lyricist, writer, and orchestrator James Ballard discusses orchestrations and creating a sound world of a musical. We also talk about the song "Dust and Ashes"from the recent Dave Malloy musical, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
In this episode, writer John Verderber discusses political musicals and the difference between those that are dated and those that last. We also talk about Stephen Sondheim's song "Someone in a Tree" from his 1976 musical Pacific Overtures.
In this episode, composer, soprano, and musical director Erin Hoerchler discuss the women of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the echoes of those characters today. We also talk about the song "It Ain't Necessarily So" from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, particularly the 1968 Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald version.
In this episode, educators Courtney Ferrell and Shaun Leisher discuss directing middle school and high school students in musical theater. We also talk about the songs "Blackout" from Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights and "Motherhood March" from Hello, Dolly!
Scene to Song Episode 16: How the Films of Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, and Joyful Noise) Work As Musical Theater
In this episode, writer, actor, and singer Erica Slutsky discusses the films of Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, and Joyful Noise) and how they work as musical theater. We also talk about the Jason Robert Brown song "Someone to Fall Back On" and how it's used in the film Bandslam.