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Scene to Song Episode 25: The Lesser-Known Musicals of Ahrens and Flaherty

Scene to Song Episode 25: The Lesser-Known Musicals of Ahrens and Flaherty

July 1, 2019

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

Scene to Song Episode 24: The Formation of White/White Jewish Identity in America and the Racial History of America Constructed through Musical Theater

June 17, 2019

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.

 
 
Scene to Song Episode 23: The Musicals of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Scene to Song Episode 23: The Musicals of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

June 3, 2019

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.

Scene to Song Episode 22: Representations of Judaism in Musical Theater

Scene to Song Episode 22: Representations of Judaism in Musical Theater

May 20, 2019

In this episode, nurse and musician BethAnn Freed Cohen discusses representations of Judaism in musical theater. We also talk about the song "Alone, and yet Alive" from The Mikado.

Scene to Song Episode 21: Genre and Tropes in David Yazbek’s Score for The Band’s Visit

Scene to Song Episode 21: Genre and Tropes in David Yazbek’s Score for The Band’s Visit

May 6, 2019

In this episode, producer and writer Sean Williams discusses David Yazbek's use of genre and tropes in his score to The Band's Visit. We also talk about the song "Answer Me" from The Band's Visit.

 
 
Scene to Song Episode 20: Orchestrations and Creating a Sound World in Musical Theater

Scene to Song Episode 20: Orchestrations and Creating a Sound World in Musical Theater

April 22, 2019

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.

Scene to Song Episode 19: Political Musicals

Scene to Song Episode 19: Political Musicals

April 8, 2019

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

 
Scene to Song Episode 18: The Women of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Scene to Song Episode 18: The Women of Rodgers and Hammerstein

March 25, 2019

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. 

Scene to Song Episode 17: Directing Middle School and High School Students in Musical Theater

Scene to Song Episode 17: Directing Middle School and High School Students in Musical Theater

March 11, 2019

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

Scene to Song Episode 16: How the Films of Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, and Joyful Noise) Work As Musical Theater

February 25, 2019

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.