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So, here we are with our long awaited conversation about Sondheim's last new musical (probably), appropriately called "Here We Are" and the big question is - is it a success? Thos chats to MusicalTalk's resident Sondheim expert, Colm, who saw the show twice in New York at its off-Broadway venue, the Shed, and who certainly thinks so. But is absurdi…
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It's time to walk in the joint to see what those big spenders, Tom and Thos, have to say about the evergreen musical, Sweet Charity, and in particular the 1969 big screen version directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse - all part of their in-depth delve into his amazing career. Is the Rich Man's Frug the most Fosse-esque dance sequence ever committ…
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What good is sitting alone in your room when you could do it in the company of Tom and Thos? This week, they continue their in-depth look at the career of the legendary Bob Fosse, movie musical director and choreographer, by looking at his amazing 1972 film, Cabaret. Why is it so different to the original stage production? Who is the film really ab…
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Join Tom and Thos as they take an in-depth look at the career of the legendary movie musical director and choreographer, Bob Fosse, through the lens of his three musical films - Sweet Charity, Cabaret and All That Jazz. How far did he take the ideas behind his choreography and then use them to inform his directorial decisions - and does it work? In…
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As we wave the year goodbye, it’s time for our traditional MusicalTalk festive quiz. So leave your turkey in the fridge, turn off the irritating round of Christmas songs and leave a “go away” sign for any carol singers, and then enjoy this merry mix of quirky questions and superb songs compiled for your diversionary pleasure by that ridiculous old …
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Thos chats to Sam Cochrane and Alex Prescot, the people behind Runesical, the 2022 EdFringe hit which has been retooled for an online presentation on Youtube, complete with its original “make your own adventure” style narrative. It’s intriguing, ingenious, funny and fun and perfect for gamers and non-gamers alike – and so is this episode!…
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Nick Hutson and Andrew Keating discuss their thoughts on Old Friends - the Stephen Sondheim tribute concert now playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Then Nick digs out, from the MusicalTalk Time Machine, an unreleased discussion on girls in musical theatre - in honour of the new version fo Calnedar Girls - now touring the UK.…
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It’s time for more songs and the second part of the in-depth conversation with talented songwriting team, Glenn Clarke and George Gehm, about their career and their show, The Extras Strike Back: A Musical Tribute to the Forgotten Heroes of Star Wars. You’ll have a good feeling about this…
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Thos talks to the amazingly talented songwriting team of Glenn Clarke and George Gehm about their five star musical revue, The Extras Strike Back: A Musical Tribute to the Forgotten Heroes of Star Wars. With songs from the show, and insights into their working methods, this is a conversation that is out of this world……
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Thos chats to super-talented performer and songwriter, Sue Casson, about Two Tigers – a Modernist Musical, which illustrates the life of modernist author, Katherine Mansfield, in the centenary year of her untimely death. Hear how to write and then rewrite a musical as well as craft songs that capture the ephemeral nature of written observations in …
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Thos talks to the talented writer and performer, Lucy Stevents, about her latest show – Gertrude Lawrence: A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening - which uses primary sources and songs to tell the story of one of the twentieth century’s most successful musical theatre stars. Find out why Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Kurt Weill, Noel Coward and Rogers and …
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The 2023 EdFringe has just closed but Thos, Colm & Josh were there to catch as many musicals as they could! With songs, sounds and extracts of interviews with writers, composers, lyricists, performers, directors, choreographers and so many more creatives who brought musicals old and new to the largest arts festival in the world, here’s a digest of …
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Thos sits down with Becky Owen-Fisher and Tom Fox, the creative minds behind Lamphouse Theatre, to discuss their “brilliantly bonkers” comic show, War of the Worlds (On a Budget) – an entirely new musical version of the HG Wells science fiction classic. Ulla! (note: episode may not be suitable for martians!).…
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Thos chats to John Paul Liddle about his amazing new musical take on the famous Shakespearian Scottish Play, called Vote Macbeth! which reimagines the story as a contemporary political thriller. Fifteen years in the making, hear how this interactive show invites you to decide who should rule – the strong but murderous Macbeth or his arch rival, the…
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Thos chats to Melanie Gall, biographer of Deanna Durbin, about her one woman show “Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood” to learn how “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart”, Deanna Durbin, became the biggest star of musical films in the 1930s, surpassing even her occasional co-star, Judy Garland, but also how she deliberately disap…
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Nick, Thos, Dom, Jonathan and Harrison are presented with a musical from each decade by AI and are expected to talk about it... so expect a lot of chat about a lot of shows, a lot of arguments about a lot of shows, a lot of questionable facts about a lot of shows and, most importantly, a lot of fun talk about a lot of shows!…
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Thos chats to the directors, producer and star of the rather brilliant 2022 EdFringe production of Sondheim’s Company and in particular about how they approached this versatile and ever changing show. With an in-depth discussion about the different ways that the main role can be characterised and made to escape from their 1970s origins to be releva…
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As the BFI retrospective of the wide career of Gingers Rogers continues, here’s a chance to hear the second part of a conversation between Thos and Miles Eady as they discuss the series of ten Ginger and Fred musicals – in particular the Gershwin masterpiece, Shall We Dance (1937), and their last “reunion” film, the Barclays of Broadway (1949) – an…
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As the BFI launches a major retrospective of the career of Gingers Rogers, Thos talks to film writer, Miles Eady, to discuss this versatile and talented actress who became legendary in the 1930s for working with Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, George Gershwin, Dorothy Fields, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and many others in the most important musical fi…
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It’s time to join Thos as he surveys one of the best musical comedies of the last two decades – Kander & Ebb’s wonderful Curtains. This week he chats to the people behind the fantastic production which could be seen at last summer’s Edinburgh Fringe to get a sense of not just the nuts and bolts of putting on a demanding spectacle of a show but also…
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Thos again pays tribute to the late Kit Hesketh-Harvey, one of Britain’s most talented and eclectic theatrical personalities. In this episode, we hear Kit talking about the more serious, passionate and romantic side of his nature as he discusses his modernised version of La Traviata which wowed the critics in 2012.…
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In the first of a two part tribute, Thos remembers the wonderful “Renaissance Man of the Theatre”, the late Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who died earlier this month. In this episode we hear Kit in two episodes which highlight his talents on stage and off, in two fascinating – and very funny – interviews covering his work in Kit and the Widow, one of the UK’…
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Well, it’s a brand new year so that can only mean the return of our traditional MusicalTalk festive quiz. Is there any better way of ushering in a new year? Yes, of course there is – but when’ve finished doing that, you can then enjoy this merry mix of quirky questions and superb songs compiled for your diversionary pleasure by that ridiculous old …
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