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Thos talks to musical theatre royalty, the amazing Kim Criswell, about her new show, the wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein revue, A Grand Night for Singing, which is being presented at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer and brings together both well known and neglected F&H gems. Kim shares her thoughts on this great songwriting partne…
 
Join Thos and Tim as they look in depth at the reworked version of the 1960s West End and Broadway hit, Half A Sixpence, which came to London in 2016 under the auspices of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Find out if they thought it was a flash in the pan, a banging hit or deserved a wallop!…
 
Nick Hutson chats to Andrew Keating about what it felt like to be back in a theatre seeing a brand new with lockdown starting to ease. Hear Andrew's thoughts on the new ALW Musical - Cinderella - as well as the COVID Safety precautions and what the future may hold. Bippity Boppity Boo!
 
Dom McChesney chats with Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen Mcdonald about the creation of Breathe: A New Musical, which is premiering online - written in real time last year as the pandemic evolved. They also discuss their musical of The Book Thief which was set to open at The Octagon in Bolton just as the pandemic hit last year.…
 
With the World Premiere of the stage production of the evergreen Disney film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, coming to the United Kingdom this summer, Thos revisits the extended and restored version of the original film in the company of Tim as they pop in a beautiful shiny – but not briny – DVD and enjoy some substitutiary locomotion. With knobs on!…
 
Episode 713: The Ballad of Anne and Mary – Songs: Join us for the last part of our special in-depth look at the fantastic free new musical pirate podcast, The Ballad of Anne and Mary. This week we concentrate on the score, discuss lullabies, and question Sondheim’s famous axiom about content dictating form. So don’t be a slubberdegullion, come and …
 
We return to part two of our special in-depth look at the fantastic free new musical drama podcast, The Ballad of Anne and Mary, created by Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman about the famous 18th Century pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. This week we discuss the story, themes and structure used to tell the take effectively over several weeks, and …
 
Join Thos over the next three weeks for a special in-depth look at the fantastic new musical, The Ballad of Anne and Mary. In this first episode, he talks to the show’s creators, Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman, about the development of this fantastic venture which is presented as a free five-part musical drama podcast, and tells the story of fam…
 
Join Thos as he revisits the much praised 2010 Regents Park Open Air Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which is viewable to watch in a streaming version online. Cast your mind back to the heady days of a decade ago when the world was celebrating Sondheim’s 80th birthday, Dame Judi Dench was the Giant’s Wife and you could cast…
 
Welcome to this bumper edition of MusicalTalk crammed with great songs and fine chat as Thos brings us a brand new interview with talented writer, Alexander S. Bermange, creator of I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, a wonderful show shortly be made available in a specially recorded version for online viewing via the Kings Head Theatre website. In …
 
With the five star revue, I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical – a must see for all fans of musical theatre – being made available for streaming, join Thos for the first of two interviews with Alexander S. Bermange, the talented writer and creator of the show. In this week’s episode, we hear about the show when it was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe…
 
This week Nick and John take a look at shows that take things from the past and reinvents them for the future by talking about the shows they last saw. John talks about seeing the new production of West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre and Nick talks about seeing Back to the Future in Manchester.
 
Join Thos and Tim as they discuss Peter Duncan’s highly enjoyable online pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk – and talk about how to capture the raucous excitement of British Pantomime in a video production, as well as unexpected visits from Gustav Holst, Thomas Nashe and William Shakespeare who all contributed to the story. Fe Fi Fo Fun-times!…
 
Nick, during lockdown, decided to write a mad musical celebrating the UK Theme Park Community. Join Nick with other members of the team as they discuss this mad show - that you can watch here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PlPdZa65Z7E The musical stars many members of the UK Theme park community but also features cameos from John Wardley and the lege…
 
It’s time for a celebration as MusicalTalk reaches its 700th episode and to mark this milestone, we take you behind the scenes in a very special edition featuring those beautiful dreamers, Jonathan, David, Nick and Thos as well as a piano, a whole lot of songs and several biscuits!
 
It’s time to give your kitchen equipment dirty looks as we join Thos and Colm as they look at what makes the recent revival of modern classic, Caroline, or Change, so impressive. Whether it’s the off-beat surrealism, quiet revolution, avoidance of the obvious and a skillful use of stillness, this most unusual of musicals makes a profound impact as …
 
Adamant that Porgy and Bess is an opera? Well, it ain’t necessarily so as Thos and Colm chat about the recent English National Opera production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – the is-it-or-isn’t-it-an-opera opera! With a soaring score, we look at the fusion of arias and songs, and how this monumental classic holds up in the 21st Century.…
 
We start the new year with another look at 42nd Street, one of the evergreen stories of musicals – with a peek at the original 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes, an in-depth look at the recent London production with Colm and a discussion on the unusual tensions in the show itself which points it in two directions at one: a literal two way street!…
 
It may be a reduced Christmas this year with the pandemic and lockdowns, but that’s no reason not to have a good old quiz and songfest here on MusicalTalk. So that can only mean its our traditional MusicalTalk Crimbo Musical Theatre Quiz – a merry mix of quirky questions and superb songs compiled for your diversionary pleasure by Thos who is on tot…
 
In this week’s bumper episode, we look again at Jekyll Versus Hyde, the frankly brilliant adaptation of the evergreen story by discussing the musical with its creators, Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman and hearing what Thos and Mike thought about its investigation into duality. There’s also a chance to hear a ten point review of the recent West En…
 
It’s time to get the geek as we join Thos and Tom as they chat some more about another Edinburgh Fringe musical theatre hit of recent years – The Toxic Avenger, a hilarious and tuneful musical adaptation of the 1984s film – and a show just packed full of stagey gags! Warning: may contain hot toxic love!…
 
Thos and Tom chat about two past Edinburgh Fringe comedies – Timpson the Musical, which hilariously imagines the birth of the high street favourite in a bouncy, engaging production, and also Redacted Arachnid, which is that most unusual thing – a show that’s not a musical that’s all about another show that is!…
 
With 2013’s epic new musical, From Here to Eternity, recently revived on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Show Must Go On website, listen to Thos and Tim as they talk about the weaknesses and strengths of the original London production, and then, following the sad death of Bobby Ball, of British comedy double act Cannon and Ball, there’s a chance to hear …
 
Colm and Thos discuss Drive By Shooting (A Street Art Opera), a brand spanking new ten minute opera that unexpectedly uses the model of the three hundred year old intermezzo they discussed last week, and then keeping it in the eighteenth century, Josh chats with Thos about a recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that uses a modern model of …
 
Join Thos and Colm as they talk about The Secretary Turned CEO, a radical modern re-interpretation of Pergolesi's seminal comic opera of 1733, The Maid Turned Mistress, before Thos catches up with Danyal Dhondy, the Musical Director of the 2015 EdFringe production who talks about bringing this godparent of modern musical theatre bang up to date wit…
 
Join Nick, Mike Dixon and Dominic McChesney for a fun discussion about Grease, its origins, the cut songs, the re-written songs and the songs not many people know! Hear tales from Mike's work on the Dominion Theatre production as arranger that opened in 1993 and learn how it's somewhat related to the boyfriend.…
 
Fancy seeing a new musical for free? Well, you’d best join Thos as he chats to Mike Shapiro about Mike’s latest show, Gideon and the Blundersnorp, and how in the absence of this year’s Hollywood Fringe, he’s taking that old film cliché, and putting on a show! With songs and chat, and plenty of musical theatre references from Peter and the Wolf, Les…
 
Return to the House of Edgar – Disinterring the Past: Having recently heard about the future of the House of Edgar, MusicalTalk’s Pick of the Fringe 2018, join Thos as he explores the history of this amazing musical in the company of two of its talented stars, Sarah Dean and Eoin McAndrew, in a laugh-filled interview recorded during the show’s run …
 
Divining the Future: Thos chats with composer Thomas F Arnold, writer of The House of Edgar, MusicalTalk’s Pick of the Fringe 2018, about the future of the show and how you develop a fringe production further. And you can also enjoy their light hearted conversation sharing their wider Edinburgh Festival Fringe experiences – and it’s not just all ab…
 
Join Thos as he talks to the people behind this unusual and appealing original musical, featuring a live string quartet, which follows two siblings called back to their childhood home to pack up for one last time, and who find that more is unleashed than can be stored away.
 
Join Thos as he talks to the creators of one of the great new musicals from the Edinburgh Fringe of the last few years, The Fear, which follows the lives of three students as they attempt to navigate their way through the ups and downs of their final year of university whilst struggling to cope with deadlines, drink and distractions. Discover how t…
 
MusicalTalk’s Virtual Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues with an in-depth look at Sue Casson’s magnificent multi-platform song cycle about the life of one of the architects of the modern world, David Maxwell Fyfe, and how his work helped to rebuild and remodel society after the Second World War. With stops on the way to talk about Rupert Brooke, H…
 
MusicalTalk’s Virtual Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues with this exclusive interview with Nele Van den Broeck, star of the eponymous Nele Needs A Holiday – The Musical, the wonderful 2018 autobiographical show about trying to make it big in Britain, after already being big in Belgium. Join Thos as he explores the creation of the show and its ter…
 
Missing the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe? Then fret no longer and join us as we serve up a bumper double-length episode launching the MusicalTalk Virtual Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tuck into a veritable hotch-potch of songs, interviews, reviews, analysis and conversation about the shows you can see this year – online! We’ve found over forty Edfringe music…
 
In this information-packed and trivia-full episode, listen to Colm and Thos as they try to detect the golden threads linking three very different MGM musicals – DuBarry Was A Lady, Singin’ In the Rain and I Love Melvin, three films featuring not just amazing songs and dances but also American footballs, lace cravats, trampoline beds, roller skates,…
 
With online musical theatre available like never before, Thos has been watching a lot of it. And we do mean a lot! So, in the first of an occasional series, join him as he shares what he thinks about three big London West End hits in a series of bitesize ten point reviews for 42nd Street, Curtains and Kinky Boots! They’re certain to sell like hot-t…
 
It’s the musical that says exactly what it is, so join Thos as he reviews this most raucous, funny, raw, political, clever and surprisingly touching show by the Graeae Theatre Company – and join in yourself as you can watch it for a limited period on Youtube! And there’s a chance to hear again an interview with Vinnie himself, renowned actor and th…
 
Join Thos as he revisits the film that keeps giving – Mae West’s 1977 musical, Sextette, featuring songs from 250 years of history including by Thomas Arne, the Beatles and Neil Sedaka – but is it really a triumph? Hear Thos why he thinks it is, and there’s a chance to hear Thos and Tim talk about a previous viewing of this neglected comic musical …
 
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