December 18, 2017
The Threepenny Opera, by Elizabeth Hauptmann, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill, was originally produced in Berlin in 1928. After a 1933 Broadway production bombed, it was re-translated by Marc Blitzstein for a smash Off-Broadway 1953 production that helped to create Off-Broadway theatre as we know it today.
December 11, 2017
The King and I (1951) by Rodgers and Hammerstein is a classic, and was Jeremy's first musical! We discuss how well it holds up in the present day, and compare it to South Pacific, with which it has a lot in common.
December 4, 2017
This week, we talk about South Pacific (1949) by Rodgers and Hammerstein! We discuss the musical's message of racial tolerance, its exploration of discrimination, and whether the show itself is problematic in its approach to dealing with racism. We also play a whole bunch of songs, because this is probably the best score we've talked about so far. Can it dethrone Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls? Listen to find out!