Broadway Binge
19. The Music Man (with Pete the Retailer)

19. The Music Man (with Pete the Retailer)

April 30, 2018

Pete the Retailer from the Star Wars Minute, Alphabeatical, and ABCDEVO podcasts joins us to talk about The Music Man, which he acted in as a child. The Music Man has music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, and is considered to be an American classic. But does it hold up today? And is Robert Preston wearing a toupee in the movie?? Here is a picture of him in The Music Man movie, and here is a picture of him in the movie SOB, in what the LA Times calls a "deep-pile toupee."  If you think he had a toupee in The Music Man tweet with #toupee to @Broadway_Binge, and if you don't think so, tweet with #notatoupee.

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18b. West Side Story (Part 2)

18b. West Side Story (Part 2)

April 9, 2018

We finish off West Side Story with a deep dive into every number, discussing casting, the music, the lyrics, the dancing, the differences between the show and the film, and even conspiracy theories! And at the end, we rank it against all the other shows we've discussed so far.  See how it does!

Check out the Broadway Binge Listen-Along Spotify Playlist here, for all the best songs in all the musicals we've discussed!

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18. West Side Story (Part 1)

18. West Side Story (Part 1)

April 4, 2018

We finally reach West Side Story! A show so important we're devoting two weeks to it. This week, we discuss how the 1957 show with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by rookie Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, directed and choreographed by Leonard Bernstein, came together for the stage. We also discuss the changes made for the 1961 movie, and we begin to dive into the show itself! Tweet your thoughts at us at @Broadway_Binge

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One correction, we note in the episode that Heaven on Their Minds has a section in 7/4 time, and that When Your Mind's Made Up is in 5/4 time, but upon reflection, those might actually be 7/8 and 10/8. The scores will contain the truth.

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