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This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.

This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.

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United States

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This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia (with Rick Pender)

4/14/2021
Rick Pender literally wrote the book on Stephen Sondheim. The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia is being released tomorrow and Rick dropped by to talk about how the book came together and his years of writing about–and talking with–Stephen Sondheim.

Duration:00:50:18

Ramona Mallory – An Interview

4/7/2021
Ramona Mallory played Anne in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. In this episode she talks about why she became an actress, how special A Little Night Music is for her, and why she decided to leave Broadway afterwards.

Duration:00:43:08

A Little Night Music movie (1977) with David Youn

3/31/2021
The film version of A Little Night Music came out in 1977. David Youn returns to discuss what it did well and why it's not remembered very fondly.

Duration:00:52:19

A Little Night Music cut songs

3/24/2021
There were six songs cut from A Little Night Music. Kyle talks about such numbers as "Bang!" "Two Fairy Tales" and "My Husband the Pig." He might even sing a little.

Duration:00:43:29

Four different A Little Night Music recordings (with Matt Steele)

3/17/2021
Matt Steele joins Kyle to discuss four different recordings of A Little Night Music. Which songs are the best on each record? What surprising mashup slaps? And what are their opinions on book scenes being recorded for the album?

Duration:01:12:22

Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music (with Ashley Pribyl)

3/10/2021
Isn't it bliss? Don't you approve? It's time to talk about Send in the Clowns! Ashley Pribyl returns to discuss Sondheim's most popular song.

Duration:01:09:01

The Miller's Son – A Little Night Music (with Jared O'Roark)

3/3/2021
Petra gets to take centre stage to give her opinions on life and love. Jared O'Roark shares his personal history with this song. Then Kyle and Jared discuss the sexual liberation of this song, its placements in the show, and the similarities it has to Liaisons.

Duration:01:07:10

It Would Have Been Wonderful / Perpetual Anticipation – A Little Night Music (with Eric Matthew Richardson)

2/24/2021
Eric Matthew Richardson returns! This time to discuss two songs from Act 2 of A Little Night Music. The first has two men preening like peacocks. The second is all about anticipation without the need of a Satanic mechanic.

Duration:00:57:05

Night Waltz 1 & Night Waltz 2 – A Little Night Music (with William C. White)

2/17/2021
Also know as "The Sun Won't Set" and "The Sun Sits Low" respectively. William C. White returns to discuss the quintet, 24 hour daytime, and (of course) Ravel.

Duration:00:43:21

Matthew Gardiner; director of Simply Sondheim

2/10/2021
Matthew Gardiner has been the Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre since 2010. Signature Theatre has devoted itself to continuing Sondheim's work (or adjacent work) every year. Now you can enjoy this new show, Simply Sondheim, from the comfort of your own home!

Duration:00:44:23

Anyone Can Whistle: The First Complete Recording (with Joel DeCandio)

2/3/2021
JAY Records has released a complete recording of Anyone Can Whistle after 25 years in production! Joel DeCandio returns to discuss why this is album is so good, the history of the show, and a bit about Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Duration:00:41:03

A Weekend in the Country – A Little Night Music (with Colm Molloy)

1/27/2021
A Weekend in the Country was Sondheim's attempt at perfecting the complex story song. Colm Molloy returns to discuss whether it works, the end of Act 1, and Beyoncé.

Duration:01:27:54

Every Day a Little Death – A Little Night Music (with Karen Unland)

1/20/2021
No doubt living with Carl Magnus every day does feel like a little death. Karen Unland returns to try and understand the character of Charlotte, if the title of the song has a secret meaning, and how it doesn't quite work in the movie version.

Duration:01:01:21

In Praise of Women – A Little Night Music (with Adrianna Boris)

1/13/2021
A pig of a man singing about why women are merely objects to be enjoyed by men. Adrianna Boris returns to discuss Carl Magnus, misogyny, and that beautiful voice.

Duration:00:50:40

Liaisons – A Little Night Music (with Jackson Cooper)

1/6/2021
Liaisons. What's happened to them? In this episode Jackson Cooper joins Kyle to try and figure that out. This song just may be the secret to understanding the whole show.

Duration:01:02:55

You Must Meet My Wife – A Little Night Music (with Celina Reynes)

12/30/2020
Perhaps the funniest song in the entire score, You Must Meet My Wife shows how clueless Frederick is and how petty Desiree seems to be. Celina Reynes returns to discuss those matters and unpack the subtext of this song.

Duration:00:52:02

Remember? – A Little Night Music (with Christine Chen)

12/23/2020
Sometimes we see an ex and flashes of memory come to us. That's what this song does as Frederick and Desiree lock eyes with one another. But how true are their memories? Christine Chen returns to try and answer that question with Kyle.

Duration:00:55:29

The Glamorous Life – A Little Night Music (with Brian Holcomb and Joel Perkin)

12/16/2020
The Glamorous Life is a song where Desiree's daughter sings about Desiree's supposed fancy profession. In reality Desiree is just tired. Kyle is tired because there are (sort of) three versions of this song! Brian Holcomb and Joel Perkin join him to break down why there's such a difference between the stage version and the film version.

Duration:01:13:36

Now, Later, Soon – A Little Night Music (with Daniel Bund)

12/9/2020
Now, Later, and Soon are a triplet of songs that introduce us to three different characters. At the end all the songs converge to reveal the fears and desires of those characters. Daniel Bund joins Kyle to unpack the comedy that works and doesn't.

Duration:01:26:11

Overture and Night Waltz / Love Takes Time – A Little Night Music

12/2/2020
A Little Night Music opens up in quite the unique way. A set of four people sing the melody of a couple of songs in the score. It's an experiment that was hardly ever tried again. Plus, how does the film version introduce the characters?

Duration:00:33:42