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A look at Stephen Sondheim's body of work chronologically. Show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. They read the lyrics and offer insight on the word choice, melody, how the song informs character, and anything else that might come up. This show is for any Broadway lover in general and Stephen Sondheim fans in particular.

A look at Stephen Sondheim's body of work chronologically. Show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. They read the lyrics and offer insight on the word choice, melody, how the song informs character, and anything else that might come up. This show is for any Broadway lover in general and Stephen Sondheim fans in particular.
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A look at Stephen Sondheim's body of work chronologically. Show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. They read the lyrics and offer insight on the word choice, melody, how the song informs character, and anything else that might come up. This show is for any Broadway lover in general and Stephen Sondheim fans in particular.

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English


Episodes

Everybody Says Don't – Anyone Can Whistle (with William C. White)

9/11/2019
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Everybody Says Don't may seem like another song that fits into the theme of "be yourself no matter what the world says." But guest Will C. White discusses with Kyle why you shouldn't overlook this part of Anyone Can Whistle. Plus, does Ira Gershwin suck?

Duration:01:01:09

There's a Parade in Town – Anyone Can Whistle (with Jonathan Chisolm)

9/4/2019
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There's a Parade in Town is a song that was written because Angela Lansbury demanded it. Sometimes it can be hard to think about Angela Lansbury as a diva, especially if you've seen interviews with her and can see how gracious she normally is. In this episode Jonathan Chisolm helps Kyle to square those two sides of her personality.

Duration:00:49:02

50th Episode Spectacular!

8/28/2019
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Listeners called and wrote in questions for Kyle to answer about Broadway, Sondheim, and the podcast itself. This is a special episode that celebrate the last 50 episodes and (hopefully) gets you excited for the next 50.

Duration:00:49:02

Anyone Can Whistle (song) – Anyone Can Whistle (with Darby Turnbull)

8/21/2019
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Is whistling easy, or is it hard? Darby Turnbull returns to the podcast to discuss the song Anyone Can Whistle. In the conversation truths are revealed, lessons are learned, and gay themes are discovered.

Duration:01:12:15

Come Play Wiz Me – Anyone Can Whistle (with Eric Matthew Richardson)

8/14/2019
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Kyle's ability to do a French accent isn't very good. But this song, Come Play Wiz Me, is a fascinating example of pastiche. It's a musical style in which Stephen Sondheim is well known for. Eric Matthew Richardson returns to offer his expertise on that, plus gives a bunch of references ranging from Shakespeare to Monty Python.

Duration:01:16:05

Simple – Anyone Can Whistle (with David Heineman)

8/7/2019
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Simple is a long song. And, as it turns out, not so simple. This was the first time where Sondheim combined music, speaking, multiple characters, and multiple melodies into one song. David and Kyle try to break it apart and figure out what works and what doesn't.

Duration:01:23:06

Justin Guarini Interview (host of Audition Secrets) *BONUS EPISODE*

8/2/2019
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Justin Guarini has acted and sang all over the world. One of his most cherished performances was as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company, at the Bucks County Playhouse. He discusses that show, theatre in general, and reveals the advice he'd give to young actors.

Duration:00:41:05

There Won't Be Trumpets – Anyone Can Whistle (with Suzanna Krivulskaya)

7/31/2019
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There Won't Be Trumpets was cut from the show but still made it onto the cast album. It grew in popularity from there and now appears anytime Anyone Can Whistle is revived. Did it deserve to be cut? Suzanna and Kyle discuss that and how Fay may be the hero she wants somebody else to be.

Duration:00:54:46

Miracle Song – Anyone Can Whistle (with Christine Chen)

7/24/2019
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Miracle Song can be looked at as a satirical takedown of religion. There are certainly gospel elements to the music and blatant Christian imagery. Chrstine Chen returns to talk to Kyle about this and whether this should have been the opening number.

Duration:01:07:24

Me And My Town – Anyone Can Whistle (with Madeline Botteri and Joel DeCandio of The Sondheim Project)

7/17/2019
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The failure of Anyone Can Whistle is legendary. It closed after 9 performances. Madeline Botteri and Joel DeCandio, of The Sondheim Project, join Kyle in discussing how the first song of the show helps (and doesn't help) set the stage for what's to come.

Duration:01:07:26

Season 4 Trailer – Anyone Can Whistle

7/17/2019
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The trailer for the upcoming season on the troubled Broadway show Anyone Can Whistle.

Duration:00:01:55

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) – Film Review (with Janet and Lucia of Repodcasting)

6/26/2019
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Kyle invites on Janet and Lucia of Repodcasting to discuss the film version of Forum, and figure out who would star in it if it were remade today.

Duration:00:49:06

Funeral Sequence / Finale – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Federico Tedeschi)

6/19/2019
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Federico Tedeschi returns to wrap up our season on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We discuss the weirdness of the Funeral Sequence, the appropriate way the Finale ends, and then have the return of the game How Many Tonys Was This Show Nominated For?

Duration:01:05:00

That'll Show Him – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Paul Matwychuk)

6/12/2019
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Philia's only solo song is one that shows how clueless she is about her whole situation. It might be a song that Sondheim fans disregard, but there are a few things worthy of consideration. Paul Matwychuk also discusses with Kyle about whether there might be a way for Philia to be portrayed differently, and whether the show should ever be revived.

Duration:00:59:11

That Dirty Old Man – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Zina Lee)

6/5/2019
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The character of Domina is usually considered a shrewish old woman who wrecks the fun for all the other characters. But perhaps there is more to her than that two dimensional depiction. Zina Lee joins Kyle to discuss her song, the treatment of women in the show, and whether gender swapping should be encouraged in the modern theatre.

Duration:01:03:36

Bring Me My Bride – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Christine Chen)

5/29/2019
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Miles Gloriosus is a brutish man who would be called "problematic" in our modern times. However, is there more to him than meets the eye? Christine Chen joins Kyle in discussing whether Miles is more bluster than barbarian. Also, at the end, there's a conversation about their favourite Sondheim show of all time.

Duration:00:50:33

I'm Calm / Impossible – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Elizabeth Keep)

5/22/2019
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There are no gibbering fools on this week's podcast. At least no more than usual. Elizabeth Keep joins the show for the first time to discuss the two songs I'm Calm and Impossible. Are they funny? Do you need to see the staging for them to work? Those and other fraughter things are to be expected this week.

Duration:01:00:45

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Matt Sampson)

5/15/2019
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Is Forum sexist or does it just feature sexist characters? Matt Sampson return to try and answer that questions, while also playing his piano to show how clever Sondheim can be, even with a generic list song.

Duration:01:14:54

Pretty Little Picture – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with William C. White)

5/8/2019
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Pretty Little Picture is certainly a witty song, but is it funny? William C. White returns to offer his opinions on a song that Sondheim considers one of his best. They also debate whether Zero Mostel or Nathan Lane sing it better.

Duration:00:55:57

Lovely – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Gus Gowland)

5/1/2019
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The song Lovely appears twice in the show. The first is between two lovers, and the second is between two liars. Gus Gowland, UK-based musical theatre composer, joins the show to discuss which works better. Gus and Kyle try their best to be winsome while also making reference to the 1980s sitcom Perfect Strangers.

Duration:01:12:37