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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

Have I Got a Girl For You – Company (with Matt McClendon)

1/22/2020
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A bunch of guys try to convince Bobby to tell them about his sexual conquests. But maybe there's more to this song than that? Matt McClendon joins Kyle to discuss the Kamasutra and Sazerac Slings.

Duration:01:16:25

You Could Drive a Person Crazy – Company (with Christine Chen)

1/15/2020
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No bulls needed to be coerced in the recording of this podcast. Christine Chen returns to unpack the word "crazy" and discuss if changing the original lyrics of this song was a good idea.

Duration:01:05:41

Sorry-Grateful – Company (with Lauren Shippen)

1/8/2020
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How can you feel sorry and grateful at the same time? I'm sure the Germans have a word for it. Lauren Shippen joins Kyle to discuss this odd feeling along with relationships and vulnerabilities.

Duration:01:05:00

The 10 Best Sondheim Songs Pre-1970

1/1/2020
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The definitive list of the best songs Stephen Sondheim wrote before 1970. Or, at least, the definitive list until I change my mind.

Duration:00:37:52

Tara Young – An Interview

12/25/2019
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Tara Young was born and raised in Alberta. She dreamed of working in the theatre and by 20 had already had the fortune of dancing on stage with Liza Minnelli. Soon after Susan Stroman selected her to work on Celebration of Sondheim at Carnegie Hall. In this interview you'll hear about her career but more importantly about Tara's life and what she finds the most joy in now.

Duration:00:52:24

The Little Things You Do Together – Company (with Juan Quibrera)

12/18/2019
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On this episode Kyle invites on Juan Quibrera to share and swear together. This is the first song to feature the character Joanne. Her observations help to inform the entire show. But there's a lot to unpack with these lyrics about relationships.

Duration:01:04:55

Company overture – Company (with Eric Matthew Richardson)

12/11/2019
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Company was the "coming out" of Stephen Sondheim as a composer to be reckoned with. In this episode Eric Matthew Richardson returns to talk about the 1970s, minimalism, and why a show that shouldn't work absolutely does.

Duration:01:29:49

Season 6 Trailer – Company

12/7/2019
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Phone rings, door chimes, etc. This coming Wednesday (December 11) the new season about Company will debut! Here's a sneak peak of what to expect.

Duration:00:02:56

When / Take Me To The World – Evening Primrose (with Erik Stadnik)

11/27/2019
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Is it possible for Charles and Ella to escape the department store and make a life with each other in this mixed up world we live in? Kyle invites on Erik Stadnik to discuss that further and go in-depth with the last two songs of Evening Primrose.

Duration:00:53:02

If You Can Find Me I'm Here / I Remember – Evening Primrose (with Erik Stadnik)

11/20/2019
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Evening Primrose was an episode of Stage 67. It was a collaboration between Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman years before Follies debuted. From it came four songs, a few of which are among the best of Sondheim's career.

Duration:01:13:56

Waltzing With a T – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 3

11/13/2019
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So much talent and yet what was produced seems so bland. In this final episode of the Do I Hear a Waltz? mini-season, we go through a quick history of the musical, a few of the songs, and then try to put this show into context. Also, where's the T?

Duration:00:32:00

The Play, The Movie, and the Musical – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 2

11/6/2019
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Do I Hear a Waltz? was actually the third time that Arthur Laurents adapted his original story. It started as a play, became a movie, and then was musicalized. Were any worthwhile?

Duration:00:40:55

Richard Rodgers – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 1

10/30/2019
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A short history of Richard Rodgers with speculation about what he and Sondheim were feeling before they started their only collaboration. Part 1 of the three episode mini-series on Do I Hear a Waltz features William C. White and Layan Elwazani along with some old audio clips and lots of great music.

Duration:00:35:35

Season 5 Trailer – Do I Hear a Waltz?

10/23/2019
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The new season of Putting It Together debuts on October 30th! This will be different from previous episodes, as we take a look at Do I Hear a Waltz in a three episode miniseries. It will explore the history, the problems, but most importantly the music.

Duration:00:01:42

With So Little To Be Sure Of – Anyone Can Whistle (with Karen and Elizabeth Unland of That's a Thing?!)

10/9/2019
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It's a weird way to end a show, but then again with Anyone Can Whistle everything has been a bit odd. Karen Unland and her daughter Elizabeth (from the podcast That's a Thing?!) join the show to discuss With So Little To Be Sure Of. They also talk about the difficulty with love songs, whether this song is inconsistent with the characters singing it, and they try to guess how many Tony Award nominations the show received.

Duration:01:11:38

The Cookie Chase / There's Always a Woman – Anyone Can Whistle (with Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower of My Little Tonys)

10/2/2019
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This episode starts with an extended ballet sequence that leads directly into a song that was eventually cut. Tim Kov and Anna Hulkower, from My Little Tonys, join the discussion and reveal secret Sondheim facts while deciding on whether the cut song should have stayed and whether the dance should have left.

Duration:01:29:21

See What It Gets You – Anyone Can Whistle (with Riley Galarneau)

9/25/2019
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Fay has been holding out for a hero the entire show, but now she realizes it needs to be her that's the hero. Local actor Riley Galarneau joins Kyle to discuss character motivation, being pushed to do uncomfortable things, and 80s power ballads.

Duration:00:45:52

I've Got You To Lean On – Anyone Can Whistle

9/18/2019
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Sometimes you got to to lean on yourself. Kyle talks with himself about a song where people say they can rely on each other. But could they be just as likely to stab each other in the back? The answer is yes.

Duration:00:34:23

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