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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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Victoria Gordon – An Interview

2/26/2020
Victoria Gordon will be starring in Sondheim on Sunday: A 90th Birthday Salute. Victoria is an acclaimed performer, director, and producer based out of Los Angeles. In this episode she discusses with Kyle her inspirations, her love of Sondheim, and why her concert was always inevitable.

Duration:00:43:51

Marry Me a Little – Company (with Darby Turnbull)

2/19/2020
How, exactly, do you marry someone a little? That's what Darby Turnbull and Kyle discuss in this last song of Act One. It seems like Bobby's delusions are getting the best of him. Plus the conversation drifts into topics of mental health, Showboat, and stress eating.

Duration:01:17:14

Getting Married Today – Company (with Hallie Casey)

2/12/2020
A wedding day can be stressful. The character Amy decides to sing through her anxiety as fast as she possibly can. Kyle is joined by Hallie Casey to discuss relationships, updated lyrics, and a book written in 1852.

Duration:00:58:42

Another Hundred People – Company (with Matthew Sampson)

2/5/2020
By bus, train, or plane people keep coming to New York. Matthew Sampson joins Kyle to discuss a song that was written for a specific performer but hides a whole lot of meaning to the rest of the show.

Duration:01:03:44

Someone Is Waiting – Company (with Federico Tedeschi)

1/29/2020
Someone Is Waiting contains foreshadowing for a couple of songs that appear in Company later in the show. Federico Tedeschi returns to explain why this is such an important song. Plus, a formal apology is given for the events of last week.

Duration:01:10:56

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

1/22/2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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