August 15, 2017
Today we're talkin' chess again! Judith saw a production in her city of Boston, and who wouldn't want another opportunity to talk about our favorite '80s rock opera/musical about Cold War tensions and international Chess superstardom cowritten by two ABBA members!
We figure out a little more of what's going on with the plot this time. But not too much.
We also talk about Joe Iconis, a musical theater writer from NY, and his musical revue, The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree!
June 7, 2017
The Tony's are almost here, and WE. ARE. PUMPED!
Predictions, some selections from the musicals, nothing about plays at all - this episode has everything you need to be prepared for the 2017 Tony Awards.
March 29, 2017
What do Waitress, the Great Comet, and Beauty and the Beast all have in common? I'm not sure, which is why it was so hard to find a name for this episode! (If you can find a connection, please please write in. There's got to be something. Maybe relating to pies?)
Anyway, today's ep has some discussion of Waitress and Great Comet. Then, Judith and Leah are joined by special guest Dagney to discuss the live-action Beauty and the Beast! Hilarity ensues
February 24, 2017
Judith and Leah are talkin bout Newsies! Plus, some misheard lyrics, a tale of woe at Sunday in the Park with George, and Dear Evan Hansen
December 25, 2016
In this episode of IDOM, Judith and Leah wage their own private war on Christmas! Christmas musicals, that is! They ponder the question, "Are there any good Christmas musicals?" with not-so-surprising results. Grab your cookies and milk, curl up in front of a fire, and listen to some bad Christmas songs!
December 16, 2016
Yarr! This be a scurvy episode, ripe with ye brackish sea. That's right, it has to do with PIRATES!! Pirates of Penzance, to be specific. Gilbert and Sullivan classic or annoying operetta that nobody should still listen to? FIND OUT now! We will fight to the death to defend it, because it's our duty, and we are slaves of duty.
October 25, 2016
Is it still plagarism if Rodgers and Hammerstein rip off their own shows? How racist is Chop Suey? What exactly is a flower drum song? So many questions, so few answers on this episode of In Defense of Musicals!
September 2, 2016
Oh my mom! The girls are back with a new fresh ep. This time, they're defending a classic jukebox musical, Mamma Mia!! We've got Bjorn. We've got Lars? We've got the other two. We've got a movie version that is truly amazing, and a plot that is... yeah. Grab yer popcorn and get a-listenin!
August 9, 2016
This week (month? It's been a while since the last ep...) Judith and Leah tackle Bye Bye Birdie, a musical that's really hard to defend. And we do a pretty bad job. We talk about "going steady," terrible voices, Ed Sullivan, and play the game, "Is this song a joke or just sexist?" Also, a review of the movie from Stefan!
June 16, 2016
In this episode of In Defense of Musicals, Judith, Leah and special guest Nick talk about the Tonys and defend the musical Sweeney Todd! They delve into the origins of the name Sweeney Todd, talk about objectification, play a rousing round of "Guess the Musical," and create a spinoff game show called "Lovett First Sight." Plus - who would win in an election, Donald Trump or Judge Turpin?
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