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!
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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In this episode, Judith and Leah take on one of the most fun but divisive musicals in the repertoire: Chess! It's ABBA-mazing. They talk about Josh Groban, Russian accents, and awkward lyric choices, and try to figure out how Nobody's Side can just be so damn catchy.
Time to get your PJs on because Judith and Leah are talking about The Pajama Game! They discuss weird Broadway voices, common romantic tropes in musicals, and all the things you could buy with seven and a half cents in 1950.
By overwhelming popular demand, Judith and Leah are back with a defense of CATS the musical! They talk about their introduction to CATS, decide on names for their future children, and try to answer the age-old question: What in the Hell is a Jellicle Cat?!
Judith and Leah dive into the wonderful world of TV podcasting! Somehow, Leah had never seen Smash, but now she has! One episode, at least. And then they talked about it! Thus creating a podcast about a television show about a musical about a movie star. They are hoping to win an EGOT for this.
Judith and Leah are tired of ALW musicals. It's time for some Sondheim realness. In this episode, they discuss one of the lesser-listened (by them) Sondheim musicals. (spoiler: Not A Day Goes By is a good song.) They also do a real cool pop song breakdown. Yeah.
In another riveting Andrew Lloyd Weber episode, Judith and Leah talk about the one musical they were not allowed to listen to as children, Jesus Christ Superstar (sorry, Dad!) (not really!) Together they cast aside logic and reason to find the true meaning of "the buzz."