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MusicalTalk - The UK's Independent Musical Theatre Podcast

MusicalTalk

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We are a weekly podcast devoted to bringing you news, views, reviews, interviews and much more content devoted to musical theatre and film. We discuss composers, writers, actors, theatres and shows and encourage listeners to join in. Visit our sit...Show More
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0632: What To See At The Edinburgh Fringe 2019

1:46:13 | Aug 14th

With the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in full swing, Thos guides you through a selection of songs and interviews with the people behind some of the best musical theatre shows and revues that you can still catch!. It's the best of the Fest!
0631: Ed Fringe – The Musical

56:10 | Aug 6th

The world’s largest arts festival is back as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hits town again – and to get you in the mood (and to help you explore some of the experience of being there yourself), Thos talks to the very talented Patrick Stockbridge, who...Show More
0630: Good Queen Bess and Mess

1:29:32 | Jul 30th

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe just about to start, Thos sits down with the man behind one of this year’s shows, David William Hughes, whose witty and splendid production, Elizabethan, is back in Edinburgh. Hear them explore how much and how  lit...Show More
0629: Access All Arias

57:24 | Jul 23rd

Is theatre for everyone? And what can we do to bring down the barriers? Thos sits down with actor, singer, director and theatre creator, Stephen Lloyd to discuss the ethics of fully accessible theatre and to dissect his amazing career; from working w...Show More
0628: Nebular Tuesday

13:03 | Jul 20th

Dom talks about Nebular Tuesday with its composer Stephen Bull.  We hear about its journey from its concept album days to where it is now and how Stephen plans to move it forward.   www.mojocams.co.uk
0627: Go, Go, Go Joseph!

19:41 | Jul 16th

Nick and Antonia discuss Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that is now playing at the world famous London Palladium.
0626: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (with Rosie Ashe and Jake Brunger)

49:16 | Jul 8th

Nick, Antonia and Jonathan head to the opening of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged Thirteen and Three Quarters - at the Ambassador's Theatre in London.     Hear why it's the best British musical of the year...  Nick also talks to co-lyricist and ...Show More
0625: Tudor Nights

1:08:40 | Jul 2nd

With Six the Musical storming to success, it’s time to look at a musical about perhaps the greatest of all the Tudor queens, Elizabeth the First herself, in her own rollicking and rumbustious show called, appropriately enough, Liz.  Join Thos as he s...Show More
0624: Mary Poppins, Maggie May and Annie's Rooster

46:05 | Jun 25th

This week Nick talks to Robert Gordon about Mary Poppins Returns and Maggie May and then David Herzog chats with old friend Richard Meek who's currently touring in "Annie" as Rooster alongside Craig Revel Horwood's Miss Hannigan.
0623: Only Fools, Horses and Amelie.

33:02 | Jun 18th

Join Nick and Rachael as they discuss Only Fools and Horses - which is currently packing 'em in at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and then Nick and Jonathan Cohen discuss Amelie - which is touring the UK!  https://onlyfoolsmusical.com http://ameliethemu...Show More
0622: Aladdin's Waitress

46:20 | Jun 11th

Join Nick as he talks to Marisha Wallace about Waitress as we hear from new cast members Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones before they make their way into the show - and then we hear from Charlotte - who runs www.talkstageytome.com to discuss the new fi...Show More
0621: Bully for You

1:32:04 | Jun 4th

As Mike Shapiro’s hugely entertaining new musical, The Bully Problem, premieres at the prestigious Hollywood Fringe in June, Thos chats with Mike about the genesis and development of this witty new show; you’ll hear about everything from robots, fund...Show More
0620: Hooray for Hollywood Theatre! (Part Two)

33:01 | May 28th

Michael Gordon Shapiro continues coverage of the Hollywood Fringe with a chat with Laura Wiley, a multi-faceted entertainer and producer of musical parodies.
0619: Hooray for Hollywood Theatre!

1:30:20 | May 21st

Michael Gordon Shapiro begins a series of interviews exploring creative life at the Hollywood Fringe and chats with festival co-founder Ben Hill and musical theatre director Janet Miller.
0618: The Story of Stephen Foster – Part Two

54:07 | May 14th

It’s time for songs, stories and insights into the life, works and legacy of Stephen Foster, in the second part of our look into the life of this mid Victorian American song writing giant. And once again, you can enjoy the some more of his best works...Show More
0617: The Story of Stephen Foster – Part One

53:37 | May 7th

In a special two part edition of MusicalTalk, join Jonathan, David, Nick and Thos as the look at the life, works and legacy of Stephen Foster, the father of the popular song and godfather of musical theatre.  And in a special treat, hear some of his ...Show More
0616: Finding Fiddler on the Roof

32:21 | May 2nd

Nick has never seen Fiddler on the Roof - so he and Dom went off to the Playhouse Theatre to see the Trevor Nunn directed production from the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn.  Heat their thoughts...
0615: Queens of Mist and Kings of Rock musicals (with Jon Robyns and Hugh Wooldridge)

1:08:35 | Apr 23rd

Nick talks to Jon Robyns and Hugh Wooldridge about the massive celebration of rock musicals coming up on May 12th to the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith - The best of Rock Musicals.   David Herzog talks to Blake Klein from Pint of Wine Theatre about "Q...Show More
0614: Oliviers, Crazy Ex Girlfriends and Bullies

34:50 | Apr 16th

Antonia sits with Nick to discuss the 2019 Olivier Awards along with mourning Crazy Ex Girlfriend's departure from the airwaves.  We also hear the next instalment in Mike Shapiro's development audio diary for his musical - The Bully Problem.
0613: Waitress Review and The Bully Problem

22:03 | Apr 11th

Join Nick and Andrew as they share their thoughts on Waitress - playing at the Adelphi Theatre and also hear the first entry in a developer diary from Mike Shapiro on his musical: The Bully Problem.
0612: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Legacy

50:01 | Apr 2nd

In the second of a two part run, David Herzog chats to…well, practically everyone involved…about the wonderful new pieces of musical theatre writing presented by the RCA at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Legacy Series - A Mother’s Song and T...Show More
0611: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Hat-Trick

56:33 | Mar 26th

In the first of a two part run, Thos and Michael Gordon Shapiro cast an impressed eye (or four) over the excellent annual presentations by the amazing Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  In particular, they have a livel...Show More
0610: But... I'm A Cheerleader in Kinky Boots (Carrie Hope Fletcher and Demitri Lampra Interviews)

47:42 | Mar 19th

In this special episode of MusicalTalk - Nick talk to old presenter and composer Andy Abrams and Carrie Hope Fletcher about Andy's musical of BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER that was recently showcased at The Other Palace MT Fest.   We then hear from David and...Show More
0609: Working the Festival Fringe

56:08 | Mar 12th

Join Thos and Colm as they talk about what it takes actually to put on a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a real insider’s view of the nuts and bolts of what’s involved.  And hear about six shows you could have seen, including (ironically) the...Show More
0608: Come to Come From Away

42:06 | Mar 5th

This week we revisit Come From Away as Nick chats to the cast members - and those whom the cast members portrayed - at a press event for the musical held at the beautiful Canadian Embassy in London.  Hear from Rachel Tucker, Mary Doherty, Cat Simmons...Show More
0607:  Countdown to New Shows in March

1:16:50 | Feb 26th

It’s a bumper episode discussing six very different shows, featuring five songs, with four guests, and three musicals about to open in two different cities, hosted by the one and only (at least, we hope there’s only one) Thos!  Learn about an innovat...Show More
0606: Come from Away to Arts Ed

47:02 | Feb 19th

Nick chats to Chris Hocking - principal of The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London about the school's history, heritage and vision.   Following that - Nick and Rachael talk about Come From Away - now playing at London's Pheonix Theatre.
0605: Propping Up the Barnum

49:52 | Feb 12th

Episode 605: Propping Up the Barnum. What a year it’s been for PT Barnum!  With a blockbuster musical film about his life, The Greatest Showman, and a London revival of the original 1980 Cy Coleman musical show, Barnum, his enviable show business leg...Show More
0604: Everybody's Moaning about Les Mis

49:14 | Feb 5th

Nick and Rachael talk about the reaction that the news that Les Miserables is to change forever has caused amongst theatre fans and why they think it's not a bad thing...  They then talk about why Everybody's Talking abut Jamie didn't live up to the ...Show More
0603: Mary Poppins Returns

35:29 | Jan 29th

Nick, Antonia and Mike sit down to discuss their thoughts on the Mary Poppins sequel.
0602: 2019 Preview

39:36 | Jan 22nd

Nick and Antonia discuss the massive amount of shows coming to London and beyond in 2019.  2019 promises to be an exciting year - with new shows such as Only Fools and Horses, Dear Evan Hansen and the returns of classics such as Evita, Jesus Christ S...Show More
0601: On the Road with David Herzog - Cinderella at Venue Cymru

43:58 | Jan 15th

David Herzog returns to bring us belated holiday cheer from the cast of "Cinderella" at Venue Cymru in North Wales. Hold David's terrified American hand as he embarks into the popular British world that is pantomime.
0600: The Six Presenters

1:37:27 | Jan 8th

It’s very rarely we get so many presenters in one place - but in the summer of 2018 - we managed it! In this episode there two different conversations stemmed from two very simple questions.  What’re you listening to and What’s a groundbreaking show?...Show More
599: Being Fanatical about Musicals.

57:43 | Jan 1st

Nick joins Rachael - to discuss a slew of musicals they saw toward the end of 2018 including Wicked, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Bat out Of Hell, Heathers and Fanatical - whilst gently skimming the surface of Lord of the Rings. Rachael also talks ...Show More
0598: Merry Quizmas and a Happy New Earful 2019

1:23:34 | Dec 25th, 2018

Apparently, it’s Christmas time - so to mark the event, here’s the now obligatory and much despised MusicalTalk festive quiz – a merry mix of quirky questions and superb songs, all helpfully hosted by that professional halfwit, Thos. It’s a star stud...Show More
0597: 2018 in Review - A Big Leap Forward

56:19 | Dec 18th, 2018

2018 saw lots of musicals open in London that explored very modern themes - so, in no order, join Antonia and Nick as they discuss Chess, Hamilton, Bring it On, Chicago, The Band, Bat out of Hell, Strictly Ballroom, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, T...Show More
0596: Our Love Never Dies for Phantom of the Opera

34:31 | Dec 11th, 2018

Nick recently shocked Tonia with news that he would be re-visiting Phantom of the Opera for the first time in over 15 years.  Listen to hear his thoughts, how it compares to Love Never Dies and what Tonia has to say about the minor flaws with the ope...Show More
0595: Tales and Tails

56:14 | Dec 4th, 2018

The lovely David Herzog leads you a conversational journey through this summer's  Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a series of chats, interviews and songs as he meets the people who worked on Bark! the Musical and Chwedl, Fairytales from Wales.  And ther...Show More
0594: The Voice Behind the Stars

50:56 | Nov 27th, 2018

Thos sits down with the incredibly talented Eliza Jackson to discuss her one woman show, The Voice Behind the Stars, about the life and career of the amazing Marni Nixon. In this fascinating discussion, Thos gets to marvel at the idea of speaking to ...Show More
0593: Edinburgh Fringe Rundown

1:19:18 | Nov 20th, 2018

Missing this year's EdinburghFestival Fringe?  Of course you are, even if you didn't get a chance to visit!  But worry not, for Thos and Mike recorded a wide ranging conversation about just a handful of the shows they saw and loved at the Fringe this...Show More
0592: But Was It A Lovely War?

1:36:18 | Nov 13th, 2018

As the centenary of the Armistice is marked, Thos looks back at Oh What A Lovely War, the best-known First World War musical that didn’t come out of the war! Take a trip into the MusicalTalk archive as Thos dusts down previous excerpts of conversatio...Show More
0591: The Home Fires Keep Burning

1:05:36 | Nov 6th, 2018

With the centenary of the end of the First World War looming, Thos sits down with Professor Michael Williams of the University of Southampton to revisit Ivor Novello's evergreen anthem, Keep the Home Fires Burning; they discuss the song’s immediate a...Show More
0590: The Rise of the House of Edgar

1:36:25 | Oct 30th, 2018

The MusicalTalk Pick of the Fringe 2018:  MusicalTalk continues its odyssey into the best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 2018 with this funny and playful interview with two of the stars of The House of Edgar, Eoin McAndrew and Sarah Dean.  In t...Show More
0589: Good Company in the House of Edgar

1:16:47 | Oct 23rd, 2018

In this week's episode - Nick shares his thoughts on Company now playing at the Gielgud Theatre and Michael Gordon Shapiro talks to Thomas F Arnold and Ben Philipp about their musical - The House Of Edgar - that was this year's Pick of the Fringe.
0588: A Gallant Life

32:37 | Oct 16th, 2018

Episode 588: A Gallant Life is a historically-inspired musical about the career of Muriel Thompson, a racecar champion from the early days of automobiles who went on to drive ambulances for the Allied forces in WW1. Deep in the heart of the Edinburgh...Show More
0587: The King and I Revisit The Rink and The Little Shop of Horrors:

52:11 | Oct 9th, 2018

Nick, Robert and Olaf sit down to re-visit The Rink and Little Shop of Horrors - two musicals that create a different area whilst written in the 1980s!  They then discuss The King and I, directorial choices all whilst relating it back to audience att...Show More
0586: Mike and Antonia Talking about Jamie

18:26 | Oct 2nd, 2018

In this week's episode - Mike Shapiro (on his recent trip to the UK) joined Antonia to see Everybody's Talking About Jamie - playing at the Apollo Theatre in London).
0585: Hamilton - Young, Scrappy and... Flawed?

39:24 | Sep 25th, 2018

Is Hamilton the second-coming of musical theatre as so many people claim it to be or is it a bit flawed beneath the surface?  Whatever your views on the piece may be - it certainly has its positive but there may be some negatives there too.  Listen t...Show More
0584: Original Cast Album! Paul Garred and Henry Carpenter on the Record

1:27:17 | Sep 18th, 2018

To mark the launch of the amazing Quentin Dentin Show original cast album, Thos talks to the people behind the recording - writer, Henry Carpenter, and music producer, Paul Garred, one of the founding members of the Kooks, about “directing” a recordi...Show More
0583: Original Cast Album! Quentin Dentin on the Record

1:23:15 | Sep 11th, 2018

Thos joins Luke Lane, the star of the brand new Quentin Dentin Show original cast album on making a musical theatre recording.  Learn how it differs from a stage show and is a production in its own right as well as the different approach an actor has...Show More
0582: Original Cast Album! Luke Lane on the Record

1:06:01 | Sep 4th, 2018

Cast albums are such a big part of most musical theatre fans’ lives, so what better way to celebrate the launch of the Quentin Dentin Show original cast album than an in-depth look at how they come about.  In the first of a three episode series, we t...Show More
0581: Little Shop of Horrors at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

46:21 | Aug 28th, 2018

As avid fans of Little Shop of Horrors, it was a pleasure to be able to interview the three mysterious chorus girls (played beautifully by Reneé Lamb, Christina Modestou and Seyi Omooba) and hear their thoughts on playing the roles in this amazingly ...Show More
580: What’s On at the Fringe – Musical Heritages and Legacies

40:13 | Aug 21st, 2018

David Herzog gives us the step-by-step and blow-by-blow account of bringing his new show, Chwedl – Fairytales from Wales, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in this fascinating collection of audio blogs that give you a sense of what goes into putting o...Show More
579: What’s On at the Fringe – Challenging the Norm and the Form

52:34 | Aug 14th, 2018

Thos sits down with Rebecca Humphries to discuss her award winning five-star musical show, Prom Kween, “a riotous musical theatre piece” which is a coming of age story loosely based on real life events - and all set around an American High School. Ho...Show More
578: What’s On at the Fringe – A Musical World in Progress

1:17:53 | Aug 7th, 2018

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 gets underway, MusicalTalk starts its traditional and extensive coverage of just some of the musicals you can see there. In this episode, Thos talks to Colm Molloy about World in Progress, David discusses Chwedl ...Show More
577: Mamma Mia 2 - Here We Go Again!

19:48 | Jul 31st, 2018

Tonia shares her thoughts on the Mamma Mia sequel with Nick. Visit our website at www.musicaltalk.co.uk Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/musicaltalk
576: Songs, Silence and Science

1:15:48 | Jul 11th, 2018

It’s songs galore today as MusicalTalk looks at three very different shows in this bumper episode. Thos chats to the remarkably talented John Hinton about his barnstorming, showstopper of a musical, the Ensonglopedia of Science, and David speaks to L...Show More
575: Guy - A New Musical

1:00:22 | Jun 27th, 2018

Thos sits down with Leoe Mercer and Stephen Hyde, fresh from their success with the Marriage of Kim K, to talk about their latest work, Guy – A New Musical, currently on at the Menier Theatre’s new studio space, the Bunker, and about to go on a tour ...Show More
574: Paradise Rocks

1:06:16 | Jun 19th, 2018

Would you Adam and Eve it? Could it be possible for one of the greatest poems in the English Language, John Milton’s Paradise Lost – the story of the Garden of Eden - to be converted in a new rock musical based on the template of a 1960s Elvis musica...Show More
573: All Trains Lead to Coney Island

42:54 | Jun 5th, 2018

Join Nick and Dom for a whirlwind discussion involving lots of random shows and topics - including On The 20th Century, Girl Crazy, The Woman in White (and Black), Billy Elliot, I had a Ball, Annie, Annie 2, Two By Two and others - all whilst trying ...Show More
572: The Big Show Problem: ENO vs The West End

31:25 | May 29th, 2018

Is the ENO and the Coliseum being used to its full potential? Chess is currently playing at the ENO so Nick shares his thoughts on seeing the show for the first time with Robert and then he and Antonia talk about the state of the ENO and The London C...Show More
571: Biograph Girl

59:59 | May 22nd, 2018

Thos meets Jenny Eastop, the director of the first professional revival of Warner Brown and David Heneker’s well received 1980 classic British musical, The Biograph Girl, exploring the history of silent films and the ever-present tussle between art a...Show More
570: Our Love Never Dies for Jamie, Caroline and The Girl from the North Country

34:00 | May 15th, 2018

Nick chats to Robert about musicals we’ve never mentioned on MusicalTalk - Everybody’s Talking about Jamie and The Girl from the North Country (as well as touching on other topics) and we then hear from Mike Shapiro about Love Never Dies - which he s...Show More
569: Marry Me on a Little Strictly Field Trip to a Ballroom

1:00:58 | May 8th, 2018

Dom treats you to this week’s episode - as he talks to Alisdair Kitchen about this production of Sondhiem’s Marry Me A Little (open at the Drayton Arms Theatre in South Kensington) - and then he and Tonia check out Strictly Ballroom - now playing at ...Show More
568: Follies in Focus

1:13:12 | May 1st, 2018

As the Royal National Theatre announces that its star-studded and star-attracting production of Sondheim’s Follies will be returning to London in 2019, Thos sits down with composer and Sondheim expert, Colm Molloy, to dissect and discuss the show.  I...Show More
567: Chomping at the Savoy

1:24:02 | Apr 24th, 2018

In this bumper episode, Dom and Thos have a wide ranging conversation about Gilbert and Sullivan (with a dose of Offenbach thrown in) and find many conversational tributaries and diversions taking them all over the wide wide world of musical theatre ...Show More
566: Forgive Us, Oh Father!

55:57 | Apr 17th, 2018

It’s confession time as Thos chats to Harry Style and Arnoud Breitbart, the two people behind the fresh and impressive new British musical, Forgive Us, Oh Father!.  Hear about the creation of this impressive show and how various ideas permutated over...Show More
565: Thrilled by Thrill Me!

54:37 | Apr 10th, 2018

Thos sits down with Harry Downes and Ellis Dackombe, the impressive stars of the national tour of award-winning musical, Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, to discuss the background and craft required to bring dark and thrilling show to life.  Ba...Show More
564: A Brief Encounter with Alex Lacamoire

56:41 | Apr 4th, 2018

Nick and Dom discuss Brief Encounter now playing at the Empire Cinema in the West End, and Nick chats to Hamilton’s orchestrator, arranger, music supervisor and all-round music guy - Alex Lacamoire.
563: Buried Treasures

1:07:43 | Mar 27th, 2018

Prior to its much anticipated arrival in London, Thos sits down for a wonderful chat with the talented writers of hit Edinburgh Fringe show, Buried - winner of the NSDF Award 2017, as well as MusicalTalk’s own silver medallist Pick of the Fringe for ...Show More
562: Merrily We Ramble Along: Jeremy Sams on the post Lloyd-Webber musical

55:52 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Michael Billington recently said of Andrew Lloyd Webber: “For all his attempts to encourage new talent, he also looks like a swimming instructor in a largely empty pool. Stiles and Drewe are the only team to have left their imprint on the British mus...Show More
561: You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: Musical Musings with YouTube’s Kevin Lynch

31:50 | Mar 15th, 2018

Join Nick and YouTube musician Kevin Lynch as they discuss such varied topics as Spongebob Square Pants’ Broadway outing, Dear Even Hansen, Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, EmojiLand and the importance of singers being able to look at music and understand it...Show More
560:The Hamilton Hype Balderdash (A Culled Collation of Conversation with Dick, Nick, Thos and Annie!)

54:40 | Mar 6th, 2018

Nick and Thos discuss last year's Dick Whittington (for the last time!) and then delve deep into the perhaps overhyped attitude of Hamilton, and then analyse Annie and work out why it's an under-appreciated masterpiece... all returning back to pantom...Show More
559: Sondheim, Allegro and Forbidden Fruit

1:16:26 | Feb 27th, 2018

Thos sits down with up-and-coming composer and lyricist, Colm Molloy, to discuss the intricacies of Sondheim, the eccentricities of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Allegro and complexities of being a modern composer writing for the theatre. You’ll touch on ...Show More
558: HG Wells' Time Machine

57:35 | Feb 20th, 2018

Music!  Mystery!  Morlocks!  It’s 1959, the golden age of science fiction, and a mysterious man arrives at Radio Woking to present a thrilling musical adaptation of HG Wells' classic story, the Time Machine.  So join Thos as he talks to writers and p...Show More
557: I Have A Bad Feeling About This

52:27 | Feb 13th, 2018

Thos sits down with award winning cabaret duo, The House of Blakewell, alias Alice Keedwell and Harry Blake to discuss their latest cabaret musical, I Have A Bad Feeling About This, which premieres soon at the Vault Festival in Waterloo as well as th...Show More
556: It Shoulda Been You!

1:00:01 | Feb 6th, 2018

And for Thos, it was! It’s time to learn more about this wonderful American musical which deserves to be much better well known world-wide as Thos talks to the director of a recent excellent Fringe production. Its title might lose points for bad Engl...Show More
555: Making Noise with Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie

46:02 | Jan 26th, 2018

The writer-composer team — a.k.a. Noisemaker — discuss, with Michael Gordon Shapiro, their musical “Atlantic: A Scottish Story”, their collaborative process, and the fulfillment-versus-security tradeoff of the creative life.
554: Hamilton: The Greatest Show, man

58:52 | Jan 15th, 2018

In this week's episode we discuss two musicals that use modern music to tell the story of historical figures. First Nick and David talk The Greatest Showman (a pop musical that focuses on Barnum) and then Nick, Tonia and Mike discuss their views on H...Show More
553: Everybody's Talking About 2017

33:24 | Jan 9th, 2018

Robert tells Nick of his highlights for 2017 including Follies, The Grinning Man, Everybody's Talking about Jamie - with light touches on The Greatest Showman and Dick Whittington.
552: Merry Quizmas and a Happy New Earful 2018

1:02:01 | Jan 1st, 2018

It’s time to see in the new year with the now obligatory MusicalTalk festive period quiz – a merry mix of quirky questions and superb songs, all helpfully hosted by that ignorant idiot, thoolish (sic) Thos!   If the rest of the year proves this much ...Show More
551: Shows for 2018... and how to see them for cheap!

37:25 | Dec 26th, 2017

Tonia and Nick delve into some of 2018's new shows in London and Broadway. Nick then shares his tips for ensuring you don't always have to pay staggering amounts of money for shows. Then we look into how we'd like to see tech influence the ticket pur...Show More
550: You are '17 Going on '18...

37:47 | Dec 19th, 2017

Join Nick and Tonia as they discuss the big shows of 2017 including 42nd Street, Hamilton, An American in Paris, Follies, Pinocchio, On the Town, The Addams Family and many others.
549: A Musical Theatre Meander

53:50 | Dec 13th, 2017

Join Dom and Thos as they follow their muse for a marvellous musical theatre meander, encompassing everything from Florodora to South Pacific by way of some obscure television musicals, Follies, Salad Days, Hellzapoppin’ and Little Mary Sunshine to n...Show More
548: Alexander Hamilton and Jon Peterson

1:12:31 | Dec 5th, 2017

Meet me inside the room where it happens as you join Nick, Mike Shapiro and Tonia as they discuss Hamilton opening in London. That would be enough, but you can then join David Herzog as he talks to musical theatre star Jon Peterson! It's a Non-Stop T...Show More
547: A Night in the Ukraine with Evita

42:00 | Nov 29th, 2017

Tim and Thos sit down to discuss two very different shows from the late 1970s - the greatest of the Lloyd Webber and Rice collaborations, Evita, and a modern Marx Brothers concoction, a Night in the Ukraine by Frank Lazarus and the much lamented Dick...Show More
546: The Success of How to Succeed

45:09 | Nov 24th, 2017

Following it rare recent professional production in London, Tim and Thos cast their eyes over the evergreen How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and look at it through the prism of sexual and gender politics, whilst still finding time to ...Show More
545: Piers Chater Robinson on writing Peter Pan - The British Musical

52:44 | Nov 13th, 2017

Once upon a time, Nick saw a musical of Peter Pan at the Cambridge Theatre starring Ron Moody. This musical was written by composer, lyricist and bookwriter - Piers Chater-Robinson. Hear how this musical, originally written for a school, started out ...Show More
544: Stop the Toxic Thrill Machine, Oh Father!

55:09 | Nov 7th, 2017

It’s time for more Edinburgh Festival Fringe insights from Thos and Michael Gordon Shapiro, the noted composer, as they look into a number of very successful shows including the Toxic Avenger, Thrill Me, the Time Machine, Forgive Me, Oh Father and St...Show More
543: It Shoulda Been Buried in the Scottish Woods

1:12:00 | Oct 31st, 2017

It’s time for another Fringe Round Up Time – so join Thos and noted composer, Michael Gordon Shapiro, for the next couple of weeks as they talk about some more of the best shows at his years Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  And in today’s episode they tac...Show More
542: The Forgotten Kander and Ebb Shows from Z to A

1:05:59 | Oct 18th, 2017

Dom and Robert are let off the lead by Nick and are allowed to talk to their heart's content about the more un-known shows of Kander and Ebb including The Rink, The Visit, Zorba and Woman of the Year.
541: Strictly Young Frankenstein's Girls

27:32 | Oct 10th, 2017

Nick sits with Antonia to discuss what he thought of Young Frankenstein - now playing at the Garrick Theatre; Antonia shares her thoughts on Strictly Come Dancing, as well as Strictly Ballroom coming to the West End - and also discusses what she thou...Show More
540: Fringe Cuts – From Brecht to Bricked! (with a bit of Brown)

1:06:53 | Sep 26th, 2017

More songs and conversations from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – so join Thos for the low down on the Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town, One Good Soul and an intriguing double/sequel/prequel/Mobius strip of a musical in two parts, or ...Show More
539: Fringe Cuts – Musical Theatre Aristocracy

1:19:56 | Sep 20th, 2017

It’s Fringe Round Up Time – so join Thos for the next couple of weeks as he talks to the people behind some of shows at his years Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  And in today’s episode he talks Sondheim, Gilbert and Sullivan and Henry Cyril Paget, the fi...Show More
538: Follies at the National

31:37 | Sep 12th, 2017

Nick and Dom discuss Stephen Sondheim's Follies - currently playing at the National Theatre. This production stars Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee - and is one of Sondheim's most admired scores. This marks the first time N...Show More
537: Honeymooning With Stephen Weiner

1:39:51 | Sep 5th, 2017

Composer Stephen Weiner discusses his upcoming musical adaptation of The Honeymooners, and his journey through the exciting and chaotic landscape of musical theatre development.
536: Stop the Musical – The MusicalTalk Pick of the Fringe

1:16:31 | Aug 29th, 2017

Join Thos as he talks to the writer, performers and producer of this year’s MusicalTalk Pick of the Fringe, the wonderful new five star show, Stop the Musical, which was developed in collaboration with Les Miserables’ Claude Michel Schonberg and has ...Show More
535: What to See at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

1:36:55 | Aug 22nd, 2017

With the Festival Fringe reaching its seventieth anniversary, there has never been a better time to go to the world's largest arts festival. So, with this in mind, Thos has compiled a list of five and four star songs and shows that are still on for y...Show More
534: Allegro Ago-go (Part 2)

42:14 | Aug 15th, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro received a mixed reception in 1947 and didn’t get to Europe until it opened in London 69  years later.  In part two of an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of this legendary show, Tim and Thos ask whe...Show More
533: Allegro Ago-go (Part 1)

51:47 | Aug 15th, 2017

Is Rodgers and Hammerstein's legendary 1947 Broadway musical Allegro really an artistic failure - or is it any good? It's the question that people have been asking for seventy years! Thos sat down with Tim to discuss the piece and the recent European...Show More
532: Rosie Ashe on Committee at the Donmar Warehouse

12:53 | Jul 18th, 2017

Nick chats to Rosie about the new chamber-musical playing at the Donmar Warehouse looking at the court case involving a British charity scandal. It runs until the 12th August!
531: Royal Vauxhall - Behind the Scenes

51:09 | Jul 10th, 2017

Join Thos as he talks to some of the actors involved in MusicalTalk’s Pick of the Fringe from last year, Royal Vauxhall - cabaret queen, Sarah Louise Young, and respected actor Tom Giles, who played Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury respectively.  I...Show More
530: Royal Vauxhall in the Best Possible Taste

1:02:39 | Jul 4th, 2017

With the  70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe barely a month away, Thos sits down with writer and composer, Desmond O’Connor, to talk about MusicalTalk’s Pick of the Fringe from last year, the five star show, Royal Vauxhall.   So find o...Show More
529: Finding Half A Sixpence after going Into The Woods

37:39 | Jun 29th, 2017

Join Nick and Dom as they talk about seeing Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre - featuring new songs by Stiles and Drewe and then hear Dom talk about his experience playing The Mysterious Man and the Narrator in Into The Woods...
528: My Crazy Ex Girlfriend is a Bat out of Hell

54:15 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Nick and Antonia take a visit to West Covina, California to talk about the musical TV show - Crazy Ex Girlfriend; Nick, Amy and Andrew discuss the new Jim Steinman Rock Opera - Bat out of Hell playing at the London Coliseum and Jonathan Cohen shares ...Show More
527: On The Tonys and On The Town

25:58 | Jun 15th, 2017

Nick is joined by Robert Gordon as they sit down to discuss the Tony Award results, The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of On The Town, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's musical-like sensibility and whether lyric writing has got lazy over...Show More
526: Remembering William David Brohn

52:10 | Jun 6th, 2017

In this week's episode - we re-play our 2008 interview with legendary orchestrator William David Brohn - who passed away in May 2017. Hear Bill talk, with Nick Hutson and Jonathan Cohen, about his work on Wicked, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Mary Poppins, C...Show More
525: Producing and Directing

1:05:42 | May 30th, 2017

Ever wondered what a director brings to a production?  Found yourself pondering what a producer actually does?  Perhaps you’ve puzzled over how the roles differ or overlap?  Well, as cult hit, the Quentin Dentin Show, returns to London in June, Thos ...Show More
524: The Craft of the Song-Writer – Numbers

1:56:26 | May 23rd, 2017

In this bumper edition, Thos sits down with up-and-coming writer, Henry Carpenter, the man behind the cult hit, the Quentin Dentin Show, to enjoy a masterclass on the development of just one song.  Hear five different versions of the piece over the l...Show More
523: Val Vigoda Loves You! (plus ENO Carousel reviewed)

1:10:04 | May 16th, 2017

Musician/lyricist/actor Val Vigoda talks about transitioning from indy pop to musical theatre, playing a six-string electric violin, live looping, and her new Off Broadway show “Earnest Shackleton Loves Me” - which we offer an exciting way to see! An...Show More
522: Floyd Collins

38:04 | May 11th, 2017

Join Tim and Thos as they discuss the haunting and original 1996 Adam Guettel musical based on the true story of tragic pot-holer, Floyd Collins, in Kentucky 1925, who inadvertently finds fame when he becomes the eye of a media storm by getting stuck...Show More
521: Paper Hearts - A New British Musical

47:49 | May 2nd, 2017

With its triumphant return to London this week (prior to a week in Hamburg), Thos looks at hit fringe show, Paper Hearts, where love, passion and betrayal meet in a bookshop (next to the historical fiction and romance sections).  Thos talks to the As...Show More
520: "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Union Theatre

27:15 | Apr 27th, 2017

David Herzog returns to chat with director Kirk Jameson about this latest London incarnation of the Irving Berlin classic!
519: Laura Darrell Interview

26:10 | Apr 18th, 2017

Mike chats to Laura Darrell - who's been involved with the new John Kander musical "Kid Victory". She talks about working on a new musical with John Kander and offers other golden nuggets of advice! You'll also get to hear music from the show, too!
518: 42nd Street/Oliviers/Adrian Jekkells

44:02 | Apr 11th, 2017

Join Nick Hutson, David Herzog, Jonathan Cohen and Dominic McChesney for an episode spanning our thoughts on 42nd Street (now playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), an Olivier Awards re-cap and an introductory discussion with Adrian Jekkells - wh...Show More
517: Ten Year Tenure

54:17 | Apr 4th, 2017

As part of MusicalTalk’s tenth anniversary celebrations, Thos sits down with the man who started it all, Nick Hutson, to talk about the birth of the series and how it developed in its earliest years, touching on Wicked, pantomime, Stephen Schwartz, L...Show More
516: [Best in Show]

56:27 | Mar 28th, 2017

Thos sits down to discuss cult favourite, [Title of Show], with the Producer, Director and Musical Director of a recent five star production to investigate whether the piece is verbatim theatre and how life can imitate art imitating life in an authen...Show More
515: Beauty and the Remake

57:14 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Disney's Beauty and the Beast has been remade for a new audience - complete with a CGI Beast, Emma Watson and an enhanced story line with some new songs by Sir Tim Rice and Alan Menken. Here is what Nick, Antonia and Michael had to say about it!
514: The Girls (Feat. Sophie Louise Dann and Claire Moore)

37:59 | Mar 14th, 2017

Nick shares his thoughts on the new musical of THE GIRLS - by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow - playing at the Phoenix Theatre - and discuss whether pop song writers doing musicals can actually work if a dramatist is behind it. Nick then talks to 2 stars o...Show More
513: The History of the Hollywood Musical (Part Two)

54:48 | Feb 28th, 2017

Nick and Antonia travel further down the yellow brick road of the history of the Hollywood film musical - discussing trends and tropes seen in the 60s all the way to today. We chat about Rocky Horror, Grease, Les Mis, Disney, Cabaret, Chicago and man...Show More
512: The History of the Hollywood Musical (Part One) Featuring Newsies.

43:25 | Feb 21st, 2017

Nick and Antonia bring you all the way back to the beginnings of the Hollywood musical - and trace its development throughout its early days discussing the Hays Code, the talents involved and the trends that formed. Michael Gordon Shapiro brings us b...Show More
511: Summer Nights in Space

1:15:57 | Feb 12th, 2017

As Henry Carpenter’s wonderful new show, Summer Nights in Space, premieres at the Vault Festival in Waterloo, Thos  sat down with the writer, director and actors to talk about new science fiction musical odyssey – so listen to some of the songs and e...Show More
510: Does "La la Land" land?

35:36 | Jan 31st, 2017

Nick and Michael share their thoughts on the latest "filmusical" to come out of Hollywood. It's been nominated for 14 Academy Awards and has made people fall in love with the genre all over again - but does it deserve to be called a musical? Hear wha...Show More
509: Marla Mindelle's Tale of Two Cities

54:57 | Jan 24th, 2017

Mike Shapiro talks to performer/writer/producer Marla Mindelle about performing on Broadway and then restarting her career virtually afresh in Los Angeles.
508: Still Merrily Rolling Along

44:48 | Jan 17th, 2017

Thos talks to Ben Pollard and Joseph Beesley about their roles as co-director and musical director of a recent highly successful and well thought through production of Stephen Sondheim’s complex and intricate, Merrily We Roll Along, to see what symme...Show More
507: Stop The Train

1:01:02 | Jan 10th, 2017

Thos talks to Rick Guard, one of the people behind the new sell-out musical, Stop the Train, which was one of the big shows at last year’s Edinburgh festival fringe – one of those rare shows that has a buzz about it!  Hear the songs from the show and...Show More
506: You are '16 going on '17...

59:19 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year from MusicalTalk! To celebrate, Nick and Antonia look at the ups and downs of 2016 - with everything from re-reviewing shows we've seen to saluting those we lost. To counterbalance that, they also look forward to 2017... will it be a g...Show More
505: Merry Quizmas and a Happy New Earful 2016

1:08:50 | Dec 21st, 2016

Yes, it’s that time once again to get your feet up, your ears open and your expectations down for the annual end of year MusicalTalk quiz.  There are twelve questions, and one or two are even quite easy! And if you don’t know the answers, it doesn’t ...Show More
504: The Sister Act's Etiquette and Rock Nativity (Feat. Tony Hatch)

51:27 | Dec 13th, 2016

Nick and Antonia discuss Sister Act - currently touring the UK - and we also hear from legendary songwriter Tony Hatch as he, along with David Wood, talk to Nick about their musical - Rock Nativity. Nick and Antonia also have a tiny rant about audien...Show More
503: Pantomime Adventures with Peter Pan (Part Two)

54:52 | Dec 6th, 2016

It’s time to look behind you once again and then settle down to listen to Thos as he concludes his in-depth interview with pantomime author, actor and expert, Andrew Pollard, as they discuss all things panto as well as this year’s offering at the Gre...Show More
502: Pantomime Adventures with Peter Pan (Part One)

1:11:23 | Nov 29th, 2016

Join Thos as he gets to talk to the king of London pantomime, respected writer and dame-par-excellence, Andrew Pollard.  In this in-depth discussion, they talk about Andrew’s fascinating career, the history of British Pantomime and its ties with musi...Show More
501: The School of Rock 'n' Female Roles

36:06 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Nick welcomes new presenter Antonia Gentile into the MusicalTalk studio to discuss her views on the role of the female in everything from opera to Disney. Nick also shares, with Thos Ribbits, his views on School of Rock - now playing at the New Londo...Show More
500: Our Tenth Anniversary - A String of Musical Pearls

37:12 | Nov 14th, 2016

As we celebrate Ten years and 500 episodes let's go back to where it all started with original presenters - Nick Hutson and Andrew Edwards. Hear as they review a major event from every year MusicalTalk has been broadcasting. Expect talk of Hamilton, ...Show More
0499: Roll up! Roll up!

1:59:28 | Nov 8th, 2016

As MusicalTalk celebrates ten years of broadcasting with almost five hundred episodes (and counting) in the bag, Thos looks to the future of the show with extracts of forthcoming programmes: Hear about Allegro, Merrily We Roll Along, [title of show],...Show More
0498: The House of Edgar

1:05:01 | Nov 1st, 2016

There’s no need to be poe-faced about this week’s episode as Michael Gordon Shapiro catches up with the people behind The House of Edgar, a wonderfully evocative and tuneful new musical about the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe which wowed reviewers and pu...Show More
0497: Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

58:47 | Oct 20th, 2016

Thos joins the people behind the cult favourite, Vampire Hospital Waiting Room (yes, really!), to talk about their latest hilarious hit musical, Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair (yes, really!).  Enjoys songs from the show and learn about this insan...Show More
0496: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Three and Six

1:39:01 | Oct 11th, 2016

Join Thos as he invites you to join him looking at three very different shows and listening to six very excellent songs in this episode from the Fringe as he talks about Michael Griffiths’s one man Cole Porter show as well as The Shot Heard Round the...Show More
0495: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Music and Musings (part two)

1:00:01 | Sep 27th, 2016

Thos and Michael gather together again to cast an eye over a number of fringe shows including Pawn, When You Improv on a Star, The Princes’ Quest, Ordinary Days, The Shot Heard Round the World and Like Clockwork, before analysing the oddity that is t...Show More
0494: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Music and Musings (part one)

1:08:39 | Sep 14th, 2016

For the next two weeks, Thos is joined by noted musical theatre writer, Michael Gordon Shapiro, to discuss Michael’s very first Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the shows he saw there.  This week, we’ll be hearing music and musings on Stop the Train, Us...Show More
0493: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Nine to High Five

1:22:30 | Sep 6th, 2016

It’s songs aplenty as we join Thos for a lively chat with the talented Laurence Owen, the creator and star of this year’s hit one man musical spoof show, Cinemusicals High, and then explore the plot and score of Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five and new sh...Show More
0492: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – [Reviewers of Shows]

1:15:18 | Aug 30th, 2016

In what is now an annual tradition, Thos sits down with noted reviewer from Broadway Baby, Joshua Clarke, to chat and review some of the highlights from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  On the bill of fare this week, it’s [Title of Show], The ...Show More
0491: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Must See Musicals!

2:17:03 | Aug 24th, 2016

Join MusicalTalk for its tenth year of extensive coverage of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.  As always, Thos has been sampling as much of the musical theatre offerings as he can, and has prepared his annual condense...Show More
0490: Miranda Still Sings

53:05 | Aug 18th, 2016

Continuing our look back at ten years of MusicalTalk, we revisit an episode released in June 2009 where Nick interviewed Miranda Sings; the famous YouTube (and now Netflix) delusional star! This interview caused a bit of an outrage because Nick was n...Show More
0489: Re-attend the Press Junket of Sweeney Todd

53:21 | Aug 10th, 2016

As we come ever closer to our 500th episode, we also celebrate 10 years worth of podcasts! So to continue with Thos' recent episode tradition, Nick is delving through the archives to bring you some of the best episodes of the last 10 years over the n...Show More
0488: Remembering Marni Nixon (Part Two)

46:50 | Aug 2nd, 2016

MusicalTalk pays tribute to Hollywood legend, the late Marni Nixon, with another chance to hear the second part of her in-depth 2010 interview which marked her eightieth birthday and explored some of the many things that had made her career so impres...Show More
0487: Remembering Marni Nixon (Part One)

56:36 | Jul 26th, 2016

With the sad news of the recent passing of “The Ghostess with the Mostess”, Hollywood legend, Marni Nixon, Thos recalls her unusual and perhaps unexpected fame and her incredibly broad career – not just as “dubber to the stars”, but a star in her own...Show More
0486: Appreciating Verbatim

45:42 | Jul 19th, 2016

Thos looks at the newest genre of musical theatre, the verbatim musical, made famous by the Royal National Theatre’s much lauded production of London Road, and asks if it subverts Sondheim’s axiom about content dictating form.  Also included is a con...Show More
0485: An Episode about A Comedy about a Bank and a Magic Lamp Robbery

22:04 | Jun 21st, 2016

David Herzog talks to Joey Hickman - who is the musical director and music arranger of A Comedy About a Bank Robbery - playing at the Criterion theatre - from the people that brought us The Play that Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Nick Hutson s...Show More
0484: Middlebrow Musicals – Part Two

38:56 | Jun 15th, 2016

Join Thos as he continues his chat to Cameron (no, not that one) and this week addresses the odd case of the two Richard Rogers, as well as touching on both Sandy and John Wilson (no relation) and the George and Ira Gershwin (who are!).
0483: Middlebrow Musicals – Part One

50:01 | Jun 7th, 2016

Is Sondheim a cul-de-sac for musicals?  Is Andrew Lloyd Webber the last great operetta-ist? Thos sits down with musical theatre journalist and blogger, Cameron Smith, to chew over musical theatre in all its forms and to discuss some of its noted prac...Show More
0482: Gina Beck's Showboat

20:00 | May 19th, 2016

Join David as he chats to MusicalTalk favourite Gina Beck about her role in the classic Showboat - now playing at the New London Theatre.
0481: Quentin’s Talent Team-Oh!

1:27:18 | May 10th, 2016

At last, the Quentin Dentin Show is back - the cult hit Edinburgh Fringe rock musical is reborn in London, and MusicalTalk has been with it all the way to the Arts Theatre in the West End.  In this latest episode on the show, we hear from the people ...Show More
0480: Lucky Stiff

48:28 | May 3rd, 2016

With Aherns and Flaherty’s first major collaboration, the funny and musical Lucky Stiff, returning to London in a new production, join Thos as he sits down with show actors, Michelle Crook and Andrew Trueluck, to dissect the body in question!  Find o...Show More
0479: Funny Girls: Victoria Wood and Fanny Bryce

19:49 | Apr 26th, 2016

In this week's episode Nick and Robert celebrate the legacy of two female comedy icons: Victoria Wood and Fanny Bryce. Victoria Wood, a pioneer of female British comedy, lost her life to cancer very recently so Nick and Robert discuss her musical: AC...Show More
0478: The Busker's Opera with Dougal Irvine

50:10 | Apr 19th, 2016

“The future’s ripe for those who mix their artistry with politics” – yes, in this time of election and referendum, Thos rejoins modern musical theatre master, Dougal Irvine, for a chat about his brand new show, the Busker's Opera – a new take on what...Show More
0477: Quentin Dentin Redux

1:11:38 | Apr 12th, 2016

It’s songs, songs, songs as Thos investigates how you redesign a show to keep the best of the past but also take on board all those lessons you’ve learned from a paying audience.  As The Quentin Dentin Show comes to the Arts Theatre in London, Thos t...Show More
0476: In Conversation with Stephen Cole

1:25:06 | Apr 6th, 2016

Dom McChesney chats with musical theatre writer Stephen Cole about his many shows from 'Night of the Hunter' to 'The Road To Qatar' and beyond. All jam packed with lots of songs from his fabulous new show 'Merman's Apprentice'.
0475: Dougal Irvine and Laila The Musical

1:06:13 | Mar 17th, 2016

Thos catches up with the multitalented Dougal Irvine to look at the some of his recent successes and to discuss his forthcoming collaboration on Laila the Musical, a new contemporary musical, retelling the greatest love story from the East, Laila and...Show More
0474: Mrs Henderson Presents with Mike Dixon

29:09 | Mar 8th, 2016

Nick and Robert discuss their thoughts on the delightful musical: Mrs Henderson Presents! It's anAll New Nude Renudeville with music by oscar winning composer George Fenton, lyrics by Don Black and a cast featuring our own Emma Williams and musical s...Show More
0473: David Kingsmill’s West End Odyssey (Part Two)

1:10:01 | Mar 1st, 2016

It’s Seven Up as David and Thos continue their chinwag about some more shows that really stood out for David during his recent trawl of London’s Theatreland – including Stephen Ward, From Here to Eternity, Miss Saigon, Dog Fight, Book of Mormon, Dick...Show More
0472: David Kingsmill’s West End Odyssey (Part One)

58:47 | Feb 24th, 2016

David’s back to tell us all about the shows he saw in London’s glittering West End in 2014 and 2015 including Merrily We Roll Along, Rock of Ages, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Scottsborro Boys.  Hear him be Frank about Charlie, appreciat...Show More
0471: Are Kinky Boots Klunky Boots?

28:14 | Feb 16th, 2016

Nick Hutson and Dominic McChesney share their opinions on Kinky Boots - now playing at the Adelphi Theatre - featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein... how will this musical about the art of shoemaking go down?
0470: The Gentlemens' Guide to the School of Rock, Love and Murder

1:02:40 | Feb 9th, 2016

Thos and Nick invite Dominic McChesney to muse upon his recent trip to New York where he treated himself to two very, very different musicals! Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The School of Rock" (a very American musical written by two very British people) and...Show More
0469: The Sound of Music Live – Point by Point

57:58 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Self-confessed “Sound of Music Virgin” Thos gives his point by point commentary on the recent live television version of the Sound of Music, and comes up with some surprising observations, not least on the odd romantic structure of the piece.  Find o...Show More
0468: Gypsy - Live on TV... Almost

51:23 | Jan 26th, 2016

Tim and Thos share their thoughts on the BBC 4 Broadcast of the classic musical - GYPSY - starring Imelda Staunton, Peter Davison and Lara Pulver.
0467: The Sound of Music - Live on TV

52:40 | Jan 12th, 2016

At last, Britain’s first live-on-television musical production ever!  It’s The Sound of Music as you’ve never seen it before – but was it a success?  Join Thos and Tim as they discuss the show, the performances and the constraints and strengths of a ...Show More
0466: The Lowdown New Writing Showcase 2016

1:00:01 | Jan 2nd, 2016

As MusicalTalk enters its tenth year, what better way to kick off 2016 with a show about brand new works?  So join Thos as he talks to Henry Carpenter, the co-curator of a new musical theatre writing showcase, about six intriguing and exciting new pi...Show More
0465: Merry Quizmas and a Happy New Earful 2015

1:08:52 | Dec 29th, 2015

It’s the annual festive MusicalTalk quiz that slightly fewer than everyone is talking about!  Relax yourself into the new year with some musical questions and a whole host of songs -  including some brand new exclusives!  So get your feet up, your ea...Show More
0464: Star Wars Musicals

1:02:12 | Dec 15th, 2015

As the world gears up for the latest instalment, Thos and Tim sit down with fan expert Darren to experience the world of “in-universe musicals” within the Star Wars canon.  Find out what they have to say about Robot Chicken, The Muppet Show and the i...Show More
0463: James Robert Ball in Conversation (part two)

1:07:29 | Dec 8th, 2015

Thos continues his fascinating conversation with James Robert Ball and together they dissect and discuss Rent, Wonderful Town, High School Musical, and a lot of Sondheim!  This episode is simply….good times, company
0462: James Robert Ball in Conversation (part one)

53:03 | Dec 1st, 2015

Thos joins noted musician, writer and Sondheim scholar, James Robert Ball, in this intelligent and in-depth discussion about his approach to song-writing and his show, Bang Out of Order, a contemporary musical reworking of Othello. And learn how acce...Show More
0461: The Play Pictorial and Musical Theatre Magazines

52:33 | Nov 25th, 2015

Ever wondered what the avid musical theatre fan did a hundred years ago?  Join Thos and Tim as they look into the world before MusicalTalk to a time when the musical theatre magazine was king and, in particular, The Play Pictorial ruled the roost for...Show More
0460: Showstopper - The Improvised Musical

29:17 | Nov 4th, 2015

David Herzog chats with old friends Justin Brett, Andrew Pugsley, and Christopher Ash about the West End premiere of this London favourite.
0459: The Pick of the Fringe 2015

1:20:53 | Oct 29th, 2015

Sadly, it’s the last episode of MusicalTalk’s coverage of this year’s splendid Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and as usual Thos picks his Picks of the Fringe and investigates how two very different, very excellent shows explore that most British of trai...Show More
0458: Christine Pedi at the Crazy Coq's (C-O-Q-S!)

38:50 | Oct 19th, 2015

David Herzog sits down with the charming Christine Pedi to discuss her current run of cabaret treats at the famous Piccadilly Circus venue.
0457: The Quentin Dentin Show

1:08:39 | Oct 13th, 2015

Join Thos as he talks to Henry Carpenter, the man behind – and in front of – the Quentin Dentin Show, an intriguing musical from at this year’s Fringe that falls into the category of “weird and wonderful”.  With a number of catchy songs, and an insig...Show More
0456: Views and Reviews

1:19:01 | Oct 6th, 2015

Thos and fellow reviewer, Josh Clarke, sit down to look at some more of the offerings from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – and touch on the role of authenticity in musical theatre.   Hear about Persuasion, a Jane Austen musical two hundred years in th...Show More
0455: One-ders of the Fringe

1:40:01 | Oct 1st, 2015

There are five five-star shows from the Edinburgh Fringe for you in this episode as Thos talks to a number of intrepid performers who were responsible for some wonderful one-person shows tackling everything from Disney Princesses to James Bond villai...Show More
0454: Finding Friends on the Fringe

1:28:01 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Sometimes love and romance is overused in musical – so to misquote Sondheim, we’re finishing the old hat and looking at three very varied and successful musical shows from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe that concern themselves with friends and...Show More
0453: Off Broadway and On Edinburgh ("Urinetown", "Zanna, Don't!" and "Closer than Ever")

1:14:27 | Sep 16th, 2015

Thos talks to the people behind a trio of very different shows that originated off Broadway but which were all to be found at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer – Urinetown, Closer than Ever and Zanna, Don’t!  Squee for three!
0452: Ushers in Edinburgh

52:09 | Sep 10th, 2015

Ushers is the hilarious and touching new British musical that has been a recent success in both London and Edinburgh.  As the show returns for a limited run at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, Thos catches up with director, Max Reynolds, to tal...Show More
0451: Bye Bye Birdie Interview with James Hume

27:03 | Sep 3rd, 2015

David Herzog sits down with director James Hume to discuss "Bye Bye Birdie" currently going on at the Rose and Crown in Walthamstow.
0450: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 - Up and Running

2:02:12 | Aug 25th, 2015

Yes, the world’s largest arts festival is on again and, as usual, Thos has been sampling all the musical theatre delights on offer and preparing, especially for you, his condensed medley of songs, insights, interviews, ratings and sounds of the fring...Show More
0449: She Loves Me (Talking about Musicals)

1:13:15 | Aug 4th, 2015

Thos gets talking to David Herzog about appearing in that perennial musical, She Loves Me, and the interesting flavours that come from its creative marriage between America and Europe.  On top of that, there’s thoughts on the Clockmaker’s Daughter, B...Show More
0448: The Bell of the West End (Saigon, Gypsy and Beckham reviewed)

34:49 | Jul 28th, 2015

Nick meets up with US chum Steve Bell to share their thoughts on Miss Saigon, Gypsy and - the newest big musical in London - Bend it Like Beckham.
0447: Murder Mystery Musicals

1:17:58 | Jul 21st, 2015

Join Nick Hutson and Dominic McChesney at the Murder Mystery Musicals Dinner at McChesney Manor for a discussion on many murder mystery musicals! Mmmm!
0446: Jeremy Sams' Amour

37:45 | Jul 14th, 2015

Nick chats to composer, translator, director, book-writer and lyricist about his career and, most importantly his outing of the French musical "Amour" - with English lyrics by Jeremy and music by French composing legend Michel LeGrand - that lasted o...Show More
0445: John Gieves-Watson and the Temperance Seven (part two)

1:02:20 | Jul 7th, 2015

Join Thos for part two of his light hearted but fascinating conversation with John Gieves-Watson discussing his time with the Temperance Seven, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band and Bill Posters Will Be Band. Laugh and learn about snakes and umbrellas, mannequ...Show More
0444: John Gieves-Watson and the Temperance Seven (part one)

1:01:16 | Jul 1st, 2015

There’s a long and enduring tradition of comedy in British music so join Thos as he chats to John Gieves-Watson about his half century of both playing music and playing with music in the Temperance Seven, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band and Bill Posters Will...Show More
0443: I Love You, You're Perfect... but Whose Line is it Anyway?

47:48 | Jun 23rd, 2015

I love you, you're perfect... but whose line is it anyway?: David Herzog talks to Gina Beck and Simon Lipkin about starring in I love You, You're Perfect - Now Change - now playing at the Above The Arts Theatre in Leicester Square, and Nick joins Dav...Show More
0442: The Baker's Wife and the French Connection

54:38 | Jun 16th, 2015

Join Thos as he samples the charming and wonderful French-flavoured Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein show, The Baker’s Wife, with four of the cast of the new London production.  Find out about the other meaning of bread, the possibilities of gender ...Show More
0441: David Kingsmill's Stage Odyssey (Part Two)

41:59 | Jun 9th, 2015

In this second part of the occasional series of his trips to the great theatre cultures in the English Speaking World, David Kingsmill offers you four tip-top Broadway shows in order of “awesomeness”! But which will be his absolute favourite?  Let th...Show More
0440: What's Rotten in New York?

1:05:01 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Robert and Olaf share their in-depth thoughts on a recent trip to Broadway where they say Something Rotten, On the 20th Century, An American In Paris, The Visit and Zorba.
0439: How to Succeed in Something Rotten

15:27 | May 26th, 2015

Nick and Robert share their thoughts on the Royal Festival Hall production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - the rare performed Frank Loesser musical that made its way to London for one night only in a wonderful concert staging co...Show More
0438: WS Gilbert – The Daddy of Directors (Part Two)

49:57 | May 19th, 2015

Thos explores more about WS Gilbert’s claim to be the main pioneer of modern stage directing with the second of this two part conversation about the life of arguably the most important of the Victorian dramatists.  A man of many talents, lyrics were ...Show More
0437: WS Gilbert – The Daddy of Directors (Part One)

44:07 | May 12th, 2015

With acclaimed director Mike Leigh’s much anticipated version of the Pirates of Penzance about to open at the ENO, MusicalTalk explores the seminal role played by WS Gilbert in pioneering the role of director on stage in the first place.   Think Gilb...Show More
0436: Carrie, Nick and Nora

1:28:02 | May 8th, 2015

Nick reviews Carrie - now playing at the Southwark Playhouse and Dom McChesney talks to Peter Jamieson about the the first outing of Carrie... and what went wrong! Dom also then talks to his friend Greg MacKellan about the musical - Nick and Nora.
0435: Making a Noise for the Scottsboro Boys

47:34 | Apr 28th, 2015

Thos and Tim share their views  on the wonderful musical, The Scottsboro Boys.  If content dictates form, how have Kander and Ebb succeeded so well by subverting the latter to highlight the former? And how can a show designed to make people uncomfort...Show More
0434: Gypsy Revisited

16:31 | Apr 22nd, 2015

Nick sits with Jonathan Cohen to share his thoughts on Gypsy at the Savoy starring Imelda Staunton. STRONG LANGUAGE!
0433: David Kingsmill’s Stage Odyssey (Part One)

1:15:53 | Apr 14th, 2015

We said to David Kingsmill, “Go West, young man!” – and he did!  Time and time again! So in this first of an occasional series, join David as he chats to Thos about the many musicals he saw in North America – something he loved so much, he did it aga...Show More
0432: The Review of the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

20:34 | Apr 8th, 2015

Nick sits with Robert Gordon to discuss what they thought of the new musical by our friends Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger's new musical of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged Thirteen and Three Quarters - based on the novel by Sue Townsend of the sa...Show More
0431: The Beautiful Sweeney Todd

18:54 | Mar 31st, 2015

Nick sits with Robert Gordon to share their thoughts on Beautiful - the Carole King musical playing at the Aldwych Theatre, and the most unique (and amazing) production of Sweeney Todd that Nick has ever seen - now playing at Harrington's Pie and Mas...Show More
0430: Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray?

1:06:10 | Mar 24th, 2015

Thos discusses the new immersive musical version of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray with its adapter and director, Dave Spencer – and finds subtext, seduction and symbolism.  Add in Icarus, Jekyll and Hyde, Karl Marx and a few painful puns, and you’ve got ...Show More
0429: Oh What A Lovely Legacy

51:17 | Mar 17th, 2015

This week MusicalTalk again at Oh What A Lovely War – exploring why it’s a household name in the UK but not in America, and why there’s no equivalent musical of the show for the Second World War.  Added to that, there’s a flashback from Philip Headle...Show More
0428: Oh What A Lovely Landmark

51:20 | Mar 12th, 2015

Thos and Tim catch the legendary British musical, Oh What A Lovely War, at its original 1963 venue, the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, just as it is about to go on national tour.  Find out what they expected, what they got and what they thought of it...Show More
0427: Bathhouse - The Musical! Interview

24:38 | Mar 3rd, 2015

David Herzog returns to chat with Tim McArthur and other creatives involved in this cult American musical theatre piece, now playing at Above the Stag in London.
0426: Happy Ending

46:54 | Feb 24th, 2015

David Kingsmill talks to the wonderful Gillian Kirkpatrick about Happy Ending, a fearless and funny piece addressing the taboos of terminal illness.  He also explores how a play with songs like this differs from the more traditional musical and finds...Show More
0425: British Film Musicals

59:32 | Feb 10th, 2015

Thos and Tim travel in time to 1930 and then 1935 to watch two early examples of British musical films, Elstree Calling and Radio Parade of 1935 -  and find them partially colourful, splendidly pacey and constantly surprising!  Did British musical fi...Show More
0424: Danielle Hope Interview

24:40 | Feb 4th, 2015

Nick chats to the winner of OVER THE RAINBOW - Danielle Hope - about her hugely established career, her life after Dorothy and her new tour of The Sound of Music, as well as her upcoming new New York show 54 Below.
MusicalTalk Mini 71: I’m Dreaming Of…Peace and Freedom!

25:52 | Dec 22nd, 2014

No, not Bing Crosby and the perennial festive favourite, but a delightful chat with Sue Casson about her five star show, Dreams of Peace and Freedom, and how you can see it, hear it or even sing it in 2015 – the centenary of Rupert Brooke’s Death!
MusicalTalk Mini 70: Cats and Apartments

18:42 | Dec 18th, 2014

Nick and Robert discuss CATS - now playing at The London Palladium and Robert shares his thoughts on Apartment 40C - playing at the London Theatre Workshop.
MusicalTalk Mini 69: Strictly Ballroom

17:39 | Nov 18th, 2014

Dominic McChesney discusses, with Lynton Harris, the new musical of Baz Lurnham's Strictly Ballroom currently playing in Australia!