It’s time to try things a little bit differently as we delve into the uncharted territories of verbatim musical theatre and the fascinating British creation, ‘London Road.’ Charting a community’s rebirth after a serial killer ravaged their town, this show discusses the issues of policing, press, sex work and community spirit using the words of those who actually experienced it. Jimi and Tommy discuss the curious origins of a show like this, how international audiences might view the show differently and ponder if this is one of the rare instances where the film is better than the original production.
Someone must’ve said our name three times unbroken cause we have appeared and we are talking all about the musical that rose from the dead – ‘Beetlejuice’. With a tumultuous Broadway journey there is plenty to discuss about this show. Jimi and Tommy discuss how it measures up as a movie-to-musical adaptation, the mysterious Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Grandpa Jimi tries to wrap his head around TikTok. Poorly.
Hold onto your optimism as this time around the riverbend Jimi and Tommy are talking all about Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’.’ With a history full of as many twists and turns as the show itself, ‘Candide’ offers a wealth of fascinating discussion. The boys try and piece together why this show has had some many wildly different incarnations, debate the existence of philosophy in the show and try to answer the unaswerable question: what is the difference between opera and musical theatre?
This January Jimi and Tommy flew all the way to Broadway’s heartland to settle a score, to come to terms with and to try to provide closure on something which has changed the face of musical theatre forever: the Cats movie. Join the lads alongside a wonderful live audience as they try to comprehend cockroaches with faces, whether Judironomy actually lifted her leg, contemplate Sir Ian McKellan’s Oscar chances and attempt to answer the age old question: was this enjoyable?
This time around we are stepping into the fantastical mind of Luis Molina as we explore Kander and Ebb’s gem ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman.’ Jimi and Tommy discuss the horrific events of the ‘Dirty War’ which acts as the backdrop to the musical, evaluate the merits of workshopping musicals and taking your time to get to Broadway, and deep dive into the world of abstract thought and ‘metaphoralising’ while they work out what the musical’s thematic intentions are.
Waitress (Original Broadway Cast Recording)