Happy Hour #10: A Spelling Bee Shindig – ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

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Can you spell F-I-N-A-L-L-Y? After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus, Jimi and Tommy are back! This time with the William Finn penned musical, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Listen as Jimi and Tommy discuss the tribulations of pre-adolescence, the intensity of actual spelling bees and hear Jimi confess his undying love of Barrett Foa. E-N-J-O-Y!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Original Broadway Cast)
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Who would have guessed that even Dame Julie Andrews herself would trip over her lines! Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Still, her guest star role during Spelling Bee is a heck of a good time.Interested in the real-life cutthroat world of high stakes spelling?

Here’s a trailer for the documentary Spellbound. (And compare that to the Weimaraners from Best in Show.)

Like sports AND musical theatre? (Or, at least, like making fun of sports with musical theatre?) You’ll love watching Billy Eichner and Jason Sudeikis bro out as they tailgate Wicked.

Here’s that whole Kids Bop cover of Thrift shop. Listen. If you dare!

TheatreMania (hire us!) put together a great compilation of theSpelling Bee reunion concert. You’ll never see a happier group of actors.

Leaf Conybear has cats. He makes cat capes. Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre holds her breath. Man, remember when internet marketing was young?

And finally, have you ever heard the word “sardoodledom?” Like, have you ever heard anyone say it? Trust us, it’s worth a listen.


This musical is one that we’ve never listened to before, based on a book that neither of us have ever read.The person who famously never sang as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady played the title character of this show in a 1956 film adaptation of this book that we’ve never read.  What musical?


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