David Armstrong's Broadway Nation

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Broadway Nation is a lively and opinionated cultural history of the Broadway Musical that tells the extraordinary story of how Immigrants, Jews, Queers, African-Americans and other outcasts invented the Broadway Musical, and how they changed America in the process.

In Season One, host David Armstrong will trace the evolution of the musical from its birth at the dawn of the 20th Century, through its mid-century “Golden Age”, and right up to its current 21st Century renaissance; and also explore how musicals have reflected and shaped our world — especially in regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, and equality.

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Episodes

Episode 93: "Under Richard Rodgers Piano"  — A Conversation with JESSE GREEN

Episode 93: “Under Richard Rodgers Piano” — A Conversation with JESSE GREEN

My guest today is Jesse Green who, in addition to being the Chief Theatre Critic for the New York Times, is the author of the most acclaimed and talked about theater book in recent memory – SHY: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers. This is the first ...
Episode 92: Fosse vs. Schwartz — 50 Years of PIPPIN, part 2

Episode 92: Fosse vs. Schwartz — 50 Years of PIPPIN, part 2

This is the second half of my conversation with author Elysa Gardner whose new book is titled:  Magic To Do — Pippin’s Fantastic, Fraught, Journey To Broadway And Beyond. On our previous episode Elysa shared the story of how PIPPIN’s composer & lyricist, Stephen Schwartz, first began work on the ...
Episode 91: 50 Years of PIPPIN, part 1

Episode 91: 50 Years of PIPPIN, part 1

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A Special Encore Episode: "White Christmas" — The Story Behind The World's Most Popular Song, part 2

A Special Encore Episode: “White Christmas” — The Story Behind The World’s Most Popular Song, part 2

This is the second of two special holiday bonus episodes of Broadway Nation. Just like the first, this is an audio version of a Broadway Nation Live! performance that was given in December of 2019 at the Vashon Center For The Performing Arts on Vashon Island, WA. If you prefer to ...
A Special Encore Episode: "White Christmas" — The Story Behind The World's Most Popular Song, part 1

A Special Encore Episode: “White Christmas” — The Story Behind The World’s Most Popular Song, part 1

Here is the link to join the Backstage Pass Club and support Broadway Nation: https://broadwaynationpodcast.supercast.com/new_landing This is a special holiday reprise of one of Broadway Nation's most popular episodes: It's an audio version of a Broadway Nation Live! performance that was presented in December of 2019 at the Vashon ...
Special ENCORE Episode; Noel Coward, Larry Hart, Herbert Fields & The Queers Who Invented Broadway

Special ENCORE Episode; Noel Coward, Larry Hart, Herbert Fields & The Queers Who Invented Broadway

This week’s special ENCORE Episode is in celebration of Noel Coward’s birthday! Noel Coward was born just outside of London on December 16, 1899, and in fact he was named him Noel because his birth came so close to Christmas! For some reason, ever since I was very ...

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