Voice of the Musical
By Tim Sutton
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Interviews with the creators of some of the most successful musicals of our time. In a series of intimate and in-depth discussions, we explore the areas of inspiration, technique and success. This is a great resource for new writers entering the world of musical theatre, as well as an informative and entertaining podcast for all lovers of musical theatre.
||VotM #10 Jeff Blumenkrantz||Hi there! A “new” interview, recorded in February 2013 (!), lost and recently rediscovered, with the lovely and supremely talented Jeff Blumenkrantz. If you don’t know the wonderful Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Podcast, seek it out immediately.||20 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #9 Scott Frankel||Voice of the Musical returns after a long delay! It returns however, with a lovely interview with the honey-voiced Scott Frankel, who with his writing partner Michael Korie has been responsible for some of the most rich and sophisticated Broadway score.||8 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #8 Charles Strouse||Born in 1928, Charles Strouse composed some of the classic musicals of 60’s and 70’s, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and of course, Annie, which at the time of writing is previewing in a James Lapine revival at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.||7 11 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #7 Adam Guettel||I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer. I can’t tell you how excited I am to present this episode to you. I spoke to Adam Guettel while he was in London performing an evening of his songs, with Musical Director Kimberly Grigsby (Spring Awakening,||15 9 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoVideo Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 5 of 5||The fifth and final part of our video podcast looking at the anatomy of ‘Wait a Bit’, from Stiles and Drewe’s Just So.||24 6 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoVideo Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 4 of 5||The fourth part of our video podcast looking at the anatomy of ‘Wait a Bit’, from Stiles and Drewe’s Just So.||24 6 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoVideo Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 3 of 5||The third part of our video podcast looking at the anatomy of ‘Wait a Bit’, from Stiles and Drewe’s Just So.||24 6 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoVideo Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 2 of 5||The second part of our video podcast looking at the anatomy of ‘Wait a Bit’, from Stiles and Drewe’s Just So.||24 6 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoVideo Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 1 of 5||The award-winning songwriting team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing musicals for over twenty years. Their second musical, Just So, is based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, and features one of my favourite numbers, Wait a Bit. In this,||23 6 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoGeorge Stiles and Anthony Drewe – video teaser||For our first video podcast, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe kindly agreed to discuss the evolution of the beautiful ballad ‘Wait a Bit’, from Just So The Musical. Here’s a short teaser – watch this space for the full interview.||29 5 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #6 Tim Minchin, Part One||Comedian Tim Minchin won a Perrier Award for Best Newcomer, before touring with a symphony orchestra and fronting the inaugural BBC Comedy Prom. The RSC paired him up with Dennis Kelly to write Matilda the Musical,||25 4 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #5 Sandy Wilson||Perhaps the our most venerable British writer, Sandy Wilson began composing for the West End in the late 1940’s. The intimate and delightful pastiche show The Boy Friend became a runaway hit. I speak to Sandy about post-war optimism, Julie Andrews,||9 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||VideoTim Minchin – video trailer||Coming soon – our interview with Tim Minchin, composer of hit musical ‘Matilda’. (Warning: it’s a little bit sweary)||25 12 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #4 George Stiles||One half of acclaimed British songwriting team Stiles and Drewe, George has been composing musicals since he and Anthony met in 1983. This interview is a real treat, not least because we meet George at the piano,||23 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #3 Charles Hart, Part One||In this interview, we talk to Charles Hart, the lyricist of the most successful entertainment of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. I spoke to Charles shortly after the Royal Albert Hall extravaganza celebrating Phantom’s twenty-f||14 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #2 Peter Sham and Brad Carroll||Lend Me a Tenor is a terrific new musical that started life in Utah, and ended up on the stage of the Gielgud Theatre this summer. We trace its journey, and that of its creative team, Peter Sham and Brad Carroll,||5 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||VotM #1 Richard Stilgoe||My first interview is with the incredibly versatile songwriter Richard Stilgoe, who wrote the lyrics to mega-hit Starlight Express, and additional lyrics for Phantom of the Opera and Cats. He talks here about university comedy with John Cleese,||21 10 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Introduction||Welcome to Voice of the Musical. You can hear a short trailer introducing the themes of the podcast, by clicking the link below. Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, where you can get each new episode easily, and for free.||28 9 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
A must listen!
A great first podcast, can't wait to hear the next one. It was really interesting and anyone who is interested in Musical Theatre should definitely subscribe!
Interesting, informative and fun
Interesting and informative podcast. The description of the podcast says it is aimed at new writers, but as just a musical theatre lover I still found it fascinating and enjoyable. Look forward to hearing more!
Tim Minchin Part 2?
Really enjoyed the first part of this interview, can't seem to find part two? has it been put out yet?