A Reel Education: The Musical!
By Windy Bowlsby, Mike Lawson, and Vinnie Scalco
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Windy, Mike, and Vinnie explore the history of movies, one musical at a time!
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Newsies||This week, listeners, Windy steers Mike and Vinnie towards NEWSIES, the 1992 live-action Disney musical. Starring a teen-aged Christian Bale (who was mortified to appear in a musical), a scenery-chewing and excessively gesturing Robert Duvall,||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: The Music Man||This week, listeners, Mike discovers and Vinnie re-discovers the sweet, simple (yet sly) joys of THE MUSIC MAN. Robert Preston stars as Professor Harold Hill (spoiler: not his real name) in the role that made him a Broadway star,||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: Phantom of the Paradise||Listeners! Take a listen as Mike gets his mind blown by PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE! Brian DePalma’s 1974 rock opera is gloriously garish with literary references galore, Paul Williams’ soundtrack is a smorgasbord of musical styles settling in on gla||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: On the Town||This week is our first episode featuring Gene Kelly as he sails through Manhattan in ON THE TOWN! Neither Vinnie nor Mike had ever seen it, and this is a classic for a reason. Based on a ballet created by Jerome Robbins (THE KING & I),||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Sweeney Todd (stage)||If the only version of SWEENEY TODD you’ve ever seen is the Tim Burton one, then Windy has some strong opinions on what you should be watching first chance you get. (Which is literally how this episode happened to Mike and Vinnie.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Main Hoon Na||It’s our first Bollywood! I mean, not our first – all three of your hosts have seen at least one Bollywood movie. But it’s our first Bollywood episode and it is the delightful MAIN HOON NA (“Trust Me, I’m Here”)!||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Enchanted||This week, your hosts sing along with Amy Adams (and some cockroaches) in ENCHANTED! Meta, satire, spoof, homage – ENCHANTED is all of the above. Filled with deep Disney nerd references (literally every name in this movie means something),||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Yankee Doodle Dandy||This week, Windy introduces Vinnie & Mike to the wonders of a tap-dancing Cagney in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY. A straight-up, no frills, no unnecessary “plot” or “conflict” biopic of George M. Cohan, legendary songwriter and showman – and ego.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: The Greatest Showman||This week, your hosts Come Alive as they watch THE GREATEST SHOWMAN! THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a contradiction: a huge hit that was a flop; a catchy and engaging story about a man universally reviled; a dream project for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: The King & I||Listeners: We apologize for the sound quality on this episode. The quality does improve as the episode goes on. Episode 2 has us rewinding back to the classic THE KING AND I, starring Yul Brynner (and his chest) (and his calves) and Deborah Kerr (and h.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: High School Musical||Here it is! Our inaugural episode! We chose to kick things off with a high-energy modern hit: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Each week, your trio of hosts – Windy, Mike & Vinnie – will be watching a musical, but here’s the trick: at least one of them will h||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|