The 29-Hour Podcast
By Julia Meinwald & Sam Heldt
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The 29-Hour Podcast is a series of conversations with theater artists about their craft and experiences in the industry. Hosts Julia Meinwald & Sam Heldt talk to actors, writers, directors, and anyone who has experience developing new work.
||Explicit#20: Sarah Hammond||We're kicking off Season Two by talking to writer Sarah Hammond about vision boards, choosing your words in the face of very good news, and irrational behavior from famously rational historical figures.||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19: Season Finale||In this week's mini-episode slash season finale, Sam and Julia talk to each other about how they met, compare their relationship to a tree, and take stock of how this whole podcast thing is going.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18: Lynne Marie Rosenberg||This week we talk to actor and writer Lynne Marie Rosenberg about going on dates with a language acquisition robot, representation in casting, and what a year without Shakespeare would look like.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17: Jeff Talbott||This week we talk to writer and actor Jeff Talbott about becoming an "instant playwright", how to approach starting a new piece, and how little it costs to be kind.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16: Lauren Marcus||This week we talk to actress and singer-songwriter Lauren Marcus about what it feels like to incur a serious injury onstage, being part of a cool cult, and the blessing and curse of being called unique.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15: Ethan Heard||This week we talked to director Ethan Heard about exploring queerness in the classic canon, working with incarcerated populations on Beethoven's Fidelio, and the importance of being in rooms together.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14: Victoria Huston-Elem||This week we talk with actress Victoria Huston-Elem about feeling like a fraud, re-acclimating to New York after working out of town, and singing higher notes than she's ever sung before on tour.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13: Zack Zadek||This week we talk with writer Zack Zadek about our strict childhood piano teachers, the thrill of hearing new material for the first time, and whether musical buttons are a necessary evil.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12: Brandon Michael Lowden||This week we talked with writer Brandon Michael Lowden about the similarities between electrical engineering and musical theatre writing, how we present ourselves on the internet, and what on God's green earth dogs are.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11: Jeremy Yaddaw||This week we talked with percussionist and arranger/orchestrator Jeremy Yaddaw about bringing diversity to musical theatre orchestras, communication between percussionists and composers, and seeking the approval of imaginary people.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10: Will Aronson||This week we talk with composer Will Aronson about voice vs. versatility in writing, the effect of humming Irving Berlin tunes to your infant, and the unsolvable mystery of what makes music satisfying.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9: Gordon Leary||This week we talk with writer Gordon Leary about laugh leaders, arbitrary ideas about how long a musical "should" be, and the elusive similarities between Henry Sweet Henry and Pregnancy Pact.||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8: Shoshana Greenberg||This week we talk to writer Shoshana Greenberg about the strange experience of seeing childhood favorite shows as adults, gender differences in what characters get to sing about, and the difference between writing for pleasure and building a career.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7: Michael R. Jackson||This week we talk to writer Michael R. Jackson about strange loops, the ability to explode a draft and put the pieces back together, and why it's important that not everybody likes your show.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6: Ally Bonino||This week we talked to actress Ally Bonino about originating roles, the difference between type and brand, and our many feelings about reality TV.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5: Dustin Sullivan||This week we talked with performer and writer Dustin Sullivan about latent murder undertones in his love songs, the wonderful community around Heathers: The Musical, and the theatrical mega-event that was Lindsor Newt and His Real Boy Suit at the Hangar||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4: Alyse Alan Louis||This week we spoke to actress Alyse Alan Louis about creating full, distinct characters, the special way she prepared for her A New Brain audition, and what you learn from doing a show about porn stars.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3: Dana Steingold||This week we spoke to actress Dana Steingold about encounters with offended audience members, why she likes it when an understudy goes on, and what playing a child does to your psyche.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2: Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser||This week we spoke to writing team Charlie Sohne and Tim Rosser about writing boy band songs, collaborators playing hard to get, and the heart-racing terror or working in the same room.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1: Emily Walton||This week we talk to actress Emily Walton about social media, fan mail gone sideways, and what it's like having a character written specifically for you.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComing Soon: The 29-Hour Podcast||Here's a sneak peek at what's coming on The 29-Hour Podcast. Episodes will be released every other Monday beginning March 12th!||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Inspiring perspectives on musical theatre
I love this podcast!! Julia, Sam, and their guests bring both fascinating stories and genuine heart to their conversations. As a musical theatre writer and composer who’s brand new to musical theatre as an “industry,” it’s so inspiring to hear about different folks’ paths, and it’s especially heartwarming to hear how deeply these folks love what they do. I highly, highly recommend this for folks who folks who want to learn more about the creative process for musical theatre.
Essential talks on theatre (and life)
This is one of the best theatre industry podcasts going because it is so much more - free-ranging conversations with theatre artists led by two curious, empathetic amd deeply gifted theatre artists that get to the heart of both the artistic pursuit and the human one. Julia Meinwald and Sam Heldt are endlessly fascinating, and they keep programming guest after guest who is, too. If you come for the inside scoop on making a go of it as an artist, you will end up staying because of the medicine you get for your actual life.
A wonderful, affecting view of theatre from the inside.
I just listened to the episode with Tori, and it was wonderful, informative, and a tinch heartbreaking.
Thanks so much for documenting this side of theatre and having such deep and honest conversation.