Okay guys, I’m back again with more stagey recommendations for you and this time we’re talking podcasts! While we still cant get back into a theatre I still find myself itching to access the arts in whatever format I can and podcasts are a great way to do that while you go about your day. I particularly love a podcast while I’m driving or walking somewhere, while at the supermarket, cooking or cleaning the house, basically anytime where my hands are busy but my brain isn’t!
So here’s my top 5 stagey listening recommendations:
Out for Blood: The Story of Carrie the Musical
This has been my latest obsession! It’s a 10 part series unpacking what happened with Carrie the Musical back in 1988 and is considered to be one of Broadway’s biggest flops closing after only five performances and losing $8 million. There’s lots of investigation unpacking what went wrong from unreliable producers, lacking funds and a director and choreographer with two completely different visions. When the writers said ‘make it like Grease’ one creative took that as the high school musical while the other thought more about Greece, as in Greek tragedy. I didn’t know anything about Carrie the Musical before listening, but it was so interesting, with dramatic diva stories and the way cult following and bootleg VHS kept the show alive. There’s also a lot of joy in the cast reminiscing their memories and people reflecting on what was good about the show in amongst the chaos.
Eleven: The Official Theatre Podcast
A London based interview podcast where journalist William Connolly speaks with famous Musical Theatre performers about their careers, their love of the arts and their current projects. As well as Broadway and West End performers, he chats with some drag queens and there are episodes with legendary composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt) and Alan Menken (basically all of Disney). I always love listening to these chats so would definitely recommend.
Putting It Together
For our Scottish theatre fans, Putting It Together is a good shout. Hosted by Scottish actor Brian O’Sullivan in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, it’s lovely to hear chat with people from all over the Scottish theatre industry talking about what they do and what they’re working on. The conversations are always a lovely, cosy chat so it feels like you’re just listening to some pals chatting.
This is maybe a niche one but for the people who know, you’ll love it. Smashed is a review podcast of the TV series Smash – a fictional show about the creation of a new Broadway show based on Marilyn Monroe, we see the imagined show Bombshell from auditions to workshop, previews to the Tony’s, all while our two leading ladies fight for the role of Marilyn. Drama ensues, the music and talent is unreal and if you’re reading this, dear theatre fan, and haven’t watched it I strongly recommend you do, then you can listen to the Smashed podcast and unpack the ridiculousness and appreciate the amazingness!
Theatre Scotland podcast
And of course it would be remiss of me not to mention the Theatre Scotland podcast! I’d like to say for the record that I’m not involved in the creation of our podcast so I can tell you as a listener that this is an unbiased recommendation!
Hosted by our wonderful Editor Lewis Baird who has lovely chats with Scottish theatre makers and artists from amateur theatre companies to flipping Elphaba! I really recommend listening to his chat with Scottish Actress Jacqueline Hughes who grew up in East Kilbride and went on to be one of the most brilliant Elphabas and is now in Mary Poppins on the West End (when they re-open, of course!) https://theatrescotland.co.uk/podcasts/
Bonus – Head, Shoulders, Knees & POD
Here’s a bonus recommendation for the contemporary dance fans! Head, Shoulders, Knees & POD is a podcast about the arts surrounding the creative and intelligent body. This podcast speaks to contemporary dance artists about their creative lives, what informs them and their current projects. By listening, you’ll get an intimate perspective on the processes and practices of creators in the UK and Europe.
Happy listening, folks!
If you have any other recommendations please do leave us a comment, we’d love to know!