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Welcome to What The Musical, a podcast for musical theatre nerds and newbies. Join Chelsey and Tara as they discuss musicals and all their glorious facets--the technical, the dramatic, the problematic, and the beloved songs we never want to hear again. Episodes released every other Friday.

Oct 11, 2019

Do You Wanna Hang? Let's jump into Be More Chill! We welcome special guest Montana to talk catchy lyrics, teenage reality, and the dangers of Mountain Dew. Plus: we'd upgrade to a JLM-voiced Squip any day.

Theme music by Cullen Vance. Check out his new album, Cullen, Vol. 1, out now!

Be More Chill original cast album:

Sep 21, 2019

No One Else understands Tara's love for this show--it's time for Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812! We talk drinking vodka in your 30s, how to make Russian lit exciting, and discover what happens when Chelsey doesn't prepare. Plus: we might be tired, but JLM never sleeps.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.


Sep 5, 2019

No need to fight Tooth & Nail--it's time for Cambodian Rock Band! We talk the anti-Miss Saigon, teaching an audience to code switch, and why you should skip Hamilton for now. Plus: the gentlest JLM Watch to-date.

WTM theme music by Cullen Vance.

Featured music for Cambodian Rock Band by Dengue Fever.
Dengue Fever music:...

Aug 9, 2019

All We've Got To Say is that it's time to discuss The Color Purple! We talk plot squiggles, syncretic spirituality, and rage at Steven Spielberg. PLUS: there's always room for JLM at this jazz club.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway Cast album: Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Video: 2006 Tony...

Jul 19, 2019

See, I'm Smiling--it must be time to discuss The Last Five Years! We talk brooding youth, collaborative artistry, and writers getting dangerously autobiographical. Plus: all we want for our birthdays is JLM on Broadway.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Off-Broadway cast album: Amazon | iTunes |