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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.

Jan 15, 2021

Hey, Little Songbird, let's venture into the new year with Hadestown! We talk holistic creativity, Chelsey's inner eco-Marxist, and the struggles of love and fulfillment. PLUS: another circle around the sun for JLM, and perhaps a circle back to the stage?

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway cast recording:


Dec 31, 2020

The Morning Report calls for The Lion King! We talk Julie Taymor Magic (TM), the Hamlet King, and a show that is, truly, for everyone. PLUS: an update on our Broadway King, JLM.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway cast album: Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

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Nov 13, 2020

Yes, we had plenty more to say about Company! Join us for a bonus interval on the most recent revival, the wonder of Matt Doyle, and our modest plea for a record deal.


Nov 2, 2020

Let's venture Side by Side by Side into Part II on Company! We talk likable narrators, unattractive desperation, and the wonder of adult friendships.  PLUS: JLM as Bobby or JoAnne? We'll drink to that.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Our favorite versions of "Being Alive:"
- Bernadette Peters (link)
- Ramin Karimloo


Oct 23, 2020

Bell rings, door chimes, let's talk Company! In the first half of this 2-part episode, we talk breaking gender norms, affectionate but loveless marriages, and the lie of the biological clock.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

2006 Broadway cast recording: Amazon | iTunes |