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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.

Sep 29, 2020

I'm Not Afraid of Anything, especially not this episode on Songs for a New World! We talk JRB's debutante ball, the inescapable male gaze, and letting music do the heavy lifting. PLUS: even a broken JLM watch is right twice a day.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

World premiere recording: Amazon | iTunes |


Sep 8, 2020

CW: bullying, religion, homicide

Do Me A Favor and turn up this episode on Carrie! We talk literal translations, the troubles with stage telekinesis, and the musical trilogy nobody expected. PLUS: there's just no good segue here, but JLM is always a good topic.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Off-Broadway premiere cast...


Jul 21, 2020

CW: racism, misogyny

Let's Misbehave--time to dive into Anything Goes! We talk the cheese crackers of musicals, maximum triple threats, and what to do with your available time. PLUS: JLM is the top.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

2011 New Broadway cast album: Amazon | iTunes |


Jun 27, 2020

Content warning: mentions of bullying, family loss, religion, abusive partners

I Can't Stand Still any longer--we gotta cut Footloose! We talk taking the grunge out of Kenny Loggins, logical fallacies, and sequels that should have been. PLUS: let's get lost in a JLM waltz...

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original...


May 20, 2020

Skull Island can't contain this episode on King Kong! We talk the new dream ballet, screaming about feminism, and literally smashing patriarchy. PLUS: JLM is no stranger to showbiz, so give him a call.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Show Notes:
- Performance of "Full Moon Lullaby" for the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade
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