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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.

Dec 31, 2018

Needing a Comedy Tonight? Then let's check out A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! We finish our first full year with comic star power, the least Sondheim of Sondheim, and Tara gets a nook of her own. PLUS: Jesse L. Martin would make a great Captain. Just sayin'.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.


Dec 21, 2018

Let's get Sparklejollytwinklejingley for Elf the Musical! We talk boundless optimism, bah-hum-burgers, and being a good person year-round. PLUS: anyone want to fill our stockings with news of JLM returning to Broadway? Anyone?

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway cast album: Amazon | iTunes |

Dec 7, 2018

Pity the Child who misses this episode on Chess! We talk genre-swaps, incomplete metaphors, and how The Arbiter is, indisputably, the best. PLUS: a check-in on another Rent alum, who mysteriously has not yet appeared in this show....

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

2008 concert version: Amazon | iTunes |