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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.

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 |


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...