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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.

May 7, 2021

Content Warning: infertility, sexual predation & assault, family loss & death

It Takes Two (episodes) to head Into the Woods! In the second half of this 2-part episode, we talk apathy vs ambivalence, deficit choices, and rejecting narratives. PLUS: JLM could guest-star...and that's the moral of the story!

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Apr 30, 2021

Content Warning: infertility, sexual assault, family loss & death

Maybe They're Magic, or maybe it's time to venture Into the Woods! In the first half of this 2-part episodes, we talk the ineffective nature of selfish people, being fluent in anxiety, and the winding paths of parenthood.

Theme music by Cullen Vance. 


Apr 2, 2021

Content Warning: child abuse, murder, sexual assault, racism, ableism

There's an Amazing Journey ahead with The Who's Tommy! We talk rock ballets, setting up idols to fall, and pinball as a metaphor for life. PLUS: is JLM more of a pinball or skee-ball kinda guy?

Theme music by Cullen Vance

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Mar 26, 2021

Content Warning: alcoholism

Manhattan is never far away when we sip our way through Darling Grenadine! We talk new musical development, centering off-center characters, and the best dog in a musical, ever. PLUS: please wave a safely-socially-distanced "hello" to JLM for us.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

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Feb 20, 2021

A Lovely Night is only made better by the magic of Cinderella! We talk contemporary casting, love at first sight, and fairy tale revolutions. PLUS: we bet JLM would waltz through a lovely night.

Theme music by Cullen Vance. 

WtM logo and poster art by Theron, Ink.

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