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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.

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.


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

Apr 24, 2020

Content Warnings: mentions of sexual harassment, assault, TB and COVID-19.

Your Song is one of the many we'll hear at the Moulin Rouge! We talk spectacular spectacular, what makes a jukebox musical, and weird narrative structures. PLUS: could JLM can-can?

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway cast album: Amazon...

Apr 4, 2020

The World Will Know when they open our take on Newsies! We talk imagining Santa Fe, little stories entwined with big wealth, and instinctive coordinated dancing. PLUS: In JLM's defense, nobody is on Broadway right now.

Theme music by Cullen Vance.

Original Broadway cast: Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

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