Welcome to Season 3: THE MUSICAL!

Hello! Welcome back and thanks for joining me on this new trip through the world of theater. And to keep the ball rolling and finally get to what we didn’t touch on in last month’s introduction to the Washington DC 2018/2019 theatrical season, it’s time to talk about the musicals!

I am completely useless on the question of musicals, as you will soon, discover, so I knew I needed someone to guide me through the thicket of the ones being produced this season and who else should that someone be but Patrick Flynn, connoisseur of bad movies and what we can learn from them, playwright, and most importantly for this episode, host of The Original Cast, a podcast where folks talk about original cast recordings of musicals! It’s perfect. We cover a lot of ground in this episode because it turns out that musicals are kind of a big deal. We (and be we, I mean, Patrick, who is awesome) cover them all from Arena to Ford’s to Baltimore Center Stage and of course, Olney and Signature Theatre. Special shout out to Theatre Alliance for the first ever double seal of approval for the upcoming (long upcoming but keep your eye on it) Klytemnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, written and performed by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and directed by Danielle Drakes. That one is coming in May, put it in your calendars now.

Patrick has a lot of irons going in a lot of fires. He just returned from Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival with The Ferberizing of Coral, directed by Courtney Lane Self who will also direct his upcoming show with Flying V called Sheila and Moby and you should by no means miss that one. It runs from October 25 through November 18 at the The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. If you’re a fan of Tinkerbell, recently of Adventure Theatre, that show has got more to go with productions in Milwaukee and (fingers crossed) Maine.

Well the rest of this post is for those of you who have heard the episode, but if you haven’t, here’s an eclectic collection of links!

Donnie Hathaway’s “The Ghetto” in anticipation of Twisted Melodies at Atlas by Mosaic (and at Baltimore Center Stage).

A reminder that a lot of theaters are doing Fun Home this season: LMGTFY edition (I wish there was a map, that would be, um, fun).

A reminder of just how terrible a pirate movie and a movie in general Cutthroat Island is: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cutthroat_island/

“There’s something about word ‘bounce’ that’s inherently cursed.”

Here’s that interview with Heidi Blickenstaff we talk about from the Interval.

And Miranda After the Storm or What Happens to Savage Little Whores, which sounds like a doozy of a show and here’s hoping you can see it soon