Jim and Tomic's Musical Theatre Happy Hour

Jim and Tomic's Musical Theatre Happy Hour

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Musings on musicals, from Broadway to the West End…literally.
Unsung Heroes #2: Rob Roy
Oct 7 • 58 min
It’s mind over matter! It’s man over machine! It’s Jimi over Tommy!!! (No, not like that. Ew.) This is Unsung Heroes – a new segment that pits our two hosts against each other in a battle of wits and unknown musicals.
#52: I Don’t Know How To Podcast - ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Sep 28 • 87 min
What’s the buzz? Well the boys talking all about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s controversial smash ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this week! Tommy manages to get over his Andrew Lloyd Webber hatred for an hour and a half so they can talk all about how the musical is…
#51: 48kHz: A Musical Podcast - ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’
Sep 16 • 125 min
Hold still, and focus as we’re talking all about Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy’s beautiful “35mm: A Musical Exhibition.” As this is a fusion of photography and music the boys get arty this week. They talk about what makes a musical ‘exhibition,’…
Unsung Heroes #1: The Change
Sep 8 • 49 min
It’s mind over matter! It’s man over machine! It’s Jimi over Tommy!!! (No, not like that. Ew.) This is Unsung Heroes – a new segment that pits our two hosts against each other in a battle of wits and unknown musicals.
#50: A Warble In The Woods - ‘Into The Woods’
Sep 8 • 133 min
Happy 50th Annibirthary to Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour! In honour of this monumentous occasion, the gang have chosen to discuss one of musical theatre’s most beloved shows - ‘Into the Woods.’ The lads discuss what makes this some of…
#49: Take Me Out to the Podcast - ‘Damn Yankees’
Sep 1 • 85 min
Got your peanuts? Got your crackerjack? Got your camp demonic storyline? Then you’re all set for the latest podcast on Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s ‘Damn Yankees.’ This time around the guy’s try and wrap their head around sports, discuss whether this…
#48: A Medieval Masterclass - ‘Blondel’
Aug 25 • 82 min
Come back with us to the Middle Ages as we follow the pursuits of everyone’s favourite court misntrel: ‘Blondel!’ Potentially winning the award for the most unknown show so far on the podcast, Jimi and Tommy talk about what might be some of Tim Rice’s…
#47: Step, Kick, Kick, Leap, Kick, Touch - Podcast! - ‘A Chorus Line’
Aug 18 • 103 min
Get ready to do the whole combination away from the mirror and unpack your headshot, as we’re heading straight onto Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line!” As one of the longest running musicals of all time, there’s lots to unpack this week! Jimi and Tommy…
#46: Alice in Podcastland - ‘Wonderland’
Aug 10 • 81 min
Come on down the rabbit hole (or elevator shaft) as we travel to Frank Wildhorn’s ‘Wonderland.’ This week, the boys try and wrap their heads around why this show has yet to have a success, dissect the drama unfolding with the current UK tour and Tommy…
#45: Podcast In A Box - ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
Aug 2 • 73 min
Make way for the sideways grimace that is ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch!’ This time around the gang are chatting about the creation of Hedwig in the queercore scene in New York, identify the mythicality which is so prevalent in the show and the…
#44: All About Podcasts – ‘Applause’
Jul 26 • 76 min
The boys are back in town after their summer holiday and are very excited to bring to you Charles Strouse’s fabulous ‘Applause’ (no, not the inevitable Lady Gaga biopic!) They discuss the nature of ‘evil’ and work out if the antagonist really is, how…
#43: I Wanna Be A Podcaster - ‘The Producers’
Jun 17 • 84 min
It’s Jim and Tomic’s latest show, will it flop or will it go? Well that’s for you to decide as we talk all about Broadway’s smash-hit - ‘The Producers!’ This week Jimi and Tommy are delving into the background of the show, the controversy of the original…
#42: A Podcast of Penzance - ‘The Pirates of Penzance’
Jun 7 • 80 min
A rollicking band of podcasters we, who tired of editing relentlessly are trying our hand at a G&S and hope it’s not too boring. Leaving the writing to WS Gilbert, Jimi and Tommy embark on a journey to meet the fated ‘Pirates of Penzance’ this week. They…
#41: What’s Your Podcast, Heather? – ‘Heathers the Musical’
May 18 • 88 min
Well f*** them gently with a chainsaw, Jimi and Tommy are talking the cult classic ‘Heathers the Musical’ this week! The guys go in on the importance of honest high school musical theatre, the incredible ways this show is surviving beyond Off-Broadway and…
BONUS: The 71st Annual Tony Awards
May 14 • 160 min
It’s that time of year again! Jimi and Tommy have a gab about the Tony nominees. Enjoy!
#40: A Passionate Podcast - ‘Passion’
May 11 • 85 min
This week Jimi and Tommy go on a trip with Sondheim to Italy and explore the life and love of Fosca and Giorgio in his ‘Passion.’ They ponder over why the show was a critical success but not as popular with audiences, laud the importance of orchestrators…
#39: A Scottsboro Song - ‘The Scottsboro Boys’
May 4 • 87 min
Jimi and Tommy are going back in history to look at a case that is not talked about enough - the story of the ‘The Scottsboro Boys.’ They examine the controversy surrounding Kander and Ebb’s use of a minstrel show as a framing device, discuss the…
#38: It’s De-Podcast! - ‘Anything Goes’
Apr 28 • 98 min
All ashore who’s comin’ ashore! Let’s set sail on the SS American with evangelists and crooks as Jimi and Tommy talk about Cole Porter’s classic ‘Anything Goes.’ The lads discuss the many incarnations of the show over the years, why you should just sing…
#37: Podcast Noir - ‘City of Angels’
Apr 20 • 72 min
Crack out your smoky sax and don your best femme fatale dress, as we’re going to LA in the 1940s for ‘City of Angels.’ Jimi and Tommy try and work out why we don’t see too much of this show, have a tennis match about the lyrics of the show and discuss the…
#36: A Godspell Gab - ‘Godspell’
Apr 12 • 82 min
Prepare ye-selves for our next musical, Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s ‘Godspell!’ This week Jimi and Tommy debate whether this is a show about religion or community, marvel over the creative freedom allowed when producing it and try and…
#35: Podcast. Podcast. Podcast. - ‘Now. Here. This.’
Apr 6 • 108 min
Jimi and Tommy take a trip round the Natural History Museum with their favourite fab foursome - The FourBs - as they discuss their musical ‘Now. Here. This.’ They discuss the importance of subtlety in cast recordings, high school moments that made them…
#34: A Saigon Serenade - ‘Miss Saigon’
Mar 22 • 89 min
The heat is most definitely on in the podcast this week as Jimi and Tommy discuss Boublil and Schonberg’s controversial ‘Miss Saigon.’ The guys discuss the problem of Asian diversity onstage, how much the author’s intent qualifies the tone of a musical…
#33: Jim and Tomic Are Doing A Podcast! - ‘42nd Street’
Mar 16 • 79 min
Come and meet those dancing feet, we’re taking you to everyone’s favourite ‘avenue’: 42nd Street! Don your tap shoes and triple-time step your way into the Great Depression as Jimi and tommy (feat. a noisy cricket) discuss the tragic nature of the show’s…
#32: A Little Night Podcast - ‘A Little Night Music’
Mar 8 • 98 min
Come with us as we spend a weekend in the country listening relentlessly to Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music.’ We ponder why Sondheim wrote the show in the first place, try to work out why ‘Send in the Clowns’ is his most popular song of all time and make…
#31: We’re Ready for our Podcast, Mr. DeMille – ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Mar 2 • 73 min
Put on your your finest fir and hop in your star vehicle (a Isotta-Fraschini, naturally) as we drive down Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard! Jimi and Tommy chat about film noir, lazy rhymes, and Patti LuPone’s Andrew Lloyd Webber memorial pool. Full…
#30: Der Dreigroschenpodcast - ‘The Threepenny Opera’
Feb 8 • 76 min
Hallo kinder! We’re going further than we’ve ever gone before for our thirtieth birthday, back to pre-war Germany and Brecht and Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.” We learn the differences between Verfremdungseffekt and Gesamtkunstwerk, talk about how…
#29: The Podcast Men – ‘The Music Man’
Jan 25 • 66 min
We got no trouble here just pure unadulterated love for Meredith Willson’s one-hit-wonder “The Music Man!” We bask in the brilliance of the book, music and lyrics of this show, discuss the disparity between Broadway and West End successes and weigh up…
#28: The Jim and Tomic Mixtape – ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’
Jan 18 • 79 min
Jimi and Tommy go back to their roots and return to see just how much the Hamilton phenomenon has affected the world and discuss the release of ‘The Hamilton Mixtape!’ The pair chat about the contentious relationship between theatre and politics, exposing…
The Overtures Quiz
Dec 24, 2016 • 8 min
This is the summary for our overtures quiz!
#27: A Christmas Podcast - ‘A Christmas Story’
Dec 24, 2016 • 75 min
Happy holidays everybody! To celebrate, we’re chatting about one of Broadway’s newest Christmas stories, “A Christmas Story” - the adaptation of the cult American classic. The lads talk all about the differences between US and UK Christmas movies, the…
#26: An Oklahoma Hoedown - ‘Oklahoma!’
Dec 14, 2016 • 87 min
Jimi and Tommy talk about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record-breaking debut, ‘Oklahoma!’ The gang discuss where the show fits in a contemporary setting, the importance of narrative choreography and the birth of the two most important names in musical…
#25: Some Matilda Malarkey – ‘Matilda: The Musical’
Dec 9, 2016 • 86 min
Grab your library books and keep an eye on that newt! This week we’re chatting up the nuvo-West End show “Matilda: The Musical.” We discuss stellar child actors, British and US dialectical differences, the fabulous Bertie Carvel and the marvels of…
#24: A New World Whirl – ‘Songs for a New World’
Nov 30, 2016 • 83 min
Set sail with us as we explore Jason Robert Brown’s early song cycle, “Songs for a New World.” We talk the contentious differences between Revues, Musicals and Song Cycles, kvetch about the “Contemporary Musical Theatre Song” and ruminate on misplaced…
Bonus Episode! Our Trip to See The Great Comet
Nov 22, 2016 • 85 min
Jimi and Tommy have returned from their adventure into the heart of 19th Century Russia and are ready to tell you all about it. Check out our exclusive interview with musical director Or Matias and music supervisor Sonny Paladino, hear our opinions on all…
#23: A Gypsy Get-Together – ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’
Nov 10, 2016 • 115 min
Here it is boys! Here it is WORLD! Here’s our Gypsy podcast! We talk about the genius of this almost sixty year old musical, Arthur Laurents changing his mind (shocker!) and spend WAY too much time talking about each of the formidable actresses who have…
Bonus Episode! Jim and Tomic are Going to Broadway!
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
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#22: A Grand Gallop – ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’
Nov 2, 2016
Pack your bags, come on down to Berlin and don’t forget to tip your bellhop. This week, Jimi and Tommy are checking in to the wonderfully dark Grand Hotel. We discuss the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Tommy Tune’s leg-bending choreography, Forbidden Broadway…
#21: A Phantom Tantrum – ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
Oct 26, 2016 • 65 min
Grab your half-masks, put on your cape, and come on down to the opera house! This week we’re (somewhat begrudgingly) chatting about A-L-dubb’s smash hit The Phantom of the Opera. Buckle up – we’re talking misplaced musical styles, plagiarized melodies,…
#20: A Wizarding Wipeout – ‘The Wiz’
Oct 19, 2016 • 79 min
Ease on down to this week’s podcast where we’re hitching a ride on a balloon all the way to Oz; we’re chatting all things ‘The Wiz’! Jimi and Tommy discuss the significance of the show in musical theatre history, go head to head on the movie and give…
#19: A Piazza Party – ‘The Light in the Piazza’
Oct 12, 2016 • 82 min
Benvenuto and welcome to the land of the land of “naked marble boys” with this week’s musical fairy-tale The Light in the Piazza. We marvel over beautiful lighting design, talk the differences between opera and musical theatre, and contemplate the…
#18: A Gangster’s Gavotte - ‘Guys and Dolls’
Oct 5, 2016 • 57 min
Place your bets, it’s time to shoot craps with the spectacular musical comedy, Guys and Dolls! We boggle over the mystical parallel universe that the musical’s set in, Nathan Detroit - the most popular role in the acting world and tease the possible new…
#17: A Newsboy Nugget - ‘Newsies: The Musical’
Sep 28, 2016 • 59 min
Are you ready to seize the day and carry that banner? Well now is the time! Newsboy wannabes Jimi and Tommy talk all about Menken, Feldman and Fierstein’s high-flying smash Newsies! Expect discussion about the historical context of the show, as well as…
#16: A Hairy Hootenanny - HAIR
Sep 21, 2016 • 60 min
Strip off your clothes and let the sunshine in, it’s time to talk all about the revolutionary classic Hair! Jimi and Tommy debate whether or not this one of the most important musicals of all time, Jimi comes out as a latent hippie and the guys discuss…
#15: A Fun Home Hoopla - Fun Home
Sep 14, 2016 • 53 min
Welcome to our podcast on Maple Avenue! This week, we’re talking about the fabulously important (and recently closed) musical Fun Home. We chat about the importance of representation, non-linearity, vagaries in the LGBTQ alphabet soup of terminology, and…
#14: A Raining Rumpus - Singin’ In The Rain
Sep 7, 2016 • 64 min
Good morning! Unpack your raincoats and dust off your tap shoes as it’s time to celebrate the greatest movie musical of all time - Singin’ in the Rain! We chat all about directorial tyranny, metatheatrical dubbing and Hollywood’s biggest drag queen of all…
#13: A Cavalcade of Cats - CATS
Aug 2, 2016 • 89 min
Hairball got you down? We’ve got the perfect solution: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Cats. It’s team Jimi (aka Cats Trash) vs team Tommy (aka the rest of the world). Are we talking about high concept art? Or lowest common denominator. The gloves…
#12: An Assassinating Analysis - ASSASSINS
Jul 12, 2016 • 104 min
This time around we’re going in heavy with Stephen Sondheim’s harrowing hit ‘Assassins’. We try and tease apart the intricacies of the American Dream, discuss how musical theatre can be used as a form of therapy in times of crisis and discuss what it…
#11 (Part 2): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812
Jul 2, 2016 • 77 min
Come with us to 19th century Russia where we attend the stunning musicopera, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” based on a chapter of Tolsty’s epic ‘War and Peace’. Full show notes at: jimandtomic.com/11-part-2
#11 (Part 1): Natasha, Pierre & the Great Podcast of 1812
Jun 24, 2016 • 82 min
Come with us to 19th century Russia where we attend the stunning musicopera, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” based on a chapter of Tolsty’s epic ‘War and Peace’. Full show notes at: jimandtomic.com/11-part-1
BONUS: The Tony Awards
Jun 10, 2016 • 44 min
During the interval, Jimi and Tommy gossip and gab about Tony noms, Hamil-hype, and more. Plus some (inadvertent) hints about the next podcast’s show. Enjoy!
#10: A Spelling Bee Shindig - The 25th Annual putnam county spelling bee
May 14, 2016 • 78 min
Can you spell F-I-N-A-L-L-Y? After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus, Jimi and Tommy are back! This time with the William Finn penned musical, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Listen as Jimi and Tommy discuss the tribulations of pre-adolescence, the…
#9: Dinner With Dolly - hello, dolly!
Apr 4, 2016 • 68 min
Put on your Sunday clothes no matter what day it is and come on down to Yonkers and join us in celebration of everyone’s favourite matchmaker (sorry, Yente!) - Hello, Dolly! Jimi and Tommy are back after a little break with one of the most successful…
#8: Merrily Rolling Along - merrily we roll along
Feb 18, 2016 • 86 min
We swing back in time to Chateau Sondheim and visit that Frank in “Merrily We Roll Along”! Together we fanboy over the artistry in one of Tommy’s ALL-TIME favourite musicals, Jimi channels his inner Irene Cara and has a crisis about LA and the boys get…
#7: A Nine Natter - Nine
Feb 4, 2016 • 77 min
Let us take you back to that glorious age of Italian cinema and explore Guido Contini’s mental breakdown as we discuss the smash-hit stage musical and less-of-a-hit movie musical, Nine! We come down with a case of the sandy tambourines, discuss where we…
#6: A Cabaret Cocktail - Cabaret
Jan 22, 2016 • 81 min
Happy New Year sportsfans! So many of you wanted us to talk about Kander and Ebb’s sensational Cabaret so we decided what was the use of sitting alone on our rooms and decided to let that music play … and then analyse the heck out of it! Don’t tell mama,…
#5 (Part 2): A Christmas Celebration
Dec 23, 2015 • 48 min
Welcome to part two of the Jim and Tomic Holiday Extravaganza! By now you’ll be fatted on the sofa full to the brim of turkey, cookies and general festive cheer. What better way to unwind than with Jimi and Tommy talking holiday traditions, the top ten…
#5 (Part 1): A Christmas Celebration
Dec 22, 2015 • 61 min
Welcome to part one of the Jim and Tomic Holiday Extravaganza! Crack open the eggnog and light up a fire as you settle down with us for an evening of musical quizzes, chatting about the recent NBC Live production of “The Wiz”, potentially poor Christmas…
#4: An Awakened Affair - SPring Awakening
Dec 4, 2015 • 79 min
It’s time to get ‘Totally F@&#ed’ as this week’s podcast is all about the beautifully raw ‘Spring Awakening’. We discuss the current revolutionary revival by Deaf West on Broadway, play spot the difference with the musical and the original play, fangirl…
#3: A Fiddler Foray - Fiddler on the Roof
Nov 19, 2015 • 75 min
Come join us in our auditory shtetl as we discuss the trials and tribulations of Tevye and his family and their classic and much beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. About to enjoy another promising revival on Broadway, we thought it was high time we…
#2: A Sweeney Soirée - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Nov 5, 2015 • 73 min
Happy Hallowe’en! We get spooky with the scariest musical of all time King Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. This week we make revelations about who has the power, add fuel to the fire of the eternal debate of who is the…
#1: A Hamilton Hello - Hamilton
Oct 21, 2015 • 53 min
We launch straight in with a Lin-Manuel Miranda-shaped love-fest to discuss the musical that is taking this Broadway season by storm and discuss the characters, lyrical genius and influences of the smash-hit sensation ‘Hamilton’. Full show notes:…