Corner of the Sky

Corner of the Sky

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Do you love musical theater? We do too! Every episode, Quinn Rose and a guest lovingly dissect a musical’s music, characters, plot, themes, and anything else that occurs to them.


49: Finishing the Hat
May 18 • 45 min
Emily Clark talks the pointillist musical Sunday in the Park with George. Highlights: Bounce, autobiographical musicals, putting it together, universal (or not), historical inaccuracy, Pulitzer Prizes, Mandy Patinkin….
48: You Oughta Know
May 11 • 57 min
Jhanelle Benton talks the unflinching rock musical Jagged Little Pill. Highlights: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, being overly attached to the cast, interpretative dance, fluid movement, Elizabeth Stanley, gushing about the ensemble, Christmas letters,…
47: You’ve Got Mail
May 4 • 50 min
Emily Lewis talks the warm-hearted and delicious She Loves Me. Highlights: Alabama, Hungarian writers, theater with teenagers, lack of communication, interesting dances, uninteresting dances, ice cream, lonely hearts….
46: Et Cetera
Apr 27 • 61 min
Jason Snell talks the deceptively complex The King and I. Highlights: childhood, Yul Brynner, dresses, orientalism, they fixed some of the orientalism, complex characters, too-long songs, b-sides from The Sound of Music, etc, etc, etc….
45: Bobby is a Softboy
Apr 20 • 47 min
Allison Truj talks the alternately nihilistic and uplifting Company. Highlights: Little Women (2019), Marriage Story (2019), cautionary tales, fish pants, aging poorly, Patti LuPone, getting broken up with at the intermission of Phantom of the Opera….
44: Maybe This Time
Apr 11 • 54 min
Lisa Schmeiser talks the flamboyant and doomed world of Cabaret. Highlights: Schitt’s Creek, Chicago, Berlin as a character, the rise of fascism, acting like you’re bad at acting, stunt casting, ambiguity….
43: Prince Ali is a Scrub
Apr 4 • 43 min
Javier Matusevich talks Starkid and Twisted. Highlights: Wicked, Cruella de Vil, Aladdin sucks, 1001 Nights, college students, in-jokes, making fun of what you love….
42: I’m The Queen of the Castle
Mar 7 • 49 min
Annette Wierstra talks international sensation Six. Highlights: young writers, short shows, Edmonton, tours, rewriting the narrative, amazing dancers, big Eliza Hamilton energy….
41: Put on Your Sunday Clothes
Mar 2 • 47 min
Lauren Pokedoff talks the optimistic classic Hello Dolly. Highlights: watching a whole Tony season, Bette Midler, sleeping on the street for tickets, strong women, Barbra Streisand, spectacle….
40: Digital Fur Technology
Feb 22 • 50 min
Brian Hamilton talks the fever dream that is Cats (both the stage and film versions). Highlights: Personally victimized by Cats (2019), fully filmed Broadway performances, breaking the fourth wall, dance musicals, poetry, T.S. Eliot, JaSOn DEruloooo,…
39: Tell Everyone What’s Up
Jun 29, 2019 • 48 min
Highlights: dream casting, hope to theater kids, low budget costumes, Disney cleans up New York, it’s a metaphor, Susan Egan, gushing about Belle, toxic masculinity, 4D movies, drunk composer promises….
38: My Goddess Diane Paulus
Jun 22, 2019 • 51 min
Highlights: watching shows many times, well-rounded side characters, Sara Bareilles, She Used to Be Mine and Now I’m Crying, problematic relationships, movement based choreography, all-female creative team, motherhood….
37: Spooky Mormon Hell Dream
Jun 15, 2019 • 58 min
Highlights: satire, respect, disrespect, stereotypes, religion, a jumble of all things previously named, the actual Mormon church, Josh Gad, wholesome adult comedy, we’re taking this show so seriously….
36: We Brought Binoculars
Jun 8, 2019 • 49 min
Highlights: your OTP could never, emotionally devastating, everything is changing, it’s a metaphor, subway maps, crying on the podcast, universality through specificity, legacy, you got sad….
35: High School Musical: Grease
Jun 1, 2019 • 26 min
In lieu of a regular episode, this week we bring you a portion from our latest members only episode, in which Kerri Kearse and I developed high school theater seasons comprised entirely of shows that had to be heavily adapted from their original adult…
34: Panicking in Scottish
May 25, 2019 • 46 min
Highlights: The poor man’s Rogers and Hammerstein, tartan, Oklahoma!, 18th century Scotland, dystopian hellscape, born in the wrong generation before it was cool, horny in the 40s, show tunes as popular music, old men playing bagpipes, happy endings.…
33: They Didn’t Have Tinder
May 19, 2019 • 62 min
Highlights: orphans, Les Mis, bargain prices at Macy’s, choreography awards, fifty children on the stage, Dodger!, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, music notation, mmmbop, children’s musicals and the bizarre plot lines wherein, My Fair Lady. Content…
32: Cold Dead Eyes
May 11, 2019 • 58 min
Highlights: America’s obsessions with orphans, Charles Dickens, curly hair, universal optimism, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Annie’s girl gang, dog hot takes, borrowing children, scam culture….
31: This Bops and is So Depressing
May 4, 2019 • 66 min
Highlights: what do you think musicals are, oh that’s morbid, The South, dream casting, celebrities on Broadway, vendetta against the Tony awards, Jake Gyllenhaal’s DMs, as the casting director for all productions of Parade I regret to inform you. Content…
30: Back to Being Petty
Apr 30, 2019 • 48 min
Highlights: I don’t know why any of that information was relevant, the movie was better(?), Jeremy Jordan, live action Aladdin, adapting movies into different movies, the original Be More Chill, The Swedish Chef, eight Tony awards for being the best…
29: I’m Twelve and These People Understand Me
Apr 13, 2019 • 53 min
Highlights: Alice Ripley… is probably tired, the love of my life Aaron Tveit, Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, angst, Gossip Girl, midwesternize it, Twitter, Dear Evan Hansen, laughing about inappropriate topics….
28: GunBoats
Apr 6, 2019 • 55 min
Highlights: rebellious teen musical phase, my good friend Steve, who’s who of 70s Broadway, samurai, poison, bing bang boom Asian music, I’m happy, I’m the emperor, I’m a puppet….
27: 10/10, Buzzfeed, Yes
Apr 3, 2019 • 56 min
Highlights: accents, “actors”, was that… just racist?, making fun of theater, air quotes, forced monkey motif, I love it it’s fun, Noises Off, poodles, title of show….
26: Weirdly Aggressive Hippies
Mar 24, 2019 • 72 min
Highlights: comedy people, middle school media, Avenue Q, the ultimate audience interaction, everything matters so much, spelling trances, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, stereotypes, puberty….
25: Moist and Worried
Mar 16, 2019 • 94 min
Highlights: what we may call today “gender equity,” non-musical, Cincinnati, proto-Terry Crews, my cool baby, sharing media across generations, a (not so) surprising amount of Hamilton talk, the kids are alright, columnists….
24: Jenna Rolan Calling
Mar 9, 2019 • 53 min
Highlights: fandom, it’S FROM JAPAN, listening to Pandora, crying at stage door, tumblr musicals, the Jonathan Larson Project, Quinn diverges to fangirl about Broadway producers, almost in my range… almost, seeing shows by yourself….
23: Hogwarts, But Green
Oct 13, 2018 • 47 min
Highlights: Stephen Schwartz, the book was (not) better, shallow layers, down with the patriarchy, Star Trek, Frozen, don’t say that about my daughter, dream casting….
22: Rubik’s Cube of Musical Theater
Sep 30, 2018 • 60 min
Highlights: Cole Porter, Ethel Merman, LCD Soundsystem (no, really), it’s on a boat, lots of different versions, rewriting the script, Glee, getting to Broadway shows on time….
21: Campy Rock’n’Roll Church
Sep 15, 2018 • 58 min
Highlights: midnight screenings, yelling at actors, intentionally bad, a bit unintentionally bad, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Silly Gay Film, queer representation, MST3K, The Room, a lot of sacrilege….
20: Only Lesbians Wear Pants
Aug 19, 2018 • 67 min
Highlights: safe bets, The Disney Pattern, jukebox musicals, spoilers in the beginning, total love story, candelabra, special features, Come What May, Broadway transfers….
19: Little Bit of Murder
Aug 12, 2018 • 45 min
Highlights: bringing pride to the emoji name, metaphorical resonance, princesses, ever-changing versions, the progress bar, short runs, firewalls, Spongebob Squarepants….
18: Talking About It Makes Me Cry
Jul 21, 2018 • 61 min
Highlights: cars onstage, Audra McDonald, political relevance, diverging to dunk on Phantom again, stuffy white people, life changing theater, Hamilton (obviously)….
17: Let Me Out!
Jul 8, 2018 • 42 min
Highlights: #Justice4IntoTheWoodz, creative theater interpretations, James Corden?, Sondheim vs. Webber, a thousand stars, fractured fairytales, leaving at intermission, 80s synth, shade to the Phantom, good good theaters….
16: No, Evan, No
Jun 24, 2018 • 62 min
Highlights: all downhill from the second Evan opens his mouth, emotional devastation, plays with music, family relationships, crying and singing, when you try your best but you don’t succeed….
15: A Mountain of Salt
Jun 10, 2018 • 44 min
Highlights: tap-dancing, problematic musicals, Bunheads, breaking elevators, undead ghosts, #giveusalloftheprofessionallyfilmedbroadwayshows, subversion and failed subversion, “modern” music, selective value in harmful media…
14: Poetically Slimy
Apr 8, 2018 • 57 min
Highlights: People who write musicals hate you, Jamie apologists, Ohio, feelings, timey-wimey, Jeremy Jordan, autobiographical, a very sad musical….
13: Barely a Third Wall
Mar 26, 2018 • 59 min
Highlights: missing second, third, and fourth walls, alienation, criticizing everyone but yourself, changing the blocking, German names, Sweeney Todd, “edgy,” scoundrel. liar. thief….
12: Changing My Major
Mar 10, 2018 • 44 min
Highlights: the Bechdel test, tragicomics, gay teens, clothing choices, borrowing books, fun funeral songs. Thank you to Brian Hamilton for editing this episode….
11: Feelings About Him and His Hair
Feb 24, 2018 • 54 min
Highlights: Lucas Steele, modern folk-pop, violin tattoos, great songs for not great people, problematic plots, real life controversy, Josh Groban, so many names….
10: One-Hit Wonder
Feb 10, 2018 • 50 min
Highlights: Mamma Mia, fascinatingly flawed, Cats, changing the book, Broadway flops, everyone is connected, American jerks, yogurt….
9: Electric Boogaloo
Feb 3, 2018 • 48 min
Highlights: jumps and twists and twirls, corner of the sky, I’m extraordinary, Patina Miller, circular plots, fourth wall and the lack thereof, belting, do not try this at home….
8: Mustache-Twirly Villains
Jul 30, 2017 • 51 min
Highlights: activism, movie adaptations, musical memes, tragedy in media, questionable casting decisions, “it’s not a happy musical”…
7: I Thought We Connected
Jul 22, 2017 • 60 min
Highlights: bawling, secret musical theater iPods, selling out, context and lack thereof, dancing on tables, Rentheads, living in the moment….
6: Peak Audience Member
Jul 15, 2017 • 57 min
Highlights: high school theater people, angst, Pink Floyd, angst, Glee, angst, Cats, angst, soooo back to Spring Awakening….
5: Electronica Pop Version
Jul 8, 2017 • 47 min
Highlights: Traditiooooon, match wordplay, family tension, bottle hats, being complicit, reinterpretation of characters, 7th grade musical productions….
4: I Butchered Every Reference
Jun 24, 2017 • 40 min
Highlights: immortality, Broadway babies, the early deaths of the 2016-17 season, feel-good musicals that make you sob, problematic marriage proposals, ballet as plot, evil bananas….
3: Dark and Twisty Person
Jun 17, 2017 • 67 min
Highlights: High school history, hip-hoperas, Alexander-Hamilton-in-training, moving to Chicago, a (not) surprising amount of Rent conversation, gender-swapping, Wayne Brady….
2: One Thousand Stressed Out Couples
Jun 10, 2017 • 46 min
Highlights: Idealism, Canadian jokes, Tony Awards, Tim Hortons, plane choreo, did we mention that this is Canadian?…
1: All You Need is Love and Other Stuff
Jun 3, 2017 • 42 min
Highlights: spectacular spectacular, the Phantom is problematic, altos are better than sopranos, the Phantom is Batman, it’s scrap metal, the Phantom is Andrew Lloyd Webber, media at face value….
0: Welcome to Corner of the Sky
Jun 2, 2017 • 2 min
Corner of the Sky, a new musical theater podcast, will be published every Saturday during June and July. Music is “In Your Robotic Heart” by Nicolai Heidlas….