Putting It Together

Putting It Together

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This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim’s entire body of work show by show and song by song.


Waltzing With a T – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 3
Nov 13 • 32 min
So much talent and yet what was produced seems so bland. In this final episode of the Do I Hear a Waltz? mini-season, we go through a quick history of the musical, a few of the songs, and then try to put this show into context. Also, where’s the T?
The Play, The Movie, and the Musical – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 2
Nov 6 • 40 min
Do I Hear a Waltz? was actually the third time that Arthur Laurents adapted his original story. It started as a play, became a movie, and then was musicalized. Were any worthwhile?
Richard Rodgers – Do I Hear a Waltz? Part 1
Oct 30 • 35 min
A short history of Richard Rodgers with speculation about what he and Sondheim were feeling before they started their only collaboration. Part 1 of the three episode mini-series on Do I Hear a Waltz features William C. White and Layan Elwazani along with…
Season 5 Trailer – Do I Hear a Waltz?
Oct 23 • 1 min
The new season of Putting It Together debuts on October 30th! This will be different from previous episodes, as we take a look at Do I Hear a Waltz in a three episode miniseries. It will explore the history, the problems, but most importantly the music.
With So Little To Be Sure Of – Anyone Can Whistle (with Karen and Elizabeth Unland of That’s a Thing?!)
Oct 9 • 71 min
It’s a weird way to end a show, but then again with Anyone Can Whistle everything has been a bit odd. Karen Unland and her daughter Elizabeth (from the podcast That’s a Thing?!) join the show to discuss With So Little To Be Sure Of. They also talk about…
The Cookie Chase / There’s Always a Woman – Anyone Can Whistle (with Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower of My Little Tonys)
Oct 2 • 89 min
This episode starts with an extended ballet sequence that leads directly into a song that was eventually cut. Tim Kov and Anna Hulkower, from My Little Tonys, join the discussion and reveal secret Sondheim facts while deciding on whether the cut song…
See What It Gets You – Anyone Can Whistle (with Riley Galarneau)
Sep 25 • 45 min
Fay has been holding out for a hero the entire show, but now she realizes it needs to be her that’s the hero. Local actor Riley Galarneau joins Kyle to discuss character motivation, being pushed to do uncomfortable things, and 80s power ballads.
I’ve Got You To Lean On – Anyone Can Whistle
Sep 18 • 34 min
Sometimes you got to to lean on yourself. Kyle talks with himself about a song where people say they can rely on each other. But could they be just as likely to stab each other in the back? The answer is yes.
Everybody Says Don’t – Anyone Can Whistle (with William C. White)
Sep 11 • 61 min
Everybody Says Don’t may seem like another song that fits into the theme of “be yourself no matter what the world says.” But guest Will C. White discusses with Kyle why you shouldn’t overlook this part of Anyone Can Whistle. Plus, does Ira Gershwin suck?
There’s a Parade in Town – Anyone Can Whistle (with Jonathan Chisolm)
Sep 4 • 49 min
There’s a Parade in Town is a song that was written because Angela Lansbury demanded it. Sometimes it can be hard to think about Angela Lansbury as a diva, especially if you’ve seen interviews with her and can see how gracious she normally is. In this…
50th Episode Spectacular!
Aug 28 • 49 min
Listeners called and wrote in questions for Kyle to answer about Broadway, Sondheim, and the podcast itself. This is a special episode that celebrate the last 50 episodes and (hopefully) gets you excited for the next 50.
Anyone Can Whistle (song) – Anyone Can Whistle (with Darby Turnbull)
Aug 21 • 72 min
Is whistling easy, or is it hard? Darby Turnbull returns to the podcast to discuss the song Anyone Can Whistle. In the conversation truths are revealed, lessons are learned, and gay themes are discovered.
Come Play Wiz Me – Anyone Can Whistle (with Eric Matthew Richardson)
Aug 14 • 76 min
Kyle’s ability to do a French accent isn’t very good. But this song, Come Play Wiz Me, is a fascinating example of pastiche. It’s a musical style in which Stephen Sondheim is well known for. Eric Matthew Richardson returns to offer his expertise on that,…
Simple – Anyone Can Whistle (with David Heineman)
Aug 7 • 83 min
Simple is a long song. And, as it turns out, not so simple. This was the first time where Sondheim combined music, speaking, multiple characters, and multiple melodies into one song. David and Kyle try to break it apart and figure out what works and what…
Justin Guarini Interview (host of Audition Secrets) *BONUS EPISODE*
Aug 2 • 41 min
Justin Guarini has acted and sang all over the world. One of his most cherished performances was as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, at the Bucks County Playhouse. He discusses that show, theatre in general, and reveals the advice he’d give to young…
There Won’t Be Trumpets – Anyone Can Whistle (with Suzanna Krivulskaya)
Jul 31 • 54 min
There Won’t Be Trumpets was cut from the show but still made it onto the cast album. It grew in popularity from there and now appears anytime Anyone Can Whistle is revived. Did it deserve to be cut? Suzanna and Kyle discuss that and how Fay may be the…
Miracle Song – Anyone Can Whistle (with Christine Chen)
Jul 24 • 67 min
Miracle Song can be looked at as a satirical takedown of religion. There are certainly gospel elements to the music and blatant Christian imagery. Chrstine Chen returns to talk to Kyle about this and whether this should have been the opening number.
Me And My Town – Anyone Can Whistle (with Madeline Botteri and Joel DeCandio of The Sondheim Project)
Jul 17 • 67 min
The failure of Anyone Can Whistle is legendary. It closed after 9 performances. Madeline Botteri and Joel DeCandio, of The Sondheim Project, join Kyle in discussing how the first song of the show helps (and doesn’t help) set the stage for what’s to come.
Season 4 Trailer – Anyone Can Whistle
Jul 17 • 1 min
The trailer for the upcoming season on the troubled Broadway show Anyone Can Whistle.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) – Film Review (with Janet and Lucia of Repodcasting)
Jun 26 • 49 min
Kyle invites on Janet and Lucia of Repodcasting to discuss the film version of Forum, and figure out who would star in it if it were remade today.
Funeral Sequence / Finale – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Federico Tedeschi)
Jun 19 • 65 min
Federico Tedeschi returns to wrap up our season on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We discuss the weirdness of the Funeral Sequence, the appropriate way the Finale ends, and then have the return of the game How Many Tonys Was This Show…
That’ll Show Him – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Paul Matwychuk)
Jun 12 • 59 min
Philia’s only solo song is one that shows how clueless she is about her whole situation. It might be a song that Sondheim fans disregard, but there are a few things worthy of consideration. Paul Matwychuk also discusses with Kyle about whether there might…
That Dirty Old Man – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Zina Lee)
Jun 5 • 63 min
The character of Domina is usually considered a shrewish old woman who wrecks the fun for all the other characters. But perhaps there is more to her than that two dimensional depiction. Zina Lee joins Kyle to discuss her song, the treatment of women in…
Bring Me My Bride – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Christine Chen)
May 29 • 50 min
Miles Gloriosus is a brutish man who would be called “problematic” in our modern times. However, is there more to him than meets the eye? Christine Chen joins Kyle in discussing whether Miles is more bluster than barbarian. Also, at the end, there’s a…
I’m Calm / Impossible – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Elizabeth Keep)
May 22 • 60 min
There are no gibbering fools on this week’s podcast. At least no more than usual. Elizabeth Keep joins the show for the first time to discuss the two songs I’m Calm and Impossible. Are they funny? Do you need to see the staging for them to work? Those and…
Everybody Ought to Have a Maid – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Matt Sampson)
May 15 • 74 min
Is Forum sexist or does it just feature sexist characters? Matt Sampson return to try and answer that questions, while also playing his piano to show how clever Sondheim can be, even with a generic list song.
Pretty Little Picture – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with William C. White)
May 8 • 55 min
Pretty Little Picture is certainly a witty song, but is it funny? William C. White returns to offer his opinions on a song that Sondheim considers one of his best. They also debate whether Zero Mostel or Nathan Lane sing it better.
Lovely – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Gus Gowland)
May 1 • 72 min
The song Lovely appears twice in the show. The first is between two lovers, and the second is between two liars. Gus Gowland, UK-based musical theatre composer, joins the show to discuss which works better. Gus and Kyle try their best to be winsome while…
Free – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Erik Stadnik)
Apr 24 • 61 min
Is freedom the necessary essence of democracy? Maybe or maybe not. Erik Stadnik returns to discuss how Pseudolus not only desires freedom but also desires to be looked at as a man. Pseudolus wants to be a real person. Perhaps Sondheim was trying to give…
Love, I Hear – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Karen Unland)
Apr 17 • 40 min
Love is a theme in many songs. For Hero this might just be the first time. Karen Unland returns to discuss young love and whether Sondheim is able to capture it effectively. Especially considering that he didn’t find love until he turned 60.
Overture / Comedy Tonight – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Federico Tedeschi)
Apr 10 • 90 min
Federico Tedeschi returns to the podcast to discuss Plautus, Roman drama, and a little farce. The new season is here! A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the first Broadway musical that Stephen Sondheim was (finally) able to write both…
Gypsy (1962) – Film Review (with Matt Mort)
Mar 20 • 49 min
I force Matt Mort to watch the 1962 film Gypsy to wrap up our conversation of the musical this season. We spend a few minutes talking about the movie and then spend the rest of the episode discussing my eccentricities and existential crises.
Rose’s Turn – Gypsy (with Layan Elwazani)
Mar 13 • 64 min
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Mama Rose comes to the realization that she’s been forcing her children onto the stage not for their benefit but for hers. But, can we also feel sympathy for her? Layan Elwazani returns to delve into that question,…
You Gotta Get a Gimmick – Gypsy (with Erik Stadnik)
Mar 6 • 56 min
Sometimes you just need to shake it ‘til you break it. Erik Stadnik returns to discuss burlesque dancers needing a gimmick. This song is all about the visuals, so does it work to to just listen to? Listen to find out! Plus, weirdly, MMMBop is referenced.
“Original Cast Album: Co-Op” from Documentary Now! *BONUS EPISODE* (with Eric Matthew Richardson)
Mar 4 • 36 min
John Mulaney and Seth Meyers co-wrote an episode of the IFC show Documentary Now! In it they parody the classic documentary about the musical Company. Kyle invites on Eric Matthew Richardson to discuss their thoughts about what worked, what didn’t, and…
Together Wherever We Go – Gypsy (with Matt Sampson)
Feb 27 • 68 min
Who knew a seemingly simple song could have so many different recordings? Matt Sampson calls in from Durham, North Carolina to offer his insight on a song sung by a trio of amigos. Or, could it be that it’s actually Rose psychologically manipulating…
Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Gypsy (with Eric Matthew Richardson)
Feb 20 • 60 min
Eric Matthew Richardson is a composer who lives in Chicago. He may or may not have some radical things to say about Everything’s Coming Up Roses, the song that closes Act 1 of Gypsy. Certainly he is knowledgable about the song and the history of the show.…
All I Need Is the Girl – Gypsy (with Adam Kostanuick)
Feb 13 • 43 min
Adam Kostanuick returns to discuss why Tulsa’s song in Gypsy may or may not be needed. Plus we delve deep into what Harris tweed is and why Kyle should consider buying a jacket made from it.
If Momma Was Married – Gypsy (with Darby Turnbull)
Feb 6 • 65 min
Darby Turnbull calls in from Melbourne to discuss his life as an actor and creator, plus offers insight into If Momma Was Married. What some may disregard as a fluffy song is actually a deeply layered character piece where two sister talk openly about…
You’ll Never Get Away From Me – Gypsy (with Federico Tedeschi)
Jan 30 • 55 min
Federico Tedeschi is an Italian student who has a deep love for Stephen Sondheim. After researching who made the music for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd he discovered an entire body of work that he happily consumed. In this episode he discusses with Kyle how…
Mr. Goldstone / Little Lamb – Gypsy (with Isaac Bernier-Doyle)
Jan 23 • 52 min
Isaac Bernier-Doyle returns to the show to explore two (somewhat?) contentious songs. Kyle certainly discovers that he likes a certain song less and another song he begins to appreciate more. Also, what would happen if Mr. Goldstone were combined with…
Trunk Songs and Cut Songs (Baby June and Her Newsboys, Dainty June and Her Farmboys, Broadway, Nice She Ain’t, Smile Girls) – Gypsy
Jan 17 • 32 min
An episode where it’s just Kyle! We explore many of the different “trunk songs” and a couple of the cut songs from Gypsy. This is an evolution from the Great American Songbook, which Jule Styne would have been greatly familiar with. Plus, you’ll learn how…
Small World – Gypsy (with Nathaniel Claridad)
Jan 9 • 36 min
Nathaniel Claridad brings his experience as an actor, a director, and a (reluctant) producer to discuss Small World. This is a song in stark contrast to Mama Rose’s first song, Some People. Instead of the brash chutzpah that has already been shown, this…
Some People – Gypsy (with Karen Unland)
Jan 2 • 53 min
Some People is a song sung by a desperate woman. Or, perhaps, it could be looked at as an ode to the entrepreneur. At any rate Karen Unland returns to the show to discuss how Rose’s first song of the show informs her character and how–depending on the…
Overture / May We Entertain You – Gypsy (with William C. White)
Dec 26, 2018 • 70 min
Here she is girls! Here she is boys! Here’s the season all about Gypsy on Putting It Together. On this first episode of the new season Kyle invites on William C. White. William brings his conducting and composing knowledge and fills in a bunch of…
West Side Story (1961) – Film Review (with Shane Lawrence)
Dec 5, 2018 • 46 min
After an entire season talking about the lyrics of West Side Story, we now turn our attention to the film version. I invited on Shane Lawrence to discuss the artistry of the movie and why it still remains such a cultural touchpoint almost 60 years later.
Finale – West Side Story (with Joe Slabe)
Nov 28, 2018 • 33 min
Joe Slabe returns to the podcast to discuss the ending to West Side Story and the wider cultural impact it has had. Do you know what beat West Side Story for the Best Musical Tony Award? You’ll find out that and how the show could be adapted for a modern…
A Boy Like That / I Have a Love – West Side Story (with Layan Elwazani)
Nov 21, 2018 • 58 min
Layan Elwazani is currently a standby for The Band’s Visit, which is playing right now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Layan has an extensive knowledge about Stephen Sondheim and has even had the chance to be in a couple of productions of…
Gee, Officer Krupke! – West Side Story (with Ben Zuk)
Nov 14, 2018 • 47 min
Ben Zuk returns to the podcast to discuss a song that was supposed to end in a four letter word. Instead it has one of the best punchlines in musical theatre. Gee, Officer Krupke details the reasons why the Jets are the way that they are and it might be…
Somewhere – West Side Story (with Adam Kostanuick)
Nov 7, 2018 • 53 min
“Somewhere” is another romantic song from West Side Story, but according to Adam Kostanuick it’s the most mature. It’s certainly a song that has inspired many people. It’s been covered by many pop stars. It’s message of looking towards the future for…
I Feel Pretty – West Side Story (with Tara Koett, Aaron Refugio, and Sydney Makarenko)
Oct 31, 2018 • 55 min
I Feel Pretty may be the most well known song from West Side Story. Is it a frivolous tune meant to ease the audience into Act Two, or is it empowering to see a woman sing about feeling beautiful? Tara Koett, a teacher at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive…
The Rumble – West Side Story (with Jared Ebell)
Oct 24, 2018 • 47 min
The rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks has come to a boiling point. They have been left with no choice but to battle each other in dance. Also with knives. Jared Ebell, of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, joins the podcast to discuss his history as a…
Tonight Quintet – West Side Story (with Michael Vecchio)
Oct 17, 2018 • 43 min
A quintet that’s really a quartet. Regardless, Michael Vecchio from Highlevel Showdown is here to discuss a song where all the principle cast of West Side Story are singing at once. You would think that would sound like madness but it somehow works.
One Hand, One Heart – West Side Story (with William White)
Oct 10, 2018 • 53 min
One Hand, One Heart is when our main characters sing about their future wedding. The music to this song was written first and Sondheim felt a bit hampered by that. Kyle invites filmmaker, musician, and actor William White onto the podcast to discuss this…
Cool – West Side Story (with Ben Zuk)
Oct 3, 2018 • 36 min
What’s considered cool nowadays? Stephen Sondheim definitely didn’t create the word cool, but he used it to great effect in West Side Story. While this may not be his most lyrically complex song it certainly has a purpose. Ben Zuk joins the podcast with…
America – West Side Story (with Isaac Bernier-Doyle)
Sep 26, 2018 • 59 min
Isaac Bernier-Doyle dials in from London, England to discuss why the song “America” from West Side Story may be more relevant today than when it was originally written. This song shows off Anita’s temper and verbal mastery. The rest of the characters try…
Tonight – West Side Story (with Erik Stadnik)
Sep 19, 2018 • 44 min
Erik Stadnik joins the podcast to revel in the beauty of the music but also (what he thinks) is the dumbness of the lyrics in the song Tonight from West Side Story. This is the first duet sung by Tony and Maria. It could be looked at as beautiful or…
Maria – West Side Story (with Karen Unland)
Sep 12, 2018 • 31 min
Karen Unland is the president of The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, which promotes and supports Alberta-made podcasts and connects their audiences with Alberta-based businesses and organizations. Karen claims that Kyle is a better feminist than…
The Dance at the Gym – West Side Story (with Christifer Duxbury)
Sep 1, 2018 • 26 min
Christifer Duxbury is a local dance instructor and choreographer who lends insight as to why certain dance movements are chosen over others. Kyle and Christifer provide commentary for the film version of West Side Story during the Dance at the Gym…
Something’s Coming – West Side Story (with Nick Driscoll)
Sep 1, 2018 • 36 min
Nick Driscoll gives an actor’s perspective on how you can perform Tony’s first song in West Side Story. Kyle marvels that Sondheim was invested in the song matching the character this early in Sondheim’s career.
Prologue and Jet Song – West Side Story (with Joe Slabe)
Sep 1, 2018 • 48 min
Our debut episode has local theatre director Joe Slabe discuss not only the genius of Stephen Sondheim but also the genius of his collaborators on West Side Story.