Putting It Together

Putting It Together

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A look at Stephen Sondheim’s body of work chronologically.
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 – 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.