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Author: Lindsay Ellis and Kaveh Taherian

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A podcast to unite people who love and hate musicals
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Cabaret (Series Finale!!)

Cabaret (Series Finale!!)

2023-12-2601:33:171

Former MusicalSplaining queen Lindsay Ellis joins us as we gather FOR THE LAST TIME to discuss the Fosse and Mendes versions about the goings on in Weimar Germany's Kit Kat Club. Musicals are discussed, thanks are given, and shows are ended.Get 40% off an annual subscription to Nebula by going to nebula.TV/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week we are joined by video essayist Lady Emily in discussing John Cameron Mitchell's cult classic. Angie remembers her teenage punk years, Emily shops the Criterion Collection, and Kaveh ponders what kind of person went to the movies the week of 9/11.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Notre Dame de Paris (1998)

Notre Dame de Paris (1998)

2023-11-2801:34:00

This week we are joined by best-selling author Amal El-Mohtar in discussing the world wide phenomenon adapted from the Victor Hugo classic.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Gypsy (2015)

Gypsy (2015)

2023-11-1401:14:35

This week we shoot for the stars with the 2015 West End revival starring Imelda Staunton as the iconic Rose. Angie fails her speed run summary and Kaveh finds an "I want" song he can get behind.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Newsies (2017)

Newsies (2017)

2023-10-3101:10:14

This week we discuss the 2017 pro-shot stage show based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name. Angie does her best Transatlantic accent and Kaveh gives an impromptu TED Talk.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week we are joined by special guest Steven Ray Morris in revisiting the 1999 shock musical film loved by Sondheim himself. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aladdin (Touring)

Aladdin (Touring)

2023-10-0301:12:041

This week we return to the THEATER™ and see Disney's hit 2011 stage show based on the 1992 animated film. Angie demands her fellow audience members be more hype and Kaveh shares an interesting Persian term for beloved sons.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Cinderella (1997)

Cinderella (1997)

2023-09-1901:03:08

Special guest Princess Weekes is back for yet another adaptation of Cinderella, this time the 1997 Disney live-action classic starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. Angie hates on Gus Gus, Princess demands justice for the Aladdin TV series, and Kaveh considers the possibility of a Good Cinderella.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Les Misérables (Touring)

Les Misérables (Touring)

2023-09-0501:15:491

This week Lindsay Ellis returns to her old stomping grounds to discuss one of the most popular musicals ever made. Angie's sister bonds with her out of Phantom spite, Fate tries to prevent Lindsay from seeing the show, and Kaveh finally learns to correctly apply musical terminology.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

2023-08-1501:15:10

This week we are joined by award-winning composer Austin Wintory in discussing the cross-cultural phenomenon and mainstay of the musical medium. Angie speed runs the summary, teenage Kaveh gets kicked out of a show for being too rowdy, and Austin tries his best to tie everything back to Buffy: The Musical.(LISTENER NOTE: Austin's mic had some issues in the beginning of pt 2 so he's missing for the first few minutes) See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Cyrano (2021)

Cyrano (2021)

2023-08-0101:01:351

This week we enter the friend zone as we discuss Joe Wright's 2021 musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play. Angie tries her best to restrain her love of Peter Dinklage and Kaveh finally gets to put his wife's screeners to use. Get 40% off an annual subscription to Nebula by going to nebula.TV/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this very special Freaky Friday episode, the roles are reversed as Kaveh 'splains to Angie about the Lonely Island's 2016 cult hit. Kaveh reminisces about the Ka-Blamo days and Angie faces her fear of having to read show notes on air.Go to hensonshaving.com/MUSICALSPLAINING  and enter "MUSICALSPLAINING" at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Come From Away

Come From Away

2023-07-0450:36

This week we travel to The Rock to discuss the pro-shot version of the hit 9/11 musical. Angie's earnestness spidey-sense tingles and Kaveh learns what happens at the end of the Robert Pattinson film Remember Me.Get 40% off an annual subscription to Nebula by going to nebula.TV/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Some Like It Hot  (2022)

Some Like It Hot (2022)

2023-06-2054:401

This week return to the THEATER to discuss 2023's most Tony-nominated show. Angie markets a new tap dancing duo and Kaveh mixes up his Broadway Lopezs.The first 100 people who sign up at wren.co/start/musicalsplaining will have 10 extra trees planted in their name!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman (2019)

2023-06-0601:00:311

We're still standing this week as we dive into the 2019 Elton John musical biopic. Angie creates a plane movie rating system and Kaveh remembers an original Disney fan video from the 80s.The first 100 people who sign up at wren.co/start/musicalsplaining will have 10 extra trees planted in their name!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Bad Cinderella

Bad Cinderella

2023-05-2359:31

This week we throw caution to the wind and engage with our BAD sides with special guest Princess Weekes in discussing ALW's doomed production that no one asked for. Angie, Princess, and Kaveh all agree that Prince Charming is really, really, ridiculously good looking.80K Hours is a nonprofit that aims to help people find a fulfilling career that does good too! Go to 80000hours.org/musicalsplaining for a free in-depth career guide and begin a meaningful path to success.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

2023-05-0258:52

This week we take a deep dive into the swamp with special guest Big Joel in discussing Dreamworks's sole foray into an animated movie musical adaptation. Big Joel tries to create a loving space free of judgment, Angie repents for her past anti-Shrek sins, and Kaveh provides a post post modern interpretation of this beloved tale.Get 40% off an annual subscription to Nebula by going to nebula.TV/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week we are joined by Emily St. James in unpacking the War & Peace based critical darling performed by the Shotgun Players in Berkeley, CA. Angie and Emily share musical tattoo stories and Kaveh learns what an egg is.Get 40% off an annual subscription to Nebula by going to nebula.TV/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week we dive into the popular 2022 film adaptation of the successful stage musical based on the beloved children's book. Angie relives her epic Friday nights at Borders and Kaveh laments having to become a grown-up.Protect your privacy and save with exclusive discounts at nordvpn.com/musicalsplainingSign up for our brand new Patreon at patreon.com/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mean Girls (Touring)

Mean Girls (Touring)

2023-03-2101:02:45

This week we try to make fetch happen by heading to San Francisco to see the touring production based on the 2004 film of the same name. Angie tries her best to be a Cool Mom who understands the Youth™ and Kaveh wears pink on a Wednesday. Angie tries her best to be a Cool Mom who understands the Youth™ and Kaveh wears pink on a Wednesday.Protect your privacy and save with exclusive discounts at nordvpn.com/musicalsplainingSign up for our brand new Patreon at patreon.com/musicalsplainingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Comments (25)

Helen L

I totally agree, the songs let it down. They were fine, but there weren't any emotional/euphoric bangers. The only one I remember, having watched it 10-11 days ago, is the one of the doomed soldiers writing their last letters to loved ones. That's beautiful, and the mix of the dirge singers with the military drums is very evocative. I can't remember the other songs though.. They weren't bad, but they weren't great. It's a shame because there's some much that's wonderful in the film

Jan 14th
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Josh

Just now had a split second of wanting to watch the 2014 movie because of Emily Blunt, but that was gone the moment I learned James Corden was the narrator...

Mar 7th
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Josh

Great to see the podcast is back for another season! 🎉

Jan 25th
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Katie Calahan

harsh but accurate criticism!

Oct 30th
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Raphaela Nochelli

gringos sofrendo com a ideia de cafezinho quente KKKKKKKKK

Sep 28th
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Kateri Beiting

Great podcast lol suggestion for a future episode? Strange Magic - the Worst jukebox musical

Sep 14th
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Francesca Weiss

Genuinely shocked that Jenny hasn't seen High School Musical 2.

May 6th
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The Motley Fool

I'd never heard of people having anxiety about where there food came from until I met and talked to some vegetarians and vegans. The people I know who eat meat tend not to worry or care about it

Mar 16th
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Amanda Knapp

ha - I watched this film for the first time at 35. I was very much not into it. Maybe if I had been able to see it when I was 20 and it first came out. But it physically pained me to watch at 35.

Jan 20th
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Robert Jeffers

Hamilton is the Prius of musicals. It a cause ribbon. Look at me care about this!

Aug 7th
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Dano Loves Music🎧

Great episode, but Kaveh dropped a bit too many F bombs for my taste, at least compared to other episodes it was a bit off-putting. Cheers!

Aug 1st
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Dano Loves Music🎧

The new Taylor Swift song is awesome and she should have received an Oscar nomination for Best Song.

Jul 29th
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Dano Loves Music🎧

'1776' is pretty good. Three well deserved Tonys. William Daniels rules!

Jul 29th
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Brittany Starks

I love listening to you guys❤.

May 7th
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Rebecca The great

if they don't do an episode on The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals by starkid i-

Apr 30th
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Brittany Starks

love this! Thanks!

Apr 16th
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SammichQween

this is the podcast I've been searching for all my life....

Apr 6th
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Amy3422

Is the appeal really that mysterious? There are a lot of cat people. A lot of us can spend ages watching our pets do weird things and read cat memes. What if those were an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical? Love the podcast!

Apr 5th
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Spencer Firefly Pommier

this is perfect

Apr 3rd
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Amy Park

i am so goshdarn excited

Feb 18th
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