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A Tough Act to Follow

A Tough Act to Follow

By Francesca and Grace

The musings of two gals majoring in Musical Theatre. We're navigating the ups and downs of college and trying to be #bookedandblessed.
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Where Do You Belong?
Where Do You Belong?
   Just as we think the chaos is dying down, it revs back up again! Although filming for our show has ended, we are still trying to catch up with our jobs and classes. We had lots of fun this week talking about something that we have been thinking about a lot over the past few months...our types. Fran and I recently were assigned the same song to add to our rep book, so it was fun to discuss where we think we fit in to the story these days. We’ve learned a lot about who we are and what we want to show to the world! Tune in next week for some spooky Halloween festivities!
37:15
October 27, 2020
God I Hope I Get It
God I Hope I Get It
 After reminiscing on the history of our rep books, we decided to continue on this journey to the past and discuss our college audition processes. We even watch and comment on our prescreen videos! Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
35:59
September 29, 2020
Breaking Down the REP
Breaking Down the REP
We had lots of fun catching up on all the tea this week. Fran is settling in after her big move and we are really getting into the swing of things at school. This episode, we are taking another journey to the past and walking through the history of our musical theater rep books. From ‘On My Own’ to ‘ Don’t Rain on My Parade,’ we reminisce on all the basic, out-of-type, out-of-range songs that we used to sing. You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
33:35
September 21, 2020
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
 We are back with another episode of Musical Madness Mondays! This week, we talk all about one of our favorite shows, The Wild Party. We are big fans of both the Andrew Lippa and the Michael John Lachiusa Wild Party, and we give all the tea on our experiences, Mandy Patinkin as Burrs, and our dream casts. Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
31:34
September 14, 2020
Back to School Pandemonium!
Back to School Pandemonium!
We are so excited to be back in the swing of things after our little hiatus. We both just finished our first week of senior year, and there is lots to catch up on. We chat about our predictions and goals for the semester, and all about what's on our back to school shopping list. Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
30:02
August 31, 2020
COVID better get out and stay out! - Interview with Alex Colavecchio
COVID better get out and stay out! - Interview with Alex Colavecchio
 This week, we had a very special guest come on to talk life post-grad. Alex Colavecchio, who graduated from WCSU in 2019, talks all about what she has been up to post-grad, and gives lots of advice for current college students who are nearing post-grad. Between moving to the city, auditioning, and running her own photography business, Alex has been grinding non-stop. We were very reassured after chatting with Alex, as post-grad has been on our minds a lot lately, especially in the midst of a pandemic. You can find Alex on instagram at @alexcolavecchio and @alexcolaphotography ! Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
43:39
August 10, 2020
Guess that Musical!!!
Guess that Musical!!!
 Fran is back! After our weekly catch-up, we play “Guess that musical!" Follow along as we poorly describe musicals to each other and try to guess what they are! Stay tuned for more exciting episodes! Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
29:38
August 03, 2020
Meet my sister!
Meet my sister!
Fran is away this week, but we are still giving you a tough act to follow with special guest, Grace’s sister, Molly! Molly and Grace talk about their spotlights, queues, and what they’re fighting for, and then a little bit about their relationship as sisters. Stay tuned until the end to hear Molly’s iconic vocals. Follow @toughacttofollowpod on Instagram for updates!
21:22
July 27, 2020
The Room Where it Happens
The Room Where it Happens
 In honor of it being released on Disney+, this month’s musical madness Monday episode is all about Hamilton! We talk about our experiences with Hamilton, our thoughts on the show, and our dream casts. Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
40:25
July 21, 2020
A Wild, Wild Party!
A Wild, Wild Party!
 We are so excited to be back recording together LIVE for this episode! However, it’s unfortunatley under the most tragic circumstances, as we are investigating the mysterious murder of Fran after having quite a Wild, Wild Party. In this special murder mystery episode, we interview Broadway’s top suspects to try and avenge Fran’s death. Follow along with the investigation to figure out who killed Fran! We will announce the findings of the investigation on next week’s episode. Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
19:23
July 13, 2020
Q & A!
Q & A!
 After a little hiatus last week, we are back and so much better with this really exciting Q&A episode. We asked our instagram followers to submit us questions and had lots of laughs answering them! Make sure to follow us on instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
33:59
July 06, 2020
We Can Do Better Than That
We Can Do Better Than That
For the first time since starting the podcast, we finally recorded an episode LIVE in the same room! We can't wait to get back to school where we will be recording together every week, but for now, we had an absolute BLAST laughing together about our most iconic onstage mishaps. We also introduce a new segment where we digress Fran's Sondheim nightmares!  You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
32:10
June 22, 2020
Oh the Thinks You Can Think!
Oh the Thinks You Can Think!
We had so much fun recording this debut episode of ‘Musical Mondays,’ a new series on the pod where we spend an entire episode discussing one musical. In this episode, we discuss a class fan favorite - Seussical the musical. We give the tea on Seussical’s run on Broadway, come up with our own dream casts, and reminisce on when we were the show. Let us know on our Instagram if you have any show requests for future episodes of Musical Mondays! Thank you for listening! You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
48:19
June 15, 2020
Tough Act To Follow Tonys
Tough Act To Follow Tonys
In this special episode, we sit down in our best pajama sets to celebrate the 2020 Broadway season. Last week, we released a ballot of Tony nominees and we are so grateful to everyone who voted. We  have an exciting lineup of special guest announcers for each award. After each presenter, we discuss our thoughts on the category. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this episode. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes like this one. You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
01:11:55
June 08, 2020
Journey to the Past
Journey to the Past
  After catching up and confirming that A Tough Act to Follow is most definitely haunted, we take an exciting, somewhat embarassing, journey to the past! We had so much fun reminiscing on our childhood growing up in theater. We tell stories from community theater and school productions and have LOTS of laughs. We’re hoping to follow this act next week with a super exciting episode to honor (what would have been) the 2020 Tony’s! We’ve created a Tony ballot for you to fill out so we can celebrate this Broadway season in a way that’s not the Grease sing-along. Here is the link to the Tony ballot! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLK6kIQqUofumgsmU1Xl24slsfYVTbAzZA37zZWIJMFMV0kg/viewform?usp=sf_link We hope you have fun thinking about what this season would have looked like! We can’t wait to announce the winners! You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran!
01:13:04
June 01, 2020
The Ladies Are Improving
The Ladies Are Improving
We are beyond excited to have had our first guest on the podcast this week! After our weekly catch up, we bring in the one, the only, THE Dean Martin. We knew Dean had to be our first guest because he was there when we first came up with the idea of starting a podcast! We then get into discussing our favorite Broadway divas. We tell some fun stories and talk about how these iconic women have inspired us. You can find a template to share your top 3 Broadway divas on our Instagram story! You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran! We have some super exciting episodes coming up so stay tuned! Thank you to Dean for making this week quite a tough act to follow! And thank you to everyone for bearing with us as we figure out some audio issues. Everything will be cleared up by next episode! Link to Judy Garland Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay5VW__TTcU
56:57
May 25, 2020
Losing Our Minds
Losing Our Minds
In this episode, we talk highs and lows of the past week, our last week of school. Now that classes are over, we are fighting, as we do, to motivate ourselves during this quarantine. We came up with a Tough Act To Follow Quarantine Tag made up of fun theater and quarantine related questions that we thought would be fun to answer. A few of the questions have to do with music, so we made playlists of all the songs we mentioned in case you want to check them out! Listed below are the playlists, as well as links to other items we mentioned. If you want to fill out the tag, you can find the template on our instagram story. You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran! This week was certainly a tough act to follow, so make sure to come back next Monday for a new episode! Apple Music Playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/a-tough-act-to-follow-week-4-playlist/pl.u-38oWXa8tNvRMZE Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7ifGdBOnYXV0uCFUGOBkbk?si=ch6a2FunTwGLnl4PO5t8YQ Massage Gun: https://www.amazon.com/AUKMA-Cordless-Percussion-Stiffness-Relaxation/dp/B07ZKQ2SCG Google Home: https://store.google.com/product/google_home
01:07:42
May 18, 2020
Climbing Uphill
Climbing Uphill
In this super exciting episode, we read and react to our listeners’ most insane audition stories! First, we recap a crazy week full of final projects and performances. We’ve all been drowning in self-tapes, so we thought we’d chat a bit about our approach to song interpretation. We look back on some of our own bizarre audition experiences, and then get into reading your stories! Thank you to everyone who submitted! You can find us on Instagram @toughacttofollowpod for updates and more Grace and Fran! For business inquiries email atoughacttofollowpod@gmail.com Talk to you next Monday for the next episode!
56:22
May 11, 2020
In Our Own Little Corners
In Our Own Little Corners
Wooo! Our first full-length episode! We catch up, and then go back and reminisce on the early days of quarantine. We talk all about transitioning to online performance classes, self-tapes, and our upcoming finals. You can find us both on Instagram @graci3 @fransaccomagno And follow @toughacttofollowpod for updates! For business, inquiries email atoughacttofollowpod@gmail.com We would love to hear what you think about the episode. Give us know your thoughts and let us know what else you want to hear from us! We have to keep upping the act!
53:39
May 04, 2020
Getting to know US!
Getting to know US!
Welcome to our intro episode! We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little about us. Want more content from this duo? Follow us on Instagram! @graci3 @fransaccomagno @toughacttofollowpod  For business, inquiries email atoughacttofollowpod@gmail.com 
22:10
April 27, 2020