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Piece by Piece: The Musical Theatre Talk Show Podcast

Piece by Piece: The Musical Theatre Talk Show Podcast

By Piece by Piece
Piece by Piece is the musical theatre talk show podcast hosted by musical director Joe Bunker.

Joining Joe for deep-dives into iconic musicals are the artists behind legendary Broadway and West End productions: Tony Award-winning writers like David Yazbek and Jeanine Tesori, directors including Dominic Cooke and David Cromer; and Olivier Award-winning actors like Janie Dee, Adrian Lester, Jenna Russell, and Sophie Thompson.

Filled with sizzling songs, quizzes, and scintillating conversation, Piece by Piece is a podcast for musical theatre fans everywhere.
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Parade: Part Two
Rob Ashford, Bertie Carvel, Tom Murray, Lara Pulver, and Alfred Uhry continue sharing their experiences of writing, staging and performing Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 musical Parade. Parade: Part Two includes the PBP Parade QUIZ and clips from the 2007 Donmar Warehouse Cast Album, featuring Malinda Parris, Shaun Escoffery, Lara Pulver, Steven Page, Mark Bonnar, Norman Bowman, Bertie Carvel, and the Company of Parade. Piece by Piece is written and hosted by Joe Bunker. It is mixed and edited by Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music, and produced by Pint of Wine. The theme music is by Ben Cox and our production assistant is Olivia Bloom. Our thanks go to Becky Applin, Tom Cane, Matt Eberhardt, Brandon Force, Miri Gellert, Jonathan Goodwin, Mel Heslop and Mark Newnham for their input and insights in the build-up to this episode! You can find Piece by Piece on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also email us c/o piecebypiecetalkshow@gmail.com - we would love to hear your thoughts on the show!
53:24
May 1, 2021
Parade: Part One
Rob Ashford, Bertie Carvel, Tom Murray, Lara Pulver, and Alfred Uhry join host Joe Bunker to share their experiences of writing, staging and performing Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 musical Parade. Find out: How Alfred Uhry’s family are linked to the real-life Leo & Lucille Frank  Why new characters and songs were added for the revival (and why some were cut) How the Parade cast warmed up before shows (and why Bertie Carvel wasn’t included) How Lara Pulver came to be cast as the leading lady in the premieres of two Jason Robert Brown musicals Why Alfred and Rob call the London production ‘the happiest working experience’ of their lives Piece by Piece is written and hosted by Joe Bunker. It is mixed and edited by Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music, and produced by Pint of Wine. The theme music is by Ben Cox and our production assistant is Olivia Bloom. Our thanks go to Becky Applin, Tom Cane, Matt Eberhardt, Brandon Force, Miri Gellert, Jonathan Goodwin, Mel Heslop and Mark Newnham for their input and insights in the build-up to this episode! Parade: Part One includes clips from the 2007 Donmar Warehouse Cast Album, featuring Stuart Matthew Price, Steven Page, Bertie Carvel, Lara Pulver, Mark Bonnar, Norman Bowman, Malinda Parris, Shaun Escoffery, and the Company of Parade. You can find Piece by Piece on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also email us c/o piecebypiecetalkshow@gmail.com - we would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 
01:03:56
April 24, 2021
Follies: Part Two
Dominic Cooke, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Vicki Mortimer and Nicholas Skilbeck join Joe to share their experiences of staging and performing Follies at the National Theatre. This episode includes clips from the 2018 National Theatre Cast Album, questions from our listeners, and the PBP Follies Quiz!
54:46
January 12, 2021
Follies: Part One
Dominic Cooke, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Vicki Mortimer and Nicholas Skilbeck join host Joe Bunker to discuss their acclaimed National Theatre revival of the Stephen Sondheim / James Goldman musical, Follies. This episode features excerpts from the 1985 Follies in Concert Recording and the 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording.
58:35
January 10, 2021
Company: 2018 Edition
Rosalie Craig joins Joe to discuss her performance as Bobbie in Marianne Elliot's revised, gender-flipped 2018 production of Company in the West End.  Featuring excerpts from the 2018 London cast recording and the PBP 'Stritch or LuPone' quiz! 
01:03:55
November 22, 2020
Company: Part Two
Anna Francolini, Adrian Lester, Michael Simkins, and Sophie Thompson join Joe to share more of their experiences of performing Company at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End. This episode includes Adrian Lester's performance of Being Alive and the PBP Company Quiz!
39:01
November 15, 2020
Company: Part One
Anna Francolini, Adrian Lester, Michael Simkins, and Sophie Thompson join Joe Bunker to discuss their experiences of performing the Stephen Sondheim / George Furth musical Company at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End.
49:50
November 14, 2020
The Band's Visit: Part Two
Tony winners David Cromer, Katrina Lenk and Itamar Moses continue their discussion of The Band's Visit with host Joe Bunker. The Band's Visit: Part Two includes Katrina Lenk & Tony Shlhoub's performance of  'Itgara'a / Something Different' from the Grammy-winning original cast album of The Band's Visit.  We would love you to tell us what you think about Piece by Piece. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
56:39
August 23, 2020
The Band's Visit: Part One
Four Tony winners join Joe Bunker to discuss The Band's Visit, which swept the boards at the 2018 Tony Awards, winning ten, including those for Best Musical, Book & Score. Joe's guests are director David Cromer, actress Katrina Lenk, librettist Itamar Moses, and composer/lyricist David Yazbek. The Band's Visit: Part One includes anecdotes, conversation, clips from the Grammy-winning original cast album, and... the PBP Band's Visit Quiz! Please tell us what you think about Piece by Piece. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
57:09
August 16, 2020
Fun Home: Part Two
Jeanine Tesori, Kaisa Hammarlund and Jenna Russell join Joe Bunker to discuss the 2013 musical Fun Home. Fun Home: Part Two features a PBP exclusive performance of ‘Telephone Wire' by Kaisa Hammarlund. If you enjoy Piece by Piece, please tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also now subscribe and rate us on Apple Podcasts!
46:19
June 29, 2020
Fun Home: Part One
Tony-award-winning writers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron join Joe Bunker to discuss their 2013 musical Fun Home, along with two stars of the 2018 London production at the Old Vic: Kaisa Hammarlund and Jenna Russell. Fun Home: Part One features a PBP exclusive performance of ‘Days and Days' by Jenna Russell and the PBP Fun Home quiz! If you enjoy Piece by Piece, please tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also now subscribe and rate us on Apple Podcasts!
59:13
June 22, 2020
My Fair Lady: Part Two
Joe continues exploring the 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady with guests Charles Edwards (Higgins in the Australian tour of MFL, directed by Julie Andrews); Martin Fisher (Higgins, the Mill at Sonning); Anna O'Byrne (Eliza, Sydney Opera House / Australian tour); and Liz Robertson (Eliza in the UK tour / 1979 London revival, and wife of the late Alan Jay Lerner). My Fair Lady: Part Two features Anna O'Byrne singing 'Without You', Martin Fisher performing 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face', and the second half of the PBP My Fair Lady quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
58:06
June 1, 2020
My Fair Lady: Part One
Joe is joined by four incredible guests to explore Lerner and Loewe’s iconic 1956 musical My Fair Lady. They are: Charles Edwards (Higgins in the Australian tour of MFL, directed by Julie Andrews); Martin Fisher (Higgins, the Mill at Sonning); Anna O'Byrne (Eliza, Sydney Opera House / Australian tour); and Liz Robertson (Eliza in the UK tour / 1979 London revival, and wife of the late Alan Jay Lerner). My Fair Lady: Part One features Liz Robertson performing ‘Wouldn’t it Be Loverly' and the first half of the PBP My Fair Lady quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
01:01:04
May 25, 2020
West Side Story: Part Two
Joe and the panel continue exploring arguably the greatest musical of them all: West Side Story. His guests are: Jason Carr (Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator, Royal Exchange), Andy Coxon (Tony, Royal Exchange), Carly Mercedes Dyer (Anita, Leicester Curve), Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director, Leicester Curve), and Gabriela Garcia (Maria, Royal Exchange). West Side Story: Part Two features a PBP exclusive recording of Andy Coxon and Gabriela Garcia performing the entire Balcony Scene (including 'Tonight'), and the second half of the PBP West Side Story quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
40:53
May 10, 2020
West Side Story: Part One
Join Joe Bunker and explore arguably the greatest musical of them all: West Side Story. Joe is joined by five artists behind recent the UK revivals of West Side Story at Leicester Curve and Manchester Royal Exchange: Jason Carr (Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator, Royal Exchange), Andy Coxon (Tony, Royal Exchange), Carly Mercedes Dyer (Anita, Leicester Curve), Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director, Leicester Curve), and Gabriela Garcia (Maria, Royal Exchange). West Side Story: Part One features Andy Coxon performing 'Something's Coming', as well as the first half of the PBP West Side Story quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
51:52
May 4, 2020
Carousel: Part Two
Joe and the panel continue exploring the classic 1945 musical Carousel. His guests are: Jo Davies (Director, Opera North Carousel), Keith Higham (Billy Bigelow, Opera North), Molly Lynch (cover Julie Jordan, ENO) and Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge, ENO). Carousel: Part One features Keith Higham performing 'Soliloquy', as well as the first half of the PBP Carousel quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
43:15
April 20, 2020
Carousel: Part One
Join host Joe Bunker as he explores the classic 1945 musical Carousel with the artists behind the recent revivals at Opera North and English National Opera. His guests are: Jo Davies (Director, Opera North Carousel), Keith Higham (Billy Bigelow, Opera North), Molly Lynch (cover Julie Jordan, ENO) and Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge, ENO). Carousel: Part One features Keith Higham performing 'Soliloquy', as well as the first half of the PBP Carousel quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
01:03:35
April 20, 2020
Guys and Dolls: Part Two
Joe and the panel continue exploring the classic 1950 musical Guys and Dolls. His guests are Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Rob Hastie (Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown).  Guys and Dolls: Part Two features Alex Young performing 'If I Were A Bell' and the conclusion of the PBP Guys and Dolls quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
44:00
March 16, 2020
Guys and Dolls: Part One
Join host Joe Bunker as he explores the classic 1950 musical Guys and Dolls with the artists behind the recent revival at the Sheffield Crucible. His guests are: Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Rob Hastie (Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown).  Guys and Dolls: Part One features Natalie Casey performing 'Adelaide's Lament' and the first half of the PBP Guys and Dolls quiz! We really hope you enjoy Piece by Piece. If you do, please tell us about it by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
41:47
March 16, 2020
Pilot Episode: Oklahoma!
In this pilot episode, Joe discusses Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma! with the help of Jeremy Sams (director of the 2019 Chichester Festival Theatre revival), Lizzy Connolly (Ado Annie in Oklahoma! at the Royal Albert Hall), and Emmanuel Kojo (Jud Fry at Chichester Festival Theatre).  Featuring performances of 'I Cain't Say No' and 'Lonely Room', plus an audience singalong of 'Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'.
01:02:51
January 10, 2020