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The Show Show: The A-Z of Musicals

The Show Show: The A-Z of Musicals

By Tom Ling and Geddy Stringer
Welcome to The Show Show!

The Show Show is a brand new podcast exploring the A-Z and the 1,2,3 of musicals. Join us as we make our way through the Wikipedia A-Z musical list discussing everything from the smash hits to the hidden gems. Listen to our introduction and look out for a new episode every Sunday!

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Episode 27: 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
Wait, what’s this? A new episode? Can it be?! After a busy summer period of writing, auditioning and working, Tom and Geddy finally manage to get together and give you this penultimate episode of Series 1. In this week’s edition, the boys talk all things Peanuts. A staple of childhood comics can Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang make the jump from the page to the stage? We also close in on a winner for the free theatre ticket, will it be Geddy or Tom who is treated to a night of their choosing? Tune in to find out! Email: showshowpod@gmail.com Follow: @show_show_pod
42:03
October 18, 2021
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Stream Park - an online streaming platform - to help co-produce UPBEAT virtual festival of Culture, Learning and Wellbeing. We will have acts raising money for Industry Minds UK, including Phillip Joel and David Muscat's Fosse Forest Ballet, Gradfest UK, Johnny Mercer Foundations Songwriters 2020, Lynnebec Theatre Company and Corrupted Poets. The festival will also feature performances from Rosalie Craig, Sandra Marvin and Jodie Prenger from the Nottingham Playhouse's 'Leading Ladies'.  Get your FREE tickets here: https://www.stream-park.co.uk/event-details/upbeat-festival Follow us: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
06:05
July 13, 2021
Episode 26: 'Xtra' with Brett Boles (aka The M. Tea)
And here it is, The Show Show Xtra with Brett Boles aka TikTok’s The M. Tea (230k)! If you love MT (duh) then this episode really will be extra special as Brett breaks down a few of his favourite MT songs, playing for us LIVE and tells us the genius behind the writing and opens our ears and minds to all the small choices that go into the big hits. Thank you so much to Brett for being such a fantastic guest.  Follow Brett on TikTok: @brettboles Chicago Tribune Carousel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXXNQqKP-zk  Email: showshowpod@gmail.com Follow: @show_show_pod
01:13:08
July 5, 2021
Episode 25: 'War Paint'
This week, Geddy and Tom delve into yet another Patti LuPone masterclass, 'War Paint', the biographical musical exploring the rise of 20th Century New York's two most prominent cosmetic companies and the incredible women behind their success. Do you have a Stage Fright for us? Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
54:35
June 27, 2021
Episode 24: Under the Spotlight - Reprise
In yet another special episode, Geddy and Tom return backstage at ‘Monday Night at the Apollo’ produced by Wild Mountain Productions. An electric night celebrating the return of theatre, right in the centre of London’s glittering West End with eclectic music from stars Shan Ako, Arthur Darvill, Sophie Evans, Jaime Muscato & Sandra Marvin. The boys chat to some of the cast about their careers so far, and what may be coming next. Special thanks to Greg Barnett, Hugh Summers & Iona Purvis for letting us loose in a West End Theatre, and of course to the cast for joining us. This is not one to be missed! You can get your tickets for the next two concerts (14 June/5th July) here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/monday-night-at-the-apollo/  Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
56:33
June 17, 2021
Episode 23: 'Viva Forever!'
This week, Geddy and Tom delve into one of the most shocking flops in UK musical theatre history, ‘Viva Forever!’, the Spice Girls’ Musical.  We look at the possible reasons behind its failure in capturing audience hearts, discuss how the Spice Girls’ back catalogue was used to prop up the show and find out why the opening night was dramatically delayed. Get Tom’s Musical in a book: https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/events/terrific-treevils-musical-in-a-book/ Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
44:41
June 6, 2021
Episode 22: 'Under the Spotlight' at 'Monday Night at the Apollo'
In this special episode, Geddy and Tom go backstage at ‘Monday Night at the Apollo’ produced by Wild Mountain Productions.  A wonderful night celebrating the return of theatre, right in the centre of London’s glittering West End with eclectic music from stars Lucie Jones, Cedric Neal, Cassidy Janson, Aimie Atkinson and Julian Ovenden. The boys chat to the cast, and the producers, about their careers so far and what may be coming next. Special thanks to Greg Barnett, Hugh Summers & Iona Purvis for letting us loose in a West End Theatre, and of course to the cast for joining us. This is not one to be missed! You can get your tickets for the next two concerts (14 June/5th July) here:  https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/monday-night-at-the-apollo/  Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
01:21:07
May 28, 2021
Episode 21: 'Top Hat'
In this week's episode, Geddy and Tom explore one of Irving Berlin’s most successful movie musicals, ‘Top hat’, and its transition to the West End stage over 70 years later. With charming songs and epic dance numbers, they simply don’t make them like this anymore. For this week’s Stage Fright, we keep it in the family as Tom tries to justify the time he wore sunglasses indoors. Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
48:31
May 23, 2021
Episode 20: 'Shrek The Musical'
In this week's episode, Geddy and Tom explore one of the most expensive musicals to ever grace a broadway stage, ’Shrek’. This has to be one of our favourite films growing up so expectations were high for this one! For this week's Stage Fright we are joined by Jimmy Van Hear, who reveals how his rendition of 'Goodbye Until Tomorrow' left him falling for his co-star.  Read this week's incredible article on BBC's 'I'd Do Anything' from Midnight Culture:  https://midnightculture.co.uk/2021/05/14/secret-watching-id-do-anything/ Get your copy of Tom's 'Musical in a Book' from the Watford Palace Theatre: https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/events/terrific-treevils-musical-in-a-book/  Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
57:41
May 16, 2021
Episode 19: 'RENT' with Amy Hart
In this week's episode, Tom and Geddy are joined by Love Island's Amy Hart to discuss Jonathan Larson's hit musical, 'RENT'. Amy shows off her impressive musical knowledge, tells us where her love of musicals began and reveals how she almost fell into the orchestra pit of Miss. Saigon... Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com  Follow- show_show_pod
58:20
May 9, 2021
Episode 18: 'Quilters'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore one of Broadway's forgotten shows, 'Quilters'. With a Broadway life-span of just 24 shows, 'Quilters' has been hidden under the covers for years, until now! The boys discuss the concept of a Concept Musical, a high school performance with a very loud piano and a Stage Fight which left Geddy completely in the dark.  Contact us: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
56:54
May 4, 2021
Episode 17: 'The Prom'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore the latest show to be turned into a Netflix musical, ‘The Prom’. They discuss the fantastic score, hilarious book and the incredible true story behind the show's creation. Not only that, but they are also joined by Matt Armitage who provides the most shocking Stage Fright yet. You don’t want to miss this! Email: showshowpod@gmail.com Follow: show_show_pod
50:16
April 25, 2021
Episode 16: 'Oliver!' with Hannah Lowther
In this week's episode, Geddy and Tom discuss Lionel Bart's classic, 'Oliver!' with special guest Hannah Lowther (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Sound of Music; Oliver!). Hannah tells the guys about her time as part of the child cast in the 2009 Revival of Oliver!, her new TikTok fame, and why she hates carpets! email: showshowpod@gmail.com Follow: show_show_pod
53:40
April 18, 2021
Episode 15: 'Next To Normal'
In this episode, Tom and Geddy explore Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer Prize winning hit, 'Next To Normal'. Will Paxton joins them for Stage Fright to tell the story of how he almost entirely ruined Geddy's dissertation piece. If you have a Stage Fright of your own or just want a chat, contact us on: Email- showshowpod@gmail.com Follow- show_show_pod
59:18
April 11, 2021
Episode 14: 'Martin Guerre' with Rebecca Lock
In this episode, Tom and Geddy are joined by one of the West End's most successful stars, Rebecca Lock (Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, Heathers, Cats, Avenue Q) , to discuss Boublil and Schonberg's lesser known classic, 'Martin Guerre'. Rebecca takes us through the incredible story of how she left drama school to join the show at just 19 years of age and how the process shaped her to go on to star in many more musicals ever since.  Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
58:47
April 4, 2021
Episode 13: 'The Lion King' with Ionica Adriana
In this episode, Tom and Geddy are joined by Ionica Adriana (All Together Now, BBC Yorkshire) to explore the most successful musical OF ALL TIME, ‘The Lion King’. Join us as we make our way through the world's highest grossing entertainment franchise ever and discuss Ionica's career, favourite moments from the show and the time she made over 500 ‘lockdown’ cakes for her town… having never made one before! Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
55:11
March 28, 2021
Episode 12: 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore one of Kander and Ebb's lesser known classics, 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'. The winner of six Tony Awards hasn't seen the lights of a London stage since its debut in 1992 and the hosts can't figure out why? Featuring voice-over work, another quiz surprise and a 'Stage Fright' which will leave you stunned.  Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com  
53:09
March 21, 2021
Episode 11: 'Joseph' with Blythe Jandoo
In the his episode, Geddy and Tom are joined by Blythe Jandoo (Starlight Express, Aladdin: West End, Aladdin: Live Action, Beauty and the Beast: Live Action, Bend It Like Beckham), as they discuss her time on ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’, her new single ‘Waiting’ with her band Arroh, and her unique class Dance for Actor/Singers at Pineapple Studios. Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
55:35
March 14, 2021
Episode 10: 'In The Heights'
In the his episode, Geddy and Tom explore the show which launched Lin-Manuel Miranda onto the scene and Gavin Ryan treats us to one tasty Stage Fright!  Check out this video for some more great insight on Lin-Manuel's abilities to write lyrics in multiple languages and the effects this has on an audience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btxZGzWlsMw  Check out @brettbolesmusic for awesome daily musical analysis. Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
53:60
March 7, 2021
Episode 9: 'Half A Sixpence' with Devon-Elise Johnson
In this episode, Geddy and Tom are joined by WhatsOnStage Best Actress nominee, Devon-Elise Johnson (Mumma Mia, Taboo, Spring Awakening, Billy Elliot), to talk about the pun-popping, innuendo-fuelled, rip-roaring British musical classic, 'Half A Sixpence'. Devon discusses her time staring as Ann Pornick opposite Charlie Stemp, why she became an actor and what's kept her ticking along through lockdown life, as well as sharing not one, but two hilarious Stage Frights!  Follow: @show_show_pod Email: showshowpod@gmail.com
56:05
February 28, 2021
Episode 8: 'Grease'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore the cultural phenomenon which starred Adel Dazeem... we mean, John Travolta, ‘Grease’! We also speak to ‘Stage Fright’ guest Mathew Mcconnell, who starred as Royal Caribbean’s youngest ever Teen Angel on the (then) world’s largest cruise liner. He discusses performing on the ship as his first professional gig and tells us about his GSA graduate show mishap.
51:30
February 21, 2021
Episode 7: 'Funny Girl' with Joel Montague
In this episode Tom and Geddy interview West End star Joel Montague (School of Rock, Waitress, Billy Elliott, Falsettos) about his time staring as Eddie Ryan alongside Sheridan Smith in the London 'Funny Girl' revival. He also discusses his time covering Dewy Finn in School of Rock, his new radio show and scaring the life out of Laura Pitt-Pulford in Falsettos.  Follow Joel: @joelmontague87  Follow us: @show_show_pod Email us: showshowpod@gmail.com Thank you 'The Accompanist' for their 'Getting To Know You' piano instrumental. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2uVwb_yBxw
52:44
February 14, 2021
Episode 6: 'Evita' with Lucas Rush
Our first featured guest! In this episode Tom and Geddy interview West End star Lucas Rush (American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables) about his time staring as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'Evita'. He also reveals why giving up smoking led to his most embarrassing Stage Fight whilst understudying Tim Minchin. Follow us @show_show_pod or email us: showshowpod@gmail.com  Thank you 'The Accompanist' for their 'Getting To Know You' piano instrumental. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2uVwb_yBxw 
51:47
February 7, 2021
Episode 5: 'Dreamgirls'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore, 'Dreamgirls', the show which ultimately earned Jennifer Hudson her Oscar and Geddy shares his first Stage Fright story!  
47:14
January 31, 2021
Episode 4: 'Carousel'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore Rogers and Hammerstein's all-round masterpiece, 'Carousel', with special guest David Ballard sharing his 'Cabaret' calamity Stage Fright. 
50:55
January 24, 2021
Episode 3: 'Beauty and the Beast'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore Disney's very first Broadway adaptation, 'Beauty and the Beast', and special guest Ashley Ball tells us of his backstage blunder involving a giant teacup. 
45:37
January 17, 2021
Episode 2: 'Anything Goes'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore one of Cole Porter's greats, 'Anything Goes', and special guest Pascalle Bergmans, star of The Wild Party, shares her incredibly slippery Stage Fright story.  
46:38
January 10, 2021
Episode 1: '9 to 5'
In this episode, Geddy and Tom explore Dolly Parton's hit musical, '9 to 5'.
47:33
January 1, 2021
What is The Show Show?
Welcome to The Show Show! A brand new podcast exploring the A-Z and the 1,2,3 of musicals. Join us as we make our way through the Wikipedia A-Z musical list discussing everything from the smash hits to the hidden gems. Listen to our introduction and look out for the first episode, released on New Year’s Day!
02:11
December 23, 2020