Episode #078 – MUSICALS SPECIAL

When I arrived at Carrie’s house to record today’s episode, I had some prepared topics to talk about, one of which was movie & Broadway musicals. Our discussion on that topic went at least twice as long as I had thought it would. When I went home and started trying to pick songs from those musicals to play on the show, the list of tunes I wanted to include kept growing and growing until I said, ‘Screw it, I’m making this a special.’ That is why at no time during this episode do we mention that this is the Bad Rapport MUSICALS SPECIAL which ended up being just under 4 hours long. The first third of this podcast is mostly us talking, doing our usual ‘what have Carrie & Luke been up to lately’ segments, plus News of the Stupid. The latter two-thirds is the Musical Special and is so jammed packed with music, it’ll make you break into a spontaneous dance number at your cubicle. So prepare yourself to hear awesome classic showtunes featuring Robert Preston, Kevin Kline, Tim Curry, Caroll Burnett, Steve Martin, Jim Broadbent, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and a cover by Big Daddy. Until next time, break a leg, everybody.

Episode length: 3:52:32

10 thoughts on Episode #078 – MUSICALS SPECIAL

  1. Well, you’ve finally done it Luke. I usually skip the extra long special episodes, simply because I sometimes have trouble finding time for my podcasts as is. It was easy to skip the Transformers one as I always preferred the Ninja Turtles. Disney wasn’t too hard as I really only liked the 90s era. The Muppets was a really tough call and it sat on my computer for days before I decided to pass.

    But then, you had to go here. Musicals. I LOVE musicals. Even cheesy ones like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s. Oh his stuff is repetitive as hell, but dammit, much like choclate ice cream (or soy ice cream in my case), it’s not good for you but damn it feels good going down. Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Blvd. are the Broadway equivalent to comfort food.

    Not sure where I’ll find the time this week, but I am going to listen to this.

    *walks away from the computer singing This is The Moment from the Jekyll & Hyde musical*

  2. I try not to be a grammar nazi, but Luke, the S at the end of Les Miserables is silent. It shouldn’t get to me, but that does kind of get under my skin.

    Anyway, I’m a little surprised and disappointed that Repo! The Genetic Opera wasn’t on the list of music movies. I LOVED that movie. Even Paris Hilton wasn’t too bad in it, and given that she seems to living her life as if she wants to be put against the wall when the revolution comes that’s saying something.

    A few other musical movies I could suggest; Woody Allen’s Everybody Says I Love You; a “jukebox musical” much like Blues Brothers (the term I’ve heard for musicals where the songs weren’t written for the show) with Edward Norton, Alan Alda, and a very young Natalie Portman, among others. In the same vein, John Turturro’s Romance & Cigaerettes which stars James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Mandy Moore, and Eddie Izzard.

    As for what I’ve seen on stage, I’ve seen Spamalot, Avenue Q, Rent, and Wicked, in that order. Specifically I saw the touring company of Rent from a few years ago when Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal rejoined the cast after it had ended it’s Broadway run (the final B’way performance is on DVD in case you didn’t know. I of course own it). I too am a big Rent fan. My Mom even made me a Mark scarf for my birthday this year.

  3. It made me really happy that you mentioned The Pirate Movie. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I haven’t seen it since I was 10 so I don’t know how well it holds up, but I loved it when I was a kid. I loved the Pirates of Penzance, too, especially the Major General song.

    If you want a book to read in 2013 I can highly recommend Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide To New York City which is coming out in May. It’s completely awesome. http://www.amazon.com/The-Shambling-Guide-York-City/dp/0316221171

    Finally, there are 2 movie-to-musicals you didn’t mention. I wanted to see both of these but didn’t get a chance to. They are “The Toxic Avenger: The Musical” and “Evil Dead: The Musical.” I’ve heard good things about both but never saw them. I did manage to see “The Producers” with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick when it was on Broadway and that was awesome.

  4. Devo: Yes, Evil Dead! Love that one. What The Fuck is That is one of my favorite songs from any musical, up there with This Is The Moment from Jekyll & Hyde and For Good from Wicked.

  5. Musicals are awesome.

    I, too, really like Pirates of Penzance, but much like I can’t help but think about a good parody even if the original song is good, I can no longer watch it without thinking of the Animaniacs episode “HMS Yakko”. It’s available on YouTube and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest it.

    I went to high school in a fairly small school (about 250 in 9-12), so nobody ever got completely turned down for a part in a musical. My freshman year I was the male understudy for “All-American”, a Mel Brooks musical. The male second-lead was ill, and until the day of the dress rehearsal, I was unsure whether I would have to step up. Even though I didn’t, the director was impressed enough that I got the male lead the next two years, in “Guys and Dolls” and “L’il Abner”. Any comments on either of those musicals?

  6. I remember Bruno and Boots (and the boys of MacDonald Hall books). That series was it’s own little universe of awesomeness. Beware the “Fish”.

  7. I am pleased to hear that Les Miserables has the actors singing live. Thjat was one of the things that turned me off when trying to watch High School Musical”. The lip synching was so obvious that it just threw me out of the movie. That, and the songs weren’t very good.

  8. I tried to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show several times, but each time burned out around the hour mark. the rest of the movie is just a blur.
    When I saw Moulin Rouge in the theater, I was impressed. My first words upon coming out of seeing Moulin Rouge were, “That is what Rocky Horror should have been.

  9. Of all the specials, this has been my favorite since unlike the other ones, there is not a part of it I don’t care about (at least not yet being only half way through it). Yes, I like musicals but due to my “limitiations” can

    I think it would be more difficult for Alex if he had to admit he is a sports fan to his parents rather than into girls. Since he seems terrified of me, I doubt he would seek my help in learnging these type of things.

  10. Of all the specials, this has been my favorite since unlike the other ones, there is not a part of it I don’t care about (at least not yet being only half way through it). Yes, I like musicals but due to my “limitiations” could never perform in them.

    I think it would be more difficult for Alex if he had to admit he is a sports fan to his parents rather than into girls. Since he seems terrified of me, I doubt he would seek my help in learnging these type of things.

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