Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #18 - "Damn Yankees"

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Just in time for the start of the baseball season, we're doing 1958's "Damn Yankees". As a Red Sox fan myself, I love this title. 

Nicole and I talk about everything from Gwen Verdon's brilliance, seeing Bob Fosse dance to the incomparable, Ray Walston. 

You can also find this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network."

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #17 - "1776"

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This week we're shaking down one of my all-time favorite movie musicals, 1972's "1776". 

My guest co-host, Greg Ehrhardt, and I will be talking about its outstanding cast to its historical inaccuracies. But the fact that we're living in such political turbulent times, what better moment than to go back and remember how this country was founded. 

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network."

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #16 - "How to Succeed in Business..."

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This week we're shaking down a movie that's hard to watch in any lens, let alone 2019, 1967's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". 

We're going to discuss everything from whether or not this movie satirizes or makes light of sexual harassment, Bob Fosse coming to save the movie's choreography and Robert Morse's weird need to nuzzle his co-stars.

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network".

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #15 - "Sweeney Todd"

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This week we're tackling 2007's "Sweeney Todd". While Tim Burton perfectly nailed the tone and look for the piece, did the cast live up to Sondheim's amazing score? 

My guest co-host Dr. Alisa Hurwitz, aka Dr. Drama, and I break it all down. 

You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network".

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep. #14 - "Hairspray"

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This week we're looking at the 2007 hit, "Hairspray", which is widely considered as one of the best movie musicals in recent memory. 

I don't know if I'd go that far. But we'll break it all down from John Travolta to asking is Velma actually a good mother? 

(Also please pardon the connection issues, my hotel's wifi wasn't particularly strong)

These podcasts can also be heard on Spotify and iTunes by searching "The OnStage Blog Network". 

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #13 - "Mamma Mia!"

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Because we all love a good guilty pleasure now and then, this week's shakedown is a perfect movie to use as an escape for a couple of hours.

That's right, we're doing Mamma Mia this week!

My guest, Denise Smoker, and I talk about everything from the music, to the look of the film and Pierce Brosnon...

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and Spotify by searching “The Onstage Blog Network”

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #12 - "Hercules"

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Today we're breaking the seal on the Disney animated musical treasure trove and doing one of my favorites, "Hercules". 

My guest co-host, Drew Boudreau, and I discuss all this glorious about this movie. Enjoy!

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and Spotify by searching “The Onstage Blog Network”

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #11 - "Carousel"

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This week we're deep diving into a movie that was likely as problematic in 1956 as it is in 2019. While it contains a gorgeous score, much of the story is hard to watch with a present day lens. 

But guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I discuss all of that and more. It's "Carousel"! Right here on the Movie Musical Shakedown. 

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and Spotify by searching “The Onstage Blog Network”

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #10 - "Newsies"

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My wife has two rules in our house: 1. Put the cap back on the toothpaste. 2. Don’t talk bad about Newsies. With this episode, I’ve broken both rules.

This week we're discussing one of the most influential movie musicals of the past 25 years and arguably, Disney's 2nd most popular live-action musicals of all time. That's right, it's time to Seize the Day, it's Newsies! 

You can also follow this podcast on Spotify by searching “The OnStage Blog Network”

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode 8: "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"

Bombs are flying, people are dying, children are crying, politicians are lying too. Cancer is killing, Texaco's spilling, the whole world's gone to hell, but how are you?

This week we dive into our first animated movie musical, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut". Surprisingly, one of the best movie musicals of the last 25 years. 

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #7 - "All That Jazz"

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On this episode, we’re going to be looking at a movie musical that the great Stanley Kubrick called one the best films he’s ever seen, "All That Jazz".

I’m going to be joined by my co-host and wife, Nicole, who is a big fan of this movie and as a dancer, incredibly qualified to break down this film.

It’s Showtime folks!  


Movie Musical Shakedown Bonus Episode - "The Muppets Christmas Carol"

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On this episode, we’ll be shaking down 1992’s, The Muppets Christmas Carol.

While the film didn’t have the initial commercial success producers were hoping for, it’s certainly become a holiday classic viewed by many as required viewing during the season. Which is why I wanted to do this special episode right before Christmas Day.

We’ll be discussing everything from the movie’s songs, incredible performance and its copious amounts of “chaîné turns.

So sit back, relax, maybe watch the movie before listening to the rest of this podcast, but enjoy our shakedown of The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #6 - "White Christmas"

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Given that we’re in peak holiday season mode, what better time to take a look at the wintertime classic, “White Christmas”

We’re breaking down everything from Bing Crosby’s iconic tune to Rosemary Clooney’s lack of dancing and Vera-Ellen’s lack of singing. Also is calling someone a “weird-mobile” an insult?

My special guest and wife, Nicole Peterson, talk about it all on this week’s episode of the Movie Musical Shakedown.

Movie-Musical Shakedown Episode #5 - Mary Poppins

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Winds in the east, theres a mist comin' in Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin...

This week I'm breaking down the iconic Disney classic "Mary Poppins", just in time for the release of its sequel "Mary Poppins Returns".

On this episode, I talk about the films legendary struggle to production, its amazing cast and some lingering questions.

Movie-Musical Shakedown Episode #4 - The Last Five Years

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This week, we talk about a movie-musical that my wife used lyrics from for our wedding vows….and we’re still together after 9 years! 4 more than Jamie and Cathy.

Guest Co-host Erin Shaughnessy and I break down, in our opinion, one of the best movie-musicals of this century, The Last Five Years.