Following our posting in January 2017 I've really been enjoying some of the great theatre related podcasts that are available and I wanted to update you with some new favourites that we really love. These three podcasts caught my eyes (and ears) because they are recorded by passionate fans of musical theatre and because rather than a straight informative broadcast each has broadened my appreciation for the musicals discussed.
Richard Carroll is a man who likes his musicals. It's evident just a few minutes into the very first podcast in this ongoing series. The writer/director/producer based in Australia focuses each episode on a particular musical. Each episode has a guest who talks to Richard about the chosen show because they are passionate about it or have some link to a production of the show. Carroll, who grew up in the UK uses his love of theatre to make this podcast informative but also to get others passionate about musicals. The podcast is unique in that it sometimes offers an isolated perspective that can probably be appreciated by anyone who is theatrically isolated or who doesn't have the smorgasboard of musicals and immediacy of London or New York. One thing is for sure Carroll's is passionate about this subject and is the sort of friend you'd love to have if you love to hang out and chat about musicals.
Created and hosted by Gillian Pensavalle, The Hamilcast revolves around Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton and is perhaps the ultimate fan tribute podcast ever created for a show. Starting before she had even seen the show, the podcast has grown to where, in October, she welcomed Lin-Manuel Miranda into her home for an interview. Pensavalle is one hell of a podcast producer, it becomes clear through each edition that she is vibrant, passionate and runs at 110% most of the time and that passion becomes unexpectedly addictive as you progress through episodes up to the present day. Featuring discussions abot Ron Chernow's biography and peeople associated with the show this is a must for fans of Hamilton and I'm sure The Hamilcast will pick up more fans when the show opens here in December.
This transatlantic musical theatre production again looks at a different musical each episode. Both hosts started as You Tube content creators and their love of musicals is complimented by the fact that both have been involved on stage and backstage in various musicals on an educational and amateur level. Musical Theatre Happy Hour is the perfect example of how love of musicals can transcend distance. Both Jimmi and Tomic have made me look at favourite shows in different ways and what makes them unique on the podcast scene is that they have started to look at new shows started with 35mm A Musical Exhibition. Fun, educational with some fabulous tangents, its easy to get carried away by these two fabulous hosts.
One last note, if you listen to any of the podcasts we mention please ensure that you rate the podcasts so that more people can be made aware of these hard-working podcasters and the great podcasts they create. Enjoy!