Over the past six months, we've become an ardent fan of some great theatre podcasts. Once you get the hang of the technology there are some great podcasts out there for theatre fans, and we thought we'd list the podcasts that we now make time to listen to. Whilst some have an insider slant, appealing to actors of people within the industry these podcasts we felt would appeal to people who are members of the audience as well as backstage as well.
So here goes, our favourite theatre podcasts are as follows:-
Broadway producer Ken Davenport recently presented his 100th episode of this podcast where he interviews some of the biggest names in both Broadway and international theatre. The great and the good of theatreland have sat down with Ken to talk about their careers and the business of show. We particularly liked podcasts with Tim Rice, David Stobe, Jack O'Brien, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Steven Pasquale, Robert Lopez, Pasek and Paul, Stephen Schwartz, John Caird and Jerry Mitchell.
A lively podcast developed and featuring two British actors Ben Morris and Rob Copeland, Inside The West End gives listeners a real eye-opening look at some of the most interesting people in the West End. Take the time to listen to some of their more obscure subjects like Room 108 at Phantom to really get an insider's view of the West End. We thoroughly enjoyed his conversations with Tim Minchin, West End Producer, Sasha Regan, Barry James, Stiles and Drewe and David Fynn. Ben and Rob ask the questions we've always wanted to know the answers to with flair and a real honest approach.
Two of our podcast favourites are the work of Broadway's Patrick Hinds. Patrick's personality and enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and he's certainly spoken to some of the biggest names on Broadway including Emily Skinner, Carmen Cusack, Betsy Wolfe, Laura Michelle Kelly, Sierra Boggess and our favourite Megan Hilty.
Have you ever wondered just how your favourite musicals were put together. This recent addition to the podcast market again by Broadway's Patrick Hinds looks at just how big musicals were put together. In The Heights, Fun Home, The Secret Garden and The 25th Annual Puttnam County Spelling Bee have already been backstoried and we've found this series intriguing as the people “in the room where it happened” so to speak are interviewed about how musicals are made. It's an intriguing look at shows as you've never seen them before and sometimes you have to wonder just how they ever made it to the stage in the first place.
Let us know what you think of these podcasts.