This episode, we have some chit-chat about the Tony nominations! Then, Tyson has finally made Jelly watch the 1981 Jim Sharman/Richard O’Brien musical Shock Treatment. The trauma is still fresh. Does anyone know the story behind this bizarre film? Next, Jelly talks about enjoying The 39 Steps in London. Then we talk about the awesomeness of Jeanine Tesori’s musical Fun Home, which was based on the Alison Bechdel graphic memoir. Finally, important news: Sutton Foster has a new dog.Download
BIG SHOW! First Up: Bernadette Peters in Concert! We’re a little worried that Bernadette seemed tired and sad. Then: Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn together with Mandy’s sweat rag in late 2013. Next: Matthew Robinson’s original Australian musical Atlantis featuring Kellie Rode, Lucy Durack,Gareth Keegan and Bert LaBonte. Tyson loved the MTC’s production of Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch. And hey, Wicked is back in Australia! Tyson saw a preview. The show has dated a little, but we’re excited about Reg Livermore as the Wizard and Jemma Rix is fabulous as ever. Finally, a trip back over the pond: Jelly and Sarah Dollard review Tom Hiddleston, Hadley Fraser and co. in Josie Rourke’s amazing production of Coriolanus at the Donmar. Sarah reveals her ‘Schrödinger’s Douchebag’ theory about meeting actors you love, and Jelly sets some homework.
Jelly endorses the highly entertaining Broadway-based podcast The Ensemblist.
The gorgeous Kellie Rode has a website
Bridges of Madison County – take me inside you! (ew.)
Lucy Osborne was the designer whose work we reviewed in Coriolanus.
And Emma Laxton was the sound designer.
Can we please get Pamela Rabe into the role of Volumnia?!
Here’s a bumper episode from three months ago we never released! Jelly is in London and Simon takes her chair to discuss the tail end of 2013 including the Sydney production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and a cozy little production of The Light In The Piazza produced by Malvern Theatre Company and Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company (the actress playing Margaret was Gabrielle O’Brien). We also have a laugh over Laura Benanti’s Times Square video.
Then, via the magic of an iPhone and dropbox, we head to London as Jelly and guest critic, TV writer Sarah Dollard, report from London on the RSC’s production of Richard II starring David Tennant. Their verdict is: disappointing; needed a monkey and a montage. But they loved Oliver Ford Davies, Michael Pennington, sets by Stephen Brimson Lewis, Tim Mitchell‘s terrific lighting design and understudy/man to watch, Edmund Wiseman. They also report that audience behavior reached a new low including someone in the balcony at the Barbican trying to kill Snaz (possibly).Download
We finish the year with a visit from Melbourne writer Vaya Pashos as she helps us sort through some strong and complicated feelings about the MTC’s production of The Beast by Eddie Perfect. We also chat about the casting of Jason Scott Lee as the Melbourne ‘King of Siam’ and the closure of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
Alison Croggon’s review of The Beast
Long time no cha-cha, but Stage Door Pod is back! We revisit some Melbourne shows from the last month or so. Cho Cho at the Arts Centre was a valiant attempt at a bilingual opera/musical that sadly didn’t quite come together, though we loved Han Xing’s puppetry, Danielle Barnes (and her fine wig) and Wang Zheng in the titular role. We also talk about Fat Pig, produced by Lab Kelpie Productions, directed by Daniel Frederiksen and starring Lyall Brooks, Lulu McClatchy, Cassandra McGrath and Patrick Harvey. And we have a chat about how much we enjoyed Julia Zemiro‘s QandA with Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg at the State Library of Victoria.Download