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So Much Stuff to Sing

Apr 1, 2020

But, what if I *want* to stop the beat? Turns out, it can't be done! Join Shannon and Erik as they continue their mini-series on closing number and ride the rocket ship that is "You Can't Stop the Beat" from 2002's Hairspray. Along the way, they talk about integration, staggered breathing, and smashing...


Mar 15, 2020

Wait...so, are you saying that anything goes? Erik and Shannon find themselves on an ocean liner in the 1930s as they begin their cycle of closing numbers with Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" from the show of the same name. As they try not to sound condescending about a show that is just FUN, they discuss Sutton Foster's...


Mar 1, 2020

Next stop, River City, Iowa! Erik and Shannon head to the American Midwest in the the early part of the 20th Century to discuss "Rock Island," the bizarre and wonderful opening number from Meredith Wilson's perennial favorite The Music Man.  Station stops include Erik's origin story, Shannon's love of trains, and a lot...


Feb 14, 2020

Welcome, welcome to Moscow! Erik and Shannon visit Russia during the Napoleonic Wars for Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and its sly, sarcastic opening number, "Prologue." Along the way, they discuss complicated Russian novels, classical sculpture, and "the opera."

All clips are from the...


Feb 1, 2020

Erik and Shannon voyage to Anatevka to discuss the opening number to end all opening numbers: "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof by Bock & Harnick. There is much love for sad dancing, Zero Mostel, and, well, tradition.

All clips are from the Original Broadway Cast Recording and are used in accordance with the Fair Use...