Musicals with Cheese Podcast
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Jess is a Musical Theatre expert, Andrew knows nothing about the Musical Theater world. Listen to hear the hilarity ensue as fresh eyes analyze musicals old & new.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #32: "The Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl Part III: Institute_Institut" (feat. Gelsey Bell)

    Institutions and Grilled Cheese! If that's not enough to get you interested, we also somehow got Gelsey Bell to join us to talk about one of the weirdest experimental musicals ever-- "The Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl Part III: Institute_Institut." This show is about institutions, and throughout the show Andrew Jess and Gelsey try to unpack what this musical is trying to say and the overall themes, ideas, and feelings within the musical.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #31: "Something Rotten" (feat. Katie Lynch of "Backstage Bite")

    It's Eggs! This week Jess & Andrew are joined by the endlessly charming Katie Lynch from Backstage Bite to talk about "Something Rotten." In this episode they talk about the lyrics, how the jokes are constructed, why high schoolers hate Shakespeare, and whether or not Jess is a snob. It's a fun show and an awesome time was had by all.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #30: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

    Six inches forward and five inches back! This week Jess & Andrew cover John Cameron Mitchell's masterpiece "Hedwig & the Angry Inch." The duo talk about it's frank depiction of a botched sex change operation, the amazing music, and the adaptation to film and how the metaphorical elements innate in the content translates. It's a blast to listen to, so tune in.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese BONUS: Interview w/ Composers Chris Littler & Ellen Winter ("36 Questions")

    In this super bonus episode Jess is joined by the composers of the Podcast Musical "36 Questions," Ellen Winter & Christopher Littler. He talks about their creative process, the inspirations for the musical, the storytelling methods, and how this show became the incredible piece it is today. It's a wonderful bonus episode with a ton of insight about creating a musical! This is not to be missed!

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #29: "Merrily We Roll Along" (feat. Adam Wachter)

    It's our time! This week Jess & Andrew are joined by composer Adam Wachter to talk about Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along." Topics that are covered include Stephen Sondheim's self confidence and god complex, Adam Wachter's film career, how Jess, Andrew, and Adam all discuss who they most relate to, Jess finally reveals his sexuality, and Andrew questions why the musical was told backwards in the first place.

    It's a rip-roaring good time!

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #28: "Hello Again"

    Hello Again! This week Jess & Andrew cover Michael John LaChiusa's Song Cycle Hello Again-- with a specific eye to Tom Gustafson's 2017 film adaptation of the same name.

    It's a rip-roaring good time where the duo talk about a lot of frank sexual acts-- so be warned.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #27: "Matilda: The Musical" (feat. Brent Black aka brentalfloss)

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    Sometimes you have to be a little bit Naughty with Musicals with Cheese! This week Jess & Andrew are joined by a special guest: Brent Black aka Brentalfloss to cover Tim Minchin's Musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda"

    The Trio discuss the proper lyrical writing, the quality of the musical's main villain Miss Trunchbull, the quality of child actors, the placement of certain songs and whether they are necessary, and how awesome the staging of the musical is. It's a fun time, so give it a listen.

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    Musicals w/ Cheese #26: "Disneyland Musicals" (feat. Tony Goldmark)

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    This is a very special episode we've got here. This week Jess & Andrew are joined by Tony Goldmark of Some Jerk with a Camera, as they discuss four live musical performances currently at Disneyland: Frozen at the Hyperion, Beauty & the Beast/Tangled at the Royal Theatre, and Mickey & The Magical Map. Topics included in this episode include whether or not Gaston is an incel, the history of the Royal Theatre, the upcoming Frozen sequel, how remarkable Disneyland really is, and much much more. It's an episode not to be missed!

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    Musicals w/ Cheese BONUS: Interview w/ Composer Edward W. Hardy ("The Woodsman")

    In this super special BONUS episode Jess & Andrew interview the incredible composer of "The Woodsman" Edward W. Hardy! In this super special bonus episode they talk about Edward's incredible journey from childhood prodigy to a composer of amazing Off-Broadway hit. Edward was a joy to have on, and truly a remarkable person! This episode is not to be missed

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