#5: Suddenly Seymour – The Community Theatre Formula

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Is there anything quite like community theatres? They offer the unique chance for average locals to form the most diverse casts imaginable, where a city council member and accountant get to perform a very ok but entertaining version of “Brush up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me, Kate. They comfortingly present classics but tend to perform those same classics over and over again.

Due to overexposure to wildly overdone musicals in community theatres (looking at you, Seussical), Sally and Ashley now have the Community Theatre Formula down to a jazz-handed science. In today’s episode, we take a deep dive into Little Shop of Horrors, compare it to VeggieTales, and discover Sally’s parents’ one irreconcilable difference in their 44-year marriage revolves around The Sound of Music

Shout-outs

  • Little Shop of Horrors rocks our socks off. Sally recommends the original Broadway cast recording, and Ashley recommends the recent Off-Broadway version starring Jonathan “Groffsauce” Groff and Christian Borle. 
  • You know what else rocks our socks off? Act I Inc. in Cartersville, GA. Check out the work they’re doing on their website: https://www.allstarstheatre.org/
  • Our favs: Junior Theatre Festival (where we saw way too many Seussical performances), Pumphouse Players, Howard Ashman, Alan Menken, Veggie Tales, Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed, Cameron Mackintosh, Kerry Butler, Douglas Sills, The Scarlet Pimpernel musical (we managed to make that relevant again), Alan Menken, Cathy Rigby, Pocahontas, Tim Rice, Stephen Schwartz, Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Doria in Smile). We didn’t mention Jake Gyllenhaal, but we really should have!
  • Other mentions: Aaron Carter, Kevin Chamberlain, James and the Giant Peach, Tangled, Ellen Greene, Hunter Foster (yes, Sutton Foster’s brother), Anthony Rapp
  • We recommend checking out the documentary Howard on Disney+ about the incredible Howard Ashman!
  • Special thanks to Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble & Main for being the best editing offices.
  • Besides being incredibly talented and the voice of my favorite Disney princess, Jodi Benson is incredibly kind. I ran into her one time at a youth theatre event where, as she told me, she was in attendance just as a mom. Please noticed the Aladdin bag she’s holding in this pic.

Bonus Videos

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Addendums

I referred to a “big green mother from outer space,” trying to be cool and reference the show. However, the line from the show is actually “MEAN green mother…”

Ashley wants y’all to know that between the time we recorded this and now, she has become a huge Little Shop fan and takes back anything negative she said about the blessed show.

Yes, that Menken progression Spotify playlist does exist! Here it is…

I did my homework and listened to Smile. Y’all, I do not recommend it. It sounds like a poor man’s A Chorus Line except with teenage beauty queens instead of dancers.

Etiquette corner

Do not sing along to a show if you are in the audience (with the exception of Mamma Mia curtain call dance parties or precious baby children singing “Let it Go”). Don’t be like Ashley and hum through Waitress.

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#4: Someday – Disney [not quite] on Broadway

This week we’re giving y’all full frontal Hugo. Victor Hugo, that is. But before we get into that, we wanted to let y’all know some exciting developments! The Broadway Ginger Podcast can now be heard on ten streaming platforms, including the newly added Castbox, Overcast, and Podcast Addict. Also, we recorded Season 1 of BGP way in advance, and it was between recording Episodes 3 and 4 that we figured out how to vastly improve our sound quality. We’re excited to get to share the first of the new and improved BGP episodes with y’all!

The only thing more exciting than a Disney movie is a Disney Broadway musical. While the House of Mouse gave the people what they wanted via Broadway mounts of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Frozen, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and Newsies, did you know there are Disney shows that have been performed in regional theatres around the world and still haven’t made it to Broadway?

Today’s episode sees Sally and Ashley take a deep dive into one such show, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Neither of us has any chill whatsoever, as we deliver love letters to “the hunch of dame,” bring the BGP “full frontal Hugo,” and make a case for why Terrence Mann MUST play Frollo whenever it comes to Broadway.

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Shout-outs

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame rocks our socks off. Check out the Original Studio Cast recording or listen to the Original German Cast recording here.
  • Know who else knocks our socks off? The Holly Theatre, Aurora Theatre, and Theatrical Outfit who did rockin’ productions of Hunchback that Ashley and Sally saw. Check out their amazing work and consider showing them some financial love! 
  • Relevant favs: DISNEY, The Goodman Theatre, Mary Zimmerman, Alliance Theatre, Mulan, High School Musical, Idina Menzel, The Fox Theatre, Hercules, Alan Menken, David Zippel, The Public Theatre, Krysta Rodriguez, The Public Theatre, Patrick Page, Michael Arden, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hamilton, Terrence Mann, aka, T-Dog.
  • Other mentions: Little Women the musical, Les Miserables
  • Special thanks to Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble and Main for being the best editing offices.
  • What can be more homeschooler than reading the Great Illustrated Classics versions of classic literature? Nothing. That’s what.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Great Illustrated Classics) Hugo, Victor; Vogel, Malvina G. and Pablo ...

Bonus videos

For the budding theatre fans 

The original Quasimodo himself, Michael Arden, in the recording studio making the only English language cast recording of the stage show

For the fangirls

The entire Paper Mill Playhouse production. Notice its suspiciously good quality and lack of ducks out of sight of ushers. Was it made by some of the producers/creators/other rights-holders to encourage regional theatres to buy the license and perform it? I’m not saying I know that for sure, but I’ve got a hunch (not ashamed of my dad joke).
If you find yourself down a rabbit hole and in a puddle of tears watching every single video of 5th Avenue Theatre’s production, I’m not sorry. This show starred deaf actor Joshua Castille as Quasimodo and E.J. Cardona as Quasimodo’s inner voice.

For the die-hards

“Einmal” from Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (complete with a key change not done in the English language version)

Addendums

  • “Made of Stone” actually was in the original German version, Der Glöckner von Notre Dame as “Wie aus stein.” 
  • Les Miserables must have been on the brain, which would explain why I mistakenly called Frollo “the bishop,” though he’s technically the Archdeacon.  
  • We had to cut out the moment Ashley shared that the same team who wrote the music and lyrics for Hercules and Newsies wrote “Star Spangled Man” for the Captain America film. So we’re saying it here. Mind blown!
  • Another part that didn’t make it was Sally’s love letter to Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit’s incredible production of Hunchback in 2017. But you can read all about that in Top 10 Reasons to Drop Everything and see HUNCHBACK at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit Yesterday.
  • We apparently aren’t the only ones who think Frollo is literally Javert. This video isn’t that great, but it conveys the idea that the characters are the same.

Etiquette corner

  • Don’t continually get up and leave to get drinks during a show. Idina Menzel will find you and call you out.

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#3: Off to Massachusetts – Traveling for Theatre

We all know there’s no distance that can get between theatre fans and shows they love. From skipping prom to road-tripping across the state, we have all gone to creative lengths for the love of theatre. Today we discuss the miles we’ve traveled to see some favorite musicals (and the times our parents have fought ushers for programs). Join us as we take a deep dive into Little Women, Ashley building a case for why it is worth listening to, and Sally building a case for why it’s worth skipping (like prom).

Shout-outs

  • Little Women (aka, the Sutton Foster Star Power Hour) might or might not rock your socks off. Give it a listen and decide for yourself!
  • Know what will definitely rock your socks off? Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Check out their amazing work and consider showing them some financial love. 
  • Our favs: Musical Theater Heritage, George Harter, Sutton Foster, Megan McGinnis, Christian Borle (did we mention he was married to Sutton?), Laura Benanti, Michael Park, Daddy Long Legs, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Rachel York, Cathy Rigby and Colm Wilkinson somehow came up again…
  • Other mentions: Faulkner University (where Sally went to see a show instead of going to prom), 101 Dalmatians the musical, Newsies the Broadway musical, Robert Stattel, John Dossett, Dear Evan Hansen, Jenn Gambatese, Mrs. Doubtfire, Seussical
  • Check out Ben Brantley’s original New York Times review of the Broadway show: “Tomboy With Gumption (and Her Sisters)”
  • Special thanks to Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble and Main for being the best editing offices.

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We had to cut our conversation about “Flight,” a duet between Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis. To sum it up, Sutton and Megan have been friends every since Little Women, and awesome collabs like this song are what happen when co-stars are friends instead of rivals.

Addendums

That movie Sutton Foster was in by Psych‘s James Roday was the 2015 horror parody Gravy.

We briefly mentioned the fiasco that was Rebecca the musical, wherein there was a phantom backer who literally did not exist. Read more about that in Playbill: “Inside One of Broadway’s Biggest Scandals – How Rebecca The Musical Made Headlines Without Even Opening (Yet…)

Megan McGinnis (Little Women‘s Beth) played the lead (Jerusha) in Daddy Long Legs Off-Broadway, and we have a big ol’ theatre nerd giggle every time we hear her sing the song “Things I Don’t Know,” and the line, “I’d never heard of Meg, Jo, Beth, or Amy.” Because she IS BETH, Y’ALL!!! Ok we’re done with the giggle.

Theatre Etiquette Corner– It is considered impolite to leave a performance before the bows are over (or essentially to leave without clapping).

Host- Sally Fuller. Co-host- Ashley Elliott. Audio engineer/technology wizard- Thomas Fuller.

The Broadway Ginger Podcast Ep. 2 Show Notes

In the Broadway Ginger Podcast’s second episode, two former homeschoolers go back to school. Or home. Or wherever theatre education can be found. Our trip down memory lane reveals that Sally starred in an in-the-round, living room production of The Little Mermaid as a child, and Ashley’s homeschool group might or might not have rehearsed an original play in a friend’s pool. Ashley gets an excuse to gush about the wonder that is Cathy Rigby as we take a deep dive into Broadway’s Peter Pan

Shout-outs

  • Peter Pan rocks our socks off. That’s basically it.
  • Know who else knocks our socks off? The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Check out their amazing work and consider showing them some financial love. 
  • Our favs: Mary Martin, Cathy Rigby, Cyril Ritchard, Finding Neverland, Allison Williams, Christian Borle, Michael Park, Newsies, the Tony Awards, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy’s rockin’ middle school production of Peter Pan. And of course Our Boy Lucious Malfoy (aka Jason Isaacs).
  • Other mentions: Peter Pan Live!, Christopher Walken (bless his heart),
  • Special thanks to Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble and Main for being the best editing offices.

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Bonus videos

For the budding theatre fans

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As promised, here are a couple snapshots from that famed Sara Moore play Ashley and her friends did when she was 11, complete with a real horse!

Theatre etiquette corner– Stage Moms. Gotta love them.

Host- Sally Fuller. Co-host- Ashley Elliott. Audio engineer/technology wizard- Thomas Fuller.

The Broadway Ginger Podcast Ep. 1 Show Notes

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In the Broadway Ginger Podcast’s debut episode, we share our first introductions to the theatre world to discover that Sally fell in LOVE with The Scarlet Pimpernel as a child, and Ashley went full homeschooler on her Phantom of the Opera obsession by reading the book first. After making our case for why Les Mis=Aladdin, we take a deep dive into Les Miserables with a constructive dump on the 2012 movie.  

Shout-outs

  • Les Miserables rocks our socks off. That’s basically it.
  • Know who else knocks our socks off? The Pumphouse Players. Check out their amazing work and consider showing them some financial love. 
  • We talked really excitedly about a bunch of Broadway people we love, and we don’t want you to miss their names due to our fangirl speed, so here’s a list of our favs: Colm Wilkinson, Lea Salonga, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Anne Hathaway, Patti LuPone, Jane Krakowski, Terrence Mann (aka, T-Dog), Michael Maguire, and Frances Rufelle. Oh, and Hadley-freaking-Fraiser.
  • Other mentions: Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby, Russell Crowe (bless his heart), Hugh Jackman, Matthew Morrison, #Ham4Ham, Finding Neverland, Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
  • Special thanks to Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble and Main for being the best editing offices.

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Terms

  • “The Les Mis Walk”
  • “The Les Mis Scamper”

Addendums

Patti LuPone was in the Anything Goes revival in 1987. That’s why she didn’t have time for any more Les Mis nonsense.

Yes, Mary Martin has left us now. She passed away in 1990.

We said “turntable” like a million times, and have subsequently realized it’s referred to as a “revolve.” Don’t @ us!

Theatre Etiquette Corner– Please don’t vape in the theatre. Just don’t do it.

Host- Sally Fuller. Co-host- Ashley Elliott. Audio engineer/technology wizard- Thomas Fuller.