Miracle Song can be looked at as a satirical takedown of religion. There are certainly gospel elements to the music and blatant Christian imagery. Christine Chen returns to talk to Kyle about this and whether this should have been the opening number.
Christine's Blog: https://acrossthearch.wordpress.com
Christine's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcrossTheArch
Christine's podcast, Bottomless Broadway: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bottomless-broadway/id1457465060
Watch the full PBS interview with Stephen Sondheim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUzNjEd1Oj8&t=2s
Billy Porter singing Everything's Coming Up Roses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCbJwsl-vts
You can purchase Stephen Sondheim's first book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, by going here: https://amzn.to/2LB9ZJo
We are using two productions to frame our discussion of Anyone Can Whistle.
The original Broadway cast starring Angela Lansbury and Lee Remick (1962)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2YVV6Yb
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xOCL3i
Or buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GgGivI
The concert version starring Madeline Kahn and Bernadette Peters (1995)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2JCs9v4
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xS3Q5I
Or buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SijmkI
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What is Putting It Together?
This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.