Jan. 22, 2021

Episode 35: "Sensory Abundance!": or, Why We Are Hooked On Musicals

Why are the great Musicals so unforgettable? Why do musicals have so much power and impact? How is it that they are able to live …

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Jan. 14, 2021

Episode 34: Community: The Major Themes Of The Broadway Musical, part…

Musical theater is a very effective form for dramatizing entire communities of people – and often the community itself becomes a …

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Jan. 7, 2021

Episode 33: Equity, Justice & Inclusion: The Major Themes of the Broa…

At least 30 popular and successful Broadway musicals have stories, plots and themes that explicitly deal with Equity, Justice, an…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Special Bonus Episode: "White Christmas": The Story Behind The World'…

This is the second of two special holiday bonus episodes of Broadway Nation. In Part One we looked at how the Jewish-Russian imm…

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Dec. 23, 2020

Special Bonus Episode: "White Christmas": The Story Behind The World'…

This week’s special holiday episode tells the story of how the great Jewish-Russian immigrant songwriter, Irving Berlin, not only…

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Dec. 16, 2020

Episode 32: Transgressive Women: Major Themes of the Broadway Musical…

This is the first of three episodes highlighting the principal themes of the Broadway Musical. Today I look at the single most u…

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Dec. 9, 2020

Episode 31:"Defying Gravity" - The Broadway Musical in the 21st Centu…

Perhaps surprisingly, the current generation of Broadway creators has re-embraced and reinvigorated both the “Musical Comedy” and…

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Dec. 2, 2020

Episode 30: "Razzle Dazzle": The Broadway Musicals Of The 1990s, Part…

The second half of my interview with NY Post columnist Michael Riedel about his new book, Singular Sensation – The Triumph of Bro…

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Nov. 25, 2020

Episode 29: "The Triumph Of Broadway": The Musicals Of The 1990s, par…

In this episode I interview NY Post columnist Michael Riedel about his new book, "Singular Sensation - The Triumph Of Broadway", …

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Nov. 18, 2020

Episode 28: Cameron Mackintosh & The British Invasion of Broadway (or…

The Modern Era of Broadway, part 7. In this episode I explore what is often called “The British Invasion of Broadway” – a ten-y…

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Nov. 11, 2020

Episode 27: Broadway Comes Out: Gay Liberation & The AIDS Crisis On B…

In this episode I explore the growing visibility of queer stories, themes and characters on Broadway in musicals such as Hair, C…

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Nov. 4, 2020

Episode 26: Harold Prince & the Concept Musical - The Modern Era of B…

In this episode I explore the history of what is called the “Concept Musical”, including its key creators: Harold Prince, Stephen…

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Oct. 28, 2020

Episode 25: The Black Musical Returns! - The Modern Era of Broadway, …

In this episode I celebrate 1970s Broadway, and the return of the Black Musical. More than a dozen hit black musicals opened dur…

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Oct. 21, 2020

Episode 24: Crazy For Nostalgia - The Modern Era of Broadway, part 3

In this episode I continue my review of Broadway’s Nostalgia Craze of the 1970s and beyond. This includes the musicals Grease, I…

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Oct. 14, 2020

Episode 23: "Everything Old Is New Again": The Modern Era of Broadway…

In this episode Albert Evans and I explore the origins of Broadway’s “Nostalgia Craze of the 1970s” -- where it came from, and wh…

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Oct. 7, 2020

Episode 22: "Let The Sun Shine In" -- The Modern Era Of Broadway, Pa…

In April of 1968, “The Golden Age of Broadway” came to an abrupt end on the opening night of the “tribal rock musical” HAIR, whic…

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Sept. 30, 2020

Episode 21: Jerry Herman & The Golden Age of Broadway, part 3.

As the 1950’s came to a close, Broadway Musicals were at the very center of American culture. Then in 1960, as if on cue, two im…

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Sept. 23, 2020

Episode 20: GYPSY vs. THE SOUND OF MUSIC & The Golden Age Of Broadway

In this episode I focus on the 1959–1960 which brought us Gypsy vs. The Sound Of Music. And you could subtitle this episode Ethe…

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Sept. 16, 2020

Episode 19: West Side Story vs. The Music Man & The Golden Age of Bro…

In this episode, Albert Evans and I take an in-depth look at two classic musicals that went head to head at the 1958 TONY Awards …

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Sept. 9, 2020

Episode 18: Patricia Zipprodt & The Women That Invented Broadway

This is the second part of my discussion with Tony Award winning Costume Designer Ann Hould-Ward in which we trace the legacy cha…

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Sept. 2, 2020

Episode 17: Irene Sharaff And The Women That Invented Broadway

One of the main threads of this podcast is how the arts and crafts of the Broadway Musical have been handed down directly from on…

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Aug. 26, 2020

Episode 16: Jule Styne, Frank Loesser & The Golden Age of Broadway, P…

The Golden Age of Broadway’s new revolutionary way of writing musicals did not just apply to musical plays like those of Rodgers …

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Aug. 19, 2020

Episode 15: Trude Rittman & The Women That Invented Broadway

In this episode Albert Evans and I tell the story Trude Rittman who during the "Golden Age of Broadway" (and beyond) composed mu…

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Aug. 12, 2020

Episode 14: Lerner & Loewe and the "Golden Age of Broadway", Part 1

In this episode I explore two musicals that led to the "Golden Age of Broadway" -- Lady In The Dark and On The Town. And I highl…

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Aug. 5, 2020

Episode 13: How "The Bench Scene" Changed Broadway

Stephen Sondheim considers "The Bench Scene" in Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL to be “the singular most important moment in the…

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July 29, 2020

Episode 12: The Harbach, Hammerstein, Sondheim, Miranda Connection, P…

In this episode Albert Evans and I continue our exploration of the amazing "legacy chain" during which the art and craft of writi…

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July 22, 2020

Episode 11: The Harbach, Hammerstein, Sondheim, Miranda Connection, P…

In this episode and the next Albert Evans and I explore the knowledge, understanding, and skills that were handed down directly f…

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July 15, 2020

Episode 10: Dietz & Schwartz And The Silver Age of Broadway, Part 2

During the 1930s Broadway was severely impacted by the economic disaster of the "Great Depression". However, somehow out of all …

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July 8, 2020

Episode 9: George Gershwin & "The Silver Age" of Broadway!

This episode explores at the first half of what I call "The Silver Age Of Broadway" -- a period that spans from the end of WWI to…

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June 24, 2020

Episode 8: Agnes DeMille & The Women That Invented Broadway

In this episode I share the often overlooked stories of Broadway's groundbreaking female choreographers including Aida Overton Wa…

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June 20, 2020

Episode 7: Dorothy Fields & The Women That Invented Broadway

In this episode my special guest Albert Evans and I will share the often overlooked stories of Broadway's female songwriters and …

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June 13, 2020

Episode 6: Lorenz Hart & The Queers That Invented Broadway!

In this episode David Armstrong shares the fascinating stories of Broadway's defining queer choreographers Robert Alton & Jack Co…

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June 6, 2020

Episode 5: Cole Porter & The Queers That Invented Broadway

In this episode David Armstrong shares the fascinating stories of early queer producing and life partners Charles Frohman and Cha…

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May 30, 2020

Episode 4: Eubie Blake & The African-Americans That Invented Broadway

The 1920's begin to roar when Eubie Blake and many other brilliant black theater artists bring the Jazz Age to Broadway..

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May 23, 2020

Episode 3 - Bob Cole & The African-Americans That Invented Broadway

African-American theater artists played a much larger role in the creation of the Broadway Musical than is generally acknowledged…

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May 16, 2020

Episode 2 - Irving Berlin & The Immigrants That Invented Broadway

In this episode David Armstrong and special quest Albert Evans continue the amazing story of how Jewish, Irish and other immigran…

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April 29, 2020

Episode 1 - George M. Cohan & The Immigrants That Invented Broadway

In this episode, host David Armstrong, along with special guest, Albert Evans, begin to tell the amazing story of how Immigrants,…

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