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Poems – Pacific Overtures (with Christine Chen)

A couple of friends walk together and make up fake haikus to pass the time. Christine Chen returns to give insight into the song and the legacy of Pacific Overtures.

The Music of Pacific Overtures (with William C. White)

Will White returns to discuss the orchestrations of Pacific Overtures. He answers questions about why there's such a distinctive sound and how Sondheim and Jonathan Tunick created what they did.

Alvin Ing – An Interview

The song Chrysanthemum Tea was written specifically for Alvin Ing to perform in Pacific Overtures. He joins Kyle to discuss his time with the show (twice!) and how theatre has changed over the years.

Chrysanthemum Tea – Pacific Overtures (with Zina Lee)

Is the Shogun's mother trying to help her son, or is she seeking vengeance? Zina Lee returns to discuss the performance, lyrics, and history of Chrysanthemum Tea.

Four Black Dragons – Pacific Overtures (with Danielle Breitstein)

Are they dragons or are they volcanoes? Danielle Breitstein joins Kyle to discuss the story of this song and how it's melody stays important through the rest of the show.

There Is No Other Way – Pacific Overtures (with Chris Dockum)

A tragic song about what can be said out loud and what needs to be kept to yourself. Chris Dockum joins Kyle to discuss why it's two unknown characters who sing this song and the impact of Pacific Overtures in general.

The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea – Pacific Overtures (with Rob Urbinati)

The opening song to Pacific Overtures. Is it meant to be an explanation of the idyllic world Japan was in, or is it a warning about he dangers of isolationism? Luckily, Kyle doesn't have to figure that out alone as he has Rob Urbinati, a person who has seen the original Pacific Overtures dozens of times.

Pacific Overtures trailer

Trailer for the upcoming Pacific Overtures season of Putting It Together.

The Frogs: Act 2 (with Justin Havard)

Listen. It's just frogs. Justin Havard joins Kyle to discuss the history of this show, reports on a friend of his who was at the original Yale production, and the song Shaw in particular.

The Frogs: Act 1 (with Jonathan Chisolm)

In this case it is a couple of hippy-dippy homosexuals talking about some hoity-toity intellectuals. Jonathan Chisolm returns to discuss the history of this show, the plot of Act 1 in general, and the song Ariadne in particular.

The 10 Best Sondheim Songs – 1970 to 1975

Who doesn't like a list (song)? In this special episode Kyle goes through his 10 favourite Sondheim songs which were released from 1970 until the end of 1975.

Kurt Peterson – An Interview

Kurt Peterson was in the original production of Follies. But he also was in the second West Side Story revival and starred as Bobby in the first Canadian production of Company. In this episode you'll hear about his time on-stage and why he transitioned to being a creative producer.

This World / Sheep Song – Candide (with Brendan Clifford)

We finish talking about Candide this week. First is a song with reworked lyrics from Sondheim, and second is a song written for a sheep. Brendan Clifford joins to give his thoughts. He's actually worked on a production of Candide!

Life is Happiness Indeed / Auto-Da-Fé – Candide (with Philémon Heutte)

Sondheim returned to a collaboration with Leonard Bernstein. Candide is a Frankenstein's monster of a production. Luckily Philémon Heutte is up to the task of making sense of Sondheim's contributions.

Stavisky (with William C. White)

Stavisky is a movie, directed by Alain Resnais, that's also scored by Stephen Sondheim. William White returns to dive into what makes a great film score and to answer why Sondheim didn't write more for the movies.

The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia (with Rick Pender)

Rick Pender literally wrote the book on Stephen Sondheim. The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia is being released tomorrow and Rick dropped by to talk about how the book came together and his years of writing about–and talking with–Stephen Sondheim.

Ramona Mallory – An Interview

Ramona Mallory played Anne in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. In this episode she talks about why she became an actress, how special A Little Night Music is for her, and why she decided to leave Broadway afterwards.

A Little Night Music movie (1977) with David Youn

The film version of A Little Night Music came out in 1977. David Youn returns to discuss what it did well and why it's not remembered very fondly.

A Little Night Music cut songs

There were six songs cut from A Little Night Music. Kyle talks about such numbers as "Bang!" "Two Fairy Tales" and "My Husband the Pig." He might even sing a little.

Four different A Little Night Music recordings (with Matt Steele)

Matt Steele joins Kyle to discuss four different recordings of A Little Night Music. Which songs are the best on each record? What surprising mashup slaps? And what are their opinions on book scenes being recorded for the album?

Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music (with Ashley Pribyl)

Isn't it bliss? Don't you approve? It's time to talk about Send in the Clowns! Ashley Pribyl returns to discuss Sondheim's most popular song.

The Miller's Son – A Little Night Music (with Jared O'Roark)

Petra gets to take centre stage to give her opinions on life and love. Jared O'Roark shares his personal history with this song. Then Kyle and Jared discuss the sexual liberation of this song, its placements in the show, and the similarities it has to Liaisons.

It Would Have Been Wonderful / Perpetual Anticipation – A Little Night Music (with Eric Matthew Richardson)

Eric Matthew Richardson returns! This time to discuss two songs from Act 2 of A Little Night Music. The first has two men preening like peacocks. The second is all about anticipation without the need of a Satanic mechanic.

Night Waltz 1 & Night Waltz 2 – A Little Night Music (with William C. White)

Also know as "The Sun Won't Set" and "The Sun Sits Low" respectively. William C. White returns to discuss the quintet, 24 hour daytime, and (of course) Ravel.

Matthew Gardiner; director of Simply Sondheim

Matthew Gardiner has been the Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre since 2010. Signature Theatre has devoted itself to continuing Sondheim's work (or adjacent work) every year. Now you can enjoy this new show, Simply Sondheim, from the comfort of your own home!

Anyone Can Whistle: The First Complete Recording (with Joel DeCandio)

JAY Records has released a complete recording of Anyone Can Whistle after 25 years in production! Joel DeCandio returns to discuss why this is album is so good, the history of the show, and a bit about Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

A Weekend in the Country – A Little Night Music (with Colm Molloy)

A Weekend in the Country was Sondheim's attempt at perfecting the complex story song. Colm Molloy returns to discuss whether it works, the end of Act 1, and Beyoncé.

Every Day a Little Death – A Little Night Music (with Karen Unland)

No doubt living with Carl Magnus every day does feel like a little death. Karen Unland returns to try and understand the character of Charlotte, if the title of the song has a secret meaning, and how it doesn't quite work in the movie version.

In Praise of Women – A Little Night Music (with Adrianna Boris)

A pig of a man singing about why women are merely objects to be enjoyed by men. Adrianna Boris returns to discuss Carl Magnus, misogyny, and that beautiful voice.

Liaisons – A Little Night Music (with Jackson Cooper)

Liaisons. What's happened to them? In this episode Jackson Cooper joins Kyle to try and figure that out. This song just may be the secret to understanding the whole show.

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