Sep 7, 2022

"Overture" from Merrily We Roll Along

Putting It Together

Putting It Together
I return to Putting It Together to talk about the overture to a controversial Sondheim show.

"Overture" – Merrily We Roll Along & additional backstory (with Eric Matthew Richardson)

It's considered one of the best overtures in all of musical theatre. Eric Matthew Richardson returns to the show to discuss how the overture sets the tone for the show and the backstory of how this musical came to be.

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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.

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