Anomaly: Sci-Fi / Fantasy Geek Chats (theater)
Fun, conversational episodes since 2007 on Sci-fi / Fantasy and geek culture. We cover: fan conventions, sci fi fantasy TV, book, movies and more. In addition to the 50 episodes available here, you'll find many, many more at anomalypodcast.com.

In this episode of Anomaly Supplemental, we discuss the spectacle of Broadway musicals; our early personal experiences seeing, hearing and performing theater; stage-to-screen adaptations; jukebox musicals; screen-to-stage adaptations; the 2016 Tony Awards; and our “desert island musicals.”

0:02:11 – Listener Emails! from Jen, Elly, and Father Beast
0:14:45 – Book recommendations
0:17:17 – Main Topic: Broadway Musicals!
0:57:22 – Tony Award Speculation
1:01:58 – “Desert Island Musicals”
1:10:41 – Musical Fandom
1:14:38 – Next Time on Anomaly Supplemental...

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Direct download: AS-BroadwayMusicals.mp3
Category:theater -- posted at: 2:16pm CST

In this episode of Anomay Supplemental, KC and Sue touch on sci-fi adaptations of Shakespeare's works, references to The Bard in sci-fi shows, and the many classically trained Shakespearean actors who have done a great deal of work in the genre.  We also discuss why it is that Shakespeare's works are still studied and performed 400 years after his death, what makes them ripe for sci-fi adaptations, which of his works are our favorites, and what constitutes good story-telling regardless of genre and setting.

SPOILER ALERT:  This episode may contain spoilers for Star Trek TOS and TNG, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Farscape, Forbidden Planet, Battlestar Galactica and - of course - Shakespeare's plays.  (There may be some others, too...)

Direct download: ShakespeareAndSciFi.mp3
Category:theater -- posted at: 6:42pm CST

In this episode of Anomaly Supplemental, Kasey and Sue discuss the 1987 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical “Into the Woods”, which brings together classic fairy tale characters with exception storytelling and music. Though the show has had many incarnations, the podcast focuses on the original Broadway production, which was filmed in 1989 to be broadcast on PBS in 1991, and subsequently released on DVD (it is available for purchase and Netflix streaming). We discuss the story (spoilers!), music, lyrics, writing, characters, and themes as well as the resurgence of fairy tales in popular media, why theater fans care so much about casting, and how much we adore Stephen Sondheim. Oh, and it's possible that we sing... just listen all the way to the end. Visit the show notes for additional information and links.

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Direct download: Into_The_Woods.mp3
Category:theater -- posted at: 9:05pm CST

Pigfarts, Pigfarts, here we come! Sarah, KC, and Sue got together to talk about the YouTube sensation "A Very Potter Musical." The plot is basically a parody mash-up of Harry Potter books 4-7, but that's not what's important. We talk about our favorite characters, songs, one-liners, and running gags. And somehow take a brief detour to the much more serious topic of digital distribution of media (including theater, television, and music).

*Please note: This episode carried an "explicit" tag due to a few instance of mild to moderate profanity in some of the quotes and/or clips from the production.

Direct download: Potter20Musical.mp3
Category:theater -- posted at: 9:18am CST