Let’s go back to: Smash
The short-lived NBC musical drama gave us an insight to what the path to Broadway looked like from the audition process to workshops to opening on Broadway. The show starred Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston, American Idol's Katharine McPhee, Pirates of the Caribbean star Jack Davenport, and a long list of Broadway stars: Megan Hilty (Wicked), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Brian d'Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Ann Harada (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Leslie Odom, Jr (Hamilton) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies). The show spawned two fake (but successful) musicals Bombshell and Hit List and the cast recently reunited to perform the songs from the show Bombshell in New York. Suffice it to say that this show had a very specific target audience and that audience loved it.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Though the show only ran for a total of two seasons, it was one of my favorite shows on NBC at the time. It was a time before Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon original shows and I still think it would play well as one of the original shows for these streaming services. If only it could still be picked up!
Where can you find it now? Both seasons of this show can now be found on Amazon Instant Video and you can watch their performance of their hit song "Broadway, Here I Come" from the series finale below.
-- Kelly Lee
The Artist: Gwen Stefani
The Song: "Make Me Like You"
Where you heard it first: I first heard this song when Gwen performed it on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. As a long time fan of Gwen Stefani, I made sure to stay up and watch her performance that night and, as usual, I was not disappointed.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: After the year Gwen Stefani has been having, a true Gwen-fangirl would be hanging on her every lyric while she navigates through her divorce with Gavin Rossdale and her new romance with fellow judge on The Voice, Blake Shelton. Of course, it seems like she's doing just fine for herself and this new song makes us remember what a strong and amazing woman Gwen Stefani really is. This song has been stuck in my head because, well, it's awesome. It's as simple as that.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you love Gwen as much as I do, you'll be listening to this song on repeat in no time. I promise you.
-- Kelly Lee
Rest In Peace Prince
On April 14th, I saw a smart, well crafted, action packed movie that delved into the practical and moral complications of increased government oversight. Also crucial to the film was the storyline of a war hero attempting to protect his best friend from those who want to punished him for acts committed while he was a tortured and brainwashed prisoner of war.
Oh yeah, and there were superpowers.
Captain America: Civil War is a great film. I’m not sure how big a grain of salt you should take that with considering I am a completely unabashed Captain America fan. But judging by the reactions of the audience in my theater, Marvel has a huge hit on their hangs. It’s a movie with a plot rooted so firmly in basic human emotion that it could work without all the enhanced beings. But because it is these superheroes we have grown to care about since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Iron Man in 2008, the emotional punches the movie throws have even more of an impact. The movie counts on you caring about Captain America not because he’s an icon, but because he’s a human being you can relate to and have been relating to for years.
The Show: Hamilton
The Song: "Satisfied"
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Where you heard it first: I stumbled across the show on Tumblr at some point early its run. Its immediately enrapturing.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: I've been listening to the soundtrack all day since it was announced this morning that Hamilton had won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the ninth musical to win the prestigious award.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Who doesn't want to listen to a musical colorblind musical about Alexander Hamilton with a soundtrack that hit number one on both Billboard's Broadway Cast Albums chart and Rap Albums chart?
Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors on their record-breaking 73rd win in a regular season!
Let’s go back to: "Peeno Noir"
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: With the second season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiering on Netflix tomorrow, it seems only fitting to pay tribute to one of the greatest things to come out of last year's premiere season: "Peeno Noir". Even if you didn't watch the show on Netflix last season, you may have heard your friends talking about Titus Andromedon's ridiculously catchy spoof song and the actor Tituss Burgess even took the idea and ran with it, creating his own line of pinot noir wines. This song is one of the things that makes the show great.
Where can you find it now? You can binge-watch Season 1 on Netflix tonight and get ready for Season 2, which premieres tomorrow! If you're all caught up, you can check out the music video for "Peeno Noir" below.
-- Kelly Lee
The Song: "Proud of Your Boy"
The Artist: Adam Jacobs as Aladdin on Broadway
Where you heard it first: I can't remember exactly when I first heard this song, but I imagine it was sometime around when the musical first opened in 2011. As one of the new songs for the stage musical, it was heavily featured in the publicity for the show.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Last week, I downloaded the entire Original Broadway Cast Recording and have been listening to it nonstop since. This song is really a great song and showcases Adam Jacobs' voice and amazing Broadway pipes. It's songs like these that make the stage musical that much better than the original Disney film.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you're a Broadway nerd like my co-host and I are, I highly recommend not only this song, but the entire Original Broadway Cast Recording, especially if you're a fan of Disney. This song is great and will make anyone a fan of Adam Jacobs.
-- Kelly Lee
This trailer has been deemed Muggle Worthy by Newt Scamander himself. Sit back, relax, and travel back to JK Rowling's Wizarding World. *cue Hedwig's Theme*
Happy Friday everyone! Join me in wishing my co-host Kelly a speedy recovery. In the meantime, you're stuck with me for all your Fandom Friday news needs. Also, be sure to check out the latest in our "ALNM's Path to Civil War" article series for all your Captain America needs.