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In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight

Join Michael Fling and Anika Chapin of the Goodspeed Artistic Staff as they explore and examine your favorite musicals—from contemporary hits to classic Broadway. They’ll share fascinating tidbits about each musical’s creation and history, then analyze a song or scene to illustrate how the dramaturgy of the show works.

Whether you're "Getting to Know" a show for the first time or learning more about an "Old Friend," you're guaranteed to fall in love with musical theatre all over again.

MEET THE HOSTS

Anika Chapin

Anika Chapin is Goodspeed's Artistic Associate and a NYC-based dramaturg and writer. Before Goodspeed, her jobs included Literary Manager at Two River Theater, and a Company Manager on an Australian tour of CATS that traveled around Asia, among many others. She has her MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University, and was recently named one of the Broadway Women's Fund's '50 Women to Watch.' She thinks way too much about musical theater.

Michael Fling

­­Michael Fling is on the Artistic staff at Goodspeed in addition to being a freelance director. Prior to joining the Goodspeed team, Michael was a resident Associate Director at The Muny and has worked with a number of high-profile directors at theatres across the country. Most recently, Michael founded Craft Productions of Oklahoma, a summer stock theatre in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is the Artistic Director. He is a proud graduate of the Directing program at Webster Conservatory.

EPISODES

Check back every other Wednesday for new episodes!

    

Episode 5: Guys and Dolls 

May 27, 2020
When you see a guy reach for stars in the sky, you can bet that IN THE SPOTLIGHT is diving into the classic 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls. We’ll discuss why the show is both a great musical and a great comedy, share some juicy stories of the show’s creation, and take a closer look at "My Time of Day" and how it reveals secret layers of Sky’s character. 


Episode 4: Spring Awakening 

May 13, 2020
The 2006 musical Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater took the world by storm when it first landed on Broadway. Although its source material was a German play from 1891, the exploration of teenage repression and angst nonetheless felt breathtakingly new and prompted The New York Times to write that "Broadway may never be the same." In the fourth episode of IN THE SPOTLIGHT, Michael Fling and Anika Chapin tell the story of this pop/rock musical classic which spawned a legion of imitations and a lot of karaoke screlting.


Episode 3: Into The Woods

April 29, 2020
Go into the woods with us as we explore Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical fairy tale which recently earned the title of runner-up in our 2020 Musical March Madness Tournament. Learn about the show’s path to Broadway, including the line Sondheim put in the show after an actor said it to him in a phone call – the only time he’s ever “borrowed” a line from a performer! As one of Michael and Anika’s favorite shows, not only will you fall in love with Into The Woods – you’ll WISH the episode could be even longer.

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Episode 2: Annie

April 15, 2020
In this week's episode,
we’ll discuss the American classic Annie
which premiered at Goodspeed about 45 years ago. Michael & Anika explain
this history of the show, how it got to Goodspeed, and even reveal which famous
composer may have worked on the music for a brief time. Featuring a deep dive
into the song “Maybe” and fun facts that illuminate how the show almost never
came to be, the podcast will leave you fully dressed with a smile.

Listen

Episode 2: Annie

April 15, 2020
In this week's episode, we’ll discuss the American classic Annie which premiered at Goodspeed about 45 years ago. Michael & Anika explain this history of the show, how it got to Goodspeed, and even reveal which famous composer may have worked on the music for a brief time. Featuring a deep dive into the song “Maybe” and fun facts that illuminate how the show almost never came to be, the podcast will leave you fully dressed with a smile.

Listen

Episode 1: South Pacific

April, 8, 2020
Take a deep dive into Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific with Anika and Michael. Learn about the history of the show (including which future James Bond appeared in the chorus) and explore the show’s storytelling and structure with a dramaturgical analysis of the song "Twin Soliloquies." Both a celebration and an exploration of one of the all-time great musicals, it is tempting to say this is some enchanted podcast.

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