Ep. 95: Hamilton feat. Bradley Rettler

Nate and Ryan welcome Ryan’s long-time friend Dr. Bradley Rettler to discuss Hamilton, the 2015 Broadway hit that made its film debut on Disney+ in 2020. Listen in as they discuss what there is to love about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s complex musical, what is different about watching the show 6 years later, and what the show’s legacy might be.

So how big a Hamilton fan are you? Has watching or listening to Hamilton changed since its early days? What’s your favorite song? Are you going to throw away your shot? Let us know!


For more context on the “Cancel Hamilton” controversy and other Hamilton criticisms we recommend this summary from the San Francisco Chronicle and this look at the historical record from the New York Times.

View the infographic Brad mentioned on the interconnectedness of Hamilton’s songs.

Hamilton Cast Reflect on Backlash and Criticism of Musical by David Crow. Den of Geek.


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Ep. 74: All That Jazz

Nate and Ryan discuss Bob Fosse’s 1979 semi-autobiographical fever dream, All That Jazz. Listen in as they plumb the depths of their knowledge of dance, compare Bob Fosse with Kanye West, and try to figure out what’s going on in those damn hospital scenes.

What are your thoughts on All That Jazz? Is this Roy Scheider’s best role? How are your jazz hands? Let us know!

Also, do yourself a favor and check out Matt Zoller Seitz’s fantastic deep dive into “Fosse Time”

Ep. 39: Moulin Rouge!

Christian calls in a favor with a fireworks guy he knows to seduce Satine in Baz Luhrmann's 2001 movie musical Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! became a bit of a slow burn hit.  Its unfiltered story of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love struck a chord with some movie goers, but the unique and frenetic visual style left some viewers exhausted and annoyed.  Spurred on by the popularity of Hamilton, another musical set in a historic period that uses modern music stylings, Nate and Ryan wanted to revisit the utterly singular Moulin Rouge!  Nate and Ryan have typically fallen in line with those who love the movie, but wanted to look back and see if there is more to the movie than pop songs and emotion.   They explore Luhrmann’s postmodern vision and the merit of bald-faced emotion that toes the line between sincerity and cliche.

What do you remember about Moulin Rouge?  Is Luhrmann a visionary, or a lunatic?  Where does Moulin Rouge! rank among movie musicals?  Let us know!