What do you do when you’ve seen the show, listened to the cast album, and found all the social media content you can, but you still want more? Turn to a podcast.
In the past few years, several theatrical podcasts, each with a different goal in mind, have been launched to bring theater lovers everywhere the additional content that they so desperately want. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to keep track of what each podcast has to offer. Here, in alphabetical order, Broadway Direct brings you five theatrical podcasts you need to be listening to.
1. Billboard on Broadway
Billboard senior editor Rebecca Milzoff hosts Billboard on Broadway, a weekly podcast that discusses the intersection of musical theater and pop music. Each week, Milzoff picks a new show to dissect, spending roughly an hour with members of that production’s cast and creative team, discussing the various aspects of the show. Past guests have included Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin of Hadestown, Oklahoma! orchestrator Daniel Kluger and actor Patrick Vaill, and the three Chers of The Cher Show, Stephanie J. Block, Micaela Diamond, and Teal Wicks.
2. Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast
Playwright Donja R. Love, actress Amber Iman, and theater journalist Drew Shade make up Off Book: The Black Theater Podcast. This podcast was created by these three artists with a specific goal in mind: to shine a spotlight on black theater artists and discuss their interests and issues. Past Off Book episodes have included interviews with and centered on work by Tony nominees Camille A. Brown (Once on This Island, Choir Boy), Dominique Morrisseau (Ain’t Too Proud), and Lynn Nottage (Sweat).
3. Stage Door Sessions
Stage Door Sessions, hosted by Elysa Gardner, is a fresh new podcast that features in-depth conversations with some of Broadway’s biggest names and brings you the latest news, exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, and previews of what is coming soon to a stage near you. Gardner gets exclusive access with some of the Great White Way’s most celebrated performers, including Kiss Me, Kate stars Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase , and asks them all your burning questions.
4. Three on the Aisle
Drama critics Peter Marks, Terry Teachout, and Elisabeth Vincentelli are the trio who make up Three on the Aisle, a podcast produced by American Theatre. Though the podcast is recorded in New York, it covers theater across America, discussing theatrical trends and reviewing the latest productions that critics have seen from coast to coast. New episodes are uploaded twice a month.
5. Token Theatre Friends
Hosted by Diep Tran and Jose Solís, Token Theatre Friends is a twice-monthly podcast that reviews shows and features interviews with current theater artists. In addition to speaking to established professionals including Betsy Wolfe, Laura Osnes, and Alice Ripley (who sings Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on-air!), Tran and Solís also use this podcast as a platform to discuss some of the more challenging issues facing the theatrical world, such as the common pitfalls of white playwrights creating characters who are POC, performative wokeness, and unrealistic beauty standards.