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The “West Side Story” Story — Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #114 Did it make sense for Steven Spielberg to remake one of our nation’s most beloved musicals (with music by Bernstein and Sondheim!), attempting to fix the parts that did not age well politically? Is the new version a modern classic or a doomed Frankenstein? Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Broadway scholar, theater critic, and actor Ron Fassler; Remakes, Reboots, and Revivals co-ho...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Podcasts, Film, College, Theatre, Broadway, Steven Spielberg, Bernstein, Sondheim, Frankenstein, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Kushner, Ron Fassler, Jon Burlingame, Ed Morales

Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #53 Explores the Hamilton Phenomenon Your hosts Erica Spyres, Mark Linsenmayer, and Brian Hirt are joined by Broadway actor Sam Simahk (Carousel, The King and I, My Fair Lady) to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama. Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, r...
Tags: Google, Music, Podcasts, College, Theatre, Broadway, Sam, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Facebook Twitter, Musical Theater, Eric Eisenberg, Aja Romano, Pretty Much Pop, Brian Hirt, Hamilton Phenomenon

Does Every Picture Tell a Story? A Conversation with Artist Joseph Watson for Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #51 Storytelling is an essential part of Las Vegas artist Joseph Watson's painting methodology, whether he's creating city scenes or public sculpture or children's illustrations. So how does the narrative an author may have in mind affect the viewer, and is this different for different types of art? Joseph is perhaps best known as the illustrator of the Go, Go, GRETA! book series and does onl...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Podcasts, College, Pablo Picasso, Brian, Las Vegas, Quentin Blake, Narnia, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Greta, Erica, Shepard, Andrey

Can Reality TV Save the Fine Arts? Body Painter Robin Slonina (Skin Wars) on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #47 Fine art and reality TV are typically rated our highest and lowest forms of entertainment, yet creative competition shows combine the two. Robin Slonina graduated from Chicago's Art Institute and lived in the gallery world doing sculptures, paintings and installations for several years before discovering body painting and opening Skin City Body Painting in Las Vegas, perhaps the foremost i...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, Podcasts, College, Chicago, Brian, Las Vegas, Robin, Art Institute, Facebook Twitter, Rupaul, Shannon Lee, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Erica, Robin Slonina

Actor Margaret Colin (VEEP, Independence Day) Joins Pretty Much Pop #28 to Take On the Trope of the Alpha Female What's the deal with images of powerful women in media? The trope of the tough-as-nails boss-lady who may or may not have a heart of gold has evolved a lot over the years, but it's difficult to portray such a character unobjectionably, probably due to those all-too-familiar double standards about wanting women in authority (or, say, running for office) to be assertive but not astringent. Margare...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Film, College, Wikipedia, Theatre, Broadway, Brian, Jackie, Alpha Female, Facebook Twitter, Erica, Margaret, Margaret Colin, Robert Simonson

Improv Comedy (Live and Otherwise) Examined on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #20   What role does improv comedy play in popular culture? It shows up in the work of certain film directors (like Christopher Guest, Adam McKay, and Robert Altman) and has surfaced in some of the TV work of Larry David, Robin Williams, et al. But only in the rare case of a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway? is the presence of improvisation obvious. So is this art form doomed to live on the fri...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Television, Film, College, Theatre, Amy Poehler, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Brian, Second City, Thomas Middleditch, Robert Altman, Mark, Tim, Facebook Twitter

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