528: The Radio Drama Episode

528: The Radio Drama Episode

Jun 20, 2014
Our most ambitious live show ever! (get the video!) We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House – nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical (the cast album is here), into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others.
This show was recorded onstage June 7, 2014. A video of the show, with an extra 50 minutes of stories, dances, visual gags and songs we could not fit into the hour-long radio program, is available here. We’re offering this Louis CK-style: it’s just five bucks to download or stream.
  • Carin Gilfry explains how she once accidentally locked herself in a hotel closet, and because today’s show is being broadcast from an opera house stage, Ira is able to take the story to a place he never usually can. (18 minutes)FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda turns a piece of reporting we broadcast in 2012, into a 14-minute Broadway mini-musical, created by people who normally work on Broadway. (18 minutes)

    The Original Cast Album of “21 Chump Street: The Musical” is now on iTunes and Amazon!Live PerformanceMusic

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  • Comedian Mike Birbiglia, his wife and his cat take a trip together and meet some parasitic zombie mice. Details of his “Thank God for Jokes” Tour (where this story comes from) are at birbigs.com. (10 minutes)AnimalsFunnyLive Performance

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  • Joshuah Bearman tells a story that’s a sequel to his memorable episode about his mother and half-brother David. It’s done onstage as a play that’s structured like a radio documentary, with Josh Hamilton playing Joshuah, and James Ransone playing his brother. (17 minutes)FamilyLive PerformanceMothers
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    • "How Do You Slow This Thing Down", Stephin Merritt

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  • Comedian (and SNL cast member) Sasheer Zamata stages a radio play – complete with two sound effects guys and comedians Nicole Byer, Chris Gethard and Frank Garcia Hejl. It’s a true story about a recent bus accident. (9 minutes)FunnyLive Performance

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