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Matt Koplik is the most opinionated, foul-mouthed, and passionate theatre geek with access to a mic. Every week, Matt and a guest explore Broadway history by diving into the careers of the artists who shaped it. Whether discussing Sondheim and Sweeney or Herman and Dolly, Matt is sure to give you fun facts, deep analysis, and lots of four letter words. Tune in!!
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It was supposed to be a discussion about Tony Award Snubs...oops, "omissions." But leave it to BROADWAY BOUND'S Robert W. Schneider to keep Matt distracted with tons of Broadway gossip and a foray into Matt's past trauma. Enjoy the shortest episode in weeks :) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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"It's an art..." Goldderby's Sam Eckmann stops by the Breakdown to discuss Tony trends, myths and what you need to take into account when making your predictions! DOLL OUT THE PUDDING! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesעל ידי Matt Koplik
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Oh look...it's the longest episode in Broadway Breakdown history. Matt saw every show of the 2023-2024 Broadway season. Now he wants to rank them. Because what else is there to do now? Feel free to listen to this episode while crossing Atlantic. Or while stuck in a 12 hour traffic jam. Or waiting for your souffle to rise. And feel free to yell at M…
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Motherhood...Sisterhood...and Silent Broadway Contracts... We've got another lovely surprise for you! Award-winning actress Susan Pourfar stops by the Breakdown to discuss her journey with MTC's MARY JANE, from its production at NYTW to its Broadway premier with Rachel McAdams. Matt and Susan also discuss the performance Matt attended when an audie…
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Well...they're here. After much speculating, predicting and dreaming...the 2024 Tony Nominations have ARRIVED. And there were CHOICES made. Matt takes to instagram to read what y'all had to say about the new crop of nominations...and what a few of you had to say about HIM. It's a fun journey!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad…
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Two more days... Recorded Sunday April 21, before Matt saw MOTHER PLAY, CABARET and others...and before the final Tony eligibility rulings...Slant critic Dan Rubins stops by the Breakdown to discuss what they both think the Tony nominees will be and what they WANT them to be. Take a listen! Dan's podcast, The Present Stage: https://www.thepresentst…
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"OK, who do you have?" The TONY nominations are in 5 days, y'all!! That means we gotta start making some new PREDICTIONS. Recorded a mere 2 hours before the Tony Committee released their second round of Eligibility Rulings, Broadway producer David Lynch stops by the Breakdown to share possible nominations. The two also discuss Matt's actions when t…
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"Find your light..." Y'all have been so good that we're treating you to a BONUS episode! An interview with lighting designer extraordinaire Cory Pattak! Cory made his Broadway debut this season with not one, but TWO musicals: SPAMALOT and THE GREAT GATSBY! Cory stops by the Breakdown to discuss the thrill and stress of putting together two very sud…
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"Everyone's a critic..." We're wrapping up the season very soon!!!! And before we do, we got some more shows for you: THE GREAT GATSBY, PATRIOTS and SUFFS! Matt discusses his opinions on all three. Plus some talk about some of the crazy that's been happening online this week in the community. Let's have fun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit …
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"Woman is...or is she?" It's a bonanza!! Matt starts off with his reviews on seeing MERRILY a second time (now *with* Lindsay Mendez), LEMPICKA, THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL and STEREOPHONIC! Plus a new review that has notes for Matt. Plus after all of THAT is an interview with Broadway legend and Jack of All Trades: Jack Viertel. Jack talks with Mat…
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"See Me...and Stay Gold." It's April!!! Which means Tony season has sprung! Matt sees TOMMY and THE OUTSIDERS and gives you his thoughts...and then reads YOUR thoughts on upcoming results for the 2024 Tony Awards. And some of you are BOLD. Let's get some hardware!!! Tix for NYC Gay Men's Chorus concert "Bubblegum Pop" available here: https://nyuski…
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"There is nothing like New York in the SPRING!" A *lot* has changed since our first Tonys episode so Matt has come on to talk through some of it. First Matt gives thoughts after having seen WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and THE NOTEBOOK. Plus what it was like being at the infamous performance of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE attended by protestors! Matt then goes t…
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"He has a story to tell..." It came to Broadway touted as the next ANGELS IN AMERICA. And yet...not every gay man was into it. Then it won the Tony...and some people still weren't into it. But does that make something "Problematic"?? Friend of the pod Robbie Rozelle comes back to the Breakdown to discuss THE INHERITANCE. Matt and Robbie spend an ep…
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"We all lead such elaborate lives..." It's sexy! It's dangerous! It's Disney! It's AIDA!!! Broadway music director Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman, The Heart of Rock n Roll) comes on the Breakdown to discuss with Matt the first Broadway Disney musical "for adults." The two also discuss casting, fashion shows, and duty. TAKE ME IN!!!! Learn more about y…
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"Thank you, baby. Thank you for listening..." Welcome back to Problematic(?)! And ooooh boy do we have a DOOZY! Alum of the pod, Marcus Scott, returns to discuss SLAVE PLAY. The show that angered, excited and confused many theatergoers. Matt and Marcus get into the weeds of SLAVE PLAY's 12 Tony nominations and 0 wins, what intimacy is, and whether …
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Confident and Uninformed. That's the way to make predictions for Tony nominations THIS early. Breakdown alum Dylan MacDowell (DRAMA) returns to go through every possible candidate for this year's Tony Awards. And Matt spills some tea about exactly *what* Broadway thinks about some of its offerings... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon…
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"This bird is singing..." Sally Mayes has been there and back and she can sing all about it to you! A Tony nominee for SHE LOVES ME with multiple awards under her belt, Sally stop by the pod to talk about her upcoming concert series (link for tix below), as well as how her Broadway debut as a swing lead to her winning a Theatre World Award, the 199…
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"Turn it off..." Hello! Our name is Broadway Breakdown. And we would like to share with you a Tony winning show. It has so many awesome parts. You simply won't believe how much this show has angered crowds. That's right...it's THE BOOK OF MORMON. The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of SOUTH PARK and AVENUE Q that swept the world, wowed critic…
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"The heat is on..." To cover a giant show with giant controversy...you need a giant episode. Yup: it's MISS SAIGON. James Seol (COME FROM AWAY, KPOP) makes his Breakdown debut to discuss the last of the British mega-musicals with Matt. The two discuss a LOT: a mutual belief that Chris is the show's villain, how Kim is actually a survivalist genius …
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"What's your damage?" CONTENT WARNING: This episode covers a show that contains and discusses suicide, sexual assault, and mental illness. Please listen with caution. We're venturing back to Off-Broadway with the musical that launched a thousand nodes and a million TikTok accounts...we're talking HEATHERS, y'all. The musical based on the classic cu…
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"If I loved you..." Oh Boy. It's the one listeners of BREAKDOWN have been waiting for. It's Matt's favorite musical. It's perhaps the most famous "problematic" musical. That's right...it's CAROUSEL, BABY!! Theatre critic Juan A. Ramirez (Theatrely, The New York Times) joins the pod to discuss all things Rodgers and Hammerstein. Juan and Matt discus…
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"All we see is sky for forever..." STORY TIME! Due to reasons, Broadway Breakdown is covering DEAR EVAN HANSEN in two parts...with the second part coming sometime between now and later. Journalist and podcaster Ruthie Fierberg (Why We Theater) joins the Breakdown to lay out her reasonings as to why DEAR EVAN HANSEN is NOT problematic (with no quest…
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"I'll never fall in love again..." It's turkey lurkey TIME, people! Guncle of the Pod Adam Elsberry returns to talk about one of the hottest shows of the 1960's: PROMISES, PROMISES. Based on the Oscar-winning film THE APARTMENT, it's a show that got HAMILTON level reviews...and wasn't heard from again for a very long time. Matt and Adam discuss the…
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"...you are a fundamentally evil person..." CONTENT WARNING: Before listening, be advised that this episode discusses a play that deals with troubling subject matter (primarily sexual abuse and suicide). The Breakdown is discussing perhaps the most complex and troubling play NYC has seen in years: DOWNSTATE, by Pulizter Prize winning playwright Bru…
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"Shall I tell you what I think of you...?" It's the first Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway Breakdown! And NOT the one you think! Corey Lubowich (Team Starkid) makes his Breakdown debut to discuss the much loved and much debated R&H classic THE KING AND I. Matt and Corey discuss the joint gumption and prejudice of the show's main characters, the …
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"It's time to dance..." Welcome back to Broadway Breakdown!! And our new series Problematic(?) covering shows that at some point in their legacy have been met with controversy or backlash. Matt is joined by Breakdown legend Ali Gordon to talk about a lighthearted musical that somehow made a few people angry...THE PROM. And no, not because of the on…
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"But first: let's stretch." Before launching into our new season of "Problematic(?)" Broadway Breakdown returns with a warm up episode. Rob Schneider (Behind the Curtain) joins the pod to talk with Matt about the upcoming Broadway season, shows that are rumored to come in, Matt's thoughts on HELL'S KITCHEN and how sweetness is killing creativity. L…
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"Are you *actually* calling Gloria Steinem a skank?" Hey Kids!! Broadway Breakdown isn't TOTALLY back yet. BUT! To tide you over: here's an amazing conversation with Tony nominee Heather Hach, book writer for LEGALLY BLONDE and co-screenwriter of the 2003 FREAKY FRIDAY. Matt and Heather discuss how Heather got into writing, the challenges of adapti…
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"You're in a tough chapter...but the book is long." Whoo boy. It's the big one. The play that we've been waiting for: SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Guncle of the Pod Adam Elsberry returns to dive deep into one of the most painfully personal plays Matt has ever witnessed. The two discuss the complex friendships between gay men and straight women, plus the magn…
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"96,000..." Lights up on the Broadway debut of one of musical theatre's biggest names: Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yup, we're talking IN THE HEIGHTS baby!!!! After Matt *just* said he couldn't find anyone to cover this show, along comes Broadway's Philippe Arroyo (& JULIET, ALADDIN) swopping in and making an iconic episode with Matt. The two discuss Lin's …
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"Die, Vampire..." It's two guys on a podcast talking about a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical...it's a snake, it's a vortex, it's a Full Tilt Original Musical! It's TITLE OF SHOW! Social Media Icon Tyler Joseph Ellis stops by the Breakdown to discuss with Matt all things Theatre Nerdom, Gay Friendships and F…
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"Life is pandemonium..." THE BIG MOVE IS BACK! With a brand new episode covering the musical that brought William Finn back to the Broadway and held the longest run at the Circle in the Square Theatre. That's right: SPELLING BEE! Broadway cast member Todd Buonopone (also CINDERELLA and GREASE) stop by the Breakdown to spill with Matt secrets from t…
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"I want it that way..." A special treat for our Breakdown-ers!! & JULIET's Tony nominated orchestrator/arranger/music director Dominic Fallacaro stops by the pod to chat with Matt about the secrets and insights of Broadway's latest hit. The two also discuss Dominic's instant crash course on Broadway and the benefits of having time when creating. Ta…
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"For the mothers, the fathers, and the children of the world..." Surprise, Girlfriend!! It's a special episode! Matt gets to talk about his *other* favorite musical this season: TITANIQUE! Songstress and Celine lover Courtney Bassett (TITANIQUE, GREAT COMET) stops by the Breakdown to discuss with Matt the joys of performing the most ingeniously sil…
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And Just like That...Pudding Season was over. The Tonys happened!! And they...weren't a sh*t show?? Matt is tired, y'all but he's still gonna go through all of your Hot Takes (and some weird personal questions) about this year's Tony Awards. The winners, the performances, the DIVAS. It's a moment! And the moment is us. Patreon: https://www.patreon.…
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"And the award goes to..." We're coming to the end of Pudding Season y'all!! Good Judy Jonathan Hoover (aka Inappropriate Patti) stops by to make some final Tony Award predictions with Matt. Matt also spills some tea after having attended the Drama Desk, Theatre World and Drama League Awards. Who's hot, who's tepid and who doesn't understand when t…
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"It's an honor just to be ignored..." Friend of the pod and Network Ben Rimalower (Giants in the Sky) comes back to discuss with Matt their most egregious snubs in Tony history. Everyone knows two big ones for Matt...but there are a few that Matt and Ben disagree on!!!! Plus they discuss Forbidden Broadway, Patti Lupone's thoughts on women and whic…
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"And I am telling you..." The 2023 Tony Awards are fast approaching! And so friend of the pod Sutton Lee Seymour returns to discuss with Matt all the amazing performances that have been on the telecast. The two bond over obvious historical turns (Dreamgirls, Evita, Promises Promises) and shock each other with some deeper dives (Sutton did *not* exp…
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"Let's talk about it." Famous Broadway ally PJ Adzima (BOOK OF MORMON) stops by the Breakdown to discuss with Matt the latest on the Tonys vs. the WGA Strike, the Broadway Ecosystem, what needs to change and how we all can be smarter audiences. For the video of the full, unedited episode (released this weekend): Subscribe to the Patreon! https://ww…
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"I chose right..." Matt takes a break from predictions and analysis to look back fondly on the times when the Tony Awards got it right! Writer Peter Duchan (DOGFIGHT) stops by the Breakdown to share some of his favorite choices as well as the first ceremony to make an impression on him. The two also discuss category fraud, Divas, and the b*tchy thi…
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It's time. To compare. Apples and Bacon. The 2023 Tony nominations are HERE and Matt has some egg on his face, some dreams that became realities, and some realizations after seeing CAMELOT the night before. Friend of the pod Kyle Marshall (Putting it Together) returns to the Breakdown to discuss this year's crop of nominees: who we're happy about, …
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It's Pudding Season!! The Theatre Lovers are BACK to make one last big swing for Tony nomination predictions before the big day: May 2. Matt and the duo also discuss some opinions on newly seen shows and Matt reads Rachel and Will for filth on some of their predictions (and vice versa). Happy Tonys, Everyone!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
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It's Pudding Season!! Matt goes solo and reads your Tony Predictions! Well...mostly your Tony predictions. A couple of personal questions snuck in there somehow... What do YOU think is making it in this year?? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesעל ידי Matt Koplik
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It's Pudding Season! And Matt's seen more stuff!! Guncle Adam Elsberry returns to shake up some predictions with Matt. Matt also gives some takes after having seen SWEENEY TODD, SHUCKED, FAT HAM and LIFE OF PI. And also spills a little tea about the current reputation of a Broadway director!! Let's have fun!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
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"It's an honor just to be *pretend* nominated..." Pudding Season is almost upon us! That's right, it's time to start talking TONY AWARDS!!! Will and Rachael Anderson aka The Theater Lovers stop by the Breakdown to do some wild Tony nomination predictions. The three also discuss Bad Cinderella, being an ally, Feminism and which major stars could fin…
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"When life gives you lemons..." It's a special episode y'all!! Breakdown is taking a rest from the planned lineup to do a bonus cross over episode from Tesori Hour. That's right: it's KIMBERLY AKIMBO!! Returning guest Peter Koplik aka MATT'S DAD sits down to discuss the two's thoughts on the musical and all things family. The two also talk about th…
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"It's the bitch of living..." Are you ready for some drama? Connor and Dylan MacDowell of the hit podcast DRAMA stop by the Breakdown to discuss with Matt all things Spring Awakening. The three also discuss toxic fandom, the importance of transparency, what "Purple Summer" is, and the majesty of Jonathan Groff's butt. Touch me!! Learn more about yo…
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"I will DO what needs to be DONE!" Do you have doubts? Do you have parables? Do you have DOUBT: A PARABLE?! 'Cause Godmother of the Pod Ali Gordon is back to discuss all things nuns, priests, Catholic school and having no real life experience with any of it. Matt and Ali also discuss failing in acting class, the importance of casting weirdos in you…
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"God, I Hope I Get It!" It's a big one, kids...a huge one...a one...singular sensation, if you will! That's right, it's A CHORUS LINE!!! The mother of all Broadway transfers. Fellow BPN'er Robert Peterpaul (The Art of Kindness) stops by the Breakdown to discuss with Matt the Pulitzer Prize winning, Tony sweeping musical that defined the 70's. The t…
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"Everything in life is only for now..." Sex! Racism! PUPPETS! It's Avenue Q kids!!!!! Friend of the Breakdown Sam Simahk (INTO THE WOODS, CAROUSEL) stops by to discuss the controversial, deceptively complex musical that deals with existentialism, hopelessness and porn. The two also discuss a person's sexuality, the trickiness of Christmas Eve and w…
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