1.1 What is The Gospel of Musical Theatre?

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It's Episode 1 of The Gospel of Musical Theatre, with your favorite cathedral deans and musical theatre queens, Nathan LeRud and Peter Elliott! Peter and Nathan are Anglican priests and cathedral deans in the Pacific Northwest with a deep and geeky love of musicals – and a love for pulling them apart and looking at them from a spiritual perspective.

In this introductory episode, we define terms: what does “Gospel” mean when applied to a work of art? What is “musical theatre?" And how can the musical theatre tradition act as secular scripture - helping us grapple with our North American culture, and the values and ideas we inherit from the past?

We talk about:

  • The intersection of liturgy (“a public work for the common good”) and art.
  • Finding good news in the Gospel beyond traditions of guilt and sin.
  • What it means to develop a critical lens in regards to literature (including the Bible) and works of art, particularly when it comes to questions of gender, sexuality, and race.

You’ll hear:

  • Julie Andrews singing “I Could Have Danced All Night” (My Fair Lady Original London Cast Recording, 1958)
  • “I Could Have Danced All Night,” as recorded by André Previn (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass) and Shelly Manne (drums) from Modern Jazz Performances of Songs from My Fair Lady (1956)

Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @gospelofmt, and find all of Trinity Cathedral’s podcasts at trinity-episcopal.org/podcasts.

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