By The Ghost Light

World Theatre News From A Local Lens

About the show

Cassie (local youth theatre director) and Ryan (local director and former theatre manager) talk about national level theatre news from a local perspective.


  • Episode 18: It's a SMASH

    March 27th, 2023  |  54 mins 2 secs
    back to the future, camelot, chicago, cinderella, descendants, fiddler on the roof, great british bakeoff musical, here we are (sondheim’s final musical), hunchback, into the woods, life of pi, mean girls, merrily we roll along, parade, shrek, smash, smash broadway, spamalot, the room (play)

    SMASH TO BROADWAY! This is the only thing Ryan cares about, but there's a whole list of other Broadway happenings to report on, including some Sweeny Todd rumors that will make Cassie's life MUCH better. Also discussed: - Descendants, Cinderella, Camelot, Parade, Spamalot, Here We Are (Sondheim’s final musical), Into the Woods, Mean Girls, Hunchback, Life of Pi, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Back to the Future, Great British Bakeoff Musical, Shrek, The Room (play), Merrily We Roll Along.

  • Episode 17: Musical Sequels

    March 13th, 2023  |  50 mins 37 secs
    a strange loop, and the last five years, bad cinderella, funny girl, love never dies, peter and the starcatcher, peter pan goes wrong, schmigadoon/schmicago, shucked, sweeny todd

    What happens to our favorite characters after the curtain falls? Sometimes, they get some - generally bad - sequels! Cassie talks about Secret Garden, Ryan continues to guess the HYT season. Also discussed: - Bad Cinderella, Sweeny Todd, Schmigadoon/Schmicago, Shucked, A Strange Loop, Funny Girl, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Love Never Dies, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Last Five Years

  • Episode 16: Nazis on Broadway

    February 27th, 2023  |  36 mins 54 secs
    bad cinderella, mamma mia & puffs, moulin rouge, rogers the musical, secret garden la revival, the tempest

    Addressing the issues head-on, Ryan and Cassie break down the protests around the opening review of Parade, and the Broadway community's response. Also discussed: - Secret Garden LA Revival, Rogers the Musical, Moulin Rouge, BAD Cinderella, The Tempest, Mamma Mia & Puffs.

  • Episode 15: Selecting a Show to Beat the Censors

    February 13th, 2023  |  39 mins 22 secs
    13, 25th annual putnam county spelling bee, la la land, peter pan, she kills monsters, spirited away

    News from an Ohio high school's spring musical hits close to home for our hosts this week. Also, Ryan finished Newsies, and Cassie continues her streak of talking about Into the Woods.

  • Episode 14: About Junior Musicals

    January 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 6 mins
    adams family, jr, jr musicals, junior, junior musicals, kimberly akimbo, legally blonde, music man, newsies, some like it hot, streetcar named desire

    Cassie and Ryan delve deep into the well that is the Junior Musical. Ryan has done a LOT of these, Cassie thinks they're a problem. Also discussed: Legally Blonde, Newsies, Kimberly Akimbo, Music Man, Adams Family, Streetcar Named Desire, Some Like It Hot.

  • Episode 13: Finding Joy in Matilda

    January 16th, 2023  |  48 mins 13 secs
    addams family, matilda, netflix, netflix matilda, newsies, parade, streetcar named desire, sweeny todd, waiting for godot

    Cassie is VERY excited for Matilda. Ryan wants to know if theatre can just be for fun. Also discussed: Parade, Newsies, Sweeny Todd, Addams Family, Streetcar Named Desire, and Waiting for Godot.

  • Episode 12: Ryan's Big Broadway Trip

    January 2nd, 2023  |  56 mins 13 secs
    & juliet, a christmas carol, a strange loop, and wicked., funny girl, kimberly akimbo

    Ryan made it to NYC last week! He talks all about the shows he saw, and the Museum of Broadway. A Christmas Carol, Funny Girl, A Strange Loop, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, and Wicked.

  • Episode 11: Broadway Tours, and Beauty and the Beast’s 30th Anniversary

    December 19th, 2022  |  49 mins 48 secs
    beauty and the beast 30, beauty and the beast 30th, beauty and the beast 30th anniversary, h.e.r. beauty and the beast, joshuah henry

    There's a lot of news, but we want to talk about Disney. We needed to talk about Joshua Henry, H.E.R., and THAT puppet so much that we went back and recorded an extra segment.

  • Episode 10: Lea Michele Jump Scare & Spirited

    December 5th, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins

    We're fully in the holiday spirit. We spend time on Christmas Traditions, Film Favorites, and a new instant classic: Spirited.

  • Episode 9: Glee the Musical, and Acting Your Age

    November 21st, 2022  |  46 mins 38 secs

    Rapid-Fire theatre news segways into a frank discussion about the accurate portrayal of age and teenagers on stage and in film. Cassie has OPINIONS on Ben Platt, and Ryan wants to re-cast Glee with Muppets.

  • Episode 8: Rosaline and Auditioning Acapella

    November 7th, 2022  |  51 mins 10 secs
    back to the future, great british bakeoff, jr. musicals, katie holmes, lucy simon, newsies, newsies jr, newsies junior, rosaline, secret garden

    2 out of 2 BtGL hosts agree, GO WATCH ROSALINE. Ryan held auditions for Newsies, and Cassie is dong her best to not harshly judge junior musicals. Also discussed, The Secret Garden, Lucy Simon, Back to the Future, Great British Bakeoff, and Katie Holmes.

  • Episode 7: Understudies to the Rescue

    October 24th, 2022  |  48 mins 43 secs
    a strange loop, angela lansbury, broadway, broadway closings, little women, pop-quiz, understudy

    Ryan springs a pop-quiz on Cassie. Cassie has some STORIES from performance week of Little Women. Also, Angela Lansbury's legacy, Shows coming to Broadway, and a farewell to A Strange Loop.

  • Episode 6: Happy Tech Week

    October 10th, 2022  |  46 mins 53 secs
    playground shakespeare, royal shakespeare, stage kissing

    Cassie is DEEP into tech week, but what does that actually mean? Ryan translates, and maybe we all can learn something. Also, Playground Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare, and Stage Kissing.

  • Episode 5: Cancel All The Shows

    September 26th, 2022  |  43 mins 32 secs

    Ryan is about to open a show, and we're pretty sure Cassie will come see it, but she's busy telling you how terrible Andy Webster's life's work is. They talk about Phantom closing, the business of Broadway, and all of the shows that are leaving the Great White Way.

  • Episode 4: Stunt Casting, Lea Michele, & Juliet

    September 15th, 2022  |  42 mins 13 secs
    funny girl, glee, jukebox musicals, rehearsal schedules, stunt casting

    Ryan and Cassie are both mid-rehearsal process! They talk about Stunt Casting, Funny Girl, Glee, Jukebox Musicals, and How Rehearsal Schedules Work.

  • Episode 3: Scamilton and Barlow and Bear (oh my!)

    August 29th, 2022  |  53 mins 11 secs

    Ryan and Cassie's alma mater won a Tony! Also we talk Scamilton, Barlow & Bear, and the grey areas of copyright.