Rachel Bloom Brings Broadway to Um, Actually

Rachel Bloom Brings Broadway to Um, Actually

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(upbeat music) (jazz music) – From Mama Rose to Mama Mia, theatre nerds like a lot of things, but there’s something
they love above all else, and that is correcting people. This is “Um, Actually…” (upbeat music) And joining us today we have… Grant O’Brien – I’m excited to be here. – [Announcer] Siobhan Thompson – I just got my teeth cleaned, and I’m ready to win. – [Announcer] And Rachel Bloom. – My back is weird so I’ll
be sitting like a child. – And this is our second themed episode. These will all be questions
about musical theatre. What wonderful contestants we have, (siobhan laughs) thank you all for being here. Siobhan, you’ve done this before. – Yeah. – [Announcer] But Grant and Rachel, you haven’t done this. – No. – [Announcer] But the game is very simple, these are incorrect statements about the things you know and love, in this case, musical theatre. – Can I tell a story? – Sure. – There was a day when I was roasting you for hosting a show for
virgins, like this is. – [Announcer] Sure. – And I said listen, when
I’m on “Um, Actually…” I’m going to come on there
and really throw some elbows, and you said, “I’m going
to stop you right there, you will never be on “Um, Actually…” – That’s true, I did say that, and here you are, I was wrong. We did change the show
significantly for you to be on, (laughs) but here you are. (Rachel laughs) – And let me say, thank you. – [Announcer] Oh you are very welcome. – I appreciate it. I would not have been
able to play otherwise. – And to prove he is not a virgin, he came in (censored). – Yeah I did, I did. – [Siobhan] Yeah, yep. – It was really bad, like you… – HR is down here right
now behind these cameras. – [Announcer] They’re waiting for… – Someone was here, they just came in. (announcer laughs) – It’s really nice of HR
to wait until I’m done with the episode. (all agree) That I appreciate. – [Announcer] So, yes, these
are incorrect statements about musical theatre, – Oh, I’m so excited. – [Announcer] It’s up to you, to find the thing that is wrong, and buzz in and correct me, all your corrections must be proceeded with the phrase “Um, Actually…” if you don’t do that, I
won’t give you the point, and you can interrupt
me whenever you want. Those are the only two rules. – God, I’m so excited. – It’s pretty simple. – Musical theatre is like
other aspects of nerd culture in that people are like,
“Um, actually that is the, “uh, off-Broadway production,
and when it went to Broadway, “they changed the song slightly, “and I don’t think it’s as good.” – [Announcer] Yeah. – [Siobhan] Yeah, people get
very anal retentive about… – Yeah, when you don’t
have a lot of friends, (all laugh) you have a lot of time to listen to Gypsy. – [All] Mmhm. – The original and all the revivals, and I’m glad I’m putting
that to good use today. – This is a show that will exist for like all the time you
spend doing things like that. – [Rachel] Thank god. – When I lived in New York, before Siobhan or I had this job, – [Siobhan] Uh-huh. – Siobhan was my upstairs neighbor, actually in my apartment building, and I remember one night, – You heard her tap dancing. (all laugh) – Well, Siobhan came down one night, and we just sang through
the score of Ragtime. – Yeah. (announcer laughs) – Just in my apartment. – [Siobhan] At like two in the morning, our neighbors must have been very happy. – We sang all the black parts, (Siobhan laughs) really, (Rachel laughs) – You can do it if you’re on your own, you can do it if you’re on your own! (announcer laughs) – That is the nerdiest thing
that has ever been said on this show. – No. – The amount of white girls
auditioning for musical theatre colleges that have butchered
“Your Daddy’s Son.” – Oh no, I mean, it’s a beautiful song, but just there are so many
other white girl songs. – You could fill purgatory
with all of those girls. – [Siobhan] Surely, Sutton
Foster has enough songs that you can sing, – [Rachel] Yeah. – You don’t have to
steal Auder Mudonalle’s. – [Rachel] Yeah I can’t, (laughs) – Now that just, I almost
started singing it, and I realized that we
probably can’t get the rights to anything, if, if I start singing. (Siobhan laughs)
– [Announcer] No. – You can do an off-brand parody. – Oh yeah. – I could make up a parody. ♪ Your father went
do-da-do-da-do-do-do-do, ♪ ♪ On a piano. ♪ – Okay, well we will jump in then, with our first question. In the second act of the 11-time-Tony-Award-winning
musical “Hamilton,” many actors from act one are double-cast in entirely new roles. The actor playing John Laurens becomes Philip Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette
becomes Thomas Jefferson, Hercules Mulligan becomes John Adams, and Peggy Schuyler becomes Maria Reynolds. – Oh, (censored). (beep) – [Announcer] Oh, Siobhan. – Um, actually… Hercules Mulligan becomes Madison? – That’s correct. – Wow!
– Wow! (bing) – Oh you really got to pay attention. – [Grant] Yeah. – I saw it in previews, at the Public, Previews at the Public, baby! – [Rachel] Wow, okay. (all laugh) – There were extra songs when I saw it. – [Announcer] Oh, I
guess you’re extra cool. (Siobhan and announcer laugh) – [Announcer] John Adams, not even in the, not even in the production, James Madison. – He was in the previews of the Public. – Shut up! – [Siobhan] There’s a
whole (censored) wrap. (announcer laughs) – Does a dastertedly. (all laugh) – There you go. – Yeah, you, your legal cleared version of Anthly. (all laugh) – Do you just run through a thesaurus, and replace every word with
something that sounds the same. – Hamilton comma Alexander. (announcer laughs) – Well I can’t wait for
high school productions to split up all those double-cast rolls to fill the entire… – [Rachel] Oh yeah. – Also have them all be women because nobody is a boy who does musical theatre in high school. – [Announcer] Yeah, I – It’s a very male production. – [Rachel] Oh. – I will have you know, I played the dentist, – Of course you did. – I played Miles Gloriosus, – Of course you did. – I played the Wiz. – Yeah of course you did. (all talking at once) – The problem is, you’re going
to get a lot of high schools where you’re going to
have to quadruple cast the King George role. – Exactly. – [Rachel] Because that is
all that those kids can play. (Grant laughs) – I was just telling someone about this, I was like ah, I think
it would be really funny, if we just went to the UCB, and we got every person who was like, so many schools do “Guys and Dolls”, and is just like, “Hey, are
you used to be a performer, who was in “Guys and
Dolls” in high school? We are going to put it on right now, everyone is going to play
whatever role they played then, and we’re just going to go from memory. – That’s a great idea, (gasps) – Have like 18 different Idles. – [Announcer] 12 Nathan Detroit, 18 Idles, just like.
– [Rachel] From memory! – But if you get enough people, it’s like, ah, you can kind of remember
what’s going on here. – Oh that’s so funny. – I played Father Arvide Abernathy. (all laugh) – I was Nathan Detroit. – Our Arvides were Arvedeas. (all laugh) – Alright that was a point for Siobhan. – Great I feel good, I feel confident. – Well Siobhan’s played before. – It’s the British invasion. – Yeah, haha! – [Announcer] It may not have
won the Tony for Best Musical, but original Broadway hit “Grease” was loaded with catchy songs:
“Summer Nights,” “Grease,” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” all became top-10 Billboard Hits. And “You’re the One That I Want” is one of the top 10 best
selling singles of all time. (beep) Rachel. – “Hopelessly Devoted to
You” is not in the Broadway, original Broadway production of Grease. – Rachel, you did not
say “Um, actually…” – [Rachel] (censored) you! (laughs) – No! – [Announcer] I’m not going to say (beep) whether you’re right or wrong. – Uh, uh, oh (censored). – [Announcer] But I am going to, say “um, actually…” so, – Um, actually, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was not in the original
Broadway production of Grease. – Um, that is correct. – (censored) No! – [Announcer] But, but, (Grant laughs) there is also a more correct answer. – Oh um. – [Announcer] So I’ll give it to you unless someone can come up
with the more correct answer. (beep) Yeah, go for it. – Um, actually…
“Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want” were not in the original
Broadway production, like right? – That’s correct. – Yes! – [Announcer] They’re is
also a more correct answer, but uh, I don’t know how
many- how many more (stammers) (beep) – Um, actually… none of those songs were in the original production of Grease except for “Summer Nights.” – That is correct. – Wow.
– Wow. (Siobhan laughs) – Uh yeah I thought you
would cut it off there. Yes every song that I just said, “Summer Nights”, “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You…” – Oh of course, “Grease!”
– [Announcer] except for Of course that was not in the (censored). – Were not in the Broadway. – The song “Grease” sucks. – [Siobhan] It’s bad. (all laugh) – The song “Grease” is garbage. – But at least it’s a
really long credit sequence. (Grant and Announcer laugh) – We waddled our way through that one, where everyone, everyone was
sort of taking a little piece. – Yeah, yeah
– [Rachel] Yeah, yeah. – I don’t feel good about that one. – Uh, I feel like you deserve that one, but I’m going to have
to give it to Siobhan. – I can give it to… – It’s fine, it’s fine, I’ll get it back. – ♪ But oh those autumn nights ♪ (all laugh) ♪ Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes ♪ ♪ Oh bing-o, bing-o, bing-o, bong ♪ ♪ Winter days ♪ but you also have to take
the melody and reverse it, Da-da-da, so you have to go, ♪ Win-Ter days ♪ (all laugh) It basically, when you
actually start to do like a, a note-by-note parody, it
makes the most terrible songs. (all laugh) – [Grant] I didn’t know that. – There’s a reason these songs are hits. – It means it should not go this way. – [Rachel] No. – [Announcer] Alright. (whoosh) – [Announcer] A good musical can transport its audience to new worlds. While many of them take
place in familiar locales like New York City or Chicago, other musicals take place in
imaginary fictional locations like the Land of Oz, River
City Iowa, Brigadoon, Camelot, and Urinetown. (beep) Siobhan. – Um, actually…
Brigadoon is not a place. – [Announcer] Brigadoon is a place. – Ah. (beep) – Um, actually… River
City is not in Iowa. – River City is in Iowa. – Mmm. (beep) – [Announcer] Rachel. – Um, actually, Camelot
was theoretically real, it’s based in history. – Mm, that’s not what we’re going for. (beep) – (gasps) Oh oh. – Oh, oh! Oh no. – Um actually Urinetown
is a mythical place because it’s, it’s a, spoiler alert, (announcer laughs) it’s a place where you go when you pee and you don’t pay for it. – Uh, Siobhan yeah. – [Grant] (censored) me. – Nothing ever takes place
in Urinetown, because. – [Rachel] No, wait, oh no, no, hold on. – [Announcer] It isn’t,
okay, okay, all right. – I have to disagree with this. – Okay please. – Because the last lyric,
and you can blur this is, ♪ This is UrineTown, this
always has been UrineTown ♪ – Oh! – That’s the twist of UrineTown, is that sure UrineTown’s
a fictional place, but because UrineTown they
just toss you off a building, they were always in UrineTown, so I will disagree with this question. – I’m going to go to our judge-, he’s – [Mike, Fact Checker] That’s accurate, but it’s metaphorical, so I don’t know. (all laugh) – The whole damn musical is metaphorical. – [Rachel] We’re talking
about a bretian musical about a place where
people have to pay to pee, and you’re-, I mean, all I’m saying is, if we’re actually leaning
into the thematic nature of UrineTown. – Sure – [Rachel] It was UrineTown,
it always had been UrineTown. – We, we are in UrineTown
despite the fact that, that- – [Rachel] I’ll (censored) lose,
but I’m not happy about it. (all laugh) ♪ This is PoopyTown. ♪ (All laugh) – No you’re using the same melody ♪ We all, ♪ That’s true!
– You can’t do that. ♪ This is PoopyTown ♪ – Yep great. – That’s so positive now – No you have to
– So happy to be in PoopyTown ♪ This is PoopCity, Poop-SA. ♪ There we go. – [Announcer] I, gosh, you’re
making a very good argument, but I feel like I would be
giving into, largely because, I am afraid, rather than because I truly agree with the argument. – So nerd culture is just
about being pedantic, huh? I see. – What do you think you’re doing. – [Siobhan] You’re the most
pedantic person I know. – That’s interesting. – You know, most – [Rachel] So Siobhan has a whole point, she’s taking (censored) but
we’re going to get it back, (all talking at once) we’re going to get it back,
we’re going to get it back, it’s fine. – [Announcer] Here we go. – Don’t worry about it. – All right, next question. “Wicked” takes place at Shiz University, headed by Madame Morrible,
a witch with weather powers who creates the cyclone that kills the Wicked Witch of the East. Another faculty member
is Doctor Dillamond, a goat-man (or satyr) who teaches history and warns Elphaba that
half-animals like him are somehow being transformed into unintelligent, regular animals. (beep) Grant. – Um, actually, Doctor
Dillamond is a full-on goat, not a half goat. – That is correct. – Ah, yeah. – [Announcer] You were
a half second behind. (chime) He’s just a goat, he’s not
a-, just a straight up goat. – [Siobhan] You feeling
good about yourself now? (Grant laughs) – [Rachel] You like this game now Grant? – [Siobhan] Yeah, I think- – [Grant] Yeah, I am into this. – Oh, seat on the couch. – [Grant] This is exciting. – You’re so proud of yourself. – [Rachel] I’m out, (all talking at once) I’m absolutely humiliated, this is awful. – I’m, I’m, sorry. I’m sorry. – [Rachel] This is an
awful day of my life. – [Announcer] Normally we
just like hang out and chat, and there’s a very intense
– No, No, (censored) that. – So I guess we’re just going to… – [Rachel] I, I can talk to – I, – [Rachel] I can talk
to people at anytime. (all laugh) – I’ve one. – Fully turned away. – [Rachel] I can call, I can call, and of these people on
the phone and we can talk, this is not-, business, come on. – [Announcer] Alright well. – When I lived in New York, – Jesus Christ, – [Grant] This is a great story (all laugh) When I lived in New York,
I lived, for a little bit, on 43rd Street and 11th avenue, and so I get off the train, and I pass- – [Siobhan] It’s in the river. – I’d pass a bunch of- – You lived in the river. – Uh, no it’s across the street from the UPS Packaging Facility. – What is this, 700
Sundays, get to the point. (all laugh) – That’s a great reference, and- (all laugh) – When I was a boy, living
off of 43rd and 11th, my dad, – A lot of crazy characters
in my neighborhood. – Took me to the Yankee Game. – I would pass all
these Broadway Theatres, and so as I would walk by, I
would just enter the lottery, and I couldn’t not win the Wicked lottery, (all laugh) I saw Wicked like six times just because like (censored)
all right, sure I’ll go. – There’s some sad little
teenager who put their name multiple times, just watched you walk – [Siobhan] I took the
train and I’m here from- – Yeah, well welcome to New York (all laugh) – This city will eat you
alive if you’re not careful. All right well we will move
on to the next question. (chime music) (jazz note) (whoosh) Here’s our very first Shiny Question, Shiny Question, these are worth
the same number of points, they are just formatted
a little bit different, and they are a little less common. These are playbills of the original runs of Broadway musicals, it’s up to you to identify
which musical is which, from the playbill! Cool, go ahead and flip these over. Let’s take a look at these. (whoosh) (instrumental music) – Oh which one is this! (announcer laughs) – My brain is blanking on this. (suspenseful music) – Who is this red-headed (censored)? (all laugh) – Uhh. – [Siobhan] You know it. You’re going to be sad about it. – That’s the name of the show (laughs) ♪ Who’s this red-headed (censored)? ♪ – I actually might have gotten that wrong but we’ll see. – So Grant, reveal your board. – [Grant] Sure. – [Announcer] So us, tell
me what you got here, and I’ll tell you how
many you got right here. – [Grant] So I have, Dreamgirls, I have Godspell, I have The Music Man, I wrote down Gypsy, but I think I’m wrong, – [Announcer] Okay. – [Grant] I wrote Hello
Dolly just because, that’s not, that’s not what that is. – [Announcer] Okay. – [Grant] And I wrote down Sweeney Todd The Demon
Barber Of Fleet Street. – Uh, all right Siobhan, you want to tell us what you got here? – Okay, I got, Dreamgirls, I got Godspell, I said 42nd Street for this, Mame, I said Folly’s for this, but I actually think it’s Funny Girl, but it is too late now, and then Sweeny Todd. – [Announcer] Alright, and Rachel. – [Rachel] I have Dreamgirls, – [Announcer] Okay. – [Rachel] GodSpell, Guys and Dolls, La Cage aux Folles, Mac and Mable, Sweeney Todd The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street. – Um, all right, I think
that’s going to go to Rachel, but let’s go ahead and
show the answers up here. There we go. – [Rachel] Showboat. (all exclaim) – [Grant] Showboat? That’s
the post, that’s showboat? – [Siobhan] Showboat! – [Rachel] That’s a garbage
poster for Showboat, that (censored). – [Siobhan] That’s wild. – That should be a (censored) boat. – [Announcer] Hey, look this
is, this is the first run, I don’t know what to tell you. Everyone got Dreamgirls, everyone got Sweeney Todd,
everyone got Godspell, Rachel you identified Guys and Dolls, you also identified La Cage aux Folles, so you have, one, two,
three, four, five correct! – Whoa! – [Announcer] That point
goes to Rachel, (chime) and there you go. – [Grant] That’s impressive. – [Rachel] Yeah, I did it. (announcer laughs) (whoosh) – And that’s it for this
episode of “Um, Actually…” Um actually, it’s not, there’s
way more of this episode over on Dropout, go to Dropout.tv to start your free trial today. I’ll be right here,
well I’ll be over there, I mean I’ll be in both places at once, um because, this is just,
there’s more, (exhales), technology… This is a little game we’re calling, “Once More, Without Feeling” I’m going to read the lyrics
with as little rhythm, melody, or affect as I can, it’s up to you to buzz in and identify the show
that these songs are from. “Hold on, hun, we’re gonna bunny hug”

100 thoughts on “Rachel Bloom Brings Broadway to Um, Actually”

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  3. Maybe I’ve never noticed this before in the other episodes, but they certainly waste a lot of time with their banter in between each question

  4. Anyone else think her swearing is annoying not for the swearign itself, but because they silence the audio whenever she does?

  5. of course it took theatre nerds to have an episode of this where all of the contestants actually know a reasonable amount of the content in the questions

  6. I can't stand Grease (the movie) and Grease (the song (stfu Grant)) is one of the only two actually good songs and it's not even an original song for the movie which is to say Grease as a whole has even less merit.

  7. 10:00 Um, actually… in the musical, it is more accurate to call the Wicked Witch of the East “Nessarose” or “Nessa”

  8. rachel deserved this win and she was RIGHT about Urinetown, the actual town straight up doesn't have a name it's just "any town you might find in a musical" and as hope said "What is Urinetown? Urinetown is here." Look, she's right and I'll fight on it.

  9. I've been waiting for this!! Yes!! The best we'd had so far was a reference to Audrey II
    Please say we get another Broadway Um, Actually!

    (I like the Sweeney Todd reference and the anti Phantom mask in the set as well as the music notes on the tie btw)

  10. "When you don't have a lot of friends, you have a lot of time to listen to Gypsy. The original and the revivals"

    Rachel really had to come for me like that, huh

  11. This is the first episode that genuinely made me consider buying a membership to dropout.

    I honestly would if there was more like this and there were other shows I was interested in.

  12. Incredible! And I will pay any amount of money to hear Grant sing “More I Cannot Wish You.” Make it happen. I’ll get the rights. LET HIM SING.

  13. Honestly, once I get my finances settled in the next 3-5 months, I may pay for Dropout just for Dimension 20 and Um, Actually. I don't care about the rest of the things, I just want those two.

  14. Wicked um actually, wicked is only based in a section in whiz but it’s set in all sorts of places in Oz (emerald city, munchkin land, etc)

  15. I’ve seen all of these (at least on YouTube), and I don’t remember a cast playing off of each other as well as this one.

  16. Thank you for doing themed game. It actually had way more nerdy interactions. I loved it. Instead of people not having any idea and just guessing silly responses because they are not a need in that particular area.

  17. Um, actually, maintaining the original notes for spontaneous parodies does not always make bad songs. It takes some skill/talent, but you can make it work if you're good at it. I randomly re-wrote You Lied by Tool to be Just Clean, a ballad about how my ex-roommate never did so…. While on the phone, making a cup of coffee.

  18. Also have it be all female because no boy does musical theater in high school

    Me the only boy who does musical theater in high school: WELL YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMIND US

    Shoutout to all the high school boys doin theater. We may be few but together we are strong

  19. Um actually the Wicked Witch of the East is not killed by the cyclone as such, she’s killed by the house that falls on her (which is dropped by the cyclone but hey, pedantic nerdery!)

  20. Um actually, the suggestion that Wicked takes place at Shiz University is not entirely correct. Most of act 1 takes place at Shiz, but from “One Short Day” onwards, most of the show takes place in varying other locations in OZ

  21. Stop putting stuff on here if you're just saving the good parts for drop out. It's just teasing and some of us can't buy your stuff

  22. I mean, you can't blame Grant and Siobhan for wanting to sing all of the black parts in Ragtime: The Musical. Coalhouse Walker has some really amazing songs, who wouldn't want to sing them??

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