Soundtracks: Song by Song

I love musicals. Even -- perhaps especially -- those that have reputations for being bad. I love listening to their songs over and over again and geeking out with friends about why we love them. Sometimes that's because of their "so bad it's good" qualities, and sometimes it's just because even bad musicals can be filled to the brim with really great songs. Soundtracks: Song by Song celebrates those movies whose songs have stayed with us regardless of how long the films spent in theaters. And there's no better soundtrack for our debut season than Grease 2. The inaugural season of Soundtracks: Song by Song will feature 13 episodes exploring the songs of Grease 2 in depth. Each episode featuring special guest stars joining me in our deep dive into "Cool Rider," "Reproduction," "Score Tonight" and more.
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Oct 21, 2016

Our fourth episode looks at "Girl for All Seasons," the Pink Ladies' entry into the Rydell High talent show. Host David Levy is joined by playwright and calendar auteur Duncan Pflaster and songwriter/comedian Dyan Flores, and they discuss why teenagers in 1961 are doing a follies pastiche, what exactly is happening when Stephanie zones out to sing a totally different song, how the theme of time plays out in Grease 2.

Keep up with the podcast by following us on Facebook at You can find each of the panelists on Twitter and on the web:

David Levy @itsdlevy /
Duncan Pflaster @kingduncan42 / /
Dyan Flores @dyanysus1116 /

Oct 6, 2016

Our third episode looks at "Reproduction," in which former teen heartthrob Tab Hunter attempts to teach current "teen" wanna-be heartthrobs about doin' it. Host David Levy is joined by sex educator/artist Cristina Pitter and podcaster/stage manager Liz Richards, and they discuss how to make a baby, whether or not classrooms make for good drama, where this song falls on the kitsch to camp spectrum, and what this song is doing in this movie in the first place.

Keep up with the podcast by following us on Facebook at You can find each of the panelists on Twitter:

David Levy @itsdlevy
Cristina Pitter @isisgypsy
Liz Richards @misslizrichards

You can catch Cristina at Strangemen & Co's upcoming aPlay & aParty in New York City on October 14th and 15th, 2016.

Liz is currently stage managing Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Grease 2's Pamela Adlon, at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York through October 23.

Also check out Liz's theatrical advice column "Line, Please!?" at Stage and Candor and her horror movie podcast Bloody Date Night. You can also hear both Liz and David as part of the rotating panel of participants in the Maxamoo Theater and Performance Podcast.

Sep 23, 2016

Our second episode looks at "Cool Rider," Michelle Pfeiffer's first big solo. Host David Levy is joined by performance artist Ariel Speedwagon and writer John DeVore, and they discuss how this song works as an "I Want" song, how it relates to both "Summer Nights" and "Greased Lightning" from the first Grease movie, and whether you can straddle a ladder with dignity.

Keep up with the podcast by following us on Facebook at You can find each of the panelists on Twitter:

David Levy @itsdlevy
John DeVore @JohnDeVore
Ariel Speedwagon @arielariel

Check out Ariel's radio show, The World Is A Terrible Place, on Radio Free Brooklyn:

A quick note: the sound on this episode isn't quite where we want it to be, and we apologize for that and thank you for bearing with us. The good news is, we are pretty certain we have figured out all of the problems and our next episode (about the song "Reproduction") should sound beautiful!


Sep 6, 2016

The first season of Soundtracks: Song by Song was supported by fifty generous individuals who contributed funds via our Indiegogo campaign last winter. Please join me in thanking:

Pink Ladies
Barry Levy
Robert LoBiondo

Michael Berger
Matt Kingston
Rafi Solomon-Schwartz

Rydell High Faculty and Staff
Faisal Al-Juburi
Amy Basque
Seth Christenfeld
Sarah Ellis
Christopher Hodge
William Jennings
Julie Koven Levine
Liz Polay-Wettengel
Kevin Quigley
Robbie Rozelle
Andrei Strizek

Rydell High Students
Ariel Federow
Stacey Friedrich
Trey Graham
Michal Richardson

And our other thirty anonymous donors!

Sep 6, 2016

Welcome to Soundtrack: Song by Song! On our first episode, we dive right in to examining the music of Grease 2 starting at the beginning, with the film (and album's) opening number, "Back to School Again," written by Louis St. Louis and Howard Greenfield and performed by Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops.

Host David Levy is joined by Sophie Oberfield, a high school teacher and musical theater lyricist, and actor/singer Larry Owens.

If you enjoyed hearing Larry Owens on the podcast, come see his cabaret show (produced by David): LARRY OWENS SINGS THE BERNADETTE PETERS SONGBOOK on Saturday night, September 17, 2016 at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street, Downstairs at the West Bank Cafe, New York, NY 10036. 

Tickets are $20 and available now at

There is also a $20 food/drink minimum per person.