Two-Up: 36 Questions
Allow us to elevator pitch you: musical theatre meets podcast! Some of you will receive this news with foreboding. The rest of you might be thinking, Well, obviously. Either way this meeting of mediums is here, and in the case of 36 Questions, it feels irresistibly natural. The premise introduces Jase (Jonathon Groff, latterly of Hamilton) and Natalie (Jessie Shelton), a young and estranged married couple; he left Natalie when he discovered she'd lied about her identity since the day they met. In Part 1 of this three-part series, Natalie's tracked him down with a plan to explain herself, and to make him fall in love with her again by way of the 36 Questions. We were seduced by this: the script is tight, the songs constructed with wit, the action artfully evoked. Setting aside a few clumsy notes (if more audio dramas could resist the impulse to constantly frame and justify the act of recording, that'd be great), this is an easy endorsement. Note also that it comes via a new audio channel from the creators of the 2015 hit Limetown, who promise more genre-bending productions ahead.
Style: Audio drama