A lively and opinionated cultural history of the Broadway Musical that tells the extraordinary story of how Immigrants, Jews, Queers, African-Americans and other outcasts invented the Broadway Musical, and how they changed America in the process. In Season One, writer and host David Armstrong traced the evolution of American Musical Theater from its birth at the dawn of the 20th Century, through its mid-century “Golden Age”, and right up to its current 21st Century renaissance, and explored how musicals have always reflected and shaped our world -- especially in regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, and equality. In Season Two he will continue to highlight musicals, creators, and topics that didn’t fit into last season, and dig deeper into those in which there is much more to explore. In addition, David will investigate a number of new areas of interest that he, and frequent co-host Albert Evans have been researching during their hiatus. As always, Broadway Nation will be unique mix of music, history, opinion, analysis, and interviews with leading Broadway experts, artists, and insiders.

Recent Episodes

June 13, 2024

Episode 144: One More For The Road — The Theater of Bette Midler, part 3

with KEVIN WINKLER author of On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide
June 6, 2024

Episode 143: Bette On The Half Shell: The Theatre of Bette Midler, part 2

With KEVIN WINKLER author of On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide
May 27, 2024

Episode 142: The Theater of Bette Midler

With KEVIN WINKLER author of On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide
May 13, 2024

Episode 141: Exceptional Storytelling Is Possible

With BEN WEST author of The American Musical — Evolution of and Art Form
May 6, 2024

Episode 140: The "Rigorous Creative Science" of the American Musical

With BEN WEST author of The American Musical —Evolution of an Art Form

Recent Blog Posts

The Lullaby Of Old Broadway!

This sequence (directed by Busby Berkley and featuring Winifred Shaw) of course has a lot more impact when seen on the big silver screen of a movie theater than it does on a laptop or phone!   I distinctly remember seeing it at the Regency Th…

GREASE is 50?!?!

It may be hard for some of us to believe (including me), but this past Valentine’s Day – Feb 14, 2022 – marked the 50th Anniversary of the New York opening of the musical GREASE (at the Eden Theater on 2nd Avenue). And next we…

The Letters Of Oscar Hammerstein II

The latest episode of Broadway Nation is streaming now!   My guest is Mark Eden Horowitz who joins me to discuss his fascinating new book: The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II.   Mark is Senior Music Specialist in the mus…

About the Host



Host, Writer, Producer

David Armstrong is the producer writer and host of the popular podcast BROADWAY NATION, which was inspired by a course he teaches at the University of Washington School of Drama on the history of the Broadway Musical. During his 40 years career in the professional theater he has worked as a director, writer, producer, and choreographer on Broadway and at many leading theater companies across America. He is best known for his work at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle where from 2000 to 2018 he served as the Producing Artistic Director and Executive Producer. During his tenure The 5th produced 19 new musicals, including nine that subsequently moved on to Broadway including the Tony Award winning “Best Musicals” HAIRSPRAY and MEMPHIS.