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Jill Sobule. (Photo by Eric McNatt)

Theatrical Mustang: Jill Sobule, Kissing and Telling

This month Woodzick talks to the singer-songwriter about growing up gay, playing the guitar, looking for role models, and her new musical, ‘F*ck7thGrade.’

American Theatre is proud to be the venue for Theatrical Mustang, an independently produced podcast from actor-writer-activist Woodzick. Each month they’ll bring listeners interviews with unbridled talent and cultural trailblazers from across the country.

This month Woodzick interviews singer-songwriter and LGBTQ+ icon Jill Sobule, who has just opened her autobiographical show F*uck7thGrade at New York City’s wild project. In the show, for which she wrote the music and Liza Birkenmeier wrote the script, Sobule chronicles her rise to pop music stardom with her song “I Kissed A Girl.” Part coming-out party for Jill, part cheeky dare to music industry executives, the song launched onto the Billboard Top 20 and became a bona fide hit. What happened after that exposed the misogyny and homophobia of the recording industry, and made Jill strike the song that made her famous from her set lists. Ultimately it took Jill decades to play “I Kissed a Girl” again. That is just one of the journeys she traces in her new musical, and retraces with Woodzick in this episode.

You can also listen to the episode here.

The Theatrical Mustang podcast is edited by CJ Higgins (they/them). Music by The Morgens using Citizen DJ Project, Library of Congress, National Jukebox.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Barton Cole, who coined the phrase “Theatrical Mustang.”

You can listen to episodes 1-138 of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast by visiting Email the podcast at or send a tweet to @TheatricalM.

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