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.Ken is away this week and will be back soon!

Wikipedia Musicals

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Today I’d like to discuss a relatively new form of musical theatre. We had the revue and the book musical. Both of which had original songs either as one-offs like in a revue or songs that propelled and commented on the plots. But now we have a wholly new variety of musical theatre, one that I have dubbed the Wikipedia musical.

Cole Porter

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Each of the great American songwriters had their own voice through their lyrics. And Cole Porter is no exception. Like Irving Berlin, he supplied the lyrics to his tunes an enviable talent. Of all the great lyricists, it was Porter who expressed his difficult emotions in his songs.

The 1940s...

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So, I was looking through the list of musicals that opened in the 1940s, a particularly turbulent time in America that began with World War II and its horrors and proceeded to the rise of the middle class.

Valentine's Day and Lorenz Hart

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Ah, the most romantic time of the year. But for some, it seems love is will never come. Or it won’t be recognized. And without it the heart goes cold while the longing persists. All this could be said about lyricist Lorenz Hart. As Alan Jay Lerner wrote about him, “There is a tenderness in some of Larry’s lyrics that always catches me off guard and brings a tear to my eye. His wit was delicious and pithy. When the subject was love—the love he never knew—well, there is that tear.”

In the 1970s..

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There were 180 musical mounted either originals or revivals. When discussing which are my favorite musicals I think there’s three categories since every musical is a favorite for different reasons. There are enjoyable productions that may not have become successes. There are shows in which the original was possibly not the greatest but have gone on for fame and fortune And there’s shows that were so remarkable in their original production they can never be revived as successfully as the original production.

Food,Glorious Food

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Rodgers and Hart wrote the song “I’ll Have a Little of You on Toast” for an obscure radio mini-musical featuring Helen Morgan. All I can say is, the song’s quality is equal to its title.

Holidays Mixtape

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Folks, hope you’re having a Happy Hannukah if that’s your thing. Or no holiday at all of you don’t believe. But we all have to agree that as far as theatre songs go it’s Christmas all the way. Ironically many, if not most of the great Christmas songs were written by writers of the Jewish persuasion. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes America great!!

There’s a plethora of great Christmas songs from musical theatre. Here’s my list of the best known ones listed alphabetically by show. I think it would make a really terrific mix tape (mix CD?) (mix playlist?).

Favorites From the Fifties

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The 1950s were a time of transition in musical theater history just as were the 1920s.

In the ‘20s, the old guard of Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml and other operetta composers were slowing down and being replaced by a new breed of songwriters. Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin led the way to be quickly followed by George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, and others.

“What’s Wrong with These Kids Today?”

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‘Twas ever thus through history. And musical history too. Face it, we were all jerks between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. All along the way at every birthday we thought we had it all figured out. The amazing thing is perhaps no matter how old you are you never quite have everything figured out.

And teenagers in past musical theater are mostly delightfully lost. The first stirrings of adulthood. Beginning relationships. Finding out who we are and our place in the world. All themes explored through song and story.


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