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That Awkward Age

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The Prom--about a high school fete in Indiana--will soon be opening on Broadway. I wanted to toast the show, and so I thought let's talk about teenagers in musicals. You'll find Ken and Erik have both been very clever in crafting their columns!

To complement Erik's and Ken’s columns, I'd like to offer up the following two albums for your consideration: 

Happy Halloween!

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It's almost Halloween, and I sent Erik (Ken's traveling and has to sit this week out) on mission - write a column about musical theater that evokes the spirit of the holiday. Erik's been very clever (tricky?), and I think that you'll find that he's talking about some real aural treats.

To complement Erik's column, I'd like to offer up the following two albums for your consideration: 

Musical Monologues

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Soliloquies and monologues in musicals are the topic this week, and Erik and Ken have scoured hundreds of shows looking for some of the best songs that feature characters talking (singing, really) aloud about their inner thoughts and feelings. They've come up with some genuinely unexpected numbers, and I'm betting you'll have a great time reading their columns.

Musical Monologues

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Soliloquies and monologues in musicals are the topic this week, and Erik and Ken have scoured hundreds of shows looking for some of the best songs that feature characters talking (singing, really) aloud about their inner thoughts and feelings. They've come up with some genuinely unexpected numbers, and I'm betting you'll have a great time reading their columns.

The Bernstein Centenary

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Late in August we paid tribute to playwright-lyricist Alan Jay Lerner's centenary. We're now saluting another gentleman who would have turned 100 this year: Leonard Bernstein. In fact the composer would have reached his milestone just a few days before Lerner.

A Musical Environment

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September 15 is National Greenpeace Day. It commemorates the founding of the organization that asks us all to focus on the environment and issues that contribute toward us making a better planet.To commemorate this unofficial holiday Erik and Ken have developed lists of some of their favorite songs about the earth, the environment, nature, etc. They're both great reads, filled with some surprising (or at least lesser-known) titles.

Alan Jay Lerner's 100th!

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Book writer--lyricist Alan Jay Lerner would have turned 100 on August 31, 2018. To celebrate this landmark date, Erik's and Ken's columns focus on the work of the man who gave us musicals such as BrigadoonMy Fair Lady, and Camelot. They're fascinating considerations of Lerner's achievement and legacy.

Tonys 2018

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It's Tony Awards season, and so Ken and Erik are offering columns about this year's awards, some predictions, and other thoughts on the history of the Tonys in general. These are both perfect lead-ins to Sunday's ceremony!

To complement Ken's and Erik's columns, I'd like to offer up the following two albums for your consideration:

Being Completist

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With Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band finally on Broadway, we remembered how the show had been recorded in toto when it premiered off-Broadway in 1968. This got us to thinking about other shows, musical and non, that have been preserved completely. You'll find Erik and Ken waxing eloquent on them in their current columns.

Happy Birthday, Irving Berlin!

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May 11 is Irving Berlin's birthday. He was born 130 years ago in still-Czarist Russia. To celebrate the composer who brought us such shows as As Thousands CheerAnnie Get Your Gun, and Mister President, to name just a few, and such songs as "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas," I asked Erik and Ken to share some thoughts on his craft and legacy.


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