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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.

Back to the...1990s

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As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we're starting a set of semi-frequent columns in which I ask Ken and Erik to talk about their favorite musicals of a given decade. To start, I picked the 1990s.

They've both scoured their memories for the shows that opened just before the new millennium, and you'll find a wide array of tuners from both Broadway and off-Broadway have stayed in their heads (for a variety of reasons).

They Were Something Wonderful

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We're celebrating all things Rodgers and Hammerstein this week for two reasons. First, there's the new production of Carousel that’s recently opened on Broadway. Second, there's a new book out about the songwriters, Todd S. Purdum's Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution, that was just released last week.

April Drollery

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With April Fools Day just around the corner, we're getting slightly silly at BwayTunes. No, Erik and Ken aren't writing those sorts of columns filled with fake news reports. Instead they're talking about the "comedy" that's in musical comedy. Let whimsy abound!

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

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, which we've never done before, I've asked Erik and Ken to write about all things Irish and musical theater in their columns. They've come up with two terrific approaches to this, and some of the shows and characters they've latched onto might surprise you!

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

Looking at Revues

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With the release of the new London cast recording of Working, which assembles a bevy of tunes by a broad range of songwriters, it seemed like an apt moment to talk about the oft-neglected form of the musical revue. Ken and Erik share some favorite recordings and their insights into revues through the years in two delightful columns this week.

Be Kind...

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Random Acts of Kindness Day falls on February 17, and in honor of this little-known event I've asked Ken and Erik to think about show tunes that celebrate goodness, charity, and the like.

Sadly, Ken's snowed under with two major projects (a documentary and a new biography), and so in the spirit of all of this, he's got the week off. Erik's done his usual (i.e. an amazing job), and I'm certain his column will get you in a charitable mood!

Love Is in the Air....

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Valentine's Day will soon be rolling around, and I asked Erik and Ken to think about unique musical ways to toast this day of romance, hearts, flowers, candy, etc.

They've wowed me with their columns this week. Very clever and filled with some great tunes!

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


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