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Andy Propst is a journalist and author living in New York City. His career has encompassed work with New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio's XM 28 On Broadway channel. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Time Out/NY, Back Stage, and The Sondheim Review, and online at the site he founded, AmericanTheaterWeb.com, as well as TheaterMania.com.

He is currently working on his first book, You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman, to be published in 2015 by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation.

Oct
12

Musical Monologues

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.

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

  • Chess - You'll actually find several songs in this show where the characters are singing about their inner lives. I know Chessdoesn't necessarily fall into the category of obscure, but with at least four musical soliloquies it seemed only appropriate to mention.
  • Bring It On - Late in this show about high school cheerleading squads, the seemingly sweet Eva delivers "Killer Instinct," and in doing so reveals her true self in a maliciously gleeful monologue.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, and Patti LuPone are just a few of the performers whom you'll find belting out musical monologues on this week's Spotify playlist. Beyond being over an hour of swell listening (if I do say so myself), it is also a fascinating trip through roughly 75 years of musical theater writing.


Our free track this week comes from Stage Door Records' just-out release of the original London cast of the gorgeous 1950s jazz-infused musical, King Kong. The album and the song are both terrific.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Head Over Heels - The Go-Go's hits from the early 1980s meet an obscure Renaissance narrative poem in this merry lark of a Broadway musical. It's a giddy and toe-tapping retro listen.
  • Idina: Live - Broadway's original Elphaba, Idina Menzel, sounds pretty fantastic on this recording that features some pop classics and some great musical theater tunes, including a number from the tuners she has starred in.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Pretty Woman - The first hit of the new 2018-2019 season is this musical based on the popular 1990 movie. Andy Karl and Samantha Barks tackle the roles originally played by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and the infectious score comes from Brian Adams and Jim Wallace. Definitely worth a listen!
  • Gettin' the Band Back Together - There's a gleeful rock sound at work in this Broadway cast recording. It's an album that's full of some unexpected pleasures.
  • Hundred Days - The Bengsons’ quirky off-Broadway show comes to compact disc with verve on this new cast recording!
  • Who’s Your Baghdaddy? - It's taken a while but this deliriously silly show has gotten a cast recording. It’s a giddy look back on the United States’ Middle Eastern policy of a time gone by that’s looking darn good these days. This release is just one of many new albums from Broadway Records. Among the label’s other titles you should check out are: Session Girls, Wicked Clone, Tonya and Nancy, and The Boy Who Danced on Air.
  • Beast in the Jungle - John Kander has written a marvelously lush score for this work based on the Henry James short story. It's a richly satisfying listen that you'll probably be savoring for some time to come!
  • Unexpected Joy - Composer Janet Hood and lyricist Bill Russell provided some genuinely infectious pop-theater songs for this tuner about a singer-songwriter who's attempting to move on after the death of her longtime performing--and life--partner.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Evita - This two-fer album from Jay Records finds. Ria Jones and Matt Bogart headliners in the former while Madalena Alberto and Max von Essen are featured for the second. All are sounding quite, quite good, and the album is certainly worth a listen.
  • Sunset Boulevard - Kim Criswell provides the vocals for Norma Desmond on this new release. Her beautiful voice brings a new dimension to songs such as “With One Look,” and the backing from the National Symphony Orchestra is particularly sumptuous.
  • Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - One of Broadway's newest hits, this show takes a whirlwind tour through the fascinating life and electrifying music of pop diva Donna Summer.
  • Desperate Measures - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gets a contemporary, country-western spin in this musical that's enjoying a highly acclaimed and popular off-Broadway run.

You'll get our next newsletter less than a week before Halloween, and it's that holiday that Erik and Ken will be writing in their next columns.

Yes, I know there aren't a lot of musicals that unfold on this day when we all are focused on ghosts, witches, devils...and candy! So, I've just asked the guys to write about songs that, in some way to them, are appropriate for the day.

No idea where either of them will go with it all. As I was thinking about Halloween and such my mind turned to one recently released album, the new London cast recording of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein.

 

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Oct
12

Musical Monologues

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.

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

  • Chess - You'll actually find several songs in this show where the characters are singing about their inner lives. I know Chessdoesn't necessarily fall into the category of obscure, but with at least four musical soliloquies it seemed only appropriate to mention.
  • Bring It On - Late in this show about high school cheerleading squads, the seemingly sweet Eva delivers "Killer Instinct," and in doing so reveals her true self in a maliciously gleeful monologue.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, and Patti LuPone are just a few of the performers whom you'll find belting out musical monologues on this week's Spotify playlist. Beyond being over an hour of swell listening (if I do say so myself), it is also a fascinating trip through roughly 75 years of musical theater writing.


Our free track this week comes from Stage Door Records' just-out release of the original London cast of the gorgeous 1950s jazz-infused musical, King Kong. The album and the song are both terrific.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Head Over Heels - The Go-Go's hits from the early 1980s meet an obscure Renaissance narrative poem in this merry lark of a Broadway musical. It's a giddy and toe-tapping retro listen.
  • Idina: Live - Broadway's original Elphaba, Idina Menzel, sounds pretty fantastic on this recording that features some pop classics and some great musical theater tunes, including a number from the tuners she has starred in.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Pretty Woman - The first hit of the new 2018-2019 season is this musical based on the popular 1990 movie. Andy Karl and Samantha Barks tackle the roles originally played by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and the infectious score comes from Brian Adams and Jim Wallace. Definitely worth a listen!
  • Gettin' the Band Back Together - There's a gleeful rock sound at work in this Broadway cast recording. It's an album that's full of some unexpected pleasures.
  • Hundred Days - The Bengsons’ quirky off-Broadway show comes to compact disc with verve on this new cast recording!
  • Who’s Your Baghdaddy? - It's taken a while but this deliriously silly show has gotten a cast recording. It’s a giddy look back on the United States’ Middle Eastern policy of a time gone by that’s looking darn good these days. This release is just one of many new albums from Broadway Records. Among the label’s other titles you should check out are: Session Girls, Wicked Clone, Tonya and Nancy, and The Boy Who Danced on Air.
  • Beast in the Jungle - John Kander has written a marvelously lush score for this work based on the Henry James short story. It's a richly satisfying listen that you'll probably be savoring for some time to come!
  • Unexpected Joy - Composer Janet Hood and lyricist Bill Russell provided some genuinely infectious pop-theater songs for this tuner about a singer-songwriter who's attempting to move on after the death of her longtime performing--and life--partner.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Evita - This two-fer album from Jay Records finds. Ria Jones and Matt Bogart headliners in the former while Madalena Alberto and Max von Essen are featured for the second. All are sounding quite, quite good, and the album is certainly worth a listen.
  • Sunset Boulevard - Kim Criswell provides the vocals for Norma Desmond on this new release. Her beautiful voice brings a new dimension to songs such as “With One Look,” and the backing from the National Symphony Orchestra is particularly sumptuous.
  • Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - One of Broadway's newest hits, this show takes a whirlwind tour through the fascinating life and electrifying music of pop diva Donna Summer.
  • Desperate Measures - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gets a contemporary, country-western spin in this musical that's enjoying a highly acclaimed and popular off-Broadway run.

You'll get our next newsletter less than a week before Halloween, and it's that holiday that Erik and Ken will be writing in their next columns.

Yes, I know there aren't a lot of musicals that unfold on this day when we all are focused on ghosts, witches, devils...and candy! So, I've just asked the guys to write about songs that, in some way to them, are appropriate for the day.

No idea where either of them will go with it all. As I was thinking about Halloween and such my mind turned to one recently released album, the new London cast recording of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein.

 

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Sep
28

The Bernstein Centenary

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. Ken and Erik have both written terrific tributes to the man who wrote such shows as On the Town and West Side Story, and I'm betting you'll find some kernels of little-known lore in them both as you read.

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

  • West Side Story Reimagined - Bobby Sanabria's impressive Latin Jazz reworking of this Bernstein score pulses with intensity from start to finish. Beyond being a swell listen, it's also raising money for the citizens of Puerto Rico as they continue to rebound from last year's horrific hurricanes.
  • Wonderful Town - This Bernstein show has had some powerhouse leading ladies, from Rosalind Russell in the original 1953 production to Donna Murphy in a 2003 revival. Thanks to this new concert recording, there's now another name on the list of actors who have shone brightly as Ruth Sherwood: Alysha Umphress. She's pretty darn wonderful as she delivers such songs as "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man" and "Conga!" and makes them her own. 

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


You'll find music from original cast recordings of Leonard Bernstein's shows as well as a plethora of cover versions and numbers as performed in revivals of his acclaimed musicals in this week's Spotify playlist. It's over an hour of electrifying musicality.


Our new free song download comes from the just-released Broadway cast recording of Gettin' the Band Back Together. It's a terrific intro to the show and the charms of Mark Allen's score.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Pretty Woman - The first hit of the new 2018-2019 season is this musical based on the popular 1990 movie. Andy Karl and Samantha Barks tackle the roles originally played by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and the infectious score comes from Brian Adams and Jim Wallace. Definitely worth a listen!
  • Gettin' the Band Back Together - There's a gleeful rock sound at work in this Broadway cast recording. It's an album that's full of some unexpected pleasures.
  • Hundred Days - The Bengsons’ quirky off-Broadway show comes to compact disc with verve on this new cast recording!
  • Who’s Your Baghdaddy? - It's taken a while but this deliriously silly show has gotten a cast recording. It’s a giddy look back on the United States’ Middle Eastern policy of a time gone by that’s looking darn good these days.

This latter release is just one that’s just arrived courtesy of Broadway Records. Among the label’s other titles you should check out are: Session Girls, Wicked Clone, Tonya and Nancy, and The Boy Who Danced on Air.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Beast in the Jungle - John Kander has written a marvelously lush score for this work based on the Henry James short story. It's a richly satisfying listen that you'll probably be savoring for some time to come!
  • Unexpected Joy - Composer Janet Hood and lyricist Bill Russell provided some genuinely infectious pop-theater songs for this tuner about a singer-songwriter who's attempting to move on after the death of her longtime performing--and life--partner.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Evita - This two-fer album from Jay Records finds. Ria Jones and Matt Bogart headliners in the former while Madalena Alberto and Max von Essen are featured for the second. All are sounding quite, quite good, and the album is certainly worth a listen.
  • Sunset Boulevard - Kim Criswell provides the vocals for Norma Desmond on this new release. Her beautiful voice brings a new dimension to songs such as “With One Look,” and the backing from the National Symphony Orchestra is particularly sumptuous.
  • Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - One of Broadway's newest hits, this show takes a whirlwind tour through the fascinating life and electrifying music of pop diva Donna Summer.
  • Desperate Measures - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gets a contemporary, country-western spin in this musical that's enjoying a highly acclaimed and popular off-Broadway run.

Erik and Ken will be writing about a unique sort of song in their next columns.

I've asked them to think about numbers where characters are engaged in soliloquizing or working through an internal monologue.

I know the guys will come up with a fascinating array of songs on the topic. Will either of them take the one that immediately comes to mind? That, of course, would be "Soliloquy," from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel.

 

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Sep
14

A Musical Environment

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.

Normally this is where you’d find me saying something about take a listen to these albums that complement what the guys have done. I’m going to diverge (just a bit) to make mention of Marin Mazzie's unexpected death yesterday which has saddened us all. In tribute to this grand performer I'd like to recommend a few things that fit with our nature theme today. First, there's the album Opposite You, which she recorded with her husband Jason Danieley. It's got a swell rendition of "Honeysuckle Rose" on it. On her concert album Make Your Own Kind of Music she delivers a stirring rendition of the song "Evergreen. Finally take a listen to the revival cast recording of Kiss Me, Kate, where she starred opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell. They sound terrific throughout but they are particularly glorious when they join forces for "Wunderbar," which has the lyric "Gazing down on the Jungfrau."

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


A grand array of music - over an hour's worth - is waiting for you with this week's "green" Spotify playlist. It's filled with songs that we all know by heart and a bunch of not frequently heard gems...all of them celebrating, in their own fashion, the environment.


Our new free song download comes from Broadway Records' Beast in the Jungle, a recording of a theater-dance piece with an exquisite score by John Kander!


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Beast in the Jungle - John Kander has written a marvelously lush score for this work based on the Henry James short story. It's a richly satisfying listen that you'll probably be savoring for some time to come!
  • Unexpected Joy - Composer Janet Hood and lyricist Bill Russell provided some genuinely infectious pop-theater songs for this tuner about a singer-songwriter who's attempting to move on after the death of her longtime performing--and life--partner.

This latter terrific recording is just one of several just out from JAY Records that I’d like to draw your attention to. To begin there are is a lovely “twofer” album that showcase Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music: a compendium of Sunset Boulevard and Evita. Ria Jones and Matt Bogart are the headliners for the first, while Madalena Alberto and Max von Essen are featured for the second. All are sounding quite, quite good, and the albums is certainly worth a listen. You can find more music from Sunset Boulevard on another album where Kim Criswell provides the vocals for Norma Desmond. Criswell’s beautiful voice brings a new dimension to songs such as “With One Look,” and the backing from the National Symphony Orchestra is particularly sumptuous.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - One of Broadway's newest hits, this show takes a whirlwind tour through the fascinating life and electrifying music of pop diva Donna Summer.
  • Desperate Measures - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gets a contemporary, country-western spin in this musical that's enjoying a highly acclaimed and popular off-Broadway run.
  • Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 classic has gotten a much-discussed revival with a great array of vocalists! Five of them, in fact, are Tony nominated. Listening to this new album will help you understand why.
  • My Fair Lady - Lerner and Loewe's beloved musicalization of Shaw's Pygmalion is delighting audiences at Lincoln Center Theater, and this new cast recording will let you savor the joys of both the writers' work and the lead performances of Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, and Norbert Leo Butz.
  • Mean Girls - The new musical based on the Tina Fey movie has some bubbly tunes from Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin that prove to be wonderfully infectious! Plus there are some great performers delivering them, notably Tony nominee Taylor Louderman.
  • Hair - 50th Anniversary Cast Recording - It's hard to believe that this rock musical is squarely hitting middle age. This new album from England reminds us of how the tunes are still remarkably vibrant.
  • Frozen - You can enjoy the Broadway incarnation of this hit movie at long last! Caissie Levy and Patti Murin headline this company and are in great voice, and there are also 12 new tunes by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to enjoy.
  • Sing Happy - The amazing Audra McDonald's recent New York Philharmonic concert is captured in all its glory on this release. What makes it particularly exciting are the number of songs on here that she's never recorded before.

At the end of August we celebrated the centenary of Alan Jay Lerner's birth. Just a few days before, another musical theater great, Leonard Bernstein, would also have turned 100.

It seems only fitting that we pay tribute to Bernstein, whose theater work includes On the TownWonderful TownCandide, and, of course, West Side Story. Alas, the one show Lerner and Bernstein wrote together, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, never got a cast recording, but much of its score can be found on A White House Cantata.

I am pretty sure that both Erik and Ken will have a great time penning tributes to this master musician.

 

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Aug
31

Alan Jay Lerner's 100th!

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.

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

  • Leading Men Don't Dance  - There are a trio of great songs with Alan Jay Lerner's lyrics on this recording, two with music by Frederick Loewe and one with a melody from Burton Lane.
  • LoveMusik - You'll find a marvelous little-known Alan Jay Lerner lyric on the cast recording for this musical about composer Kurt Weill and his wife, Lotte Lenya. The track is "The Illusion Wedding Show," and the number was originally heard in the musical Love Life under the title "The Illusion Minstrel Show."

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


The sparkling wit, heartfelt simplicity, and classic elegance of Alan Jay Lerner's lyrics are showcased in this week's Spotify playlist. It includes the big numbers that we all know and love, as well as some fantastic rarities - including one swell track from a very young Frank Sinatra!


As we celebrate what would have been Alan Jay Lerner's 100th birthday, we've got a terrific free track for you. It's the inimitable Maxine Sullivan singing "Too Late Now" from Royal Wedding.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - One of Broadway's newest hits, this show takes a whirlwind tour through the fascinating life and electrifying music of pop diva Donna Summer.
  • Desperate Measures - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure gets a contemporary, country-western spin in this musical that's enjoying a highly acclaimed and popular off-Broadway run.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 classic has gotten a much-discussed revival with a great array of vocalists! Five of them, in fact, are Tony nominated. Listening to this new album will help you understand why.
  • My Fair Lady - Lerner and Loewe's beloved musicalization of Shaw's Pygmalion is delighting audiences at Lincoln Center Theater, and this new cast recording will let you savor the joys of both the writers' work and the lead performances of Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, and Norbert Leo Butz.
  • Mean Girls - The new musical based on the Tina Fey movie has some bubbly tunes from Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin that prove to be wonderfully infectious! Plus there are some great performers delivering them, notably Tony nominee Taylor Louderman.
  • Hair - 50th Anniversary Cast Recording - It's hard to believe that this rock musical is squarely hitting middle age. This new album from England reminds us of how the tunes are still remarkably vibrant.
  • Frozen - You can enjoy the Broadway incarnation of this hit movie at long last! Caissie Levy and Patti Murin headline this company and are in great voice, and there are also 12 new tunes by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to enjoy.
  • Sing Happy - The amazing Audra McDonald's recent New York Philharmonic concert is captured in all its glory on this release. What makes it particularly exciting are the number of songs on here that she's never recorded before.
  • Prince of Broadway - The recording of this celebration of the career and vision of director-producer Harold Prince allows listeners to savor both his genius and the history of musical theater while delighting in some terrific new interpretations of classic songs.
  • Hello Again - A host of Broadway vets, from Tony winners Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton to Cheyenne Jackson and Sam Underwood, are featured on this soundtrack recording for the movie version of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical.

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.

I thought it might be interesting to see how Ken and Erik would commemorate this unofficial holiday and asked them to come up with short lists of some of their favorite songs about the earth, the environment, nature, etc.

One example I gave them was "Old Man River" from Show Boat. Where would you start this list?

 

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Jun
08

Tonys 2018

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:

  • 2018 Tony Awards Season  - You'll find tracks from this year's Tony-nominated shows--as well as the other musicals--that opened this season, along with a couple of terrific surprises on this just-out album.
  • A Letter to Harvey Milk - This show couldn't get a Tony nomination this year, because it opened off-Broadway. Nonetheless, it's an intriguing piece of writing (and listening), and as all of the other cast albums for the season are mentioned in Erik's and Ken's columns, I put it here.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


You'll hear Broadway's 2017-2018 season unfold with this week's Spotify playlist. I've included cuts from all of the cast albums of the shows that have opened, augmented with tracks featuring Tony-nominated performers in other roles and a few other surprises. Hope you have fun with it!


Harbinger Records has just released its most recent edition of its Songwriter Showcase Series. A two-disc set featuring songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, it contains an incredible selection of never-released demos and other gems! It’s our current free download.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 classic has gotten a much-discussed revival with a great array of vocalists! Five of them, in fact, are Tony nominated. Listening to this new album will help you understand why.
  • My Fair Lady - Lerner and Loewe's beloved musicalization of Shaw's Pygmalion is delighting audiences at Lincoln Center Theater, and this new cast recording will let you savor the joys of both the writers' work and the lead performances of Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, and Norbert Leo Butz.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Mean Girls - The new musical based on the Tina Fey movie has some bubbly tunes from Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin that prove to be wonderfully infectious! Plus there are some great performers delivering them, notably Tony nominee Taylor Louderman.
  • Hair - 50th Anniversary Cast Recording - It's hard to believe that this rock musical is squarely hitting middle age. This new album from England reminds us of how the tunes are still remarkably vibrant.
  • Frozen - You can enjoy the Broadway incarnation of this hit movie at long last! Caissie Levy and Patti Murin headline this company and are in great voice, and there are also 12 new tunes by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to enjoy.
  • Sing Happy - The amazing Audra McDonald's recent New York Philharmonic concert is captured in all its glory on this release. What makes it particularly exciting are the number of songs on here that she's never recorded before.
  • Prince of Broadway - The recording of this celebration of the career and vision of director-producer Harold Prince allows listeners to savor both his genius and the history of musical theater while delighting in some terrific new interpretations of classic songs.
  • Hello Again - A host of Broadway vets, from Tony winners Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton to Cheyenne Jackson and Sam Underwood, are featured on this soundtrack recording for the movie version of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon delivered terrific performances on NBC's live broadcast of this Andrew Lloyd Webber--Tim Rice classic. It's fantastic having this soundtrack recording that preserves their work.
  • Cy Coleman - A Jazzman's Broadway - The songwriter-performer lends his distinct jazz sensibility to a trio of musicals on this new release. He covers songs from two Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners (Flower Drum Song & South Pacific), as well as ones from Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's Jamaica.
  • "True Love" - Patti Murin is sounding pretty extraordinary on this last of four singles of new songs written for the show that's based on the phenomenally successful movie. It's a show that's garnered some raves. This might be one reason why.
  • "Word of Your Body" - The new NBC series Rise is doing the same thing that Fox's Gleedid: release singles of songs performed on the show. Here's one that's a cover from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
  • Unmasked - To coincide with the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir (which also goes by this title) and in celebration of his 70th birthday (March 22), Universal Music is releasing this four-disc set featuring some of the most acclaimed performances of his songs, along with a swell array of new interpretations. (A two-disc set is also available.)
  • Calendar Girls - This musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, has been delighting audiences in the U.K. for a while now. We can finally hear what they've been enjoying thanks to this just-out cast recording.
  • Working - This 1978 show based on Studs Terkel's interviews with regular folks about their jobs sounds utterly of the moment on this new London cast recording. You'll find all of your old favorites here and a couple of terrific new numbers.
  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me - Lyricist Valerie Vigoda and composer Brendan Milburn have turned out yet another inventive score, this time for a tuner about a sleep-deprived mom who designs video games and late one night gets a visit from the noted (and long-dead) Antarctic explorer. It's a delightful show and album.

I'm going to be traveling for the rest of June and most of July, so there will be a corresponding sabbatical for me in terms of updating BwayTunes. Dodgy WiFi will make big changes to the site difficult at best.

While I won't be sending you a newsletter for a while, I will be keeping new releases up to date on the homepage, and I hope to offer up a couple of free song downloads during this temporary break as well.

Enjoy the beginning of summer, and to send you on your way I suggest a listen to some tracks from Noël Coward's Sail Away, including "The Passenger's Always Right" and "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?"

 

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May
25

Being Completist

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.

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

  • Dreamgirls in Concert  - The Broadway cast album for this tuner severely truncated the Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen score in an effort to make the recording sound more like a pop album. Thankfully, we've got this 2005 release that allows all of the textures and motifs in this richly conceived show to shine through.
  • Songs From an Unmade Bed - Also from 2005 is this zesty recording, featuring a beautiful performance by Michael Winther, which gives you the chance to savor all of the tunes in this amusing, bittersweet, and sometimes heartbreaking song cycle.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


A playlist based on  this week's theme seems a little silly; after all, the idea of a complete recording is to give listeners the chance to enjoy a show from beginning to end. Still, there are some grand cuts on all of the albums we're talking about this week, and I think they end up making a swell Spotify playlist.


Stage Door Records continues to comb through fascinating rarities, and with its newest release the label turns the clock back to 1959 and the musical Redhead. We couldn't be more pleased to share a track from this terrific disc as a free download with you this week.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Mean Girls - The new musical based on the Tina Fey movie has some bubbly tunes from Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin that prove to be wonderfully infectious! Plus there are some great performers delivering them, notably Tony nominee Taylor Louderman.
  • Hair - 50th Anniversary Cast Recording - It's hard to believe that this rock musical is squarely hitting middle age. This new album from England reminds us of how the tunes are still remarkably vibrant.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Frozen - You can enjoy the Broadway incarnation of this hit movie at long last! Caissie Levy and Patti Murin headline this company and are in great voice, and there are also 12 new tunes by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to enjoy.
  • Sing Happy - The amazing Audra McDonald's recent New York Philharmonic concert is captured in all its glory on this release. What makes it particularly exciting are the number of songs on here that she's never recorded before.
  • Prince of Broadway - The recording of this celebration of the career and vision of director-producer Harold Prince allows listeners to savor both his genius and the history of musical theater while delighting in some terrific new interpretations of classic songs.
  • Hello Again - A host of Broadway vets, from Tony winners Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton to Cheyenne Jackson and Sam Underwood, are featured on this soundtrack recording for the movie version of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon delivered terrific performances on NBC's live broadcast of this Andrew Lloyd Webber--Tim Rice classic. It's fantastic having this soundtrack recording that preserves their work.
  • Cy Coleman - A Jazzman's Broadway - The songwriter-performer lends his distinct jazz sensibility to a trio of musicals on this new release. He covers songs from two Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners (Flower Drum Song & South Pacific), as well as ones from Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's Jamaica.
  • "True Love" - Patti Murin is sounding pretty extraordinary on this last of four singles of new songs written for the show that's based on the phenomenally successful movie. It's a show that's garnered some raves. This might be one reason why.
  • "Word of Your Body" - The new NBC series Rise is doing the same thing that Fox's Gleedid: release singles of songs performed on the show. Here's one that's a cover from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
  • Unmasked - To coincide with the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir (which also goes by this title) and in celebration of his 70th birthday (March 22), Universal Music is releasing this four-disc set featuring some of the most acclaimed performances of his songs, along with a swell array of new interpretations. (A two-disc set is also available.)
  • Calendar Girls - This musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, has been delighting audiences in the U.K. for a while now. We can finally hear what they've been enjoying thanks to this just-out cast recording.
  • Working - This 1978 show based on Studs Terkel's interviews with regular folks about their jobs sounds utterly of the moment on this new London cast recording. You'll find all of your old favorites here and a couple of terrific new numbers.
  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me - Lyricist Valerie Vigoda and composer Brendan Milburn have turned out yet another inventive score, this time for a tuner about a sleep-deprived mom who designs video games and late one night gets a visit from the noted (and long-dead) Antarctic explorer. It's a delightful show and album.

The Tony Awards will be handed out on June 10, and the next BwayTunes newsletter should hit your email just two days before. When you open it you'll find Ken's and Erik's prognostications for the ceremony.

I'll be curious to see who they think will win in the various categories, including Best Musical, where the nominees range from The Band's Visit to Frozen to Mean Girls to SpongeBob SquarePants.

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May
11

Happy Birthday, Irving Berlin!

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. They've given (no surprise here) us all two grand columns.

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

  • Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook  - Elisabeth Welch was a big star back in the 1920s and 1930s. These days she's not talked about much. She should be, as the tracks on this album confirm.
  • This Is the Life - The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra brings period authenticity to a host of Berlin's songs on this album, which features both some of the songwriter's best-loved tunes and some of his lesser-known gems.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


Irving Berlin's career spanned over 50 years, and his songs continue to be heard on Broadway today. The Spotify playlist this week represents what has become a 100 year legacy, with period recordings from the first decades of the 20th century and some of more recent vintage to bring us into the 21st.


As part of our tribute to the incomparable songwriter Irving Berlin, we've got a terrific track for you as a free download: a recent recording of one of his rarely heard numbers. It comes from the cast recording of Irving Berlin & Co.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Frozen - You can enjoy the Broadway incarnation of this hit movie at long last! Caissie Levy and Patti Murin headline this company and are in great voice, and there are also 12 new tunes by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to enjoy.
  • Sing Happy - The amazing Audra McDonald's recent New York Philharmonic concert is captured in all its glory on this release. What makes it particularly exciting are the number of songs on here that she's never recorded before.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Prince of Broadway - The recording of this celebration of the career and vision of director-producer Harold Prince allows listeners to savor both his genius and the history of musical theater while delighting in some terrific new interpretations of classic songs.
  • Hello Again - A host of Broadway vets, from Tony winners Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton to Cheyenne Jackson and Sam Underwood, are featured on this soundtrack recording for the movie version of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon delivered terrific performances on NBC's live broadcast of this Andrew Lloyd Webber--Tim Rice classic. It's fantastic having this soundtrack recording that preserves their work.
  • Cy Coleman - A Jazzman's Broadway - The songwriter-performer lends his distinct jazz sensibility to a trio of musicals on this new release. He covers songs from two Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners (Flower Drum Song & South Pacific), as well as ones from Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's Jamaica.
  • "True Love" - Patti Murin is sounding pretty extraordinary on this last of four singles of new songs written for the show that's based on the phenomenally successful movie. It's a show that's garnered some raves. This might be one reason why.
  • "Word of Your Body" - The new NBC series Rise is doing the same thing that Fox's Gleedid: release singles of songs performed on the show. Here's one that's a cover from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
  • Unmasked - To coincide with the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir (which also goes by this title) and in celebration of his 70th birthday (March 22), Universal Music is releasing this four-disc set featuring some of the most acclaimed performances of his songs, along with a swell array of new interpretations. (A two-disc set is also available.)
  • Calendar Girls - This musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, has been delighting audiences in the U.K. for a while now. We can finally hear what they've been enjoying thanks to this just-out cast recording.
  • Working - This 1978 show based on Studs Terkel's interviews with regular folks about their jobs sounds utterly of the moment on this new London cast recording. You'll find all of your old favorites here and a couple of terrific new numbers.
  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me - Lyricist Valerie Vigoda and composer Brendan Milburn have turned out yet another inventive score, this time for a tuner about a sleep-deprived mom who designs video games and late one night gets a visit from the noted (and long-dead) Antarctic explorer. It's a delightful show and album.
  • The Fiddler Expanding Tradition - Jerry Bock's classic melodies from Fiddler on the Roof sound newly minted on this beautiful new album that showcases the virtuosity of violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, who was the principal soloist in the show's most recent Broadway revival.

Mart Crowley's landmark gay play, The Boys in the Band, arrives on Broadway for the first time next week, 50 years after the original off-Broadway production rocked the New York theater world. That production was famously documented in a complete spoken word recording featuring the original cast.

As a tribute to it I've asked Erik and Ken to talk about complete recordings of shows that are among their favorites: cast albums that capture musicals fully, concerts recorded in their entirety, etc.

I'll be upfront about one of my faves: the concept recording for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. I think the heavier rock orchestrations are electrifying, and Julie Covington's vocals in the title role have both power and an intriguing ethereal quality.

 

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Apr
27

Back to the...1990s

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).

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

  • The Secret Garden  - Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's score for this 1991 musical gets richer with each subsequent listen. If you've not heard it in a while, it might be a great time to pull it out!
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch - This smash off-Broadway hit from Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell debuted in 1999 and went on to inspire a feature film starring Mitchell. A few seasons back, the show, which has attained legions of fans, also got a great Broadway revival, starring Neil Patrick Harris. For me, it's this original recording that remains the most vibrant.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


You'll take an aural trip through the 1990s with this week's playlist that features songs from shows ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Rent. How's that for two ends of the musical theater spectrum? I've tried to throw in a couple of curve balls just to make it fun too!


Jenna Ushkowitz sounds pretty darn sultry in our current free song download. It's a track from the soundtrack album for Hello Again, just released by Broadway Records.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Prince of Broadway - The recording of this celebration of the career and vision of director-producer Harold Prince allows listeners to savor both his genius and the history of musical theater while delighting in some terrific new interpretations of classic songs.
  • Hello Again - A host of Broadway vets, from Tony winners Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton to Cheyenne Jackson and Sam Underwood, are featured on this soundtrack recording for the movie version of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon delivered terrific performances on NBC's live broadcast of this Andrew Lloyd Webber--Tim Rice classic. It's fantastic having this soundtrack recording that preserves their work.
  • Cy Coleman - A Jazzman's Broadway - The songwriter-performer lends his distinct jazz sensibility to a trio of musicals on this new release. He covers songs from two Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners (Flower Drum Song & South Pacific), as well as ones from Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's Jamaica.
  • "True Love" - Patti Murin is sounding pretty extraordinary on this last of four singles of new songs written for the show that's based on the phenomenally successful movie. It's a show that's garnered some raves. This might be one reason why.
  • "Word of Your Body" - The new NBC series Rise is doing the same thing that Fox's Gleedid: release singles of songs performed on the show. Here's one that's a cover from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
  • Unmasked - To coincide with the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir (which also goes by this title) and in celebration of his 70th birthday (March 22), Universal Music is releasing this four-disc set featuring some of the most acclaimed performances of his songs, along with a swell array of new interpretations. (A two-disc set is also available.)
  • Calendar Girls - This musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, has been delighting audiences in the U.K. for a while now. We can finally hear what they've been enjoying thanks to this just-out cast recording.
  • Working - This 1978 show based on Studs Terkel's interviews with regular folks about their jobs sounds utterly of the moment on this new London cast recording. You'll find all of your old favorites here and a couple of terrific new numbers.
  • Once on This Island - The current acclaimed revival sounds great on this new cast album from Broadway Records. Hailey Kilgore sparkles in her performance as the show's heroine, Ti Moune, and some of the new orchestrations (courtesy of Michael Starobin, who orchestrated the original production, and AnnMarie Milazzo) are just marvelous.
  • Escape to Margaritaville - The original cast recording of this Jimmy Buffett musical gets its release to coincide with the show beginning previews on Broadway. A top-notch cast and a host of Buffett's feel-good tunes could prove to be a beguiling mid-winter listen.
  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me - Lyricist Valerie Vigoda and composer Brendan Milburn have turned out yet another inventive score, this time for a tuner about a sleep-deprived mom who designs video games and late one night gets a visit from the noted (and long-dead) Antarctic explorer. It's a delightful show and album.
  • The Fiddler Expanding Tradition - Jerry Bock's classic melodies from Fiddler on the Roof sound newly minted on this beautiful new album that showcases the virtuosity of violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, who was the principal soloist in the show's most recent Broadway revival.

Our next newsletter arrives on May 11, which just happens to be the day that songwriting great Irving Berlin was born. He would have been 130!

To celebrate I'm asking the guys to think about Berlin, his shows, his legacy, etc. There's a lot they could talk about; after all, his long career included everything from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to Annie Get Your Gun.

I know one of my Berlin-related recordings of late. It was released earlier this year: Irving Berlin's Ragtime Rarities.

 

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Apr
13

They Were Something Wonderful

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.

Purdum's done a remarkable job of bringing the genesis of the team's shows to life while also contextualizing how they affected musical theater. His astute book also allows readers to understand both men and their complex relationship. It's a terrific read. And so are Erik’s and Ken’s columns!

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

  • Cockeyed Optimist  - Jenn Gambatese surveys the R&H canon on this 2017 recording, offering up some of their most beloved tunes. There are also a couple of choice numbers that are less frequently recorded, notably "No Other Love" from Me and Juliet.
  • Rosemary Clooney - The Songbook Collection - Clooney's song stylings for Rodgers and Hammerstein classics on this set include a delectably swinging rendition of "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and a movingly bluesy "Love, Look Away." If you don't know her songbooks, they're very much worth a listen.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


To paraphrase Mr. Hammerstein, it's a grand time for listening with this week's playlist. You'll find a bevy of the songs he wrote with Mr. Rodgers assembled over on Spotify, cuts from cast recordings as well as some swell covers. All in all it's about 90 minutes of music that I hope you'll enjoy.


A marvelous rarity from Frank Loesser's Greenwillow is our free download this week. It comes from Stage Door Records' terrific compilation of Pat Suzuki vocal gems: Singles and Rarities.


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon delivered terrific performances on NBC's live broadcast of this Andrew Lloyd Webber--Tim Rice classic. It's fantastic having this soundtrack recording that preserves their work.
  • Cy Coleman - A Jazzman's Broadway - The songwriter-performer lends his distinct jazz sensibility to a trio of musicals on this new release. He covers songs from two Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners (Flower Drum Song & South Pacific), as well as ones from Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's Jamaica.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • "True Love" - Patti Murin is sounding pretty extraordinary on this last of four singles of new songs written for the show that's based on the phenomenally successful movie. It's a show that's garnered some raves. This might be one reason why.
  • "Word of Your Body" - The new NBC series Rise is doing the same thing that Fox's Gleedid: release singles of songs performed on the show. Here's one that's a cover from Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
  • Unmasked - To coincide with the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir (which also goes by this title) and in celebration of his 70th birthday (March 22), Universal Music is releasing this four-disc set featuring some of the most acclaimed performances of his songs, along with a swell array of new interpretations. (A two-disc set is also available.)
  • Calendar Girls - This musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, has been delighting audiences in the U.K. for a while now. We can finally hear what they've been enjoying thanks to this just-out cast recording.
  • Working - This 1978 show based on Studs Terkel's interviews with regular folks about their jobs sounds utterly of the moment on this new London cast recording. You'll find all of your old favorites here and a couple of terrific new numbers.
  • Once on This Island - The current acclaimed revival sounds great on this new cast album from Broadway Records. Hailey Kilgore sparkles in her performance as the show's heroine, Ti Moune, and some of the new orchestrations (courtesy of Michael Starobin, who orchestrated the original production, and AnnMarie Milazzo) are just marvelous.
  • Escape to Margaritaville - The original cast recording of this Jimmy Buffett musical gets its release to coincide with the show beginning previews on Broadway. A top-notch cast and a host of Buffett's feel-good tunes could prove to be a beguiling mid-winter listen.
  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me - Lyricist Valerie Vigoda and composer Brendan Milburn have turned out yet another inventive score, this time for a tuner about a sleep-deprived mom who designs video games and late one night gets a visit from the noted (and long-dead) Antarctic explorer. It's a delightful show and album.
  • The Fiddler Expanding Tradition - Jerry Bock's classic melodies from Fiddler on the Roof sound newly minted on this beautiful new album that showcases the virtuosity of violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, who was the principal soloist in the show's most recent Broadway revival.
  • Lena Hall: Obsessed - Peter Gabriel - The second in a series of monthly releases from the Tony Award-winning performer, this new EP features her exceptional interpretations of songs by Peter Gabriel.

Next time around here on BwayTunes I want to start a new occasional feature for the guys: "Favorite Musicals of..." Every so often I'll ask them to pick four or five musicals from a specific decade that are their favorites.

To start, I figure I'll turn the clock back to the 1990s. I'll be curious to see which shows they pick. 

As I thought about the productions that opened back then, one of the first that came to mind was The Will Rogers Follies.

 

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