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Andy Propst

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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.

Apr
22

Stage to Screen, Vice Versa, and Goodbye

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM BWAYTUNES FOUNDER JIM RUSSEK:

Once there were record stores that specialized in hard to find music. You could talk to an eccentric but encyclopedic savant, ask questions, find treasures, learn more than you already knew, and you knew plenty.  

Tower Records, Coconuts, Sam Goody’s and other monsters put them out of business and what do you know, the MP3 put the monsters out of business. For musical theatre, New York lost Footlights on East 12th Street and The Colony in the legendary Brill Building. Niche guys finish last.

Music goes from cutting edge to current to oldies. The Palm Pilot, Zip Drive, Lotus 123, once shiny objects, are now relics. Beloved 1,000-year-old buildings disappear in the blink of an eye. And on May 31, 2019 BwayTunes fades to black, erased by technology that taught us music is basically free.

But don’t cry for us Ike and Tina. This has been a thrill. The chance to bring a great idea to life. Before BwayTunes, download stores listed cast album credits as “various artists.” Really? So we linked every album to production credits, NY Times Reviews, Sheet Music, Wikipedia. We freed the music from the basement of the 25 million song guys and made it highly searchable. Shoulda won a Grammy.

We gave Andy Propst, Erik Haagensen, Ken Bloom and Billy Rosenfield a platform for their revelatory knowledge and insight. Five years of blog posts curated by Andy that left you really knowing something. Really knowing.

We gave you five years of weekly Free Songs …you’d have 250 of them by now (some music IS free!)

I have to thank my partner in this venture, Erik Hartog, who project managed the build and fixes the site when it crashes (it’s only human) in the middle of the night. Thanks to our investors, particularly the producer Mort Wolkowitz. And of course, thanks to Bernard Gersten who made my theater career at all possible.

And, my goodness, thank you all for playing with us.

Nobody knows what the future holds but audiences will always want to relive shows they saw and catch up on history and ones they missed. So, look out streaming guys. Something's coming, I don't know what it is, But it is gonna be great.

--- Jim Russek


Unfortunately, Ken is on vacation this week, but Erik is here as always to take you on a marvelous trip through stage musicals that have made it to the big screen. What's sort of amazing is that his column spans nearly a hundred years and includes a couple of terrific surprises.

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

  • Bells Are Ringing - This fizzy stage confection charms on the silver screen (and on disc), thanks to both Judy Holliday's beguiling performance and the amusing, tuneful score from Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. 
  • Comden and Green Perform Their Own Songs  - If you don't know the tunes that Comden and Green wrote with André Previn for the movie It's Always Fair Weather, take a listen to this recording. It's a great introduction to some little-known gems by two of Broadway's finest lyricists. (And even if you do know the score, Comden and Green are always a delight, right?)

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. 


Stage to screen and screen to stage. You'll find tunes that come from stage hits that made it to the movies and ones that have been inspired by films in this week's Spotify playlist. It's an hour of marvelous listening (if I do say so myself). These playlists will live on, on Spotify!


If you've been with us from the start, you've amassed quite a collection of historic, classic, brand new and often, never-before-publicly-available music from our free song downloads. With this week’s free track, our final gift, you'll get an aural excursion into the rehearsal room of the original production of Oklahoma! It's a fantastic track on a new album from Stage Door Records that's dedicated to Alfred Drake's diverse career!


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

  • The Cher Show - Take a tuneful tour through Cher's career and exceptional body of work with this new Broadway cast recording. Of particular note: Stephanie J. Block's incredible take on this legendary singer.
  • The Music of Fosse/Verdon - The FX series about the lives and work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon has contained some fantastic theater music in its first two episodes, and these tunes have been released on weekly EPs. On the first (link above), you'll find the title song to Cabaret and "Big Spender" from Sweet Charity; on the second, a single track, "Heart," from The Pajama Game.

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.

  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical - Adrienne Warren garnered raves for her performance in London as this rock-star powerhouse, and now the U.S release (in advance of the show's Broadway bow) allows us all to hear what audiences and critics were cheering.
  • The Jonathan Larson Project - Larson's gift for fusing pop sounds and musical theater ones is well known, thanks to Rent and tick...tick..BOOM! This new album showcases this talent with cut songs from those shows as well as ones from unproduced shows and specialty material.
  • Ain't Too Proud - I hear audiences have been cheering this musical that charts the fortunes of Motown's the Temptations. This cast recording has been released to coincide with the show's recent Broadway opening.
  • Three Points of Contact - Some of Broadway's finest, including Jenn Collela, Gavin Creel, and Lindsay Mendez, have lent their voices to this studio cast recording of a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver. It's a pretty fantastic listen.
  • Heathers - After an acclaimed and often extended off-Broadway run, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the 1989 movie of the same name is taking London by storm. That production's cast album is now available over here!
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical - Also just out is the cast recording of this show that had audiences roaring in its off-Broadway run last season. This one uses a bevy of 90s hits, including "Colorblind," "I Want It That Way," and "Genie in a Bottle," as it transports the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the world of Manhattan prep schools.
  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.
  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.

And now it’s time for me, Andy, to say goodbye.  It's been a great journey, and I've enjoyed sharing the sound of Broadway with you for the past five years. Thanks for being part of it all!

 

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Apr
05

Goddard Lieberson

Ken is on vacation this week, but Erik shares some terrific thoughts on and insight about a man who would be turning 108 on April 5: Goddard Lieberson. If it's a name you don't know, he was a record producer behind some of our most cherished cast recordings, who ultimately became the president of Columbia Records and, in that capacity, ensured the company's ongoing commitment to preserving musicals on LP.

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

  • Girl Crazy - In 1951 Goddard Lieberson produced this studio cast recording with Mary Martin. It represented the first time that much of the Gershwins' glorious score had been available for listeners. There have been ones since, but this album still sparkles.
  • It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's Superman  - This tuneful, somewhat goofy musical about the Man of Steel, I think, is a great example of Lieberson's eclectic tastes in musical theater. Yes, he could recognize the greatness of Blitzstein's or Bernstein's or Sondheim's music, and he could also see the value in the genuinely entertaining theater song, such as "You've Got Possibilities."

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. 


Our tribute to Goddard Lieberson has resulted in one of the most classic Spotify playlists I've ever assembled. To spice things up I've tried to pick lesser-known tracks from the myriad albums he produced. Hoping you enjoy my choices!


Ghostlight Records extraordinary new album, The Jonathan Larson Project, contains a host of never-before recorded songs from the man who wrote Rent. We're delighted to have a track from it for you for this week's free song.


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

  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical - Adrienne Warren garnered raves for her performance in London as this rock-star powerhouse, and now the U.S release (in advance of the show's Broadway bow) allows us all to hear what audiences and critics were cheering.
  • The Jonathan Larson Project - Larson's gift for fusing pop sounds and musical theater ones is well known, thanks to Rent and tick...tick..BOOM! This new album showcases this talent with cut songs from those shows as well as ones from unproduced shows and specialty material.

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.

  • Ain't Too Proud - I hear audiences have been cheering this musical that charts the fortunes of Motown's the Temptations. This cast recording has been released to coincide with the show's recent Broadway opening.
  • Three Points of Contact - Some of Broadway's finest, including Jenn Collela, Gavin Creel, and Lindsay Mendez, have lent their voices to this studio cast recording of a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver. It's a pretty fantastic listen.
  • Heathers - After an acclaimed and often extended off-Broadway run, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the 1989 movie of the same name is taking London by storm. That production's cast album is now available over here!
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical - Also just out is the cast recording of this show that had audiences roaring in its off-Broadway run last season. This one uses a bevy of 90s hits, including "Colorblind," "I Want It That Way," and "Genie in a Bottle," as it transports the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the world of Manhattan prep schools.
  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.
  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

You'll get our next newsletter just before the end of the 2018-2019. As it arrives there will still be two new musicals left to open: Tootsie and Beetlejuice.

Both of these shows are based on movies, and their pedigree will serve as the "prompt" for Erik and Ken's columns. They're going to be writing about the relationship between stage and screen. How they choose to approach it will be up to them.

I figure as a way of jump-starting them I'll throw out the original cast recording of a show based on a movie, the always-infectious 42nd Street.

 

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Mar
22

Spring Flings

I let Ken and Erik go their own way this week. The result is two columns that provide some marvelous insights into musical theater. Don't want to spoil any surprises, so just click the links to read what they've written.

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

  • Bat Boy the Musical - This choice reflects Erik's column. Specifically, I chose it because of Devon May's exceptional work in the title role. You can catch him these days in Hamilton. He's wowing folks as King George.
  • Sondheim on Sondheim - This 2010 examination/celebration of the songwriter's work is filled not only with some marvelous performances (Barbara Cook, anyone?), but also some terrific first hand commentary from Mr. S. himself.

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. 


Using Erik's and Ken's columns as the basis for a Spotify playlist, I've added in a bunch of other things to simply give you an hour or so worth of music that I hope will entertain you...maybe even surprise you?


The free song this week is a nifty rarity that comes from one of Harbinger Records' compilations. It turns the clock back and brings you a musical theater great who's delivering a song that you wouldn't normally associate with her. To find out more, just click here!


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

  • Ain't Too Proud - I hear audiences have been cheering this musical that charts the fortunes of Motown's the Temptations. This cast recording has been released to coincide with the show's recent Broadway opening.
  • Three Points of Contact - Some of Broadway's finest, including Jenn Collela, Gavin Creel, and Lindsay Mendez, have lent their voices to this studio cast recording of a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver. It's a pretty fantastic listen.

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.

  • Heathers - After an acclaimed and often extended off-Broadway run, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the 1989 movie of the same name is taking London by storm. That production's cast album is now available over here!
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical - Also just out is the cast recording of this show that had audiences roaring in its off-Broadway run last season. This one uses a bevy of 90s hits, including "Colorblind," "I Want It That Way," and "Genie in a Bottle," as it transports the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the world of Manhattan prep schools.
  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.
  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

Our next newsletter will coincide with what would have been recording executive and producer Goddard Lieberson's 108th birthday.

If the name is unfamiliar to you, Lierberson is the man who produced the cast recordings of My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and A Little Night Music, as well as hundreds of others. He was also responsible for numerous studio cast recordings of shows that predated his time at Columbia Records.

Lieberson's work also extended to convincing the record company's parent company, CBS, to make investments in Broadway shows, including My Fair Lady, and he was a mentor to a new generation of producers, including Thomas Z. Shepard. I imagine Erik and Ken might have a few words to say about his remarkable work and career.

 

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Mar
08

Cole Porter - He's the Top!

Next week Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase, opens. To celebrate the return of this classic to Broadway, Ken and Erik are toasting the man who wrote the show's exceptional score: Cole Porter.

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

  • Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter - People on a couple of blogs I follow have been talking a lot about Southern recently, prompting me to go back and re-listen to some of her albums. One of the first I pulled out was this beaut. If you don't know Southern's work, take a listen!
  • The Columbia Album of Cole Porter - You can't surpass this one for majesty and/or lushness. It's a compendium of Porter's best-known songs performed by the late Michel Legrand and his Orchestra.

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. 


Cole Porter's best-loved songs (sung by a variety of fave performers) and a bevy of forgotten or underappreciated gems constitute this week's Spotify playlist. It's a good ninety minutes of listening that I hope you enjoy. 


A delightful rendition of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" is our free song download right now; it's a cut from a new album from Stage Door Records that brings two London studio cast recordings into the 21st century!


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

  • Heathers - After an acclaimed and often extended off-Broadway run, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the 1989 movie of the same name is taking London by storm. That production's cast album is now available over here!
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical - Also just out is the cast recording of this show that had audiences roaring in its off-Broadway run last season. This one uses a bevy of 90s hits, including "Colorblind," "I Want It That Way," and "Genie in a Bottle," as it transports the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the world of Manhattan prep schools.

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.

  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.
  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

Sometimes I'm just astonished by how amenable Ken and Erik are to the varied topics for columns that I throw at them.

Spring is in the air (sort of), and I'm thinking they need to be given some freedom. So in a couple of weeks I'm going to let them write about whatever is on their minds.

To sort of salute that, take a listen to Caroline Sheen's terrific solo album, Raise the Curtain. On it she delivers the appropriately titled "Anything Can Happen" (from Mary Poppins).

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Feb
22

By the Decade: The1940s

We've got another look at a decade in Broadway history for you this week. Erik and Ken are sharing some thoughts about their favorite musicals of the 1940s. You'll find they've written about some of that era's big hits (Oklahoma!, naturally) and also some of its lesser-known shows. Both columns had me fascinated from start to finish (and I learned a thing or two to boot)!

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

  • Jerome Robbins' Broadway - Yes, I know this is a show from the 1980s, but the 1940s were when Robbins started his Broadway career, and in addition to songs from On the Town, you'll find this album has tunes from other 1940s shows such as Billion Dollar Baby and High Button Shoes.
  • Somethinig for the Boys - PS Classics has lovingly restored this forgotten from Cole Porter. The album is a terrific listen an features some terrific Broadway talent, including Andrea Burns, Danny Burstein, and Elizabeth Stanley.

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. 


Broadway hits (and many forgotten gems) from the 1940s make up this week's Spotify playlist. Take a listen as you tour through the dawn of the book musical and what we think of as being Broadway's Golden Age. 


Kirsten Childs' Bella: An American Tall Tale takes you on a raucous, unconventional trip through the Wild West. It's a fantastic listen, and we're delighted to have a free track download from the just-out original cast recording for you this week. 


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

  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.

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.

  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

Cole Porter's classic musical Kiss Me, Kate is back on Broadway courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company

Headlined by Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara the show promises to be a popular hit and bring such songs as "Another Openin', Another Show," "So in Love," and "Wunderbar" back into our consciousnesses.

We've never done a Cole Porter tribute, so next time out Ken and Erik will be writing about this songwriter who gave us not only these songs, but others such as "Love for Sale," "It's All Right by Me," "Anything Goes," and of course "Let's Do It." You can hear some superlative renditions of Porter's grand songs on Mabel Mercer Sings Cole Porter (a classic as far as I'm concerned).

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Feb
08

Unusual Love Songs

Valentine's Day looms - and so we're looking at love songs here on BwayTunes.com. The challenge I put to Erik and Ken was to name some of their favorite "unusual" romantic numbers. They've each provided a delectable assortment of songs, and I'm betting you'll enjoy and smile as you read their columns.

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

  • The Visit - A youthful romance that went horribly wrong sets the stage for this darkly bittersweet musical, and one number, "You, You, You," haunts as you hear how its one-time optimism turned sour.
  • Honeymoon in Vegas - Goofy can be unusual, right? It's why I've picked Jason Robert Brown's "I Love Betsy," the opening number for this show based on the movie of the same name. It beautifully sets the tone for this loopy tuner.

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 some hearts and flowers tucked in among some other interesting things with this week's Spotify playlist: our nod to Valentine's Day 2019! 


Andrew Lippa's newest musical takes you on a fascinating and marvelously tuneful journey through LGBTQ history. Our free song download this week is a great way to dive into this terrific new recording. 


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

  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.

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.

  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

I'm being told that readers are genuinely enjoying our "by the decade" series, and Ken and Erik have said they enjoy writing them.

So when you get our newsletter next time out, you'll find that we're turning back the clock to the 1940s.

I imagine that Rodgers and Hammerstein might figure in their columns (lol), and I know that I'd be remiss in not mentioning Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green's On the Town.

Coincidentally (truly), a new pairing of studio recordings of this show will be coming out at the end of the month, courtesy of Stage Door Records. You can learn a bit more about that release by clicking here.

 

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Jan
25

The 1970s

So this week Erik and Ken look back at the 1970s and have named some of their favorite musicals from the decade. What do you think has made their respective lists? There are a lot of familiar titles in the mix, and some terrifically unexpected ones as well! 

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

  • Mack and Mabel - Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's revisitation to the era of silent films had a powerhouse cast and, in my mind, an utterly beguiling score. It had only a brief Broadway run, but the joys of Herman's music live on thanks to the original cast recording.
  • The Wiz - This retelling of The Wizard of Oz introduced a young Stephanie Mills to the world and a song that became a semi-hit "Ease on Down the Road." The subsequent movie version might have slight tarnished the musical's reputation, but I remain a big fan of the original cast recording. If you've not listened in a while, not might be a good time to throw it on your player.

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. 


We've turned the clock back about fifty years this week on BwayTunes, and this week's Spotify playlist gleefully wanders through the musicals of the 1970s (both hits and flops), along the way you'll hear some of what I presume might be your faves from the decade and a few tunes that you're unfamiliar with. I'm sort of proud of this one.


Our free song download this week comes from Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, a fascinating musical look at the life and career of a man who shaped much of the landscape of New York City. Heading up the cast (and prominently featured on the album) is Constantine Maroulis as the title character.


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

  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.

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.

  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Broadway My Way - Heather Headley, Tony winner for Aida, reinterprets such classics as "Over the Rainbow," "Look to the Rainbow," and "Home" on this lush new recording.
  • The Greatest Showman Reimagined - P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and Kesha are just some of the artists featured on this album that brings you new versions of the songs from the hit movie that starred Hugh Jackman.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

When you get the next newsletter, it'll be less than a week until Valentine's Day.

I figure that it would be a good time to talk about "love" and all of that, but I wanted Ken and Erik to have some fun too.

So....I have asked them to put together short lists of some of the most unusual love songs written for musicals. Not sure what they'll pick, but I do know I'm gonna be interested to see their final answers.

One show and a couple of songs that came to me while I was thinking about it is Grand Tour. Jerry Herman's score for this musical has several tunes that express love but in unconventional ways. If you don't know it, I heartily suggest a listen. AND, Grand Tour also fits in with this week's theme of 1970s musicals.

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Jan
11

God, That's Good....

Happy New Year! It's the time for resolutions, and on many people's list is dieting or eating healthier. Being playful, I thought it might be fun to have Erik and Ken think about songs that center on food or cooking. If you've put such a goal for yourself on the docket for 2019, I hope their columns will inspire you to keep your resolution and, if not, I know you'll find they're talking about a delightful array of songs. 

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

  • Sunday in the Park With George - A baker's artistry (and the fact that he makes himself emotionally available) is what lures Dot away from Georges in the first act of this show, and nothing beats Bernadette Peters' delivery of "Everybody Loves Louis," as her character sings the praises of her beloved baker.
  • Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - This is a cast recording I've not listened to in a while. I had forgotten how much fun it was and also its moments of genuine poignancy. It's a song in the latter category that makes it apt for this week's eating theme: "Hard Candy Christmas."

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 might want to have a snack or two handy when you fire up this week's Spotify playlist. It's filled with songs about eating, cooking, and food. But maybe the hour or so of music will simply send you into a reverie, and so additional noshes won't be necessary.


Who doesn't enjoy getting away from it all? This week we've got a free download track that takes you on a bit of an excursion, and it comes to you from the delightful new album Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Travelogue.


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

  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.

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.

  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Broadway My Way - Heather Headley, Tony winner for Aida, reinterprets such classics as "Over the Rainbow," "Look to the Rainbow," and "Home" on this lush new recording.
  • The Greatest Showman Reimagined - P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and Kesha are just some of the artists featured on this album that brings you new versions of the songs from the hit movie that starred Hugh Jackman.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.
  • Singing You Home - Conceived by Laura Benanti, and featuring artists such as Josh Groban, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Audra McDonald, this bi-lingual children's album is a fundraiser for a very worthy cause. Proceeds from the album sales will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
  • 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.
  • 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!

When you get the next newsletter, you'll find that I've sent Ken and Erik scurrying back some fifty years.

They'll be doing another entry in what's becoming a popular, ongoing series here on BwayTunes: a look back at the musicals of a specific decade. In a couple of weeks the guys will be reflecting on their favorite shows from the 1970s.

It was an interesting 10 years for musical theater, filled with some intriguing flops and some genuinely groundbreaking shows. I know I'm going to be curious to see what the guys pick.

I know one that would be at the top of my list: John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse's Chicago.

 

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Dec
07

Seasonal Things 2018

I asked Ken and Erik to go "seasonal" for their columns this week, and they have gone in two entirely different directions. Both are terrific pieces of writing about some swell music, and I think each will make you smile.

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

  • Norm Lewis Christmas Album - This Broadway leading man lends his supple voice to a host of favorites on this just-out album. There are also some clever (and entirely appropriate) surprises. I think you'll enjoy.
  • "All I Want for Christmas"- Telly Leung has recorded this lovely version of a holiday-time favorite to help raise money for the nonprofit ASTEP. The organization's great work centers on bringing the arts into the lives of young people from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

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. 


I've stuck with traditional for this week's Spotify playlist. It's about one hour of seasonal favorites from stage and screen musicals, along with other songs offered up by some of Broadway's finest performers.


We've got an utterly delightful track for you to listen to as this week's free song download. It's a marvelous tune called "Noël, Noël" that's been curated on the new two-disc set Lost West End: The Revues.


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

  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.

There have also been a host of new holiday albums that have come out in recent weeks, including the two I mentioned above as well as Steve Ross’ It’s Almost Christmas Eve, Michael Longoria’s Merry Christmas Darling, and Gigi Bermingham’s Cabaret Noël.

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.

  • Broadway My Way - Heather Headley, Tony winner for Aida, reinterprets such classics as "Over the Rainbow," "Look to the Rainbow," and "Home" on this lush new recording.
  • The Greatest Showman Reimagined - P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and Kesha are just some of the artists featured on this album that brings you new versions of the songs from the hit movie that starred Hugh Jackman.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.
  • Singing You Home - Conceived by Laura Benanti, and featuring artists such as Josh Groban, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Audra McDonald, this bi-lingual children's album is a fundraiser for a very worthy cause. Proceeds from the album sales will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
  • Twelfth Night - Songwriter Shaina Taub's songs for the Public Theater's recent production of Shakespeare's romance got some terrific reviews. The production had a very short run, so we're lucky to have this album that allows all of us who missed it to enjoy Taub's exceptional tunefulness.
  • 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.
  • 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!

The holiday season is upon us! And theoretically you'd be getting our next newsletter just two days before Christmas. I wanted to give Erik and Ken a holiday gift, and so I told them they could take the rest of the month off.

This means you'll be getting our next newsletter just as you've started dealing with your New Year's resolutions.

For some people the top of such a list is about eating healthier or dieting, so it seemed only appropriate to have the guys pen columns about songs centered on food as we begin 2019. One of my faves is "I Can Cook Too" from On the Town.

I'll close by wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons and look forward to sharing more great music with you in 2019.

 

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Nov
23

By the Decade - The 1950s

This week were throwing one of sporadic backward glances at a particular decade in musical theater history. Ken and Erik are tackling the 1950s, and their lists of favorite shows from the decade include many titles you know and perhaps a few that you don't know or ones that will surprise you.

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

  • Bells Are Ringing - Composer Jule Styne and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green were at the height of their game with this 1956 musical that snagged a Tony Award for its star, Judy Holliday. (She bested My Fair Lady nominee Julie Andrews, if you can believe it!)
  • Two on the Aisle - Styne, Comden, and Green started their collaboration in 1951 with this revue that targeted some of the pop cultural, political, and societal topics of the day, including the big Broadway hits that were running as the 1950s dawned.

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. 


Perhaps you'll feel as if you've taken a time machine back some sixty to seventy years with this week's Spotify playlist. It's a heady compilation of tunes from the musicals of the 1950s and encompasses the shows we all know and love, as well as ones we rarely--if ever--think of.


SimG Records has released a cast album for a delightful family-friendly musical, Imaginary. I'm betting you will be charmed by the free download we have for you this week.


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

  • Broadway My Way - Heather Headley, Tony winner for Aida, reinterprets such classics as "Over the Rainbow," "Look to the Rainbow," and "Home" on this lush new recording.
  • The Greatest Showman Reimagined - P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and Kesha are just some of the artists featured on this album that brings you new versions of the songs from the hit movie that starred Hugh Jackman.

There have also been a host of new holiday albums that have come out in recent weeks, including The Norm Lewis Christmas Album, Steve Ross’ It’s Almost Christmas Eve, Michael Longoria’s Merry Christmas Darling, and Gigi Bermingham’s Cabaret Noël, as well as Telly Leung’s single, “All I Want for Christmas,” which benefits a fantastic nonprofit, ASTEP.

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.

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.
  • Singing You Home - Conceived by Laura Benanti, and featuring artists such as Josh Groban, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Audra McDonald, this bi-lingual children's album is a fundraiser for a very worthy cause. Proceeds from the album sales will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
  • Twelfth Night - Songwriter Shaina Taub's songs for the Public Theater's recent production of Shakespeare's romance got some terrific reviews. The production had a very short run, so we're lucky to have this album that allows all of us who missed it to enjoy Taub's exceptional tunefulness.
  • 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.
  • 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!

By the time you get our next newsletter we will be a week in December and the holiday season will be underway in earnest.

I've asked Erik and Ken to come up with something season. I've just left it there. They're both clever fellows, so I'm sure they will rise to that vagueness beautifully.

To get a jump-start on all things seasonal, I'll point you toward the just-released It's Almost Christmas Eve, featuring marvelous vocals from cabaret's Steve Ross, along with Suellen Estry, Benjamin Weil, and Ron Spivak.

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