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

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

  • Be More Chill - This Joe Iconis musical that's en route to Broadway for 2019 premiere has a terrific song that's called "Halloween." I'm a big fan of the number, and this album overall. I imagine you know it, but in case not....
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - This classic movie musical came to Broadway in 1989, and naturally the stage show contained the beloved Christmas song that we all know by heart. It also had a new song, one written about Halloween, and if you have never heard "Ghosties and Ghoulies," you owe it to yourself to take 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. 


Things that go bump in the night aren't terribly musical, but don't fret the new Spotify playlist isn't scary or unpleasant. Instead it's filled with a host of songs that are just perfect for the Halloween Holiday. I promise it's not at all scary.


Mark Sonnenblick's musical Midnight at the Never Get just opened at the York Theatre to some amazing reviews, and as a Halloween "treat"--our free song download-- we've got a demo track from this delightful new show!


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

  • 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.

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.

  • 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!
  • 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.

When you next hear from me it will be just a few days before the opening of the new Broadway musical The Prom.

With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, the show imagines what happens in Indiana when a group of actors descends on an Indiana high school that's discriminating against a student who wants to bring a same-sex date to the titular springtime dance.

To toast this new show Ken and Erik are going to be searching their memories for other musicals with teenage characters or songs about that "awkward age."

 


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