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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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