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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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