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Just a Cole Porter Song

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I became a Cole Porter aficionado while still a teenager in high school.

Cole Porter

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Each of the great American songwriters had their own voice through their lyrics. And Cole Porter is no exception. Like Irving Berlin, he supplied the lyrics to his tunes an enviable talent. Of all the great lyricists, it was Porter who expressed his difficult emotions in his songs.

Cole Porter - He's the Top!

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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: 

Favorites by Decade – The 1940s

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How do I pick just five favorite Broadway musicals from the 1940s? Four slots are immediately taken by the four Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborations. That leaves only one other show, a selection I simply couldn’t make.

By the Decade: The1940s

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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)!

The 1940s...

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So, I was looking through the list of musicals that opened in the 1940s, a particularly turbulent time in America that began with World War II and its horrors and proceeded to the rise of the middle class.

Isn’t It a Pity You’re a Seal?

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Unusual love songs shouldn’t really be all that unusual. After all, any good lyricist will look to avoid clichés and try to find a way to write about this basic human need that is somehow fresh. A theatrical lyricist generally mines situation and character in order to arrive at an approach that doesn’t seem threadbare and sentimental. Here are 15 examples of what I would call unusual love songs.

Unusual Love Songs

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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: 

Valentine's Day and Lorenz Hart

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Ah, the most romantic time of the year. But for some, it seems love is will never come. Or it won’t be recognized. And without it the heart goes cold while the longing persists. All this could be said about lyricist Lorenz Hart. As Alan Jay Lerner wrote about him, “There is a tenderness in some of Larry’s lyrics that always catches me off guard and brings a tear to my eye. His wit was delicious and pithy. When the subject was love—the love he never knew—well, there is that tear.”

In the 1970s..

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There were 180 musical mounted either originals or revivals. When discussing which are my favorite musicals I think there’s three categories since every musical is a favorite for different reasons. There are enjoyable productions that may not have become successes. There are shows in which the original was possibly not the greatest but have gone on for fame and fortune And there’s shows that were so remarkable in their original production they can never be revived as successfully as the original production.


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