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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.



SOUND OFF: A Round-Up of GYPSY on Record
April 1, 2010

This week, both in memory of the real-life Baby June, June Havoc, who passed away this week, as well as a precursory introduction to a multi-part series critiquing the entire canon of all major Sondheim cast albums available in anticipation of the late April opening of the new review SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (currently in previews at Studio 54), we are taking a listen to the various cast recordings of the major productions on Broadway/West End of GYPSY over the last fifty years. GYPSY was, of course, one of the first scores on Broadway boasting lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and whether a leading lady the likes of Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters or Patti LuPone, it is a score unlike any other before or since and a true pinnacle of not only musical theatre, but all theatre, on Broadway and beyond. Some may even say the greatest musical of all...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Total Eclipse of a Wicked Witch
March 26, 2010

One of my most cherished theatrical memories is seeing DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES in previews starring an unbelievably talented and brand-new talent named Mandy Gonzalez who has since gone to star in IN THE HEIGHTS, and just this week took the lead role of Elphaba in WICKED...

SOUND OFF: Laura Bell Bundy - Achin' & Shakin'
March 25, 2010

This week we are taking a listen to one of Broadway's brightest stars Laura Bell Bundy, late of HAIRSPRAY and LEGALLY BLONDE, who is hoping for some pop/country-crossover success with her latest, for all intents and purposes, double-album...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Elaine, Sierra & The Phantom
March 19, 2010

SOUND OFF: Jubilant John, Effortless & Excellent Elaine
March 18, 2010

This week we are taking a listen to two wonderful releases from Broadway and West End luminaries John Barrowman and Elaine Paige. Though both have appeared on Broadway, Barrowman in PUTTING IT TOGETHER and Paige in SUNSET BLVD as well as an acclaimed appearance in SWEENEY TODD at City Opera, they are best known for their fantastic work on the West End stage, Barrowman having created roles in MATADOR and THE FIX and Paige having a legendary career creating such impressive roles as Evita, Piaf, Grizabella in CATS, Florence in CHESS, as well as THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE and other appearances in addition to a multi-decade recording and concert career. This could not be a more prescient time to discuss either of these two powerful performers: Paige, with her excellent weekly radio show on BBC Radio, and Barrowman with an upcoming multi-episode arc on ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES beginning this Sunday...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Hearing is Believing, MUSIC is Deceiving
March 12, 2010

In honor of the West End opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical sequel, LOVE NEVER DIES, we take a look at the music videos for the two most famous songs from the most successful show of all time, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA...

SOUND OFF: Love Lives On
March 11, 2010

This week we are taking a look at the just-released cast album of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical sequel, LOVE NEVER DIES, which has proven to be among many phans and theatre fans, in a word, divisive. Be sure to check out last week's Phantom Round-Up for a rundown of the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA as it stands on disc if only because it is beneficial to have at least a tertiary knowledge of that show‘s score in order to fully appreciate the music here... And what rich, rapturous music it is!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Thoroughly Amazing Angie
March 5, 2010

In this week's Flashback Friday we are allaying to Oscar-fever and taking this opportunity to share a splendid turn from one of the most versatile and cherished actresses of our age, whether on film, television, or stage - the latter of which you can catch her eight times a week in the hit revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.

SOUND OFF: Down Once More... With Feeling!
March 4, 2010

This week we are talking a trip to the Paris Opera and visiting some old friends on the eve of their re-appearance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical sequel LOVE NEVER DIES, but before that review next week (clue: it's truly phantastic, with an 'f' and a 'ph'!) let us take a look at the best and most notable recordings of the score of the original show, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, including the Original London Cast Recording, the Canadian Highlights recording starring Colm Wilkinson, the 2004 Film Soundtrack, as well as two solo albums by the show's original stars, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: 'Terrific' Tallulah, Love Lucy
February 26, 2010

This week's Flashback Friday entry comes as an Internet Interest submission from a legendary music producer and stage/television veteran director, with an additional entry provided partly by the magic of YouTube. As we shall soon see, we are in store for quite a tasty, thrilling treat!

SOUND OFF: Cool, Considerate Colm & Sarah Shall Shill
February 25, 2010

This week, we are taking a listen to a pair of crossover theatre/pop stars who have two timely new releases. Both performers have been featured in the Olympics this year, Wilkinson's 'This Is The Moment' from the JEKYLL & HYDE concept album and Brightman's Olymptic green theme, 'Shall Be Done', playing prominent roles in the proceedings. Also, both performers were involved in the original 1985 Sydmonton workshop of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and just this week the curtain went up on the sequel to the Andrew Lloyd Webbber mega-hit, LOVE NEVER DIES. Both engaging entertainers continue their winning streaks, so to say, with these recent efforts...

February 19, 2010

Taken from a 1974 television special titled 'Mitzi... A Tribute to the American Housewife' comes this week's entry, a very bizarre and somewhat risqué reworking of 'The Little Things You Do Together' from Stephen Sondheim & George Furth's COMPANY.

SOUND OFF: Champion Champlin, Loser for Lloyd Young
February 18, 2010

This week we are taking a look at two thrifty releases that come from very different places, from two very different performers with wildly divergent intended goals for their work. A definite case of a hit and a miss, if there ever were any. Up first is the strong debut from the first-ever female Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Liza and Chita on Dinah Shore...
February 12, 2010

This week, we are introducing a new BWW column, an extension of SOUND OFF!, in which we will highlight clips exhibiting particular interest to the theatre-loving ones among us. In addition to a selection made at my own discretion, I will also be accepting submissions for an additional Internet Interest selection each week

SOUND OFF: Legendary LIZA, Curious CUMMING
February 11, 2010

Probably my favorite recording of my all-time favorite Christmas song, Frank Loesser's 'Baby, It's Cold Outside!', is the barn-burning opener to one of the best Christmas albums out there, Broadway Cares' HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. While Christmas may be passed, and Valentine's Day just around the corner, it certainly warms the heart a bit to think that the audible affection affected by Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli on that track spills over into real life, as they happen to be the best of friends. This week we will take a look at Alan Cumming's first solo album, I BOUGHT A BLUE CAR TODAY and Liza's just-released concert film which was recorded at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas late last year, around Christmastime, LIZA'S AT THE PALACE...

February 4, 2010

This week, we are taking a trip to the West End, analyzing the cast recordings of the two biggest new musical hits on the boards, both based on successful and very music-centric films, SISTER ACT and PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and both showcasing songs in a seriously 70s soul/funk/disco style. We will go from the soaring sonorous heights of Heaven to the dungeon-like depths of musical Hell with these two entries...

SOUND OFF! ROOMS Rocks, RAINBOW is Resplendent
January 28, 2010

This week we are taking a listen to the new Off-Broadway rock musical ROOMS: A Rock Romance and the revival cast recording of FINIAN'S RAINBOW. From Scotland to Ireland, and back to Broadway, we, quite joyfully, jaunt...

SOUND OFF! Mixed on MEMPHIS, Gung-ho on Two '21 Guns'
January 21, 2010

Let's take a look at two new recordings of a song from the forthcoming Green Day rock opera AMERICAN IDIOT that is now available on iTunes as well as the cast recording for the new Broadway musical MEMPHIS, which is available at the theatre, stores and on iTunes.

SOUND OFF!: Rocket Woman - Melora Hardin's ALL THE WAY TO MARS
January 14, 2010

Melora Hardin's new album ALL THE WAY TO MARS traverses the galaxy in a madcap manner most immediately reminiscent of a ‘60s cocktail hour album and for that frivolous and fun factor alone it deserves high praise - but there is far more here than what at first meets the eye.

No One Here, But NINE: A Review in Nine Parts
December 24, 2009

'The problem is the author's lost control,' sings Guido Contini in the pulsating penultimate song of the film soundtrack of NINE, simultaneously grasping for words and grasping for breath as he reaches a breaking point; a crisis of spirit, faith and heart.

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