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Rodgers & Hammerstein thread  May 25 2020, 11:12:40 PM
OlBlueEyes, I have that Show Boat recording, it is my favorite recording of that wonderful score! I especially enjoy listening to all of the additional material, particularly It's Getting Hotter in the North, I love that number and I think it is a very clever development of the tune Magnolia plays on the piano prior to her meeting with Ravenal in Act One.

While we’re at it, I should also like to point out that I very much enjoy Ella Fitzgerald's Rodgers and Hart album, I guess we do hav


Rodgers & Hammerstein thread  May 24 2020, 03:59:26 PM

OlBlueEyes said: "I’ve been here too long to be surprised that no one reacted to the songs I plucked from Pipe Dream. And if they had reacted, it would probably have been negative. But I still call this the catchiest tune Richard Rodgers ever wrote.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks9RtF1RPwA

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I adore Pipe Dream! Though definitley not Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best, it does have some great songs: All Kinds of People, Everybody’s Got a Home, Sweet Thursday, All at Once You Lov


What musical is said to be unpopular and obscure, but actually isn't?  May 24 2020, 04:40:53 AM

GavestonPS said: "STREET SCENE (Elmer Rice, Langston Hughes, Kurt Weill) is "obscure" to most theatergoers. It ran for a couple of months in 1947 and hasn't had a major revival since. I wouldn't even know it if Equity Library Theater hadn't done a brilliant production off-Broadway in the late 1970s.

HOWEVER, it is done in opera houses and has had major recordings from both the English and Scottish National Operas. It was shown on PBS and is currently


Short Musicals  Oct 30 2019, 12:48:57 PM
Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’

Musicals without Romance  Oct 11 2018, 09:55:36 PM
The Cradle Will Rock, perhaps? Although it has that Gus and Sadie love duet, I don’t think their romance is a mayor plot point.

Goodtime Charley

Jacques Brel...

Pacific Overtures

Passing Strange

Songs for a New World

Tommy

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Saddest songs in musical theater  Jun 26 2018, 08:29:05 AM
“What Would You Do?” from Cabaret
“Down” from Grind
“Marieke” from Jacques Brel...
“There is No Other Way” from Pacific Overtures
“Dear Friend” from She Loves Me


Broadway Records to release MY FAIR LADY cast album  Jun 8 2018, 10:21:21 AM

ScottyDoesn'tKnow2 said: "We do get the tail end of the Servant's chorus in "Rain in Spain" but not the full performance.

Btw, when I saw it in previews, Lauren Ambrose did not have that lovely reprise of "Loverly" when she went back to Covent Garden after "Show Me" (the three men did though). However, on the album, she definitely has it and I was very happily surprised to hear her sing it. Is it in the show now?

I also, don


Broadway Records to release MY FAIR LADY cast album  Jun 8 2018, 09:37:18 AM

EvanstonDad said: "So I'm looking at the track listing and see that the Servants' Chorus (not sure if that's actually what it's called) isn't on the album. I'm thinking of the scene where the servants sing "Poor Professor Higgins" over and over while he's teaching Eliza. For those who've seen the show, did they just leave it off, or is that song not part of this production?"

 

The Servants’ Chorus is indeed


Broadway "Stores"  May 18 2018, 07:49:54 PM

Hello all! I'll be going to NYC next week, and was wondering if there are any stores that sell cast albums on vinyl.

I'm from Mexico City and it is really hard to find any cast albums here. I recently started to collect second-hand cast albums on vinyl and I want to expand on my collection.

Thanks!



Max and Elsa songs:  Oct 16 2017, 12:34:11 AM

I am not a big fan of The Sound of Music, and I think it’s a shame both songs didn’t make the cut, since I believe those are the best numbers in the whole score (except, perhaps, for Edelweiss). At least the ones with the most interesting and fun lyrics.



Small Musicals w Minimal Sets  Apr 27 2017, 05:26:35 PM

The Cradle Will Rock, Jacques Brel..., Threpenny Opera, Company, Assassins, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Falsettos, Man of La Mancha, Zorba

Really, most great musicals don't need big sets and costumes, they can stand only on their book, music and lyrics.

Good luck!



Best Confrontational/Argumentative Duets?  Dec 17 2016, 05:34:50 PM

Anything You Can Do - ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

Jealousy Duet - THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Waltz for Eva and Che - EVITA

The Thrill of First Love - MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS/FALSETTOS

The Chess Game - MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS/FALSETTOS

You Must Meet My Wife - A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

People Will Say We're In Love - OKLAHOMA!

I've Got It All - ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Take Him - PAL JOEY

The Next Time It Happens - PIPE DREAM

A Boy Like Th


Favorite opening number?  Dec 13 2016, 01:03:21 PM

So many to choose from, I guess my favorite are

The Ballad of Sweeney Todd - SWEENEY TODD

Prologue - INTO THE WOODS

The Carousel Waltz - CAROUSEL

Four Jews in a Room Bitching - MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS / FALSETTOS

Life Is - ZORBA

The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea - PACIFIC OVERTURES



Must read books for musical theater freaks  Jun 27 2016, 08:54:52 PM

I recommend reading Scott Miller's guides to musical theatre, they are composed of thorough analyses for different musical plays and sheds new light to some musicals that are considered dated by today standards, such as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady or The Cradle Will Rock (all three amazing musicals, in my opinion): 

  • From Assassins to West Side Story - analyzes Assassins, Cabaret, Carousel, Godspell

What is the best musical ever  Apr 21 2016, 12:54:26 PM

Why not My Fair Lady? It is, in my opinion, a great piece of theater and a near-perfect musical. 

Other great musicals: Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Chicago, Gypsy, Follies, Guys and Dolls



Musicals Set In New York City  Apr 20 2016, 12:38:30 AM

Annie

Company

Fiorello!

Funny Girl

Guys and Dolls

The Nervous Set

On the Town

The Producers

Rent

Sweet Charity

West Side Story

The Wild Party

 



Best recording for familiarizing with Follies?  Mar 17 2016, 03:57:22 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Sally was played by Donna McKechnie.



Favorite songs (by character)  Aug 15 2015, 02:35:18 PM

South Pacific

Nellie: Honey Bun

Emile: This Nearly Was Mine

Cable: You've Got To Be Carefully Taught

 

Next... Camelot



Favorite songs (by character)  Aug 15 2015, 11:55:11 AM

Cabaret


Cliff: Why Should I Wake Up?


Sally: Cabaret


Fraulein Schneider: What Would You Do?


 


Next... Anyone Can Whistle


 



What are your favorite one act shows?  Jun 22 2015, 02:40:56 PM

Follies



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