Best Overture Ever

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Best Overture Ever#1
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:00am
My personal favorite is Candide.

What do you guys think?
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re: Best Overture Ever#2
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:02am
Search, Search, Search.

This topic comes up atleast once a month.
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re: Best Overture Ever#2
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:13am
And it almost always ends up being "Gypsy"
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re: Best Overture Ever#3
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:57am
With very good reason.

You can also add Merrilly We Roll Along and the Prolouge form West Side Story for me.
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re: Best Overture Ever#4
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:57am
Double Post. Sry
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re: Best Overture Ever#5
Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:39am
Yeah,
Candide hands down.

In fact Gypsy is my worst, typical overture.
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re: Best Overture Ever#6
Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:43am
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re: Best Overture Ever#7
Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:47am
Agreed. My personal favorite is Candide, as well as Follies, GYPSY and Woman of the Year.
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Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:48am
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re: Best Overture Ever#9
Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:54am
Gypsy with Merrily We Roll Along coming in second.
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re: Best Overture Ever#10
Posted: 12/29/06 at 10:54am
Gypsy with Merrily We Roll Along coming in second.
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re: Best Overture Ever#11
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:08am
I loved the overtures for "On the Twentieth Century" and "My One and Only."
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re: Best Overture Ever#12
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:15am
I do love all of the usual suspects, like Gypsy, Funny Girl, Candide, Merrily, Superman and On the Twentieth Century, but there are a couple less celebrated Overtures that I also adore.

Goldilocks starts like a house on fire, with a furioso version of "The Pussy Foot" that gets your blood racing. The orchestrations are by composer Leroy Anderson, and the great Phil Lang, and they are quirky and surprising throughout, with a lot of Anderson's trademark sound. It's long, but it's a gem.

Wildcat has a terrific Overture, starting with an attention grabbing brass section fanfare. I particularly love the writing for the saxes for "What Takes My Fancy". It's the work of Gypsy's Sid Ramin and Robert Ginzler, so the Gypsy fans who have never heard the Wildcat Overture might get a kick out of it.

Phil Lang provided the dense, layered and lush Overture for Take Me Along, which is one of my absolute favorites. The joyous title song keeps peeking its way through the Overture, until it finally explodes at the end. It's an immensely satisfying Overture, filled with gorgeous writing.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
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re: Best Overture Ever#13
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:20am
Gypsy is of course the best, but Mame is pretty wonderful too. When that Banjo starts....
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re: Best Overture Ever#14
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:24am
I don't know why, but I really like the overture form Miss Saigon...
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re: Best Overture Ever#15
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:32am
A Few Favorites:
- Grind
- Dance of the Vampires
- Merrily We Roll Along
- City of Angels (Prologue)
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- The Frogs
- The Witches of Eastwick
- The Light in the Piazza

The list goes on...
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re: Best Overture Ever#16
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:35am
No one mentioned FOLLIE'S incredible prologue/overture?
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re: Best Overture Ever#17
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:47am
I'd have to give a three-way tie to:
Gypsy
Wizard of Oz
Jesus Christ Superstar
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re: Best Overture Ever#18
Posted: 12/29/06 at 11:54am
gypsy, king and I, wizard of oz,
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re: Best Overture Ever#19
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:01pm
I'll go with

On the Twentieth Century
Mack and Mabel
and
Take Me Along

I've never understood everyone's fascination with the Gypsy overture.
So sue me. re: Best Overture Ever
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re: Best Overture Ever#20
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:13pm
South Pacific. The richness of the brass section makes it by far my favorite.
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re: Best Overture Ever#21
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:30pm
Candide
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re: Best Overture Ever#22
Posted: 12/29/06 at 12:36pm
My favorites are:

Funny Girl
High Spirits
Sugar
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re: Best Overture Ever#23
Posted: 12/29/06 at 1:20pm
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Full Monty

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re: Best Overture Ever#24
Posted: 12/29/06 at 1:21pm
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