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'Beginners Please!'

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'Beginners Please!'#1
Posted: 7/31/08 at 7:12pm
'Beginners Please!'

Whats your favourite overture?

'Annie' -London Production
'Windy City' -London Production
'Irene' -London Production

......overture you!!!!!!

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re: 'Beginners Please!'#2
Posted: 7/31/08 at 7:50pm
Overtures seem to have disappeared from the picture in most modern musicals, which is something of a shame. My favourites are:
Gypsy
South Pacific
Merrily We Roll Along
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#2
Posted: 7/31/08 at 7:55pm
God i love a good overture. It creates the atmosphere of the performance that is waiting behind those curtains.
Its so true that hardly any recent musicals have overtures, I'm trying to think of one?
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#3
Posted: 7/31/08 at 8:01pm
'Applause' -wonderful 70s orchestrations!
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#4
Posted: 7/31/08 at 8:29pm
No, No, Nanette (Broadway 1971), Irene (London) and Mame and so many more.
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#5
Posted: 8/1/08 at 3:31am
The original 90's production of Tommy - love love LOVE the plane sequence where the orchestra swells on Smash the Mirror and Go To The Mirror and then drops to the Pinball Wizard with the solo guitar and the piano and the airmen do their jumps. Total theatrical magic.
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#6
Posted: 8/1/08 at 5:02am
i must say i loved our dolittle overture (the best bit of show
Others I Loved Were:
Chitty
Drowsy Chaperone
Gypsy
ooo - and spend spend spend - now there was a show!!
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#7
Posted: 8/1/08 at 5:35am
Candide
The Witches of Eastwick (of course - short but sweet)
The Producers (even though I don't like the show, it's a good gallop through the songs)
Merrily We Roll Along
Gypsy (though that's only 'cause everyone's waiting for that trumpet solo near the end!)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Full Monty
Martin Guerre (London production with a simple theme being passed around the instruments, slowly building to the full orchestra)

Also, if we can include Entr'actes: Phantom, Sunset Boulevard and The Secret Garden.

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re: 'Beginners Please!'#8
Posted: 8/1/08 at 5:43am
Entre' actes- 'Theyre Playing Our Song'. London CD
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#9
Posted: 8/1/08 at 6:11am
Sunset Blvd
Phantom
Mamma Mia
South Pacific
Cats
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#10
Posted: 8/1/08 at 6:41am
An oldie but, 'Bye Bye Birdie' -OBC
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#11
Posted: 8/5/08 at 2:11pm
In order of preference for Wickedboy's first three:

Windy City
Annie
Irene (lagging a long way behind the other two - I can't remember back to the 1920s)

I personally think the Gypsy overture is over-rated but maybe that's because the tradition of American burlesque holds little appeal for me. Of Jule Styne's overtures I think Barmitzvah Boy and One Night Stand are just as good.

And like Wickedboy I also love Charles Strouse overtures (Annie, Applause, Dance A Little Closer, Rags, Bring Back Birdie).
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#12
Posted: 8/7/08 at 3:20pm
I listened to Bar Mitvah Boy' s overture but then forgot to post it- quit, quit brilliant!
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#13
Posted: 8/7/08 at 8:38pm
For me my favorite overtures would have to be;

Sunset Boulevard
Martin Guerre
Aspects of Love
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#14
Posted: 8/8/08 at 12:15am
The London SWEET CHARITY (Juliet Prowse) races along and is terrific.

The best THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG entr'acte is on the Broadway cast album (actually recorded in Los Angeles during the the shows tryout).

The prologue from RAISIN (Broadway 1974) is beautifully recorded.
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#15
Posted: 8/8/08 at 6:47am
Chicago
Mary Poppins
The Witches of Eastwick
Les misÚrables
The Sound of Music

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re: 'Beginners Please!'#16
Posted: 8/8/08 at 12:25pm
I love the overture to The Producers (but then I would given that I'm slightly obsessed with the show) only available on the cd recording and not (usually) in the theatre.

I also like how Forbidden Broadway (Off-Broadway) always play a few overtures before the show - I just can' t help singing along!
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#17
Posted: 8/13/08 at 8:27pm
Absolutely Phantom. The first second of the overture and you know what lies ahead. Some show overtures are bit boring though so can see why they've done away with them somewhat. You expect the overture for The Phantom though, it's part and parcel of the show.


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re: 'Beginners Please!'#18
Posted: 8/14/08 at 12:55pm
Seussical
Mamma Mia
Thoroughly Modern Millie
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re: 'Beginners Please!'#19
Posted: 8/14/08 at 4:39pm
I love Seussical too - the way the orchestra tuning up becomes part of the overture is brilliant.