Posts Tagged 'broadway'

Song of the day

Going back now to the 1960s on Broadway. John Kander and Fred Ebb were very successful with a number of hit musicals. Their most well known is probably Cabaret from 1966. They are also knows for the musical Chicago (1975) which did not really get fame until it was done in revival in 1996. Both musicals were made into highly successful movies.

Kander and Ebb were also well known for their collaboration with Liza Minnelli and they received an Emmy for their TV special Liza with a Z.

Their shows were groundbreaking. Their musical style had never been seen before and they were not afraid of using sex (or at least the idea of sex) through their work. Both shows were choreographed by Bob Fosse who’s style matched up very well with their own.

The first clip below is from the movie version of Chicago and the second from a tribute when Kander and Ebb were given the Kennedy Center Honors.


Song of the day

Continuing my travels backwards though time I cannot have a Broadway week without highlighting Stephen Sondheim.  Sondheim might well be the greatest American composer/lyricist of musicals.  He started his career learning from Oscar Hammerstein and went on two write some of the best known songs of music theater.

Rather than say much, I am embedding 6 youtubes some from the original casts.


Getting Married Today from Company

Being Alive from Company

Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music

Putting it Together from Sunday in the Park with George

Agony from Into the Woods

Children will Listen from Into the Woods

Song of the day

Broadway week day 2!  Sorry for the lateness in this post, but it has been busy.  So I am going to choose videos by going back a little in time each day.  Yesterday I had songs from Rent and today I will go back a pick some music from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

For more than two decades Andrew Lloyd Webber has been the king of Broadway musicals.  Starting with Jesus Christ Superstar all the way to Phantom of the Opera he has been at the top.  just to see what he means to the British, while Paul McCartney and Elton John are both knighted, Lloyd Webber has been made a life peer.  He hold the title of Baron Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton.  This entitles him a seat in the House of Lords in Parliament.

Anyway, he has has some incredible shows and I am including here songs from Evita and Cats.  From Evita, I have Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.  This clip comes from the movie with Madonna.  I debated this one.  I could include audio from the original Broadway cast with Patty Lu Pone, but I think Madonna is just a tad better.  The Cats clip is from the original Broadway case with Betty Buckley.


Song of the day

I am really enjoying doing theme weeks for my song of the day so this week is going to be Broadway week.  I have been in love with the Broadway Musical for many years and I have so many favorite shows it is hard to even pick a few to post here.

Today I am posting two songs from the movie Rent.  I loved this show in the theater and the movie is actually wonderful as well (not all movie versions are).  So to start Broadway week, here is La Vie Boheme and Santa Fe.  The two more recognizable songs in Rent are of course Seasons of Love (which has been in song of the day) and Light my Candle.  However, La Vie Boheme is probably the one song in the show that sort of sums up much of the story.  Santa Fe is just one of my favorites from the show.


Favorite Lyric Friday

Once again, it is time for Favorite Lyric Friday. Yesterday’s song was from Broadway, and today’s is as well. In 1996 “Rent” opened on Broadway (having moved from off-Broadway) and the theater world was stunned. This Rock Musical was unlike any other before in that it talked about topics that were never found in major musicals (like AIDS and homosexuality). It was “Hair” for the 90s.

The opening song from the 2nd act is probably the most well known from the shot and I just love the lyrics, so today’s song is “Seasons of Love” from Rent.


Song of the day

mkm and I are big fans of the Theater. BK (before kids) we used to go fairly often. Now it is a very rare thing to get to the theater (except that we have a subscription to a local regional theater). There are many musicals that I am fond of. I never really rank one over another because they all are great in different ways, but if I had to pick a sort of granddaddy of my favorite shows, it will be Les Miserables.

I have seen this show about 5 times in different productions. The first time I saw it I was just blown away by the story (I then read the book), the music and the production. I highly recommend this show to everyone, and if you have not seen it, then do so some day.

When the show hit its tenth year the producers did a few special things. There was a major concert performance in London, but they also produced a 3 CD set called “Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording.” Different from any of the previous recordings, these CDs were a recording of the entire production, rather than just the big songs. It was created in an interesting way as well. The producers chose different actors from different productions around the world who they felt were the best voices for the parts. They then had the London Symphony Orchestra record all the music and then had the different actors record their voices (sometimes by themselves). The most interesting actor to appear is the Eponine who was in the Japanese production and she spoke no English!

The Valjean they chose was Gary Morris who played the part on Broadway briefly. Here is his recording of “Bring Him Home.”

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