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 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Just thought some of you might want to know about a new website:

http://www.bwaytunes.com/

It offers a huge selection of show albums for download -- some demos -- sheet music. A real treasure trove for Broadway musical fans.

Here's a feature on the site:

http://broadwaydirect.com/feature/an-online-haven-for-musical-theater-fans-bwaytunes

(Self disclosure: my best friend, Erik Haagensen, is one of the featured bloggers for the site.)



WOW! Thanks for that, John. That’s a wonderful site.

I just downloaded an album i’ve been wanting for ages....the deleted CD of which is very expensive.

This is the Original London Cast of “Little Mary Sunshine”, with the splendid Patricia Routledge.

A great fun spoof of “Rose-Marie” and other operettas of that ilk.

Delighted !

 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2014 - 1:17 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Yes, thanks for posting that John. That is an excellent site, I've only had a quick look and found several releases on there that I'm interested in. I'll have to have a more thorough look and see what else I find!

 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2014 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Eric

That’s a very good point you raise. I too have seen productions thanks to people flagrantly breaking the rules. Some more ‘recent’ production recordings I’ve seen are ‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Broadway starring Alan Campbell and Betty Buckley, and also Sarah Brightman in ‘Aspects of Love’ in London. I would never have seen those productions otherwise. I’ve also seen a recording of the Original London production of ‘Martin Guerre’, however I went to see that show myself at the time.

 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Just in case you missed it last night, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” won the Tony for Best Musical.

"Hoorah !”

I absolutely love this show. The score is really witty, clever and tuneful; and the voices are glorious.

Here’s a great number from the second act with Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV356ZKDn34

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Another Grail video falls into my lap, the second best Paper Mill Production I ever saw after 1998's
"Gypsy", in this case the 2005 production of "The Baker's Wife", regarded as the first time after 30 years of constant revisions that this effort was done right (in terms of its book/structure). It's only the 60 minute "critics reel" of all the music performances, but the quality is excellent.

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Just in case you missed it last night, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” won the Tony for Best Musical.

"Hoorah !”

I absolutely love this show. The score is really witty, clever and tuneful; and the voices are glorious.

Here’s a great number from the second act with Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV356ZKDn34


Note, please, that the best score Tony went to "The Bridges of Madison County".

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Just in case you missed it last night, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” won the Tony for Best Musical.

"Hoorah !”

I absolutely love this show. The score is really witty, clever and tuneful; and the voices are glorious.

Here’s a great number from the second act with Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV356ZKDn34


Note, please, that the best score Tony went to "The Bridges of Madison County".


I know......and that’s really annoying....not to mention ludicrous !

I mean....how can the Best Musical NOT win Best Score ????

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

John McMasters: Re: Just thought some of you might want to know about a new website:

http://www.bwaytunes.com/

It offers a huge selection of show albums for download -- some demos -- sheet music. A real treasure trove for Broadway musical fans.

Here's a feature on the site:

http://broadwaydirect.com/feature/an-online-haven-for-musical-theater-fans-bwaytunes

(Self disclosure: my best friend, Erik Haagensen, is one of the featured bloggers for the site.)


Thanks for the above!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

In a discussion about "Hello, Dolly!" I just posted this little paragraph, which I think would be more appropriate here:

In the new broadwayworld.com there's a link to an interesting interview with Martin Charnin, with a lot of discussion about his "Annie" and the new movie coming out with a black cast and a lot of new songs. We discover that Charnin was a Jet in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story," that he wrote for a TV review that Anne Bancroft did, that he was allowed to go through some unpublished Richard Rodgers music to fashion 2 new songs for a revival of "Two By Two," and some interesting information about "Bar Mitzvah Boy," a show he did with Jule Styne." (Interestingly, nothing about the first movie of "Annie.") Check it out.

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

We need to talk about Jason Robert Brownwink

I love this recording of this show, problem being when I give it a listen I can't get the tunes out of my head for days!!. I seen a touring production of it a few years ago and wasn't impressed at all, however I gather other productions have been successful...



I also have the OBC of 'Parade' (which won a TONY for Best Score) which I've always loved, and I bought 'The Bridges of Madison County' recently but I haven't listened to it yet. I've also to get round to buying 'Songs for the New World'.

Anyone familiar with these songs or seen any of the shows?

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 11:31 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Anybody know anything about the 2 CD set of "One Touch of Venus"? Apparently it stars the wonderful Melissa Errico (her new album is "Legrand Affair," which I've come close to buying), Brent Barrett, and Ron Raines, with music by Kurt Weill (Mary Martin was in the 1943 original). I see it was done with the National Symphony Orchestra and Amazon is selling it for $25.55. Could use some info on it!

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Interesting to note that a 'Live' recording of the OLC of Tim Rice's 'From Here To Eternity' musical is to be released next month. The show only lasted a few months in the West End and received generally poor reviews...

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/FROM-HERE-TO-ETERNITY-Cast-Recording-Now-Available-On-iTunes-20140703

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

ALW has announced that the new London production of CATS at the Palladium from December will feature a 'rapping' Rum Tum Tugger and more 'street dance'. Oh dear...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28198909

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I Always though it would be cute if every member of CATS sought of did one type of of form of music each since time begin[well maybe not plausible, everyone] and then gradually as the act goes on they mingle in unison . I thought of that years ago when watching BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS during the number, PORTEBELLO ROAD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Make sense, since CAT'S began way back in the early 80's RAP music has become a popular form of music. So it is just going with the times.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

They kind of do, dan the man. Or at least that's the intention. Each cue (more or less) tells the story of a particular cat to a specific style in as broad a range as ALW can compose. And then it meets in the 'Jellicle Ball' and 'Heaviside Layer' pieces. I believe these type of 'song cycles' are the best he has done ('Tell me on a Sunday' is another), rather than the attempts at something more epic. I do think CATS works better on record than stage however.

'Rum Tum Tugger' is one of my favourite pieces in the show, I can't see it working as a rap without it sounding dated and totally misplaced. Going with the times does not guarantee improvement, especially in a well known and loved piece.

 
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