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I Demand an Encore [26 Jul 2007|11:42pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Cross-posted to musicaltheatre

Encores! officially announced their 2008 season today, and I'm very excited about their choices:

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* Applause, the 1970 Tony winner based on All About Eve about the backstabbing world of theatre people, score by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie, Golden Boy) and book by Comden & Green. Originally starring Lauren Bacall in the Bette Davis role of Broadway grande dame Margo Channing, Applause will star recent Tony winner Christine Ebersole, who will be able to give full justice to the vocals, unlike her gravel-voiced predecessor. The show is also notorious for launching the career of ever-perky Bonnie Franklin, and for being the first major musical to have a number (the propulsive "But Alive" featuring the sassy lyric "I'm half-Tijuana, half-Boston/Partlyy Jane Fonda and partly Jane Austen) set in a gay bar. A recent revival of the show at Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ starred an underpowered Stefanie Powers and was reset in All About Eve's original setting, the 50's, but the score remains locked into pure 70's Broadway; some great songs, some truly awful ones, complete with some delightfully garish glosses on rock music.

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* Juno, the well-regarded but unsuccessful 1959 adaptation of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock by Joseph Stein (Fiddler) and Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock, the mega-successful 1954 translation of Threepenny Opera) originally starred Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas, concerns the struggle of a poor but plucky family during the Irish rebellion. Featuring the beautifully wistful "I Wish It So," this is one of the few outright flops that Encores is producing. I'm glad that they include such fare among the more commercial names, since the piece does have a sterling serious score that remains unknown and underappreciated by the general public.

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* No, No, Nanette, the 1925 frothy toe-tapper by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar featuring such evergreens as "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy" and wall-to-wall tapping. With nothing on its agenda but providing fun, Nanette was a big success in the twenties, but an even bigger success in a galvanic 1971 revival starring Ruby Keeler, Bobby Van and Helen Gallagher that re-orchestrated and re-vamped the show, and it is that production that will be the basis for the Encores presentation. One role has already been cast: the non-singing comic relief part of Pauline the maid (played by veteran Patsy Kelley in the revival) will be played by none other than Rosie O'Donnell.

Luckily, we upgraded our subscription to include dress rehearsal passes for all three productions, so this should be a good season.

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Looking for some guidance... [03 Jan 2007|08:47pm]

Hello world.

I plan on auditioning for Berklee College of Music soon. If I get in, I plan on focusing on pop music. BUT, I'm not quite sure what to audition with. After speaking with someone from the school, they said auditioning with a musical theatre song OR a pop song are both acceptable, but I should know that the Vocal Performance major doesn't really offer classes for the musical theatre genre. SO, I was thinking of doing a musical theatre song that is more along the lines of pop music.

With that said, please leave comments with songs from shows that you consider "poppy" and leave room for creativity (such as adding riffs and such).

I could really use some suggestions! I'm a baritone-tenor just so you all know!

Thanks a lot everyone, happy new year!

(Cross posted to a few other communities).
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[04 Dec 2006|04:52am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

For sassy_wench  and anybody else who wants it:  The Dracula Concept Recording w/ James Barbour And again, if anyone has James "Broadway in Concert" cd, I'd do anything (really...ANYTHING. lol) for you to upload it. Thanks!

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[03 Dec 2006|06:27am]

  I was wondering, I've been looking for this EVERYWHERE. Does anybody have James Barbour's Broadway in Concert (sometimes called Back to Broadway)? Or his Love Songs cd? 

 I'm kind of on a James Barbour kick.

Or if anybody has any of his stuff I don't, I'll welcome that too. I've got Assassins, Jane Eyre, and the Dracula Concept Recording. 

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[18 Nov 2006|07:24am]

[ mood | tired ]

I just joined this group, but I was wondering if anybody had the Bright Lights, Big City and/or Assassins OBCR's that they'd be willing to send me.

If you want to trade I have:

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
All Shook Up
Beauty and the Beast
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Full Monty
Jersey Boys
The Lion King
Little Shop of Horrors (Revival Cast)
Rent (Movie soundtrack)
Sweeney Todd (Revival Cast) 
The Wedding Singer

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the little mermaid demo [06 Nov 2006|03:09pm]

[ mood | ack. ]

Hi all,

I'm having the worst time with something. I'm one of those neurotic people that have to have their iTunes labeled as accurately possible. At the moment, I am struggling with The Little Mermaid Demo. I believe it counts as obscure. I am having trouble finding info on it. I know that Kerry Butler is Ariel and Emily Skinner (♥) is Ursula, but other than that, nothing seems too clear. I have seen people claim that Scuttle is Buddy Hackett and it does sound like him, but I suppose I'm doubtful because he was an old man when this was recorded :)

Any help at all is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

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lyrics [24 Jul 2006|10:11pm]

hello! I have a quick question for whoever it is that can answer it. Two weeks ago my friend had me listen to a song called "When She Danced" from a musical called "In My Life". I absolutely adored the song. I tried looking up the show and found out that it had a VERY short run from October to December 2005 in the Music Box Theatre and was...just plain odd. I don't believe it has a cast recording, I'm not entirely sure where or how she managed to get the song on CD, but in any case I can't find it anywhere. I was wondering if anyone might have the lyrics to this song or know of anyplace where I might be able to find it? It was a gorgeous song and I really loved it.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me! :)
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[03 Jun 2006|12:12pm]

So I'm in need of help:

I've been asked to sing at a banquet honoring my high school drama teahcer, and since I can only be in town for the event itself, they've asked me to pick a song to bring in.

Anyone have any suggestions?

the song should be:

- A Solo (Tenor or Baritone, but I can always futz with transpositions)
- Topical (About teachers, learning, the theatre, high school, etc.)
- Not too hard on the piano (for the sake of the accompaniest-- Wow, that's not spelled right)

Help me out! Thanks.
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putting it in a synonym. [29 May 2006|01:54am]


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[26 May 2006|02:39pm]


is bare considered obsure? 
its certainly no wicked, or RENT!

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A New Member [22 May 2006|11:00pm]

Hi all. I'm new here and I love discovering new musicals. I think it's sooo sad that so many people don't know that there's such great stuff out there because it never found an audience. Here are some of my favorite more "obscure" shows:
-The Last 5 Years (not sure how obscure it is but I'll include it anyway)
-Parade (ditto)
-Bright Lights Big City (It's amazing how many great people are on this recording: Partick Wilson, Jesse L. Martin, Celia Keenan Bolger, Sherie Renee Scott, heck Kelli O'Hara is in the ensemble!)
-My Life With Albertine
-Marie Christine
-Side Show (does this count as obscure...)
-Martin Guerre
-Tick, Tick...Boom (not that obscure)
-The Wild Party (LaChiusa- I prefer it to Lippa)
I know I'm forgetting some...
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[12 Apr 2006|06:04pm]

Does anyone have Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"? I would be so appreciative. Here are the soundtracks I have if you want to trade:

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Little Women
Secret Garden
The Last 5 Years
The King and I
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Thank you so much!
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[06 Apr 2006|01:51pm]

Would anyone happen to have the cast recording for the The 3hree Musketeers? It was a production from 2001 at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose with Sutton Foster and Jim Stanek. I had an unfortunate accident with my hard drive, and I am definitely willing to give you my unborn children if you have it, or something more practical.
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[02 Apr 2006|04:19pm]

does anyone have the cast recording of violet? (mark?)
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[23 Mar 2006|10:16pm]

hey guys,

I've been looking to improve my showtunes collection for some time, I recently lost all the music files on my computer and have been trying to find all my old CDs that I put on my comp several years ago

so basically what it comes down to is this: I'm hoping some of you would be willing to upload or send me some of your favorite CDs, preferably the slightly more obscureones, since i can easily get the popular/famous stuff from my friends (wicked, poto, ave q, west side, rent, etc), but i would really appreciate anything you guys are willing to share with me

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[20 Mar 2006|04:37pm]
Heyyyyy kids. I come to you for help!

So our director is taking suggestions for the school musical next year and he's being a bit nit-picky. The situation at our school is we have a lot of strong female voices, decent male voices, and pretty good acting on both sides. He says he wants a show that "high schools don't usually do." Almost every suggestion I've thrown out there has been not too well recieved, so do you guys have any suggestions?
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Okay, this is off-Broadway, not Broadway... [13 Mar 2006|07:50pm]

[ mood | confused ]

But it is obscure...

Does anyone here have any info on My Life with Albertine? I'm listening to the cast recording and loving it, but I'm rather confused. I know the general plot, but I don't know who all of the characters are and stuff (particularly Emily Skinner's.)

Thanks in advance.

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[07 Feb 2006|10:09pm]

Hey! Does anybody have any of Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich's songs? I'd love to hear their stuff, but it's a little expensive to go to NYC to a show (though I'd love to, and love to be a part of that life... give anything), or to order the CD. I already have Christiane Noll's recording of "Taylor, the Latte Boy." I love that recording, and as much as it might be sacriledge to say it, I prefer it to Kristin Chenoweth's version. Anyway, thanks guys!
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[25 Jan 2006|12:25am]

So this is a long shot, but if anyone is in posession of any sheet music to anything from Elegies, by bill Finn, PLEASE IM me or drop me a message.
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