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  1. GOLDEN BOY in a Golden Age of Broadway: An Original Cast Recording Review

    Golden Boy. Book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams. With Sammy Davis, Jr. (Joe Wellington); Paula Wayne (Lorna Moon); Billy Daniels (Eddie Satin); Kenneth Tobey (Tom Moody); Johnny Brown (Ronnie); Terrin Miles (Terry); Lola Falana (Lola). Capitol Records, 1964.



    When it comes to Broadway musicals, there are hits, there are flops, and there are hits
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    Updated Yesterday at 23:27 by Bellinilover

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  2. ELEKTRA and CARRIE

    Birgit Nilsson as Elektra, 1960's

    Elektra and Carrie


    In April 1988 the musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie began a chaotic series of previews at Broadway’s Virginia Theatre; it never opened officially and for years was best remembered from author Ken Mendelbaum’s descriptions of it in his funny, insightful study of failed Broadway musicals, Not Since Carrie (1991). According to Mendelbaum, Carrie
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    Updated Apr-22-2019 at 19:20 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals, opera
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  3. What Makes Them Great?: Javert's Songs in LES MISERABLES

    Few musicals of the last thirty years can claim as many hit songs as can Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg’s ubiquitous if powerful Les Miserables. “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” “One Day More,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” are among the titles that have, through the decades, become household names–and not in theatregoing “households” only, as Act I’s concerted finale, “One Day More,” has inspired
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    Updated Jan-15-2018 at 06:01 by Bellinilover

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  4. The Score of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: An Appreciation

    Reference recordings:
    1. Fiddler on the Roof: Original Broadway cast (1964)
    2. Fiddler on the Roof: Broadway revival cast (2004)



    The video above shows the Bottle Dance, highlight of Fiddler on the Roof’s wedding scene and arguably the most famous musical number ever choreographed by the great Jerome Robbins. At the wedding of Tzeitel to Motel, a line of Hasidic Jewish men balance wine bottles atop their
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    Updated Sep-23-2017 at 03:55 by Bellinilover

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  5. What Makes It Great?: "Nowadays" from CHICAGO

    This is the second entry in my blog series whose title, “What Makes It Great,” is based on that of a now-defunct regular feature of a classical radio station in Washington, DC. The present subject is an iconic Bob Fosse number from the ever-popular John Kander/Fred Ebb musical Chicago: “Nowadays,” first performed on Broadway (in 1975) by Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly and Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart. Having finally been acquitted of murdering her husband in Jazz Age Chicago, Roxie laments that
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    Updated Jan-06-2018 at 21:25 by Bellinilover

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