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  1. Four Overtures by Charles Strouse

    Any serious fan of Broadway musicals has no doubt heard that the three greatest overtures are those for Gypsy, Funny Girl, and Candide. It is true that these overtures are all uncommonly creative in their blending of melodies from the respective shows’ scores, though I half-suspect the Candide one is “the greatest” mainly because Leonard Bernstein wrote it. De rigeur for Broadway musicals since the 1920’s at least, the overture fell somewhat out of fashion from the 1960’s onward; Charles
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    Updated Oct-12-2019 at 21:40 by Bellinilover

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    Composers , Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Opera
  2. 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 Jul-04-2019 at 13:53 by Bellinilover

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  3. 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; the show 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,
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    Updated Jun-25-2019 at 04:34 by Bellinilover

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  4. 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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  5. 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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