Can anybody suggest to me some popular broadway songs? I must admit I'm not really a fan from the start but I got to hear some tracks from youtube and now I'm hooked I guess music taste changes over time
I'm currently listening to Glenn Close's rendition of Send in the Clowns
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- Phantom of the opera, Music of the night, All I ask of you - Phantom of the opera
- As if we never say goodbye, With one look - Sunset boulevard
- I have dream - The King and I
- Don't cry for me Argentina - Evita
- Memory - Cats
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I second Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. Also For Good from Wicked with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. And how could I forget Colm Wilkinson's version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables?
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... And how could I forget Colm Wilkinson's version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables?
I don't think I've ever wept so much in the Theater as when I heard Colm Wilkinson sing that. Currently I love listening to Alfie Boe from the 25th Anniversary recording.
It reminds me of the story of Colm stepping up to the rehearsal piano to sing the song in front of the cast for the first time. Everyone was speechless. Director Trevor Nunn broke the silence saying "I told you we would bring God into this story."
"Yes", said one of the cast members. "But you didn't tell us you had employed Him to sing it!"
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I enjoy Stephen Sondheim's wit and structure. I couldn't imagine, though, trying to sing some of his rhymes in those quick cadences! He did lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy; music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and much more. (Wow! I'd really forgotten how much he'd done, the great talents he worked with and how many of his works are now considered "standards.")
One of my favorites by him is the entire score of "Into the Woods" -- billed as the "true" story behind all the fairy tales. How could we go wrong with Bernadette Peters as The Witch and Joanna Gleason as The Baker's Wife? (Joanna is also the daughter of Monty Hall, of TV's "Let's Make a Deal" fame!) Lots of humor in there and some rip-your-heart-out pieces, too.
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I enjoy Stephen Sondheim's wit and structure. I couldn't imagine, though, trying to sing some of his rhymes in those quick cadences! ... One of my favorites by him is the entire score of Into the Woods -- billed as the "true" story behind all the fairy tales. ..
Stephen Sondheim just published the second part of his take on his work (focusing on his lyrics), Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. It includes a commentary on all of his songs from Into The Woods.