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Rodgers and Hart: Where or When

Rodgers and Hart

It seems we stood and talked like this before We looked at each other in the same way then But I can’t remember where or when The clothes you’re wearing are the clothes you wore The smile you are smiling you were smiling then But I can’t remember where or when I once blogged that one of the people I ... Read More »

Cole Porter: Night and Day He Began the Beguine

Cole Porter

With a million neon rainbows burning below me, And a million blazing taxis raising a roar, Here I sit, above the town, In my pet pailleted gown, Down in the depths On the ninetieth floor. While the crowds in all the nightclubs punish the parquet, And the bars are packed with couples calling for more, I’m deserted and depressed In ... Read More »

Marvelous Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch

I have been a fan of Marvin . . .  well, forever.  I adore A Chorus Line, and I also sing the song Nothing all of the time and it has become a mantra for me. Marvin Hamlisch was born to create music.  He was a child prodigy and he entered Juilliard School Pre-College Division at the age 6!  He ... Read More »

Give My Regards To Broadway

Broadway 2

Broadway.  The lights, the energy, the anticipation. . . Broadway has always had a certain feel about it.  Some of the greatest creators and performers have contributed to this art form.  Many of my generation and later generations have experienced movies like The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and West Side Story on film, but these films and so many ... Read More »

Into the Woods

Into The Woods

Several years back, my husband and I lived in a very large home. We would often wonder where in the house the other one was. Sometimes we would meet in the hallway. We called it “Into the Woods”. In 1986, the musical “Into the Woods” was first produced. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics to this brilliant musical. Based ... Read More »

The King In Yul

The King and I Yul Brynner

The King and I, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was first produced on Broadway in 1951 with Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. The producers originally wanted Rex Harrison for the part of the King, as he had played the King in a movie, which was a drama, but Rex Harrison did not want to accept a “supporting role.” So the part ... Read More »

A Time and a Place

West Side Story

When West Side Story debuted in 1957, the producers, directors and actors were all worried about the audience reaction. The ending of the show was dramatic and tragic, but the message and meaning was important. The book by Arthur Laurents, and the music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim could not have been better. The dancers, choreographed by Jerome Robbins ... Read More »

Richard Burton

Richard Burton Camelot

I first saw Richard Burton as King Arthur from Camelot on Ed Sullivan’s show back in the 60’s. It was JFK’s favorite musical, and I believe he tried to model his Presidency on this. Richard Burton was wonderful. Like Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady, Richard couldn’t really “sing”, but he could feel, and he could eloquently, with his magical ... Read More »

The Titanic

Titanic The Musical

When I first heard that they were going to make a musical based on the sinking of the Titanic, I was horrified. I was afraid to see the show. Then one night…by accident, I heard “The Blame”. I did not know the name of the song, nor the show it came from, but the lyrics made it so obvious and ... Read More »

To Be Or Not To Be

The Bakers Wife

Many times some of the most beautiful music has come from Broadway plays that have not been successful. Sometimes the play will open for a week or two or sometimes not at all. Sometimes the composer will be able to use the song in another show. Sometimes not. Two of my favorite songs, Meadowlark (from The Bakers Wife) and Summertime ... Read More »