So, round 1 was my random mp3 playing, round 2 was random mashups as suggested by other people, and this round 3 is based on songs suggested by other people..

The songs are loaded to the folder here:

Feel free to suggest songs/artists, and I'll write drabbles based from them. :)

3.1 )
3.2 )
3.3 )
So, round 1 was my random mp3 playing, round 2 was random mashups as suggested by other people, and this round 3 is based on songs suggested by other people..

The songs are loaded to the folder here:

Feel free to suggest songs/artists, and I'll write drabbles based from them. :)

3.1 )
3.2 )
3.3 )
My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies
83.76MB | zip


May. 8th, 2008 02:19 pm
Although, not Jill, nor Jacqueline.

Hennessey is a group that put out two... albums in the early part of this decade.

Buddhamatic was actually part of the Joan of Arcadia music track or at least, a featured song in their first season (01x13).

However, I liked the French version a bit better... so I loaded both. :)

mp3 | 2.40MB

mp3 | 2.40MB
Curtain Up! It’s Patti’s Turn

Watch out, New York. Patti LuPone has found her focus. And when Ms. LuPone is truly focused, she’s a laser, she incinerates. Especially when she’s playing someone as dangerously obsessed as Momma Rose in the wallop-packing revival of the musical “Gypsy,” which opened on Thursday night at the St. James Theater.

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A whole collection of Sweeney's - OBC, revivals, various concert versions, motion picture, boots, and such.

Burton's DVD comes out in a week... so we might as well have some meat pies while we wait :)

A Collection of Sweeney's - Notably, the original Broadway cast's opening night performance. :)

Swing your razor high, Sweeney )

Other chaos can be found here:
L.A.'s Ahmanson Will Premiere Musicals Minsky's and 9 to 5

By Kenneth Jones
March 24, 2008

Minsky's is the new title of the Charles Strouse-Susan Birkenhead musical comedy once known as The Night They Raided Minsky's — and it's aiming for Los Angeles in 2009.

The show, which previously reported has new librettist Bob Martin and new director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (both of The Drowsy Chaperone) attached, is officially on the 2008-09 season of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. The season was announced by CTG's artistic director Michael Ritchie on March 24.

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Sing Out, Laura. It’s Your Turn.

IT’S hard to cover a tattoo when there’s a striptease involved.

Night after night (and two afternoons a week), Laura Benanti’s makeup assistant spends quite some time masking the butterfly the actress has tattooed on her lower back so it won’t show in “Let Me Entertain You,” the eye-riveting number in which Ms. Benanti, as the gawky Louise in “Gypsy,” molts into the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

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Two Helpings of Pie From Broadway’s Fridge


“SOUTH PACIFIC” and “Gypsy,” which both return to Broadway this spring, originally opened 10 years apart, standing neatly as theatrical bookends of the 1950s. The Rodgers and Hammerstein romance set in the Pacific during World War II had its New York premiere in April 1949, on the cusp of that fabled decade of American prosperity and self-confidence. The brassy musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir first took a bow in May 1959, as the decade drew to a close and only a few shadows of the more fractious era ahead could be discerned on the horizon.

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Down by the Blue Purple Yellow Red Water
Published: February 22, 2008

“Look!” says the man for whom seeing is everything, in a voice that both commands and beseeches. “Look!”

This directive is issued by the painter Seurat, played by Daniel Evans in the glorious revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” which opened Thursday night at Studio 54. And even if George’s mother, to whom he is ostensibly speaking, pays him no mind, we certainly do.

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I've always loved looking at Seurat paintings even before I ever heard Sunday in the Park with George. I had a chance to take a closer look at the paintings when I was at the British Museum this past summer. They were wonderful. :)

The 1987 production starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters... while the 2006 London revival production starred Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell which will be presented by the Roundabout Theatre Group at Studio 54 this Spring.

I had the opportunity to see and hear Daniel Evans sing Sunday with Maria Friedman at Cadogan Hall during the same UK trip - and he sounded lovely :)

It's Hot Up Here )
Or what I call... sex on a platform will scandalize Mirvish's subscription season... ;)

Mirvish nabs erotic musical

Feb 03, 2008 04:30 AM
Martin Knelman

David Mirvish has snared Spring Awakening, the most sensationally erotic musical on Broadway, for his 40,000 subscribers, the Star has learned.

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I finally had a chance to snip the two edges off of my audio of The Farnsworth Invention and figured that instead of providing a vocal snippet of either Hank Azaria or Jimmi Simpson, I wanted to snip out Andrew Lippa's original scoring - and the exit music works for this purpose. I'll work on finishing my review notes and posting. In the mean time, Lippa!

Exit Music.mp3
912KB | The Farnsworth Invention - Exit Music
Again! I miss an opportunity to hear/see Sondheim. :(

Time is ripe for revival of flop 1964 musical

The subject and staging of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle is well suited to today
Jan 13, 2008 04:30 AM
Special to the Star

To succeed you must fail, but perhaps the greatest successes come when you succeed in failing. This may be the case with Anyone Can Whistle, playing tonight in concert at the Diesel Playhouse.

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Nota bene: Please see the comments discussion for further clarification of who's singing and when... I need to go and clean up the actual file information for future reference. Mille grazie.

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So, the movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter opens tonight. :)

And I'm wrapping up this mini-flurry of Sweeney Todd posts with the First National Tour videorecording audio-tracks... with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn. T'was filmed in LA during the first national tour of 1980/81.

A customer! Sit! )
Drowsy Chaperone's Last Toast Will Be Dec. 30; Broadway Hit Will Close

Drowsy Chaperone's Last Toast Will Be Dec. 30; Broadway Hit Will Close
By Kenneth Jones
19 Dec 2007

The five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone will close Dec. 30 at the Marquis Theatre following 674 performances and 32 previews.

The show recouped its investment. A well-reviewed national tour continues. A cast album preserves the score.

As we stumble along... )
Benanti and Gaines Will Join LuPone for Broadway Gypsy Revival

Benanti and Gaines Will Join LuPone for Broadway Gypsy Revival

By Andrew Gans
19 Dec 2007

As previously reported on, the upcoming Broadway revival of Gypsy — starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone as that stage mother of all stage mothers, Rose — will play the St. James Theatre.

After a limited engagement this past summer at City Center — the inaugural production of the Encores! Summer Stars series — the acclaimed mounting of Gypsy starring LuPone will begin previews at the St. James March 3, 2008, with an official opening March 27.

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Sweeney Todd in Concert (San Francisco, July 2001)

This is the second 'recorded' opportunity to hear Patti LuPone as Mrs Lovett, and the third occasion where George Hearn plays the Demon Barber of Fleet Street [previously: 1982 National Tour videorecording, 2000 NYPO performances].

I think if you listen to these two performers sequentially, it's amazing how their take on these two very iconic characters have evolved over the years. For Hearn, he's reprised this role over twenty years -- first as a replacement to Len Cariou in the original 1979 Broadway production, then creating the role on the first tour (1981), and here... we can hear him so many years later bringing a new depth to Sweeney Todd.

Patti LuPone doesn't have twenty years on the role, but her take on Lovett has become more focussed over the years. In listening to the 2000 NYPO version through to the 2001 SF performance into the 2005 revival, she's toned down the 'Patti-ness' that she always brings to the stage and made it a part of Lovett's characterization.

Even though we don't have Audra McDonald playing the Beggar Woman here, Victoria Clark (of later Light in the Piazza fame) brings a different sound to Lucy.

On several occasions, I've seen postings of Sweeney Todd claiming to have the SF cast only to learn that it was the NYPO performances. I've liked Lonny Price's semi-staged concert productions... so this DVD joins my stack. :)

Raise Your Razor High... )
NYT: Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Leah Gallo/Paramount Pictures
Jamie Campbell Bower, left, as Anthony and Johnny Depp as the title character in the film version of "Sweeney Todd."
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Company — with Esparza — to Make PBS Debut in February 2008

By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
11 Dec 2007

The acclaimed actor-musician revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company — directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle — will be broadcast on PBS stations around the country in February 2008.

The broadcast, according to the 2007-2008 "Great Performances" season brochure, is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2008.

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So I was watching the MTV Legally Blonde performance this weekend and pretty much ignoring LBB on stage whenever there were other performers around. :)

Annaleigh Ashford originated the role of Margot in Legally Blonde and understudied the role of Elle Woods. She's currently at the Gershwin Theatre being very Good as Glinda in Wicked.

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This is a general post of music stuff that I've loaded. There will probably be a few more posts of this nature up until the weekend of the 22nd.

Or else, if people have specific requests coming from the (as yet to be updated) list here, you can make requests... :)

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In a moment of absolute happiness (theatre-induced I promise), I've opted for a second performance of the Sweeney Todd National Tour at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This time, with J on Sunday (11/25).

If all things go according to scheduling, Alexander Gemignani will be stepping into the role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. :)

I'm so excited... more Sweeney, more Mrs Lovett. :)

The question becomes... if I see The Receptionist, and the Pinter play Homecoming, along with a performance of Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, and maybe Legally Blonde... where does the space for another performance of Wicked (with Block/Ashford) appear?

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Jul. 27th, 2007 01:32 pm
The City Center Summer Stars Encores! presentation of Jules Stynes and Arthur Laurent's Gypsy with Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines is completing its limited run this weekend with the July 29th performance. I reaaaaaaaaally like Ms LuPone. :)

But below are some of the previous revival recordings - the latest with Bernadette Peters, and the 1989 effort with Tyne Daly (of Laverne and Shirley, and then Judging Amy) :)

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So I was able to see the latest version of Forbidden Broadway: The Roast of Utopia last Sunday. :)

I need to finish tracking the audio, but I've loaded the opening (the Roast of Utopia) here. :)

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A partial recap of the journey there and back. :)

There are no photos taken from the June 22, 2007 evening show at Curtains - simply because the camera I had was without flash, and took pictures that looked like I'd dragged everything through a bog and back.

Giant pictures here )

The Wicked and Musical Theatre mumbles )
Happy Tony Sunday :) I'm running around on errands (and humming Company songs)... that, and Assassins' music. O+O;

Well... there's ever so many renditions of Someone Else's Story (from Chess) based upon the various cast recordings.

I even have a rendition from Gunilla Blackman.

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For all of those that are wanting to see the Queen a second time -- and by that, I mean, Grania O'Maille...

Fare thee well...

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I'm mildly amused by the bits of news from Mr Rudsetsky --

namely mentions of both Ms Block and Ms Murney this week --

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Just the various demo tracks and such. I still need to figure out where I can pick up the OBC that's just been released.

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Hmm... seems like the PQ's day of privateering at the Hilton may be numbered and her letters of marque from the Queen are on shaky ground...

'Frankenstein' to Play the Hilton; Brooks Confirms Casting

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So the Drama Desk Awards have been handed out...

YaY! to Company for the Lead Actor prize for Raul Esparza, Orchestrations to Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and top prize for the Best Revival of a Musical. :)

It was interesting to note that the original and current orchestrators of Company (Jonathon Tunick and Mary-Mitchell Campbell) shared the prize. :) That, and the two revival Roberts -- Raul Esparza (2006) and Boyd Gaines (1995) -- were taking home awards :)

Utopia and Spring Awakening Win Top Honors at Drama Desk Awards
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May. 15th, 2007 08:43 pm
and all that.

I've finally finished playing with the double-sided sticky tape and a frame and a camera and a tripod and all that...

These are very large res photos )
I might try to catch that Saturday night performance... or Friday.

Good Thing Going: Simply Sondheim at the Cadogan Hall

Tuesday 7 August - Saturday 11 August 2007 7.30pm

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So, the great spectacle opens again... and I'm not sure how 'pleased' one could be to see Toronto being given as the reason for the world premiere as having the largest stage available... O+o;

Frodo Gets Another Shot at the Golden Ring

Frodo Gets Another Shot at the Golden Ring )
So instead of rejoicing and being all sorts of plotty about the upcoming possibilities on vacations, I simply plugged in the MP3 player and listened to another Sondheim show: Do I Hear a Waltz and was amused at the contradiction between Sondheim's lyrics and Rodger's melodies. :: ahem :: Nevermind that. I've been rambling on and on about Company to [ profile] rysler that she probably will skip reading the next bit. :)

A quick perusal reveals that the MP3 player has songs from the numerous cast recordings: 1970 Original Broadway Cast, 1995 Roundabout revival, 1996 London revival, 2006 Doyle revival; plus the the live recordings - the Cincinnati presentation of the Doyle Cast (2006) [2006-03-17 recording], and the two recordings from the Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre production (with Hugh Panaro, Kendra Kassebaum, and Shelly Burch) [2006-11-03 and 2006-11-05] and the 2002 Sondheim Celebration at DC's Kennedy Center revival (with John Barrowman, Alice Ripley, and Lynn Redgrave).

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