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Encouragement => Books, Quotes, Poems, and Songs => Topic started by: Jen on March 17, 2015, 08:33:01 PM

Title: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 17, 2015, 08:33:01 PM
I was raised by a classical musician: my dad is a choral conductor with a PhD in music education and most of a second in keyboard. He teaches theory, voice, piano, and organ. My mom was a professional soprano before she got married; my sister is a singer/songwriter. Music is and has always been integral to my life.

Growing up, we were only allowed to listen to classical music or my mom's stack of Broadway records. Consequently, I've been a fan of musicals forever, and even though I can't even identify currently popular artists, I can sing at least one song from just about every Broadway show since 1943. All right, that might be a slight exaggeration-- it occurs to me that I don't know anything from Starlight Express or Nine-- but the point is, musical theater is my paradigm, and I'm more likely to find something meaningful in some phrase by Sondheim or Schwartz than in any self-help book.

I've been threatening to do this for awhile. I don't expect anyone else to contribute, but please feel free to add anything you like from the Great White Way. I'm just putting links to songs that I find significant. I don't know... you might like some of them. :)

The way I've felt over the past few days, my first inclination was to start with "Learn to be Lonely," from the movie version of Phantom. But that's not where I want to be, so I opted for this one instead. It's sort of an overcoming adversity song from The Scarlet Pimpernel. Take the drama in stride, okay? It's theater. ;)

"Into the Fire": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZXpo2WFbXA
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: MeAndTheKids on March 17, 2015, 10:58:19 PM
I'm also a Broadway junkie, and had trouble picking just one to post but I'm going with 'Everybody Says Don't' from Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle as a fitting follow up to your choice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo7lGsjnJK4


PS:  Like you I can probably sing at least part of one song from most musicals (including Nine and Starlight Express) but I use the word 'sing' VERY loosely
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 17, 2015, 11:23:38 PM
Yes, I love this!

When I was little, we had kid's records - old school Disney and stories - but my father hated pop music. I didn't own any contemporary music until jr high.

But I had my Mom's tiny collection of Broadway soundtracks and the storyteller in me loved stories that burst into song.

Love your links. And as I was trolling the side bars - found this one. A Sondheim from 1970. Company. Neil Patrick Harris is main character but a lot of other recognizable faces.

Song is called "Being Alive"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC-6TYlMnlo

Thanks for starting this thread, Jezzy!
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on March 18, 2015, 01:48:25 AM
I love musicals.  My daughter does as well.  Two years ago - soon after DH passed, she played this song over and over again.  I ended up surprising her with tickets to "Wicked" for her 14th birthday.   

https://youtu.be/3g4ekwTd6Ig
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 07:06:30 AM
I love you guys!!! I honestly didn't think anyone would respond to this. Yay, I'm not the only musical geek out there! :D

Gabzmom, in my best moments, I almost think I can be determined enough to defy gravity. Wicked is almost always in my CD player in the car-- some songs make me cry too much to sing ("That Girl," "Because I Knew You"), but the rest can generally be counted on to boost my mood. It's so hard to choose, but it's probably my all-time favorite show.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I still love Into the Woods-- I remember seeing the original cast performing the title song on the Tonys many, many moons ago. I try very hard to keep this in mind: "No One is Alone."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xaxP_kErTU
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: JacklessSally on March 18, 2015, 07:36:11 AM
There are several musicals that are classics that I have not seen yet, (pretty much everyone that you awesome people have mentioned). That being said, I was raised watching Danny Kaye musicals and Les Mis... Interesting mix huh.

The link is NOT a boost your mood song, so please use discretion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljijk2T8zV4

For a long time I have had to tune out this part of the production because it had made me think of a friend of mine from high school who over dosed, and then to the friends over the years that I just lost contact with. Now it has a far far different meaning to me.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: MeAndTheKids on March 18, 2015, 07:41:48 AM
I'm a certifiable Sondheim freak (including getting on line at Lincoln Center at 3am back in the 80s for the Follies concert) and Being Alive and No one is Alone were the other two I thought about posting :)

Jen- Definitely go see the movie.  I've seen the show twice (the original and the Central Park revival) and they did a very good job in keeping the feel of the show. (and surprise surprise, unlike the Les Mis movie they could all sing).

Speaking of movies-  Last Five Years is worth seeing (its on pay per view channels) if you're in a place where you can handle a musical about a disintegrating marriage.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 07:45:34 AM
Oh, yes. Les Mis definitely falls into the "sob my way through" category, sigh. But there's something to be said for catharthis... and I do love this song. ((((HUGS))))

I also adore Danny Kaye!! He was my fave math teacher ever in Merry Andrew-- "The square of the hypotenuse of the right triangle... " And sometimes I get his ruminations stuck in my head: "An inspector generally inspects-- that is, the Inspector General inspects generally... " Lol. Lord, that's obscure. No wonder people give me weird looks when I open my mouth... ;)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: JacklessSally on March 18, 2015, 07:53:18 AM
I LOVED Hans Christen Anderson as a kid! I so want to watch it right now.. Hide under my covers and pretend im less than 10 again.

Ever seen some "alt" musicals, like Repo! The Genetic Opera or Devil's Carnival?
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 08:10:36 AM
Oh, Sondheim! So many of my faves are his-- A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods... and if it's not my absolute favorite, it's in my top 5: Sunday in the Park with George. I love this show, and this is the most significant song in it. I couldn't listen to it for a long time-- the idea of moving forward was too painful, and being told to "move on" was downright insulting. (My mother told me one day, around two months out, that I needed to move on. I quite literally screamed at her, "NO I DO NOT!!!!!") But it speaks volumes to me now. The lyrics are so compelling to me:

Stop worrying where you're going-- move on.
If you could know where you're going, you've gone--
Just keep moving on.

I chose, and my world was shaken-- so what?
The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not...


The song is here, along with the lyrics: http://soundkrayons.blogspot.com/2010/04/songs-of-substance-move-on-by-stephen.html

I know the very title of the song could be triggering ("Move On"). Please don't think I'm telling anyone that they need to "get over it" or "move on" or anything like that. For me, this song says that we can't stand still, even when we desperately want to-- I never wanted to leave Jim behind, not for a minute, and the idea of moving forward in any way was completely repugnant. But the clocks keep ticking, the calendar keeps changing, week after week and month after month. I'm learning to bring Jim with me as I find my own way to move on.

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 08:18:06 AM
I LOVED Hans Christen Anderson as a kid! I so want to watch it right now.. Hide under my covers and pretend im less than 10 again.

Ever seen some "alt" musicals, like Repo! The Genetic Opera or Devil's Carnival?

"Inch worm, inch worm,measuring the marigolds... " :D

Yes, I've seen both of those! Thanks to my "I am NOT a Goth!" daughter, we've watched them repeatedly. I do love me some Anthony Head... ;)

 In fact... that triggers a sweet memory of my Jim. He was forever making up silly songs about this, that, or the other-- his cats were one of his favorite subjects ("Deck the halls with shaven kitties, fa la la la la... "). After we saw Repo! he started singing (I use the term loosely), "Kittens come in a little glass vial. A little glass vial? A little glass vial, and it's loaded in the gun like a battery... The gun goes off, and you're ready for surgery, surgery. Surgery, surgery... "

Lol. I know you had to be there, but it was so insane and adorable. He usually had a cat to use as a prop. Used to crack me up. 
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: JacklessSally on March 18, 2015, 08:44:10 AM
In fact... that triggers a sweet memory of my Jim. He was forever making up silly songs about this, that, or the other-- his cats were one of his favorite subjects ("Deck the halls with shaven kitties, fa la la la la... "). After we saw Repo! he started singing (I use the term loosely), "Kittens come in a little glass vial. A little glass vial? A little glass vial, and it's loaded in the gun like a battery... The gun goes off, and you're ready for surgery, surgery. Surgery, surgery... "

Lol. I know you had to be there, but it was so insane and adorable. He usually had a cat to use as a prop. Used to crack me up.

OMG that sounds adorable!!! B used to make up very Suessian poems or little songs. We had very silly men!
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Carey on March 18, 2015, 09:22:53 AM
This is something I actually am starting to dip into, having NOT been exposed to it growing up. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie version of Phantom (the one with Gerard Butler). I've watched it hundreds of times. Same with Les Mis and I've seen Into The Woods movie which I LOVED. Living in eastern NC theres not been many broadway opportunities lol.  Im reading Wicked now and have listened to the soundtrack but would love to see it. Tell me which ones I NEED to get started with, this is something I've always wanted to explore.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: JacklessSally on March 18, 2015, 09:23:45 AM
This is something I actually am starting to dip into, having NOT been exposed to it growing up. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie version of Phantom (the one with Gerard Butler). I've watched it hundreds of times. Same with Les Mis and I've seen Into The Woods movie which I LOVED. Living in eastern NC theres not been many broadway opportunities lol.  Im reading Wicked now and have listened to the soundtrack but would love to see it. Tell me which ones I NEED to get started with, this is something I've always wanted to explore.

Jen, are you on this? Cause I need a homework list as well :)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 18, 2015, 09:39:16 AM
Yesm Sondheim and it's interesting how song lyrics trigger different responses pre/post widowhood and even different at the different "stages" of our journeys.

I have always loved Into the Woods, but the Baker's story really changed for me after my LH died. The song he and Cinderella sing about how no one is alone even when they feel they are - actions ripple - is such a powerful one. And when he is holding his son at the end, wondering how he is going to go on, raise the boy alone and his wife's "ghost is coaching him - a killer at first but more hopeful and resonating as the years pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYI4UyPTxjA
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 02:15:59 PM
I went out to run some errands this morning-- guess what came on my stereo as soon as I turned the car on? Yep-- "Defying Gravity." Here are the lyrics that really resonate for me:

Glinda: You can have all you ever wanted...
Elphaba: I know... I don't want it-- no.
               I can't want it anymore...

               Something has changed within me
               Something is not the same
               I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game
               Too late for second guessing
               Too late to go back to sleep
               It's time to trust my instincts
               To close my eyes... and leap
               It's time to try defying gravity...



This is the other one I have a hard time listening to... but it's so, so meaningful to me now, especially the first verse. "For Good" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsuiy824IuM
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 02:59:44 PM
Broadway 101! Oooh, that's a hard one. I love them all-- some more than others, of course. The older stuff can seem hopelessly out of date, but it's still fun-- and some of those old performances, while very different from what we think of as "musical style" now, are amazing.

Here's how I started. As I said, I had a pile of my mom's records, and I devoured them. I watched the movies as often as I could on TCM and AMC, and on a few memorable occasions I actually got to see them in the theater. The best classic musical-to-movie adaptations:

My Fair Lady (FABULOUS movie, even if you're not into musicals-- Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison)
The Sound of Music (all over the media right now, it's the 50th anniversary)
Oklahoma! (must see!)
The Music Man (love love love!!!! You'd never expect Robert Preston to be a swoon-worthy leading man, but oh... )
South Pacific (a bit un-PC, and not my fave, but it's sort of a must-view from a history perspective)
Kiss Me, Kate (Ann Miller's legs are worth the price of admission. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS_YAKZH3lw )
Damn Yankees! (Gwen Verdon's almost as good... not quite, but close)
Hello, Dolly! (Michael Crawford before he was the Phantom!)
Kismet
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (arguably better than the stage version, to be honest)
West Side Story (early Sondheim, and undeniably classic, but maybe too sad to watch)
Brigadoon
Camelot (NB: this is one of my top 5 favorite shows EVER, but the movies doesn't do it justice. Still, worth seeing.)
Chicago (much more recent, but EXCELLENT. I've never been a particular fan of Richard Gere, but in this one-- wow. Catherine Zeta-Jones will blow you away, and Queen Latifah--! They did a fab job with casting.)
Evita (Madonna and Antonio Banderas are definitely NOT Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin, but it's not a terrible adaptation)
Sweeney Todd (Go ahead and watch the Tim Burton one-- it's decent, and the cast is good-- but get hold of the Great Performances version with Angela Lansbury, who is the best Mrs Lovett EVER: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/469605/Sweeney-Todd-Video-Clip-Worst-Pies-In-London.html )
Little of Shop of Horrors (technically an off-Broadway show, and they changed the ending considerably, but it's still awesome-- same writers who saved Disney with The Little Mermaid. Menken and Ashman were brilliant.)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (again, not Broadway, but-- come on, Tim Curry in stockings!)
Annie (sorry, the Aileen Quinn version beats the recent remake hands-down-- Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Ann Reinking, Bernadette Peters, and-- yes, again-- Tim Curry!)

There's a movie version of Wicked in the works. The musical bears only a passing resemblance to the book, by the way-- they're both excellent, but they're different animals.

So... short answer (too late!!!), start with the movies. Then jump into the soundtracks-- anything by Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd-Webber (okay, not everyone will agree with me there, lol). I started getting the album for every show that won a Best Musical Tony. Then I started getting the ones that were nominated. It sort of snowballed from there... SO. MUCH. BROADWAY!!!

Anyway... it's a start. ;) Hth!



Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Michael797 on March 18, 2015, 03:31:25 PM
What in hell.... a BROADWAY thread?!? You've got to be kidding me....

Ok, peeps - plug this one into your browser.

http://www.bluegobo.com/ (http://www.bluegobo.com/)

May it ease your burdens as you see fit. Please enjoy.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Carey on March 18, 2015, 03:34:14 PM
LOL I've tried to pull myself "out of my feels" (as my teenager would say) while at work this afternoon and started playing the Phantom Soundtrack while my office mates eyes roll :P   Does it GET better than "All I Ask of You"???
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2015, 03:45:16 PM
What in hell.... a BROADWAY thread?!? You've got to be kidding me....

For your information, I did consider putting it up on Radio Hell, but decided the manager might react... well, like this. :P

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Ok, peeps - plug this one into your browser.

http://www.bluegobo.com/ (http://www.bluegobo.com/)

May it ease your burdens as you see fit. Please enjoy.

Oh, oh, oh!! I forgot Gypsy!!!! Has there ever been a decent film version? There was the TV movie they did with Bette Midler... Meh. :-\

Does it GET better than "All I Ask of You"???

Oh... I love that song. Always wanted someone to play that song for me, and mean it. Still do, pathetic as that is. Damn it. Crying now.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 19, 2015, 04:28:53 AM
Jen, I needed this thread. I am going through Broadway song withdrawals now that my daughter has moved to New York.

I have to start with music from Phantom of the Opera due to the significance to my family. My official proposal to my wife was on the night we went to see Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera in Los Angeles. A little over a decade later I took our daughter to see Phantom in Seattle. Her life was forever impacted by this first musical she ever saw.

"Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" with Sierra Boggess as Christine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSRNjnpM7y4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSRNjnpM7y4)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on March 19, 2015, 12:04:34 PM
OKay - I think I need to make a list of the shows I am going to stream.  Planning to see If/Then when it comes to Seattle later this year as it ends this weekend. 

Love "Les Miz"  - saw it many years ago.
I don't understand a lick of opera but watched some of the kids in the Regional Solo & Ensemble competition.  A young girl sang a beautiful aria.  Just beautiful and it made me want to cry...

Just saw the additonal posts in the thread, Just Jen.  We have all the movie versions of Rogers & Hammerstein - my DD got a box set when she was 4.  Their version of Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren is my absolute fave!

Purchased a vinyl album at the Goodwill for my daughter - Auntie Mame.  Looking for more because she is so into musicals and shows. 
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 19, 2015, 12:40:51 PM
Oh, I was going to add that version of Cinderella to the list. We did that one my junior year in high school-- I was Portia, the klutzy stepsister. I had to learn to prat-fall all over the stage. It was a blast!

There's a Great Performances recording of Cats out there somewhere-- I've heard they're going to make a big-budget Hollywood version. Of course there's the Jesus Christ, Superstar movie as well, and the Donny Osmond Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 19, 2015, 01:15:37 PM
Cinderella (sigh). And this clip for the "escape artists" lurking. Lesley Ann Warren, My Own Little Corner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xdn7nEhEZo

And this, from The Sound of Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UetJAFogqE4
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on March 19, 2015, 02:51:46 PM
Cinderella (sigh). And this clip for the "escape artists" lurking. Lesley Ann Warren, My Own Little Corner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xdn7nEhEZo

And this, from The Sound of Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UetJAFogqE4

Love both of those!  I watched Julie Andrews and Diane Sawyer return to Austria last night.  Sigh...
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 19, 2015, 05:42:16 PM
I can't listen to the one from Sound of Music-- just seeing the link made me start crying. I sang that to Jim, once upon a time. I keep wondering if I'll ever have a reason to sing it again... and then I think I have no business thinking such a thing. Sometimes this whole thing really, really hurts.

So here's my anecdote (warning, language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6ALzUGZsOQ
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 19, 2015, 09:10:59 PM
Oh, I am sorry. Didn't mean for that, Jen. I stumbled on it and haven't heard it in years.

On a brighter note, my nearly 13 yr old has discovered musicals on YouTube. I have been trying to nudge her for years but after she saw the movie version of Into the Woods, she began looking for it on YouTube and discovered the play and today - Wicked. I feel like a total success as a parent now.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 20, 2015, 05:26:52 PM
Please don't apologise! It's a beautiful song-- it's not in the stage show, but when we did it (I was Mother Abbess, years and years ago-- no, I do not sing "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," ever!) we put it in anyway, because it's just such a lovely, moving scene. I would give anything to have that again, you know? I mean... I wasn't a terrible person, and I really felt as though Jim and I deserved each other, deserved to be happy. Then this happened. So do I still hang onto the idea that "somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good"?

I know there's no answer to that. And there's nothing wrong with having a good cry over a song. That's why I love Broadway, it encompasses the whole range of human emotion in such a meaningful way (for me). I'm probably not saying this very well-- but I love that I can find a song for literally *any* occasion. So many times the songs speak for me, and I love them for that.

As far as a parenting win, yes-- I think you can claim one. I certainly do-- my daughter and youngest son troll YouTube for shows. The other night we watched Spamalot on our smart TV via YouTube. How cool is that?? :)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 20, 2015, 05:45:01 PM
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That's why I love Broadway, it encompasses the whole range of human emotion in such a meaningful way (for me). I'm probably not saying this very well-- but I love that I can find a song for literally *any* occasion. So many times the songs speak for me, and I love them for that.

I am a lyrics person. I will asked, "How can you listen to this or that?" and it's not always a show tune but it is always because there is a phrase, line(s) or the whole damn thing that just speaks a truth for me about something.

Weirdly, my two go to's during the months leading up to LH"s death and the year following were the musical episode from season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Once More with Feeling) and Moulin Rouge.

Sometimes emotions need words that have to be sung.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 20, 2015, 06:20:11 PM
You're exactly right. The words have always been so, so important to me.

In the aftermath of Jim's death, I found that my voice was gone. Not literally, but I couldn't sing. Not even "Happy Birthday," and it broke my heart all over again. Losing him, losing the life we had, losing the music on top of that-- I was terrified that it would never get better.

It took months, and some encouragement from one compassionate soul, but I gradually began to regain my voice. I started with Frozen and-- yep-- Once More, With Feeling. :)

I'm a huge Buffy fan, and I *love* that episode. I have the soundtrack, and that's the first thing I was able to sing through-- I was about 7 months out. So much of it resonated with me, but Spike stopped me (forgive me) dead:

Life's not a song,
life isn't bliss,
life is just this--
it's living.
You'll get along.
The pain that you feel
you only can heal
by living.
You have to go on living...
So one of us is living...


It was as if Jim was singing it himself (and he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it). My heart stopped. I think... maybe... that was the day I realised I had to keep going.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8uH26GlWeo

Spike sings at 3:41.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on March 20, 2015, 07:13:49 PM
So much in season six resonated.

Spike when he's telling Buffy how long she was gone,

Buffy: How long was I gone?
Spike: Hundred and forty-seven days yesterday. Uh, hundred and forty-eighttoday. Except today doesn?t count, does it? How long was it for you? where you were?
Buffy: Longer.


Spike's intervention when Buffy is dancing for the song demon.

Willow's rage after Tara dies and Zander reaching through it to pull her back.

Watched those episodes - sometimes just scenes - over and over.

Maybe we need a thread for tv/movie characters too? So much of what comes out of Hollywood is just plain fiction where grief is concerend (understandably b/c we want happy endings, snappy/witty dialogue b/c anything else is too scary) but there are the occasional spot on's.

Joss Whedon just "got it". Cordelia's goodbye to Angel, for example. Willow's hesitancy with Kennedy. Joyce's death in season five. Powerful stuff.

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Timegoesby on March 21, 2015, 01:05:39 PM
I wasn't sure I would sign up here, thought I would just read every now and again,  but then I saw this thread and thought, "My people!"

Brief widow/musicalsjunkie bio -- ywbb board member (hispie) late,2005, four months after my DH died (brain tumor, benign. yeah right) . He was 49. I didn't post much, but made friends and felt very attached. Still keep up via Facebook. Almost 10 years later, time goes by and I'm Still Here, which brings me to my musicals portion of this tome . . . I don't remember a time in my life without musicals playing in the background. I met my bff when we were 8 and I happened upon her dancing in her garage to Dites Moi. Our family always had season tickets to the Civic Light Opera, and when I was 14 the original touring production of Company came through. I became an obsessed Sondheim fan. 16,000 days later, I still am, so it's a joy to see the love here.

There are so many memories bound up in musicals with my DH. The first time he asked me out--knowing nothing about me--it was to Bubbling Brown Sugar. He couldn't believe I'd already seen it. He was definitely a keeper. Too bad that wasn't to be. But we got married young and had 25 years together. I am ever grateful.

It was marvelous to know you
And it's never really through.
Crazy business this, this life we live in-
Can't complain about the time we're given-
With so little to be sure of in this world,
We had a moment!
A marvelous moment!
A beautiful time . . . .

WIth So Little to Be Sure Of
Anyone Can Whistle

My Buffy knowledge is a major fail. However, to not completely hijack from the last post, I offer this from Josh Weedon:
"I always want to sort of explode everything I'm looking at. I think I'm going to alienate the horror audience on a grand scale -- but one of the reasons why I love Stephen Sondheim more than any other writer is that every song he writes has a purpose. It's not just to entertain. It's usually a mediation on the kind of song that it is... as well as being brilliant."

 Carry on!

(May 2 I see Fun Home on Broadway. Can't wait!)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 21, 2015, 05:52:06 PM
For all you Julie Andrews fans, here is a 1956 live performance of "I Could Have Danced All Night"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X269B9gLwz0


My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway March 15, 1956 with Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle. The show was a hit and had a record run (at the time) of 2,717 performances through September 1962. It won the Tony Award for best musical in 1957 and Rex Harrison won the Tony for best performance by a leading actor that year.

Ces and I saw My Fair Lady at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA in March 1991. After the show we heard the stuffy older crowd complaining about ?the same old rendition.? Sorry, but we were a couple of college kids seeing the show for the first time and loved the traditional playing. It was a special treat to see Henry Higgins played by Noel Harrison, the son of Rex Harrison. He even had some of the props that his father used in the original Broadway rendition.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 22, 2015, 10:12:53 AM
It was a special treat to see Henry Higgins played by Noel Harrison, the son of Rex Harrison. He even had some of the props that his father used in the original Broadway rendition.


I love this show so much. One of my first performances ever was to sing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" in a talent show when I was 8 years old. How awesome to see Noel Harrison as Prof Higgins!

This is the mood I'm in today, sad to say:

"You Oughta Be Here With Me," from Big River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNPKGnLx7Ao

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/b/bigriverlyrics/yououghtabeherewithmelyrics.html
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 22, 2015, 04:19:50 PM
As the day drags on... this keeps echoing in my head. For the record, I do not love this song. But I can't stop thinking it. :(

"Learn to be Lonely," from the movie version of Phantom-- can we say melodramatic? Sigh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPwUPG0Ac-k
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 23, 2015, 03:29:57 AM
For Mrs. C, I am posting from the movie version of West Side Story which she loved. This song popped in my head last month while thinking of her. I am trying to keep the faith that there is a time and place for us, SOMEWHERE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BQMgCy-n6U&list=RD-BQMgCy-n6U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BQMgCy-n6U&list=RD-BQMgCy-n6U)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Carey on March 23, 2015, 07:39:06 AM
As the day drags on... this keeps echoing in my head. For the record, I do not love this song. But I can't stop thinking it. :(

"Learn to be Lonely," from the movie version of Phantom-- can we say melodramatic? Sigh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPwUPG0Ac-k
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This is driving me crazy because I thought I knew the movie version of Phantom by heart, but I can't for the life of me remember what scene this song was in?
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 23, 2015, 09:59:28 AM
It wasn't actually in the show, but it was played during the end credits. It sort of blows my mind that it's Minnie Driver singing it.

"Child of the wilderness" doesn't strike me as especially Phantom-y, but I often feel like a kid who got lost in a vast, impenetrable forest, frantically looking for a way back to civilization. I'm desperately trying to come to terms with the fact that no one is coming to look for me. I don't think I can ever learn to love this life. :-/
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 23, 2015, 10:00:35 AM
I am trying to keep the faith that there is a time and place for us, SOMEWHERE.

I've thought of this song many times too. Hugs.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: MeAndTheKids on March 23, 2015, 09:37:28 PM
If anybody is interested in a light romantic comedy (musical) try 'She Loves Me'.  The PBS version is on YouTube, and its based on the same story that 'You've Got Mail' was based on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db_HreIe5pY&index=1&list=PLH_T6e2eBE0OSbtQTlw8JngsxO9Cqc1HA
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 26, 2015, 12:38:25 AM
I've been listening to Big River a lot lately-- several of the songs resonate; tonight it's this one.

"Waitin' for the Light to Shine": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3X_Mh393m8

The song appears twice in the show-- the first (slow) part is the one I prefer right now. The reprise is more upbeat and determined... fabulous, but I'm just not there tonight.  :-\
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jess on March 26, 2015, 02:43:46 PM
Okay, wading into this thread. I love musicals!  This is a song from The Secret Garden I listened to often once I could handle hearing music again called "How Could I Ever Know" sang mostly from the point of view of a deceased wife, but eventually dueting with the widower:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JryHMQCLB3Y
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 26, 2015, 03:20:46 PM
I love The Secret Garden-- I got to see it in Chicago a long, long time ago. It's still the one show I can't listen to. I tried-- I made it through three tracks before dissolving into helpless sobs. But I hear Rebecca Luken singing that song over, and over, and over in my head. And Mandy Patinkin: "How in the world, tell me, how in the world, can I live without your love? Why on the earth, tell me, why on the earth, should I stay now that you are gone?"

I'm having a bit of a bad day. I'm trying very hard to hold on:

"Hold On" (Secret Garden): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiJ7CLu3zDI

(The song starts at :50 or so.)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 26, 2015, 03:57:31 PM
At one month out, I went to see my daughter perform in Secret Garden. That was pure agony; I sobbed through it and had to look away when she wasn't on stage. She had six performances in total. Fortunately, she let me off the hook from going to any of the others. Even now, while playing both songs posted from the show above my brain was in protective mode and tuning them out.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on March 26, 2015, 04:01:22 PM
Oh, Jerald, I am so, so sorry. I can't even listen to the CD; I can't imagine actually seeing the show. Especially since your dd was in it-- you had to be so proud of her, but at the same time-- My heart would have been lacerated to ribbons. ((((((HUGS)))))))
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Suki1 on March 27, 2015, 09:01:59 AM
My mom used to play songs from musicals when she was cleaning house. I'm surprised how many I learned more or less by osmosis, though early on I had no idea what they were about! I still like to listen to them, as well as to more recent ones.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 27, 2015, 04:02:16 PM
In a mood to mix things up a bit. May return with a tragedy tomorrow ??

:D  :P  :-*  COMEDY TONIGHT  :-*  :P  :D


Nathan Lane in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to A Forum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuxzTarpusI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuxzTarpusI)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on March 27, 2015, 08:54:22 PM
Nathan Lane won a Tony in 2001 for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Max Bialystock in The Producers. Below is a comedic clip of Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and the cast of The Producers. This is from their performance at the Tony Awards in 2001 and includes "sex starved widows." The Producers won the Tony for Best Musical that year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGMkCw858eE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGMkCw858eE)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on April 03, 2015, 09:11:11 PM
Jerald, you made me think of this one tonight. May all your memories be happy ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQtIfgfyWDo
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on April 05, 2015, 10:44:28 PM
I have been trying to find the soundtrack for this - no luck - but I did find some clips on YouTube.

1967 ABC television version of Carousel with Robert Goulet. My mother had it one vinyl. One of the first records I can remember listening to.

This is If I loved You, the whole scene complete with the banter in between Julie and Billy's not-declaration for each other.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xRJAlB9JS0

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on April 06, 2015, 07:33:21 PM
Stumbled across the 1999 Hugh Jackman version of Oklahoma last night. Full length. I love this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5DXLJgotrY
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on April 08, 2015, 01:13:50 AM
Stumbled across the 1999 Hugh Jackman version of Oklahoma last night. Full length. I love this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5DXLJgotrY

"Plenty of heart and plenty of hope?" :)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on April 08, 2015, 06:07:26 PM
My sister got to see this production at the National Theatre in London-- she said Hugh Jackman was amazing. I saw it on Great Performances, and, much as I love Hugh, I had to laugh at his attempt at a mid-American accent. :) The rest of the cast too, come to think of it...
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: anniegirl on April 08, 2015, 09:58:18 PM
Not the greatest Okie accents but the lyrics that are written in "dialect" are bad to begin with.

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on April 08, 2015, 11:21:20 PM
Very true, lol! When we did Oklahoma! in high school, we spent a lot of time shaking our heads over the dialect. I guess Rodgers & Hammerstein didn't have much on idea how folks in eastern Oklahoma actually sound... ;)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on May 04, 2015, 02:37:06 PM
I've been listening to Side Show, it's about a pair of conjoined twins who make it big in vaudeville (based on a true story). I identify strongly with it, from the first song ("Come Look at the Freaks") -- there's no question that I feel like a complete misfit, barely human these days. This song is the one I hear in my head, over and over, the question I can't stop asking. There's no answer, of course; maybe there never will be. I'm afraid that the ultimate reply is a final and resounding "NO ONE." :(

Who will call to say "I love you"?
Send me flowers or a telegram?
Who will proudly stand beside me?
Who will love me as I am?"




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9IqsC5hc_Q


Edited to add: I posted this in a private Facebook group that some well-meaning but sometimes clueless friends set up for me. I got this response: "Glad to see you have a song in your heart, lady!"

Wow. Just... wow.

Off to sob into my pillow some more... :(
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on May 10, 2015, 02:38:42 PM
Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, "Frozen," "Glee") will launch the national tour of If/Then, reprising her critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in seven select cities, producers announced May 7.  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/starting-over-again-idina-menzel-will-launch-the-national-tour-of-if-then-348565 (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/starting-over-again-idina-menzel-will-launch-the-national-tour-of-if-then-348565)

I got the opportunity to see Idina perform this role on Broadway and can't wait to see her perform in Seattle this November. Here is a link to the National Tour: http://ifthenthemusical.com/tour (http://ifthenthemusical.com/tour)

Idina Menzel singing Always Starting Over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LArHeim0Yw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LArHeim0Yw)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on May 24, 2015, 06:36:35 PM
I've been listening to Phantom. I know it's cliche, I don't care. I still love it. These are the songs that resonate right now:

"Think of Me"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SF33K1ts-E

"All I Ask of You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnptZC341nM

Not, for some reason, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again." Not tonight. Weird.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on June 01, 2015, 11:35:40 PM
Mr. C - we are going to go to the show - both my daughter and I want to see If/Then!
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 03, 2015, 03:43:26 PM
This is where I am today:

"Being Alive," from Sondheim's Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnTu8IBWvTQ

lyrics: http://www.songlyrics.com/stephen-sondheim/being-alive-lyrics/

Alone is alone, not alive... :(
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 04, 2015, 09:45:59 PM
Still on Sondheim. Sorry, it's Tony Week.

"No One is Alone," from the original production of Into the Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHPDEDSo5XI
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 05, 2015, 02:51:32 PM
Today it's Les Mis?rables-- eminently appropriate, sigh. "I Dreamed a Dream:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uFww9a3D4E
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: momtokam on June 05, 2015, 11:00:56 PM
I've been listening to Phantom. I know it's cliche, I don't care. I still love it. These are the songs that resonate right now:

"Think of Me"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SF33K1ts-E

"All I Ask of You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnptZC341nM

Not, for some reason, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again." Not tonight. Weird.

This was our favourite musical Jen.
We closed our wedding reception with our last dance to All I ask of you......
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 06, 2015, 02:52:42 PM
Ever since it came out, I've wanted someone to sing that song with-- and mean it. I dreamed of singing it at my wedding. Well, I never actually had a wedding-- eloped both times-- and neither my ex nor Jim could carry a tune in a bucket, lol. Xh wouldn't have considered it, in any case-- Jim would have, if he was a singer. And he definitely would've meant it. He loved Phantom too, and he wanted nothing more than to be my protector and shelter.

Is it pathetic that I still hold out the tiniest hope that someone might find meaning in it with me... someday... ? :(
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: momtokam on June 06, 2015, 03:24:01 PM
Not pathetic at all Jen.....I feel the same way.......or maybe I'm pathetic as well......

DH couldn't sing either!
I often longed for someone to sign romantic songs to me......

Maybe one day...maybe not....
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on June 07, 2015, 08:30:29 PM
Broadway music is back in the C house. DD is home for three weeks before returning to New York for summer classes. She is blasting her playlist while awaiting the Tony's to be shown on the west coast. It will be fun watching the awards together tonight, especially having seen some of the nominees this year.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 12, 2015, 07:40:28 PM
It wasn't the best Tony Awards show ever, but I still enjoyed it-- as much as I can enjoy anything these days. I got my car back today after a month (total transmission rebuild, yikes!)-- I've been sharing my mom's car, and the only plus to it has been that she has Sirius. I've been immersing myself in Broadway for the past few weeks, and I've come across songs that hit me square in my lacerated heart-- some I knew, some I forgot I knew, some I'd never heard. Hair, for example, has never loomed large on my radar, but this song (from the 2009 revival) went straight to my core:

"Easy to be Hard"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz-ofKAC31s

Lately I've had a profound sense of disconnect from-- well, everything. I feel so lost, and no one is looking for me anymore... :(
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on August 18, 2015, 12:12:26 PM
Found this one. It's a bit tongue in cheek-- come on, it's Shrek-- but it pretty well sums up how I feel today. :-\

"Story of My Life": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubBN38hL9KY

Lyrics: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/shrekthemusical/storyofmylife.htm
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on September 08, 2015, 10:26:53 PM
All right, I'm still on Shrek. This song-- well, Fiona's part at the beginning-- really resonates for me. I had my fairy tale, and it was a good story, but it ended. Now it's time to write a new one.

"This is Our Story" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFX4s-AerLc
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: momtokam on September 14, 2015, 07:13:01 PM
So I get an email today about Phantom touring again and advance ticket sales.

I just bought two primo tickets and I'm taking my oldest daughter (will be 17) in January!  She needs to see it live!!

I think this was a sign today...
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on September 17, 2015, 11:53:15 PM
Our big performing arts center is being remodeled right now, catwalk to orchestra pit, and they just announced that when it opens next year, Phantom is coming here! My daughter *loves* it, and I haven't seen it since 1990 (!), so I think we'll have to get tickets too. She'll be 16 in December, we'll just call it a late birthday present. I need to take my mother, too... she took me to see it back in the day, it's high time I returned the favor. :)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: momtokam on September 18, 2015, 10:17:24 AM
Fantastic Jen!!
I really am excited! My tickets arrived in yesterday's mail too!
It must have been around 1990 for me too!
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on November 08, 2015, 07:27:46 AM
I saw A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder last weekend, it was fabulous and amazing and wonderful. I've been listening to it pretty much nonstop since I got home, and for some reason, this song has been stuck in my head. It has nothing to do with anything, really, but for reasons I can't explain it just resonates with me right now. Foolish to think anyone would ever want me... foolish to think that pigs could fly... :-\

"Foolish to Think": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RVEuDEI4EM

Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on December 15, 2015, 06:33:38 PM
Lately I've been listening to Shrek: The Musical a lot. This is the opening number. "It's a Big Bright Beautiful World, with happiness everywhere... it's peaches and cream and every dream comes true... BUT NOT FOR YOU."

Sigh. Just how I've been feeling lately. :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55uS2w2LtdM
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: momtokam on January 09, 2016, 03:38:34 PM
Took my daughter to see the new Phantom production last night.

My daughter loved it! I think I may have created a live production monster!

This show brought back so many memories of seeing this in the past with my husband and dancing to some of the music at our wedding.

In many ways, this production was not as magical as the first for me. In many ways it was more magical sharing it with my daughter this time. 😊
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: TooSoon on January 11, 2016, 12:30:36 PM
So, Broadway people, adp is bringing his daughter here in Feb and we're taking her to NYC to celebrate her 18th birthday and see a show.  She wanted to see Fun Home or Book of Mormon but the tickets are astronomical (side note: still kicking myself for not getting Hamilton tickets this summer before it became the coolest thing ever).  Is there an online way to get two-fors and if so, where?  Also, what other shows might an insanely brilliant, sophisticated 18 year old like?  Kinky Boots maybe?  Broadway is not my thing, not by a long shot, though I would have loved to see Book of Mormon because snark is definitely very much my thing.  Any advice would be excellent! 
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on February 20, 2016, 12:47:41 PM
It's coming to Little Rock when our performing arts center is finished with its renovation. Phantom is still my daughter's fave show-- she got to see it in Memphis, but I'd like to see it with her.
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Mr C on February 20, 2016, 07:45:45 PM
Took the kids to see Finding Neverland when visiting my daughter for Thanksgiving. I have been listening to the cast recording a lot lately to lift me up, particularly Stronger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fevDew-8oSo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fevDew-8oSo)

"In the darkest place, there's the faintest light
Gives me hope to face the hardest fight fate delivers me
...
I've got to be stronger, reach up higher
Must dig deeper, find the fire"
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Gabzmom on March 30, 2016, 03:02:19 AM
Tickets out for the season and Finding Neverland is on the list!
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: Jen on June 12, 2016, 07:55:21 AM
In honor of the Tony Awards (tonight on CBS!), here's a flashback to the Best Musical 1990, City of Angels. I love this show, I got to see it in Chicago when it first went on tour, and it was amazing. Some of the songs resonate strongly, especially these two:

"You Can Always Count on Me"-- me in a nutshell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZTuNf2nmNs


"Funny"-- "... sad enough my life's a joke that suffers in the telling..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdo1PkzpKCQ

Lyrics: http://www.thebroadwaymusicals.com/lyrics/cityofangels/funny.htm

Can't wait to see the show tonight! It's one of the few annual events that I hold out for. Pretty sure Hamilton will sweep, but you never know... ;)
Title: Re: The Broadway Channel
Post by: TooSoon on June 12, 2016, 09:10:22 PM
How sweet.  Isn't is about love after all.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/see-lin-manuel-mirandas-stirring-tribute-to-orlando-victims-20160612