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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A David Yazbek Revue...

Many of Broadway's biggest musical talents have had revues done of their works - From Maltby and Shire (Closer Than Ever), Rodgers and Hammerstein (A Grand Night For Singing), Kander and Ebb (And the World Goes 'Round) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber) to the Grand Poo bah of catalogue revues, Stephen Sondheim (Putting It Together, Sondheim on Sondheim, etc.).

Well, David Yazbek may almost be ready for his. After all, he's four for four in Tony nominations, and of course one of those just turned him from Tony-nominee to Tony-winner. Over the years, I've made no bones about professing my love for this man's work.  I was hooked about 10 notes into the unoverture overture of The Full Monty.  I can honestly say that I find all four of his complete scores to be enjoyable - his tunes are ear candy, his lyrics are witty and evocative. And all four have elevated their cinematic source material in wonderfully theatrical ways, too.

So, if I were to create a musical revue of his works (so far) here's what I'd include... a mix of his big, funny numbers, his intimate character ballads and a few numbers to choreograph...

Something Different: The David Yazbek Musical

Prelude: "Something Different (Reprise)" The Band's Visit

ACT ONE:
  • Overture from The Full Monty
  • "Give Them What They Want" - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • "Big-Ass Rock"The Full Monty
  • "Tangled" - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
  • "A Woman's World" - The Full Monty
  • "Time Stood Still"Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
  • "Omar Sharif" - The Band's Visit
  • "Invisible" - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
  • "Here I Am"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • "What Is a Woman To Do?"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • "On the Verge"Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

ACT TWO:
  • "Waiting" The Band's Visit
  • "Welcome to Nowhere" The Band's Visit
  • "Model Behaviour" Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
  • "Scrap" The Full Monty
  • "Dirty Rotten Number" Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • "Great Big Stuff" Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • "Breeze Off the River" The Full Monty
  • "Papi Hears the Ocean" The Band's Visit
  • "Michael Jordan's Ball" The Full Monty
  • "Answer Me" The Band's Visit

What would you include that I missed?  Or what might you cut that I included? Who would you cast? Let me know: jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com

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