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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Musical of the Month: Grease: The 2007 Broadway Revival

Over the past weeks, we've taken a look at the long and starry road the Musical of the Month, Grease has taken. The original production made stars, the 1994 revival made stars and celebrated established stars from many areas of entertainment. This week, we look at the most recent revival of the show, which is a hybrid of both casting styles. In fact, the 2007 version is so early 21st century, having been created from a realty show.

That reality show, Grease: You're The One That I Want, really worked, giving us two bonafide Broadway stars in Laura Osnes and Max Crumm. Their replacements, Ashley Spencer and the late Derek Keeling, were runners-up from that show. Later casting would include other reality show folk, including American Idol's Ace Young and Taylor Hicks. The author of the show, Jim Jacobs, also joined the show for a time.



  


     
Laura Osnes     Max Crumm

         
Ashley Spencer     Derek Keeling     Taylor Hicks     Ace Young

Jim Jacobs

The original company of this revival also featured many of today's brightest Broadway stars, not the least of which is Tony-winner Lindsay Mendez, who made her debut as Jan. Other cast members included: Stephen R. Buntrock (Teen Angel), Robyn Hurder (Marty), Jenny Powers (Rizzo), Matthew Saldivar (Kenickie), and Kirsten Wyatt (Frenchy). The ensemble featured up and comers like Cody Green, Matthew Hydzik and Emily Padgett. The latter two would go on to co-star in the revival of Side Show, while both guys were in the 2009 revival of West Side Story

      
Lindsay Mendez     Stephen R. Buntrock     Jenny Powers

      
Matthew Saldivar     Robyn Hurder     Kirsten Wyatt

      
Cody Green     Emily Padgett     Matthew Hydzik


Over the years, Grease has maintained its place in Broadway history and in American pop culture. From its historic 3,388 performance original run, its 1,505 performance 1994 run, and the 554 performance in 2007, Grease consistently proves popular with audiences. I wouldn't be surprised if another revival pops up sooner rather than later.

Next week, we finish up with a look at its most famous songs!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Are There "Hit Songs" in Broadway Misfires?

We love it when we hear from you, especially when you come up with some great ideas that add to the Broadway discourse. Well, following our list of favorite flops of the past decade, and again after we posted our review of the great new book Broadway Misfires, many of you commented on how often shows that ultimately fail for whatever reason have excellent songs in them. I'm sure we could go through each show in that book, for example, and come up with at least one song that could have been a hit in spite of any show's demise. Maybe it's a great opening number that perfectly sets up the show to follow. Or perhaps it's a particularly strong, heartfelt ballad. Then again, maybe it's a great finale number. In any case, we'll happily accept your suggestion and take a look at of few of those songs. We'd love to hear from you for your own favorites! Email or text us with the song, the show, and why you love the song. We'll be sure to add it to our next article. Thanks in advance!

Are There "Hit Songs" 
in Broadway Misfires?

"Selling Out" from American Psycho
Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik

Here's an opening number that really sets up the main character for the audience, and brings us immediately back to the wealth and status obsessed 80s which is the setting for the show. It's driving beat and catchy lyrics demand our attention. The song manages to feel very 80s and the staging fairly screams MTV. It was quite the thrill.



Favorite Lyrics:
The streets are humming
I can feel what's coming
I say uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh

You see me gliding
But there's something hiding
In the shadow, shadow, shadow

I may be dealing
With a nameless feeling
Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh

But everyone keeps saying
That I look amazing
So I don't know, don't know, don't know

I want it all
(Uh-oh)
The next transaction
Come on sell it out
(Uh-oh)
You're my next distraction
Come on baby sell it out



"Someone Else's Story" from Chess
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus

Depending on which recording or staging you've heard/seen, this song may be sung by different characters in different spots in the plot. No matter where in the score it is or who sings it, this song is an emotional powerhouse. I first heard it as part of the Original Broadway Cast Recording, sung by the incomparable Judy Kuhn, whose interpretation of it remains the gold standard. Here's a song I love to sing in the shower, or when I want to wallow a little and crank up my stereo.

Favorite Lyrics:
I could be
In someone else's story
In someone else's life
And he could be in mine
I don't see
A reason to be lonely
I could take my chances
Further down the line
And if
That girl I knew should ask my advice
Oh I wouldn't hesitate she needn't ask me twice
Go now!
I'd tell her that for free
Trouble is, the girl is me
The story is, the girl is me
.


"Keep Your Hands On It" from Hands on a Hardbody
Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, lyrics by Amanda Green

We loved this charming musical from start to finish, but the closing number really was the perfect finale. Not only did it wrap up the story of each character we had gotten to know, but it's anthemic build sent the audience out on a real high, in search of our personal goals out there for us to grab hold of. And I could totally hear this on a contemporary country station.


Favorite Lyrics:
I have never been the kind of guy who can put his faith in luck.
I was stubborn, I was patient, I wouldn't leave without this truck.
My daddy always told me,
"Don't wait for your lucky ship.
You can have it, go and grab it, just don't ever lose your grip."
If you want something keep your hands on it, hold it close to you,
Don't let go one bit, could be someone else may have plans on it.
So if you want something
Keep your hands on it, just keep your hands on it.

From the moment I first saw you, I knew I had to make you mine.
There were other guys with hungry eyes just waiting in a line.
I grabbed you and I held you close, the first chance I could get.
Chills went through me, held you to me, and I haven't let go yet.
If you want something, keep your hands on it.
Cling with all your soul, when you find your fit

It may break your heart, it may hurt a bit, but if you love something,
Keep your hands on it. If you love something, keep your hands on it.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

1990s Broadway Musical Logos Madness! Round 1 Mufasa Division

You know we are obsessed with show logos and window cards! We just LOVE them. Over the summer, you really embraced our very first bracket, the 1980s Broadway Musical Logo Tournament. Ultimately, you named Cats as the top logo of that decade. Now, it's time to find out your top logo for the closing ten seasons of the 20th century. To get things started, we poured over the archives and came up with a 64 show bracket of musicals from the 1990s. Here's what we came up with:


Each division includes at least 2 Best Musical winners, several Tony nominees, and a few bonafide Broadway misfires. 

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1990s Broadway Musical Logo Madness!
Round 1: The Mufasa Region

HOW IT WILL WORK:
  • Each week, we'll open the voting for a different segment of the bracket, and you will select your favorite from each pairing.
  • Your selection should be based on the logo/window card ONLY. We are NOT looking for your favorite show! And it's possible to like a logo from a show you've never heard of before!
  • We will provide pictures of the full window card (in most cases) above each week's round, then you scroll down and make your selections. You MUST click/tap the "Click Me to Count Your VOTES" button at the bottom of the survey.
  • THIS ROUND WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT 5 PM!

Here we go again! May the best logo win! THE BALLOT IS BELOW THESE FULL POSTER SAMPLES OF THE LOGOS. DEPENDING ON YOUR DEVICE, IT MAY TAKE A MOMENT FOR THE BALLOT TO LOAD.

GAME 1:                                                                    GAME 2:
                         

GAME 3:                                                                    GAME 4:
                         

GAME 5:                                                                    GAME 6:
                         

GAME 7:                                                                    GAME 8:
                          














Friday, September 18, 2020

Broadway Games: Six More Degrees of Broadway Separation

Can you figure out how these shows connect to each other in order? Are they connected by an actor? A director? The theater they played in? Or something else altogether? Remember, you are figuring out how show 1 connects to show 2, how show 2 in turn relates to show 3, and so on.  Good luck!




Broadway Games:
Six More Degrees of Broadway Separation

1.  Torch Song (2018) to Jagged Little Pill

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2.  Rocky to Newsies

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3.  Pippin to Les Miserables (1987)

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*****     *****     *****     *****     *****
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S GAME

Which Came First?

1. Mamma Mia! came first, opening on October 18, 2001. Sydney Lucas didn't make her earthly debut until 2003.

2. The Broadhurst came first. The Majestic Theatre opened on March 28, 1927, with the musical revue Rufus LeMaire's Affairs; the Broadurst Theatre opened on September 27, 1917, with the original production of George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance.

3. Ben Platt was first, with his debut in The Book of Mormon in January 2014. Will Roland made his debut in 2016 as an original cast member of Dear Evan Hansen.

4. Both songs featured Irene, Cornelius, Minnie Fay and Barnaby, but "Dancing" came first in act one, while "Elegance" was an act two number.

5. Both plays are a part of Neil Simon's "B Trilogy." Brighton Beach Memoirs was first, opening in 1983. Broadway Bound was the final chapter, opening in 1986. (The middle play, Biloxi Blues, opened in 1985.)

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