i pulled it from a maiden in a tower
Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer - Leavin' Time
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Leavin’ Time" from St. Louis Woman (1998 Encores! Cast)

music Harold Arlen lyric Johnny Mercer

performed by the Company

There are many comparisons to be made between the scores for St. Louis Woman and Porgy & Bess. But if St. Louis Woman is more firmly rooted in musical theater than opera, it makes grand use of its chorus. This number is particularly exciting (and particularly similar to a Porgy number, “Leaving for the Promised Land”.)

Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer - Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Vanessa Williams)
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Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home" from St. Louis Woman (1998 Encores! Cast)

music Harold Arlen lyric Johnny Mercer

performance Vanessa Williams, Company

I was mostly only familiar with Audra’s recording of this, so I was surprised to hear that the song is much brighter and more up-tempo than her take. And I’m really warming to Vanessa Williams’ vocals (I’ve also been listening to her Spider Woman lately).  But my favorite aspect of this recording is the choral arrangement.  

Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Luke MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Lee Pace - Scene 12: Emma And The Examining Doctor
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theatreaficionado:

Dr. Emma Brookner reaches her breaking point.

Ellen Barkin takes no guff. And wins a Tony.

I finally forced myself to watch Ryan Murphy’s adaptation for HBO. I knew it wouldn’t have the same impact as it did in the theater, but even then I found myself fighting tears on the elliptical at the gym. More than any show I think I’ve ever seen, this production benefited from the communal experience of watching live performance. There was tremendous comfort in such a unified response to the action of a play that dramatizes the maddening discord in the gay community at a time when agreement was most important. 

What did you guys think of Julia Roberts? I thought she gave a committed and strong performance, though I wasn’t holding my breath until her next appearance like I did with Barkin. 

btw, I posted a some Emmy predictions at me2ism.net!

i should be either at the gym or packing, but instead i’m looking at all my old posts and being surprised and the number of listens my mp3 posts have (or don’t have, depending)

Brad Alexander & Adam Mathias - All There Is to Say (feat. Sally Wilfert)
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me2ism:

All There is to Say from See Rock City & Other Destinations (Original Off Broadway Cast)

music Brad Alexander lyric Adam Mathias 

performance Sally Wilfert

Here’s a “real” track from the wonderful new cast recording to See Rock City & Other Destinations, featuring the divine Sally Wilfert.

This came up on shuffle the other day and I fell in love with it all over again

ifeelkitty:

Number 17: THE SPREAD EAGLE.

ifeelkitty:

Number 17: THE SPREAD EAGLE.

ifeelkitty:

No, don’t look at me.  Please, not just yet.  Why am I here, this is craaaazyyyyy

ifeelkitty:

No, don’t look at me.
Please, not just yet.
Why am I here, this is craaaazyyyyy

ifeelkitty:

Where you going?
Barcelona 
…oh.

ifeelkitty:

Where you going?
Barcelona
…oh.

seriously, this is all it takes release ALL the OOTI feels

seriously, this is all it takes release ALL the OOTI feels

Cole Porter - Is It The Girl? (Or Is It The Gown?) (Joanna Gleason)
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Is It the Girl (Or Is It the Gown)?" as heard on Cole Porter: a Musical Toast (1997)

music/lyric Cole Porter

performance Joanna Gleason

Further evidence that the Joanna Gleason discography is woefully barren (much like her womb before she finds the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, etc.) This also has striking stylistic similarities to her number in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Cole Porter - Night And Day (Carolee Carmello)
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Night and Day" as heard on Cole Porter: A Musical Toast (1997)

music/lyric Cole Porter

performance Carolee Carmello

Carolee has so much fun with this. It’s very hushed and exciting and you know she’s going to ring out that big, high, vibrato-full belt once the melody goes high enough. And for a second you worry that maybe it won’t go high enough (even though you’ve heard the song before, and are pretty sure that it will).  When, at the top of the third verse (not counting “with the beat beat beat of the tom tom” as a verse), Carolee finally gets to go up on the third word of “Day and niiiiiiiiiight, / Under the hide of meeeeee” I literally cheered in my car. 

Also, there’ a historic hotel in Cleveland Heights that dubiously claims its Moroccan design inspired Cole Porter to write this song.

Where is the Life that Late I Led?" from Kiss Me, Kate (1958 telecast)

music/lyric Cole Porter

performance Alfred Drake

In which Alfred Drake tidily proves he is peerless in this role. 

Always True to You in My Fashion from Kiss Me, Kate (1958 TV Movie)

music/lyric Cole Porter

performance Julie Wilson

About a year ago I posted a performance of this song by Julie Wilson at a Cole Porter Centennial concert. I don’t think I realized at the time that Wilson created the role of Lois Lane in London or played it on this 1958 telecast. Her face and body are somehow even more expressive than her voice!

A letter that begins a lawsuit against Cameron Mackintosh because someone was humiliated by the Rum Tum Tugger during a performance of Cats