i pulled it from a maiden in a tower

takethehighwayofhappiness:

- Dame Diana Rigg

this is fun!

Stay Tuned: Musical Television Episodes from Gilligan’s Island to Grey’s Anatomy

musicaltheatreheritage:

The phenomenon of musical television episodes combines a predominately naturalistic electronic media form with the presentational, expressionism characteristic of live theatre. This series of articles featuring video clips, historical context, and commentary, offers an in-depth look at musical television episodes. 

Below is a partial chronology of musical television episodes, the 35 episodes listed represent 21 diverse television shows running the gamut of genres, including 1960s sitcoms, contemporary soap operas, animated children’s shows, medical dramas, risque science-fiction comedy cartoons, and gritty prison dramas.

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elizabethactual:

It is exactly what you think it is.

Yes I got every word. 

Yes I know a significant number of people who could do the same.

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“Rainbows” - Into the Woods (Film Demo)

A duet between the Baker and the Baker’s Wife for a previous film treatment of Into the Woods.

Will be included in the upcoming Off-Broadway revue Marry Me A Little.

Singing about rainbows seems a very un-Sondheimy thing to do, doesn’t it?  I also feel like it oddly fits with the Denis O’Hare/Amy Adams versions of Baker/Wife, but wouldn’t gel the Zien/Gleason interpretation.  (The movie, of course, would have had it’s own spin)

musicaltheatreheritage:

Broadway veteran and Tony Winner Lillias White sings showstopper “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl (1964) with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. This performance was featured in the Second Annual Benefit Concert for the Actors’ Fund on September 23rd, 2002, which played at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The cast included 13 different actresses taking turns playing the leading role of Fanny Brice, they included: Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, LaChanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idinia Menzel, Julia Murney, and Bebe Neuwirth. The benefit was directed by Peter Flynn and co-choreographed by Devanand N. Janki and Robert Tatad.

The New Amsterdam Theatre was a perfect choice for the benefit which is based on the life of comedian Fanny Brice, a headliner in the famous Ziegfeld Follies which moved to the New Amsterdam in 1913.

Lillias White’s Selected Broadway Credits
Fela! (2009)
The Life (1997)
Chicago (1996)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995)
Once on this Island (1990)
Dreamgirls (1981, 1987 Revival)
Barnum (1980)

always worth reblogging because GODDAMN.  What I appreciate most of all about White’s performance (and there’s a lot to appreciate) is how decisively she alternates between the high and low notes in the final “is gonna rain on my” (as opposed to taking it all up, which bothers me for whatever reason).

jesseboy:

In a world full of monotonous politics, extremism on both sides, constant blame-gaming, and a general sense of hysteria pervading our social conscience, it’s incredibly refreshing to have something so exciting to anticipate.  

Color me giddy.

i’m putting $ that Julie Andrews plays Mother Abbess

I Feel Like Trying To Rank Sondheim Shows Again

so-theres-hell-to-pay:

Only shows with music and lyrics, so no Gypsy or West Side Story or Do I Hear a Waltz?

Here’s my ranking.  so-there’s-hell-to-pay’s is after the break 

Based on Score Only (I mean, to the extent that I can compartmentalize my feeeeeelings like that):

  1. Sweeney Todd
  2. A Little Night Music
  3. Follies
  4. Into the Woods
  5. Merrily We Roll Along
  6. Company
  7. Sunday in the Park with George 
  8. Anyone Can Whistle
  9. Assassins
  10. Pacific Overtures
  11. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  12. Saturday Night
  13. Road Show
  14. Passion
  15. The Frogs

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so-theres-hell-to-pay:

A showtune medley With Ethel Merman and The Muppets

Featuring:

“You’re the Top”, “Friendship”, and “Delovely” - Anything Goes

“Together, Wherever We Go” -Gypsy

“You’re Just In Love” - Call Me Madam

“Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” -Annie Get Your Gun 

“Mutual Admiration Society” - Happy Hunting

could this be any more delightful?

theatermania:

Chaplin Musical to Play Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre
By Dan Bacalzo • May 10, 2012 • New York City
The new Broadway musical Chaplin will play the Barrymore Theatrebeginning August 21, with an opening on September 10, 2012. Aspreviously reported, Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the project.
With music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by Thomas Meehan, the show charts the life of silent film legend Charlie Chaplin, from his beginnings in the slums of London to the years when he was the toast of Hollywood. The musical was previously produced under the title Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010.
Chaplin will be produced on Broadway by the Rich Entertainment Group (Bob & Mindy Rich), Roy Gabay and John and Claire Caudwell.
Casting and additional creative team to be announced soon.
Click here for more information on Chaplin.

What is it with subjects bio-musical-flops getting new musicals about them?  First Marilyn (albeit a show within a TV show, but one that is still rumored to surface for reaslies), now this.  When can we expect a new Jackie Robinson tuner?

theatermania:

Chaplin Musical to Play Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre

By Dan Bacalzo • May 10, 2012 • New York City

The new Broadway musical Chaplin will play the Barrymore Theatrebeginning August 21, with an opening on September 10, 2012. Aspreviously reported, Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the project.

With music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by Thomas Meehan, the show charts the life of silent film legend Charlie Chaplin, from his beginnings in the slums of London to the years when he was the toast of Hollywood. The musical was previously produced under the title Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010.

Chaplin will be produced on Broadway by the Rich Entertainment Group (Bob & Mindy Rich), Roy Gabay and John and Claire Caudwell.

Casting and additional creative team to be announced soon.

Click here for more information on Chaplin.

What is it with subjects bio-musical-flops getting new musicals about them?  First Marilyn (albeit a show within a TV show, but one that is still rumored to surface for reaslies), now this.  When can we expect a new Jackie Robinson tuner?

bnorem:

Yes, please.

this seems REALLY weird to me…

imperturbable-perspicacity:

I thought it was time to bring this back. Mandy Patinkin singing “No One Is Alone”

Whoa.  Mandy Patinkin.  Singing an a capella nightmare version.  Of “No One Is Alone”.  On TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL.  Possibly driving Roma Downey (the Irish angel that Della Reese always needs to cheer up) to suicide?  There was a time in my life when I (not willingly) watched TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL every week.  This episode was not on during that time.  

Seriously, WTF?

Also, the end of this needs to go into some trance house music.