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Musical theater from off the beaten path. Obscure and unusual show tunes from within the canon and without, flops, failures, and the newest works from up-and-coming artists—plus tried-and-true hits. Also, occasional appearances from songs that are not show tunes (but only if they go really well with show tunes).

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Taco  Puttin' on the Ritz   Options Puttin' On The Ritz / Livin' In My Dream World 7"  RCA  1982  Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin 
0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Kevin Kline & Chorus of Pirates  Oh, Better Far to Live and Die   Options The Pirates of Penzance  Elektra Records  1981  Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert 
0:07:36 (Pop‑up)
Original German Cast of Tanz der Vampire  Knoblauch   Options Tanz der Vampire  Polydor Records  1998  Music: Jim Steinman Lyrics: Michael Kunze 
0:09:41 (Pop‑up)
Tim Rice & Crowd  Going, Going, Gone   Options The Likes of Us  Verve (Adult Contemporary)  2007  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
0:12:33 (Pop‑up)
Carol Burnett & Dick Patterson  Call Me Savage   Options Fade Out Fade In  Verve  2007  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green 
0:17:12 (Pop‑up)
Brandon Maggart  I'm A-Tingle, I'm A-Glow   Options Lorelei: A Musical Comedy (The Original Cast Album)  MGM Records/Verve Records  1973  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Leo Robin 
0:20:12 (Pop‑up)
Jerome Pradon  I Will Make You Proud   Options Martin Guerre - Original London Cast Recording  First Night Records  2020  Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Edward Hardy & Stephen Clark 
0:25:37 (Pop‑up)
Tam Mutu & Josh Canfield  Ashes and Tears   Options Doctor Zhivago (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Broadway Records  2015  Music: Lucy Simon Lyrics: Michael Korie & Amy Powers 
0:27:33 (Pop‑up)
Chip Garnett  Power Comes, Power Goes   Options The Little Prince and the Aviator (audience recording)  No Label  1982  Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black    0:30:58 (Pop‑up)
Mandy Patinkin, Kristin Chenoweth & Lewis Cleale  Sisyphus   Options Myths and Hymns  Nonesuch/Warner  2005  Music & Lyrics: Adam Guettel 
0:33:01 (Pop‑up)
the philip glass ensemble  Knee Play 3   Options Einstein on the Beach  Orange Mountain Music  1979  Music: Philip Glass Lyrics: Robert Wilson & Philip Glass 
0:35:02 (Pop‑up)
Will Chase & Malcolm Gets  The Greatest Gift   Options The Story of My Life (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  PS Classics  2009  Music & Lyrics: Neil Bartram 
0:41:58 (Pop‑up)
Sierra Boggess & Remy Saken  Good Luck, Bonne Chance   Options A Little Princess: The Musical (Original Cast Recording)  Ghostlight  2017  Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Brian Crawley 
0:48:12 (Pop‑up)
Hunter Foster, Lisa Brescia & Kate Wetherhead  Hundred Story City   Options Ordinary Days (Original Cast Recording)  Ghostlight  2017  Music & Lyrics: Adam Gwon 
0:52:09 (Pop‑up)
Susan Blackwell & [title of show] Original Cast  Die Vampire Die!   Options [title of show] (Soundtrack from the Musical)  Ghostlight  2017  Music & Lyrics: Jeff Bowen 
0:55:53 (Pop‑up)
Jenn Colella & Come From Away Company  Me and the Sky   Options Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  The Musical Company  2017  Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff & David Hein 
1:02:22 (Pop‑up)
Judy Garland  Gotta Have Me Go With You   Options A Star Is Born  Sony Music Entertainment  1954  Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: Ira Gershwin 
1:07:50 (Pop‑up)
Danny Kaye  It's Never Too Late to Mendelssohn   Options My Ship/It's Never Too Late to Mendelssohn  Columbia  1949  Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Ira Gershwin    1:11:25 (Pop‑up)
Redhead Ensemble  The Simpson Sisters   Options Redhead (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2009  Music: Albert Hague Lyrics: Dorothy Fields 
1:13:32 (Pop‑up)
Rebecca Luker & Philip Chaffin  Kitty's Kisses   Options Kitty's Kisses (World Premiere Recording)  PS Classics  2009  Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Gus Kahn 
1:15:32 (Pop‑up)
Kelli O'Hara, Caroline McMahon & Brooke Sunny Moriber  Ferret Song   Options My Life With Albertine (Original off-Broadway Cast Recording)  PS Classics  2003  Music: Ricky Ian Gordon Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon & Richard Nelson 
1:19:06 (Pop‑up)
The Ohio Light Opera  Welcome Gentry   Options Ruddigore  Albany Records  2009  Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert 
1:23:42 (Pop‑up)
Rob McClure, Jim Borstelmann & Jenn Colella  Just Another Day in Hollywood   Options Chaplin: The Musical  Masterworks  2007  Music & Lyrics: Christopher Curtis 
1:27:47 (Pop‑up)
Dumbo Chorus  Look Out for Mister Stork   Options Dumbo  Walt Disney Records  2010  Music: Oliver Wallace & Frank Churchill Lyrics: Ned Washington 
1:31:29 (Pop‑up)
Louis Prima, Sam Butera & the Witnesses  The Phony King of England   Options The Phony King of England/Robin Hood  Buena Vista Records  1974  Music & Lyrics: Johnny Mercer 
1:35:14 (Pop‑up)
Bob Thompson, His Orchestra and Chorus  People Will Say We're in Love   Options Mmm, Nice!  RCA Victor  1960  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
1:37:12 (Pop‑up)
Sylvia Anders  Abortion Is Illegal   Options Sylvia Anders Sings Eisler/Brecht  Labor Records  2000  Music: Hanns Eisler Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht    1:41:42 (Pop‑up)
Starlight Express Original Cast  The Rap   Options Starlight Express - The Original Cast  Polydor  1984  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe 
1:43:34 (Pop‑up)
William Shatner  Hamlet/It Was a Very Good Year   Options The Transformed Man  Decca  1968  Music: Don Ralke (Hamlet), Ervin Drake (It Was a Very Good Year) Lyrics: William Shakespeare (Hamlet), Ervin Drake (It Was a Very Good Year) 
1:47:41 (Pop‑up)
Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart  I'll Never Go There Anymore   Options Love Is Here to Stay  Blue Note  2005  Music: Moose Charlap Lyrics: Eddie Lawrence 
1:55:32 (Pop‑up)
The Tornadoes  Summertime   Options Bustin' Surfboards  Josie  1963  Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: DuBose Heyward 
1:58:50 (Pop‑up)
Debbie Taylor and the Hesitations  Momma, Look Sharp   Options Momma, Look Sharp  GWP Records  1969  Music & Lyrics: Sherman Edwards 
2:03:50 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:01pm Listener Gregory:

I was so late last week that I came to the comment board an hour early this week. It has been very lonely.
Avatar 🎭 7:02pm Listener Gregory:

Also, I'm very sorry to begin on a negative note, but this version of Puttin' on the Ritz makes my teeth ache. Where is Fred Astaire when we need him?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Lol sorry to begin on a teeth-aching note! I like this version because I love SYNTHS
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

My favorite character in Les Mis is the synthesizer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

See? Synths do Gilbert & Sullivan!
Avatar 🎭 7:05pm Listener Gregory:

My main gripe is that the best part of the song is the rhythm, and this version just gets rid of that. I will allow synths.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Webhamster Henry:

You should have played this bit by Hugh Laurie: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: That's true, it does make the meter all wonky
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: excited to watch that, I'm sure Hugh Laurie doing Puttin' on the Ritz is a delight no matter how he does it
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Webhamster Henry:

Bertie kind of gives up on it.
Avatar 🎭 7:14pm Listener Gregory:

Excuse me, you have sold me a dead parrot.
This parrot is defunct; it is no more!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Bronwyn Bishop:

pinin for the fjooooords!
Avatar 🎭 7:18pm Listener Gregory:

It’s only sleeping.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

aww that makes me nostalgic for my last WFMU show
Avatar 🎭 7:21pm Listener Gregory:

Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:22pm WR:

playing AJH on my phone in my pocket as I go out to pickup dinner.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

I love this version of Puttin on the Ritz AND the Pirate King!
Avatar 🎭 7:26pm Listener Gregory:

I’m glad you told us the ages of Tim Rice and Lloyd-Webber when they wrote that, because I was seriously worrying about what has happened to them.
Avatar 🎭 7:34pm Listener Gregory:

BB, if you didn’t hear Mandy Patinkin on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, you might enjoy it. Mo Rocca sings along with him. Briefly.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Webhamster Henry:

Einstein On the Air!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey WR and Lizzie!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I'll have to check that out, I love Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! And the "only sleeping thing" makes me think of my last WFMU show bc it was called Love Is Only Sleeping :)
Avatar 🎭 7:39pm Listener Gregory:

Einstein! This changed my life when I heard it.
Avatar 🎭 7:48pm Listener Gregory:

Your comment on Great Recession musicals is interesting, because my memory is that during the Depression, playwrights wrote huge casts into their plays in order to employ as many people as possible.
Avatar 🎭 7:49pm Listener Gregory:

(Not that I remember the Depression, but I believe I have read that. Maybe.)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

I watched the broadcast of his Egyptian opera a while ago and loved it. I'd love to see a Philip Glass opera live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: That's interesting, I wish they had done that during the Great Recession too :(
Avatar 🎭 7:56pm Listener Gregory:

I think the difference is that people still went to the theater in droves during the Depression; and of course, the actors were paid peanuts.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:57pm Webhamster Henry:

See this fun movie: www.imdb.com...
  8:01pm Doctorjazz:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I keep meaning to watch that! Such a great show and Blitzstein was a fascinating person
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey doctorjazz :D
  8:04pm Doctorjazz:

liked this show!
Avatar 🎭 8:04pm Roberto:

Damn, I had no idea this is what Come from Away was about.
Avatar 🎭 8:04pm Listener Gregory:

@Doctorj, jazz hands in your general direction. Oops, my hat fell off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I'm glad I got to see Come from Away while Jenn Colella was still in it, she was great
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:13pm doctorjazz:

Hey, LG!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:13pm doctorjazz:

I'm the tardy one today (ran really late at the office).
Avatar 🎭 8:14pm Listener Gregory:

Those sick people! Am I right?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:20pm doctorjazz:

Avatar 🎭 8:32pm Listener Gregory:

This song must be from the original Dumbo, not the 2010 version.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

which 2010 version?
Avatar 🎭 8:38pm Roberto:

Shit, I forgot to order my daughter her calzone. She's really pissed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

oh I must have confused things by putting 2010 as the year. the soundtrack was reissued then, but it's from Dumbo 1941
Avatar 🎭 8:39pm Listener Gregory:

Got it! I was just about to guess that.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Not enough Brecht / Eisler gets played.
Avatar 🎭 8:42pm Roberto:

I try my best but sometimes my best just isn't good enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Bronwyn Bishop:

aw I hope you're not feeling too bad Roberto
Avatar 🎭 8:48pm Listener Gregory:

I hope that after the final duel in Hamlet someone says, "He's dead, Jim."
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Webhamster Henry:

How you know it's WFMU: Shatner sings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I want to see a production of Hamlet starring Shatner that's played completely straight and then they end it with that line
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: Sometimes this show remembers it's technically a WFMU show ;)
Avatar 🎭 8:52pm Listener Gregory:

@BB, I *really* want to believe you about that Shatner show. Oh, do I.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Bronwyn!
Avatar 🎭 8:55pm Listener Gregory:

This is truly unparalleled.
Brownyn, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing this selection.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm doctorjazz:

Cool duo,Charlap and his mom.
Avatar 🎭 8:58pm Listener Gregory:

With music written by his dad?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: Haha you're welcome, I was very excited when I heard it, it's not technically a showtune but Hamlet is theater so...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yes, Moose Charlap is Bill Charlap's father
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:01pm doctorjazz:

Had to Google it, yup, that's Dad.
Avatar 🎭 9:01pm Listener Gregory:

Moose Charlap sounds like the name of a big lug in the Big Sleep.
Avatar 🎭 9:05pm Listener Gregory:

This Momma Looks Sharp is not recognizable to me. Nice!
Thanks for an excellent show, Bronwyn.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:06pm WR:

thank youuuuu!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:06pm doctorjazz:

Great version!
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