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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
Allan Sherman  It's a Most Unusual Play   Options My Name Is Allan: Allan Sherman Sings Great Movie Hits & Songs from the Cutting Room Floor  Warner Bros. Records  1965  Music: Jimmy McHugh Lyrics: Allan Sherman 
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Allan Sherman  The Fig Leaves Are Falling   Options The Fig Leaves Are Falling/Juggling  RCA  1968  Music: Albert Hague Lyrics: Allan Sherman 
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Susie Blake & World Premiere Cast of Something's Afoot  Something's Afoot   Options Something's Afoot (World Premiere Studio Cast)  Jay Records  2020  Music: James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach & Ed Linderman Lyrics: James McDonald, David Vos & Robert Gerlach 
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Continental Assurance  My Insurance Man   Options My Insurance Man  Not On Label  1968  Music & Lyrics: Arnold Midlash & Robert WeDyck 
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Lee Remick  Anyone Can Whistle   Options Anyone Can Whistle (Original Broadway Cast)  Sony Classical/Columbia/Legacy  2006  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Michael O'Sullivan  Revenge   Options It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1992  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams 
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HERO  No One's Got a Crush on Peter   Options Spider-Man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero  Lifesong  1975  Music & Lyrics: Rob Stevens & Terence P. Minogue 
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Andi Alhadeff  Lifesong   Options Jasper in Deadland (World Premiere Recording)  Ghostlight  2016  Music & Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver 
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Ariana DeBose  MacArthur Park   Options Summer: The Donna Summer Musical  Donna Summer Cast Album  2018  Music & Lyrics: Jimmy Webb 
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Pattie Brooks  got tu go disco   Options Party Girl  Casablanca  1979  Music & Lyrics: John Davis 
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Cliff DeYoung & Jessica Harper  Bitchin' in the Kitchen   Options Shock Treatment  Ode Sounds & Visuals  2013  Music & Lyrics: Richard O'Brien    0:34:34 (Pop‑up)
Gregg Edelman & James Naughton  You're Nothing Without Me   Options City of Angels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1990  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: David Zippel 
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Closer Than Ever Ensemble  The Sound of Muzak   Options Closer Than Ever (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2009  Music: David Shire Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr. 
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H.M.S. Pinafore Sailors  We Sail the Ocean Blue   Options H.M.S. Pinafore  Telarc  1994  Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert 
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Robert Penn, Rufus Smith & Dave Thomas  I'm On My Way   Options Paint Your Wagon (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1989  Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
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Jacques Brel  La Bourree du Celibataire   Options La Bourree du Celibataire/J'en Appelle  Philips  1957  Music & Lyrics: Jacques Brel    0:53:16 (Pop‑up)
Van Dyke Parks  Johnny Johnson Medley: Overture/Johnny's Melody/Aggie's Sewing Machine   Options Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill  A&M Records  1985  Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Paul Green 
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Li'l Abner Orchestra  Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet   Options L'il Abner (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2002  Music: Gene De Paul 
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Chita Rivera  Well I'm Not   Options Bring Back Birdie (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Original Cast  2014  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams 
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Sandy Stewart  Won't You Marry Me?   Options Demo  No Label  1961  Music: Moose Charlap Lyrics: Norman Gimbel    1:12:19 (Pop‑up)
Michael Crawford  Charlie and Algernon   Options Flowers for Algernon  Original Cast  2008  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: David Rogers 
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Bette Davis  Tomorrow   Options Miss Moffat (Audience Recording)  No Label  1974  Music: Albert Hague Lyrics: Emlyn Williams    1:18:30 (Pop‑up)
Martin Balsam & Dorothy Loudon  Baby, Baby   Options Nowhere To Go But Up (Original Broadway Cast)  No Label  1962  Music: Sol Berkowitz Lyrics: James Lipton    1:21:23 (Pop‑up)
 
Something More! Orchestra  Overture   Options Something More! (Original Broadway Cast)  No Label  1964  Music: Sammy Fain 
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Robert Preston  I'm a Star   Options The Prince of Grand Street (Audience Recording)  No Label  1978  Music & Lyrics: Bob Merrill    1:30:14 (Pop‑up)
John Cullum, Len Cariou & Hal Linden  One More Walk Around the Garden   Options An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner  No Label  1989  Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner    1:32:47 (Pop‑up)
Barbra Streisand  How Does the Wine Taste?   Options People  Columbia  1964  Music & Lyrics: Matt Dubey & Harold Karr 
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Dory Previn  Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign   Options Live at Carnegie Hall  United Artists Records  1973  Music & Lyrics: Dory Previn 
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Gene Barry & George Hearn  With You On My Arm   Options La Cage Aux Folles (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony Music Entertainment  1983  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman 
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Ethel Merman & Fernando Lamas  I'm a Funny Dame/This Much I Know   Options Happy Hunting (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music: Harold Karr Lyrics: Matt Dubey 
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Claudine Meunier & Romuald  Sailors, Friends, Lovers or Spouses   Options les demoiselles de rochefort OST  Universal  2020  Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Jacques Demy 
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Helen Sjoholm, Russell Watson & Louise Pitre  No!   Options Kristina (At Carnegie Hall)  Verve  2010  Music: Benny Andersson Lyrics: Bjorn Ulvaeus & Herbert Kretzmer 
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Kelli O'Hara  The Light in the Piazza   Options The Light in the Piazza (Original Broadway Cast)  Nonesuch  2005  Music & Lyrics: Adam Guettel 
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Jim Henson & Frank Oz  Movin' Right Along   Options The Muppet Movie  Atlantic/CBS Records International  1979  Music & Lyrics: Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher    2:03:55 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Allan Sherman, the king of alternate lyrics (along with MAD's Frank Jacobs).
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:02pm doctorjazz:

Nice to Allan Sherman!
Hi!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:05pm doctorjazz:

He's Got a bit of swing singer swagger to him! (But intonation, not so much...)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

"How can you say it's not a Jewish world when even the sun is named Sol?" - great Allan Sherman title!

Hi Bronwyn, always a nice start to Friday night (I'm in San Jose).
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Webhamster Henry:

"In the show's most desperate moment, Harry and Pookie, celebrating their newfound happiness, raffled off a chicken to an audience member" -- Not Since Carrie on Fig Leaves Are Falling.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Webhamster Henry:

Gettin' Industrial !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Asheville Jon:

i do not like my insurance man.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:12pm diciassette:

I, I, I, I, I, I, love Lee Remick
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:13pm doctorjazz:

Developed a love for Sondheim (took a bit)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi everyone!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Asheville Jon: welcome!! I hope you find a better insurance man someday, one worthy of his own song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Asheville Jon:

:D thanks Bronwyn. i do too, right now he is only worthy of my scorn.
i listen often, just am not always able to comment
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Webhamster Henry:

My insurance man, probably sung by Beverly Lacek, Miss Illinois of 1967. "Everything's Coming Up Profits"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm here with the footnotes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yes, it was Beverly Lacek!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm WR:

I'm here with notably cold feet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi WR!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm diciassette:

Canonically Summer, but the first version I heard was by Andy Williams
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:30pm diciassette:

My feet were cold this morning, but they've warmed up quite a bit!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Webhamster Henry:

Richard was singing Webb's "The Hive" on the Stork Show a few hours ago.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Webhamster Henry:

Richard Harris that is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I wish I lived in the alternate universe where Macarthur Park had gone to Gene Pitney
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Sorry I didn't see City of Angels.
  7:38pm Doug Schulkind:

Hiya, Bronwyn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

It's time to revive it already
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Doug :D
Avatar 🎭 7:42pm Roberto:

This just in: RIP Christopher Plummer at 91 :/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I heard about that earlier today. He was von Trapp of course and was the lead in one of the many, many musical versions of Cyrano. He also saved All the Money in the World, a movie I liked a lot. RIP
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:45pm WR:

I've been thinking a while about your Gene Pitney comment and I'm okay with Buddy Greco.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:46pm doctorjazz:

The Hills Are Alive
Avatar 🎭 7:47pm Roberto:

But not Christopher Plummer.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

I've never seen The Sound of Music and nobody can make me!

However I'm having fun singing along to G&S.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:48pm diciassette:

The other day I watched Starstruck (1982) and was totally smitten! What a production
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:49pm WR:

doctorjazz! have you made your bandcamp selections yet? sadly i may have to sit this month out. too much cash out and not enough cash in recently...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Webhamster Henry:

I was Born Under a Wandrin' Star / Lee Marvin is a WFMU staple.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

it says everything about wfmu that the database indicates that the soundtrack from the flaming disasterflop movie version of Paint Your Wagon has been played many times, but this is the first time anyone's played the successful Broadway cast album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i say that with love
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Webhamster Henry:

Yep! Well, FMU has never been a place for show tunes qua show tunes.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Webhamster Henry:

Opera is also underrepresented.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Webhamster Henry:

Brel's trill is thrilling.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Webhamster Henry:

Whoa the Brandy Seller's song from Happy End.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:56pm WR:

LOL, the French singer had grabbed my ear so paused dinner prep to look. the LOL being that of course Jacques Brel is going to grab my attention.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:57pm Webhamster Henry:

RIP Hal Willner
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Lizzie: The Sound of Music is IMO by far the worst of the R&H "big five"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:59pm diciassette:

re. French trill: Piaf's as well. I think it's coming off the back of the tongue (which is amazing to me)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@diciassette: never heard of Starstruck, googled and looks amazing! must check it out!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

@dicassette yes - French has a uvular trill.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm diciassette:

You *absolutely* must. It is on Kanopy, if you have it, or can hijack someone's library card
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Nice mixing tonight Bronwyn!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm WR:

speaking of opera WHH, did not see you on rhe zoom for the Niblock and Soldier webcast on Wednesday. there were some glitches but i loved getting to ask Niblock a couple of questions.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Webhamster Henry:

I was there, but didn't reconnect after the pretty long glitch after Niblock.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: Thanks!! It's really my mom still doing the mixing, I will pass it along :)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Sometime: an all ballet number show.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:02pm WR:

truly RIP Hal Wilner. I was getting used to him hosting / participating in nearly everything i was going to see and now no more...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i've thought of doing that! also an all overtures one (im sure i would get booed off the radio if i tried to do one of all entr'actes)
Avatar 🎭 8:04pm Roberto:

Irwin has played The Country's in the Very Best of Hands from Li'l Abner on many an occasion.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Webhamster Henry:

Costume and scene change music.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm diciassette:

Irwin is one of the older souls on WFMU, I suspect
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm WR:

the Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet from the movie was one of the earliest sexy exhibitions i saw as a young third grader. nowadays kids got twerking on utooob.
Avatar 🎭 8:06pm Roberto:

Yeah, they don't come much older than Irwin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Bronwyn Bishop:

When I was in college Irwin and I used to correspond and he'd send me tracks to play on my college radio show- one of them was that one! And yes I did play it
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Webhamster Henry:

I just saw Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams on an old What's My Line archive. She mentioned being in the show. archive.org...
Avatar 🎭 8:15pm Roberto:

Whoa, there was a Flowers for Algernon musical?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Webhamster Henry:

@Roberto yeah what an uplifting, clap-yer-hands type concept for a musical.
Avatar 🎭 8:21pm Roberto:

I'd say it's an, er, interesting subject choice for a musical.
Avatar 🎭 8:22pm Roberto:

Is that Albert Hague of Fame fame?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:23pm Webhamster Henry:

RIP James Lipton (I assume it's that James Lipton)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Something More is not to be confused with Something There, the musical I am currently working on. My goal is to have Something There not flop quite as hard as its cousin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

acid jazz hands, where you can hear the coughs of the dead!
Avatar 🎭 8:27pm Roberto:

I hope there's something there, Bronwyn.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:30pm WR:

i know it was a so so audience recording but that overture seened embarrassing bad to me.
Avatar 🎭 8:32pm Roberto:

i'm pretty sure my father and I had an encounter with Bob Merrill on the street in L.A. sometime in the '70s. Long strory.
Avatar 🎭 8:32pm Roberto:

Now I remember. He was working on a musical version of The Graduate.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:34pm diciassette:

ungh ❤️
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:36pm diciassette:

I did not know People was so great! I am a Barbra Streisand Album sort of feller
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:37pm diciassette:

Horizons are meant to be expanded, I suppose
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@roberto: i wish i could have met bob merrill! I've never met a single musical theatre composer (besides my own collaborators lol) but I did have an email conversation with Robert Lopez once
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: It is that James Lipton, he also wrote another flop called Sherry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: It says a lot when the overture is bad lol
Avatar 🎭 8:41pm Roberto:

I also hung out with Sheldon Harnick at a party a few years ago. He was something like 94 at the time and still sharp as ever.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:43pm diciassette:

Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign: panned by Robert Christgau. I think I've discovered a new heuristic!
Avatar 🎭 8:44pm Roberto:

Well it's got something in common with Irwin then.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm diciassette:

Was Irwin ever panned by Robert Christgau? That would be amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Roberto: I saw Sheldon Harnick give a live show last March! He was great!

I somehow forgot that within the past week I've interviewed two Broadway composers lol - Mark Hollmann (interview coming up next week!) and John Bucchino (interview coming up in March!)
Avatar 🎭 8:45pm Roberto:

He was indeed.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Webhamster Henry:

@BB yeah interview corner!
Avatar 🎭 8:47pm Roberto:

Irwin actually included a snippet of Christgau's review on his playlists at one time.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Webhamster Henry:

Still does: irwin.wfmu.org
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Webhamster Henry:

We've seen Les Demoiselle a zillion times.
Avatar 🎭 8:52pm Roberto:

Ken and Andy had Christgau on 7SD maybe ten years ago. They brought up that review and he said something to the effect of, "Did I say that? That's awful!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I've never seen it but really need to check that out...along with the rest of the Demy films
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Webhamster Henry:

@BB Bring your hankies for Umbrellas.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Webhamster Henry:

Donkey Skin has an excellent cake recipe scene with two Deneuves.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm diciassette:

^ oh man, you definitely should. Also be prepared to marvel at Gene Kelly's French
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Webhamster Henry:

Jacques Perrin named his son Maxence after his own character!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:02pm diciassette:

3.bp.blogspot.com...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:04pm WR:

very lovely closing set. all beautiful songs and music. and all the show was a gem. thank you so much. laters all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

aw thanks WR!! thanks for listening!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:05pm diciassette:

Bonne nuit les copains. Thank you Bronwyn!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Webhamster Henry:

The Muppets are Show Biz! And being rebroadcast on Dis+. Thanks BronWynnnn!
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