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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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Options March 26, 2021: Touch of Evil

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
David Bowie  Magic Dance   Options Labyrinth  EMI  1986  Music & Lyrics: David Bowie 
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Steve Martin  Dentist!   Options Dentist! (Little Shop of Horrors)  Geffen  2012  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman 
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Ron Kurowski  I Want to Eat Your Face   Options The Creature Wasn't Nice  BSX Records  2012  Music & Lyrics: Bruce Kimmel 
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Mabel King  Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News   Options The Wiz  Geffen  2007  Music & Lyrics: Charlie Smalls 
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Paul Nicholas  Cousin Kevin   Options Tommy  Polydor Ltd UK  2000  Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle 
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Rob Fowler & Bat Out of Hell Original Cast  In the Land of the Pig the Butcher Is King   Options Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell: The Musical (Original Cast Recording)  Ghostlight  2017  Music & Lyrics: Jim Steinman 
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Bob Bingham, Phil Jethro & Marc Pressel  This Jesus Must Die   Options Jesus Christ Superstar  Verve (Adult Contemporary)  2003  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
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Chris Cooper & Nathan Pacheco  Let's talk About Me   Options The Muppets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  Walt Disney Records  2011  Music & Lyrics: Ali Dee Theodore & Bret McKenzie 
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Kaye Ballard & Alice Ghostley  Stepsisters' Lament   Options Cinderella (Original Television Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1999  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Thurl Ravenscroft  The Headless Horseman   Options Disney Villains Songbook  Walt Disney Records  2020  Music & Lyrics: Don Raye & Gene de Paul 
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Eartha Kitt  Snuff Out the Light   Options The Emperor's New Groove  Walt Disney Records  2000  Music & Lyrics: David Hartley & Sting 
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Ciara Renee, Norbert Leo Butz & Big Fish Original Broadway Cast  The Witch   Options Big Fish (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Broadway Records  2014  Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa 
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Taylor Louderman & Original Broadway Cast of Mean Girls  World Burn   Options Mean Girls (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Atlantic Records  2018  Music: Jeff Richmond Lyrics: Nell Benjamin 
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Jon Jon Briones & Miss Saigon Cast  If You Want to Die in Bed   Options Miss Saigon: The Definitive Live Recording  Polydor Records  2014  Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr. 
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Howard Ashman & Alan Menken  Poor Unfortunate Souls (Final Synth Mockup)   Options Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid  Walt Disney Records  2014  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman 
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Margaret Hamilton, Nathaniel Frey & Richard Armbruster  Bad Companions   Options Goldilocks (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1992  Music: Leroy Anderson Lyrics: Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr & Joan Ford 
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Dorothy Loudon, Robert Fitch & Barbara Erwin  Easy Street   Options Annie (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin 
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Gregory Harrison & Ronn Carroll  A Powerful Thing   Options Steel Pier (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
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Mandy Patinkin  Wouldn't It Be Nice   Options The Wild Party  Verve  2007  Music & Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa 
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Joe Masiell, William Larsen & Clifford Fearl  The Spring of Next Year   Options Dear World (Original Broadway Cast)  Sony Classical  1969  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman 
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William Olvis & Original Broadway Cast of Candide  Bon Voyage   Options Candide (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1956  Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Richard Wilbur 
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The Camelot Ensemble  Fie on Goodness   Options Camelot (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1998  Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
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Robert Westenberg & Danielle Ferland  Hello, Little Girl   Options Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Martin Gabel  I Shall Miss You   Options Baker Street  Verve  2007  Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick 
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Matt Boehler & Brian Wallin  Freedom of the Press   Options The Cradle Will Rock (Live)  Bridge Records  2018  Music & Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein 
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Howard McGillin  Jasper's Confession   Options The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Verve  2007  Music & Lyrics: Rupert Holmes 
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Henry Calvin & Kismet Ensemble  Was I Wazir?   Options Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music: Alexander Borodin (adapted by Robert Wright & George Forrest) Lyrics: Robert Wright & George Forrest 
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Danny Sewell  My Name   Options Oliver! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2003  Music & Lyrics: Lionel Bart 
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Kurt Kasznar & Marion Marlowe  How Can Love Survive?   Options The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Craft Recordings  2019  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Tom Waits  just the right bullets   Options The Black Rider  Island Records  1993  Music & Lyrics: Tom Waits 
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The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company  When the Night Wind Howls   Options Gilbert and Sullivan: More Vintage Favourites  Regis Records  2010  Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert 
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Bryn Terfel  Stars   Options Bad Boys  Deutsche Grammophon  2010  Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel (translated into English by Herbert Kretzmer) 
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John Leslie Wolfe, Herndon Lackey & John Hickok  Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes?   Options Parade (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown 
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John Cullum  Molasses to Rum   Options Columbia Pictures Presents Jack L. Warner's 1776 Original Soundtrack Recording  Columbia Records  2007  Music & Lyrics: Sherman Edwards 
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Edmund Lyndeck  Johanna   Options Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2016  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Sherrill Milnes  Te Deum   Options Puccini: Tosca  Decca Music Group Limited  1978  Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa 
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Lena Horne & Harry Belafonte  There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York   Options Porgy and Bess  RCA Victor  1959  Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:00pm Listener Gregory:

Why should we limit ourselves to a touch?
Also, good evening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Good evening Gregory :)))
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Two more generous pledgers I want to thank who helped us reach our goal (sorry I forgot to thank you in the actual show): Benjamin F. and Nacho Bravo!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:02pm doctorjazz:

Hey Bronwyn, LG, Jazzers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey doctorjazz!! :D
Avatar 🎭 7:03pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Bronwyn! villain songs tonight?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Henry!!! YES!!! :D
Avatar 🎭 7:05pm Listener Gregory:

Honestly, I didn't wait for your villain's show. I started on villainy on my own.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Webhamster Henry:

This is going to be fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Bronwyn Bishop:

this was released as a single, guys. a single!
Avatar 🎭 7:11pm Listener Gregory:

Is that Leslie Nielson on the cover of the soundtrack??
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Webhamster Henry:

Bruce Kimmel was also responsible for THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL.
Avatar 🎭 7:14pm Listener Gregory:

He's not a bad man, just a bad wizard!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Bronwyn Bishop:

this was written by john entwistle instead of pete townshend like all 300 other songs in tommy. i wonder why??
  7:17pm Doug Schulkind:

Bad guys? Good guise!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:17pm diciassette:

Ahoy! It's no more Mr Nice Guy, here at Acid Jazz Hands, innit
  7:24pm ;;;:

I remember reading that Pete Townshend asked John Entwistle to write the two songs where Tommy was traumatized by relatives because doing so was too much for him and because creepy, dark songs were sort of John's specialty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: Oh boy I'll have to check that out, whatever it is
Avatar 🎭 7:24pm Listener Gregory:

There are deep theological questions here, seriously. If Jesus was not condemned and crucified, then original sin would not have been atoned for, and humanity would not have been saved from eternal torment. So, are the people who did that really villains? Without them, there is no Christianity. Discuss.
  7:29pm Doug Schulkind:

Thurl?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Webhamster Henry:

So Thurl!
  7:30pm Doug Schulkind:

Thurltastic!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Webhamster Henry:

Thurltha!
Avatar 🎭 7:34pm Listener Gregory:

Thurly wundrful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@;;;: Thanks for the info, friendly collection of semicolons!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Thurl and Eartha, two people who are probably the only people ever with their respective names
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Webhamster Henry:

This is a pretty elaborate mockup!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I like this demo because it sounds like Alan Menken is cosplaying as the Silver Apples with his crazy synths here (and because Howard Ashman goes BALLS OUT as Ursula)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm doctorjazz:

The demo was really cool!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

they were too cool, they really were
Avatar 🎭 7:54pm Listener Gregory:

To my mind, the most evil character in the theater is Iago. Is there no musical version of "Othello"? I guess it wouldn't be the feel-good musical of the summer...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Bronwyn Bishop:

both these 3 and the villain in the wiz like to sleep till noon. apparently villains love sleeping
Avatar 🎭 7:56pm Listener Gregory:

Richard III also very bad, and even less likely to appear in a musical, I would guess.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:56pm diciassette:

Cheers to the Annie contingent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: There was an Othello musical called Catch My Soul which premiered in 1968 and allegedly had Jerry Lee Lewis playing Iago at some point. I don't think there's ever been a Richard III musical
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:58pm diciassette:

..from the Annie Contingent!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Not a musical, but the Ian McKellen Richard III is really good: www.imdb.com...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Shakespeare musicals could be another theme show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Great idea Henry!!!
Avatar 🎭 8:02pm Listener Gregory:

Benedict Cumberbatch also a great Richard III. But can he sing???
@BB, incredible that there’s a musical Othello. It is not a pleasant story, really.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Webhamster Henry:

I sing Bon Voyage a lot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I would love to witness this Henry
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Webhamster Henry:

Well I had Shot #1 today .. maybe I can make it into NYC sometime this year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Congrats Henry!!! Someday we should have an NYC AJH meetup...like to watch the Tonys!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Webhamster Henry:

Or just to watch NPH sing "Bigger" about 10 times.
Avatar 🎭 8:18pm Listener Gregory:

Maybe what villains really deserve is our understanding.
Avatar 🎭 8:28pm Listener Gregory:

I haven't heard this song (My Name) for decades, yet I know most of the words. Real villainy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Bronwyn Bishop:

you remember...his name! He'd be thrilled
Avatar 🎭 8:30pm Listener Gregory:

I think that role is typically given to someone who can't actually sing. Every version I've heard is like that. It makes the song more threatening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Bronwyn Bishop:

That's a good point, I wouldn't feel very threatened if Mario Lanza sang it
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm WR:

hi all, just got off work call, trying to understand the plot line here.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:46pm WR:

was there more than one musical called Parade? or maybe I'm thinking Easter Parade. so confused here.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:47pm diciassette:

I've been sharpening knives to the music and a little behind myself
Avatar 🎭 8:47pm Listener Gregory:

More 1776!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:48pm WR:

diciassette: knives? for the mob?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Bronwyn Bishop:

this is probably the most disturbing song in the history of musical theatre
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: Jerry Herman also had an Off-Broadway revue in 1960 called Parade
Avatar 🎭 8:50pm Listener Gregory:

Yes, and part of its point is that they (we) were all the villains, some just more obvious than others.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yep this is a villain song because Rutledge is a scary mean baritone (and because he actually approves of slavery) but they were all complicit!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm WR:

is the movie version of 1776 recommended? I see that John Cullum did the movie as well.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Webhamster Henry:

Johanna was cut from the original production, put on the cast album, and now often is in revivals.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yes it's brilliant! Cullum was actually not the original performer on Broadway, that was Clifford David (a tenor who was less intense and more slimy, his version is great too.) Cullum was Rutledge #3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: We included it in our college version because of course we did
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:56pm doctorjazz:

It was in my daughter's high school Sweeny Todd production, was truly weird.
Thanks, Bronwyn, great show!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Webhamster Henry:

Judge Turpin was peeping at the diaphanously clad Johanna through the keyhole, says Sondheim on page 349 of Finishing The Hat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Bronwyn Bishop:

That is exceedingly weird doctorjazz. In my HS we had a "senior showcase" where some girls did Big Spender...oy. (I did Poor Wandering One from The Pirates of Penzance)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:58pm WR:

Surprisingly it is the Jerry Herman Parade that i have a tiny bit of familiarity with due to the original cast record which I've seen around.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm diciassette:

thanks bronwyn!
Avatar 🎭 9:00pm Listener Gregory:

I guess we're not going to hear Randy Newman as a really lovable Devil today.
Excellent show, Bronwyn! Great variety of selections.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Overtime for Villainy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

they demanded it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank u all for listening darlings!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:02pm doctorjazz:

They would cheat!
Avatar 🎭 9:03pm Listener Gregory:

FYI. I strongly recommend the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine Porgy & Bess. Very contrasting styles, and Charles naturally knocks it out of the park.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Imagine if all of these villains teamed up, we wouldn't stand a chance
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:03pm WR:

oh, damn, that other Parade is about the Leo Frank lynching. the Holacast Musuem had amazing sad and scary exhibition about the Leo Frank lynching a few years ago. Chilling, it included history of other lynchings as well for context. Is this a happy song to finish with?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:04pm doctorjazz:

LG, I serving that Porgy and Bess!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:05pm WR:

thank you Bronwyn, laters all.
Avatar 🎭 9:05pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, you definitely DEserve it. I only have it on the original LP; not sure if it is available in any other form.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks, you bad people, for singin' your evil little hearts out.
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