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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
The Osmond Brothers  Fiddler on the Roof Medley   Options No Album  No Label  1974  Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Kurt Peterson  Small Town   Options No Album  No Label  1988  Music & Lyrics: Unspecified    0:09:26 (Pop‑up)
Lillias White & Company  The Supreme Court Saved from Fire   Options No Album  No Label  1989  Music & Lyrics: William Finn    0:12:29 (Pop‑up)
Katie Thompson  Five and a Half Minutes   Options Our First Mistake  Ghostlight  2011  Music: Brian Lowdermilk Lyrics: Brian Lowdermilk & Kait Kerrigan 
0:14:14 (Pop‑up)
Tasha Taylor Johnson & Matt Robertson  The Dreaming, the Rising of the Sun   Options The Dreaming (Original Cast Recording)  Hart-Goodall  2003  Music: Howard Goodall Lyrics: Howard Goodall & Charles Hart 
0:16:25 (Pop‑up)
Jerry Herman & Unknown Singer  Take a Good Look Around   Options No Album  No Label  1961  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman    0:22:09 (Pop‑up)
Harold Arlen  I Never Has Seen Snow   Options The Music of Harold Arlen: 1955 Walden Sessions  Harbinger  1998  Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: Harold Arlen & Truman Capote 
0:26:17 (Pop‑up)
Ann Golden  i'm for love   Options My Fur Lady (Montreal Cast)  McGill  1957  Music: James de Beaujeu Domville, Galt MacDermot & Harry Garber Lyrics: Timothy Porteus 
0:30:37 (Pop‑up)
David Ackles  Montana Song   Options American Gothic  Elektra  1972  Music & Lyrics: David Ackles 
0:32:20 (Pop‑up)
Adolph Green, John Reardon & Kenneth Bridges  The Greatest Show on Earth   Options Lady in the Dark (Studio Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2013  Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Ira Gershwin 
0:42:37 (Pop‑up)
Dorothy Shay  Feudin' and Fightin'   Options The Park Avenue Hillbillie Sings  Columbia  1946  Music & Lyrics: Burton Lane 
0:48:47 (Pop‑up)
Victor Herbert & his orchestra  The Ameer - Medley   Options The Ameer - Medley  Edison  1912  Music: Victor Herbert    0:55:46 (Pop‑up)
Celestina Organette  Pas de Quatre   Options No Album  No Label  2012  Music: Meyer Lutz    0:57:29 (Pop‑up)
Polyphon 105  Linger Longer Loo!   Options No Album  No Label  2014  Music: Sidney Jones    0:59:27 (Pop‑up)
Charles Harrison  When Was There Ever a Night Like This?   Options When Was There Ever a Night Like This?  Edison  1913  Music & Lyrics: Louis A. Hirsch    1:01:26 (Pop‑up)
Unknown Singers  What Is Love   Options No Album  No Label  2019  Music: Victor Herbert Lyrics: Harry B. Smith    1:05:41 (Pop‑up)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra  Overture from The Magic Opal   Options Albeniz: Orchestral Works  Chandos  2016  Music: Isaac Albeniz 
1:11:29 (Pop‑up)
Frederica von Stade  Lois and Lorena   Options A Coffin in Egypt  Albany Records  2014  Music: Ricky Ian Gordon Lyrics: Leonard Foglia 
1:19:34 (Pop‑up)
Joan Morris  The Widow Nolan's Goat   Options Moonlight Bay - Songs As Is and Songs As Was  Albany Records  1998  Music: Dave Braham Lyrics: Edward Harrigan 
1:26:09 (Pop‑up)
Alan Durman  La La Lucille   Options Gershwin: Piano Selections  Drury Lane Records  2013  Music: George Gershwin 
1:29:32 (Pop‑up)
Jose Collins  Southern Love   Options A Southern Maid - Original London Cast  Columbia  1920  Music: Harold Fraser-Simson Lyrics: Dion Clayton Calthrop & Harry Graham    1:36:30 (Pop‑up)
Herbert Mundin  When the Hansom Cabs Were Lined Up on the Ranks   Options The Whimsical Pedlar/When the Hansom Cabs Were Lined Up on the Ranks  Columbia  1927  Music: Noel Gay & Richard Addinsell Lyrics: Donovan Parsons & Rowland Leigh    1:44:22 (Pop‑up)
Walter Preston  High Jinks   Options High Jinks  Victor  1913  Music: Rudolf Friml Lyrics: Otto Harbach    1:45:57 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Lea  Blue Again   Options Fine And Dandy  Challenge Records  1996  Music: Jimmy McHugh Lyrics: Dorothy Fields    1:48:43 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Hartman  Joey, Joey, Joey   Options The Voice That Is!  Impulse!  1964  Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser 
1:50:32 (Pop‑up)
The Hi-Lo’s  Whatever Lola Wants   Options Nice Work If You Can Get It  Varese Sarabande  2007  Music & Lyrics: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross 
1:55:16 (Pop‑up)
The Hi-Lo’s  Brahms' Lullaby   Options Suddenly It's the Hi-Lo's  Columbia  1957  Music: Johannes Brahms Lyrics: Unspecified 
2:01:34 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:01pm Listener Gregory:

God help us.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm WR:

Fidler on the Roof is following me...
Avatar 🎭 7:02pm Roberto:

My boi Shel!
Avatar 🎭 7:03pm Roberto:

The audience is plotzing!
Avatar 🎭 7:04pm Listener Gregory:

This kind of medley seems designed to appeal to a certain kind of audience, which is not the audience of tweens shrieking in the background.
Avatar 7:05pm Andrew Hollywood:

I hope everyone is hip to the Dance With Me Stanley - Acid Jazz Hands back-to-back slammer. Friday nights are good for music :)
Avatar 🎭 7:09pm Listener Gregory:

Suffering from PLS (Playlist Lag Syndrome)!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:10pm doctorjazz:

Hi all!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:13pm WR:

yes, LG, perhaps the meddly by the Osmond Bros was to benignly beguile the chaperoning parents as the teen females lost their shit.
Avatar 🎭 7:14pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, we need medical attention after the Osmond Brothers knockout performance.
@WR, good point. Parents!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:15pm doctorjazz:

LG, I tuned in a bit late and missed it, but it sounds serious indeed...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi everyone :D
Avatar 🎭 7:19pm Listener Gregory:

@BB, Hi!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i'm glad the osmond boys went for it, you know? its good to try new things
Avatar 🎭 7:20pm Listener Gregory:

You can't deny their enthusiasm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Bronwyn Bishop:

we def give out A's for effort here on acid jazz hands
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Bronwyn Bishop:

guess what guys??? I'm writing a musical about the making of the infamous flop movie Heaven's Gate!

I had to get that off my chest
Avatar 🎭 7:24pm Listener Gregory:

Wow! That's awesome.
Avatar 🎭 7:31pm Listener Gregory:

One piece of advice: Don't make the first version of the musical 325 minutes long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I'll try not to. I'll also try to avoid bankrupting a studio, blowing up a horse live on camera and doing 100+ takes of Christopher Walken taking off a hat
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:42pm WR:

Ah, Bronwyn, careful to not cut out all the poetry.

I was seriously moved by that movie when I saw it on VHS in the mid 80s.

And this David Ackles record was a favorite of mine too. Never got it on CD or digital, haven't heard it since way back when.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Webhamster Henry:

H folks - distracted with taxes - HOW NOW DOW JONES?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Webhamster Henry:

I have this version of Lady in the Dark with Adolph Green doing the Danny Kaye part.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: I'm glad you are a fellow Heaven's Gate fan!!! I also think it is beautiful and that's why I'm giving it its own musical
  7:47pm Doug Schulkind:

When you’re done with Heaven’s Gate, Bronwyn, do Ishtar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Lol Doug the first person I told about this idea got really excited about it and it turned out he had gotten Heaven's Gate and Ishtar confused. Maybe I'll do a Flop Series
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Webhamster Henry:

I have this Dorothy Shay too, on LP though, not 78s
Avatar 🎭 7:52pm Listener Gregory:

BB, will it be tragic or comedic? Or both?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Webhamster Henry:

Ishtar is supposedly not too bad - it is Elaine May after all - but its bad rep had to do with cost overruns, just like Heaven's Gate.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Webhamster Henry:

Hollywood hates money losers.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:57pm Webhamster Henry:

A poster for The Ameer www.loc.gov...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Throw that Itaiian and his monkey a nickel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: It will definitely have elements of both! There is a lot of comedy to be mined from a disastrous movie production in which they built an entire functional 19th-century town that everyone hung out in for a year filming 220 hours of footage, but Michael Cimino's story is also pretty much a Greek tragedy (I am changing his name, the name of the movie and all the other names tho)
Avatar 🎭 8:08pm Listener Gregory:

Wise. "Hell's Entrance"?
By the way, Bronwyn, I love how you play the old and almost forgotten songs.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Webhamster Henry:

It's hard to get an idea of this era of musical comedy and operetta, but really old movies have a bit of it, but TOPSY TURVY is pretty good, and there's a number in RAGTIME the movie that looks pretty authentic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: Hell's Entrance...I love it!! And yes I love the really old stuff (lots of it tonight)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: That reminds me that I keep wanting to watch Topsy Turvy! And I love Ragtime the movie (and the musical, and the book, although they are all very different)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:20pm Webhamster Henry:

The impressive thing in Ragtime the book is the extra long trolley ride, with transfers.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Webhamster Henry:

TOPSY TURVY is so good, you can smell the mutton!
Avatar 🎭 8:26pm Listener Gregory:

I somehow read the book Act One by Moss Hart, which revealed a lot about theatrical production in the old days, as well as a slice of life of a poor child of immigrants in the Lower East Side. Recommended.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I def want to read that at some point! They made a play out of it too
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Webhamster Henry:

Bolcom & Morris did a number of old Vaude and parlor tune albums.
Avatar 🎭 8:30pm Listener Gregory:

BB, Did they! What he went through is unbelievable, but it also shows the amount of theater in all facets of society in those days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I wish theatre still had that kind of place in society
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Webhamster Henry:

The theatre -and theatre like experiences like beer gardens and big deal clubs with shows, bars with orchestras was it: there was no broadcast or other live mass media. also : lots of sheet music. That was it, you'd go out to see a show, then eat, with an orchestra, then go to the midnight frolic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Bronwyn Bishop:

This song was written by Rudolf Friml, who was pretty hot: en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: That's definitely when I'm going back to when I get my time machine
Avatar 🎭 8:54pm Listener Gregory:

Johnny Hartman is warming up my cold extremities.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm doctorjazz:

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

I believe this song was something of a hit for him, to the degree jazz singers have hits.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Webhamster Henry:

More reading: They All Sang, by Ed Marks (ghostwritten by A.J. Liebling), it's more insane sequel They All Had Glamor (not ghostwritten)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Bronwyn Bishop:

AJH book club!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm sure we can throw together a bibliography - or just hang out in the Lincoln Center Library stacks.
Avatar 🎭 8:57pm Listener Gregory:

Thanks for an excellent show, Bronwyn. And good luck with "Swinging Door to Paradise"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

DOOR TO PARADISE!!! That's what I'll call it!!! Thank u Gregory!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Webhamster Henry:

This show was a throwback to my 80s #bornin1823.
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