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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 April 16, 2021: Get Yourself Some New Orchestrations

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Columbia Symphony Orchestra  Rhapsody in Blue   Options Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris  Columbia Masterworks  1959  Music: George Gershwin 
0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jim Sullivan  U.F.O.   Options U.F.O.  Monnie  1969  Music & Lyrics: Jim Sullivan 
0:18:31 (Pop‑up)
Bobbie Gentry  Ode to Billie Joe   Options Ode to Billie Joe  Capitol Records  1967  Music & Lyrics: Bobbie Gentry 
0:21:12 (Pop‑up)
David McWilliams  Days of Pearly Spencer   Options Harlem Lady  Major Minor  1967  Music & Lyrics: David McWilliams 
0:25:34 (Pop‑up)
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood  Big Red Balloon   Options Nancy & Lee Again  RCA Victor  1972  Music & Lyrics: Lee Hazlewood 
0:28:26 (Pop‑up)
Electric Light Orchestra  Shine a Little Love   Options Discovery  Jet Records  1979  Music & Lyrics: Jeff Lynne 
0:32:04 (Pop‑up)
Don Sebesky  The Sound of Silence   Options The Distant Galaxy  Verve Records  1968  Music: Paul Simon 
0:38:03 (Pop‑up)
Michael Berresse  Too Darn Hot   Options Kiss Me, Kate! (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)  DRG Records  1999  Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter 
0:42:42 (Pop‑up)
Gerrianne Raphael, Leila Martin & John Irving  My Eternal Devotion   Options Ernest in Love (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2011  Music: Lee Pockriss Lyrics: Anne Croswell 
0:48:31 (Pop‑up)
James Naughton, Peter Davis & Gary Kahn  Prologue (Theme from City of Angels)   Options City of Angels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1990  Music: Cy Coleman 
0:51:04 (Pop‑up)
Damon Daunno & Rebecca Naomi Jones  People Will Say We're in Love   Options Oklahoma! (2019 Broadway Cast Recording)  VDB  2019  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
0:54:47 (Pop‑up)
Thayne Jasperson, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton  Farmer Refuted   Options Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Atlantic Records  2015  Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda 
1:01:38 (Pop‑up)
P.D.Q. Bach  Fugue in C Minor for Calliope Four Hands   Options P.D.Q. Bach on the Air  Vanguard  1967  Music: P.D.Q. Bach 
1:03:29 (Pop‑up)
Robert Morse & How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Ensemble  I Believe in You   Options How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser 
1:05:55 (Pop‑up)
Ennio Morricone  The Wild Horde   Options My Name is Nobody (OST)  EMI General Music  2014  Music: Ennio Morricone 
1:09:30 (Pop‑up)
Trey Parker & Matt Stone  Uncle Fucka   Options South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut  Atlantic  1999  Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker & Marc Shaiman 
1:12:02 (Pop‑up)
Dean Jones & Company Ensemble  Company   Options Company (Original Broadway Cast)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
1:17:20 (Pop‑up)
Promises, Promises Orchestra  Overture   Options Promises, Promises (original Broadway cast album)  Rykodisc  2007  Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David 
1:20:57 (Pop‑up)
Dorothy Loudon  I Wish You a Waltz   Options Ballroom (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music: Billy Goldenberg Lyrics: Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman 
1:24:48 (Pop‑up)
Original Broadway Cast of Passion  Happiness   Options Passion (Original Broadway Cast)  Angel Records  2006  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
1:28:13 (Pop‑up)
Brian d'Arcy James, Martin Moran & David Elder  The Launching: There She Is/Loading Inventory/The Largest Moving Object   Options Titanic: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2007  Music & Lyrics: Maury Yeston 
1:33:18 (Pop‑up)
Katrina Lenk  Omar Sharif   Options The Band's Visit Original Broadway Cast Recording  Ghostlight  2017  Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek 
1:38:36 (Pop‑up)
Steve Kazee  Gold   Options Once: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2012  Music & Lyrics: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 
1:41:39 (Pop‑up)
The Light in the Piazza Company  Octet   Options The Light in the Piazza  Nonesuch Records Inc.  2005  Music & Lyrics: Adam Guettel 
1:45:34 (Pop‑up)
Lea Michele  Mama Who Bore Me   Options Spring Awakening  Universal Music Classical  2006  Music: Duncan Sheik Lyrics: Steven Sater    1:51:07 (Pop‑up)
Amber Gray, Andre De Shields & Reeve Carney  Livin' It Up On Top   Options Hadestown (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sing It Again Records  2019  Music & Lyrics: Anais Mitchell 
1:53:17 (Pop‑up)
Marvin Hamlisch  The Entertainer   Options The Sting (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  Geffen  1998  Music: Scott Joplin 
2:01:22 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 6:55pm Listener Gregory:

Damn! I only got new dancing shoes! I am always one week behind these things.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi Gregory!!!
Avatar 7:01pm Andrew Hollywood:

Hey LG n BB and all
Avatar 🎭 7:04pm Listener Gregory:

I will swear on my mother's grave that Rhapsody in Blue was introduced on the concert stage and not in a musical. No?
Hi, Bronwyn, Andrew, and lurkers!
Avatar 🎭 7:08pm Listener Gregory:

This is with Bernstein playing the piano parts, no?
Avatar 🎭 7:17pm Listener Gregory:

Ferde Grofe is best known for writing The Grand Canyon Suite.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi!orchestrate! Ferde was a busy guy! Also arranged King of Jazz Paul Whiteman.
Avatar 🎭 7:20pm Listener Gregory:

Also, jazz composer/bandleader Willem Breuker wrote his own orchestration of Rhapsody because he didn’t like Grofe’s. I have heard it, but the original is so familiar to me, I just kept thinking, “This doesn’t sound right.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Andrew and Henry!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: Yes Lenny on piano!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:23pm doctorjazz:

Big Breuker fan here, LG, he can do no wrong by me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi doctorjazz!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i know I'm just playing this to make a point about orchestrators, but if I ever write a lyric a tenth as good as this one I can die happy...I wish she'd written a musical
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:25pm doctorjazz:

I have that Rhapsody in Blue be Breuker, but haven't heard it in a while.
Avatar 🎭 7:26pm Listener Gregory:

Avatar 🎭 7:26pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, I heard him live once. Incredibly entertaining group.
Avatar 🎭 7:31pm Listener Gregory:

This is a remarkable song (Hazelwood/Sinatra).
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Webhamster Henry:

I hope you get to Van Dyke Parks, the guy I think of when thinking of orchestration. And Morricone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I'm obsessed with the line "Remember me to no one, I was born this afternoon." I hope to have a moment like that in my life someday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: Dammit I forgot Van Dyke. I love him. I've played him on the show before though. I didn't forget Ennio :)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:37pm doctorjazz:

Saw Breuker a few times, almost always a great show (the last time was not long before he passed, show lacked the manic energy of the previous ones)...even my no-fan-of-free-jazz wife had fun at one of the Kollektief concerts!
Avatar 🎭 7:39pm Listener Gregory:

Sebesky is also a big-band jazz arranger. I think he had some albums on CTI back in the day. I didn’t know about his Broadway arranging.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Webhamster Henry:

He orchestrated a piece of my friend Brian Woodbury on Brian’s new album. Brian is no orchestral slouch either.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Webhamster Henry:

There’s also Hans Spialek, who did lots of musicals and kept a diary every day from 1912. en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Bronwyn Bishop:

in case you're wondering why i'm playing this next one, it's because it was orchestrated by GERSHON KINGSLEY!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Webhamster Henry:

Got any Cyranos or Hunchbacks this week?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Bronwyn Bishop:

No, but I should have played something from the Disney Hunchback because its orchestrations are amazing
Avatar 🎭 7:58pm Listener Gregory:

There is real orchestrating going on here (People Will Say), without an actual orchestra. Very nice.
Avatar 🎭 8:14pm Listener Gregory:

Bronwyn, my orchestrations would make you laugh, but not in a good way.
Avatar 🎭 8:36pm Listener Gregory:

This Titanic song is annoying me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Bronwyn Bishop:

but is it more annoying than my heart will go on?
Avatar 🎭 8:41pm Listener Gregory:

Fortunately, I am not familiar with that song. I have led a sheltered life.
Avatar 🎭 8:52pm Listener Gregory:

Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Bronwyn, loved the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank YOU doctorjazz!!
Avatar 🎭 8:56pm Listener Gregory:

Great idea for a show. Thanks as always, BB!
Avatar 🎭 9:00pm Listener Gregory:

Give the orchestrator some!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank YOU gregory and thank you orchestrators!!!!
Avatar 🎭 9:02pm Listener Gregory:

Hamlisch benefited greatly from the New England Conservatory’s ragtime band, which initiated the revival. My understanding is that the producers asked Gunther Schuller (the band leader and expert in early jazz) to score the film, but he declined.
Avatar 9:03pm Andrew Hollywood:

thx Bronwyn. I have been entertained :)
Avatar 🎭 9:03pm Listener Gregory:

But could be wrong!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks !
that was a nice musical angle to explore!
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