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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
Cheryl Barnes & Annie McGreevey  Before Your Very Eyes   Options The Magic Show (Original Broadway Cast)  Bell Records  1974  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz 
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Ellen Greene  Dear Miss Streisand   Options Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It!) (audience recording)  No Label  1973  Music & Lyrics: Paul Jabara 
0:04:58 (Pop‑up)
Nipsey Russell  What Would I Do If I Could Feel   Options The Wiz (Original Soundtrack)  Geffen Records  1978  Music & Lyrics: Charlie Smalls 
0:07:38 (Pop‑up)
Alice Faye & John Payne  You're the Cream in My Coffee   Options Good News (TV performance)  No Label  1974  Music: Ray Henderson Lyrics: B.G. DeSylva & Lew Brown 
0:09:33 (Pop‑up)
Priscilla Lopez  Nothing   Options A Chorus Line (Original Cast Recording)  Sony Music Entertainment  1975  Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Edward Kleban 
0:17:30 (Pop‑up)
Patricia Routledge  Duet for One (The First Lady of the Land)   Options 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (bootleg)  No Label  1976  Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
0:20:43 (Pop‑up)
Andrea McArdle & Annie Ensemble  It's the Hard-Knock Life   Options Annie (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony Music Entertainment  1977  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin 
0:29:36 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart  Hellzapoppin   Options The Very Best of Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart  Master Classics Records  2009  Music: Gene de Paul 
0:33:59 (Pop‑up)
Nell Carter  Mean to Me   Options Ain't Misbehavin' Original Broadway Cast Recording  BMG Music  1978  Music & Lyrics: Roy Turk & Fred E. Ahlert 
0:45:13 (Pop‑up)
Robert Preston & Neva Small  The Youngest Person I Know   Options The Prince of Grand Street (Audience Recording)  No Label  1978  Music & Lyrics: Bob Merrill 
0:48:37 (Pop‑up)
Jim Nabors  20 Fans   Options The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (OST)  MCA Records  1982  Music & Lyrics: Carol Hall 
0:51:25 (Pop‑up)
Julius La Rosa, Helen Gallagher & Company  A Broadway Musical   Options A Broadway Musical (bootleg)  No Label  1978  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams    0:55:14 (Pop‑up)
Patti LuPone & Original Broadway Cast of Evita  Rainbow High   Options Evita  Verve (Adult Contemporary)  1979  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
1:10:58 (Pop‑up)
Billie Holiday  Easy to Love   Options Solitude  Sinetone AMR  1952  Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter 
1:14:32 (Pop‑up)
Karen Prunczik & 42nd Street Ensemble  Sunny Side to Every Situation   Options 42nd Street (Original Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1980  Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer 
1:18:43 (Pop‑up)
Chita Rivera & Donald O'Connor  Baby, You Can Count on Me   Options Bring Back Birdie (bootleg)  No Label  1981  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams 
1:26:58 (Pop‑up)
Jennifer Holliday  And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going   Options Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album  Geffen  1981  Music: Henry Krieger Lyrics: Tom Eyen 
1:28:33 (Pop‑up)
Ann Morrison & Merrily We Roll Along Ensemble  Now You Know   Options Merrily We Roll Along (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  BMG Music  1981  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
1:30:41 (Pop‑up)
Cats Broadway Cast  Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats   Options Cats: Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording  Geffen Records  1982  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Trevor Nunn & Richard Stilgoe 
1:34:00 (Pop‑up)
Original Broadway Cast of Dance a Little Closer  Dance a Little Closer   Options Dance a Little Closer (Original Broadway Cast)  Jay Productions Ltd.  1983  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
1:39:14 (Pop‑up)
Gene Barry & George Hearn  With Anne on My Arm   Options La Cage Aux Folles (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1983  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman 
1:46:42 (Pop‑up)
The Human Comedy Original Broadway Cast  Beautiful Music   Options The Human Comedy (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Galt MacDermot  1984  Music: Galt MacDermot Lyrics: William Dumaresq 
1:48:47 (Pop‑up)
Ron Richardson & Daniel Jenkins  Worlds Apart   Options Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  UMG Recordings, Inc.  1985  Music & Lyrics: Roger Miller 
1:52:25 (Pop‑up)
Timothy Nolen  Down   Options Grind - Original Broadway Cast  Jay Productions Ltd.  1985  Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Ellen Fitzhugh 
1:58:44 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:01pm Listener Gregory:

Here you are! Right before my very ears.
Avatar 🎭 7:13pm Listener Gregory:

Here we are again with hits and flops. I'll play the flop; you play the hit, BB. I'm pretty sure I can manage that part.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Bronwyn and Theatre Fans!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:17pm doctorjazz:

Quick hi, catch the show in the archives. Going to the movies, in a real, live movie theater, in a mall (Menlo Park). Feel like I've done this before...(Summer of Soul).
Great weekend all!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Webhamster Henry:

Did I ever send you a picture of the little stickers you could optionally put on the piano roll of A Chorus Line's Dance 10 Looks 3? The Piano roll equivalent of a bleep!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Webhamster Henry:

Here it is: www.dropbox.com...
Avatar 🎭 7:23pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, hope you survived your oral surgery this morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Gregory and Henry (and have fun doctorjazz!!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: that is so cute...and of course the reason it's called Dance 10 Looks 3 instead of the more logical Tits & Ass is because they weren't allowed to call it that lol
Avatar 🎭 7:26pm Listener Gregory:

Everyone's enjoying 1600 PA Avenue! You can hear the audience. So it must be a hit.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Webhamster Henry:

"Rated X" hahaha. I haven't seen any piano rolls from "Oh, Calcutta!" or "Let My People Com" , popular as the were.
Avatar 🎭 7:29pm Listener Gregory:

Hear those cheers? Hit!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Webhamster Henry:

Lotta words in that First Lady tune.
Avatar 🎭 7:32pm Listener Gregory:

The cast learned them so we don't have to.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Webhamster Henry:

There's nothing floppy about Slim& Slam.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:35pm doctorjazz:

LG, my dentist sent me to the oral surgery, told me I needed a bone graft in order to get an implant. The oral surgeon said, Na, plenty of bone, no need. I think that was the outcome I prefer (not sure...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Bronwyn Bishop:

but there WAS something floppy about jerry lewis's 1976 revival of hellzapoppin!
Avatar 🎭 7:36pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, good news! Don't question it too carefully.
Avatar 🎭 7:37pm Listener Gregory:

BTW, Bronwyn, your voice levels are awfully high. But your pronunciation of Gaillard matches what I've always heard.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Webhamster Henry:

You can always check pronunciation with The Old Codger.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Webhamster Henry:

Annie was another feather in Goodspeed Opera House' hat.
Avatar 🎭 7:46pm Listener Gregory:

I have a definite memory of having seen Ain't Misbehavin', but I can't tell if it's real or maybe a PBS broadcast (?) or just playing the cast album over and over. But in my memory it was truly great.
Avatar 🎭 7:48pm TonyR:

Okay, now this week Brownwyn is blowing out my speakers when she speaks because I have to blast these to hear any of the music . :(

Robert Preston @7:48?
Avatar 🎭 7:49pm TonyR:

Called it!
Avatar 🎭 7:52pm TonyR:

Even Dolly makes mistakes. Let it inspire you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Today in great ideas: name your Broadway musical A Broadway Musical!
Avatar 🎭 8:00pm TonyR:

But then what do you call the inevitable movie?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Webhamster Henry:

For those of you reading along, it's page 136 in Not Since Carrie.
Avatar 🎭 8:06pm TonyR:

You won't be prepared when they make a musical of "Cannonball Run". You'll just lose the plot.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Webhamster Henry:

See Boogie Nights for Burt and great ensemble work. I don't know why my mind is in the gutter tonight. A tasteful gutter, maybe, but nonetheless a gutter.
Avatar 🎭 8:07pm TonyR:

Burt plays well with others.
Avatar 🎭 8:08pm Listener Gregory:

I think Burt was popular from Smokey & The Bandit and other car-related films. But a very good movie from the 70s or 80s was Deliverance.
Avatar 🎭 8:21pm TonyR:

"We're singing again! We're dancing again!"
Avatar 🎭 8:22pm TonyR:

You know!! The FLOP!
Avatar 🎭 8:34pm Listener Gregory:

I have just had the worst flop in the history of cuisine for home-made pizzas. I literally could not get it into the oven. And now I have no dinner!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Webhamster Henry:

"singin' dancin' kitty cats"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Wish I could find the pic of me dressed as Grizabella watching the video of this show in our living room circa 99, as I did every single day
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I was 37 at the time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i kid
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Webhamster Henry:

Merrily gets revived every once in a while with script changes and a sensible cast.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Webhamster Henry:

But the original Kaufmann & Hart play is actually pretty good!
Avatar 🎭 8:49pm Listener Gregory:

Wait, what video of Cats did you watch in 1999?
Avatar 🎭 8:50pm Listener Gregory:

Speaking of flops, I have to leave early to get dinner to replace my disaster. Thanks, BB, and good-night everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Bronwyn Bishop:

it was the 1998 video recording of the show
Avatar 🎭 8:52pm TonyR:

Little did you know that one day you would be on the other side of the pledge-beg.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Webhamster Henry:

Big River was ANOTHER feather in Goodspeed Opera House's cap.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Webhamster Henry:

Oop sorry - it was a American Rep in Cambridge MA..
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Webhamster Henry:

More hits 'n' flops next week? (the 80s were particularly dreary)
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