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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 January 28, 2022: Off-Broadway Broad

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Keith Nelson & Rita Gardner  Soon It's Gonna Rain   Options The Fantasticks  Verve  2007  Music: Harvey Schmidt Lyrics: Tom Jones 
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Unknown Singer  Take a Good Look Around   Options Madame Aphrodite (Demo)  No Label  1961  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman    0:05:44 (Pop‑up)
Thelma Oliver, Tommy Karaty & Mark Stone  Once Upon a Time   Options Cindy - Original Cast Album  ABC-Paramount  1964  Music & Lyrics: Johnny Brandon 
0:08:06 (Pop‑up)
Linda Lavin, MacIntyre Dixon & Paul Sand  Misery Is   Options The Mad Show - Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording  Masterworks Broadway  1966  Music: Mary Rodgers Lyrics: Marshall Barer 
0:11:28 (Pop‑up)
Bayn Johnson  I'm Going to Write a Letter   Options Christmas Teddy Bear  RPI  1969  Music & Lyrics: Unknown    0:13:20 (Pop‑up)
Original Cast of Salvation  Schwartz   Options Salvation (Music from the Original Cast)  capitol records, llc  1994  Music & Lyrics: Peter Link & C.C. Courtney 
0:25:47 (Pop‑up)
Billy Noname Ensemble  King Joe   Options Billy Noname  Roulette  1970  Music & Lyrics: Johnny Brandon 
0:27:54 (Pop‑up)
Smoke Rise  Love Me   Options Survival/I'm Here/Love Me  Paramount Records  1970  Music: Gary Ruffin & Hank Ruffin Lyrics: James Lineberger    0:30:20 (Pop‑up)
Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman  More Than You Deserve   Options Live Recording  No Label  1973  Music & Lyrics: Jim Steinman    0:33:16 (Pop‑up)
Dick Latessa, Howard Ross & Michael Glenn-Smith  Within This Empty Space   Options Philemon (Original Cast Recording)  Harbinger Records  2019  Music: Harvey Schmidt Lyrics: Tom Jones 
0:36:19 (Pop‑up)
Brynn O'Malley, Santino Fontana & Kate Wetherhead  Cheese Nips   Options Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Premiere Cast Recording)  Ghostlight Records  2017  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman 
0:49:07 (Pop‑up)
Carole King  Pierre   Options Really Rosie  Ode Records  1975  Music: Carole King Lyrics: Maurice Sendak 
0:50:53 (Pop‑up)
Suzanne Henry & Craig Lucas  Two Fairy Tales   Options Marry Me a Little (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  BMG Entertainment  1981  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
0:56:54 (Pop‑up)
Brittany Townsley  Bubbles in Me Bonnet   Options Live Recording  No Label  2007  Music: Gerald Jay Markoe Lyrics: Michael Colby 
1:00:50 (Pop‑up)
Kelsee Sweigard & Jessica Lynch  I Could Always Go to You   Options No Album  No Label  2013  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Unknown 
1:03:37 (Pop‑up)
Rachel Policar  Wonderful   Options Live Recording  No Label  2020  Music: Grant Sturiale Lyrics: Barry Harman 
1:10:21 (Pop‑up)
Birds of Paradise Ensemble  Birds of Paradise   Options Birds of Paradise (Original Off-Broadway Cast)  Jay Productions Ltd.  1999  Music: David Evans Lyrics: Winnie Holzman 
1:12:08 (Pop‑up)
McCarter Theater Players  Blood Medley   Options Smoke on the Mountain: Songs from the New York Hit Musical  Daywind  1998  Music & Lyrics: Various 
1:14:49 (Pop‑up)
Lynne Wintersteller  The Bear, the Tiger, the Hamster and the Mole   Options Closer Than Ever (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  BMG Music  1990  Music: David Shire Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr. 
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Karen Mason  Colored Lights   Options And the World Goes 'Round (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  BMG  1991  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
1:23:13 (Pop‑up)
Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz Inez, Patricia Austin & Danni Smith  Eating Raoul   Options Live Recording  No Label  2008  Music: Jed Feur Lyrics: Boyd Graham 
1:33:48 (Pop‑up)
Bronwen Booth & Heather Lee  The Smallest Thing   Options First Lady Suite: A Musical by Michael John LaChiusa  PS Classics  2003  Music & Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa 
1:35:56 (Pop‑up)
Zombies from the Beyond Ensemble  Blast Off Baby   Options Zombies from the Beyond (Original Off-Broadway Cast)  Original Cast  1996  Music & Lyrics: James Valcq 
1:38:43 (Pop‑up)
Original Off-Broadway Cast of Zombie Prom  Then Came Jonny   Options Zombie Prom (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  The Connoisseur Collection Ltd  1998  Music: Dana P. Rowe Lyrics: John Dempsey 
1:43:28 (Pop‑up)
Mary Testa, Malcom Gets & Norm Lewis  The Homeless Lady's Revenge   Options A New Brain (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1995  Music & Lyrics: William Finn 
1:50:23 (Pop‑up)
Alan Cumming & Reefer Madness Original Ensemble  REEFER MADNESS   Options Reefer Madness (Original Los Angeles Cast Recording)  Ghostlight Records  2017  Music: Dan Studney Lyrics: Kevin Murphy 
1:53:29 (Pop‑up)
Original Cast of Octet  Fugue State   Options Octet (Original Cast Recording)  Nonesuch Records  2019  Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy 
1:55:41 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm WR:

And now for something completely different.
Avatar 🎭 7:02pm Listener Gregory:

I would appreciate some rain, frankly. I have quite a bit of ice I'd like to get rid of.
Hello, BB. And WR.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi WR and Gregory!!!
Avatar 🎭 7:04pm Listener Gregory:

I lost all internet (and then TV) last week, so I couldn't listen then. I apologize for the outage.
Avatar 🎭 7:08pm Roberto:

LolZ I inadvertently had two streams playing at the same time but I thought it was just WFMU being WFMU.
Avatar 🎭 7:08pm Listener Gregory:

It was, Roberto. You are the only one listening correctly (that we know of).
Avatar 🎭 7:09pm Roberto:

Avatar 🎭 7:10pm Listener Gregory:

With that title and record cover, it's hard to understand why "Cindy" wasn't a bigger hit.
Avatar 🎭 7:12pm TonyR:

Ooh! a white-label promo album from ABC-Paramount!
Avatar 🎭 7:12pm TonyR:

Linda Lavin, No!
Avatar 🎭 7:14pm TonyR:

Yeah, I'm late. Shove over your knees and shut up. It's snowing outside.
Avatar 🎭 7:16pm Listener Gregory:

@TonyR, I'm glad you waited until the first intermission to be seated at least.
Avatar 🎭 7:18pm Roberto:

"Laa-vin" is correct.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Maulydaft:

I agree with the "Misery Is" and Peanuts theory :)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Oh yay someone else who doesn't get Peanuts! It used to be much darker, like in the 50s. Much better then. I agree that Misery Is is a great song.
Avatar 🎭 7:21pm Listener Gregory:

I thought the first 10 years of Peanuts was quite innovative (certainly for newspaper comics, which I religiously read as a kid) and often very funny. Then it continued for 40 more years when young people like Bronwyn read it and wondered what the deal was. It was played out by then.
Avatar 🎭 7:22pm TonyR:

Yeah, I once happened upon Peanuts collections in books published at the time long before the characters looked like the animated TV specials. Good grief.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Maulydaft:

Ha ha! I am so into Peanuts! It's basically about not fitting in, cruelty, and anxiety. I was into it until the late 80s. It's not for everyone though!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:24pm WR:

Another thing I did not know: The Fantasticks was "off broadway".
Avatar 🎭 7:26pm TonyR:

"New York Review of books" had a good piece a couple years ago about what was really happening in "Book of Mormon". A good take.
Avatar 🎭 7:29pm Listener Gregory:

This is the second musical with songs by Johnny Brandon, and I've never heard of him. I feel so... inadequate.
Avatar 🎭 7:35pm TonyR:

Meat Loaf is singing about a freaky 3-way!
Avatar 🎭 7:36pm Listener Gregory:

Avatar 🎭 7:37pm TonyR:

So the Meat show actually had performances? I hear applause.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I now regret not titling this episode "His Comic Phallus Is Forgotten"
Avatar 🎭 7:40pm Listener Gregory:

But it surely is NOT forgotten!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Tony: It was a live recording of the 1973 workshop production of that musical
  7:41pm dano59:

I’d say there were still some random bits of philosophy and pathos to be had in “Peanuts” - Until the mid-70s at least, when I discovered Pogo and girls, maybe not in that order, and tuned out.
  7:43pm dano59:

Was Meat also in one of the Rocky Horror Show stage productions?
Avatar 🎭 7:44pm TonyR:

For all the drama, Meat/Steinman performance was still more ROCK than "Salvation" (The New Rock Musical).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Maulydaft:

The best Peanuts was mid 50s - like the best sci-fi/speculative fiction :D
Avatar 🎭 7:46pm Listener Gregory:

That IS exciting, Bronwyn!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Yeah Meat played the delivery boy in London I think.
Bronwyn very exciting about your musical!
Avatar 🎭 7:50pm Listener Gregory:

This is funny! (Cheese Nips)
Avatar 🎭 7:51pm TonyR:

"They killed my rug!"
Avatar 🎭 7:52pm TonyR:

"Nice Price" in Japan is $25/disc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Howard Ashman was a comedic genius and I somewhat audaciously put 9 songs worth of lyrics into his mouth because he deserves his own unauthorized non-jukebox bio-musical and I hope you all enjoy it!!!
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Pierre! Really Rosie was one of my idols when I was small!
  7:54pm dano59:

Waiting for some misery evidence via a song from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Avatar 🎭 7:56pm Listener Gregory:

This is a wonderful song (Pierre). Why didn't this show get more play back in the day? I was alive then (I think), and never heard of this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I decided not to play anything from Charlie Brown because I played it last week and also because it had a Broadway run in the 90s, sticking with Off-Broadway this week
  7:58pm dano59:

Fair enough! I was unaware it made it to Broadway (my sister’s the theatre nerd in the family)
Avatar 🎭 7:58pm TonyR:

Just found and bookmarked Rosewater cast recording on Qobuz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yay I'm happy to spread the Mr. Rosewater gospel
Avatar 8:01pm HyperDose:

Good evening, Bronwyn and good people of the GTD theater!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey HyperDose!!!
  8:07pm dano59:

I loved those lyrics!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:10pm WR:

Have been digging the lyrics for most of this episode's selections.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hmmm...is Off-Broadway the best place for lyrics?? Maybe because many Off-Broadway shows are comedies
Avatar 🎭 8:22pm Listener Gregory:

Finally a female scientist gets a voice in the musical theater!
  8:23pm dano59:

… and “edgy”/experimental in comparison, on average?
Hey, whenever I think “off-Broadway” I remember my college friends playing the “Let My People Come” cast album
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:24pm doctorjazz:

Here for the tail end, hi!
Avatar 8:26pm HyperDose:

If there's one thing I appreciate, it's a detailed playlist!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey doctorjazz!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@dano: We've heard from Let My People Come on this show, such a great/weird album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@HyperDose: I feel like knowing the songwriters and seeing the art adds something to the experience!
Avatar 🎭 8:29pm Listener Gregory:

@doctorj, you missed the whole comic phallus section!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:31pm doctorjazz:

@LG will have to check out the archive, can't do without my minimum daily requirement of comic phallus music!
Avatar 8:37pm HyperDose:

@Bronwyn Totally agree! It's an immersive experience. I'd imagine you'd start to see some recurring names after a while.
Avatar 🎭 8:39pm Listener Gregory:

Bronwen Booth totally misspells her name! Embarrassing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm northguineahills:

could be a Man or Astroman musical.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@HyperDose: Soooo many recurring names since it's such a small genre, I even did a special show in October 2020 ranking the songwriters I'd played the most
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: It's not as bad as this horror: pagesix.com...
Avatar 🎭 8:46pm Listener Gregory:

No, not the pompoms!
  8:47pm dano59:

“Zombie Prom” was the name of a themed Halloween event in Ithaca one year. I wasn’t aware there was a show!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Dano, did you go to IC?? That's where I went!
Avatar 🎭 8:48pm Listener Gregory:

Bronwyn, yikes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Actually Bronwen is the original spelling- it's Welsh, Bronwyn is the Irish variation
  8:50pm dano59:

No Bron I worked at Cornell. I seem to recall you knew my name from WRFI (when I called in one marathon)
Avatar 8:51pm HyperDose:

Really going to need closure with this Jonny situation. Does he remain a student? Does he get the girl? So many questions.
  8:52pm dano59:

See “My Boyfriend’s Back” for more on this theme… so young, so dead, so misunderstood
  8:55pm dano59:

“Faster! Fasterrr!!”
Avatar 8:55pm HyperDose:

Well that was the best thing I've heard played on this show. Huzzah!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:56pm doctorjazz:

My daughter, Rebecca, is over for the weekend, your Ithaca classmate.
Thanks, Bronwyn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Oh Dan!! I didn't realize that was you, great to have you here!! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank YOU doctorjazz!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:58pm WR:

PATH train issue was impacting JSQ-33 service, and I was about to write a warning but just got notice that normal service has resumed. except for NWK-WTC.
Avatar 🎭 8:58pm Listener Gregory:

I guess Los Angeles is all "off-Broadway" (re: Reefer Madness).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

NWK-WTC is my train...omg
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I counted it because it had an Off-Broadway run in 2001
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm doctorjazz:

Beck got in from Manhattan, Path seems ok.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Ok phew
Avatar 🎭 9:00pm Listener Gregory:

Have a good trip back home, Bronwyn, and thanks a lot. A great idea for a show, and a lot of fun.
Avatar 9:01pm HyperDose:

Thank you, Bronwyn. Get home safe!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:03pm WR:

Thank you Bronwyn! We are all agreeably obsessed!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Webhamster Henry:

A fun show1 I've had rehearsals on Fridays, but will be back next week.
Meanwhile, Everybody Calls Me Mr. Off- Broadway
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