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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
Fiddler on the Roof 2018 Company  Traditsye   Options Fiddler on the Roof 2018 Cast Recording (in Yiddish)  Time Life  2019  Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick (translated into Yiddish by Shraga Friedman) 
Assassins Original Cast  The Gun Song/The Ballad of Czolgosz   Options Assassins - Original Cast Recording  Masterworks Broadway  1990  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
Robert Horton  Melisande   Options 110 in the Shade (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1990  Music: Harvey Schmidt Lyrics: Tom Jones 
Rosalie Craig / Richard Fleeshman  Barcelona   Options Company (2018 London Cast Recording)  Arts Music  2019  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
Seesaw Original Broadway Cast  Chapter 4, Number 1909   Options Seesaw  DRG  1990  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields 
Blank Theatre Company  Joe Worker   Options The Cradle Will Rock (Complete 1937 Score - 1994 Los Angeles Cast Recording)  Blank Theatre Company  2011  Music & Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein 
Tonya Pinkins  Lot's Wife   Options Caroline, Or Change (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Hollywood Records  2004  Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: Tony Kushner 
Sam Taylor  Heaven On Their Minds   Options Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal  The Numero Group  2006  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
Lauren Worsham, Lisa O'Hare & Bryce Pinkham  I've Decided to Marry You   Options A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Ghostlight  2014  Music: Steven Lutvak Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak 
Sid Caesar & Little Me Ensemble  Boom-Boom   Options Little Me (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1993  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh 
Jackie Gleason & Take Me Along Ensemble  Sid, Ol' Kid   Options Take Me Along (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1994  Music: Bob Merrill Lyrics: Joseph Stein & Robert Russell 
Tommy Steele  Lady Botting's Boating Regatta Cup Racing Song   Options Half a Sixpence (Original Soundtrack Recording)  RCA Victor  1968  Music & Lyrics: David Heneker 
Michael Chadim  Manche Worter Sagt Er Nie   Options Romance Romance - Highlights aus dem Musical - EP  Sound of Music  2019  Music: Keith Herrmann Lyrics: Barry Harman (translated into German) 
Jubilaumscast Wien 2012  Eine Kaiserin Muss Glanzen   Options Elisabeth Gesamtaufnahme Live - Jubiläumsfassung  HitSquad Records  2012  Music: Sylvester Levay Lyrics: Michael Kunze 
Forgive Durden  Genesis (feat. Casey Crescenzo)   Options Razia's Shadow: A Musical  Fueled By Ramen  2008  Music & Lyrics: Thomas Dutton & Paul Dutton 
Paul Shapera & Lauren Osborn  Act I: S3 - Annabel Raises the Dead   Options The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera  Paul Shapera  2012  Music & Lyrics: Paul Shapera 
Robert Westenberg & Mandy Patinkin  Lily's Eyes   Options The Secret Garden (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2018  Music: Lucy Simon Lyrics: Marsha Norman 
André DeShields & Ken Page  The Ladies Who Sing with the Band   Options Ain't Misbehavin'  RCA Victor  1987  Music: Fats Waller Lyrics: George Marion, Jr. 
Gregory Hines & Savion Glover  The Whole World's Waitin' to Sing Your Song   Options Jelly's Last Jam  Verve  1992  Music: Jelly Roll Morton & Luther Henderson Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead 
Michael Mandell  Eating Myself Up Alive   Options A New Brain (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1995  Music & Lyrics: William Finn 
NEWSical Off Broadway Cast  Dr Phil   Options Newsical - First Edition  Off Broadway Cast  2003  Music & Lyrics: Rick Crom 
Webhamster Henry's Player Piano  A Seasonal Sonatina - Autumn at the Automat   Options Julius Monk: Demi-Dozen Songs  No Label  Unknown  Music: Harvey Schmidt Lyrics: Tom Jones 
Charles Strouse  Put On a Happy Face   Options Behind the Curtain - Broadway Composers & Lyricists Sing Their Songs  Hoot/Wisdom Recordings LLC  2018  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams 
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Off-Broadway Cast  Book Report   Options You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 1967 Original Off-Broadway Cast  Verve  2000  Music & Lyrics: Clark Gesner 

Listener comments!

  7:02pm Jacinda:

Volume is way too low. Can barely hear it. I wanna hear it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i just turned it all the way up on the monitor
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Bronwyn Bishop:

is it audible now?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Doug Schulkind:

Das gud!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Bronwyn Bishop:

ok good :)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:05pm doctorjazz:

I saw this, really well done, subtitles for those who can't follow Yiddish (are there any folks that can't?)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:07pm doctorjazz:

Hi Bronwyn, and all you acid jazz hands out there!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi doctorjazz! i really want to see this production

i <3 yiddish
  7:07pm Philander Bean:

Acid jazz ears!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi philander bean!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:09pm diciassette:

Hello Bronwyn! Hello diurnals!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi diciassette :)
Avatar 7:14pm Scraps:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Bronwyn Bishop:


(hi scraps!!!)
Avatar 7:15pm Scraps:

Jimmy Knepper was the trombone player for centuries for Charles Mingus (my favorite favorite jazz musician)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Doug Schulkind:

I gotta run and go pick my daughter up from the train. She's coming home for fall break. Will endeavor to patch you into the car. (Said daughter will l-o-v-e this show!)
Avatar 7:18pm Scraps:

So, well, this day...

Velma deSelby-Bowen, my wife, died October 18 2014, five year ago today. We loved Broadway songs, and we loved going out and singing and listening to other (professional) people sing at piano bars in New York. In the last four or five years of her life, we must have gone out ten times or so every month to piano bars, and our favorite was Rose’s Turn in Greenwich Village, named after a Sondhein/Styne song. We learned to sing in public with piano accompaniment there (I, pretty good eventually, Velma much better), and we made friends of the staff there. We were devastated when it closed, and lots of people were devastated also; the New York Times had a story on its closing, and they had a Times had a video, of which I was the only amateur singing (ten seconds singing Randy Newman’s “Political Science”).

Anyway, of course I remember Velma any time I hear Broadway tunes, today especially.

Me and Velma:

Avatar 7:19pm Scraps:


  7:20pm WebHamster Henry:

Hi to Lincoln! My sophomore is also home for a break.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Doug Schulkind:

Big love for you, Scraps.
Avatar 7:21pm Scraps:

Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:21pm Doug Schulkind:

Shit. I can't leave in the middle of Company. Physically can't do it.
Avatar 7:22pm Scraps:

Thanks, Doug.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:23pm doctorjazz:

So sorry for your loss, Scraps, sounds like you had great times.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:23pm doctorjazz:

Great pics!
Avatar 7:24pm Scraps:

Thanks, doctorjazz.
Avatar 7:26pm Scraps.:

And we did!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I'm so sorry for your loss, Scraps. I can tell you two were a wonderful couple, it really comes through in the pictures.

Avatar 7:26pm Scraps.:

Thanks, Bronwyn.
Avatar 7:27pm Scraps.:

We were.
Avatar 7:28pm Scraps.:

lots of people said so. :-)
Avatar 7:29pm Scraps.:

good level now!
Avatar 7:41pm Scraps:

That's a great song! Didn't know it, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Bronwyn Bishop:

this show is coming back in the spring too!
  7:44pm WebHamster Henry:

I'll have to catch the archive but i will say i saw Seesaw when it was new and was not impressed, except for Tommy Tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

oh wow! well tommy tune was always impressive...impressively tall at the very least
Avatar 7:46pm Scraps:

I know I say this often, but my god, Andrew Lloyd Webber's lyrics are awful.
  7:47pm Doug Schulkind:

AJH in the car! Fantabulous!
Avatar 7:50pm Scraps:

Brian Wilson and Lee Scratch Perry, producers who burned down their studios!
Avatar 7:52pm Mary Wing:

Whoops, 45 minutes late for Acid Jazz Hands! Hi Bronwyn and friends; I was working on Stan's playlist, so I was in FMU-land, at least.
No bed music?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@scraps: ALW is not a lyricist! Tim Rice is the lyricist and I actually think he did his best work with ALW- he wasn't great with ALW, but he was better than he was with Alan Menken, who incidentally often gets credited with Howard Ashman's wonderful lyrics and blamed for Rice's terrible ones
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Mary! i have bed music but i guess it was too quiet again lol
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm doctorjazz:

Hi Mary!
Avatar 8:05pm Scraps:

Forgot! You're right, and I shouldn't forget that.
Avatar 8:07pm Mary Wing:

Hey doctorjazz, I got the CD for The Band's Visit from the library today, will listen to it over the weekend.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:09pm doctorjazz:

I think you'll like it Mary. (Don't have the CD, but the performances at the show were the best part).
Avatar 8:12pm Scraps:

I love Sid Caesar, at least in Your Show of Shows, with Imogene Coca, the funniest woman in English. Caesar went down from alcoholism for the last thirty years or so of his life, unfortunately
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i wish i could have seen the band's visit! i was in my "just out of college and super broke" phase then though :( but its star katrina lenk will be bobbi in the new company in the spring!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Bronwyn Bishop:

aaaaand this one is coming back too (although i think it's in the very very early stages at this point)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Bronwyn Bishop:

everything old is new again
Avatar 8:32pm Scraps:

Lily's Eyes is one of the favorite men's songs of piano bars
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:35pm doctorjazz:

I have to say (again) I was disappointed in The Bands Visit when we saw it. The musical performances were fine, but the show wasn't really moving (as the movie was... the touching small interactions just got lost in the show). But, that could just be me (and my wife).
Avatar 8:38pm Scraps:

For men/men duets, I love Sondheim's "It Would Have Been Wonderful"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm melinda:

Hi everyone!
  8:41pm WebHamster Henry:

@Scraps Agony! Is also fun.
Avatar 8:56pm Scraps:

Yes! Book Report is great!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:58pm doctorjazz:

This is cool!
Thanks, Bronwyn!
Avatar 8:58pm Linda Lee:

fabulous show, Bronwyn B! love hearing this music.
actually saw 'you're a good man, charie brown' off broadway in 1967 & remember 'book report' very well! loved it then, love it now.
Avatar 8:59pm Mary Wing:

Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hot take: you're a good man charlie brown is the only worthwhile peanuts property
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@scraps: if men at piano bars really sing lily's eyes i gotta get myself to a piano bar stat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:


Avatar 9:00pm Scraps:

okay, that's wrong.

;-) ;-) ;-)
Avatar 9:00pm Linda Lee:

it was a revelation to me seeing adults act out these parts. amazing ~ and Snoopy too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i dont know why i just cant get into the rest of peanuts...
Avatar 9:01pm Scraps:

for twenty years, maybe thirty even, Peanuts was GREAT
Avatar 9:02pm Linda Lee:

when this was produced, Peanuts was immensely popular & marketed thoroughly everywhere. t shirts, lunch boxes, books, posters. a broadway show was natural. :-)
Avatar 9:03pm Scraps.:

the cartoon, of course, not any of the television shows (though some of them were good)
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