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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 November 20, 2020: Let's Do It

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Barbara Cason, Roderick Cook & Jamie Ross  Let's Do It   Options Oh Coward! Original Cast Album  Bell  1972  Music: Cole Porter Lyrics: Noel Coward 
0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Cowardy Custard Ensemble  Excerpts from Critics/Why Must the Show Go On?   Options Cowardy Custard  Masterworks Broadway  2013  Music & Lyrics: Noel Coward 
0:05:46 (Pop‑up)
Grover Dale, Patricia Harty & the Passengers  Beatnik Love Affair   Options Sail Away (Original Musical Soundtrack)  Copyright  2012  Music & Lyrics: Noel Coward 
0:07:33 (Pop‑up)
Amelia Bayntun  Our Hotel   Options Blitz!  Foyer  2013  Music & Lyrics: Lionel Bart 
0:09:09 (Pop‑up)
Charlotte Sweet Ensemble  Liverpool Sunset   Options Charlotte Sweet (Original Cast Recording)  Jay Records  2016  Music: Gerald Jay Markoe Lyrics: Michael Colby 
0:12:35 (Pop‑up)
Betsy Joslyn  Learn to Be Lonely   Options A Doll's Life (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Original Cast  2014  Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green 
0:18:51 (Pop‑up)
Unknown Singer and Pianist  The First Time I Spoke of You   Options No Album  Masterpiece  Unknown  Music: Ernest G. Schweikert Lyrics: Frank Reardon    0:20:53 (Pop‑up)
Angela Lansbury  I Met a Man   Options Prettybelle: A Musical by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Cast Recording)  Bruce Yeko  2014  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill 
0:23:29 (Pop‑up)
June Valli  Shangri-La   Options Shangri-La  RCA Victor  1956  Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: James Hilton, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee    0:25:47 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Frey  Going, Going, Gone   Options Lolita, My Love (Boston Cast)  Kritzerland  2020  Music: John Barry Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
0:28:25 (Pop‑up)
Kwamina Ensemble  The Sun Is Beginning to Crow   Options Kwamina (Original Broadway Cast)  Stage Door  2019  Music & Lyrics: Richard Adler 
0:31:45 (Pop‑up)
Muriel Barron  This Is My Wedding Day   Options Perchance to Dream (Original London Cast)  Stage Door Records  2009  Music & Lyrics: Ivor Novello 
0:37:03 (Pop‑up)
George Olsen and His Music  The Girl Friend   Options The Girl Friend/I Could, I Certainly Could  Victor  1926  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Lorenz Hart    0:39:45 (Pop‑up)
The Victor Light Opera Company  Gems from Sunny   Options Gems from Sunny/Gems from Cocoanuts  Victor  1926  Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II & Otto Harbach 
0:42:39 (Pop‑up)
Phyllis Kenny with Van Alexander and his Orchestra  Thursday   Options Name It and It's Yours/Thursday  Bluebird  1939  Music: Louis Haber Lyrics: Dorothy Sacks & Irvin Graham 
0:47:17 (Pop‑up)
Lee Sullivan with Leo Reisman and his Orchestra  I'd Rather Be Right   Options Rodgers and Hart: 1927-1942  JJA  Unknown  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Lorenz Hart    0:51:04 (Pop‑up)
Elizabeth Stanley  Something for the Boys   Options Something for the Boys (Studio Cast Recording)  P.S. Classics  2018  Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter 
0:54:08 (Pop‑up)
Elaine Stritch  The Beast in You   Options Goldilocks (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  1992  Music: Leroy Anderson Lyrics: Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr & Joan Ford 
0:56:36 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Clark  As the Girls Go   Options As the Girls Go/Father's Day  RCA Victor  1948  Music: Jimmy McHugh Lyrics: Harold Adamson    1:00:02 (Pop‑up)
Bob Shaver  A Tree In The Park   Options Rodgers and Hart  Walden  1953  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Lorenz Hart    1:01:57 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Cook & the Buffalo Bills  Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You?   Options The Music Man (Original Broadway Cast)  Capitol Records  2008  Music & Lyrics: Meredith Willson 
1:04:13 (Pop‑up)
Dean Johnson  Bullets & Daffodils   Options Bullets & Daffodils  Reservation  2012  Music & Lyrics: Dean Johnson 
1:12:04 (Pop‑up)
Brother Russia Ensemble  Brother Russia Presents   Options Brother Russia (Demo)  No Label  2012  Music: Dana P. Rowe Lyrics: John Dempsey    1:14:51 (Pop‑up)
Dave Malloy  The Pacific   Options No Album  No Label  2016  Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy    1:16:47 (Pop‑up)
Marguerite MacIntyre  It Would Have Been Wonderful   Options Annie Warbucks (Original Off-Broadway Cast)  Angel Records  2007  Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin 
1:20:51 (Pop‑up)
Chuck Wagner & Linda Eder  You and I   Options Svengali (Demo)  No Label  1992  Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Gregory Boyd    1:23:28 (Pop‑up)
Ludwig II Ensemble  Geliebte Berge   Options Ludwig II  Ariola  2007  Music: Franz Hummel Lyrics: Stephan Barbarino & Heinz Hauser 
1:30:35 (Pop‑up)
Matthieu Carnot & The Paris Cast of 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille  Maniaque   Options 1789, Les Amants de la Bastille (Super Deluxe)  NTCA Productions  2013  Music: Dove Attia, Laurent Delort, Louis Delort, Rod Janois, Jean-Pierre Pilot, Benoit Poher, William Rousseau & Olivier Schultheis Lyrics: Dove Attia & Vincent Baguian 
1:35:02 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Levi  L'envie d'aimer   Options L'envie d'aimer  Mercury/Universal  2000  Music & Lyrics: Lionel Florence, Patrice Guirao & Pascal Obispo 
1:38:29 (Pop‑up)
How to Eat Like a Child Ensemble  We Refuse to Fall Asleep!   Options No Album  No Label  1981  Music & Lyrics: John Forster    1:41:12 (Pop‑up)
Forbidden Broadway  Let's Ruin Times Square Again   Options Forbidden Broadway 2001 A Spoof Odyssey  DRG Records  2001  Music: Richard O'Brien Lyrics: Gerard Alessandrini 
1:44:42 (Pop‑up)
Harry Chapin  Are You Ready?   Options Cotton Patch Gospel  Chapin Music  1982  Music & Lyrics: Harry Chapin    1:49:29 (Pop‑up)
Sam Levene  Let It Ride   Options Let It Ride! (Original Broadway Cast)  Arkiv  2011  Music & Lyrics: Jay Livingston & Ray Evans 
1:51:56 (Pop‑up)
Edwin Steffe  Drinking Song   Options The Vagabond King (Original Musical Score)  Golden Sky Records  2013  Music: Rudolf Friml Lyrics: Brian Hooker & William H. Post 
1:55:51 (Pop‑up)
Barry Wood  Let's Say Goodnight With a Dance   Options Pretty Little Busy-Body/Let's Say Goodnight With a Dance  Victor  1942  Music & Lyrics: Sammy Fain & Jack Yellen 
1:59:21 (Pop‑up)
Peter Kelley & Two's Company Ensemble  Theatre Is a Lady   Options Two's Company (Original Broadway Cast)  Masterworks Broadway  2006  Music: Vernon Duke Lyrics: Ogden Nash & Sammy Cahn 
2:01:54 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:04pm Listener Gregory:

I've signed in to the comment board, but I haven't turned the show on yet. The shame of it!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:04pm diciassette:

Hello! Whoa! Witchy!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:11pm diciassette:

I've gone straight to Discogs and ordered Cowardy Custard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey gregory and diciassette! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

very glad to inspire this diciassette :)
Avatar 🎭 7:12pm Listener Gregory:

The music is on now. It does add to the playlist experience really.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:13pm doctorjazz:

Avatar 🎭 7:17pm Listener Gregory:

I am rereading Gravity's Rainbow, with a helpful guide which tells me that Thomas Pynchon hates Noel Coward, and negative references to him can be found back to his first short stories and at various places in Gravity's Rainbow.
This knowledge will surely come in handy some day.
Avatar 🎭 7:20pm Listener Gregory:

E.G., when someone is acting overly civilized, a character asks, "Is this Noel Coward or some shit?" (Please excuse my French.)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:28pm diciassette:

lol uncyclopedia.ca...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey doctorjazz :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: That's hilarious, Sondheim hates him too, they should form a support group
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@diciassette: this is amazing and so specific
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:31pm diciassette:

not sure if I like that site!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Bronwyn Bishop:

it does seem a bit mean spirited
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:33pm diciassette:

It seems really un-Canadian!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Acidified Fingers!
Avatar 🎭 7:38pm Listener Gregory:

@diciassette, very interesting! Pynchon is not easy going. The helpful guide brings out a lot of things I wouldn’t notice and also explains how carefully structured the book is. But it’s not for everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey Henry, we just had a not since carrie special lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Bronwyn Bishop:

One of these dudes sounds kinda like a 1920s Michael Nesmith
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:43pm doctorjazz:

Love these 20s choruses!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hard to believe it's been 100 years since some since of the great musical theatre writers got their start
Avatar 🎭 7:47pm Listener Gregory:

Those chesty voices were super popular back in the 20s, but I find them borderlines listenable today.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Webhamster Henry:

I used to have a piano roll (and matching reproducing piano) of "Selections from Sunny"
Avatar 🎭 7:50pm Listener Gregory:

I guess we can thank Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby for changing that.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Webhamster Henry:

Thank the Microphone - the sine qua non of crooning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Bronwyn Bishop:

see i LOVE that type of voice lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Bronwyn Bishop:

anyone know what's happening on this album cover? i dont get it
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:56pm diciassette:

My tooth thinks it has something to do with dental work
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm Bronwyn Bishop:

this song sort of has the same energy as "a hundred ways to lose a man"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:57pm diciassette:

I discovered Elaine Stritch on 30 Rock, and I have been in awe ever since!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Elaine Stritch Fact: She was the first choice to play Ursula in The Little Mermaid, but was fired because she kept fighting with Howard Ashman
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Webhamster Henry:

As The Girls Go is one of the very few shows that has a recording of Burlesque Comedian Bobby Clark.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

His visual trademark was painted on glasses.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm diciassette:

Bronwyn, do you like it when Chet Baker sings?
Avatar 🎭 8:05pm Listener Gregory:

I listened to this record about a thousand times as a kid. Sniff!
Avatar 🎭 8:10pm Listener Gregory:

Barbara Cook could have sung in one of those old operettas, but I like her anyway.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:13pm WR:

Hi folks, here to hear for the 2nd hour.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey WR :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@diciassette: I've barely ever listened to Chet Baker so I don't really have an opinion, I need to listen to him more!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: She was in Candide which is basically an operetta
Avatar 🎭 8:26pm Listener Gregory:

Right! Awesome Cunegonde.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:26pm diciassette:

I was curious because, as a vocalist, I'm not sure how to classify him
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I want to extend a big thank you by the way to diciassette and Listener Laura in Rockaway Beach for their generous pledges, I keep forgetting to thank them in my mic breaks
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Webhamster Henry:

Barbara Cook was delightful! Check out her concert recordings too.
Avatar 🎭 8:30pm Listener Gregory:

If you can see the film Let’s Get Lost (about Chet Baker), do so!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:32pm diciassette:

I will definitely definitely. I saw Chet Baker in a bathtub in a Mina video! (which was from a movie that is hard to find around here)
Avatar 🎭 8:35pm Listener Gregory:

It may be hard to find. I believe there were problems with music rights or something, and so it may not have made it onto DVD. For some time it was impossible to find, but hopefully that’s been resolved.
Avatar 🎭 8:36pm Listener Gregory:

Les Amants de la Bastille is the Frenchest possible title for a play.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:40pm diciassette:

Aha! Evidence! youtu.be...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm doctorjazz:

Baker was such a sad figure, but I liked his music.
Avatar 🎭 8:56pm Listener Gregory:

More operetta? Belt it out, brother!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Bronwyn! Nice weekend all!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm diciassette:

Sam Levene was absolutely marvelous in The Killers! Sam Levene was absolutely marvelous! And he has met the Queen
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:58pm diciassette:

Thank you Bronwynn
  9:01pm KWilde:

Thanks! Good show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank you all for listening!!!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:03pm WR:

Thank you Bronwyn, laters all.
Avatar 🎭 9:05pm Listener Gregory:

Theater is a lady. Also, luck. And probably other things too.
Avatar 🎭 9:06pm Listener Gregory:

Thanks for a fun show, @Bronwyn.
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