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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 December 11, 2020: The manly thwack of blade on leather

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Tessie O'Shea, Laurence Naismith & Company  What a Good Day Is Saturday   Options A Time for Singing (Original Broadway Cast)  Warner Bros. Records  1966  Music: John Morris Lyrics: Gerald Freedman & John Morris 
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Orson Bean & Nikos Kourkoulos  Po, Po, Po   Options Illya Darling  Kritzerland  2012  Music: Manos Hadjidakis Lyrics: Joe Darion 
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Robin Wilson  In Some Little World   Options Henry, Sweet Henry (Original Broadway Cast)  ABC Records  2007  Music & Lyrics: Bob Merrill 
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Joan Diener  He Will Come Home Again   Options Home Sweet Homer (Audience Recording)  No Label  1976  Music: Mitch Leigh Lyrics: Charles Burr & Forman Brown    0:09:28 (Pop‑up)
Reid Shelton & Virginia Vestoff  Come to the Masquerade/Man With a Load of Mischief   Options Man With a Load of Mischief  Kapp  1967  Music: John Clifton Lyrics: Ben Tarver & John Clifton    0:11:08 (Pop‑up)
 
Nick Palmer  When Will I Learn!   Options When Will I Learn!  RCA Victor  1968  Music & Lyrics: Oscar Brand & Paul Nassau    0:18:28 (Pop‑up)
Liza Minnelli  It's the Strangest Thing   Options The Act  DRG Records  1991  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
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Ivy Austin  Rag Dolly   Options Raggedy Ann (Audience Recording)  No Label  1986  Music & Lyrics: Joe Raposo    0:28:04 (Pop‑up)
Karen Morrow  I Love Nashville   Options A Joyful Noise (Original Broadway Cast Live Recording)  Blue Pear Records  2015  Music & Lyrics: Oscar Brand & Paul Nassau 
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James Smilie & Caroline Villiers  'Tis Love   Options Thomas and the King (Original London Cast Principal Performers)  Jay Records  1987  Music: John Williams Lyrics: James Harbert 
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Malcolm Gets, Paul Kandel & Company  Good to Be Alive   Options Lucky Stiff (The York Theatre Production)  Jay Productions Ltd.  2004  Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens 
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Kyle McArthur  Superman is Dead   Options Superhero (Original Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2019  Music & Lyrics: Tom Kitt 
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Elena Shaddow, Maria Couch & Steve Wilson  Save One   Options Illyria  Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey  2005  Music & Lyrics: Peter Mills    0:43:54 (Pop‑up)
Andrew Hill Newman, Donna Murphy & J.K. Simmons  Penguins Must Sing   Options Birds of Paradise (Original Off-Broadway Cast)  Jay Productions Ltd.  1999  Music: David Evans Lyrics: Winnie Holzman 
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Krysten Cummings & The Fix Ensemble  Alleluia   Options The Fix (Original London Cast Recording)  First Night Records  2020  Music: Dana P. Rowe Lyrics: John Dempsey 
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Jon English  What Else Is New?   Options Ned Kelly: The Rock Opera  Hamlyn Group  1974  Music: Patrick Flynn Lyrics: Reg Livermore 
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Rory Dodd  All My Life   Options Rockabye Hamlet (Studio Cast)  Rising  1976  Music & Lyrics: Cliff Jones 
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Rockquiem Ensemble  Rex Tremendae   Options Rockquiem  1187123 Records DK  2019  Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stefan Wurz Lyrics: whoever wrote the requiem text from the Catholic mass 
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Annika Bruhns  Limelight   Options Gambler: Das Geheimnis Der Karte (Monchengladbach Cast)  Musical-B  1997  Music & Lyrics: Eric Woolfson 
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cantabile  The Summer Game   Options Songs of Cricket  Signum Classics  2011  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
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Grace McLean  Death Ceremony   Options In the Green (Original Cast Recording)  Ghostlight  2020  Music & Lyrics: Grace McLean 
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Radiant Baby Ensemble  Draw & Move   Options Radiant Baby (Original Off-Broadway Cast)  No Label  2003  Music: Debra Barsha Lyrics: Ira Gasman, Stuart Ross & Debra Barsha 
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Val Kilmer, Adam Lambert & Alisan Porter  The Horns of Jericho   Options The Ten Commandments: The Musical (DVD Audio)  No Label  2006  Music: Patrick Leonard Lyrics: Maribeth Derry 
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Caligula Ensemble  Libertad   Options Caligula, un Nuevo Musical  Angel Mahler  2002  Music: Angel Mahler Lyrics: Pepe Cibrian 
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Zombie Prom Original Off-Broadway Cast  It's Alive   Options Zombie Prom (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)  First Night Records  1998  Music: Dana P. Rowe Lyrics: John Dempsey 
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The Boy in the Dress Company  disco symphony   Options The Boy in the Dress (Original Cast Recording)  RSC Enterprise Ltd  2020  Music & Lyrics: Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers & Chris Heath 
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Mike MC Leish, Blazey Best & Hilary Cole  Miracle City   Options Miracle City (Live Australian Cast Album)  Max Lambert/Nick Enright  2015  Music: Max Lambert Lyrics: Nick Enright 
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Afram Latibaer! Ensemble  Afram Latibaer!   Options Afram Latibaer  Ur Songleik  1996  Music: Mani Svavarsson Lyrics: Magnus Scheving 
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Jonah Ensemble  Song of Worship   Options Jonah (Original Score)  Sight & Sound Theatres  2013  Music & Lyrics: David T. Clydesdale, Jim Dellas, Don Harper & Steve Wilkinson 
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Andy Karl  Something About Her   Options Pretty Woman: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Atlantic Recording Corporation  2018  Music & Lyrics: Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance 
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Rita Gardner, Kenneth Nelson & William Larsen  This Plum Is Too Ripe   Options The Fantasticks  Verve  2007  Music: Harvey Schmidt Lyrics: Tom Jones 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎭 7:09pm Listener Gregory:

I slipped the usher a 20, and she agreed to seat me late. Sorry... sorry... sorry... sorry.. I think that's my seat. 22H. Oh, wait, what row is this??? Oh God.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Gregory! That's an excellent impression of me and my friend the one time I went to a British pantomime
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

we got confused by the london bus routes and were the dumb late americans
Avatar 🎭 7:12pm Listener Gregory:

I know, BB, I was in seat 23H!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:18pm diciassette:

Hello! I really like the year 1967 for some reason
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Me too!! Love the late 60s, wish I could have been around for them
Avatar 🎭 7:24pm Listener Gregory:

They were not a complete joy-fest at the time.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Hello Bronwyn - I like all those Welsh names and you have a nice one.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi In from Zooming!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm WR:

Man. Blade. Leather. I think of Sweeney Todd.
Avatar 🎭 7:30pm Listener Gregory:

@Webhamster H, for God’s sake cover your camera, just in case.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:30pm WR:

WHH, I'm still on zoom for another hour. Just taking a break.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Lizzie, Henry and WR!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Lizzie: thanks :D
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Webhamster Henry:

Oscar Brand served as the host of Folksong Festival on WNYC AM for more than seven decades.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I love Oscar Brand
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

That's apparently the longest-running show with one host in history...until this one beats it of course
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:39pm WR:

I saw podcast with Amanda Palmer and Storm Large recently, one memorable part was when they went all fangirl over Cabaret & their personal moments meeting Liza Minnelli. Storm had Minnelli sitting stage side during one of her performances in Cabaret.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Wow!!! I would love to meet Liza
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Webhamster Henry:

The Codger might contest that, but a lot of his shows were just for himself in his bunker.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

There's a person named Storm Large?? Off to google this.
Avatar 🎭 7:47pm Listener Gregory:

There’s a Shakespeare Company of New Jersey???
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Webhamster Henry:

Every week, you pull up Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway pieces, many of which with original books. Contrast that to the just released Disney schedule of sequels and rehashes. Grr.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: Yes, and my dad used to be part of it and recorded an album called "Fine Young Madrigals" with its little madrigal group in 1990, and a couple years ago I found it in WFMU's library, where it had been since before I was born (thus ends my NJ shakespeare theater story)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: It really makes me sad...this is why I write my own (weird) musicals! But they ain't getting anywhere near broadway anytime soon
Avatar 🎭 7:57pm Listener Gregory:

That’s a great story, Bronwyn. I was raised in NJ, and I wish someone had taken me to a Shakespearean play or two.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:00pm WR:

WHH, yes. I Disney not musical related, I saw something about there being 10 or whatever Star Wars related productions in progress that will only be on their streaming service and I am like, is that all you got?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I remember when Star Wars movies were rare and thus exciting
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

fun fact: this is the backing vocalist on total eclipse of the heart (the "turn around bright eyes" guy)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Too bad Rory Dodd didn't star in Sweeney Todd.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Doug Schulkind:

That would have been odd.
Avatar 🎭 8:05pm Listener Gregory:

Does anyone have any knowledge of the new Netflix version of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom? I have the vague memory of seeing a version back in the day... on stage? or public TV??? It's not quite a musical, but it's about music, certainly.
Avatar 🎭 8:08pm Listener Gregory:

(Lyrics to the Requiem by God. No royalties needed.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Doug!! Rory Dodd could have had Anthony or Toby potential, although Rory Dodd IS Sweeney Todd would have been great marketing (though bad casting)
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:13pm WR:

LG, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom? Didn't know Netflix done that. Heard the album of the original. Never saw it.
Avatar 🎭 8:14pm Listener Gregory:

In the two seconds you see of Viola Davis playing Ma Rainey, she seems awesome. And nothing like Viola Davis. So, I have hope.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:15pm doctorjazz:

Hi folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hi doctorjazz :D
Avatar 🎭 8:16pm Listener Gregory:

This song is exactly as lively as cricket.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:19pm doctorjazz:

I believe Netflix has have a movie version of Ma Rainey's..., Which is supposed to get a limited theater release (to pretend it's a real movie for Oscars), then will be shown on Netflix. I think I saw the show, but my memory is also vague..m
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:19pm diciassette:

I wonder if there is a mahjong musical
Avatar 🎭 8:24pm Listener Gregory:

Ma Rainey had a Broadway revival in 2003 starring Whoopie Goldberg. I don't think I see that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

wouldn't it be great if someone drew a herring with little lines around it and called it "keith herring?" i would buy that t shirt
Avatar 🎭 8:33pm Listener Gregory:

BB, that Haring work almost exists: untappedcities.com...
Avatar 🎭 8:36pm Listener Gregory:

What would it feel like to be part of the "Caligula Ensemble"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@diciassette: they should make one!!! maybe there could be "crazy rich asians: the musical"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Webhamster Henry:

The sequel to "Chess"?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:50pm WR:

Getting busy on work so writing my thank you now Bronwyn.

Laters all youse Jazz Handers.
Avatar 🎭 8:50pm Listener Gregory:

@WR, you know how to celebrate a Friday night!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm diciassette:

Mahjong a lively sport for sure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank YOU WR
Avatar 🎭 8:59pm Listener Gregory:

Excellent show, Bronwyn. I'm a little concerned that following Jonah by Pretty Woman will damn you to eternal flames; I hope not. Seriously. Thanks for the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Thanks Gregory!! I too hope to avoid eternal flame
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:03pm diciassette:

ba-bye! thank you!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Webhamster Henry:

Till next time! thanks for the show!
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