Archive for the ‘Broadway’ Category

Just Keep Collecting, Just Keep Collecting…

They just keep writing shows, and I keep buying the cast albums. I have decided to remove the links to each show. If you really want it you can find it.

Broadway/London Casts

1776 [OBC]
9 to 5: The Musical
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line [OBC]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [1996 Broadway Revival]
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music [Broadway Revival]
Aida
Aladdin
American Idiot *
And the World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Anyone Can Whistle
Anything Goes [1987 Broadway Revival]
Applause *
Assassins – The Broadway Cast Recording
Avenue Q
Beautiful: The Carol King Musical
Beauty and the Beast
Big Fish [OBC]
Billy Elliot – The Musical
Bring It On: The Musical
Bullets Over Broadway
Bye Bye Birdie
Carrie [OBC]
Chaplin: The Musical [OBC]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [OLC]
Chess [OBC]
Chicago
Chicago [Revival]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [OLC]
City of Angels
Company
Company [1995 Revival]
Curtains
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dreamgirls
Everyday Rapture
Fame Becomes Me
Finding Neverland *
First Date [OBC]
Follies [1987 London Cast]
Follies [2011 Revival]
Funny Girl *
Godspell [New Broadway Cast Recording]
Grease [1995 Broadway Cast]
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival]
Guys and Dolls [OBC]
Hair – The New Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray
Hello, Dolly! [2003 Deluxe Version]
Here’s Love
Honeymoon In Vegas *
How To Succeed in business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Recording]
In The Heights
Into The Woods [OBC]
Into the Woods [London Cast]
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Jekyll And Hyde [Highlights From]
Jersey Boys
Jesus Christ Superstar [OBC]
Kinky Boots, The New Musical Based on a True Story
Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival]
La Cage aux Folles
Legally Blonde
Les Miserables [OBC]
Let My People Come
Little Shop of Horrors [OBC]
Lysistrata Jones
Mame [OBC]
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins [OLC]
Matilda The Musical [OLC]
Meet Me In St. Louis
Monty Python’s Spamalot
My Favorite Year
My One And Only *
Next To Normal
Nunsense [OBC]
Oklahoma! [1998 London Revival Cast]
Once
Once Upon A Mattress
Out of this World [1995 New York Concert]
Pacific Overtures
Passion
Phantom: The American Musical Sensation
Pippin [OBC]
Pippin [2013]
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Promises, Promises
Ragtime
Rent
The Rink
Seesaw
Side Show
Something Rotten! *
Song & Dance
Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark *
Spring Awakening *
Starlight Express
State Fair
Steel Pier
Sunday in the Park with George [OBC]
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd [OBC]
Sweet Charity [OBC]
Tarzan – The Broadway Musical
The Addams Family
The Apple Tree [OBC]
The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The Book of Mormon
The Boy From Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Frogs
The Full Monty
The Last Ship
The Life
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
The Phantom of the Opera
The Producers
The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
The Rocky Horror Show [Revival]
The Visit *
The Wedding Singer
The Who’s Tommy
Titanic
Victor-Victoria
White Christmas
Wicked
Wildcat
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Wonderland *
Xanadu
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival]

Tributes-Concerts

A Collector’s Sondheim
Rent – Seasons of Love
Side by Side by Sondheim
Simply Sondheim
Sondheim – A Musical Tribute
Sondheim On Sondheim
Unsung Sondheim

Off-Broadway / Off-Off-Broadway / Fringe Shows

 

50 Shades: The Musical
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Altar Boyz
Assassins [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
Bat Boy
Bubbly Gum Party *
Debbie Does Dallas
Evil Dead: The Musical
Fun Home
Halloween – The Musical
Heathers
Julie Bunny Must Die [2012 Orlando Fringe]
Key of E [2013 Orlando Fringe]
Little Shop of Horrors
Lucky Stiff [1993 Original Cast Recording]
Naked Boys Singing
Pageant *
Reefer Madness [Los Angeles Cast]
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Ruthless! [1994 Los Angels Cast]
Sharknami: The Musical? [2014 Orlando Fringe]
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Five Years
The Musical of Musicals
The Prince and the Pauper
The Rocky Horror Show [OLC]
The Scottsboro Boys
Tick, Tick…Boom!
The Toxic Avenger Musical
Urinetown
When Pigs Fly
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Zanna, Don’t – A Musical Fairytale
Zombie Prom

Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, Volume 1
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 2
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 4 – Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 5 – Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!
Forbidden Broadway 2001 – A Space Spoof
Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening
Forbidden Broadway Special Victim’s Unit [Volume 8]
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
Forbidden Hollywood
Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging

Other Countries

The Rocky Horror Show [Australia]

Busy On Broadway

Another long year of collecting for the Whore. Enjoy…

Broadway/London Casts

1776 [OBC]
9 to 5: The Musical
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line [OBC]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [1996 Broadway Revival]
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder *
A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music [Broadway Revival]
Aida
Aladdin *
And the World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Anyone Can Whistle
Anything Goes [1987 Broadway Revival]
Assassins – The Broadway Cast Recording
Avenue Q
Beautiful: The Carol King Musical *
Beauty and the Beast
Big Fish [OBC] *
Billy Elliot – The Musical
Bring It On: The Musical *
Bullets Over Broadway *
Bye Bye Birdie
Carrie [OBC]
Chaplin: The Musical [OBC] *
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [OLC]
Chess [OBC]
Chicago
Chicago [Revival]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [OLC]
City of Angels
Company
Company [1995 Revival]
Curtains
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dreamgirls
Everyday Rapture
Fame Becomes Me
First Date [OBC]
Follies [1987 London Cast]
Follies [2011 Revival]
Godspell [New Broadway Cast Recording]
Grease [1995 Broadway Cast]
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival]
Guys and Dolls [OBC]
Hair – The New Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray
Hello, Dolly! [2003 Deluxe Version]
Here’s Love
How To Succeed in business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Recording]
In The Heights *
Into The Woods [OBC]
Into the Woods [London Cast]
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Jekyll And Hyde [Highlights From]
Jersey Boys
Jesus Christ Superstar [OBC]
Kinky Boots, The New Musical Based on a True Story
Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival]
La Cage aux Folles
Legally Blonde
Les Miserables [OBC]
Let My People Come
Little Shop of Horrors [OBC]
Lysistrata Jones
Mame [OBC]
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins [OLC]
Matilda The Musical [OLC]
Meet Me In St. Louis *
Monty Python’s Spamalot
My Favorite Year
Next To Normal
Nunsense [OBC]
Oklahoma! [1998 London Revival Cast]
Once
Once Upon A Mattress
Out of this World [1995 New York Concert]
Pacific Overtures
Passion
Phantom: The American Musical Sensation
Pippin [OBC]
Pippin [2013]
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Promises, Promises
Ragtime
Rent
The Rink
Seesaw
Side Show
Song & Dance
Starlight Express
State Fair *
Steel Pier
Sunday in the Park with George [OBC]
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd [OBC]
Sweet Charity [OBC]
Tarzan – The Broadway Musical
The Addams Family
The Apple Tree [OBC]
The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The Book of Mormon
The Boy From Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Frogs
The Full Monty
The Last Ship *
The Life
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
The Phantom of the Opera
The Producers
The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
The Rocky Horror Show [Revival]
The Wedding Singer
The Who’s Tommy
Titanic
Victor-Victoria
White Christmas
Wicked
Wildcat
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown *
Xanadu
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival]

Tributes-Concerts

A Collector’s Sondheim
Rent – Seasons of Love
Side by Side by Sondheim
Simply Sondheim
Sondheim – A Musical Tribute
Sondheim On Sondheim
Unsung Sondheim

Off-Broadway / Off-Off-Broadway / Fringe Shows

 

50 Shades: The Musical *
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Altar Boyz
Assassins [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
Bat Boy
Debbie Does Dallas
Evil Dead: The Musical
Fun Home *
Halloween – The Musical
Heathers *
Julie Bunny Must Die [2012 Orlando Fringe] *
Key of E [2013 Orlando Fringe] *
Little Shop of Horrors
Lucky Stiff [1993 Original Cast Recording]
Naked Boys Singing
Reefer Madness [Los Angeles Cast]
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Ruthless! [1994 Los Angels Cast]
Sharknami: The Musical? [2014 Orlando Fringe] *
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Five Years
The Musical of Musicals
The Rocky Horror Show [OLC]
The Scottsboro Boys
Tick, Tick…Boom!
The Toxic Avenger Musical
Urinetown
When Pigs Fly
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Zanna, Don’t – A Musical Fairytale
Zombie Prom

Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, Volume 1
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 2
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 4 – Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 5 – Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!
Forbidden Broadway 2001 – A Space Spoof
Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening
Forbidden Broadway Special Victim’s Unit [Volume 8]
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
Forbidden Hollywood
Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging *

Other Countries

The Rocky Horror Show [Australia] *

For Someone’s Consideration…

Broadway Whore’n in 2013

It’s a new year and the collection keeps growing…

Broadway

9 to 5: The Musical
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line [OBC]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [1996 Broadway Revival]
A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music [Broadway Revival]
Aida
And the World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Anyone Can Whistle
Anything Goes [1987 Broadway Revival]
Assassins – The Broadway Cast Recording
Avenue Q
Beauty and the Beast
Billy Elliot – The Musical
Bye Bye Birdie
Carrie [OBC]
Chess [OBC]
Chicago
Chicago [Revival]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [OLC]
City of Angels
Company
Company [1995 Revival]
Curtains
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dreamgirls
Everyday Rapture
Fame Becomes Me
Follies [1987 London Cast]
Follies [2011 Revival]
Godspell [New Broadway Cast Recording]
Grease [1995 Broadway Cast]
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival]
Guys and Dolls [OBC]
Hair – The New Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray
Hello, Dolly! [2003 Deluxe Version]
Here’s Love
How To succeed in business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Recording]
Into The Woods [OBC]
Into the Woods [London Cast]
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Jekyll And Hyde [Highlights From]
Jersey Boys
Jesus Christ Superstar [OBC]
Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival]
La Cage aux Folles
Legally Blonde
Les Miserables [OBC]
Let My People Come
Little Shop of Horrors [OBC]
Lysistrata Jones
Mame [OBC]
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins [OLC]
Monty Python’s Spamalot
My Favorite Year
Next To Normal
Nunsense [OBC]
Oklahoma! [1998 London Revival Cast]
Once
Once Upon A Mattress
Out of this World [1995 New York Concert]
Pacific Overtures
Passion
Phantom: The American Musical Sensation
Pippin [OBC]
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Promises, Promises
Ragtime
Rent
The Rink
Seesaw
Side Show
Song & Dance
Starlight Express
Steel Pier
Sunday in the Park with George [OBC]
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd [OBC]
Sweet Charity [OBC]
Tarzan – The Broadway Musical
The Addams Family
The Apple Tree [OBC]
The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The Book of Mormon
The Boy From Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Frogs
The Full Monty
The Life
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
The Phantom of the Opera
The Producers
The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
The Rocky Horror Show [Revival]
The Scotsboro Boys
The Wedding Singer
The Who’s Tommy
Titanic
Victor-Victoria
Wicked
Wildcat
Xanadu
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival]

Tributes-Concerts

A Collector’s Sondheim
Rent – Seasons of Love
Side by Side by Sondheim
Simply Sondheim
Sondheim – A Musical Tribute
Unsung Sondheim

Off-Broadway

A Christmas Story: The Musical
Altar Boyz
Assassins [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
Bat Boy
Debbie Does Dallas
Evil Dead: The Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
Halloween – The Musical
Naked Boys Singing
Reefer Madness [Los Angeles Cast]
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Ruthless! [1994 Los Angels Cast]
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Five Years
The Musical of Musicals
The Rocky Horror Show [OLC]
Tick, Tick…Boom!
The Toxic Avenger Musical
Urinetown
When Pigs Fly
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Zanna, Don’t – A Musical Fairytale
Zombie Prom

Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, Volume 1
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 2
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 4 – Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 5 – Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!
Forbidden Broadway 2001 – A Space Spoof
Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening
Forbidden Broadway Special Victim’s Unit [Volume 8]
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
Forbidden Hollywood
Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking

Can’t Keep A Broadway Whore Down

And the collection keeps growing. He’s an updated list of all my stage recordings.

Broadway

9 to 5: The Musical
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line [OBC]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [1996 Broadway Revival]
A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music [Broadway Revival]
Aida
And the World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Anyone Can Whistle
Anything Goes [1987 Broadway Revival]
Assassins – The Broadway Cast Recording
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot – The Musical
Bye Bye Birdie
Chess [OBC]
Chicago
Chicago [Revival]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [OLC]
City of Angels
Curtains
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dreamgirls
Everyday Rapture
Fame Becomes Me
Follies [1987 London Cast]
Grease [1995 Broadway Cast]
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival]
Guys and Dolls [OBC]
Hair – The New Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray
Here’s Love
How To succeed in business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Recording]
Into The Woods [OBC]
Into the Woods [London Cast]
Jekyll And Hyde [Highlights From]
Jersey Boys
Jesus Christ Superstar [OBC]
Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival]
La Cage aux Folles
Legally Blonde
Let My People Come
Les Miserables [OBC]
Little Shop of Horrors [OBC]
Mame [OBC]
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins [OLC]
Monty Python’s Spamalot
My Favorite Year
Next To Normal
Nunsense [OBC]
Oklahoma! [1998 London Revival Cast]
Once Upon A Mattress
Out of this World [1995 New York Concert]
Phantom: The American Musical Sensation
Pippin [OBC]
Promises, Promises
Ragtime
Rent
The Rink
Seesaw
Side Show
Song & Dance
Starlight Express
Steel Pier
Sunday in the Park with George [OBC]
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd [OBC]
Sweet Charity [OBC]
Tarzan – The Broadway Musical
The Addams Family
The Apple Tree [OBC]
The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The Boy From Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Frogs
The Life
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
The Producers
The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
The Rocky Horror Show [Revival]
The Wedding Singer
Titanic
Victor-Victoria
Wicked
Wildcat
Xanadu
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival]

Tributes-Concerts

A Collector’s Sondheim
Rent – Seasons of Love
Side by Side by Sondheim
Simply Sondheim
Sondheim – A Musical Tribute
Unsung Sondheim

Off-Broadway

A Christmas Story: The Musical [Recording not available publicly – just at the theaters where it is touring]
Altar Boyz
Assassins [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
Bat Boy
Debbie Does Dallas
Little Shop of Horrors
Halloween – The Musical
Naked Boys Singing
Reefer Madness [Los Angeles Cast]
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Ruthless! [1994 Los Angels Cast]
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Five Years
The Musical of Musicals
The Rocky Horror Show [OLC]
Tick, Tick…Boom!
The Toxic Avenger Musical
Urinetown
When Pigs Fly
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Zanna, Don’t – A Musical Fairytale
Zombie Prom

Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, Volume 1
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 2
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 4 – Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 5 – Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!
Forbidden Broadway 2001 – A Space Spoof
Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening
Forbidden Broadway Special Victim’s Unit [Volume 8]
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
Forbidden Hollywood

Broadway

Broadway

Broadway Whore Strikes Back

It’s been two years since I last listed all my cast albums. I guess it’s time to update it.

Broadway

9 to 5: The Musical
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line [OBC]
A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [1996 Broadway Revival]
A Little Night Music
Aida
And the World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Anyone Can Whistle
Anything Goes [1987 Broadway Revival]
Assassins – The Broadway Cast Recording
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot – The Musical
Bye Bye Birdie
Chess [OBC]
Chicago
Chicago [Revival]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [OLC]
City of Angels
Curtains
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dreamgirls
Everyday Rapture
Follies [1987 London Cast]
Grease [1995 Broadway Cast]
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival]
Guys and Dolls [OBC]
Hair – The New Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray
Here’s Love
How To succeed in business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Recording]
Into The Woods [OBC]
Into the Woods [London Cast]
Jersey Boys
Jesus Christ Superstar [OBC]
Kiss Me, Kate [1999 Broadway Revival]
La Cage aux Folles
Legally Blonde
Let My People Come
Les Miserables [OBC]
Little Shop of Horrors [OBC]
Mame [OBC]
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins [OLC]
Monty Python’s Spamalot
My Favorite Year
Next To Normal
Nunsense [OBC]
Oklahoma! [1998 London Revival Cast]
Once Upon A Mattress
Out of this World [1995 New York Concert]
Pippin [OBC]
Promises, Promises
Ragtime
Rent
The Rink
Seesaw
Side Show
Song & Dance
Starlight Express
Steel Pier
Sunday in the Park with George [OBC]
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd [OBC]
Sweet Charity [OBC]
Tarzan – The Broadway Musical
The Addams Family
The Apple Tree [OBC]
The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The Boy From Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Frogs
The Life
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
The Producers
The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
The Rocky Horror Show [Revival]
The Wedding Singer
Titanic
Victor-Victoria
Wicked
Wildcat
Xanadu
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival]

Tributes-Concerts

A Collector’s Sondheim
Rent – Seasons of Love
Side by Side by Sondheim
Simply Sondheim
Sondheim – A Musical Tribute
Unsung Sondheim

Off-Broadway

Altar Boyz
Assassins [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
Bat Boy
Debbie Does Dallas
Little Shop of Horrors
Naked Boys Singing
Reefer Madness [Los Angeles Cast]
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Ruthless! [1994 Los Angels Cast]
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Five Years
The Musical of Musicals
The Rocky Horror Show [OLC]
Tick, Tick…Boom!
The Toxic Avenger Musical
Urinetown
When Pigs Fly
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Zanna, Don’t – A Musical Fairytale
Zombie Prom

Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, Volume 1
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 2
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 4 – Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Forbidden Broadway, Volume 5 – Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!
Forbidden Broadway 2001 – A Space Spoof
Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening
Forbidden Broadway Special Victim’s Unit [Volume 8]
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
Forbidden Hollywood

Broadway

Broadway

The Music of the Night Fades Away…

After 18 years The Phantom of the Opera touring production is coming to an end tonight Kind of appropriate for Halloween night.

The Phantom Exits

The Phantom Exits

The full story HERE.

Not So Practically Perfect?

A bit of news about the Chicago production of Mary Poppins:

Mary Poppins in Chicago to feature new song

The Chicago production of “Mary Poppins” (which is becoming the first national tour) is to feature a new song by composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe, replacing the number “Temper, Temper,” which has been seen in all the other global “Poppins” productions to date.

The new song is to be entitled “Playing the Game,” and, according to producer Cameron Mackintosh, it’s going in all future incarnations of the show (and will probably be retrofitted into the Broadway production at some point). The number is getting its first outing in front of an audience at preview performances this week at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. “We think it tells a better story,” Mackintosh said.

I am wondering if this was done for staging purposes. In this number the toys come to life and the whole nursery “tears” itself apart as it stretches. Touring productions always have to make sacrifices on sets and props. Or perhaps it was just a bit too scary for little kids, though it’s still in the Broadway production. Or perhaps Mr. Mackintosh is correct, and it just helps tell the story better. I hope it comes through Florida in the near future. I really want to see it to compare it to the Broadway production.

Christmas Massacre

I just got back from seeing Sweeney Todd. Before you read on, I just want to let you know that these are the thoughts of a guy whose all-time favorite Broadway show is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I’ve seen a letter-perfect recreation of the Broadway show back in the late 80’s; I’ve listened to the score several thousand times and know it by heart; I even played the part of Toby in a small production that had me killing someone four times a night. With that said, let’s proceed…

First off, let me say that ST is an F-ing incredible movie. As I waited for the film to start, I had to tell myself to be objective about it: This was not Tim Burton trying to film the Broadway version…It is simply his retelling of the story. And film and stage are quite different beasts. The atmosphere is so depressing it’s amazing. You only see the sun shine twice in this film. But the characters seem so at home in the gloom you would think England really did look like that back in the 1800’s. Many of the songs made it to the movie, though most shortened by a verse of two. It’s was also odd not to hear the crowd singing along during the God That’s Good number. Only the main characters sing…there’s no Greek chorus moving the story along. In fact, The Ballad of Sweeney Todd is only heard in sections of the score.

The best staged number was A Little Priest when Ms. Lovett figures out what to do with Sweeney’s victim. It was actually quite creepy the way they looked outside the windows and the passers-by pay them no heed as they are discussing the heinous acts of baking they could do.

I did have to adjust to Todd and Lovett being played and sung by younger actors, and having an actual child playing the role of Toby…not an adult with an adult singing voice. Helena Bonham Carter probably had the weakest voice but played the character wonderfully. The Worst Pies In London must be sung with more force than she did.

But all the actors were wonderful, the few that there were. Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall were both great as the villains (but is Sweeney the villain, too?). I was a bit annoyed at how fatalist they made Johanna be. Not a happy girl at all.

On to the gore….yea gads! It was amazing! Pretty much the level of gore you saw in Tim Burton’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow film. There was one person in the theater I kept seeing their hands fly up in front of their face whenever a throat was slit. This is the only reason this film got an R rating.

For the Sweeney enthusiests, you will notice the musical numbers left out of the movie, most of the ones left in are shortened, and one number, Todd and Anthony’s duet, Johanna, moved a few scenes early. There were also small story changes but it stays true to the plot of the musical.

The only thing in the film that I would have done differently……(wait for it)…..was the abrupt ending. I’m talking even more abrupt than the musical’s ending (but, then again, the Ballad of ST number and the Greek chorus wrap the musical up for you at the end). So as not to spoil it, the few additions I would have done to the film are listed at the very bottom of this post. If I wasn’t a fan of the musical I would have no gripes at all. But comparing it brings up the little things I’ve mentioned. But don’t get me wrong…this film will become my all-time favorite musical film version…and I’m hoping it’s out on Blu-Ray, not HD-DVD when it makes it out of the theaters.

And another thought…this film will do well, but because there is no happy ending I see that hurting its total gross. Most critics love it, and the Johnny Depp fans and musical fans will gladly help it be a success. Hell, I will be seeing it again soon with the Hubby (I had a half day today so went straight to the Pleasure Island Theaters and saw it). But it is not feel-good Holiday fare, and definitely not a date movie…unless you are Goth.

If you’ve never heard the musical soundtrack or seen the musical, go see it…as long as gore doesn’t put you off. And once you’ve seen the film I suggest you then purchase, or at least borrow, a copy of the 2-disc original Broadway recording and let it fill in the full story for you. Maybe I’ll come listen with you…and bring along my razor.

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Read no further if you don’t want anything spoiled!

My additions to the ending would be this: Show Toby witnessing Todd killing Mrs. Lovett; allow Todd to finish singing the entire verse before being killed; and show us Anthony and Johanna in some form…in the musical they come rushing in right after Todd dies with the police with them…that would have been good, or at least them leaving the city together.

Buying Nothing At All

I was checking out a web cam on Amazon when I decided to check on some CD’s. By the time it was all over I walked away purchasing $55 in CD’s. They are:

Young Frankenstein

“Puttin’ On The Ritz!”

Xanadu

I heard their version of “I’m Alive” and loved it!

Little Mermaid

It’s Disney AND it’s Broadway…there’s no way I couldn’t buy it.

And finally…

Forbidden Broadway

The funniest (and only) Broadway parody music around.

And I didn’t pay anything for them…yet. You see, they are all bought before they are released. So as each one gets released I’ll be billed.

Now you may wonder why I didn’t end up ordering this:

ST

That’s because I’m going to see it tomorrow afternoon right after work (I’m off at Noon tomorrow). And right before or right after the movie I’ll just step into the Virgin Megastore next to the theater and pick up the soundtrack. I’m shooting for the 12:25 viewing, but if I’m running late I’ll hit the 1:20. Anyone care to join me?