Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Playlist for Sunday, May 24, 2015: On Rye, with a Pickle.

 You know you've been away from Broadway too long when something as good as A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder has been running for 2 YEARS and you haven't seen it yet! I've actually been starting to have those dreams again...You know, the ones where you can't find the nearest subway stop, cuz you've FORGOTTEN where the 1 Train is?  And then you look for your favorite deli to console yourself with a chopped liver on pumpernickel, and it's gone...it's just (POOF) vanished?  Oh, no...that's not a dream, that's real life...but really, I have to get back. Without a Manhattan sojourn, I may just end up losing some of my pithy style, and start wearing sweatshirts. And this is bad.

So let's "transport" ourselves this Sunday to a matinee of "Gentleman's Guide"...and ask the musical question, "Why Are All The D'Ysquiths Dying?"  We'll also delve into some little known shows, like Jamaica (with Lena), Oh Captain! (with Tony), and the interesting (FLOP!), cult (FLOP!), and quirky (FLOP!) My Favorite Year...that last one has some snappy tunes, Tim Curry, Lainie Kazan, spectacle and show biz...so why didn't it work, O Crystal Ball of Broadway?

Classics like Irene and the MGM movie of Kiss Me Kate will also make appearances, so don't think I've gone all new and/or esoteric on you.  I might not remember the express stops on the 4 train, but I know a grand ole musical when I hear it! 

You're A D'Ysquith (Rachel Izen, Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide To Love And
Poison In My Pocket (Bryce Pinkham, Jefferson Mays, Catherine Walker, A
                    Gentleman's Guide)
Why Are All The D'Ysquiths Dying? (Jefferson Mays, Ensemble, A Gentleman's
Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun (Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide)
The World Must Be Bigger Than An Avenue (Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me (George S. Irving, Irene)
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
You Made Me Love You (Monte Markham, Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
You Made Me Love You (George S. Irving, Patsy Kelly, Irene)
The Word Is Love (Ensemble, Starting Here, Starting Now)
Crossword Puzzle (Loni Ackerman, Starting Here, Starting Now)
Flair (George Lee Andrews, Starting Here, Starting Now)
I Don't Remember Christmas (George Lee Andrews, Starting Here, Starting Now)
We Open In Venice (Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Tommy Rall,
                    Kiss Me Kate)
Too Darn Hot (Ann Miller, Kiss Me Kate)
So In Love (Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Kiss Me Kate)
From This Moment On (Bob Fossee, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, Kiss Me Kate)Wunderbar (Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Kiss Me Kate)
Twenty Million People (Company, My Favorite Year)
Shut Up And Dance (Lannyl Stephens, Evan Pappas, My Favorite Year)
Welcome To Brooklyn (Lainie Kazan, Evan Pappas, Tim Curry, Ensemble, My Favorite
Life Does A Man A Favor (When It Leads Him To The Sea) (Tony Randall,
                    Oh, Captain!)
We're Not Children (Paul Valentine, Jacqueline McKeever, Oh, Captain!)
I've Been There And I'm Back (Edward Platt, Tony Randall, Oh, Captain!)
Push De Button (Lena Horne, Jamaica)
Little Biscuit (Ossie Davis, Josephine Premice, Jamaica)
Napoleon (Lena Horne, Jamaica)
Racing With The Clock (Michael McKean, Richard Poe, Ensemble, The Pajama Game)
The Three Of Us (Michael McKean, The Pajama Game)
Hernando's Jive (Instrumental, The Pajama Game)
A New Town Is A Blue Town (Harry Connick, Jr., The Pajama Game)
The Pajama Game (Company, The Pajama Game)

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