Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Unsinkable, with a dash of bitters...

We haven't had a Sondheim Lovers Show in a while, so I thought it was time to pull out a few of those neurosis-laden, gin-sodden, dysfunctional-but-trying-but-can-we-stop-trying-now sorta songs of his. So Follies it is!  So Sunday in the Park it is! So...maybe some Company?  I'll stop...soon. 

But that's not to say we ain't positive and up and BROADWAY, right? So Tammy Grimes will start us off, as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with "I Ain't Down Yet".  That whole character/musical was based on Margaret Brown, the infamous Titanic shipwreck survivor (and man, is SHE a musical theatre character and a half, in real life?! See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Brown). And I love Tammy's voice...which was once described as "a low, throaty quiver, a hum that takes wing".  She won a Tony for her portrayal of Molly, back in 1960. 

We also have a new to 2 On The Aisle show, Little Mary Sunshine...some Grey Gardens, with those lovely, wacky Beale girls....and Elaine Stritch, with an excerpt from her one woman show, At Liberty, singing/acerbically commenting on her Company experience...The Little Things You Do Together.  Which brings us back to Sondheim. And gin.  And "Lunch!"  :)

I Ain't Down Yet (Tammy Grimes, Ensemble, The Unsinkable Molly Brown)
The Forest Rangers (Male Ensemble, Little Mary Sunshine)
Little Mary Sunshine (Eileen Brennan, Ensemble, Little Mary Sunshine)
Look For A Sky Of Blue (Eileen Brennan, Ensemble, Little Mary Sunshine)
You Must Meet My Wife (Len Cariou, Glynis Johns, A Little Night Music)
Liaisons (Hermoine Gingold, A Little Night Music)
In Buddy's Eyes (Barbara Cook, Follies)
Losing My Mind (Ruthie Henshall, Follies)
It's Hot Up Here (Ensemble, Sunday In The Park With George)
Everybody Loves Louis (Bernadette Peters, Sunday In The Park)
Move On (Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Sunday In The Park)
Shadow Waltz (Tammy Grimes, 42nd Street)
I'll Be Here (Audra McDonald, Going Home)
Unexpected Song (Bernadette Peters, Song And Dance)
The Little Things You Do Together (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
You Could Drive A Person Crazy (Pamela Myers, Donna McKechnie, Susan
            Browning, Company)
Poor Baby (Female Ensemble, Company)
The Ladies Who Lunch (Elaine Stritch, Company)
The Cake I Had (Christine Ebersole, Mary Louise Wilson, Grey Gardens)
Peas In A Pod (Christine Ebersole, Erin Davie, Bob Stillman, Grey Gardens)
Around The World (Christine Ebersole, Mary Louise Wilson, Grey Gardens)
Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (Al Jolson, Mammy)
I Got The Sun In The Morning (And The Moon At Night) (Betty Hutton, Annie Get
            Your Gun)
Steppin' Out With My Baby (Fred Astaire, Easter Parade)
After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It (Marilyn Monroe, There's No
            Business Like Show Business)
The Pinstripes Are All That They See (Tom Wopat, Aaron Tveit, Catch Me If You Can)
Butter Outta Cream (Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Catch Me If You Can)
Jet Set (Aaron Tveit and Female Ensemble, Catch Me If You Can)

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