Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Playlist for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016: Time And Mittens Heal Everything

Late January, with long underware, hot soup, and Ryan's Irish Cream at the ready. We have (as of TODAY) 65 days til April 1st. Yup, every winter I do a count down, because frankly these 3 months? You can have 'em on a stick. So I slash away at the calendar, day by day, waiting for April Fool's Day, cuz winter ENDS then, right? On April 1st, no more snow, no more winter coats or mufflers or rock salt (except on the errant Margarita).

So to keep the doldrums at bay, we celebrate Broadway composer Jerome Kern, whose birthday is Wednesday, the 27th, and lyricist Leslie Bricusse, whose natal day is the 29th. Little sets which can in no way show the accomplishments of these talents, but hey...it's a radio show, not a biopic with Alan Rickman (RIP) and Judi Dench. 

We'll counter with some rather introspective Jerry Herman tunes (that's correct, he wasn't JUST about baubles, bangles, bows and kicklines), a couple of late 1950s/early 60s shows like Birdie, Seesaw and Subway...anything to ease the January pall. Maybe if we keep the Broadway blasting, we can see past the white outs, the de-icing, and that detractive layered look, til spring comes again.

Overture (Instrumental, Subways Are For Sleeping)
The Telephone Hour (Ensemble, Bye Bye Birdie)
Put On A Happy Face (Dick Van Dyke, Bye Bye Birdie)
Hymn For A Sunday Evening (Paul Lynde, Ensemble, Bye Bye Birdie)
Make Believe (Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Show Boat)
Look For The Silver Lining (Judy Garland, Till The Clouds Roll By)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (Noel Coward)
They Didn't Believe Me (Jeanette MacDonald)
A Fine Romance (Marilyn Monroe)
Ohio (Edie Adams, Rosalind Russell, Wonderful Town)
What A Waste (George Gaynes, Wonderful Town)
Ballet At The Village Vortex (Instrumental, Wonderful Town)
Ya Got Me (Nancy Walker, On The Town)
Count On Me (Ensemble, On The Town)
The Joker (Anthony Newley, The Roar Of The Grease Paint, The Smell Of
         The Crowd)
Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey, Goldfinger)
Le Jazz Hot (Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria)
When You're Alone (Amber Scott, Hook)
Pure Imagination (Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory)
Who Can I Turn To? (Anthony Newley, The Roar Of The Grease Paint, The
         Smell Of The Crowd)
Seesaw (Ensemble, Seesaw)
I'm Just Taking My Time (Sydney Chaplin, Subways Are For Sleeping)
Strange Duet (Phyllis Newman, Orson Bean, Subways Are For Sleeping)
Girls Like Me (Carol Lawrence, Subways Are For Sleeping)
Chapter 54, Number 1909 (Tommy Tune, Ken Howard, Seesaw)
Time Heals Everything (Bernadette Peters, Mack & Mabel)
It Only Takes A Moment (Jack Crowder, Emily Yancy, Hello Dolly)
Each Tomorrow Morning (Angela Lansbury, Dear World)
Dear Mr. Gershwin (Klea Blackhurst, Radio Gals)
Baltimore (Audra McDonald, Go Back Home)
Just One Step (Jessica Molaskey, Songs For A New World)

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