Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Playlist for May 29, 2016: Just Call Me Cuspy.

We're standing on a CUSP, did you know that? The cusp of summer, the cusp of an election, the cusp of Gemini. "Cusp" is actually defined geometrically as a point of intersection between two curves. Or astrologically, as the early days of one sign and the late days of another, so that one born around that "cusp" will be influenced by both signs. Or tooth-wise, as in "that questionable bicuspid of yours needs a crown."

Hence we stand at a cusp. Me, waiting for the cast recordings of Waitress and Bright Star to be released. Me, waiting for SOMEONE ELSE to plant my damn garden. Me, hearing from my dentist. Me, gazing from my May calendar to my June calendar, trying to control my breathing before all hell breaks lose. And hoping that Gemini, the twins (duplicitous? two faced? 2 on the AISLE???) is kind, non-heat-wavey, and filled with blender drinks.

And then there's Broadway. While we pause on the brink of New, we'll cusp away on our own. We'll salute Robert Morse (from Matchmaker to Mad Men, he's had a long, toothsome (!!) career), Harold Rome (who I think really wanted to be a tailor), and Hal David (not just a pop lyricist, a BROADWAY pop lyricist!). We'll sail away with Elaine and Noel, treat ourselves to Fats and Louis, Nell and Armelia, 5 or 6 Moes, Babs and Betty. We'll even have Murder (for 2) on our hands.

So I say, be brave. Cusp on. (But I ain't scheduling that dentist.)

Come To Me (Elaine Stritch, Ensemble, Sail Away)
How To (Robert Morse, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying)
Rosemary (Robert Morse, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying)
I Would Die (Robert Morse, Susan Luckey, Take Me Along)
We Could Be Close (Robert Morse, Elaine Joyce, Sugar)
The Beauty That Drives Men Mad (Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Sugar)
Look Out (Ensemble, Five Guys Named Moe)
Squeeze Me (Armelia McQueen, Ain't Misbehavin')
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (Ensemble, Five Guys Named Moe)
Nobody (Avon Long, Bubbling Brown Sugar)
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Nell Carter, Ensemble, Ain't Misbehavin')
How Ya Baby (Andre DeShields, Ensemble, Ain't Misbehavin')
Knowing When To Leave (Jill O'Hara, Promises Promises)
Grapes Of Roth (Instrumental, Promises, Promises)
Promises, Promises (Jerry Orbach, Promises, Promises)
Whoever You Are (Jill O'Hara, Promises, Promises)
Call Me Mister (Bill Callaghan, Call Me Mister)
Little Surplus Me (Betty Garrett, Call Me Mister)
When Gemini Meets Capricorn (Elliot Gould, Marilyn Cooper, I Can Get It
          For You Wholesale)
What's In It For Me? (Harold Lang, Sheree North, I Can Get It For You  
Nobody Makes A Pass At Me (Barbra Streisand, Pins And Needles)
Protocol Says (Brett Ryback, Murder For Two)
He Needs A Partner (Jeff Blumenkrantz, Brett Ryback, Murder For Two)
Steppin' Out (Jeff Blumenkrantz, Brett Ryback, Murder For Two)
Sail Away (David Halliday, Sail Away)
Beatnik Love Affair (Grover Dale, Patricia Hardy, Sail Away)
The Passenger's Always Right (Charles Braswell and "The Stewards,"
           Sail Away)
Later Than Spring (Elaine Stritch, Sail Away)
Nothing (Priscilla Lopez, A Chorus Line)
Fallin' (Robert Klein, They're Playing Our Song)
What A Guy (Bernadette Peters, The Goodbye Girl)
What I Did For Love (Priscilla Lopez, A Chorus Line)

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