Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Playlist For Sunday, September 25, 2016: Gershwin, Smershwin

Well, it's that time of year again. Time to raise a glass to George. Every frickin' year. Birthdays are like that, they just keep on coming, and in George Gershwin's case, they don't seem to end when you do. Mine's coming up, and I've been practicing! Yup, 6 months out I start saying I'm 807 years old, not 806, just so when the "blow" comes, I'm theoretically ready.

Birthdays are not all cake and ice cream, you know. If you sit back and start thinking about all those years spent shaving your legs, cleaning out the drain in the sink, tossing back the errant shots of tequila, and laughing at jokes you don't understand, it's depressing as hell. Dorothy Parker had it (almost) right. And when you're my age, you don't need any "fresh hell".

I DO need some more (stronger, blacker, Turkish-ier) coffee this morning. Either that or some Norbert Leo Butz to rattle my cage, some Jack Cassidy oiling his way into my heart, George Guetary suavely climbing MY stairs to paradise.... or maybe Jessica Molaskey, reminding me to touch base with my attorney. (Which I don't have. I DO have a Bernie-esque accountant, tho. Does that count? Count, get it!!! Ugh.)

So tune in for Gershwin toasts (lightly buttered/jammed), Norbert, Jess, lots and lots of WOMEN, and a posthumous shout out to Charmian Carr, who after she did The Sound of Music and Evening Primrose, retired to marry a dentist, wrote 2 books about being "Liesl" and never sang again. Would that she had never gone in for that root canal.

Slap That Bass (Harry Groener, Ensemble, Crazy For You)
(I've Got) Beginner's Luck (Fred Astaire, Shall We Dance?)
S'Wonderful (Brandon Urbanowitz, Max Von Essen, An American In Paris)
Delishious (Bobby Short, KR-A-ZY For Gershwin)
I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise (George Guetary, An American In Paris)
You Are Woman (Sydney Chaplin, Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
It Takes A Woman (David Burns, Ensemble, Hello Dolly!)
She's Not Enough Woman For Me (Richard Kiley, Leonard Stone, Redhead)
Kind Of Woman (Jill Clayburgh, Pippin)
My Attorney Bernie (Jessica Molaskey, At The Algonquin)
Will You Die? (Jessica Molaskey, Dave Frishberg, At The Algonquin)
Do You Miss New York? (Dave Frishberg, At The Algonquin)
Shiksa Goddess (Norbert Leo Butz, The Last Five Years)
The Man Inside The Clues (Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can)
Great Big Stuff (Norbert Leo Butz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Don't Break The Rules (Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Catch Me If You Can)
Pretty Woman (Len Cariou, Edmund Lyndeck, Sweeney Todd)
What You Don't Know About Woman (Kay McClelland, Randy Graff,
       City Of Angels)
It's A Woman's Prerogative (Yvette Casin, St. Louis Woman)
That Horrible Woman (Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Warsham, A Gentleman's   
       Guide To Love And Murder)
Someone To Watch Over You (Jodi Benson, Crazy For You)
Ain't It Romantic? (Adam Arkin, Dawn Upshaw, Kurt Olmann, Oh, Kay!)
Who Cares? (Judy Garland, Judy Live At Carnegie Hall)
What Causes That? (Harry Groener, Bruce Adler, Crazy For You)
Do It Again (Marilyn Monroe, The Very Best Of Marilyn Monroe)
Who's That Woman? (Mary McCarty, Ensemble, Follies)
How To Handle A Woman (Richard Burton, Camelot)
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (Harry Belafonte, Porgy & Bess)
The Woman For The Man (Jack Cassidy, Patricia Marand, It's A Bird...It's A
        Plane...It's Superman)
Woman Of The Year (Lauren Bacall, Ensemble, Woman Of The Year)
I Remember (Charmian Carr, Evening Primrose)

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