Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Playlist for Sunday, November 20, 2016: Stuck on Stephen

 I need a hit.  Of Stephen Sondheim. You know, since "the world turned upside down" (Hamilton lyrics are super appropriate right now).  I need something neurotic, acerbic, and snarky to get me through. And it was like, what? Six months since 2 on the Aisle EVEN DID a Sondheim special?  SO I think I'm due. We're ALL due. Well, ALMOST all of us.

A few newbies, too...Found a great recording, Sondheim On Sondheim, with new "flavorings" sprinkled on old favorites. New takes on the goodies from his flops, the gems from his early creations (or maybe the NOT so gem-my), the perennials that keep delivering like your mother's hostas (whether you LIKE hostas or not).

In the middle, I'll un-stick myself from SS for a brief foray into Parade, a musical by Jason Robert Brown. This is a new show for me, and I was taken with several numbers...Sondheim-esque, some of them. Not to say Jason will be taking over Stephen's mantle/pedestal/god-like position in the musical theatre world soon, but he's inching/itching for that, for sure.

Hope you like listening. I'll be there in the studio, with my blanket, old dog-eared Playbills from "Sunday" and "The Frogs" and a chai latte, sucking up those melodies like the "substance" they are. Good thing Stephen's legal in this NYS of mine.

Company (Ensemble, Company)
God (Ensemble, Sondheim On Sondheim)
The Story Of Lucy And Jessie (Lee Remick, Follies)
The Glamorous Life (Audra McDonald, A Little Night Music)
It's That Kind Of A Neighborhood (Ensemble, Saturday Night)
So Many People (Lauren Ward, David Campbell, Saturday Night)
Ariadne (Nathan Lane, Roger Bart, The Frogs)
Hades (Peter Bartlett, Nathan Lane, The Frogs)
No One Is Alone (Ann Hampton Calloway, Blues In The Night)
Losing My Mind/Not A Day Goes By (Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams,
      Sondheim On Sondheim)
Finishing The Hat (Tom Wopat, Sondheim On Sondheim)
The Picture Show (Kirk McDonald, Christy Carlson Romano, Parade)
Frankie's Testimony/The Factory Girls (Kirk McDonald, Christy Carlson  
      Romano, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Brent Carver, Ensemble, Parade)
You Don't Know This Man (Carolee Carmello, Parade)
Uptown, Downtown (Craig Lucas, Marry Me A Little)
Pour Le Sport (Suzanne Henry, Craig Lucas, Marry Me A Little)
Happily Ever After (Craig Lucas, Marry Me A Little)
Sooner Or Later (Bernadette Peters, Live At Carnegie Hall)
Take Me To The World (Charmian Carr, Anthony Perkins, Evening Primrose)
Send In The Clowns (Barbara Cook, Sondheim On Sondheim)
Johanna (Victor Garber, Sweeney Todd)
Franklin Shepard, Inc. (Lonny Price, Merrily We Roll Along)
Now You Know (Leslie Kritzer, Erin Mackey, Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams,
       Sondheim On Sondheim)
Sorry - Grateful (Charles Braswell, Charles Kimbrough, George Coe,
Pretty Little Picture (Zero Mostel, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way
       To The Forum)
Poems (Isao Sato, Sab Shimono, Pacific Overtures)
Anyone Can Whistle (Lee Remick, Anyone Can Whistle)
Good Thing Going (Vanessa Williams, Sondheim On Sondheim)
Side By Side/What Would We Do Without You (Dean Jones, Ensemble,

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