Thursday, December 1, 2016

Show Off!

 Bullet's Over Broadway,
Woody Allen's 4 month wonder,
starred Lenny Wolpe, Marin Mazzie, Zach Braff, Karin Ziemba,
Brooks Ashmanskas...
and below, Brooks with Helene Yorke.
 Based on Woody's film version,
work on the musical started in 2000,
with music by Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia.
But Woody was unenthused until his sister suggested
using music of 1920s.
THIS Woody liked.
It opened in April of 2015, and closed in August.
Ben Brantley called it "occasionally fun, but mostly just loud."
Below, Nick Cordero as Cheech with Brooks.

 Kitty's Kisses debuted in 1926,
with music by Con Conrad who would later write the tunes for
the Ziegfeld Follies, and The Gay Divorcee,
and lyrics by Gus Kahn,
of "Makin' Whoopee" and "It Had To Be You" fame.
When it opened on 48th Street,it was called a show 
"that moves with a swing and a smack and a smirk."
HOWEVER, when it hit London,
the producers married it to The Girl Friend,
the Rodgers & Hart show, where the couple was a hit!
And they didn't "divorce" til 60 years later,
when Kitty's Kisses would be detached 
and a studio recording finally created.
We'll hear Choo Choo Love.

 The Drowsy Chaperone,
a parody of the musicals of the 1920s
with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison,
opened on Broadway in 2006,
and scooped 5 Tonys, one for The Drowsy Chaperone herself,
Beth Leavel, and 7 Drama Desk Awards.
That's Beth below with Danny Burstein
in the "I Am Aldolpho" number.

 Sutton Foster as Janet, our heroine.
We'll hear her rendition of "Show Off",
as in she doesn't want to. No more. Hmmm....

 Bob Martin as The Man In The Chair,
an agoraphobic Broadway fan,
who narrates the show-within-a-show...
he plays the record (complete with skips!)
of "The Drowsy Chaperone" of 1928
and the show appears before him.

The rousing finale...
Center left, Georgia Engle who you may remember from
The Mary Tyler Moore Show!

1 comment:

  1. I may have to buy a special outfit for this show, even if I am just hanging out at home listening...