Thursday, August 3, 2017

...and Snazzy! (Don't forget him!)

with music by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor,
and starring Laura Osnes (of Grease, South Pacific,
Anything Goes, and Cinderella fame)
and Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi).
It opened in April of this year (2017),
with Andy Blankenbuehler as director/choreographer.

 It's rousing, for sure.
Some critics gave it a thumbs up;
others, like The NY Times,called it
"undercooked" and "indecisive"...
swing and be-bop, along side post-traumatic effects
of WWII.
The production was also criticized for its lack of 
diversity in the cast,
which is surprising, especially when you look
at Blankenbuehler's earlier work with In The Heights and Hamilton.

 As a cast recording, however,
it rocks!
We'll hear 4 selections from this show,
like "You Deserve It", our opener.

 City Of Angels
proffers some L.A. Sleaze for our Sunday.
Above, the Paper Mill Playhouse production.
Cy Coleman's saxes, David Zippel's wordsmithing...
nice match up! 
 The definitive "Jet Set" photo
from Catch Me If You Can, 
with Aaron Tveit, front and center.
A Scott Wittman/Marc Shaiman 60s pastiche,
that didn't pastiche hard enough.
Closed in 5 months.
But it lives on Sunday, on 2 on the Aisle!
 The Sweet Smell Of Success (above)
and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (below)
both starred John Lithgow and a sassy-city style.
Success was criticized for being "too sweet",
(not "Dirt"-y enough?)...
Scoundrels' Norbert Leo Butz got high praise for his star turn.
Great line from that show:
"Her people are in oil." "Crude?" "Well, she is a little pushy."

 And then because I need a "fix",
we'll hear from Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway...
hey it's been a year since my last "Hot Dog"!
Vincent Pastore, Nick Cordero, Karen Ziemba, Marin Mazzie, 
Brooks Ashmanskas, Zach Braff and Helene Yorke starred.
It fizzled over the summer of 2014.
But classic songs of the 20s make it fizz again, on the cast album at least!
(Below Helene, with John Borstelmann, Vendor Du Jour)

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