Monday, June 18, 2018

Playlist for Sunday, June 24, 2018: Rewind, rinse, repeat!

Taking off this coming Sunday (6/24/18), so this 2 On The Aisle is a show from July 2016, almost 2 years old! I'll be back live on July 1st, with a brand new Broadway At Its Best. Remember that a rebroadcast of my show happens every Friday, from 4-6pm, on our sister (brother?) internet station, Swing & Blues Radio, so if you need a fix...

Keep tapping! :) 

Look For The Silver Lining (Leslie Odom, Jr., )
I Got Rhythm (Mary Martin, Girl Crazy)
I Got Rhythm (Gene Kelly, An American In Paris)
I Got Rhythm (Jodi Benson, Ensemble, Crazy For You)
Cop Song (Jeff McCarthy, Ensemble, Urinetown)
If You Were Gay (John Tartaglia, Rick Lyon, Avenue Q)
Baptize Me (Josh Gad, Nikki James, The Book Of Mormon)
Joey, Joey, Joey (Leslie Odom, Jr.)
Marry Me A Little (John Barrowman, Putting It Together)
Who Are You Now? (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
Something Good (Elaine Stritch)
Night Of My Nights (Richard Kiley, Kismet)
The Olive Tree (Alfred Drake, Kismet)
Najla's Lament (Yma Sumac, Flahooley)
Temptation (Instrumental, Singin' In The Rain)
Mu-Cha-Cha (Judy Holliday, Peter Gennaro, Bells Are Ringing)
Tango De Amor (Instrumental, The Addams Family)
The Beguine (Tamara Long, Steve Elmore, Dames At Sea)
Won't You Charleston With Me? (Ensemble, Paul McGrane And His Bearcats
        Orchestra, The Boy Friend)
Shadow Waltz (Tammy Grimes, Carole Cook, 42nd Street)
Swing! (Rosalind Russell, Wonderful Town)
I Am Aldolpho (Danny Burstein, The Drowsy Chaperone)
Show Tune (Charles Nelson Reilly, Dody Goodman, Ensemble, Parade)
The Grass Is Always Greener (Karen Mason, Karen Ziemba, And The World
         Goes 'Round)
I Don't Remember You/Sometimes A Day Goes By (Jim Walton, Robert
         Cuccioli, And The World Goes 'Round)
In The End Of Time (Alex Brightman, School Of Rock)
Ring Of Keys (Sydney Lucas, Fun Home)
What'd I Miss (Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onandowan,
          Ensemble, Hamilton)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Moonstruck Melodians!

 Young Man With A Horn
was released in 1950,
starring Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall, 
and Hoagy Carmichael,
though the real "star" of the show 
(according to the critics)
was Harry James, who played the trumpet (cornet?) for Kirk.
The screenplay was based on the life of Bix Beiderbecke,
but with a happy Hollywood ending.
 Doris has been quoted as saying that 
the entire movie production was "utterly joyless",
with Kirk being "too self-centered" to bother getting to know
other cast members.
 No quotes from Lauren,
who played the Other Woman. 
We'll hear one of Doris' numbers from the movie,
"There's A Rising Moon,"
written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster.
Doris turned 96 just a couple of months ago!

 Then Liza's 1974 live concert rendition of 
"Shine On, Harvest Moon",
the oldest song on 2 On The Aisle this Sunday:
Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth,
stars of the Ziefeld Follies,
were the ones to introduce it,
but who wrote it?
Edward Madden and Gus Edwards?
Dave Stamper (Nora's piano accompanist in the Follies)?
Nora and Jack themselves?
Look it up (in YOUR Funk & Wagnell)!

 Two competing songbirds of the 1920s and 30s:
Annette Hanshaw, above
and Ruth Etting, below. 
Annette was known as The Personality Girl,
and sang with the Casa Loma Orchestra,
the Original Memphis Five,
and Rudy Vallee's Connecticut Yankees
(to name but a few).
Ruth, not to be outdone, was called 
America's Sweetheart Of Song,
and her signature songs were
"Ten Cents A Dance", "Love Me Or Leave Me",
and "Shine On, Harvest Moon"!
We'll hear Annette with "Moon Song"
and Ruth's "Dancing In The Moonlight."

 Ann Hampton Callaway,
songwriter, cabaret performer and Broadway star,
performs "Blue Moon"
a song written back in 1934,
when we were all NUTS for moon songs,
by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
And what a history this song has;
3 different sets of lyrics for 
a.) the movie, Hollywood Party (never released),
b.) 2 different sets of lyrics for the movie, Manhattan Melodrama.
One cut, the other not a hit.
And c.) the lyric we now (thankfully) have!
Wait...that's 4 ...

 Bea Arthur,
with a great recipe for Lamb Curry...
oh, and "The Man In The Moon Is A Lady"
from Mame (first) and her one-woman show,
Just Between Friends (second).

Skip Hinnant playing a mean invisible keyboard,
and Reva Rose singing along to
an old Beethoven hit:
Moonlight Sonata.
You're Good Man, Charlie Brown,
but Lucy's cap (or headband) was set on Shroeder.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2 Irish Pub Perspectives

Once, with music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
opened on Broadway in 2012...
a minimal set, cast members who doubled as instrumentalists,
and a working bar,
at least at intermission!

 Based on the movie of the same name (released in 2007),
it won 8 Tonys, including Best Book and Best Musical,
3 Drama Desk Awards,
and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.
 Leading players,
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti,

 Kazee, above with guitar,
Cristin at the piano,
and other actors cum orchestra,
playing the wonderful Irish-y, fiddle-y score! 

 In 1959,
the Irish musical on Broadway was
based on the Sean O'Casey play,
Juno and the Paycock.
1920's Ireland, the Irish Civil War,
and a working class family in Dublin.
The score was a mix of light and airy character songs,
betrayal, alcoholism, murder and keening. 
Melvyn Douglas, above as the Paycock,
Captain Boyle, 
below the recording of the cast album
(back in the day, EVERY Broadway show got to record an cast album,
even those lasting only 16 performances!)
and below that,
Shirley Booth as Juno.
 It opened in March, it closed in March.
Only 16 performances!
The critics and audiences evidently felt the story
was too dark for a musical...
 It wouldn't be today.

Marc Blitzstein
the composer/lyricist of Juno,
and The Cradle Will Rock. 
He studied at The Curtis Institute, 
in Paris with Nadia Boulanger,
and in Berlin with Arnold Schoenberg...
wrote many orchestral works,
and adapted, translated, directed and/or contributed to
dozens of musicals.
He was murdered at the age of 58,
in Martinque.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Playlist For Sunday, June 17, 2018: All Mooney

 Well, the Sponge won not. Neither the Mean, nor the Frozen. Not to gloat from here to Morton (2.1 miles on MY Garmin), but can I pick 'em or what. The Band's Visit scooped 10 Tonys (or Tonies, but def. not Tony's) last Sunday, and Katrina Lenk's been playing on a loop in this casa ever since. I played plenty of selections from that show last week, so I won't welm you (hey, I used a new word!) with more, for the moment, but just know that a Yazbek 2 on the Aisle Festival is in the making as I type!

But meanwhile, the biz at hand: Once (that Tony Winner from 2012)...Ireland, a pub, guitars, romantic, minimal, a pub. I'm in!  A couple of Juno bits...with Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas (more Ireland, a pub, not so romantic, a flop, a pub). And then a lovely moonlit theme, and a flocculation (another new word!!!) of sleepy time songs. No yawning, tho. None. Only on really Bad Broadway. This is Broadway at its Best!

Gotta run. Katrina's song is almost over and I gotta flip "the record". :) 

Gold (Steve Kazee, Ensemble, Once)
Old Devil Moon (Ella Logan, Donald Richards, Finian's Rainbow)
When You're Driving Through The Moonlight (Julie Andrews, Kaye Ballard,
      Alice Ghostly, Ilka Chase, Cinderella)
Moonshine Lullaby (Ethel Merman, Annie Get Your Gun)
Lazy Moon (Ensemble, Goldilocks)
Once In A Blue Moon (John McMartin, Elmarie Wendel, Little Mary Sunshine)
The Moon And Me (Kevin Chamberlain, The Addams Family)
We're Alive (Shirley Booth, Company, Juno)
You Poor Thing (Sada Thompson, Jean Stapleton, Nancy Andrews, Beulah,
      Garrick, Juno)
Daarlin' Man (Melvyn Douglas, Jack MacGowran, Juno)
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Audra McDonald, Lady Day At Emerson's
      Bar And Grill)
There's A Rising Moon (Doris Day, Young Man With A Horn)
The Man In The Moon Is A Lady (Bea Arthur, Just Between Friends)
Shine On Harvest Moon (Liza Minelli)
Moon Song (Annette Hanshaw)
It's Only A Paper Moon (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Ruth Etting)
Blue Moon (Ann Hampton Callaway, Blues In The Night)
Many Moons Ago (David Snow, Once Upon A Mattress)
Schroeder (Moonlight Sonata)(Reva Rose, You're A Good Man,
      Charlie Brown)
Moon River (Audra McDonald)
Sleep Peaceful, Mr. Used-To-Be (Helen Goldsby, St. Louis Woman)
Sleep Tite (Ensemble, The Pajama Game)
Sleeping Beauty Song (Ensemble, Sleeping Beauty)
A Sleepin' Bee (Barbra Streisand)
While The City Sleeps (Billy Daniels, Golden Boy)
Sleepy Man (Patti LuPone, Don't Monkey With Broadway)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Lebo, Lion King)
The North Strand (Instrumental, Once)
Abandoned In Bandon (Andy Taylor, Once)
The Moon (Cristin Millioti, Once)
Falling Slowly (Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, Once)
Gold (Reprise)(Company, Once) 

And the winner WAS...

 Old news by now, 
but The Band's Visit scooped up 10 Tonys last night,
including Best Musical,
Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Score
Best Lighting Design, Best Director,
Best Sound Design...
One for Ari'el Stachel (below)
for Best Featured Actor in a Musical...

...and "Bests" for 
Tony Shaloub and Katrina Lenk! 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ode to The Holm!

Celeste Holm was born a native New Yorker,
in 1917
to Jean Park, a painter and author, and
Theodore Holm, a Norwegian businessman
whose career kept the family moving...
in a good way.
Celeste attended schools, 14 in all(!)
in France, The Netherlands, and the US.
She was supposedly smitten by the theatre
at age 3, when her grandmother took her to see 
Anna Pavlova: 
"There she was, being tossed in midair,
caught, no mistakes, no falls.
She never knew what an impression she made."
Celeste's Broadway debut was in 
The Time Of Your Life, with Gene Kelly...
then followed Oklahoma! and Bloomer Girl (above).
Then it was off to Hollywood,
for A Gentleman's Agreement, 
 All About Eve below with Bette,
High Society, and more.

 Come To The Stable with Loretta Young, 1949,
and below 
Chicken Every Sunday with Dan Dailey, 1949.

 From High Society, another successful movie for Celeste.
When she moved out to Hollywood,
Oscar Hammerstein told her she wouldn't like it.
And she didn't,
finding the atmosphere deceptive, if balmy.

 As Ado Annie in Oklahoma,
the part that "put her over"
on Broadway,
and led to the invite to Hollywood. 
"Hollywood is a good place to learn how to 
eat a salad
without smearing your lipstick." 
She would go back and forth from
stage to screen (to television)
for the rest of her life.

 From The Tender Trap, 1955,
above with David Wayne
(yes, the leprechaun drinks!).

And taking her turn as
Mame in 1967.

 Okay, maybe we should just forget about this 
episode of Wonder Woman that CH did
with Linda Carter!

 Celeste with a few nobodies:
Sloan Simpson and Jacqueline Kennedy,
at the 'Bal de la Soie, 1954.

 Above, A Gentleman's Agreement,
with Gregory Peck.
Celeste won a Best Supporting Oscar and
a Golden Globe for this baby. 

 Later in her career,
Celeste turned to more television roles,
doing variety shows, soap opera stints,
and Wonder-Woman-esque cameos.
She still found time to collect 5 husbands,
estrange her sons,
and lose most of her money 
paying court costs.

 A smashing dress for the 1988 Academy Awards.
Celeste passed away in 2012,
at the age of 95,
in her Manhattan home. 
Over 2 dozen Broadway shows, 
20 films,
and too many tv appearances to count!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

And the winner is...

 SpongeBob Square Pants,
with music by...well, A LOT of people,
including Cyndy Lauper, Sara Bareilles, and Jonathan Colton,
did well at the Drama Desk Awards recently,
winning 6, including Outstanding Musical.
Ethan Slater plays "Bob",
Danny Skinner is Patrick,
and Gavin Lee as Squidward. 

 Tina Fey's Mean Girls with music by
 Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin...
It stars Erika Henningsen (left above, and below in "math class"
with Kyle Sellig),
and "in pink" above,
Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman, and Kate Rockwell.

Then there's  Frozen with Caissie Levy as Elsa (above)
and below...John Riddle, Caissie, Patti Murin and
 Jellani Alladin.
Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
(Robert who helped create the music for 
Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon).

 The Band's Visit,
a David Yazbek musical,
and my personal favorite!
Tony Shaloub, Katrina Lenk,
Etai Benson, Andrew Polk, John Cariani,
and wonderful Middle Eastern-flavored music,
brought to us by the actual BAND!