Saturday, March 31, 2018

We Dance. Or Try!

Once On This Island,
with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
opened on Broadway in 1990,
with LaChanze as Ti Moune (in red above).
It was based on the book
My Love, My Love, or The Peasant Girl
by Rosa Guy,
and it's set in the French Antilles. 

 Nominated for lots of Tonys, 
but they came home empty handed.
More success awaited the show in the West End,
with an Olivier Award for Best New Musical (1994).
The reviews called it
"half Romeo and Juliet, half Little Mermaid"...
and it's back on Broadway RIGHT NOW!
We'll hear "We Dance".

 And while we're dancing,
let's give Merry Old Finland an opportunity
with the Fisch Schappling Dance
from Monty Python's Spamalot,
Best Musical Tony winner of 2005.
Patti LuPone would have had a problem with 
Spamalot's pre-show announcement
to "let your cellphones and pagers ring willy-nilly"
throughout the evening!

 "Tough Act To Follow"
from Curtains (2007)
with Jill Paice and David Hyde-Pierce
offers a one-on-one dance lesson,
including a big staircase finish.
The music of Kander and Ebb...

 "Shaking The Blues Away",
that's what Ann Miller does in
Easter Parade.
Above with co-star Fred Astaire,
and below in yellow, then red.
Released in 1948, with the music of Irving Berlin,
Parade was both Judy and Fred's 
most financially successful flick.

 Cyd Charisse was slated for the role
of Nadine Hale,
but she had to bow out due to a knee injury.
Ann "took over!" :)
Costumes by Irene.

 We'll also hear Georgia Engel
and Edward Hibbert 
with "Love Is Always Lovely In The End"
from The Drowsy Chaperone (2006).
Yup, Georgette from The Mary Tyler Moore show.
And Edward played the director in
Curtains (small Brdway world!).
Music by the songwriting team of Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Five Tony Awards for this show,
including one for Best Original Score.

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