Sunday, April 8, 2018

Just a day (or beat) behind!

 The Goodbye Girl,
based on the Neil Simon movie of 1977,
launched on Broadway in 1993,
with the music of Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel.
Above, Martin Short (in his Broadway debut)
with roommate Bernadette Peters;
below with more clothes, and
Tammy Minoff as daughter Lucy.
Reviews were disappointing and the show ran for half a year;
Time Magazine labeled it "big stars, boffo story, bad judgment."
We'll hear "A Beat Behind"
with Bernadette huffing and puffing in dance class.

 In Transit
lasted just about as long.
Touted as the first a-cappella musical on Broadway,
it was the work of 4 songwriters and
began its "underground" life in 2004,
when it was entitled "Along The Way".
 It "transported" itself to Broadway in 2016,
and despite its rather short existence there, 
won a Drama Desk Award for
Outstanding Ensemble.
We'll hear the opening number,
"Deep Beneath The City/Not There Yet"
(which imho is the best one of the show!)
and "But Ya Know."

 From [title of show],
a musical about writing a musical,
opened on Broadway in 2008,
a small 4-person show, with a book by Hunter Bell,
and music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen.
Hunter and Jeff also starred along with
Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell.
It has since been turned into a video blog.
An Obie award winner for its Off-Broadway self,
and a Tony nom for Hunter, Best Book!

Heidi and Hunter,
flop-dropping, in "Monkeys And Playbills."

 Curtains had the best run of all these shows...
a Kander and Ebb (with a little help from Rupert Holmes)
Murder Mystery Musical.
Karen Ziemba, David Hyde-Pierce, Debra Monk and
Jason Danieley starred,
along with Edward Hibbert, Jill Paice, and a great ensemble.
Below, Karen with "Thataway!"
Everyone involved was nominated for Tonys,
but only David walked away with one.

 And Bandstand...another 6 month wonder!
Corey Cott and Laura Osnes led the band,
with the music of Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor.
Andy Blankenbuehler (of Hamilton fame)
 won a Tony for Best Choreography.

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