I took a couple days off last week for a big fundraising baking project, and nothing helps me while away the hours mixing dough and royal icing, and decorating, like listening to good showtunes. (I’m a theater geek — what can I say?) Four of the CDs that stayed in heavy rotation those two days … Continue Reading →
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It’s that time of year — the days we writer types wax nostalgic about the last 300 or so days and attempt to guess what your loved ones will want for presents. So here’s my combo quasi best-of list for 2012 and gift guide. There was a lot of cool stuff this year, so it’s … Continue Reading →
When I first heard that Telly Leung was releasing a CD, I wasn’t planning on doing anything on it. He’s a “Glee” guy, but not one of the “Glee” guys. (He was a Warbler in their early appearances.) He’s got some good Broadway credits (“Rent,” “Godspell” revival), too, but wasn’t a known enough quantity to … Continue Reading →
I’m going to put on my theater geek hat today to plug a dynamite CD I got this week, the new Encores! cast recording of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” It stars Megan Hilty as Lorelei Lee, a role that made Carol Channing famous and was memorably filled by Marilyn Monroe in the movie version. Hilty is … Continue Reading →
Yes, I’m putting on my theater geek hat again for this post. Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I had some theater friends over to watch the 25th anniversary production of “Phantom of the Opera” and the new production of its sequel, “Love Never Dies,” both now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal. We actually … Continue Reading →
Today I’ll be indulging my more theatrical side a bit. Within the last couple months, I’ve received a couple CDs featuring lots of great theater people performing the songs of spotlight songwriters. They’re both pretty darn enjoyable, so I thought I’d share. My favorite of the two is “Out of Context” (Yellow Sound Label), featuring … Continue Reading →
In what I hope is continuing trend for theater, “Phantom of the Opera” is getting the live broadcast treatment in movie theaters. This one, presented by Fathom Events, is a special 25th anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom,” broadcast live from London at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 and then being repeated at 7:30 p.m. … Continue Reading →