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June 25, 2000

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Broadway Melody

Music from three shows currently running on Broadway, two of which were nominated for the Best Musical Tony

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Welcome to My Party The Wild Party (OC 2000) Toni Collette, Brooke Sunny Moriber Queenie welcomes the naïve Nadine to her "wild party". The Wild Party, with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe (who also directed and produced for The Joseph Papp Public Theatre), is the second of two Broadway musicals this past season based on the 1928 poem by Joseph Moncure March. It was nominated for seven Tony awards including Best Musical (which it didn't get). Find out more about it at www.thewildparty.net The other Wild Party, with book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, had a brief run (2/24 - 4/9/2000) at the Manhattan Theatre Club (off-Broadway, hence not eligible for a Tony).
Uptown The Wild Party (OC 2000) Nathan Lee Graham, Michael McElroy The D'Armano Brothers, a vaudeville team, sing for the guests. The song celebrates the uptown / downtown social and cultural mix that typified the '20 in New York
Gold and Goldberg The Wild Party (OC 2000) Adam Grupper, Stuart Zagnit Gold and Goldberg, two would-be Broadway producers, share their plans with Queenie...
Moving Uptown The Wild Party (OC 2000) Eartha Kitt ...and attract the attention of aging, self-described show-biz legend Dolores Montoya
When it Ends The Wild Party (OC 2000) Eartha Kitt As the party begins to wind down, Dolores reappears to offer a few mordant comments.
The Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe Riverdance on Broadway (OC 2000) Soloists, Riverdance Orchestra cond. by Pionnnsias O Duinn Music by Bill Whelan (Riverdance, Dancing at Lughnasa). This version of the international hit was re-staged for the (relatively) intimate Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, where it opened on 3/16/2000
American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set) Riverdance on Broadway (OC 2000) Soloists, Riverdance Orchestra cond. by Pionnnsias O Duinn Everything you always wanted to know about Riverdance is available on line at www.riverdance.com
Endless Journey Riverdance on Broadway (OC 2000) Brian Kennedy and Tsidii le Loka (vocals), Riverdance Singers, Amanzi Singers, soloists, Riverdance Orchestra cond. by Pionnnsias O Duinn The lyrics rattle off the names of rivers around the world to an unmistakably Celtic beat, emphasizing both the Celtic and international character of the show.
Swing, Brother, Swing Swing! (OC 1999) Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Benati, Everett Bradley, Michael Gruber, Casey MacGill The vocal arrangement here is by Yaron Gershovsky, best known for his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer. Swing! (also nominated for the Best Musical Tony) opened 12/9/1999 at the St. James Theatre. The web site is www.swingonbroadway.com.
Blues in the Night Swing! (OC 1999) Ann Hampton Callaway The Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer classic. Arlen composed the music for The Wizard of Oz, featured on our June 11th show.
Sing, Sing, Sing/It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) Swing! (OC 1999) Company The finale, as you might have guessed. While most folks know that Benny Goodman's band made this song famous, fewer know who wrote it: Louis Prima, Andy Razaf (frequent collaborator with Eubie Blake) and L. Berry


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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