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December 27, 2002

A peek at what showed up in Stage Left's virtual stocking over Christmas.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Blood Medley Smoke on the Mountain City Players of St. Louis cast (Bradley Calise, Johanna Elkana, Chuck Lavazzi, Chris Limber, Teresa Doggett, Donna Weinsting) Recorded live on Fred Gumaer's Mid Day Jamboree show on KDHX on December 22nd, 2002. City Players of St. Louis presents the bluegrass Gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain through December 29th, 2002.
On the Banks of the Roses Evelyn (OS 2002) Pierce Brosnan and The Crogan Family Evelyn is the story of a single father trying to raise his chidren in Ireland in 1953 and his struggles with the Catholic Church and Irish authorities.
El Conejo Frida (OS 2002) Los Cojolites Frida is based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo, who was critically injured in a bus accident in 1905 that left her permanently crippled. She later married artist Diego Rivera and had an affair with Leon Trotsky.
Drop Me Off in Harlem Harlem Song (OC 2002) Rosa Curry, David St. Louis, Company Written and directed by George C. Wolfe with original music, arrangements and music supervision by Zane Mark and Darryl Waters, Harlem Song is a celebration of Harlem and the Apollo Theatre, where it opened on August 4, 2002.
If This is What We're Fighting For The Beautiful Game (OC 2000) Josie Walker Andrew Lloyd Webber's most recent musical, The Beautiful Game ran for just under a year in London at the Cambridge Theatre, closing on September 1, 2001. Set in Ireland in the 1960s, the show uses the story of a high-school football (soccer) team to examine Catholic/Protestant violence. This song carries a message that Americans might want to consider as so many of us rush to embrace war.
Some People Here's to the Ladies (2002) Christine Andreas The song is from Gypsy (1959), with music by July Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was introduced by Ethel Merman as Mama Rose. Andreas' album collects songs associated with great women of the musical stage, from Helen Morgan to Angela Lansbury (who played Mama Rose in the revival of Gypsy in the 1970s).
Sycamore Trees The Doorway (2002) Betty Buckley The song is by Ricky Ian Gordon, part of the younger generation of theatre music composers that includes Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChuisa. Buckley's Broadway credits include Cats, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pippin and Sunset Boulevard
Love Came Darius de Haas Day Dream - Variations on Strayhorn (2002) The song of jazz musicians Eddie de Haas and Geraldine Bey, de Haas also has had extensive musical theatre experience in New York, especially with younger composers such as Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChuisa. While appearing opposite Audra McDonald in LaChuisa's Marie Christine in 1999, de Haas got the idea to do a collection of songs by Billy Strayhorn (1915 - 1967), best known for his many collaborations with Duke Ellington. This song has music by Strayhorn and lyrics by Ellington.

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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