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October 3, 2003

Our semi-annual pledge drive show is, as usual, an opportunity to reflect on the one thing in which we, as Americans, most fervently and deeply believe - money.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Money Song Avenue Q (OC 2003) Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada and Jennifer Barnhart Avenue Q is basically an adult send-up of Sesame Street with a cast of humans and Muppet-style puppets (without the approval or participation of Jim Henson's organization, of course) offering helpful advice to the struggling young folks trying to make a living and find love on Avenue Q. Avenue Q opened off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in March 2003, where it gained rave reviews, and was extended four times. It won the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Musical, as well as a nomination for the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical award. The show began previews at the Golden Theatre on July 11th, 2003, with a July 31, 2003 opening; it's still running as this is written. In this song one of the puppets is homeless and tries to panhandle money from one of his neighbors. It turns into a little Sesame Street-style lesson in the benefits of giving.
Money, Money, Money Mamma Mia! (OC 1999) Siobhan MacCarthy, Louise Plowright, Jenny Galloway, Neal Wright Mamma Mia! is, of course, the runaway hit musical (first in London, now on Broadway) that uses ABBA songs for the score. It's not an ABBA tribute per se, but an actual book musical that uses the Swedish group's hits to illuminate character and advance the story.
Hey Big Spender Sweet Charity (OS 1969) Ensemble The girls at the Fandango Ballroom entice customers in this typical Bob Fosse production number. The film version of the 1966 Broadway smash starred Shirley McLaine in the role created on stage by Gwen Verdon. A number of changes were made to the film (directed by Fosse) which may or may not be why it flopped, losing $10 million.
Ten Percent Lost in Boston (2003) Harry Groener Speaking of Bob Fosse, here's a little-known song from Chicago (1975). What, you don’t remember this in Chicago? That’s because it was dropped during tryouts in Philadelphia because the character of The Agent wasn’t particularly well fleshed-out and the show lacked focus as a result. Here he sings about the joys of being despised but living a life of luxury on his “ten percent”. This new Fynsworth Alley CD features songs cut from major Broadway shows in previews.
After the Gold is Gone Das Barbecü (OC 1995) Carolee Carmello, Julie Johnson, Sally Mayes Here’s the premise: Take Wagner’s four-part opera cycle Der Ring des Niebelungen and re-tell the story as a musical set in Texas with a five-person cast. (“I’m not making this up, you know”, as Anna Russell used to say.) The show was commissioned and first performed by Seattle Opera in 1995; music is by Scott Warrender, book and lyrics by Jim Luigs. In this song the Rivermaidens, having lost their gold nugget to Alberich, are reduced to making a living doing synchronized swimming in an aquatic theme park – in an unheated pool!

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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