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March 17, 2004

Another program of new releases, plus a couple of tunes from current shows on local stages.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Moonburn Anything Goes (OS 1956) Bing Crosby This is one of the few cuts worth the time it takes to listen to them on this otherwise disposable reissue of the 1956 film Anything Goes. It shares the title and a few songs in common with Cole Porter's 1934 Broadway hit but that's about it. "Moonburn" (one of three bonus tracks on the CD) is from the 1936 film version, in which Crosby also starred. The 1936 film dumped most of Porter's score in exchange for studio hack work like this one, but Crosby's performance reminds us that, in his younger days, he was a pretty hip jazz singer and very "on the scene" musically.
Ophelia Leaving Home (2004) Rebecca Luker, orchestra conducted by Christopher McGovern This portrait of the doomed heroine of Hamlet is by actress, cabaret singer and songwriter Amanda McBroom. It's from her as yet unproduced musical Will's Women.
Wick Leaving Home (2004) Rebecca Luker, Alison Fraser, orchestra conducted by Christopher McGovern This is from the 1991 Marsha Norman/Lucy Simon musical The Secret Garden, based on the novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Norman, who wrote the book and lyrics, is best known for her play 'Night Mother. Composer Simon is best known as a singer; she's also the sister of Carly Simon.
I Can Hear the Bells Hairspray (OC 2002) Marissa Jaret Winokur Tracy Turnblad comes face to face with teen idol Link Larkin and realizes she's in love. Eventually, Link realizes he feels the same way about her. Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film and retains the big heart and loopy sensibility of the original. A tour of Hairspray is at the Fox through the 21st.
What's to Lose? / Stars Have Blown My Way The Nervous Set (OC 1959) Tany Seitz, Richard Hayes Originally produced at the Crystal Palace nightclub in Gaslight Square here in St. Louis, this 1959 jazz musical about the "Beat generation" went on to Broadway where, despite some complimentary reviews, it largely fizzled - possibly because this small-cast show with on on-stage jazz combo was rather out of place in a season dominated by the likes of The Sound of Music and Gypsy. New Line Theatre's production of The Nervous Set runs through March 27th.
Rabekin The Company (OS 2004) Light Rain The Company is Robert Altman's look at the backstage life of a ballet company. The score is appropriately eclectic, with everything from Bach to Van Dyke Parks. Light Rain is your basic "world beat" band, absorbing a number of different ethnic traditions; find out more about them at www.pinkgypsy.com/literain/
Ray One from Creative Force The Company (OS 2004) John Zeretzke and M.B. Gordy III John Zeretzke is another musical world traveler and music educator; see http://www.ocpac.org/fromthecenter/music/zeret.html for more information.
My Funny Valentine The Company (OS 2004) Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) This Rogers and Hart standard is a kind of recurring theme in the film; the soundtrack includes renditions by Chet Baker, 'cellist Clay Ruede and the Kronos Quartet, as well as this one by Costello.


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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