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March 24, 2004

For a special abbreviated Pledge Drive show, selections from my Best Albums of 2003.

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.
I Can Do Better Than That Songs of Jason Robert Brown (2003) Lauren Kennedy, Jason Robert Brown (piano and conductor) This is from The Last Five Years, a two-character show that traces the history of a five-year love affair, told in flashback by the woman and chronolgically by the man. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is presenting the midwest premiere of The Last Five Years from March 24th through April 18th, 2004.
Ten Percent Lost in Boston (2003) Harry Groener 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.

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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