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September 3, 2006

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I'm a week late with this one, but it's a double-length episode. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Reviewed: The Broadway Musicals of 1949, Anne Kerry Ford's Weill, Maria Friedman's Now and Then, and the two latest releases in Silva Screen's Film Music Masterworks series, Film Music by John Williams and Film Music by James Horner. Interviewed: The Los Angeles based composer and lyricist team of Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. They're responsible for the now-notorious "Happy Mornings" coffee commercial and are working on a stage adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions with Rupert Holmes.

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Track lists for discs reviewed in this episode:
The Broadway Musicals of 1949 - Bayview
  1. It's Great To Be Alive
  2. A Cockeyed Optimist
  3. This Nearly Was Mine
  4. Call It Apple Fritters
  5. What Will It Be?
  6. Santo Dinero
  7. Skyscraper Blues
  8. Bye Bye Baby
  9. A Little Girl From Little Rock
  10. Mr. Monotony
  11. A Little Fish In A Big Pond
  12. Lost In The Strs
  13. A Little Gray House
  14. You've Got To Be Carefully Taught
  15. This Had Better Be Love
  16. It Will Be Alright
  17. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
  18. The Big Movie Show In The Sky
  19. No Time For Nothin' But You
  20. A Wonderful Guy
  21. Some Enchanted Evening
  22. Finale
Anne Kerry Ford: Weill - Illyria
  1. I'm A Stranger Here Myself
  2. My Ship
  3. Lonely House
  4. Pirate Jenny
  5. Tango Ballad
  6. One Life To Live
  7. Solomon Song
  8. Youkali
  9. Tschaikowsky
  10. Song Of The Rhineland
  11. Progress
  12. It Never Was You
  13. Surabaya Johnny
  14. Listen To My Song
  15. Lost In The Stars
Maria Friedman: Now and Then - Sony Classical
  1. I Happen To Like New York
  2. The Man With The Child In His Eyes
  3. If You Go Away
  4. My Romance
  5. In The Sky
  6. Paris In The Rain
  7. Smile
  8. Guess Who I Saw Today?
  9. Finishing The Hat
  10. A Nursery Rhyme (Toby's Song)
  11. Now And Then
  12. Broadway Baby
  13. The Man That Got Away
  14. Children And Art (featuring Stephen Sondheim, piano)
Comedy Break: Speed Reading / Token Jazz (Stevens and Grdnic)
Interview with Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner on writing songs for coffee commercials, working on a Broadway show with with Rupert Holmes, and creating stage musicals for Disney cruise ships.
Comedy Break: Weather (Stevens and Grdnic)
Film Music by John Williams - Silva Screen
  1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
  2. Memoirs Of A Geisha
  3. Star Wars: A New Hope
  4. Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith
  5. Jaws
  6. Schindler's List
  7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  8. War Of The Worlds
  9. Artificial Intelligence: AI
  10. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  11. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  12. Superman
  13. Munich
Film Music by James Horner - Silva Screen
  1. Titanic: "My Heart Will Go On"
  2. Troy: "Remember"
  3. Braveheart: "End Titles"
  4. Legends Of The Fall
  5. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan: "End Titles"
  6. Cocoon
  7. Apollo 13
  8. The Mask Of Zorro
  9. Deep Impact: "The Wedding"
  10. Willow: "Theme"

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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