- West Side Story
- Renaldo and Clara
- 200 Motels
- Meet Me in St Louis
- Singin in the Rain
- Born to be Blue
- Begin Again
- The Young Girls of Rochefort
- Marat /Sade
These are my 10 favorite musicals. What are yours?
What I am listening to
Leonard Bernstein conducts West Side Story
Bernstein lifts the music high about its Broadway inception with this, the most exhuberant version of the music to be yet recorded. the songs that used to be faint little sentimental dribbles are now triumphantly transcendent. the arrangements are not simply backing tracks, but full symphonic pieces, giving us something of a cross between Porgy and Bess and slaughter on 10th avenue. Until you have heard Bernstein’s version, you havent really experienced the music of West Side Story.
What I am watching
Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel
The description led me to believe Woody had fabricated his own version of the legendary musical, Carousel. but it is nothing like that. Wonder Wheel is a trite, cliché laden, melodramatic noir comedy with nary a surprise not point of interest. if there is anyone out there who wats to see a romantic comedy drama between Justin timberlake and Kate Winslet, this ones for you.
What I Am Reading\
The Demon haunted World by Carl Sagan
I was drawn in by the title. Had I bothered to note that Carl Sagan was its author, I never would have opened the book. Puerile physics for the scientific illiterate. No challenging theories. No provocative musings.
Song of the Day
I Dreamed a Dream
Back in the day, a Broadway showstopper like this would have been recorded b o from Lulu to James Brown, from Petula clark to Otis Redding, and maybe even Anne Murray, Donna Summer, and Joe Cocker. but yoday its a glottis competition for the amateurs of American Idol and Britains Got Talent. and the winner is the one who destroys the song with the most superfluous throat. but i changed all that with my version for the album Book of martyrs. Most will hate it, but those who like ut are likely to become my friends.
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