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Greatest Showman soundtrack
 Dec 8 2017, 06:08:53 AM

Just finished listening. The songs are bland and overproduced. Very disappointing.


I think (hope) I'll enjoy the songs more when I see them in the movie.

Lesser-known Musicals You Wish Others Knew About
 Nov 9 2017, 03:38:01 PM

Romance in Hard Times

Goblin Market

Death Takes a Holiday

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (which is on HD Broadway and so worth checking out!)

Dessa Rose


 Nov 8 2017, 08:27:08 AM

The show was enjoyable, but ever so slight.

I can't see myself remembering much about it in years to come.

The score is great. Yazbek really captures the Arabic and Israeli musicality with his use of the harmonic minor scale and the instruments the Band uses on stage (an Oud and a Darbuka are played).

There aren't that many songs, maybe 7 full fledged numbers. Lenk's late-in-the-show solo "Something Different" is a knockout.



 Nov 8 2017, 08:16:56 AM

I thought it was colorful, endlessly inventive, and sweet natured.

It's also aimed squarely at the kiddies more so than other Bway family offerings.

Regarding production values, I thought they were ace. I especially loved the way they did the volcano.

The pirate subplot needs to go (apologies to Sara Bareilles).

Tom Kitt deserves some kind of award for finessing the disparate songs into a cohesive sounding whole.


DREAMGIRLS- Movie Director's Cut
 Oct 18 2017, 12:04:18 PM

Longer takes of the opening talent show acts, the beginning of Steppin' to the Bad Side, CC and Effie's cut song, and a few longer moments here and there.

Prince of Broadway Album?
 Oct 18 2017, 07:31:45 AM

Yea, that press release for the PBS show was misleading. They're not filming the show (that I know of).



Dear Evan Hansen Question
 Oct 18 2017, 07:28:59 AM

Connor Murphy is definitely an Irish name.

Jewish kids always invite their Jewish and non-Jewish friends to their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.


Regarding Words Fail, I saw  it twice and that was all Ben. He is really in the moment for the entire show. It's a stunning performance.


What is happening lately?
 Mar 13 2017, 04:29:33 PM

I left for basically the same reason as Kad.

I do check in though, there are just very few threads that interest me.




Composers who aren't great musicians?
 Feb 7 2017, 12:10:20 PM

Harvey Schmidt can't read music.



Dear Evan Hansen Cast Album
 Feb 3 2017, 06:23:49 AM

It's a great recording.


The score is not as woven through as some musicals so some of the story is lost on the CR, but I think enough of it is there to be able to follow it even if you know nothing about the show.


One thing you really don't get is how painfully awkward (possibly on the spectrum?) Evan is.


A BRONX TALE Cast Recording?
 Jan 19 2017, 05:58:47 AM

It was recorded January 9th by Decca.


Release late winter/early Spring.

A BRONX TALE Cast Recording?
 Jan 5 2017, 10:41:47 AM

gypsy101 said: "tazber said: "Can you just tell us what she said re: a cast recording so we don't have to sit through 20 some odd minutes?"

that lady says yes



Thanks gypsy!

A BRONX TALE Cast Recording?
 Dec 30 2016, 07:29:07 AM

Can you just tell us what she said re: a cast recording so we don't have to sit through 20 some odd minutes?

Regardless, the show is a hit and I'd bet large sums of money that it will get a CR.


Show Name Help??
 Dec 27 2016, 07:11:10 AM

One of the worst shows I've ever seen.


Some thing are best forgotten.

Falsettos revival cast album
 Dec 20 2016, 01:00:02 PM

I'm happy/sad about the new recording.


It's great to have it all together on one recording. The cast is uniformly excellent. And any time there is a recording of William Finn's work I'm delighted.


But I miss the Starobin orchestrations and I can't deal with that cheesy synthesizer.


Good to have, but I'll always play the originals over this one.

Your thoughts on Little Shop Remake?
 Dec 8 2016, 12:42:38 PM



They should have saved this property for a live television broadcast.

The BWW Redesign of December 2016
 Dec 8 2016, 10:43:28 AM

Love it Rob!


Great work!!



why no blu rays
 Dec 6 2016, 06:53:31 AM

I think it must be a financial issue. It costs more to produce BD's that it does DVDs and the price point for sales probably doesn't justify it.


I'm bummed about it too.


What is the best recording of the King and I?
 Dec 6 2016, 06:49:31 AM

The one Smaxie posted a picture of.

When is Kelly Clarkson coming to Broadway?
 Dec 6 2016, 06:48:03 AM

She says she can't act, but I suspect with the right director she'd flourish. The way she invests herself in her music is evidence that she could do it.


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