Liz Callaway has just released a new live album of her singing Sondheim songs and reminiscences based on her show at 54 Below, To Steve With Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim. Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 and has since returned to the Great White … Continue reading To Steve With Love
As I mentioned in my writeup of the Philadelphia Orchestra concert the other day, the fellow sitting next to me was from LA. Apparently he enjoys traveling around to hear concerts in different halls to compare and contrast the various orchestras and the acoustics of the halls. This was his first time in Verizon Hall … Continue reading Which Concerto?
“WHITES ONLY”—“COLORED ONLY”—“NEGROES NEED NOT APPLY”: This signage was a part of Florence Price’s world everywhere she went, whether Arkansas or Boston or Chicago, to the end of her days. It was not just about restrooms, water fountains, education, and jobs. It was also about the White-dominated world of classical music— especially orchestral music. To … Continue reading Price, Wieck, and Ravel
As I’ve noted on other occasions, I’m not particularly fond of the climactic number, “Being Alive”, from George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s show Company. I’m in the minority on this, perhaps it’s time to elaborate a bit. It’s often been written, including by Sondheim himself, that the creators had difficulty coming up with an ending for … Continue reading Alive and Alone
I enjoy hearing Broadway show scores performed in foreign languages. A few years ago there was a thrilling Brazilian recording of Company, the George Furth and Stephen Sondheim musical. And now we have the first Spanish language version starring Antonio Banderas as Bobby. According to Broadway World: In addition to playing the title role of … Continue reading Company en Español
Here’s a video of the recording of the song “Agony” for the 2022 cast recording of Into the Woods. Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry sing the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince (note the irony of the the male roles being named for their relationship to women, usually it’s the other way around.
If nothing else (and there was plenty else), my first year at Penn State in 67-68 included a cornucopia of rich theatrical performances on campus. I’ve previously mentioned the outstanding Stop the World—I Want to Get Off, but the Theatre Arts student performances also included Marat/Sade (I’m too tired to type out the full name of the … Continue reading Guys and West Side Mattress
Once again Young Joseph selected one of my submissions for the Name That Tune game on the Classical Gabfest podcast. My entry is the first but if you want to skip the preliminaries, jump to about 1:20. The three hosts did pick up on all the clues in the 30 second excerpt, but did … Continue reading Stump the Hosts 3
Once again Young Joseph, the intern at the Classical Gabfest podcast, selected one of my submissions for their Name That Tune game. If you’d like to guess it yourself before listening to the Gabfest, here it is: By the way, that music, in its orchestral version, was what I used to use for my theme … Continue reading Another Round of Stump the Hosts
I’m reading a biography of a famous composer (after finishing ones on Beethoven and Mozart), and while I sort of knew the following information about him, I must have forgotten just how young he was when he experienced it. Can you name this 19th century composer? Answer at the bottom of this post. I’m omitting … Continue reading Can You Name Him?