Also worth celebrating: Cyndi Lauper became the first female songwriter to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score in a Musical inand Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron became the first all-women LP) to win the same award in Musically and vocally, contemporary Broadway musicals continue to feature a variety of styles.
Although the first full-out Broadway rap musical, Holler If Ya Hear Meshuddered after only 38 performances last year, the show could still end up being a precursor to other similar musicals Hamilton frequently features rapping as well. Today, Broadway musicals incorporate nearly every major musical style imaginable. I find this situation very exciting, and I look forward to seeing where things continue to go. That brings me to the main point of this post.
After reading a recent article by A. Club about modern musical theatre songs the writers feel should be standards, I decided to compile my own list of showstoppers from Broadway musicals from THIS decade aka present. My selections below cover various musical and vocal styles, and I think each song is wonderful in its own unique way. How could Hamilton NOT be number one on this list? Hamilton seems to be all anyone can talk about right now- and for good reason. Craig Lucas writer and Christopher Wheeldon director and choreographer have had the brilliant idea Various - This Is Broadways Best - 20 Showstoppers (Vinyl suggesting it is the spiralling fantasy of a wannabe nightclub singer.
Bob Crowley, as designer, creates an unforgettable image of stairs, starlit Various - This Is Broadways Best - 20 Showstoppers (Vinyl and art deco arches that tops off a fusion of talent that sends the audience into seventh heaven. Jerry Herman is a supreme Broadway pro who knows just how to place a number. You might not expect a number celebrating murder and the consumption of human flesh to induce musical ecstasy.
Stephen Sondheimhowever, pulls off that feat in a song set to three-four waltz time, in which Sweeney and Mrs Lovett list the professions that will provide meat for pies. Sondheim has written of the trickiness of finding suitable triple rhymes but the song works perfectly because we sway to the tune while savouring the lyrics.
Another Jerry Herman showstopper and a classic example of a number that logically makes no sense, but that theatrically always works. Hal Prince refused to direct the show unless the title number was dropped: he pointed out that Dolly Levi, a scrounging matchmaker with no money, would never go to a place as fancy as the Harmonia Gardens.
Yet, over the years, countless figures from Carol Channing and Mary Martin to Dora Bryan and Danny La Rue have come swanning down that big staircase to provide theatregoers with a memorable take-home moment. Helen Morgan - Bill Eddie Cantor - Makin' Whoopee Paul Robeson - 0l' Man River Fred Astaire - Night And Day Ethel Waters - Heat Wave Clifton Webb - Easter Parade Ethel Merman - Anything Goes Baetrice Lillie - Rhythm Carmen Miranda - South American Way Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr - Friendship Gertrude Lawrence - My Ship Various - This Is Broadways Best - 20 Showstoppers (Vinyl Dix - Various - This Is Broadways Best - 20 Showstoppers (Vinyl Down, Winsocki Danny Kaye - Melody In 4-F Wilbur Evans - I Love You Lawrence Brooks - Strange Music David Brooks - Evelina Pearl Bailey - Legalize My Name
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