Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Tune Makes The Show

Ed and I were talking about music the other night while we were watching TV and I said, "See?  You do like show tunes."

"Soundtracks," he said.  "Not show tunes."

Yeah, yeah.  Whatever.

I, unabashedly, love show tunes.  Here are my top five favorites:

"Maybe This Time" from Cabaret. 
I happen to love the version sung by Kristen Chenoweth that she sung on Glee. 

Click here if you actually want to see her singing it on the episode - it's a crappy video that someone taped from the TV, but she's still great to look at and her voice is phenomenal.

"Being Alive" from Company. 
I love my Barbra Streisand version on it on her "The Broadway Album" CD, but Bernadette Peters isn't too shabby. 

"As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. 
Chris Colfer did a fantastic version of this on Glee (yes, Glee is rockin' the show tunes!) but Barbra can't be beat.  She's really my favorite.

"Putting It Together" from Sunday in the Park with George.

Another thrilling song from brilliant composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.  Sung by the equally brilliant Barbra Streisand.

I know all the words to this song - and you should hear me belting it out in the middle of the night as I float down the interstate on a show tune high.

"Defying Gravity" from Wicked.
Now I saw Wicked in NYC and I wasn't thrilled with the musical as a whole, but I LOVE this song.  And these two voices singing it - Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the original cast - are the best way to hear it.  You'll have to click here to watch the video because they disabled the embedding feature on it.  Now go!

OK, I have one more. 

"Seasons Of Love" from Rent.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes...

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1 comment:

Pat said...

"Do You Hear The People Sing" and "One Day More" in Les Mez.

I just got back from my first trip to NYC. It's an amazing town. I wish I could go there more often.