Man Of La Mancha
You have shown me the sky,
But what good is the sky
To a creature who’ll never
Do better than crawl?
Of all the cruel devils
Who’ve badgered and battered me,
You are the cruelest of all!
Can’t you see what your gentle
Insanities do to me?
Rob me of anger and give me despair!
Blows and abuse I can take and give back again,
Tenderness I cannot bear!
- Dangerous Game
Jekyll & Hyde
A dance of death,
Out of a mystery tale…
So, can we all agree that “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story was the original “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas?
- If Ever I Would Leave You
If ever I would leave you, how could it be in spring-time?
Knowing how in spring I’m bewitched by you so?
Oh, no! not in spring-time!
Summer, winter or fall!
No, never could I leave you at all!
- Who Do You Love, I Hope
Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)
Is it the blondie who acted so shy
I heard the things that she said…
Is it the redhead who gave you the eye
Say that it is and you’re dead!
I’ve posted this before, I think, but I’m on a Broadway kick and this is one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever seen.
Hand drawn theatre
My friend and I were talking today about the hilarious mess that is the 1999 animated The King and I film. Water dragons, scheming bad guys with magic plot-seeing vortexes, hot air balloon-induced deaths…I must have been in the bathroom or something for those parts when I saw the actual stage musical.
The film was so horrendous that the estate of Rodgers and Hammerstein have forbid any more of their musicals from being adapted into animated features. Forever.
This actually makes me really sad, though.
I was lucky enough to catch the Goodspeed production of Carousel this summer, and it was easily one of the greatest performances I have ever seen on a live stage, Broadway included. They had such a creative and mesmerizing take on Louise’s ballet in Act 2: the male dancer carnies that seduce Louise in the ballet acted like testosterone-fueled mixes of man and horse, snorting gently and pawing the ground with their “hooves” as the lighting bathed them in a dusky reddish haze.
Can you imagine something like that animated? I’m not talking about a kid-friendly abomination like what they did to The King and I, but something dark and dramatic and completely captivating.
The aforementioned ballet scene from Carousel, the eerie reprise of “Honey Bun” sung by the arriving soldiers and nurses in South Pacific, Laurey’s hellish nightmare in Oklahoma!: just think how these scenes can be portrayed by animation, think of what could be done, how that would look!
I know it will probably never, ever, happen, but I’d love to see an animated adaption of a Broadway musical that isn’t bastardized in order to appeal to children because of the cartoon medium.
- The Ultimate Broadway Love Song
“And suddenly that name will never be the same to me!”
A mash-up of various Broadway love songs that I made, and somewhat of a work in progress…maybe I’ll add more to it and update it eventually.
- West Side Story
- Sweeney Todd
- Man of La Mancha
- Phantom of the Opera
- Les Mis
- Once Upon a Mattress
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Music Man
“This is just the kind of ugliness I was running away from…it has followed me all this way, all these years…now it has found me. I was cheated before and I’m cheated again, by a mean little world full of mean little men, and the one chance for me is this life I know best…to be here on an island and to hell with the rest, I’ll cling to this island like a tree or a stone, I’ll cling to this island and be free…and alone!”
They really don’t write shows like this anymore. They write great shows nowadays, don’t get me wrong…but they don’t write shows like this.