January 9th, 2007

Arya & Gendry02

Give My Regards to Broadway! Part 1

I've always loved Broadway musicals (early favorites were Les Miserable, Evita, Pippin, Cats and Phantom of the Opera). I got my love of musicals from my mother who had albums of almost every musical from the 80's and 90's. Because of that, I was able to keep up with shows and stuff without making the effort myself. However, once she went into the hospital and then passed, I mostly let my love of musical fall to the wayside. Sure, I popped in and out and watched the Tony's each year, but I didn't buy or listen to any or anything.

All of that changed last year when I listened to Wicked on a whim and fell totally in love with it (and Idina Menzel). This led to getting a bunch of others, but I still wasn't full-fledged until recently. I don't know why, but I've been on such a Broadway kick lately, it's insane. That's all I've been listening to and I have a bunch of new favorites (my current one being Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening -- which I'm listening to right now). Below are a list to the Broadway musicals I have on my computer and brief commentary on them. (I'm just doing the first batch -- I have bunches more) I know I have a few fellow Broadway fans on my flist (you know who you are :), so I'd love to hear from you.

Also, I'm more than happy to put up zips of the musicals listed, and I would LOVE to hear some suggestions (and possibly downloads) of ones I don't have on my list.

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Beauty and the Beast Australian Company (See B&B OBC)

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Okay, if there's any interest in me continuing this with the other 20+ musicals I have, I will. But this is taking a bit of time and I don't really want to do it just for my benefit with no back and forth response. So ... if there's interest (in also maybe sharing Broadway rec's and downloads), I'm all for that.
Arya & Gendry02

Broadway Again ... Specifically "Spring Awakening"

So this one just opened up in December and if it hits big and strikes a chord, it will be the first Bway musical phenomenon I've been into from before it hit. I saw it on Amazon when I was buying other musicals, listened to the clips and fell in love. I got the CD about four days ago and have mostly been playing it non-stop. It's in my CD player and burned onto both my PC and laptop. I just visited the website and they had a video up of one of the songs ("It's the Bitch of Living") that's mostly straight from the show with some quick flashes of other scenes and just that production number had me going.

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It's really amazing (the CD alone is astounding -- what I wouldn't give to watch this show!) and if you're interested in Broadway at all, you must check this out. It's a keeper!