Tag Archives: Anything Goes

Musical Theatre Sunday School: In the Beginning…

In the beginning, there was music and there was drama, and musical theatre was without form. Broadway was in darkness. And Henry Jarrett and Harry Palmer moved upon the face of the district, by arrangement with William Wheatley. “Let there be light,” they said: and there was THE BLACK CROOK. Continue reading

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March Monikers: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”

March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title. “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” is a thrilling showstopper in the gospel “get happy” mould from the classic Cole Porter show, Anything Goes. It’s a straightforward piece, … Continue reading

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A Chain of Musicals: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

In January, Musical Cyberspace is going to work through a chain of musicals. This is how it works: each day I will discuss, in brief, a musical linked to the previous day’s musical by some kind of common ground. It … Continue reading

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A Chain of Musicals: ANYTHING GOES

In January, Musical Cyberspace is going to work through a chain of musicals. This is how it works: each day I will discuss, in brief, a musical linked to the previous day’s musical by some kind of common ground. It … Continue reading

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The Ethel Merman Disco Album

So who has heard The Ethel Merman Disco Album? It is truly awful – but an experience that every musical theatre fan should have at least once in a lifetime. It consists of several of Merman’s hit tunes (from Girl … Continue reading

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Musical Comedy vs. Musical Play

Following my 2010 redux blog on “Genres of Musical Theatre“, I received a message from Hans Anders Elgvang, a regular visitor of this site, asking: ‘What are, in your opinion, the differences between the form categories musical comedy and musical … Continue reading

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“Discouraging Words”: Lyrics for Musical Theatre

In 1998, Steven Winn wrote an article about lyric writing in contemporary musical theatre for the San Francisco Chronicle: Discouraging Words. The general thrust of his article is that “Broadway lyrics, with a few exceptions, have lost the wit and … Continue reading

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