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Michel.R.E

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A fun musical recommendation
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:07:58 PM »
Usually I post didactic choices for musical recommendations, excerpts that we can learn from.
Today?
Nope!
 ;D
Today is a FUN day, with a tiny bit of "learning" mixed in.

This is a tour-de-force of vocal writing, with an absolutely masterful performance from a consummate actress and singer.

By everyone's idol, Maestro Bernstein:

https://youtu.be/EdC652e9dpE
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Re: A fun musical recommendation
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 05:41:57 AM »
Thanks Michel! This was fun and reminded how incredibly talented some humans can be, in writing and performing. Very humbling really...and very didactic  :)

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Re: A fun musical recommendation
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 03:31:30 PM »
This is great. I love all of the different versions of Candide. BUT, you have to wonder how they ever thought that a show with music like this would ever fly for a  Broadway audience in 1956.
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Re: A fun musical recommendation
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 04:23:29 PM »
If I recall correctly, there were still operettas being produced on Broadway in the 50's.
Chances are this wouldn't have been so different.
It's a GREAT piece, all of it. And the finale is absolutely glorious.
I'll look see if I can find a good video of it.
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Re: A fun musical recommendation
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2019, 04:28:06 PM »
Here's that stunning finale:

https://youtu.be/nlVD-jrq_Yk
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Re: A fun musical recommendation
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 07:51:39 AM »
Candide has always been one of my favorite musicals, since I first heard the original recording with the stunning Barbara Cook as Cunegonde and Max Adrian as Pangloss.
 
I saw the successful revival of the show by Hal Prince in the 1970s. It was something of a miracle, as the 1956 production — despite the popularity of the cast recording — had not been a commercial success.
 
Kristin Chenoweth was quite good in the 2004 concert version. Glitter and Be Gay is one of the great all-time show-stoppers.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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