Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway


WORKING

It’s Labor Day weekend, so we are listening to Studs Terkel’s Working. Studs Terkel, an extraordinary oral historian, interviewed hundreds of workers about their work. In the musical, we visit with 26 different American workers including an ironworker, a waitress, a stone mason, a trucker, a housewife, a UPS delivery man, a teacher, a millworker, a supermart checker and a retiree.

Act I
All the Livelong Day (I Hear America Singing) - Stephen Schwartz, Lyrics after Walt Whitman
Lovin' Al - Micki Grant
Neat To Be a Newsboy - Stephen Schwartz
Nobody Tells Me How - Mary Rodgers
Un Mejor Dia Vendra - James Taylor
Just a Housewife - Craig Carnelia Millwork - James Taylor
If I Could've Been - Micki Grant

Act II
Joe - Craig Carnelia
It's an Art - Stephen Schwartz
Brother Trucker - James Taylor
Fathers and Sons - Stephen Schwartz
Cleanin' Women - Micki Grant
Something to Point To (See That Building) - Craig Carnelia

Music
Stephen Schwartz
Craig Carnelia
Micki Grant
James Taylor
Mary Rodgers

Lyrics
Stephen Schwartz
Craig Carnelia
Micki Grant
James Taylor
Susan Birkenhead

Book
Stephen Schwartz
Nina Faso

Basis
Working by Studs Terkel

Productions
1978 Broadway


Erich Kunzel, Jr. (March 21, 1935 – September 1, 2009) was an American orchestra conductor. Called the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he performed with a number of leading pops and symphony orchestras, especially the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra , which he led for over 44 years. It’s impossible to count the number of people heard their first Broadway music listening to the Cincinnati Pops.

Here’s Erich Kunzel leading the CPO in the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Phantom of the Opera – The Phantom of the Opera
The Greatest Star of All – Sunset Boulevard
King Herod’s Song – Jesus Christ Superstar
Don't Cry for me, Argentina - Evita
Starlight Express - Starlight Express
Any dream will do – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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