Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

The Boys from Syracuse

Based upon Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, The Boys from Syracuse opened on Broadway on November 23, 1938. Filled with witty lyrics and a silly plot (sorry, William!) it is the story of 2 sets of identical twins separated from each other in a shipwreck as young children. One mixed pair ends up in Syracuse, the other in Ephesus, and when the pair from Syracuse come to Ephesus, well, it’s a comedy of errors and mistaken identities. Especially since the Ephesus pair is married and the Syracuse pair isn’t. It, of course, ends happily for everyone!

Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Lorenz Hart
Book George Abbott
Basis William Shakespeare's play The Comedy of Errors

We're listening to the 1997 recording from City Center's Encores! series which gave us recordings of Great American Musicals in concert.

The Twins from Ephesus: Michael McGrath, Malcom Gets
The Twins from Syracuse: Danny Burnstein, Davis Gaines
The Women of Ephesus: Debbie Gravitte, Rebecca Luker, Sarah Uriarte Berry

ACT 1
Overture
Prologue
I Had Twins
Dear Old Syracuse
What Can You Do With A Man?
Falling In Love With Love
The Shortest Day Of The Year
This Can't Be Love
Reprise: This Can't Be Love
Reprise: The Shortest Day of the Year
Finale Act I: Let Antipholus In

Act 2
Ladies of the Evening
He and She
You Have Cast Your Shadow On The Sea
Come With Me
Big Brother
Twins Ballet
Sing For Your
Oh, Diogenes
Finale Act II: "This Can't Be Love"

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