Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, January 29, 2012
4:30-6:00 pm

Peter Pan

I was having a conversation the other day with a women who wanted to introduce her children to musical theater. She was wondering what musicals were good ones to watch on DVD with her kids. We are listening to one of my recommendations. Peter Pan is a delightful story, with lots of kids, good music and just a little bit frightening. And who hasn’t wanted to be sprinkled with fairy dust and fly off to Never Land?

We are listening to the original cast recording today. You can get DVDs of the Mary Martin TV version, but the Cathy Rigby version is probably better for kids.

Music Jule Styne, Mark Charlap, Trude Rittman (dance arrangements)
Lyrics Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Carolyn Leigh
Book Sir James M. Barrie
Basis Sir J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan

In 2001, the Met Opera Guild produced Growing Up with Broadway, their suggestions for great music you can use to introduce musical theater to elementary children . Here’s some of their suggestions.

Candide: Overture
Showboat: Ol’ Man River
Anything Goes: You’re the Top
Oklahoma: Oh, what a beautiful mornin’!
Carousel: When the Children are Asleep

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