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Tag Archives: Broadway

Rod Stewart – Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume lll

The value of Rod Stewart’s third entry in his Great American Songbook series is purely a function of how you look at it, or, technically, listen to it. The point of a renowned, veteran singer taking on the Great American Songbook — the loose canon of 20th century standards recorded …

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“Start spreading the news” – Lyricist Fred Ebb Dies

The big brassy strut begins – everyone knows this means the end. I wore out three copies of the single (bigger sound, brighter mastering) of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” putting the final exclamation point on literally thousands of parties in ’80s and ’90s. When Frank came in, the …

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Grease: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Grease was a great movie not – the 1978 film version of the wildly popular stage musical starring John Tavolta and Olivia Newton-John squeezed a faux-’50s worldview and musical sensibility through a 20-year filter of wishful thinking that made Happy Days look authentic. This bizarre, mildly bawdy pastiche actually had …

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Burt Bacharach: Elvis Wishes

I find myself inexplicably in the company of Elvis Costello cultists – you know who you are. Now please don’t get me wrong (a nice Pretenders song, by the way), Elvis is a major talent in every category, belongs absolutely in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will …

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Back to Work on Broadway

Broadway musician’s strike ends – ten more years of live music on the Great White Way: Broadway’s producers and striking musicians — immediately responding to a request from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to meet with a mediator Monday — bargained through the night, reaching a tentative new four-year contract …

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Babs and Assorted Others

Barbra Streisand has been in the news a fair amount lately, including this flap over political statements made on her website. I still don’t get why anyone gives a fig about what entertainers have to say about politics: I don’t care what politicians have to say about entertainment either. Returning …

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Mamma Mia, I Miss Her

My daughter just called from her first Americorps project deep in the woods of southern Virginia. I miss her so much it makes my teeth hurt. She loves her “team” of fellow do-gooders, loves the challenge, the sense of accomplishment. She says she misses us and I’m sure she does, …

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