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We Love You Broadway, Part III

February 12th, 2013 Comments off

For today’s picks of the best Broadway love songs, I turned to Duncan Stewart and Company, one of Broadway’s hottest up and coming casting agencies. Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley have a keen eye for talent and are responsible for all of those unexpected star turns in the revival of Chicago. Other projects include the Tony award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles and the much-anticipated revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus.

Duncan Stewart and Company was profiled in the June 2012 issue of Passport Magazine. Their meteoric rise on the New York theater scene is no surprise given their introspective takes on what makes for a great Broadway ballad. Here’s what they have to say…

Duncan’s Picks

“I love complicated love songs — ones that pull at the heartstrings and move me, yes, but the ones that really induce heartache are the songs that deal with both love and loss.”

“Goodbye Old Girl,” Damn Yankees
“This song has moved me since when I was young. A man loves his wife, yes, but he also needs to leave her to discover and re-awaken something in himself that has been missing for years. As his wife sleeps upstairs, he pens her a note, ‘Goodbye, old girl. My old girl. When you awaken I’ll be gone. Can’t tell you where I go, It isn’t fair, I know but trust in me and carry on.’

At the end of the song he sings, ‘Our love will keep old girl, till then, my old girl, goodbye.’ While in complete distress, Meg seems to understand that her husband has gone to find ‘himself’ and holds the torch for his ultimate return. I believe Meg and Joe are soul mates and that this kind of love is true, messy, complicated and unconditional… and in the biggest sense of the word, isn’t that what ‘love’ is all about?”

 

“How Could I Ever Know,” The Secret Garden
“A perfect example of love’s eternal flame. Archibald, in despair, cries out to the universe (and to the spirit of his deceased love, Lily) ‘How in the world, tell me how in the world, can I live without your love?’ Just as he is about to utter the word ‘gone’ she appears in a vision to calm him. Coming back from the grave to comfort the love of her life, Lily sings a most beautiful melody — that both lovingly soothes and reassures him: ‘How could I know I would never hold you? Never again in this world, but oh – sure as you breathe I am there inside you…”

“True love that lasts is not about cards, candy, flowers or heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate. True love transcends struggles and strife, uplifting, beholding and celebrating both parties (as individuals and as a coupled unit) and yes, carrying on in eternity.”

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A “Prince”-ly Cast, A “Mormon” Giveaway & More Theater News

March 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr, Sara Ramirez and Kevin McKiddat "Grey's Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show". Photo by Scott Appel.

Our casting cup runneth over this week with theater news featuring big doings from big casts:

  • The blockbuster gang at The Book of Mormon is ignoring their Momma’s advice and giving it away for free again. To celebrate the show’s first year anniversary, the show will offer its second Free Fan Performance on June 6 at 2pm. To be eligible for a seat, just sign up for one of their nightly ticket lotteries through Sunday, May 20 and hope your name is picked.
  • The gals of Steel Magnolias sure do love a makeover, so it’s no surprise that the southern fried, beauty parlor chestnut is getting remade as a Lifetime movie. The not-so-French twist this time is that it has been reset (and blowdried?) in Louisiana and features a who’s who of African-American screen stars including Queen Latifah (playing the Sally Field role), Alfre Woodard (taking over for Shirley MacLaine) and Phylicia Rashad (sitting in Olympia Dukakis’ chair).
  • The day someone performs the epic flop musical Via Galactica is the day someone will revive Carrie off-Broadway. What is that you say? Really? Well, it seems pigs are flying all over town because that infamous 70’s sci-fi tuner with a score by Galt MacDermot (Hair) is getting a concert reboot March 23-25 at the Kraine Theater in NYC. I don’t know anything about the company presenting this new Via Galactica but I do know it’s a benefit for the Embrace Kids Foundation  and features an updated script by Erik Ludwig. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by writing vgreservations@gmail.com.
  • If you were in LA this past weekend, I hope you caught Grey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show, a benefit for the Actors Fund featuring the cast of the hit drama showing off their pipes–instead of surgically removing someone else’s. Watch a clip of the fabulous Tony-winning Sara Ramirez after the jump and you’ll want to plead for her to come back to Broadway. Stat!

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