You’ve been patient. You’ve been curious. You’ve been nagging me. And, really, it’s time I revealed them. You’re sick to death of thinking about it. You couldn’t care less. Anyway, here they are.
My top twelve favorite Broadway showtunes. Listen to the interview here… unless it gets pulled tomorrow, which is possible, in which case you missed it.
1. Mamma, Mamma by Frank Loesser from The Most Happy Fella (OBC, 1956, sung by Robert Weede)
2. Story of My Life by Bernstein/Comden/Green, cut from Wonderful Town, this recording is on Leonard Bernstein’s New York (sung by Judy Blazer)
3. Giants In The Sky by Sondheim from Into The Woods (OBC, 1987, Ben Wright)
4. Out of This World by Arlen/Mercer from movie “Out Of This World” (1945, Bing Crosby) this recording is on A Vintage Year(Live) (George Shearing (piano) & Mel Tormé (vocals))
5. Hurry! It’s Lovely up Here by Lerner and Lane from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (OBC, 1965, Barbara Harris)
6. Speak Low by Kurt Weill from One Touch of Venus (1943), this recording on Lotte Lenya: American Theater Songs (Lotte Lenya)
7. Right As The Rain by Harold Arlen from Bloomer Girl (1944) (Jessica Molaskey)
8. Sorry-Grateful by Stephen Sondheim from Company this is the 2006 revival sung by Keith Buterbaugh, orchestrated by my friend Mary-Mitchell Campbell
9. The Schmuel Song by JRB from The Last Five Years (OBC) 2002 (Norbert Butz)
10. Migratory V by Adam Guettel from Myths And Hymns (OBC) 1998 (Theresa McCarthy)
11. Laughing Matters by Dick Gallagher/Mark Waldrop from When Pigs Fly (OBC) 1996 (Jay Rogers)
12. Sunday by Sondheim from Sunday In The Park With George (OBC) 1985