A New Brain – A New Voice

This Friday, May 29 (5pm), I will host the final listening party (for the time being). We will be listening to William Finn’s A New Brain, which is a semi-autobiographical story about the composer’s personal experience with a genetic vascular disorder in his brain. WHAT? Another weird musical? Yes. Y’all can listen to Oklahoma orContinue reading “A New Brain – A New Voice”

“You are here not to laugh; but to learn”

This Friday, I’ll be holding Listening Party #4, which will focus on the musical┬áBat Boy The Musical by Laurence O’Keefe. You may know Laurence O’Keefe from┬áLegally Blonde The Musical and Heathers The Musical. The latter two of which are based on movies of the same name, and, consequently, are pretty commercial. (What is up withContinue reading ““You are here not to laugh; but to learn””

Listening Party #3: Assassins

Stephen Sondheim certainly does like to write about varied subjects, doesn’t he? Here’s a few examples: A fake miracle, a corrupt mayor, and inmates from a local asylum called the Cookie Jar (Anyone can Whistle, 1964) A love story about two young people living in a department store with a subculture of residents who areContinue reading “Listening Party #3: Assassins”

Listening Party #2: The People Called it “Ragtime!”

My second favorite musical is Lynn Ahrens’ and Stephen Flaherty’s Ragtime, which premiered on Broadway in 1998. On Friday, May 8 at 3pm, we’ll be listening to the original cast recording, which features some of my favorite singers: Judy Kaye – Emma Goldman Lea Michele – Little Girl Marin Mazzie (RIP) – Mother Brian StokesContinue reading “Listening Party #2: The People Called it “Ragtime!””