Most Memorable Broadway Show Tunes
From the Broadway Show stages, many hits are born that touch a nerve and inspires even the shyest to sing. Stars such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney sings their own versions of top tunes, which featured in shows from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.
If I were a Rich Man
If I were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof, this comic musical monologue from Fiddler focusses on the detail from the financial travails of the lead character Tevye a poor milkman in a tiny village in Russian. In 1964 Sero Mostel gave the song his humorous zing by adding influences from the rabbinical music into the diddle dums. Numerous stars have endowed this song with their individual personalities, including Harvey Fierstein, Topol and Alfred Molina. Gwen Stefani sampled excerpts in her Rich Girl hit. The show is now schedule for a revive on Broadway for the 50th time in 2015, and Danny Burnstein has been mentioned as a suitable candidate for the leading Tevye role.
The Music of the Night
The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera, pours out the twisted soul of the phantom in this lush ballad delivered to his beloved and adored Christine. Introduced by Michael Crawford in both the Broadway and West End, The Phantom of the Opera’s leading showcase song has worldwide sold millions of copies and has been translated in a series of different languages. Crawford also sang the duet version with Barbra Streisand on her Back to Broadway album. In a major controversy, the estate of Giamcomo Puccini charged Webber for plagiarism for the songs similarity to the composer’s opera called The Girl of the Golden West. An out of court settlement solved the case.
Tomorrow from the play Annie is an optimistic anthem from the ever hopeful orphan and stage struck little girls around the globe has been covered by artists such as Grace Jones, Elaine Page and The Manhattans. Lila Crawford’s rendition was a highlight in the 2012 revival and McArdle gave a soaring performance in the original 1976 production.
All That Jazz
All That Jazz from Chicago gave many stars the opportunity to sizzle with their performances of this sexy anthem to booze and have good time in the prohibition Windy City era. The stars includes Catherine Zeta Jones, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth. The director and choreographer of the original Chicago show, Bob Fosse used the, All That Jazz as the title of his autobiographical 1979 film with Roy Schneider as a totally show driven biz stager.
A Little Night Music
Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music is a tender ballad that is all about missed opportunities and was written by Glynis Johns in the 1973 Broadway production. The almost spoken breathy quality allowed for limited singers such as Elizabeth Taylor in the film version of the play. Catherine Zeta Jones sang it in the 2009 revival to give full voice to the emotions of the character Desiree, as she regrets the bad judgement marking her affair with the wedded man, Frederick. The song is Stephen Sondheim’s only Billboard chart topper and won the Grammy Award for Best Song. The song gave Judy Collins and Frank Sinatra smash hits.