For the first time since I renewed my interest in Broadway-related recordings, my wife (our esteemed Editor) has expressed interest in something I’ve played. It is this masterful arrangement of songs from Bonnie & Clyde (“How ‘Bout a Dance”) and Evita (“Another Suitcase in Another Hall”). Performers Laura Osnes and Rachel Potter were featured in those Broadway shows and on their 2012 cast recordings. I used to sing along to the Evita movie soundtrack as I delivered milk door-to-door in Ireland, and Bonnie & Clyde is among my top 3 cast recordings of recent years, so the blend for me was a sublime surprise.
Frozen‘s Idina Menzel reunites with her Rent co-star Anthony Rapp in the currently running Broadway production If/Then. While not entirely successful, the musical features some wonderful songs and performances, particularly from Menzel. Here are some highlights:
Songwriting team Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk have released a new collection of their songs on Bandcamp. Performers include Rent‘s Anthony Rapp and Andy Mentius late of NBC’s Smash and soon to appear on CW’s The Flash. Laura Osnes (wonderful in the recent Bonnie and Clyde musical) sings “Say the Word,” an earlier version of which by Vienna Teng is available here.
I was privileged to witness Lea Salonga and Will Chase in the starring roles of Miss Saigon during its initial Broadway run in 1999 while visiting New York City from Ireland. So it’s a little weird to find myself now, a naturalized US citizen approaching my 15th year in America, watching Will Chase play a country singer on ABC’s Nashville and awaiting footage from Lea Salonga’s triumphant return to the company of Miss Saigon for its 25th Anniversary Gala. Highlights from the finale of that performance include Filipino powerhouses Salonga and Rachelle Ann Go dueting on “Movie in my Mind” and original Engineer Jonathan Pryce singing again of “The American Dream.” The Special has already aired in the U.K. on BBC, now let’s hope PBS brings it to America soon.