Musical Playlist: Highlights from our 2017-2018 Broadway Series

Our 2017-2018 Broadway Series offers a variety of musical styles, from bluegrass to burlesque. We’ve put together a sampling of our favorite songs from the upcoming season, just for you!  Check out our playlist below, or read on to discover what you can expect from our award-winning musicals.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL – Who doesn’t love a fabulous dance number featuring leg lamps?  The musical version of your favorite holiday film includes an up-tempo, “likable, perky score that duly translates all of the major episodes in the story into appropriate musical numbers” (New York Times).  Songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul more recently earned accolades for their Tony® Award winning “Dear Evan Hansen.”

CABARET – John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the music and lyrics for a number of Broadway classics, including “Chicago,” the second-longest running show in Broadway history.  “Cabaret” has seen the likes of Alan Cumming, Joel Grey, Judi Dench and Liza Minnelli perform its songs, including “Willkommen,” “Money,” “Maybe this Time” and the title song.  The music of “Cabaret” alternates between buoyant, teasing night club numbers and haunting somber notes of rising Nazi-Germany.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! – See how many Broadway references you can find in this homage to musical theatre, with its witty lyrics and big dance numbers.

JERSEY BOYS – “Oh what a night” you’ll have with “Jersey Boys.”  This jukebox musical features more than 30 songs from The Four Seasons.

RENT – This timeless favorite is based on Puccini’s “La Boheme.”  But although you’ll find references to the original opera in its score, “RENT” has a rocking sound all its own.  The original Broadway cast included Anthony Rapp, Taye Diggs and Indina Menzel (more recently known as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen”).

BRIGHT STAR – Did you know that Steve Martin plays the banjo?  The comedian and actor teamed up with Edie Brickell to write a bluegrass score for “Bright Star,” featuring “simple warmth and lovely instrumentations” (NPR).

THE KING AND I – There’s nothing like a grand melody from musical theatre hallmarks Rodgers and Hammerstein.  You’ll be whistling “a happy tune” (or two or three) all week long after witnessing this beautiful production, directed by Holy Cross graduate Bartlett Sher.

What is your favorite tune from our 2017-2018 Broadway Series?

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