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Uncategorized Mar 02, 2020

March 19th: Happy Birthday Liza Minelli! 🎁

On March 12th, Broadway superstar Liza Minelli turned 74 years ageless. Liza is the daughter of legend Judy Garland and director Vincente Minelli. But of course, Liza went on to become a legend herself. Check out this performance to understand why.

Did you know that John Kander (of Kander and Ebb fame) had a lot to do with the type of performer Liza became? He coached her on singing choices and wardrobe choices, and helped create her most iconic looks and choices.

Here are four songs of hers that I think every singer should check out: 

My Own Space - The Act *a simple, lovely ballad*

Shine It On - The Act *a showstopper!*

Ring Them Bells *a tour de force for a comedic talent*

It's A Quiet Thing - Flora The Red Menace *a life truth captured in song*

 

March 5th: Happy Birthday Stephen Schwartz! 🎂

On March 6th 2020, Composer-Lyricist Stephen Schwartz will celebrate his 72nd Birthday! 

What a career! For Broadway he gave us Godspell, Pippin, Wicked; for Disney he gave us Pocahontas and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. And then there's Prince Of Egypt, Children of Eden, Rags and The Baker's Wife. Phew! Amazing. 

Teachers - I highly recommend purchasing The Stephen Schwartz Songbook - it's worth every penny. 

Here are five of his songs that I think should be performed MORE because they are fabulous. Enjoy! (Click titles for sheet music.)

Proud Lady - The Baker's Wife *perfect for BIG voices and BIG acting choices*

Just Around The Riverbend - Pocahontas *a lovely up tempo with passion and spark*

Extraordinary - Pippin *this up tempo solo is SO fun*

Lion Tamer - The Magic Show *a FABULOUS ballad with incredible lilt and rhythm*

Someday - Hunchback Of Notre Dame *a wonderful anthem suitable for so many voice types and occasions*

February 20th: A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music opened on Broadway on February 25th, 1973.

Five Facts: 

1. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler

2. Glynis Johns won The Tony Award for Best Actress - you may recognize her from the film Mary Poppins. 

3. There was a film, directed by Harold Prince, but it didn't do too well *wince* 😑

4. The entire score is written in waltz metre - all of the music sounds like 1 2 3, 1 2 3 (even though the time signatures vary from 3/4 to 6/8 to 9/8 etc.)

5. The song Send In The Clowns became a huge pop success long after the show opened and closed, thanks to recordings by Judy Collins and Frank Sinatra.

Song Suggestions 

(i.e.Songs I think are EXCELLENT for performers and their Teachers 💕)  *click for sheet music*

Male Characters

In Praise Of Women - one of my all time Sondheim favs! SO fun!

Female Characters

Miller's Son - a total showstopper 🤩

Glamorous Life - a monster to sing and play, but delivers in spades 😎

Send In The Clowns - a beautiful classic ❤️

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