Song Highlight: All I Do Is Dream Of You (Singin' In The Rain)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

All I Do Is Dream of You - Singin' In The Rain

The classic, performed by Debbie Reynolds in Singin' In The Rain - right after she pops out of a birthday cake! A FUN song for any age, any level - click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording.

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Song Highlight: Love Is Here To Stay (The Goldwyn Follies)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

Love Is Here To Stay: The Goldwyn Follies

Before his death, George Gershwin had written the music for this song. Afterward, his brother and long time writing partner Ira, wrote the lyric. It's one of my all time favourites.  Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording.

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Song Highlight: Moon River (Breakfast At Tiffany's)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

Moon River - Breakfast At Tiffany's

Moon River is performed by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film Breakfast At Tiffany's. Every singer should sing. It's just too lovely not to have in your repertoire. Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording.

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Song Highlight: People (Funny Girl)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

People: Funny Girl

We're celebrating the Queen, the Goddess, the one of a kind Barbra Streisand this week - it's her birthday! (April 23rd) People is from Funny Girl, which, of course, Barbra starred in on Broadway and then the film, taking home the Oscar for Best Actress. This song is a must for every Barbra fan. Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording.

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A Little Night Music: February 20th, 1973.

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

February 20th, 1973: 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...

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Happy Birthday Stephen Schwartz!

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

March 6th: 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...

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Happy Birthday Liza Minelli!

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

March 12th: 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*

 

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She Loves Me - A Treasure Trove Of Songs!

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

She Loves Me - A Treasure Trove Of Songs!

She Loves Me is a gem of a musical written by Joe Masteroff, with an AMAZING score written by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. It opened on April 23rd, 1963, starring Barbra Cook and her sublime soprano. #Swoon

She Loves Me is a TREASURE TROVE of songs for singers! Each has a fantastic story arc for an actor to play with and gorgeous melodic lines to show off the voice. And they count as Golden Age repertoire, the genre that's usually the most challenging for singers and teachers to find. #Bonus I can't recommend the following songs enough - click on titles for sheet music and, in some cases, accompaniment tracks:  

Female Characters:

Vanilla Ice Cream - a fantastic comedic piece that shows off a crackerjack soprano range

I Resolve - a fierce and fun song about deciding to make big changes!

A Trip To The Library - a brilliant comedic song

Will He Like Me - another wonderful option to...

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Happy Birthday Henry Mancini!

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

April 16th: Happy Birthday Henry Mancini!

 

Pink Panther, Theme from Peter Gunn, Baby Elephant Walk - chances are you've heard lots of Henry Mancini's music and just not been aware. Mancini was super prolific during the 60s and 70s and left us great music to enjoy and sing! Here are my top five suggestions for every singer: *click on the song title for sheet music links*

Moon River (Breakfast At Tiffany's) Every singer should know and sing this song. Period. 

Le Jazz Hot (Victor/Victoria) A sassy, FUN song to sing!

Soldier In The Rain I stumbled upon this one by accident and fell in love instantly. It's PERFECT for Remembrance Day events.

Charade (Charade) So understated, so sexy! 

You and Me (Victor/Victoria) This song has classic vaudeville charm! It works as a solo, but is adorable as a duet.

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Happy Birthday Irving Berlin!

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020
May 11th: Happy Birthday Irving Berlin!

There's a famous story about Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. When asked what place Irving Berlin had in American Music, Kern responded: "Irving Berlin has no place in American Music. Irving Berlin is American Music." And in a way, in my opinion, Kern was absolutely correct.

Everyone knows Berlin is responsible for White Christmas and God Bless America, but there are COUNTLESS other songs he gave us that provide a fabric of the past and comfort for our present. 

Here are five that I think every singer should know. (It was REALLY hard to narrow it down to just five!!!)

Cheek To Cheek: Romantic, elegant, classic. 

Puttin' On The Ritz: Perhaps one of the most indelible portraits of Fred Astaire, this song is SO much fun to sing.

Love You Didn't Do Right By Me: The often overlooked GEM in the White Christmas score. It's so sexy and sad and raw.

Always: This piece continues to be so moving - perfect for so many occasions...

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