Happy Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Stage Notes

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Thanks for visiting the site!  Click below to listen to the special Thanksgiving edition of Stage Notes.

The Haunting Music of Broadway – Full Program

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BOO! Robert Hammond hosts the spooktacular fifth edition of The Haunting Music of Broadway. In celebration of Halloween, he featured chilling songs from Broadway musicals and the movies, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Omen, and Sweeney Todd. Click below to listen to the full program.  Follow Robert on Twitter @stagenotes.

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That’s a Show Tune?

POP aSpread the word!!  Stage Notes is officially bi-coastal beginning Sunday (9/7) at 6 PM (PST) on KWXY 107.3, The Sound of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. I’m thrilled Stage Notes will be a part of KWXY’s fantastic programming.  Live stream at KWXY.com. 

Some of Broadway’s best show tunes are not just heard on the stage.There are some that really stand out, permeating pop culture, touching a nerve, and inspiring even the shyest to belt the lyrics.  Crooners  from the Rat Pack, Rosemary Clooney, and Tony Bennett would warble their own versions of top tunes from current shows and all of America would listen to them on the airwaves.  Join host Robert Hammond for this week’s Stage Notes.  He’ll feature some of Broadway’s best “pop” songs.

In the 1960s Broadway took a backseat to rock groups as teenagers dominated record sales. The Beatles recorded a memorable version of “Till There Was You” from The Music Man and Louis Armstrong’s Dixieland spin on “Hello, Dolly” was a hit, but the theater was no longer a major player in the record industry. Today the trend is changing with songs from Les Meserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked seeping into the mainstream through TV shows like Glee and American Idol.

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It’s a Good One, Mr. Grinch

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Brought to town by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and four-time Tony Award winner Albert Nocciolino, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” is a wonderful night of whimsical fun for the entire family. The ninety-minute production (no intermission!) is just right for the little ones, and allows Mom & Dad to stay comfortably settled in their seats. The sets, sound, costumes, and performances take you on a festive ride to whoville. Old Max (Bob Lauder), the narrator, has a glorious, Santa-like voice. He keeps the musical moving seamlessly, accompanied by Young Max (Andreas Wyder). The Grinch (Stefan Karl) is just what the Dr. ordered: perfect! His comedic timing is top-notch –it is obvious to anyone he’s having a blast in the role. Cindy -Lou Who (Piper Birney) was downright precious, and what a voice! As they say in the south: bless her heart. Head to your sleigh! Don’t miss the Grinch in Rochester through December 15. Information available at RBTL.org.