What's New: Broadway

Aug 30, 2017

Soprano Rebecca Faulkenberry
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Broadway is a main thoroughfare in New York City AND refers to the Theater District along Midtown Manhattan. The district is a popular tourist attraction and according to The Broadway League, over 13 million people saw a show, bringing in $1.4 billion to the NYC economy in the 2016–2017 season! We’ll hear some theater favorites and new releases, and talk with star Rebecca Faulkenberry from Ground Hog Day the Musical on today’s What’s New.

We explore George Gershwin's Girl Crazy with John Mauceri, a new release "Crazy Girl Crazy" with Barbara Hannigan; then turn to the genius of Leonard Berstein for Candide selections, and three episodes from On the Town.

In 1953, the renowned playwright Lillian Hellman proposed to Leonard Bernstein that they adapt Voltaire's Candide for the musical theater:

In October 1982, New York City Opera (Beverly Sills, then general manager) presented Candide in its first version for an opera house. As a full length two-act production, a great deal of music that had been cut in 1973 was reinstated, under Mr. Bernstein's supervision, by John Mauceri. New scenes were adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, and once again Harold Prince directed. - leonardbernstein.com

Here is a revised version of Candide performed by the composer:

Finally we turn to Broadway selections from 2017 including Groundhog Day the musical, Hello Dolly, Dreamgirls, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical.