Saturday, May 21, 2011

The 30-Day Musical Theater Song Challenge, Part 2

I came across this challenge on Facebook and thought I'd give it a try. By now, it should be no secret that I'm an avid fan of musical theater, which is not the case for many people in this country (and it's easy to understand why). If you're a Broadway junkie like myself, then my 'repertoire' is yours to sample. Otherwise, you're in for some 'new' music to... add to your playlist, perhaps?

Note: The instructions say to post this on your 'Wall', one song per day, but since we're in Blogger, I'm having it my way.

A song demonstrating how underrated you think a musical is.

"HAPPINESS" from Passion
by Marin Mazzie and Jere Shea

Not many people would say Passion when the subject of Sondheim is brought up. Not many people know about it, see. It's only been staged here in the Philippines once, way back in the late 90s, and on Broadway, there's not much sign of a revival. The thing with this musical is that it's actually a story set into song, a tragic romantic drama with quite a few songs that can stand on their own, and lots of dialogue set to music. 

Happiness opens this Tony Award-winning musical with the two lovers Clara and Giorgio in bed, singing of all their happiness (so much happiness, so much love). The video above is actually a snippet from the live recording of the musical back in the 90s with Marin Mazzie and Jere Shea in the roles they originated, in the not-exactly conservative opening scene. Someone upload a torrent file of the video quick!

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