I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
“The time has come,” the lock-downed said, “To laugh at many things:Like shows—and books—and fairy tales— kookaburra that sings—And pink rainbow unicorn hugs— And beavers safe in springs.” “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban OK, so … More Of Kookaburras and Unicorns
Of course, Barbra Streisand is more than just a Broadway star. But Broadway was where she got her start (who can forget her Fanny Brice?) and her Broadway songs are many of my favorites of her recordings, so I’m counting her as a Broadway Blessing. On May 5, Barbra released this video in honor of … More Broadway Blessings #6: Barbra!
Last week, we had Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as a Broadway Blessing. This week, we had Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton. There is only person I can think of who might outrank those two as the ultimate Broadway Blessing and that is Stephen Sondheim, the American composer and lyricist of some of the best musicals in … More Broadway Blessings #5: Sondheim!
Back in 2016, the first year that Hamilton: An American Musical appeared on Broadway but before it had gained widespread fame, I played a few video clips of the show for my high school literature class. They knew nothing about the musical, but they were spell-bound. The very idea of an ethnically-diverse cast telling the … More Broadway Blessings #4: Homeschool with Hamilton
If none of the panoply of stars appearing in the One World Together At Home show I wrote about yesterday appeal to you, here is another option. Tonight and tomorrow until 2:00 PM Eastern time, you can watch an online performance of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and most popular musical for FREE! Yes, … More Broadway Blessings #3: PHANTOM!
What Broadway musical is more appropriate to watch this weekend than Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Jesus Christ Superstar? Fortunately, you have the opportunity to watch two different versions–via stay-at-home technology, of course–this weekend for free. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the best contemporary Broadway writers/composers/producers around, is doing his part to … More Broadway Blessings, Day 2: See Jesus Christ Superstar for Free this Weekend
This is the start of a special weekend in the Christian tradition. I’m a spiritual person very committed to my spiritual center. But if there is anything that could compete with my spiritual commitment, it is my love for…Broadway musicals! Broadway, as the exemplar for all US theater, has always been the most progressive of … More Broadway Blessings, Day 1