Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 40s
January 19 - February 17
Join us for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s. Poet Rod McKuen captured it perfectly when he quipped, “1939-1945 was a terrible time for the world, but it was a glorious time for songs and fighter pilots.” A country battling the effects of war and its aftermath took solace in hundreds of songs of all types, from big band to romantic ballads to novelty songs, many of which are still standards today.
In the first act we explore some of the greatest musicals in Broadway history, including OKLAHOMA!, BRIGADOON, and PAL JOEY. Not only were these songs wonderful as they were performed on the stage, many also were rearranged in a swing style and became jazz standards that are still performed today. With favorites like “Come To Me, Bend To Me,” “Almost Like Being In Love,” and “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You,” you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds!
The second act turns to the popular music and vocal jazz tradition, with hits made famous by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. You’ll also swing to Glenn Miller tunes like “Route 66” and “Tuxedo Junction,” featuring tight vocal harmonies in the style of Manhattan Transfer.
“If you are looking for an escape from the dull winter blues, check out The SONGBOOK OF THE 40S.”
~ Steve Wilson, BroadwayWorld.com