Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 80s to the Present
June 16 - July 14
“Over the top.” Nothing describes contemporary American musical theatre better. Thanks to advancements in live production technologies, Broadway producers of the late 20th Century to today have been able to push the boundaries of set, light, and sound design further than ever before, enabling them to tell ever-expanding stories. Musicals like LES MISERABLES (1987), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1988), TITANIC (1997), and THE LION KING (1997) featured lavish spectacles and epic plots. Our first act will feature song sets from these shows, including “The Music Of The Night,” “Think Of Me,” “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” and “The Circle Of Life,” plus songs from 1990’s ASSASSINS (“Unworthy Of Your Love”) and 1997’s JEKYLL AND HYDE (“This Is The Moment”).
While Broadway expanded starting in the 1980s, American popular artists like The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices returned to the humble roots of the Great American Songbook for inspiration. The Manhattan Transfer won accolades and audiences with contemporary versions of classic hits such as “The Boy From New York City,” “Operator,” and “Birdland,” a vocalese homage to the great Charlie Parker. Similarly, New York Voices had successes in the last few decades with fresh arrangements of the 1946 jump blues song “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and the 1950 hit “Orange Colored Sky,” originally made popular by Nat King Cole. Our second act of “All That Jazz” features these songs plus modern takes on the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” and more.