In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself. The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history. As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago´s various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we learn how the American theater serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American musical to life in all its artistry and excitement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012466/bk_tant_012466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Junie B. Jones The Musical is a hit! Listen to the full cast album and the audiobook of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!). Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here´s the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard…she can’t! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses? This special audiobook edition of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!) contains all the songs from Junie B. Jones The Musical. The musical is adapted from the books Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B. Jones, Boss of Lunch; Junie B. Jones, One-Man Band; and Top Secret Personal Beeswax, A Journal by Junie B. (and Me), by Barbara Park. © 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2003 by Barbara Park. Song list: 1. Top Secret Personal Beeswax 2. Lucille, Camille, Chenille 3. You Can Be My Friend 4. Time to Make a Drawing 5. You Need Glasses 6. Show and Tell 7. Now I See 8. Lunch Box 9. Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks 10. Kickball Tournament 11. Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show 12. When Life Gives You Lemons 13. Kickball Tournament (Reprise) 14. When Life Gives You Lemons (Reprise) 15. Writing Down the Story of My Life Music from JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL – CAST ALBUM, Lyrics by Marcy Heisler and Music by Zina Goldrich (p) 2016 Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Administered by Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.; Copyright © 2005 Marcyworks (ASCAP) and Zinaworks (ASCAP) Administered by Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. Junie B. Jones® The Musical was originally produced by Theatreworks/USA. All Rights Reserved Used by Permission Executive Producer: Monica Corton Co-Executive Producers: Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler Produced by Dan Rudin Recorded and Mixed by Dan Rudin Assistant En... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lana Quintal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002170/bk_lili_002170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hey nonny, nonny - the Bard’s ´´greatest hits´´ are all here! Performed with a lively full musical cast ,interspersed with engaging and informative introductory narrative, this imaginative recording uses song and sonnet from Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies to highlight his works, in his own words. Whether listeners are long-time Shakespearean aficionados or new students of the Englishman’s genius, this educational and entertaining new recording is certain to delight! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Field. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000617/bk_hove_000617_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the last two decades, a new type of song has emerged. Today´s hits bristle with ´´hooks´´, musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain´s delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy and so potent that you can´t not listen to them. Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early ´90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today´s charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000999/bk_high_000999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He´s a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he´s just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well? Of course not - his family is driving him crazy, and his boyfriend can´t seem to get rid of his other boyfriend. Add to that an alcoholic diva, the cheapest producing team on Broadway, and a comatose casting director, and you have some of the other characters buzzing around Stephen´s Broadway break. Then there´s Stephen himself - neurotic and bitchy - who realizes that maybe total happiness is overrated. Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, from Sirus radio and Broadway´s The Ritz; Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award winner, star of Wicked and TV´s Pushing Daisies; James Wesley from the Rosie O´Donnell cruise ship; Jonathan Groff, Tony Nominee from Broadway´s Spring Awakening; Andrea Martin, Tony Award winner, from SCTV, and currently in Young Frankenstein; Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, and Susan Blackwell from [title of show]; Mary Birdsong (from TV´s RENO 911); Andrea Burns, from Broadway´s Tony nominated In the Heights; Andy Karl, from Broadway´s Legally Blonde and the upcoming 9 to 5; Anika Larsen, from off Broadway´s Zanna, Don´t and Broadway´s Xanadu; Billy Porter, from Broadway´s Grease and winner of Star Search!; Richard Kind, from TV´s Spin City and Broadway´s The Producers. Jim Price, from Les Miserables and Off-Broadway´s Bat Boy; Ann Harada from Avenue Q and the upcoming 9 to 5; Emily Skinner Tony nominee from Broadway´s Side Show; Juli Wesley - Becky´s First Grade Class at PS 98; and Sally Rudetsky (Seth´s ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Seth Rudetsky, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, Ann Harada, Richard Kind, Jeff Bowen, Jonathan Groff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000228/bk_adbl_000228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buddy Baker was Disney music. Mostly known as the composer of The Haunted Mansion song and score, he also was a composer of films (Wicked Woman, The Fox and the Hound), TV shows (the original Mickey Mouse Club), and numerous theme park attractions (World of Motion, Wonders of China, Kitchen Kaberet, Impressions de France) around the globe. From a humble beginning in Springfield, Missouri, Buddy Baker began composing and arranging music at an early age. He worked for many of the top big bands, then began arranging music on hit radio shows (The Bob Hope Show, The Eddie Cantor Show, The Jack Benny Program) before getting into film. His 30+ year career with the Walt Disney Company put him at the top of his field, working alongside many of the greats, including Walt Disney himself. This is Buddy´s story. Not a book on Disney music, but a tribute to one of the greatest musical minds the world has ever known. His music will play on forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060259/bk_acx0_060259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buddy Baker was Disney music. Mostly known as the composer of the Haunted Mansion song and score, he was also a composer of films (Wicked Woman, The Fox and the Hound), television shows (the original Mickey Mouse Club), and numerous theme park attractions (World of Motion, Wonders of China, Kitchen Kaberet, Impressions de France) around the globe. From a humble beginning in Springfield, Missouri, Buddy Baker began composing and arranging music at an early age. He worked for many of the top big bands, then began arranging music on hit radio shows (the Bob Hope show, the Eddie Cantor show, the Jack Benny program) before getting into film. His 30-plus-year career with the Walt Disney Company put him at the top of his field, working alongside many of the greats, including Walt Disney himself. This is Buddy´s story - not a book on Disney music but a tribute to one of the greatest musical minds the world has ever known. His music will play on forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009001/bk_blak_009001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
¿A frantic dash through the world of rock and roll. Thrillsa-plenty and backstage passes to the magical mystery musical twilight zone.¿ (Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull). From Raymond Benson, author of 16 novels, including six James Bond 007 novels, comes this original mystery/thriller set in the world of rock `n¿ roll. Rock star Peter Flame is found dead. It looked like he hanged himself, but the coroner ruled it a homicide. Now it¿s up to Spike Berenger and Rockin¿ Security to find out who killed Flame¿ and why. Was it his ex-wife? A former bandmate? A religious cult that had become Flame¿s groupies? A member of one of the mysterious rock `n¿ roll gangs terrorizing New York? Only a music insider like Spike can hope to wade through the rumors and the legends and find the cold hard fact...and a cold-blooded killer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert J. Sciglimpaglia, Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015539/bk_acx0_015539_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Librettist and New York University professor of theatre Larry Maslon and playwright and actor Vernel Bagneris on this edition of Fresh Air. The 1946 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer musical St. Louis Woman is being revived at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia. The musical, which was written for and features an African-American cast, features the songs ´´Come Rain or Come Shine,´´ ´´I Had Myself a True Love,´´ and ´´Anywhere I Hang My Hat is Home.´´ Hear a conversation with Maslon, who rewrote the libretto for the show, and star Bagneris who also wrote, directed, and starred in the hit show, One mo´ Time and the sequel Further Mo. (Broadcast Date: June 21, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000734/rt_whyy_000734_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He is the star of a hit Broadway musical, the face on the 10-dollar bill, and a central figure among the founding fathers. But do you really know Alexander Hamilton? Rather than lionize Hamilton, Americans should carefully consider his most significant and ultimately detrimental contribution to modern society: the shredding of the United States Constitution. Connecting the dots between Hamilton´s invention of implied powers in 1791 to transgender bathrooms and same-sex marriage two centuries later, Brion McClanahan shows the origins of our modern federal leviathan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Rosenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029484/bk_adbl_029484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.