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Musical theater from off the beaten path. Obscure and unusual show tunes from within the canon and without, flops, failures, and the newest works from up-and-coming artists—plus tried-and-true hits. Also, occasional appearances from songs that are not show tunes (but only if they go really well with show tunes).

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Options July 23, 2021: I was walking to the studio and saw WFM.com on a Whole Foods ad and almost had a heart attack

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Brad Anderson, Eugene Fleming & Fosse Ensemble  Crunchy Granola Suite   Options Fosse (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  BMG Entertainment  1999  Music & Lyrics: Neil Diamond 
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Adam Pascal, Damian Perkins & Heather Headley  Not Me   Options Aida (Original Broadway Cast)  Disney  2000  Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice 
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Nathan Lane & Victor Garber  Wise Guys   Options Wise Guys (Workshop)  No Label  1999  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim    0:11:00 (Pop‑up)
 
Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick  We Can Do It   Options The Producers (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony Classical  2001  Music & Lyrics: Nathan Lane 
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David Shiner  Oh, The Thinks You Can Think   Options Seussical  Universal Classics Group  2001  Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens 
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Hilton McRae  S.O.S.   Options Mamma Mia!  Polydor Ltd UK  1999  Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus 
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Kelli O'Hara, Brian d'Arcy James & Sweet Smell of Success Ensemble  What If   Options Sweet Smell of Success (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony BMG Music Entertainment  2002  Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Craig Carnelia 
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Matthew Morrison, Marissa Jaret Winokur & Hairspray Ensemble  It Takes Two   Options Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony Classical  2002  Music & Lyrics: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman 
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Mandy Gonzalez & Michael Crawford  Vampires in Love (Total Eclipse of the Heart)   Options Dance of the Vampires (bootleg)  No Label  2002  Music & Lyrics: Jim Steinman 
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Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel  For Good   Options Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Universal Classics Group  2003  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz 
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Paul Baker, Dianne Pilkington & Gemma Craven  Independent Woman   Options Taboo Original Broadway Cast Recording  DRG Records  2002  Music: Boy George, Kevan Frost, John Themis & Richie Stevens Lyrics: Boy George 
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Sara Ramirez, Tim Curry & Michael McGrath  Find Your Grail   Options Monty Python's Spamalot  Universal Classics Group  2005  Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Lyrics: Eric Idle 
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Michael Ball  You Two   Options Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Original London Cast Recording)  Mr Bang Bang  2002  Music & Lyrics: Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman 
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John Lloyd Young  my eyes adored you   Options Jersey Boys (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Rhino Entertainment  2005  Music & Lyrics: Bob Crewe & Kenny Nolan 
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Hugh Panaro  The Thirst   Options Lestat (San Francisco Demo)  No Label  2005  Music: Elton John Lyrics: Bernie Taupin 
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Zizi Strallen, Joseph Millson & Amy Griffiths  A Spoonful of Sugar   Options Mary Poppins (The Definitive Supercalifragilistic 2020 Cast Recording)  Arts Music  2020  Music & Lyrics: Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman 
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Stephanie J. Block, Hadley Fraser & The Pirate Queen Company  Sail to the Stars   Options The Pirate Queen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Sony Classics  2007  Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil, John Dempsey & Richard Maltby Jr. 
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Paulo Szot  This Nearly Was Mine   Options South Pacific (New Broadway Cast Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2008  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Harriet Harris & Cry-Baby Original Studio Cast  The Anti-Polio Picnic   Options Cry-Baby: The Musical (Original Studio Cast Recording)  Broadway Records  2015  Music: Adam Schlesinger Lyrics: David Javerbaum 
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Original Cast of Billy Elliot  The Stars Look Down   Options Billy Elliot: The Original Cast Recording  Polydor  2005  Music: Elton John Lyrics: Lee Hall 
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Allison Janney & 9 to 5 Ensemble  Around Here   Options 9 to 5 - The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Dolly  2009  Music & Lyrics: Dolly Parton 
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Geraldine Fitzgerald  Four Green Fields   Options Streetsongs (Original Cast Album)  Painted Smiles  1979  Music & Lyrics: Tommy Makem 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Doug from Maine:

The lobsters are preening and prancing, Bronwyn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Doug!! For a second I thought maybe you were a new listener named Doug from Maine lol. I hope the lobsters enjoy this obscure Sondheim oddity
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Doug from Maine:

Wonderful on their own, seeing "Sondheim" and "oddity" in the same sentence enhances both.
Avatar 7:28pm Roberto:

I haven't seen any recent productions of The Producers, but I can't imagine it being anywhere need as good without Gene Wilder's involvement.
Avatar 7:30pm Roberto:

Followed closely by Dick Shawn and Kenneth Mars.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm diciassette:

Ahoy!

*Dr. Seuss books comes to life, and I run screaming from the room*
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Roberto: Kenneth Mars is hilarious in that movie! He's also King Triton in the Little Mermaid
Avatar 7:46pm Roberto:

I had never heard of The Producers before stumbling upon it (the original film) on TV as a teen. I remember thinking, this has got to be the greatest thing ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

My parents took me to all kinds of adult musicals! I learned all the songs.
I wouldn't have been interested in Seussical - I didn't like Peanuts or other things that were for kids. I wanted to grow up and be cool!
Avatar 7:54pm Roberto:

If you had told me in 1988, when I saw the original Hairspray movie, that it would someday be a hit musical, I would have said "WHAAAAAAAAAt?"
Avatar 7:55pm Roberto:

Let me guess: Vampires in Love was the flop.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm diciassette:

I guess not even that ringer of a song could save it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm diciassette:

I used to see Wicked posters on Market Street back in the day! I just read that it opened in San Francisco.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Roberto: No it's still running actually




kidding
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

ok that ethel merman line made me laugh out loud
Avatar 8:05pm Roberto:

You had me going there, Bronwyn -- for about 50 vertical pixels.
Avatar 8:10pm Roberto:

BTW, my swag just arrived! WTF is this vinyl doing in there lolz
Avatar 8:12pm Roberto:

I must have unwittingly won it. Guess I'll keep it with the Pylon record I won about 10 years ago and have never played.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Bronwyn Bishop:

how much time do we think eric idle spent on these lyrics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm WR:

Sounds like a Tim Curry understudy singing there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19pm WR:

ah, my playlist page was was slow to update. it was Tim Curry...
Avatar 8:22pm Roberto:

All these flops are putting my cat to sleep. He's lying here with his tongue sticking out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

yikes! not sure what happened with that ending
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Roberto I got a book I didn't remember winning and wrote to the station, sure it was intended for somebody else. Nope, it was for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I like to think we just send out random prizes sometimes to keep y'all on your toes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

good night everyone
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