Friday, November 09, 2007

Some Favorite Broadway Songs...

Chizi just posted her "top 12" musical theatre songs at the present moment, fully acknowledging that songs were constantly being added and removed from the list...and most of the list was courtesy of Stephen Sondheim.

I figured a better bet would be to list my favorite song (that has actually been sung on a Broadway stage) from 12 different songwriters or songwriting teams (which are not necessarily my top 12 songwriters of all time either). =P I had a hard time with some songs on the list...but for the most part...this is pretty accurate:

Rodgers and Hammerstein
"Soliloquy" from Carousel

Boublil and Schönberg
"On My Own" from Les Miserables

Stephen Sondheim
"I Wish I Could Forget You" from Passion

Flaherty and Ahrens
"He Wanted to Say" from Ragtime

Frank Wildhorn
"Take Me As I Am" from Jekyll & Hyde

Lerner and Loewe
"If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot

Stephen Schwartz
"For Good" from Wicked

Jerry Herman
"I Am What I Am" from La Cage aux Folles

Kander and Ebb
"Dear One" from Kiss of the Spider Woman

Adam Guettel
"The Light in the Piazza" from The Light in the Piazza

Cy Coleman
"You're Nothing Without Me" from City of Angels
(lyrics by David Zippel)

Bock and Harnick
"I Don't Know His Name" from She Loves Me

It was too hard to choose a song from West Side I'll have to leave out Leonard Bernstein for now. Sorry, Lenny!


chizi said...

Oh, I like your idea even better! Hmmm, maybe I'll have to do this too next week at work when I want to pretend like I'm busy! :) Oh and um, you're missing your favorite JRB song...

scmusicals said...

I was actually intentional. I like Songs For A New World and The Last Five Years better than Parade...but the first two shows weren't on Broadway. So, I figured if I listed something from Parade, I was slighting his other shows.

For the record, my favorite JRB song is "Stars and the Moon" from Songs For A New World. =)

Madley said...

What a fab list -- I LOVE "You're Nothing Without Me" from City of Angels -- ask Kellen and Myrna how crazy I made them with it on the way to Palm Springs... :)

pla said...

man, nothing from loesser, kern, gershwin, porter... so sad!