Sunday, August 1, 2010

TOP FIVE MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL

Lately, i noticed that i been watching a lot of Broadway musicals at Youtube. I never been into a live Opera but it is always a dream to me to witness them live. Anyway, i know i missed a lot of Top Five Entry last month so to start this month, i would love to present you my
TOP FIVE MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL

TOP 5 MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL
"MUSIC OF THE NIGHT"

(PHANTOM OF THE OPERA)


"The Music of the Night" is a song from the musical The Phantom of the Opera. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart.

Initially made famous by Michael Crawford, the actor who originated the role of the Phantom both in London and on Broadway, the popular song has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into many different languages. The Really Useful Group filmed a video starring Crawford and Sarah Brightman (who did not sing), which featured the original lyrics to the song.


TOP 4 MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL


"SOUND OF MUSIC"

(THE SOUND OF MUSIC)



The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Many songs from the musical have become standards, including the title song "The Sound of Music", "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi". The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened in November 1959, and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It has also been made into an Academy Award-winning 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein;


TOP 3 MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL


"MEMORY"

(CATS)


"Memory" is a show tune from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wishes to start a new life. Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, "Memory" is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and well-known song.The arrangement of the lyrics in the show were changed after the initial recordings of the track, with the first verse beginning, "Midnight, not a sound from the pavement..." being used in only the brief, Act I rendition of the song and a new verse, "Memory, turn your face to the moonlight..." in its place for the Act II performance. Furthermore, the original second bridge section became the first and a new second bridge instated. Consequently, the arrangement of the lyric for a recording usually depends on whether the artist has played the role on stage.


TOP 2 MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL

"I DREAMED A DREAM"

(LES MISERABLES)

"I Dreamed a Dream" is a song from the musical Les Misérables. It is a solo that is sung by the character Fantine during the first act. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with orchestrations by John Cameron. The English lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the original French libretto by Alain Boublil. The song is a lament, sung by the anguished, dying and impoverished Fantine, who thinks back to happier days and wonders at all that has gone wrong in her life.


THE MOST FAVORITE SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL

"DEFYING GRAVITY"

(THE WICKED)


"Defying Gravity" is the main song from the musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz, originally recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth on November 10, 2003, and released on December 16, 2003. It is mostly a solo sung by the main character of the show, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), with two small duets at the beginning and in the middle of the song between Elphaba and her friend Glinda, and a chorus part in the end in which the citizens of Oz sing. It was performed on the BBC television programme I'd Do Anything, and as a result the song charted at no. 60 on the official UK Singles chart.

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