Friday, September 25, 2015

Beats by Broadway Episode 1: "Why I Love Broadway"

I have an exciting announcement! My twin sister (known on Twitter as #TwitterlessTwin) and I recently started a weekly Broadway radio program which airs in Statesboro, GA. It does not stream online, but luckily for my adoring fans (hey, Mom!), I will be recording it weekly and posting it right here on Singular Sensation for the world to listen to.

Last week, we premiered the show with a variety of songs that have made us feel something strong either when we saw them performed live, or even when we heard them for the first time.

So below, click the picture to check out our first episode, called "Why I Love Broadway"!

Song list:

  1. "One Day More" from Les Miserables (Original Broadway Cast)
  2. "Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat" from Guys and Dolls (1992 Broadway Revival)
  3. "Into the Fire" from The Scarlet Pimpernel (Original Broadway Cast)
  4. "You Don’t Know/I am the One"from Next to Normal (Original Broadway Cast)
  5. "Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime (Original Broadway Cast)
  6. "What You Own" from Rent (Original Broadway Cast)
  7. "Always True in My Fashion" from Kiss Me Kate (2004 Broadway Revival)
  8. "96,000" from In the Heights (Original Broadway Cast)
  9. "Defying Gravity" from Wicked (Original Broadway Cast)




 "Why I Love Broadway"


What songs do you want to hear us play next week? Let us know in the comments below!

Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: @BwayGinger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Woman Crush Wednesday: Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo in: Tick... Tick... Boom!, In the Heights,
and West Side Story
This past weekend I discovered this amazing new musical- maybe you've heard of it. It's called In the Heights, and it's by this genius Lin-Manuel Miranda...

Ok, yeah, I know it's not a new musical, and Miranda is certainly not a random guy! I finally listened to it a few days ago and fell absolutely in love! And of course one of the side-effects of my finding new favorite shows is I often develop a new crush. So my newest girl crush is Karen Olivo.

She played Vanessa in the original Broadway cast of In the Heights, but she also famously played Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Olivo has an incredible voice and acts with this powerful stillness that undeniably draws you in. Oh, and she's gorgeous!

So check out some of my favorite clips from her theatre career!

"It Won't Be Long Now," In the Heights
She's a good percentage of the reason why I have been listening to that show on repeat for the last three days.



"Come to Your Senses," Tick... Tick... Boom!
While Broadway fans may know her best for In the Heights and West Side Story, they may not have seen clips from her turn in NY City Center's ENCORES production of Tick... Tick... Boom. This all-but-forgotten musical written by Rent's Jonathan Larson took place just last June. Yet again, she played opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda. And I'm totally ok with that. (The quality of the video isn't great, but that's what happens with bootlegs, right? But just listen to her earnestness!)




"America," West Side Story
Because Anita IS America, y'all! Part of the reason why I love her so much in this role is due to the choreography and the costume decision. The choreography in the first WSS revival underwhelmed me completely, and I definitely wasn't a fan of the short-hair they gave Anita in previous Broadway productions and the movie. But this totally remedies those! Her long hair shouldn't make me this excited, but it's just so perfect, don't you think? Oh, and of course she won the Tony Award for her role.


Currently, Karen Olivo is helping out with Chat4Charity, raising money for BC/EFA by taking phone calls from and autographing memorabilia for fans. Check out her Chat4Charity page here.

I hope to see her back on Broadway very soon! Can you tell why?

Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: @BwayGinger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

Photo credits: NY City Center; Joan Marcus; Joan Marcus

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Springtime for Broadway: Top 3 Spring-Themed Broadway Songs

Spring is just around the corner- or if you're way down South like me, it's officially here to stay. Goodbye snow (or in my case, half-hearted cold), hello butterflies and flowers! And what better way to embrace the new life-giving season than brush up your Broadway music? Fortunately of course, there is a Broadway tune for literally everything.

Below, check out the short list of the top musical songs with the name "spring" in the title!

Springtime for Broadway: Top 3 Spring-Themed Broadway Songs

1. "Springtime for Hitler"- from The Producers (2005 film)
     Music & lyrics by Mel Brooks


2. "Younger Than Springtime" - from South Pacific (2008 Broadway revival)
    Music: Richard Rodgers
    Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein


3. "Spring, Spring, Spring" - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954 film)
    Music: Gene de Paul
    Lyrics: Johnny Mercer


BONUS: This might go more into the summer category, but here's a performance of "The Lusty Month of May" from Camelot.


And here is the real irony: the recent and popular Broadway musical that actually has the word "spring" in the title has no song. Spring Awakening fail.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

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Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: @BwayGinger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway