Evangelicals and Art: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is a musical by Stephen Sondheim. It first appeared on Broadway in 19790 and has had multiple productions over the years and made into a movie. It has also been the subject of stage concerts. Angela Lansbury originated the role of Mrs Lovett. The musical is about a barber who murders people and his girlfriend who turns them into meat pies and runs a successful business in London.  The musical has several gems that I have posted below. Recommended songs if you are pressed for time are “Not While I’m Around”,”Johanna” and “Pretty Women.” Have a great weekend guys!  Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

As I get back into writing I want to dedicate this post today to the memory of my Mom. My Mom took my sister to see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Chicago in the 1970’s. My Mom enjoyed the musical and loved the dancing. It was one of her favorites. My sister spoke of seeing this musical with Alexis Smith and my Mom at her wake. Today I am going to share it with you. Its based on a true story that Playboy magazine wrote about. A crusading Houston reporter named Melvin Zindler exposed a brothel in LaGrange, Texas. It became a scandal in the state of Texas. It was popular on Broadway and launched Larry King’s career as a playwright  and was made into a movie with Dolly Parton in 1982. Songs I recommend are “Lil Ole  Bitty Pissant Country Place”,”Hard Candy Christmas”,”Bus From Amarillo” and “No Lies.” Enjoy your weekend guys! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: More Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Today we’re going back to classical music, however I am not going to spend a lot of time on Tchaikovsky. I just think his works are brilliant. He is the first Russian composer from what I read whose music became known internationally. He is known for symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and chamber music. On top of that he became a guest composer both in Europe and before Carnegie Hall. Today I am going to feature his first five symphonies. If you want to learn more about him you can do so here. Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: The Sound of Music

This Saturday I am going to highlight Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Its a classic that doesn’t need much introduction. Mary Martin was the original Maria von Trapp and Julie Andrews played the role in the movie. The musical is set on the eve of Germany annexing Austria in 1938. Maria accepts the job as a governess and falls in love with the children and ultimately their father Captain von Trapp. The Nazis want Captain von Trapp to go into the German Navy. He and the family flee Austria into Switzerland. World War II is about a year away from breaking out in Europe. This has had many Broadway revivals. I hope you have a good weekend!  Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Tears of Heaven

Tears of Heaven is a musical by Frank Wildhorn. Its not really that popular in the United States but is quite popular apparently in South Korea. The musical is about a Vietnamese singer, American Colonel, and a Korean private before and during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War.  Two gems from this musical are “Can You Hear Me?” and “I’ve Had to Learn.” The songs below are from the concept album I believe. Enjoy your weekend! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Pal Joey

Pal Joey is a musical that came out in 1940. It was written by Richard Rogers and Lorenez Hart. It is based off a series of short stories published in the New Yorker. The title character has an affair with a middle aged female named Vera Simpson. It has had several revivals and was staged into a film in 1957. The signature songs from Pal Joey are Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and I Could Write a Book. I hope you have a great weekend. Take care! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Martin Guerre

Martin Guerre is written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil who wrote Les Miserables. If you loved Les Miz you will most certainly love this gem. Sadly it never took off. The musical is about a historical case of identity theft, that is famous in French history. In the musical that case of identity theft is set against the religious wars in France specifically the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. While all the tracks below are worth a listen I would say that Bethlehem and the stirring closing called “The Land of Our Fathers”are the best.  Have a good weekend! Continue reading