Evangelicals and Art: Call Me Madam

Call Me Madam is a musical by Irving Berlin. It is a satire on politics and foreign policy and came out in 1950. It is based on US Ambassador Perle Mesta who served to Luxemburg. The song “I Like Ike” from this musical became the theme for Eisenhower’s presidential 1952 campaign. If you are pressed for time I would suggest “You’re Just in Love” and “The Hostess with the Mostess” Have a great weekend. Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula

Since Monday is Halloween I’ll put up something appropriate for the occasion! Dracula is a musical written by Frank Wildhorn, Don Black and Christopher Hamilton. It is based off the book by Bram Stoker. It debuted on Broadway in 2004 and had a run of 154 performances. It received a lot of critical reviews but its popular in Europe where its running today. The music is great and I have listened to it. If you only have time for one song you should check out “Life After Life.” Its the first one below. Next week its back to classical music. Enjoy your Halloween, go easy on the sugar!! Love you guys! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde was a failure as a musical when it premiered in 2011. It only had 36 performances. The music was written by Frank Wildhorn and the lyrics by Don Black. The musical is about the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who were folk heroes during the Great Depression. The cast album is quite good and if you were to listen to two songs, I would recommend “Dyin Ain’t So Bad” and “How Bout a Dance?” Have a good weekend guys! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is what I am throwing up this weekend. This is a classic by Frank Loesser when it came out in 1950. It has been made into a movie and had multiple revivals both in the United States and London. This is about a gambler who has to come up with $1000 to find a location for the game. Nathan bets Sky Masterson that he can not get Sarah Brown out on a date. There is a deal where he agrees to bring some of the gamblers to the mission. I would recommend “Sit Down You’re Rockin the Boat”,” I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “Luck Be a Lady.” Have a good weekend guys! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Mendelssohn (Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Felix Mendelssohn is a Germany composer who was born in 1809. He also was a pianist, organist, and conductor in the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn revived interested in Johann Sabastian Bach. He founded the Leipzig Conservatoire. There is a lot to feature from this composer, today I am going to promote his Midsummer Night’s Dream. I am sicker than a dog so I plan to sleep and rest this weekend. Have a good one guys! Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Kiss of the Spider Woman

The Kiss of the Spider Woman is written by Fred Ebb and John Kander who also wrote Cabaret. Its based off a novel by Manuel Puig, and is about a gay man and a Marxist revolutionary in a Latin America prison. It deals with how two prisoners deal with torture, and life in prison by fantasy. The original cast featured Chita Rivera who is known for her performance in this musical. If you are pressed for time I would listen to “Dear One” , “The Day After That” and the title song. Have a good weekend! Continue reading