Jun 07, 2018
By Gene Stevens
They say ‘there’s no business like show business’, and I’ll add ‘there’s no song quite like a Broadway song’. There’s something special and endlessly endearing about many hit songs from classic Broadway musicals. Consider the romantic wonder of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from ‘South Pacific’; the fervent passion of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ from ‘Evita’; the nostalgic punch of ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’, or the haunted desperate hunger in ‘The Music of the Night’ in ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
These are just amazing – and timeless – songs, best seen and heard from a live performance stage, but easily re-visited in hit recordings that bring back that magic moment you witnessed the song live. And if you never got to experience the stage musical, these songs have so much melody and presence they can still carry you away.
I’ll also have some fascinating ‘extras’ – Broadway songs by Canadian artists, legendary songs from forgotten Broadway musicals, and a special triple play salute to this year’s inductees to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. So, join me Sunday (10th) from 2:00 to 4:30 for ‘The Broadway Edition’ on ‘Vintage Favourites’. Cheers, Gene