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Styles: Broadway Shows (Musicals)

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 09:08:28 -0400
From: Tom Cunningham
Subject: Music from shows: compilation

Here is a compilation of responses I received to the following posting:

Side Story) with an
interesting and extended part for choir with orchestra? I prefer to use
extracts from a small number of shows
for reasons of practicality: buying scores, hiring orchestral material etc.

In other words which shows have the largest amount of interesting pieces
for the choir?>>
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You might consider contacting the Rodgers & Hammerstein library in NYC.
They have available for rental (all licenses included) complete concert
programs for orch, chorus and soloists. You can make arrangements with them
to add individual pieces to the programs. They are happy to be flexible. I
didn't handle any of the business details when I conducted an all R & H
program several years ago for a community orchestra summer
concert-in-the-park program, but I don't think that it was outrageous.
I believe that R & H Library is now handling a number of other composers,
so you wouldn't necessarily be limited to R & H shows.

Dean Ekberg
dekberg(a)servtech.com
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There are any number of shows in which the chorus has a good amount of
music. The list is in no particular order:

"Oklahoma"
"Kismet"
"The Most Happy Fella"
"Carousel"
"An Evening With Lerner and Loewe" (a compilation of their work) I'm
uncertain of the exact title.
"A Grand Night For Singing" music of Rodgers and Hammerstein
"Some Enchanted Evening" music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

You had mentioned "Wewst Side Story" but there isn't much for the chorus.

Dana Taylor
dwt(a)evansville.net
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Tom...try "Pippen"...fabulous arrangement...

Lynda Seible
LYNDA313(a)aol.com
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I just attended a clinic at Vandercook college. Greg Gilpan has just
finished for release this year an arrangment of the "Wizard of Oz." It was
a well written and enjoyable arrangement. Orchestral scores are available.
This is the first ever choral release from the musical.

Kristine Sutkowski
Sterling, Illinois
ksutkow(a)essex1.com
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Two years ago, I did a concert with choir, soloists, and orchestra of all
Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. The only place you can get these
arrangements is from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Rental Agency. (This is
not the exact name, but you can probably find it. If not, let me know and
I'll get it for you the next time I go into my office.)

These are good arrangements (many by R. Bennett)--very "Broadway." I will
warn you, though, they are not cheap.

C. M. Shearer, Director
Choral Music Program
Kent State University
cshearer(a)kent.edu
(330)672-2909
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I have directed many musicals over the years, however a few jump out at me
for the fun they were to rehearse and perform expecially on the part of the
chorus.

These were: Anything Goes, Godspell, They're Playing Our Song. Many more
shows offer wonderful music as well, such as South Pacific, Fiddler on the
Roof, Fantastiks...

Best Wishes,
B E Choate
BEChoate(a)aol.com
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Thank you all for your helpful replies!

Tom Cunningham
cflat(a)compuserve.com
Web page on http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Cflat

Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 12:49:29 -0400
From: "Lee S. Spear"
Subject: Broadway arrangements - Compilation

Here are the responses to my request for good arrangements of Broadway
show tunes --

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The Ed Lojeski (Hal Leonard) medleys from "The Secret Garden" and "Into
the
Woods" are wonderful and very satisfying to sing. They do need some
trimming, and I'd be glad to share our alterations with you if you are
interested.

Mike Ellingsen

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I can't be nearly as specific as you need, but it seems to me that the
songs from Brigadoon seem never to be out of print, and that I have
heard lots of choral arrangements. I think they are deceptively easy on

the ear. Good luck ... Sue Noble

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You did not specify if you would be using orchestra or not. Our chorus
has
had great success with the rental packages from the Rodgers &
Hammerstein
Concert Library. The packages can cover many different musicals in a
single
evening or if you so choose you can build your own from the MTI and R&H
catalogs. All of their selections however are intended for chorus and
orchestra.

Hope this helps.
Troy Marsh
Choral Society of Pensacola

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There's a 45-minute revue called "100 years of Broadway" which can be
done
with a live band accompaniment or a tape. it has narration and beautiful

choral arrangements and solos. Dancing can be added, but is certainly
not
necessary for an elegant evening!
I think it's by Marc Brymer and Mac Huff.
Martha Springstead
Msprin4574(a)aol.com

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I did a medley called "Everything's Coming Up Broadway" - can't think of
the
arranger or publisher :( Did it with my church choir - give it a
look
see!
bob meyer
st. thomas more
troy, mi

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I find Novello's version is much better than Hal leonard. Its richer in
chiral arrangements.

the two musicals I would strongly recommend are "Aspects of Love" and
"Sunset Boulevard" both by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

You might want to consider doing songs from "Hunchback of Notredame"
although its not a broadway musical.

Nelson Kwei
Choral Director,
Victoria Chorale,
Amadeus choral Society,
Singapore

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You might consider checking with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library.
At one
time they had several R & H medleys with orchestral accompaniment,
available
for rental/royalty. My guess is that they would be well written, and
probably
with excellent orchestration. Just a thought.

Garrett W. Epp, DMA; Choral Director
Olathe North High School
600 East Prairie, Olathe, Kansas 66061
913/780-7140 office
913/780-7837 FAX
GEPPON(a)MAIL.OLATHE.K12.KS.US (school e-mail, limited use)
DrEppSings(a)aol.com (home e-mail, limited/restricted use)
GarrettEpp(a)aol.com (PREFERRED home e-mail)

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The Brigadoon medley by Erik Leidzen, a well-known arranger for bands,
of all things, is
wonderful.

Porgy & Bess Medley: the Lojeski arrangement

Fiddler on the Roof Medley: again Lojeski arranger.\

Also, very effective as something called the Oz-Wiz medley, perhaps
again
by Lojeski, that includes tunes both from The Wiz and the movie.

Bill

Wm. García Ganz
Associate Director, UC Choral Ensembles
Director, Cal Jazz Choir & UC Men's Chorale
51 César Chavez Center #4280
Berkeley, CA 94720-4280
510 643-9645 Email: billganz(a)uclink4.berkeley.edu
FAX: 510 643-9463


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Thanks to all for the suggestions. We are going with the Mac Huff
program "100 Years of Broadway" plus the Leidzen arr of Brigadoon.

-Lee S. Spear
Chautauqua Chamber Singers
Jamestown NY
lscmp(a)servtech.com
on June 12, 2006 10:00pm
Hello all!

I am looking for the CHORAL SELECTIONS... of Stephen Sondheim shows that are out of print. If anyone has any choral medeleys or single octavos from any of the shows please contact me at voxhumanabristol@yahoo.com as we are doing a concert devoted to his work in 2/07.

I would be happy to borrow, purchase or pay for a xerox copy of anything so please help us.

Thanks!

Cody Miller
Executive Director

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