Broadway Melodies strings together well known songs from Broadway shows. Songs on this album have come been performed in one of the 40 Broadway theatres in Manhattan, New York City. These songs give rise to magical moments in our imaginations as the tunes transport us into the well-loved narratives and classic stories. You’ll be tempted to hum or sing along. This album has all the colorful ingredients to help you relive adventure, drama and fairy tale from musical theatre through the decades. Broadway Melodies is dedicated to the memory of Michele Jones.
The production of Broadway Melodies is supported by a grant from Purdue Pharma Canada.
Send in the Clowns
is from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, a song he created specifically for Glynis Johns who created the role of Desirée on Broadway. It is a ballad from Act II. Sondheim used the word “clowns” not in a circus sense, but in a theatrical sense, meaning “fools”.
Ol’ Man River
is the most famous song from the 1927 musical Showboat by Kern & Hammerstein. It is sung by a black dock worker, Joe, who expresses the African American hardships of the time. The song is written as a metaphor to the Mississippi River where Joe was working on a showboat.
I Could Have Danced All Night
is a song from the musical My Fair Lady, written by Loewe/Lerner in 1956. It was first performed by Julie Andrews who portrayed Eliza Doolittle, the “Fair Lady” in the original Broadway production. The song expresses Eliza’s excitement after she has an impromptu dance with her tutor, Henry Higgins.