Posts Tagged ‘Bob Fosse’

Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet Charity

MRE 1024x755 Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet CharityThe Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester UK Presents Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Simon, and Bob Fosse‘s hit musical Sweet Charity: December 3 – January 28th. With a score full of big numbers (Big Spender, Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now) this Broadway classic will be brought roaring into the Exchange this Christmas by the team behind our hit production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Click HERE for tickets and info.

Sweet Charity is one of the best musicals ever written and defined a decade. Audiences can expect brilliant performances, stunning choreography – and brass. Lots of brass… I can’t stop listening to the score – it’s hit after hit. Every department at the Exchange pulled out all the stops for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and I can’t wait to work with them all again.” Derek Bond, Director

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50th Anniversary of Sweet Charity

carousel sc revised 7 orig 1 50th Anniversary of Sweet CharityTimed to the 50th Anniversary of the classic musical Sweet Charity, New Group Theater’s production stars two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Younger, Violet, Anything Goes) as Charity Hope Valentine, the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water. Performed in an intimate setting with original choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), this production of Sweet Charity will be given a fresh, modern perspective by Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well). Extended due to popular demand: Nov 2 – Dec 30th! For more info and to buy tickets click HERE.

Sweet Charity is based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Plaiani. Originally produced for the Broadway stage in 1966 by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse with Music by Cy Coleman and Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The original production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards.

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Jill Sobule – I’ve Got Your Number

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This week’s tune was written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh for the hit 1962 musical Little Me starring Sid Caesar (nominated for 10 Tony’s, one win for the legendary Bob Fosse). Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee were buddies with Cy and both had hit pop versions of the song the following year; Ella Fitzgerald also had considerable success with it in 1966.

This version celebrates its’ 7th birthday tomorrow and features the lovely and always awesome Jill Sobule on vocals, Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on keys, Jay Bellerose on drums and an arrangement by producer Dave Palmer. From 2009′s critically acclaimed tribute album: The Best Is Yet To Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman.

Check out this clip of (the incredibly sexy) Joey Heatherton performing the song on a 1965 episode of the Dean Martin Show!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Master (Jill Sobule) controlled by Notable Music Co.contact Damon Booth: info@notablemusic.net
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.

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