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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of March 2022

Will March come in like a lion or a lamb or will the weather just continue to be a crazed combination of the two? Whatever the weather, some things remain constant just like this week’s Dress Circle (3/6 7:00 p.m.) when we’ll be welcoming in the month of March with shows that opened in New York this month in a survey that covers 118 years.

We’re beginning with a 1902 musical written by and starring Bert Williams and his partner, George Walker. “Sons of Ham” played for only eight performances in 1902, but it made a return engagement for an additional 8 in 1903, so it appears that a run of one week was all that was planned. Our most recent opening weathered the Covid break after opening in 2020. “Girl from the North Country” was written by Conor McPherson and uses songs by Bob Dylan to weave a story about the residents and owners of a failing guesthouse.

As always, we’ve done our best to include songs from some of the better-known musicals such as the current Broadway hit “Come from Away” and other favorites such as “My Fair Lady,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Spamalot,” and “1776.”

On the lesser-known side (but shows that are excellent in their own right) we’re planning selections from “Greenwillow,” “Seesaw,” “Applause,” “Flying High,” and “St. Louis Woman.”

We can’t promise to cure the world’s ills, but we can offer you a pleasant escape for an hour that will feature some enjoyable songs that are wonderfully performed.

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Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.
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