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The Dress Circle: Some Recent Acquisitions

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Some things are constant, and one of those things is Ted acquiring more music for us to use on The Dress Circle, and on this week’s program (4-17 7:00 p.m.), we’re going to be looking at some of his recent buys. The CDs are not new releases, however; they are just new to us!

Some of the shows at which we’ll be looking include a British musical version of “Casper,” a revue based on the very popular line of American Girl dolls, a 1965 musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical that had to wait 40 years to be recorded. That musical, “The Likes of Us,” is about Dr. Barnardo, a 19th century Irish doctor who moved to London and became the savior of many impoverished children with the founding of his “Ragged Schools.”

We’re also planning to sample songs from a work by Michael Rapp that seems to be part musical and part opera about the infamous Grigori Rasputin and his relationship with Tsar Nicholas and the Empress Alexandra. Ted Neeley (of “Jesus Christ Superstar” fame) plays Rasputin, and Amanda McBroom is Alexandra.

To round things out, we’ll hear a song by Diana Durbin from a nostalgia CD on the Flapper label and, just to shake things up a bit, two songs from an interesting 2 CD set entitled Christmas in Hollywood.

If variety is the spice of life, things will certainly be warm on this week’s program, and we hope you’ll join us for another happy hour.

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Ted Otten is co-host of The Dress Circle
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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