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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of May

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Happy May! On this first day of the month, The Dress Circle (5/1 7:00 p.m.) will be celebrating the musicals that opened in New York this month. We’ll go back to 1909 for the opening of a very popular show entitled “The Midnight Sons” before jumping to 2016 for our most recent opening, “Paramour,” a Broadway musical featuring the incredible talents of the members of Cirque du Soleil. Since the Tony Awards happen in June, May is not a popular month to open shows, and the second most recent show opened in 2008!

As always, we’ve filled our playlist with familiar and less-familiar works. Our familiar works include Frank Loesser’s wonderful score for “The Most Happy Fella,” Maury Yeston’s “Nine,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by Stephen Sondheim, and the off-Broadway legend by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, “The Fantasticks,” which chalked-up over 16,000 performances!

On the flip side, we’ve planned songs from “The Me Nobody Knows” based on the writings of inner-city children, “New Girl in Town,” Bob Merrill’s musicalization of “Anna Christie,” Monty Norman and Julian More’s “Moony Shapiro Songbook” (which ran for one performance), and the long-forgotten Rodgers and Hart musical, “I Married an Angel.”

That’s 107 years of musical theatre history this week featuring some excellent performances, and the only thing that’s missing is you. Tune in and spend another happy hour with us. It’s never too late to become a member of our wonderfully diverse musical family.

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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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