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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of December

Time just seems to be passing faster and faster, and since we’re finding ourselves entering the month of December, we’re going to look at just a few of the shows that opened in New York this month on this week’s Dress Circle (12-4 7:00 p.m.)

This month’s survey is covering 113 years of theatre history.

We’re beginning with a long-forgotten show called “The Pied Piper” which ran some 52 performances after opening in December of 1908. We actually have an original cast member performing “Whose Baby Girl Are You?” from this score by Klein, Strong, and Burnside.

We had two recent openings from which to choose: “Flying Over Sunset” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” We decided to go with “Mrs. Doubtfire” which opened in 2021 and had a score by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick.

We’ve stayed away from musicals we’ve featured over the past five years, so we’ve got some familiar and some rather unfamiliar works as a result.

Our familiar shows include “Camelot,” “Candide,” and “On the Town.”

Even though we’ve included some less familiar works, we’re sure that you recognize some of the songs since many of them have outlasted their vehicles. These include “April in Paris” from “Walk a Little Faster,” “I Love a Piano” from “Stop! Look! Listen!”, and “I’m a Gigolo” from “Wake Up and Dream.”

The shows that will probably be totally new to you include “House of Flowers,” “Onward Victoria,” “Do Re Mi,” “Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen,” and “How Now Dow Jones.”

We’ve put together another varied program for which we hope you’ll tune in this week. Familiar or unfamiliar, we can guarantee some excellent performances of some great material.

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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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