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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of February

February is the month of valentines for many, but on this week’s Dress Circle (2/5 7:00 p.m.), it’s the month of amethysts, irises, the number two, and some rather interesting New York openings covering 116 years of theatre history.

Our earliest show this month comes from 1906 and features Bert Williams in the musical “Abyssinia” which he co-wrote with Alex Rogers. From there, we make that 116 year leap to the most recent opening of the third revival of “The Music Man” that starred Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

Speaking of revivals, we have several this month. They include Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella,” “Fiddler on the Roof” from 2004 that starred Alfred Molina and Randy Graff, the 2006 revival of Adler and Ross’ “The Pajama Game,” and the 2017 revival of “Sunset Boulevard.”

Two of the more recent openings we’re also including are “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Passing Strange.”

We’re filling out the rest of the program with the very popular “Grease” and two forgotten shows, “Golden Rainbow” by Walter Marks and “What Makes Sammy Run” by Ervin Drake.

We’ve done our best to fill this week’s program with another varied playlist of excellent performances, and we hope that you’ll tune in and spend another happy hour with us.

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