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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of April 2023

It’s April – no foolin’. Help us celebrate the month that is, for many, the real beginning of spring on this week’s Dress Circle (4/2 7:00 p.m.) with songs from just a few of the shows that opened in New York this month.

Our survey covers 112 years this time and begins with a long-forgotten musical by a composing/performing team that was a powerhouse of the time: Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. The show is 1911’s “Little Miss Fix-It,” and the song sung by its composers is “Turn Off Your Light, Mister Moon-Man.” Our most recent song comes from a musical that’s opening this month. It’s a stage version of the Liza Minnelli – Robert De Nero film “New York, New York” with new and additional music by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, with additional lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

We’ll hear from three revivals this month: “The Boy Friend” from 1970, “The Music Man” from 2000, and “Pippin” from 2013.

Some of the other older shows we’ve scheduled include “Carnival” from 1961, “On Your Toes” from 1936 (through a 1983 revival since there was no original cast recording), and the original “Follies” from 1971.

Recent openings feature songs from 2016’s “Waitress and 2013’s “Kinky Boots.”

Of course, there are more, but you’ll have to tune in to find out what they are. Join us for another happy hour of great performances.

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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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