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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of June

June is the month of roses and pearls, and we’ve got some pearls for you on this week’s Dress Circle (6/4 7:00 p.m.) in the form of songs from some of the shows that opened in New York this month.

It’s possibly the least busy month for openings. In recent years, it’s the month of the Tonys, so there’s no way that voters can possibly get to see a show in order to nominate and vote on it. In years past, it was the beginning of summer and hot weather, and while some shows played rooftop theatres or “toughed it out” in hot theatres, many took breaks or played in regional theatres out in the “country” where the weather wasn’t nearly as hostile.

This year, we’ve got songs from shows that you’ll recognize like “Spider-Man,” “The Student Prince,” “The Vagabond King,” and “By Jupiter.”

We’ve also got some songs from forgotten vehicles like “A Lonely Romeo,” “The Garrick Gaieties,” “The Streets of Paris,” and the infamous “Oh! Calcutta!.”

We decided it was time to dig out the 78’s, and we’ve included songs from some of the editions of “The Ziegfeld Follies” from the early 20th century. Some of the stars we’re looking at using are Bert Williams, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, and John Steel, but you’ll have to tune in to see who we were able to fit into the program.

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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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