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The Dress Circle: "Primary" Colors

We’re not fans of politics, and we never discuss anything political if we can help it. However, it is primary time, so on this week’s Dress Circle (9/16 7:00 p.m.), we’re going to look at the primaries – red, yellow, and blue that is – through songs from stage and screen musicals. 

Just as a refresher: red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors because they cannot be made by mixing other colors. This has nothing to do with the songs you’ll be hearing other than they have one of the colors in their titles, but it’s just something one might need to win a game show some day. 

Our “red” songs come from musicals like “110 in the Shade” by Schmidt and Jones, “Silk Stockings” by Cole Porter, “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936” by Duke and Gershwin, and “Call Me Mister” by Harold Rome.

For our “yellow” component comes from only a few shows including a musicalization of Truman Capote’s “The Grass Harp” by Richardson and Elmslie, Kander and Ebb’s “The Visit,” and the soundtrack from a British television series titled “The Darling Buds of May.” 

Finally, “blue” – not blues, we’ll be looking at the blues in musicals in a few weeks. These songs are about something that’s blue in color, and we’ve chosen to use songs from Rick Besoyan’s “Little Mary Sunshine,” Duke and Nash’s “Two’s Company,” Dietz and Schwartz’s “Inside U.S.A.”, and the film score to “Monte Carlo” with a song by Whiting, Harding, and Robin. 

People may be able to argue politics, but we guarantee that no one will want to argue with these wonderful songs from the musicals. Join us for another happy hour this Sunday.

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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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