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The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of October

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October is the month of pumpkins, ghosties, and black cats, but it’s also the month of calendula and opals and more wonderful New York musical openings which we’ll be sampling on this week’s Dress Circle (10/3 7:00 p.m.).   We’re covering 117 years of Broadway history this month beginning with the opening of Victor Herbert’s hit “Babes in Toyland.”  At the other end of the spectrum, our most recent opening is coming this month (after over a year-long delay because of the pandemic) with the interestingly quirky story of the six wives of Henry VIII titled “Six” which finds those wives meeting to discuss who actually had it the worst with the infamous monarch.    Filling out the hour, we’ll hear from some long-running, familiar musicals like “Wicked,” “Cats,” “Mamma Mia!”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Show Boat,” “Victor / Victoria,” and “The Full Monty.”   

For good measure, we’ll also throw in two forgotten but popular-in-their-day shows, “High Button Shoes” and “Where’s Charley?” to round things out.  

We’re sure that you’ll know most of the songs, so feel free to sing along!

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.
Ted Otten is co-host of The Dress Circle