Video Round-Up: Let’s Play Ball!
As the Blue Jays get set for their home opener Friday night, we decided to prepare ourselves the only way we know how…. with MUSICAL THEATRE.
Here’s our favourite baseball themed musical theatre songs to get you prepared for the baseball season ahead.
“The Baseball Song” – Falsettos
Falsettos, with a book by James Lapine and William Finn and music and lyrics by Finn. The story involves Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, and his lover Whizzer Brown. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1992 and will be revived in the 2016/2017 Broadway season.
“What I Call A Dream” – Diamonds
Diamonds is a musical revue about baseball. The book and music were created by many writers, composers, and lyricists. Among them were Ellen Fitzhugh, Roy Blount, Jr., and John Weidman (book); and Larry Grossman, Comden and Green, Howard Ashman, and Cy Coleman.
“T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)” – Your A Good Man, Charlie Brown
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.
“Heart” – Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The musical is based on Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.
“What A Game” – Ragtime
Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow.
“Give Me A Chance” – A League Of Their Own
A League of Their Own, based on the movie of the same name. Last time I heard about this show it was rumored to be Jason Robert Brown’s latest project. When I looked it up I found a different musical with lyrics by Jordan Beck, and Music and Orchestrations by Jason & Nolan Livesay. Hmmm… stay tuned for more information about this one!