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by Nate Cavalieri

October 12, 2012

Golden-Age Broadway Showstoppers

by Nate Cavalieri  |  October 12, 2012

A slick-talking snake-oil salesman. A sharp-shootin' wild girl. A handful of sassy orphans and some randy office jockeys. These are the colorful characters that have been plucked from the spotlight of a Broadway stage and thrown together for a Friday Mixtape that's all about the razzle-dazzle.

The curtain comes up on this playlist with an appropriate opener -- "Wilkomen," from Kander and Ebb's Cabaret -- and keeps the focus on upbeat showstoppers from Broadway's "Golden Age." Instead of Andrew Lloyd Webber or Glee covers of Gaga, this set includes character pieces of classic shows: Ethel Merman's production of Annie Get Your Gun, the theme song to Cole Porter's 1934 Anything Goes, Leonard Bernstein's original cast recording of West Side Story, and hits from songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. Fantastically schmaltzy and brimming with super-sized musical personalities, this'll ease you into the weekend in style.

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