Bill’s List — March 2020

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Welcome to March—and a special social distancing-friendly edition of Bill’s List! Right now we can’t welcome you to The 5th like we usually do to experience live musical theater in person (sad face!), so our favorite influencer (Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry) has compiled a list of ways you can continue to celebrate and love musicals virtually until we can all join together again.

The Making of No, No, Nanette by Don Dunn

“It might be a bit hard to come by, but The Making of No, No, Nanette is a really fun look at how producers and creatives took a show that was sort of dead and re-envisioned it. It’s a behind-the-scenes tell all of the drama that unfolded and for anyone who loves musical theater it’s a delightful, fun read. This a true story and you are just going to love it. You definitely don’t have to know anything about the show to enjoy reading it, either!” 

Sunday in the Park with George (1986 recording)

“This production of Sunday in the Park with George is great AND an original staging! It is masterful. Bernadette Peters gives one of the best performances of all time, and Mandy Patinkin is absolutely thrilling. It’s a great thing for people to who want to dive deep into musical theater to watch.” Stream it on Apple TV today!

Forbidden Broadway—Les Misérables

First things first: watch this:

Then, watch this:

“Forbidden Broadway is just fun and silly. It’s always so clever and I try to never miss an edition because it always spoofs the big hit shows. Perhaps the biggest ever is Les Misérables. You’ll enjoy both of these!”

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows are Built by Jack Viertel

The Secret Life of the American Musical is all about how musicals are structured and the commonalities that thread together this particular kind of art. It will bring you closer to how musicals work, what you’re experiencing when you watch a musical, and why you see what you’re seeing. It’s more scholarly in its approach and therefore perfect for people who want to get under the hood of the musical theater industry.”

Liza with a Z

“Liza’s concert is AMAZING! Bob Fosse staged it. It was revolutionary at the time but it keeps reverberating in everything we do in musical theater today. Even though it’s a concert, you can see all these incredible ideas, use of storytelling and space, dancers—and it’s just plain joyful. You can’t go wrong watching any or all of Liza with a Z, but “Bye Bye Blackbird” is a particular favorite of mine. “Ring them Bells” is also a really good one. What’s so amazing about it is that you are watching Liza when she is the biggest thing in the entire world. She can do everything and she is at the top of her game. There is not a moment of this concert that is not perfection.”

Please continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing! We’ll see you next month for the next round of Bill’s picks.

Compiled by/as told to Rachel Liuzzi, Public Relations Manager

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