Welcome to Episode 34 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: we’re just into the new year, so we want to look back at some of the best shows that came out in 2016. We’ll revisit some numbers that we’ve played in previous episodes, and hear a few that we haven’t heard yet. The wayback machine will stay on for Intermission, with a look at classic shows with bad reviews.
Click through for this week's playlist!
All shows opened in 2016, unless otherwise noted. Dates indicate a production's official opening night, after previews.
- DEAR EVAN HANSEN (opened 12/4) - Waving Through a Window
- NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (11/14) - Prologue
- PARAMOUR (5/25) - Love Triangle
- SHUFFLE ALONG, OR THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT WENT WITH IT (4/28) - I'm Just Wild About Harry
- WAITRESS (4/24) - When He Sees Me
- AMERICAN PSYCHO (4/21) - Morning Routine
- CAGNEY (4/3) - Tough Guy
- BRIGHT STAR (3/24) - At Long Last
INTERMISSION: We ride the wayback machine Episode 18, with a look at classic shows with bad reviews.
- A FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN (3/8) - Disaster!
- SCHOOL OF ROCK (12/6/2015) - Time to Play
- HAMILTON (8/6/2015) - The Schuyler Sisters
- HAMILTON - Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?
EPILOGUE: ALLEGIANCE (11/8, 2015) - Ishi Kara Ishi. The show is inspired by George Takei's personal experience with his family in a Japanese Internment camp in World War II. The song features lovely performances by Takei (known as Uncle George to his fans) as Grandpa and Lea Salonga as Kei.
This week's video - Kimiko Glenn is wonderful as Dawn in, "When He Sees Me," from WAITRESS. With Jessie Mueller as Jenna, and Keala Settle as Becky.
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