Show Tunes with Kate Botello - Episode 36

Jan 29, 2017

We'll rock out this week with musicals by famous musicians - hits and otherwise. (Including SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK by legendary band U2!)

Welcome to Episode 36 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: when rock stars make musical theatre, the shows tend to either be soaring successes or massive flops. We’ll hear from both. At Intermission, why actors won’t say the FORBIDDEN WORD - and other superstitions for theatre types. In Act Two, we’ll hear from some hugely successful, long-running shows, both of which are kind of surprising.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Here's this week's playlist:

  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1970) - Overture
  • SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK (2010) - Boy Falls from the Sky
  • HANDS ON A HARDBODY (2013) - Human Drama Kind of Thing
  • RANDY NEWMAN'S FAUST (1995) - Life Has Been Good to Me
  • THE WHO'S TOMMY (1993) - Pinball Wizard
  • QUEEN: WE WILL ROCK YOU (2002) - Somebody to Love
  • ROCK OF AGES (2009) - Don't Stop Believin'

INTERMISSION: We take look the what-and-why of some common theatre superstitions.

  • OH! CALCUTTA (1969/1976) - Oh! Calcutta* (*Note: this recording is a cover by the Starlight Orchestra & Singers)
  • THE MAGIC SHOW (1974) - Lion Tamer
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1970) - John 19:41

Here's a clip from HANDS ON A HARDBODY at the 2013 Tony Awards:

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