As the woman who sang Irving Berlin’s lynching-themed ballad “Suppertime” on an album titled Happy Songs, Audra McDonald has always had a whimsical relationship with the concept of happiness. This lush and somewhat melancholy arrangement of the-only-song-from-Do-Re-Mi-that-anyone-has-heard-of is a welcome addition to the cannon of Audra’s bittersweet/joyous songs.
My copy of this album arrived today and I am in a coma of happiness. Is that a thing? That should totally be a thing.
If the death on the last episode of Smash reminded you of the real-life story behindRent, that was intentional. I spoke with showrunner Joshua Safran and actor Andy Mientus about the Rent connection, and the decision to end one character’s run shortly before Smash reaches its big finish.
Meanwhile, Across the Pond: London Cast Recordings of Broadway Hits, Day 4
This is most certainly my favorite song in the score—and perhaps by favorite in Cy Coleman’s catalog. I find the hook in the accompaniment irresistible. All three ladies give joyous and idiosyncratic performances here (click on their names to learn more about them), and the recording is more complete than the version found on the OBCR.
One of my favorite songs, too. And it contains what is probably my most favorite lyric in all of musical theater: “When I sit at my desk on the forty-first floor/In my copy of a copy of a copy of Dior.”
Think about what Dorothy Fields did with those last nine words. This character’s fondest dream isn’t to have a Dior original. Or a copy. But a copy of a copy of a copy. Every sad little thing you need to know about that character in nine short words. Incredible.