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Monday Musical Moments

This week's Monday Musical Moment will take you far away to your own special island. Float on the incredible voice and performance of Loretta Ables Sayre as she calls you across the water from our 2014 production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic: SOUTH PACIFIC.

Ragtime - New Music & Wheels of a Dream - Week 20

In our most extensive Monday Musical Moment yet, see the segregated worlds of early 20th century New York collide and then dream of a brighter future in this clip from our 2018 production of Ragtime. From "New Music" to "Wheels of a Dream", Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards sets up the poignant optimism captured by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in this masterwork.

West Side Story - Somewhere - Week 19

Art has the powerful ability to help us imagine a different, brighter future. That's just what happens in "Somewhere", this week's Monday Musical Moment from Asolo Rep's 2015 production of West Side Story. Hear from Michael Donald Edwards about what makes this moment between Tony and Maria so poignant and so unique in Musical Theater before you dive back in.

[+ Special Thanks to Bill Wagy for all his labor in bringing these moments back for us to experience again!]

 

The Sound of Music - The Lonely Goatherd - Week 18

One of our favorite things from this past season was Maddie Shea Baldwin leading our seven amazing Von Trapp kids through a stormy night with the story of "The Lonely Goatherd." With a little imagination (and excellent Pillow Choreography from Josh Rhodes!) Sophia Cavalluzzi, Tyler Gevas, Judah Immanuel, Raina Lynn Khatami, Allie McLaughlin, Cora Messer, and Sophie Lee Morris overcome their fears and start to become the Von Trapp family again.

 

Sweeney Todd - Not While I'm Around - Week 17

Everyone can use a guardian, especially when times are hard. Join us as we find comfort in the beautifully melodic "Not While I'm Around" sung by David Darrow and featuring Sally Wingert from our 2019 production of Sweeney Todd.

The Sound of Music - Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Week 16

The wonderful Liz McCartney sings “Climb Every Mountain” in our 2019 production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Josh Rhodes. Composed by Richard Rogers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this beautiful song inspires hope, determination, and dreams.

 

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Contact - The Girl in the Yellow Dress - Week 15

This week we bring you a scene from our stunning 2009 production of CONTACT, directed and choreographed by Tomé Cousin and produced in collaboration with The Sarasota Ballet. Here, the Girl in the Yellow Dress (Shannon Lewis) challenges the men in a New York City bar to the beat of Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible. Dress by legendary Broadway costumer, William Ivey Long.

Pulse - I've Got You Under My Skin - Week 14

This week we take another look at Noah Racey's Pulse from May, 2013. Please enjoy this sizzling adaptation of I’ve Got You Under My Skin featuring the cast of male dancers and the remarkable Frances Bradley.

Pulse - Drum Crazy - Week 13

Noah Racey's PULSE, a joyous celebration of American song and dance, made its world premiere in May, 2013 and still has audiences cheering today! Here, Noah and company bring the house down with "Drum Crazy."

Guys and Dolls - Sit Down you're Rockin' the Boat - Week 12

Josh Rhodes' choreography dazzles in the rousing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat" from our 2016 production of GUYS AND DOLLS. Brilliantly led by Todd Buonopane’s Nicely-Nicely Johnson, be sure to stay tuned for Fredena J. Williams' crashing solo at the end of the number as General Matilda B. Cartwright.

Evita - Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Week 11

Evita - Buenos Aires - Week 10

We travel to Buenos Aires with the stunning Ana Isabelle, who brought more than a touch of star quality to our 2017 production of Evita.

South Pacific - Carefully Taught - Week 9

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 musical SOUTH PACIFIC was one of the first to explore racial prejudice. We bring you "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" with a special intro from Michael Donald Edwards and director, Rob Ruggiero.

Ragtime - He Wanted to Say - Week 8

 We checked in with Director Peter Rothstein and Choreographer Kelli Foster Warder about "He Wanted to Say" from Ragtime. Hear their thoughts about the song.

 

Ragtime - Make Them Hear You - Week 7

South Pacific - Nothing Like a Dame - Week 6

Wishing you a happy Memorial Day with a little sunlight on the sand and moonlight on the sea. This week's #MondayMusicalMoment is in special honor of our veterans – "Nothin' Like a Dame" from our 2014 production of South Pacific.

 

Dramaturgy 

 

The Music Man - Rock Island - Week 5

 The unforgettable opening number of The Music Man, "Rock Island." The final lines of the song: "When the man dances, the piper pays him" became part of director Jeff Calhoun's inspiration for Harold Hill to be a tap dancer. He was also inspired by the incredibly talented Noah Racey.

Paul McGill's choreography in "Rock Island" isn't only designed to mimic the movements of people on a train,  it's also tied to the lyrics of the song. Notice how each time someone says "talk," they all bounce, each time someone says "bicker," they lean back in their chairs, when someone says "you need a," they sway to the side, etc.  This means that every actor had to know the lyrics for the full song, not just the parts they sang.

 

 

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Show Boat. Ol' Man River - Week 4

Please enjoy Michael James Leslie and ensemble singing Ol' Man River from our 2013 production of Show Boat — truly one of the most memorable musical moments in Asolo Rep's history.

 

Dramaturgy 

Asolo Rep's Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards sits down to chat with 2013 Showboat director Rob Ruggiero to learn why Asolo Rep's 2013 Showboat "will always stand out". Listen now to find out more!

 

1776. He Plays the Violin - Week 3

Please enjoy He Plays the Violin from our 2012 production of 1776. Andrea Prestinario is Martha Jefferson, accompanied by Bernie Yvon as John Adams and Andrew Boyer as Benjamin Franklin.

 

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Dramaturgy

Interview with Frank Galati and Michael Donald Edwards. part 2

1776. Sit Down John - Week 2

Please enjoy Sit Down, John from our 2012 production of 1776, the kick-off production of our five-year American Character Project (2012-2017). Pay special attention to the top row on the left. You might just spot photographer Cliff Roles as Lewis Morris. What was your favorite American Character Project production? Share below!

 

Dramaturgy 

Interview with Frank Galati and Michael Donald Edwards

 

West Side Story - Week 1

Mambo and Maria from our 2015 production of West Side Story.

 

Dramaturgy 

Interview with West Side Story Director Joey McKneely. Part 1

 

 Interview with West Side Story Director Joey McKneely. Part 2