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Monday Musical Moments Archive

Week 1 - West Side Story

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



Interview with West Side Story Director Joey McKneely. Part 1


 Interview with West Side Story Director Joey McKneely. Part 2

Week 2 - 1776. Sit Down John

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!



Interview with Frank Galati and Michael Donald Edwards


Week 3 - 1776. He Plays the Violin

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.





Interview with Frank Galati and Michael Donald Edwards. part 2

Week 4 - Show Boat. Ol' Man River

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.



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!


Week 5 - The Music Man - Rock Island

 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.






Week 6 - South Pacific - Nothing Like a Dame

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.




Week 7 - Ragtime - Make Them Hear You

Week 8 - Ragtime - He Wanted to Say

 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.


Week 9 - South Pacific - Carefully Taught

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.

Week 10 - Evita - Buenos Aires

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.

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

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

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.

Week 13 - Pulse - Drum Crazy

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."

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

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.

Week 15 - Contact - The Girl in the Yellow Dress

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.

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

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.



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

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.

Week 18 - The Sound of Music - The Lonely Goatherd

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.


Week 19 - West Side Story - Somewhere

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!]


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

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.

Week 21 - South Pacific - Bali Ha'i

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.

MMM: What You Need to Know

Go behind the scenes of this week's Monday Musical Moment with the brilliant Loretta Ables Sayre on the role of Bloody Mary, how her language reflects who she is, and what South Pacific means in our world today.

Week 22 - Josephine - Love Songs

Combine the astonishing life of Josephine Baker with the incomparable talents of Deborah Cox and you have the ingredients for Asolo Rep's glamorous 2016 production of JOSEPHINE. This sizzling take on the great activist and entertainer will take you straight to the heart of a 1940s, Jazz-fueled Paris on the brink of war. Get the setup from Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards before immersing yourself in the power of LOVE SONGS, the closing of the first act.

Week 23 - Josephine - Nobody's Listenin'

It seems like there is a lot of yelling going on these days - but is anybody listening? In our 2016 production of Josephine, Josephine's friend and confidant, Bricktop, has the same question. In this week's Monday Musical Moment, get the setup from Michael Donald Edwards before watching the powerhouse performance of Lynette Dupree in "Nobody's Listenin'".

Week 24 - The Sound of Music - Sixteen Going on Seventeen

If you’re like us, then you’ve been feeling as if time has been following its own rules lately. In one sense, it reminds us of the precious time of youth, when one year seems like an eternity. Take a trip down memory lane with Sophie Lee Morris and Cole Doman in this magical "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" from our recent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (which was going into rehearsal one year ago this month!)

Week 25 - Evita - Opening Act

One of the most stunning moments in recent Asolo Rep history was the opening of EVITA when the incomparable Ana Isabelle’s portrayal began with a show stopping entrance. Stick around after the clip to hear from Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards on how the idea was born and what it meant for the show.

Week 26 - The Sound of Music - Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss

In the closing moments of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music, The Von Trapp Family is finally forced to take a stance. Will they keep their heads down and stay silent or stand against the rising tide of fascism in the country they love so dearly? In our 2019 production, this moment was thrillingly crystalized in the concert sequence with Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss. Stick around after the clip to hear from Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards about how this moment landed in the theater.


Week 27 - Guys & Dolls - Marry the Man Today

Sometimes you have to close your eyes and leap. Roll the dice with us in this week’s Monday Musical Moment from our 2016 production of Guys and Dolls, featuring amazing performances by Audrey Cardwell and Veronica J. Kuehn!


Week 28 - My Fair Lady - Overture

For many, MY FAIR LADY is familiar, beloved ground. In our production from 2011, we were delighted to discover the unsung hero of Golden Age musical theater: Trude Rittman who did the masterful arrangements for this two-piano overture. Get the scoop from Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards before you hear Doug Peck and Ian Weinberger bring the piece to life beautifully.


Week 29 - Bonnie & Clyde - This World Will Remember Me

In 2010, Asolo Rep achieved an unprecedented high-water mark with our production of BONNIE AND CLYDE, catching the meteoric careers of Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes as their stars were truly beginning to rise. Their electric performance thrilled Sarasota audiences before transferring to Broadway, garnering Tony-award nominations and cementing them both as leading actors in the American Theatre. In this week’s Monday Musical Moment, we bring you the song that set in motion the iconic and tragic relationship of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker: “This World Will Remember Me.”


Week 30 - Matt McGee

This Monday we bring you a sneak peak of the Holiday concert with a look back at the concert’s host: Matt McGee. A beloved Tampa Bay performer, Matt has dazzled Asolo audiences on several occasions including these two morsels from our 2018 production of RHINOCEROS and 2016 production of LIVING ON LOVE.

Week 31 - Bonnie & Clyde - How 'bout a Dance

Let the gorgeous voice of Laura Osnes carry you away with this week's Monday Musical Moment: 'How 'Bout a Dance' from our 2010 production of Bonnie and Clyde. With music by Frank Wildorn, lyrics by Don Black, and an irresistible co-star in Jeremy Jordan, this intimate moment captures the chemistry between Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.


Week 32 - WNLC - Deck the Halls

It’s not too late to start decorating and spread a little holiday cheer! Get into the spirit with this little taste from our Holiday Concert under the Sarasota sky: WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS. In this funny and energetic rendition of DECK THE HALLS, host Matt McGee gets the party started and is sure to bring a smile to your face.


Week 33 - Hero - My Super Hero Life

Be your own Hero in the new year and let this Monday Musical Moment inspire you! In 2014 Asolo Rep helped launch a brand new work, HERO: THE MUSICAL. Comic book lover, creator, and dreamer Hero Batowski knows there is wonder all around him, but after a personal tragedy, he needs the help of his friends to rediscover it. An energetic pop-rock score from Michael Mahler, combined with the effusive performance of Brian Sears and an incredible set make this Monday Musical Moment a great way to fly into the new year.


Week 34 - Bonnie & Clyde- Bonnie

Tickets to Laura Osnes in concert may be sold out, but you can still  join Jeremy Jordan in celebrating her riveting portrayal of Bonnie Parker from Asolo Rep’s 2010 production of Bonnie and Clyde with this week’s Monday Musical Moment. In “Bonnie” Clyde Barrow shares a private moment of vulnerability with his beloved outlaw partner before their worlds come crashing down.

Week 35 - Show Boat - I Still Suits Me

In this week’s #MondayMusicalMoments, we look back at E. Faye Butler, who will be on the Terrace Stage later this month in Fannie and Michael James Leslie in Asolo Rep’s 2013 production of SHOW BOAT. In this rarely included number, “I Still Suits Me,” we see Joe and Queenie keeping the comic spark of their love alive.

Week 36 - We Need A Little Christmas

🎉 We have a lot to celebrate today in the Tampa Bay area! Whether that’s sports, the health of a loved one, or great theatre on an outdoor stage, get happy with today’s #MondayMusicalMoments​ from We Need a Little Christmas stars Ann Morrison and Matthew McGee. 🎶

Week 37 - Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

"Oh Freedom!" Start your week just like Fannie Lou started meetings - with a joyful song.  Watch today's Monday Musical Moment to see how E. Faye Butler summons both the strength of civil rights warrior Fannie Lou Hamer as well as the band to join her on stage. Then join us on the Terrace Stage to see what happens next!


Week 38 - Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

You only have a few more opportunities to experience the emotion and power of FANNIE: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER. In today's Monday Musical Moment, we dive into the story just after Fannie has been released from a horrifying experience in jail. Don't miss the undeniable E. Faye Butler on the Terrace Stage!

Week 39 - The Music Man - Goodnight My Someone

Experience the beautiful, soaring voice of Broadway's Britney Coleman in today's Monday Musical Moment as we travel back to our 2018 production of THE MUSIC MAN and her passionate rendition of "Goodnight My Someone". Britney returns as Guenevere in our upcoming production of CAMELOT on the outdoor Terrace Stage beginning March 17th. Get your tickets today: asolorep.org/events/detail/camelot


Week 40 - The Music Man - 'Til There Was You

Week 41 - Evita - Buenos Aires

What's new, Sarasota? In today's Monday Musical Moment we are taking a look back on our powerhouse 2017 production of EVITA with our invigorating opening number "What's new, Buenos Aires?" Ana Isabelle, Justin Gregory Lopez and The Tango Dancers Guadalupe Garcia and Junior Cervila all return to Asolo Rep on the Terrace stage for ANA ISABELLE & FRIENDS, STAND BACK SARASOTA! under the direction of Broadway's Josh Rhodes.

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Week 42 - Camelot - If Ever I Would Leave You

In today's Monday Musical Moment, journey through our production of CAMELOT, IN CONCERT with "If Ever I Would Leave You". Experience the magic of CAMELOT in a whole new way by streaming it online now through April 11th. Tickets on sale now

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Week 43 - Evita - Don't Cry for Me Argentina

In today's Monday Musical Moment, take a look at Ana Isabelle's breathtaking rendition of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from our 2017 production of EVITA. Ana Isabelle, Justin Gregory Lopez, and tango dancers Guadalupe Garcia and Junior Cervila return for ANA ISABELLE & FRIENDS IN CONCERT, STAND BACK, SARASOTA! on stage now - April 25. Get your tickets and check out our safety info!