Finn de Siecle, the finite joy of William Finn

“All I’m asking for is a tune/
Something itchy to tap my toes to…/
I’ll tell you why I love to make music:/
I feel like I belong.”

That’s William Finn expressing his love affair with music. It’s part of his lyric for “Mister Make Me a Song,” which was issued by RCA on an album …

Cinderella, re-imagined by Rodgers & Hammerstein’s team

The script of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is barely recognizable in this new production, but the 1957 music is wonderful and augmented with other gems from those prolific songwriters.

You have to admire the guts of the people who reworked this old classic. They made major changes in the story and significant additions to the score. I’ve never seen …

Songwriters Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne

The music world thinks of Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne as a team. The songwriters burst on public consciousness with a string of hits in the 1940s, and both remained in the limelight till their deaths — Cahn in 1993 at age 79, Styne in 1994 at 88. But they wrote only two Broadway shows together and essentially stopped working as a team at …

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