News & Views Monday, July 28, 2014

Category: Broadway

“Beautiful” , the Carole King musical 24 July, 2014

00123827Twenty five of  Carole King’s best songs have been pulled together to make a new musical, “Beautiful“, about her.   From her beginnings in the early 1950s to her rise as one of America’s favorite songwriters, this collection of sheet music she wrote  for herself  and for others traces the path of her career.  Included are favorites “You’ve Got a Friend”, “I Feel the Earth Move”,  “It’s Too Late”, and “The Loco-Motion”.  For more information about this book of sheet music or other music you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Rocky Horror Show 08 July, 2014

14042919We present to you the 40th Anniversary Songbook for The Rocky Horror Show!  Forty years of Rocky Horror?  Yes!  Beginning in June 1973,  “Upstairs” at the Royal Court Theatre,  “Rocky Horror” has swept the world with the stage production and the movie.   It is a humorous tribute to the “B” horror films and science fiction films from the 1940′s through the 1970′s. Richard O’Brien’s zany story has a world wide cult following.  The film is the longest running release in film history.  This book of sheet music from the stage production includes a download card which gives you online access to professional backing tracks for all the songs!  To order this collectible album, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

EZ Play Today Organ Books 04 June, 2014

The EZ Play Today series from the Hal Leonard music company has been a staple in the music industry for years.  The series features up-to-date collections of easy music, such as “Wicked00100223” , in addition to collections of easy sheet music for standards. There are collections of hymns, and collections of contemporary Christian songs.  The melody has the name of the note printed inside the note head.  Chord names are printed above the staff for either the organ or guitar.  Thousands of songs are included in this line of easy books.  The lyrics are included.  The EZ Play Today books are great for beginning organists and recreational organists.  You don’t have to be a Bach-playing virtuoso to enjoy playing music on the organ!  For more information about these organ books or other music for keyboards, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC. email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

I’ll Be Seeing You : 51 Songs of World War Two 22 April, 2014

This collection of sheet music, mostly from the 1940′s, reflects the time and attitudes of World War Two.  “What Do You Do in the Infantry?” by Frank Loesser,  “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” by Frank Loesser, and “(There’ll  Be a) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin” by Joe Bushkin and John DeVries  reflect the pugnacious spirit of war time.   “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)” by Brown, Stept and Tobias and “Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me”  by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell both speak to the sorrow of separation.  Longing for the end of the war is reflected in “When the Lights Go On Again(All Over the World)”  by Seiler, Marcus and Benjamin and  “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” by Burton and Kent .  These songs and many more are included in this collection.  Many have become standards, performed by many bands over the years.  For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Decade Series-Songs of the 30′s 15 April, 2014

In the 1930′s Wall Street crashed and so did the Hindenburg.  Hitler and Mussolini allied their countries and began ramping across Europe and North Africa.  Japan attacked China.  On the positive side, Prohibition in the USA was over.   Germany’s loss was America’s gain when Kurt Weill , (he wrote “September Song“), came to the US and joined the ranks of the Broadway masters.  Times were, as always, changing. Talking movies were displacing vaudeville.  The Thirties was the decade of the big bands.  Benny Goodman‘s band had a theme song, “Let’s Dance“.  Glenn Miller‘s orchestra had its first hit, “In the Mood“.  Bing Crosby,(he sang “Pennies From  Heaven“), was young.  A young Walt Disney produced his first full length animated cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” , from whence came “Someday My Prince Will Come“.  This collection of 1930′s sheet music, “Songs of the 30′s” , is full of about sixty songs including the songs already mentioned.  Sing through the thirties!  For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

No Foolin’! 365 songs for ukulele! 01 April, 2014

This book of sheet music for ukulele contains 365 songs, one for each day of the year.  There is a chord chart at the front of the book, instructions on how to tune, strumming, and how to finger the chords.  The songs include the chord grids for all the chords used in that song.  You can play country songs (“Hey, Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams),  Beatles songs, (“Hey, Jude”), Broadway songs, (“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady), and folk songs, ( “Hush, Little Baby”).  Heck, if you really like some songs, you can play them more than once a year!  “The Daily Ukulele” book provides a bit of fun for every day.  For more information about this song book or similar books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s  for all your sheet music needs.

New Broadway & TV Band Arrangements 27 March, 2014

Amid all the new Top 40 and movie arrangements for concert band this year is an eclectic handful of pieces featuring music from Broadway and Television.  A hit in over 120 countries, and having just finished its fourth season in the U.S., Downton Abbey – The Suite blends some of the incidental music from the series with the beautiful main theme.  Mash-Up – Tribute Edition combines the music of fun. and Alicia Keys in remembrance of beloved character Finn from Glee, in the wake of the tragic loss of actor Cory Monteith.  HBO continues producing high quality miniseries with Hans Zimmer and Blake Neely’s theme to The Pacific available as well as a medley of songs from Stephen Schwartz’ Broadway classic Pippin.

Downton Abbey – The Suite 
arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3
The highly popular television series has become the most-viewed period drama in thirty years. The trials, triumphs, and tribulations of the aristocratic Crawley family are intertwined with the colorful lives of the live-in servant class. The equally colorful music is cast in this medley featuring the series’ familiar theme Did I Make the Most of Loving You?.

Mash-Up – Tribute Edition  
(Remembering Finn)
arr. Patrick Roszell
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3
Combining the music of the infectious group, fun., and the soulful voice of Alicia Keys, this mash-up of We Are Young and Empire State of Mind serves as a fond remembrance of the popular character, Finn, from the hit television show, Glee.

The Pacific (Main Title)
arr. Ted Ricketts
Hal Leonard Concert Band
Grade 3
From the acclaimed HBO miniseries, with a production team that included Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, comes this distinctive and poignant main theme. Apart from the series itself this powerful music stands on its own, and is beautifully adapted for band by Ted Ricketts.

Pippin
arr. Ralph Ford
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3
This endearing medley from Stephen Schwartz’ Broadway classic includes Corner of the Sky, Magic to Do, Extraordinary, Simple Joys, Pippin (Finale), and Morning Glow.

Sondheim for Singers, Just Released! 19 March, 2014

For a long time, Stephen Sondheim songbooks have been difficult to get.  Finally, the new series of Sondheim songbooks are off the press!  Sondheim for Singers is a set of song collections arranged by voice range.  The songs are usually in original keys as used in the shows or films.  These collections of Sondheim works cover the time period from 1954 to the present.  Synopses of the different shows are included.  There is one book each of these voice ranges: SopranoBelter/Mezzo Soprano, TenorBaritone/Bass, and Duets.  Now we have access to Sondheim’s wonderful songs  again. The duet collection is particularly nice, including “Agony” from Into the Woods,  “Rain on the Roof” from Follies, “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd, plus 26 more.  For more information about these or other Broadway collections, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Keyboards! 10 March, 2014

The oldest type of keyboard instrument is the pipe organ.  It dates to the third century B.C. There are many types of organs.  Over time, there have been many keyboard instruments, and plenty of music to go along with them.   One of the earliest collections of music for a keyboard instrument was the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, which is a collection of compositions by many composers.  There are other collections for virginal, but the Fitzwilliam collection is probably the best known.  There is so much music written for keyboard instruments that we may never run out.  There is music from at least 1562  to the present, from John Bull and John Dowland to Lowell Lieberman and Diane G. Rahbee.  The most common keyboard instrument nowadays is the piano, of course.  Parents who can afford it make sure their children have an opportunity to explore the piano for at least a few years.  All kinds of courses of instruction exist for learning to play the piano.  There are lots of sheets and books of keyboard music for classical, popular, jazz, rock, blues…..well, everything.  If you play a keyboard instrument, you should never get bored. If this article gets you interested in the endless variety of keyboard music, feel free to ask questions at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Newsies! 18 July, 2013

Newsies won Tony Awards for Best Choreography and Best Original Score in 2012. A musical full of energy and spunk, it’s hard not to get excited about Newsies! The book of vocal selections for Newsies has been available for some time. Now available is a book of sheet music in easy piano for those young fans who have seen the show and want to play the music. The words are included in this collection, so friends can sing along. If your child is bored with their summer music, this will get their interest in gear! Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our sheet music website if you are interested in the book, or other books of easy piano music for Broadway musicals.

Everyday Voice Care 15 July, 2013

The human voice expresses more than words, more than music. Vocal expression links the listener directly to another person’s inner feelings, body, and soul.

Keeping the voice healthy used to be as mysterious as the power of voice itself. Modern science has revealed much about the vocal mechanism and its health requirements, but simple information for the average voice user has remained hard to find and harder to trust. In Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers, respected voice therapist Joanna Cazden brings together a wealth of practical tips and advice to help keep your own expressive voice in top working order.

Drawing from her experience as a singer, theater artist, and a licensed speech pathologist who has treated more than 1,000 voice patients, Cazden integrates up-to-date medical information with common-sense suggestions and sympathy for the demands of contemporary life. Chapters on food and drink, cold remedies, loud parties, travel, fitness routines, and when to see a doctor are complemented by notes on alternative health care and the spiritual dimension of vocal rest. This invaluable resource for voice and speech professionals, students, and teachers will answer even the age-old question of whether to put lemon or honey in your tea.

For more valuable vocal resources, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742.

Jazz Piano Solos Series 21 June, 2013

Hal Leonard publishing has a series of advanced level  jazz piano solo collections arranged by selected recording artists and transcribed and arranged by editors at Hal Leonard. Two new books are out now, “Jazz For Lovers” and  “Late Night Jazz”.   Some selected artists are Bobby Darin, Art Tatum, Marian McPartland , Dave Brubeck,  Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.  Standard jazz tunes are liberally distributed among the collections, tunes including  “Beyond the Sea”,  “Prelude to a Kiss”, and “God Bless’ the Child“. Broadway tunes are represented, too, including “My Ship”  from “Lady in the Dark” and “Bewitched” from “Pal Joey”.  If you love to play jazz music for your own pleasure or for other people, there is a wide selection in this series.  For more information about the collections of sheet music in this series, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website and http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music  needs!

Chaplin The Musical 17 June, 2013

Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, composer and writer, was active in the performing  arts from childhood until the age of 80.  “Chaplin The Musical“, with book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan,  and music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis,  covers the life of Charlie Chaplin.  Zachary Unger plays Charlie Chaplin as a child. Rob McClure plays Chaplin from young adulthood to death at 88.

The  songs and dances in this musical are full of energy.  Rob McClure is great as Chaplin.  He has studied Chaplin’s movements and body language, and it shows.  The musical received six Drama Desk Award  nominations including Outstanding Orchestrations and Costume Design.  Fifteen songs from the musical are in this collection of sheet music.

For more information about this collection or other collections of Broadway musicals, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“You’ll Be In My Heart” 09 May, 2013

You’ll Be In My Heart, the classic ballad from “Tarzan” by Phil Collins is now available in a remarkable setting for more advanced choirs! Opening as a gentle lullaby, the vocal lines build into an expansive concert work with fully voiced choral harmonies and sweeping piano arpeggios. The arrangement builds through several exciting modulations before returning to the gentle strains of the opening. This arrangement is a perfect choice for end-of-year concerts or graduation!

For more repertoire suggestions for closing out your school year, please contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Music of James Reese Europe 19 April, 2013

James Reese Europe 00110581was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880.  Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music.  He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz.  Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands.  Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914,  the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”

James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad.  This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing.  It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Do You Hear the People Play? Les Miserables Arrangements for Band 05 March, 2013

Spring Concert season is upon us and our upcoming concert band posts will feature arrangements perfect for spring programming – pop, rock, jazz, movies, and television.  What better way to start than with the Oscar Award-winning Les Miserables!

Featuring some of the most well-known songs to come from Broadway in the last couple of decades, Les Miserables is more operetta than musical.  Boasting a 16-year original run with over 6,600 performances and winning multiple Tony Awards, Les Miserables has found a whole new audience with the 2012 feature film starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe!  There are a number of fantastic concert band medleys and individual arrangements of familiar songs from the show allowing them to be introduced to bands of all levels.  The show is also touring via Broadway Across America, and will be running at Columbus’ Ohio Theatre May 14-19.

Bring Him Home
arr. John Moss     Grade 2
The striking, sensitive ballad from the ever-popular Les Miserables enjoys renewed popularity with the 2012 feature film.  John Moss’ arrangement is perfect for ensemble playing within developing bands.

I Dreamed a Dream
arr. Robert Longfield           Grade 1.5
The beautiful, well-known ballad from Les Miserables has enjoyed ongoing popularity thanks to the long-running musical, Susan Boyle’s unexpectedly stunning rendition, Glee, and the 2012 film.  Robert Longfield’s adept arrangement makes this popular work accessible to very young players.

I Dreamed a Dream
arr. Michael Brown              Grade 3
Michael Brown’s arrangement of the popular ballad is sure to be a showstopper featuring solo vocalist, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, or F horn.

Les Miserables
arr. Johnnie Vinson              Grade 3
Ideal for high school spring concerts or community bands, Johnnie Vinson’s solid, yet accessible arrangement features some of the most memorable songs from this popular, long-running musical including: At the End of the Day, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, Do You Hear the People Sing?, and On My Own.

Music from Les Miserables
arr. Michael Sweeney          Grade 2
Several of the most well-known songs from this popular show are arranged with well-paced transitions for developing bands by Michael Sweeney: Work Song, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, and Do You Hear the People Sing?.

Selections from Les Miserables
arr. Warren Barker                Grade 4
Long the ‘go-to’ arrangement for high school and community bands, Warren Barker’s masterful medley captures the depth and power of the original music.  Includes: At the End of the Day, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, On My Own, and Do You Hear the People Sing?.

Broadway Junior 28 February, 2013

logoBroadwayJr[1]Broadway Junior” is a series of popular Broadway musicals designed to meet the needs of young performers through the ninth grade. Author-approved and condensed to approximately 70 minutes, they preserve the spirit and essence of the original while eliminating elaborate production elements. The “Getting to Know” (G2K) series offers the same type of condensed productions, but is specific to the musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein. There is also the “MTI Disney’s Kids” series, which contains Disney family favorites shortened to 30 minutes and easy enough for elementary students. All three of these product lines are available from Hal Leonard publishing.

What makes these products especially unique is that you get all the performance materials and the performance rights for one set price. The resources included also allow you to cut spending in other areas of production: a full accompaniment CD is included so you don’t have to hire a live pit, a choreography DVD stands in for a professional choreographer, etc. There are also many audition and planning materials available for free on broadwayjr.com.

Here’s how the ordering process works: You place your order with Stanton’s Sheet Music by phone, web, email or fax. We then pass your information along to Hal Leonard, who will fax a licensing agreement to your school. Once you complete, sign and return that contract, your performance kit is shipped directly to you from Hal Leonard’s warehouse. As long as you return the contract in a timely manner, you usually receive the kit about a week after you place your order with Stanton’s.

logoMTIKidsColl[1]Broadway Jr., Disney’s Kids and G2K ShowKits are available for purchase only by elementary, middle and junior high schools (grades K-9). Other groups—high schools, camps, community and children’s theatres, religious organizations—must contact MTI or R & H Theatricals to inquire about traditional licensing. (Read our musical licensing blog to find out more.) To determine whether your organization qualifies, please contact us for more information.

Les Miserables – Music from the Movie 25 December, 2012

Arguably the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables, comes to the screen on December 25, 2012.

“The opening night of Les Misérables at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985 was one of those extraordinary occasions when against all the odds a theatrical alchemy took place that made everyone forget the years of work and months of rehearsal that went into adapting Hugo’s sweeping masterpiece for the musical stage…the Guinness Book of Records confirmed that Les Miz had had more concurrent productions (15 at one time) than any other musical in history… Now Les Misérables has, to my surprise, taken over the mantle of the world’s longest-running musical from another of my productions, Cats… Les Misérables is proving more successful than ever with the original London production holding record-breaking advance box office figures.” Cameron Mackintosh (www.lesmis.com)

Fans of the stage musical can find much to be excited about in the new movie. The stellar cast – featuring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried – performed all of the musical numbers live during film production. This will hopefully bring a quality of authenticity and depth that is sometimes missing from movie musicals. Advance previews of the film are already garnering accolades, with Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Hugh Jackman for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress and “Suddenly” for Best Original Song.

To celebrate the movie release, Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to offer you a new Les Misérables piano/vocal songbook from the Hal Leonard Corporation. The songbook features piano/vocal selections of 16 songs from the film, plus a special 9-page section of fantastic full-color art! Of special note is the inclusion of the Golden Globe nominated song “Suddenly,” which was newly composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg and sung by Hugh Jackman in the film. (Learn more about the creation of this exciting new song here.)

For details on other Les Misérables sheet music – for piano, choir, orchestra and more – contact Stanton’s Sheet Music at 1-800-426-8742.

Extra! Extra! “NEWSIES” is here! 24 August, 2012

From the Bowery to the box office to Broadway…… and now Stanton’s!

Vocal selections from Disney’s newest Broadway smash “Newsies,” are off the press and now available from Stanton’s.  In a story almost as unlikely as the real-life events of the 1899 New York newsboys’ strike that inspired it, “Newsies: The Musical” started its life in a brief, less-than-stellar appearance at movie theatres in 1992.  In the years following, however, through the magic of home video, “Newsies” became a quietly growing sensation, especially among young people, who related to its “respect the next generation” attitude, and its dynamic musical score by Academy Award winner Alan Menken and Jack Feldman.

In 1994, “Beauty and the Beast” opened on Broadway and proved that Disney could successfully translate one of its films to the stage.  “Newsies” fans immediately saw the potential, and a movement began to grow that would take almost 20 years.  Music Theatre International, one of the chief theatrical licensing agents for shows, was deluged with constant requests by high schools, colleges, and community theatres to rent a stage version of “Newsies,” but nothing existed.  In fact, composer Alan Menken and the Disney organization experimented with the possibility several times, but couldn’t find a formula they felt would work.  Enter Tony Award winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein, also a fan of the movie, and confident he could adapt the story for the stage.

In 2011, “Newsies: The Musical” opened at the Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey and was an immediate success.  Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions, admitted that “Newsies” was the first Disney production for which the fans basically demanded that it be staged.  Those fans flocked to see it from all over the country, and the call for “Broadway!” grew even louder, a call which was resoundingly answered on March 15, 2012 when the show opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.

Top that off with over 150 sold-out performances to date, and two Tony Awards, and “Newsies” is truly the “King of New York.” Order the piano/vocal collection today!

Music from the Tony Awards! 13 June, 2012

The 2012 Tony Awards Show was certainly a night of wonderful performances, from the opening with the cast of The Book of Mormon through to Neil Patrick Harris’ closing number! If you’re looking for more from your favorite shows, check out what’s currently available from Stanton’s for some of the big winning musicals:

Once
Based on the 2006 movie of the same name, “Once” took top honors of the evening, with a total of 7 Tonys including “Best Musical.” Much of the music from the movie was also used in the stage musical, and you can enjoy playing all these songs, including “Falling Slowly,” from the Piano/Vocal/Guitar collection.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Winner of “Best Revival,” this new staging also garnered a Tony for Audra McDonald. You can still get the full vocal score from the opera or the vocal selections; there is also a new choral medley to honor the Broadway show. You may also enjoy a full-color, hardcover history of the opera: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Newsies
“Newsies” took home Tony Awards for “Best Choreography” and “Best Original Score,” fully redeeming the box office failure of the 1992 movie. Coming soon is the Piano/Vocal/Guitar collection from the new Broadway musical, and the collection from the movie is still available. There is also a great choral medley and a single of “Seize the Day”which were published in the wake of the movie, but ring true to the excitement of the stage version!

Nice Work If You Can Get It
This new musical using the classic numbers from the Gershwin songbook won Tonys for “Featured Actor” Michael McGrath, and “Featured Actress” Judy Kaye. Although there is nothing new in print specifically based on this musical, many of the songs featured—including the title song—can be found in The Gershwin Song Collection (1931-1954).

Contact Stanton’s Sheet Music for more information on any of these products, and check back here for updates as new publications from these Tony Award-winning shows become available!