The iconic productions seen on Broadway have always been a source of incredible music for choirs. With the nominees for the 2009 Tony Awards announced this morning, take some time to check out music from these fantastic shows:
Tying the all-time record with 15 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score (by Elton John), Billy Elliot is sure to be a force to be reckoned with at this year’s awards on June 7. The uplifting song Electricity gives voice to Billy’s powerful need to express himself through dance – “…and suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird, like electricity…Electricity sparks inside of me, and I’m free.” And for SSA choirs, try Shine, a fun-filled exploration of “show biz!”
Rock of Ages is another Best Musical nominee – it’s an arena-rock love story told through the hits of Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar and more. While most of the songs from the show are not currently available in choral arrangements, you can still “rock out” with the new medley Rock and Roll All Nite (coming soon), or Awesome 80’s, packed with fun, energy and 80’s nostalgia.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 is also nominated for Best Original Score. While most of the songs in the show are brand-new Parton originals, her long-time standard Nine to Five makes a prominent re-appearance (of course!).
2009 seems to be a hot year for great Broadway revivals! Check out music from Guys and Dolls (choral medley, Luck Be a Lady, and coming soon: Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat and a vocal jazz arrangement of If I Were a Bell), Hair (Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and the title song Hair), Pal Joey (Bewitched, I Could Write a Book, and My Funny Valentine) and West Side Story (see our earlier blog for information on this ground-breaking revival).
Keep your eyes open in the future for releases from other nominees Next to Normal, Shrek the Musical, and [Title of Show]. For more great Broadway hits for choirs, contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!