The Last 5 Years – I Can Do Better Than That

‘I Can Do Better That That’ performed by the Original Off-Broadway Cast (Sherie Rene Scott & Norbert Leo Butz) of ‘The Last 5 Years. A Musical by Jason Rober…

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Jason Robert Brown- I Can Do Better Than That

Belleville’s Own Community Theatre -The Cherry Blossom Players- presented a show/review called, “A Night With Jason Robert Brown” Directed by Gonzalo Valenci…

Which is the better “Songs for A New World” Cast recording by Jason Robert Brown; the 1990 version or the 1997? I’m trying to decide which album to buy, the 1990 version of “Songs for A New World” by Jason Robert Brown, or the 1997 version? Anyone have some insight?

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What are some good solo songs where you have to act? I am a senior girl in high school, and I was hoping somebody could help me think of good musical songs I can perform. The best ones are where the people singing REALLY have to act, for example, anything from the Last 5 Years. (But I’ve already used a song from that show.) If anyone can name a few songs where the song really moves someone, that would be great!
Here’s a list of some of the most driving and passionate songs from musicals ever I hope this helps!Aida- “I Know the Truth” wonderfully tragic song about the realization of not being loved GREAT riff in the middle that doesn’t hurt either.Ragtime- “Your Daddy’s Son” probably the most emotionally provoking musical theatre song ever as she sings about burying her child alive. Good for a soprano but you could do a good belt on it as well.(Audra Mcdonald version)Parade- “You Don’t Know This Man” Maybe not one of the hardest vocally but its story line lends itself to awesomeness if you can pull the emotion off right.(London cast edition)Little Women- “Astonishing” More uplifting than the previous with some good power notes at the end.(Sutton Foster edition)Oliver- “As Long as He Needs Me” Again not as challenging vocally but it brings the house down every time with her determination and steadfastness.Funny Girl- “Don’t Rain on My Parade” or “People” both great driving and inspiring!(Of course Barbara Streisand version)Children of Eden- “Spark of Creation” Not as well know but the note at the end is to die for!(Natalie Weiss version)Wild Party- “Life of the Party”- Funny and a little dark but great for a belter! (Idina Menzel version)Merrily We Roll Along- “Not a Day Goes By” Again one of those emotionally beautiful songs (would suggest the Bernadette Peters version if you are looking it up.)If none of this is your cup of tea though try some other stuff by Jason Robert brown, the author of the Last Five Years such as his Songs for a New World “Stars and the Moon” or some stuff by either Pasek and Paul or Kerrigan and Lowdermilk both are sets of contemporary composers who write stuff like Jason. They have accounts on Youtube if you want to see their stuff.

Funny Girl: Funny Girl, Don’t Rain on my ParadeWicked: Defying Gravity, POPULAR Oliver: As Long as He Needs MePopular, from Wicked, is the perfect song. It is light-hearted and funny. It definitely needs acting added to it. I strongly suggest it.

What are good 16 bar selections of musical theater songs? I am a 14 year old alto and I need 2 songs, an upbeat song selection and a ballad, both from a musical theater production. The selections have to be 16 bars each. What are some good song choices?
Good question! One question: are you more of a lyric alto (i.e. leading lady) or more of a character actress? Deciding that may help narrow down the options a bit. Also, it may be wise to prepare one song that’s slightly more modern and one that’s slightly more legit. If it were me, I would make my ballad the legit choice.Good alto ballads:As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver)*Someone to Watch Over Me (Oh, Kay! – Gershwin)*And The World Goes ‘Round (Kander and Ebb)Someone Like You (Jekyll and Hyde)Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita)Alto upbeat:All That Jazz (Chicago — Kander and Ebb)Don’t Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl)Don’t Tell Mama (Cabaret)If My Friends Could See Me Now (Sweet Charity)Ladies Who Lunch (Company — Sondheim)*I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair (South Pacific)*Midtempo:A Trip to the Library (She Loves Me — slightly more mezzo than alto, but a good mid-tempo song)Stars and the Moon (Songs for a New World — Jason Robert Brown — also slightly mezzo)You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (42nd Street — an easy alto song but not especially impressive)Adelaide’s Lament (Guys and Dolls)*Lamest Place in The World (13 the Musical– a bit slower but it’s supposed to be sung from a 13 year old’s perspective so you could probably relate best to this one) *The asterisks indicate what I think are your best options, but there are plenty more out there. Good luck!