From the Library: The Great White Way

I (Gabrielle) have been feel­ing adven­tur­ous late­ly here on Radio Riel Main! Ear­li­er this month, I played a pro­gram of noth­ing but march­es and Drum Corps music. Last week I pre­sent­ed a pro­gram of all Latin Amer­i­can music, and this week I am proud to present a pro­gram that has been rolling around in the back of my mind for about a month.

Today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel fea­tures the music of Broad­way, with a focus on ear­li­er musi­cals from the first half and mid­dle of the 20th Cen­tu­ry. I must say, it was quite a chal­lenge to track down authen­tic ear­ly Broad­way mate­r­i­al! You will hear pieces from the ear­ly musi­cals “Babes in Toy­land”, “The Mer­ry Wid­ow” and “The Stu­dent Prince”. I have also pulled in music from artists that were fea­tured in the Ziegfeld Fol­lies. Expect music from the clas­sic com­posers George Gersh­win, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and more. And of course, some pieces from the last 30 years of the 20th Cen­tu­ry from musi­cals like “A Cho­rus Line”, “Chica­go”, “Mame”, “Evi­ta” (and loads of oth­er Lloyd-Web­ber), “Sweeney Todd” and more. I sin­cere­ly hope you enjoy your stop on The Great White Way on Radio Riel today!

From Mr. Wikipedia:

Great White Way is a nick­name for a sec­tion of Broad­way in the Mid­town sec­tion of the New York City bor­ough of Man­hat­tan, specif­i­cal­ly the por­tion that encom­pass­es the The­atre Dis­trict, between 42nd and 53rd Streets. Near­ly a mile of Broad­way was illu­mi­nat­ed in 1880 by Brush arc lamps, mak­ing it among the first elec­tri­cal­ly light­ed streets in the Unit­ed States.

The head­line “Found on the Great White Way” appeared in the Feb­ru­ary 3, 1902, edi­tion of the New York Evening Telegram. The jour­nal­is­tic sobri­quet was inspired by the mil­lions of lights on the­ater mar­quees and bill­board adver­tise­ments that illu­mi­nate the area, espe­cial­ly around Times Square.”

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org . Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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