From the Library: The Great White Way

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by Gabrielle Riel on Thursday, 20 August, 2009

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 . 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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