Tuesday, October 13, 2009

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Yes, it's true. Those of us who get the mailer from the Center Theatre Group with the upcoming season, were all wondering what is this unannounced play set to make it's world premiered in 2010 at the forum? Then it was made official today with an article in the LA TIME's Culture Monster. The article notes: "Harps and Angels" will feature songs previously written by Newman arranged in a way to tell a story about the American experience, according to Center Theatre Group. The songs are linked together "to tell a story of living in America, being born in America and going through various stages of life in America," said a spokeswoman for the company."

You may know songwriter Randy Newman from Toy Story's famous "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" but he has penned music for countless films: Performance (1970), Cold Turkey (1971), Ragtime (1981), The Natural (1984). ¡Three Amigos! (1986) (songs: "The Ballad of the Three Amigos," "My Little Buttercup," and "Blue Shadows"), Parenthood (1989), Awakenings (1990), Avalon (1990) , The Paper (1994) , Maverick (1994) , Toy Story (1995) , James and the Giant Peach (1996), Michael (1996), Cats Don't Dance (1997) , A Bug's Life (1998) , Babe: Pig in the City (1998) (song: "That'll Do" by Peter Gabriel), Pleasantville (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Meet the Parents (2000), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Seabiscuit (2003), Meet the Fockers (2004), Cars (2006) , Leatherheads (2008), The Princess and the Frog (2009) and the new Toy Story 3 (2010). Newman has won countless adwards over his career including an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. It looks like he is now after the Tony Award.

"You’ve Got a Friend in Me"-song from Toy Story 1

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