So often people focus of the performer when they think of their favorite songs from a musical. But this week I am going to break out of that mold and honor those men and women who wrote the music and lyrics to the songs we all love. When I think of standards that set the bar in American Musical Theatre theses music and lyricists come to mind. I have also listed my two favorite song from each of their catalogues.
1) Stephen Sondheim: My two favoirte songs from this mastermind are "Being Alive" from Company and "Move On" from Sunday In The Park With George.
2) The Sherman Brothers: (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman)They are two brothers behind Disney hits such as "Little Black Rain Cloud" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" from Disneyland.
3) Rodgers and Hammerstein: These men wrote such classics as "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific and "Edelweiss" from Sound of Music
4) Irving Berlin: A man who wrote over 800 songs in his life time such as "There's No Business Like Show Business"from Annie Get Your Gun and "Cheek to Cheek"from Top Hat.
5) Ira and George Gershwin: These brothers brought showstoppers such as "'S Wonderful" from Funny Face and "Someone To Watch Over Me" from Oh, Kay!
"Cheek to Cheek" song from Top Hat