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How to find a musical performance, unconstrained by location or quality?

I want to see a live performance of Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida. Flexible on performance quality and location. How to find this? [more inside]
posted by orangejenny on Dec 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Please, sir, I want some more...gifts!

I'm doing a production of Oliver and am trying to come up with gift ideas for the production team. I need gifts for 5 or 6 men and women, that are either the same or comparable. Looking to spend less than $100. Bonus: small all-cast gift ideas! [more inside]
posted by firei on Jul 1, 2016 - 7 answers

What musicals/shows should I see on Broadway?

What musicals/shows should I see on Broadway while I'm in New York? I'll be visiting NYC in September of this year and I'm unlikely to be back for another few years, so I'd really like to know what good shows are on right now. [more inside]
posted by liquorice on May 24, 2016 - 29 answers

Measuring time in inches with a pendulum for a metronome

I have several music books published during the mid to late 1800s. It seems to have been a period before metronomes, however there are things like “quarter note=pend. 10 inches,” which I take to be a metronome marking of sorts using pendulum. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by jackmcc on May 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Hamilton: pro/cons of knowing the story/music ahead of time?

Should I read Alexander Hamilton (the book) or listen to Hamilton (the music) before actually seeing it live? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on May 15, 2016 - 24 answers

"How to Eat Like a Child" - recording, video, anything?

I'm trying to find a professional recording, cast album, or even the original video from the 1981 NBC special "How to Eat Like a Child". [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Songs That Teach Something

I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
posted by trillian on Dec 1, 2015 - 24 answers

Behind on the Hamilton boat

I want to get tickets to Hamilton for my partner's birthday this December. Apparently it's sold out until next summer. Are the resale tickets okay? If I get tickets in the summer, will it still be the original cast? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Oct 28, 2015 - 20 answers

Where to sell a relatively valuable musical instrument in New York City

I have an alto saxophone that I would no longer like to keep lugging around as I move over and over again. It is worth more than I am willing to deal with myself: I've never sold anything worth more than $200 on ebay/craigslist. I can easily reach anywhere in New York City or environs, so I imagine there are a lot of places that would buy it from me. Is there any place in particular I should go? What should I expect their markup to be? Is this even a good idea? [more inside]
posted by q9f9A on Aug 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Improve acting & dancing in less than 24 hours?

I'm going to callbacks for a production of Carousel tomorrow. Yay! I'm in the running for the role of Nettie, as well as the ensemble. I'm primarily a singer and will be asked to read sides and perform some quickly taught choreography. What can I do between now and tomorrow to improve my acting and my dancing? Tips, tricks, and anecdotes welcome, assume I'm starting from zero in both skill sets. Thanks!
posted by firei on May 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What song is Buffy's song "something to sing about" reminding me of?

In the musical episode Buffy's song (as well as the melody from that song in the opening credits) sounds incredibly familiar. I know that "walk through the fire" was a cover, but I can't find anything on this one. Does anyone have any clue what songs it is reminiscent of?
posted by wooh on Apr 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Where in the world is a Toy Musical Instrument Museum?

Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
posted by dorgla on Mar 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Give it to me hard and fast (and loud) for Valentine's Day

I'm looking for more of what's listed below / inside. [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this instrument?

What is this instrument? I think it's a soprano sax, but it looks slightly different than other soprano saxes, so I'm wondering if it's a silver clarinet. Extra credit: who made it, how old is it, what's it worth? Thanks!
posted by crazylegs on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Musical Filter

How do I buy a copy of a Broadway libretto? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 2, 2014 - 10 answers

How to find totally, utterly random musical selections

I'm looking for a method, or algorithm, to identify completely random musical selections, across all genres (from Norwegian black metal to Renaissance madrigals to Pygmy chants). How can I do it, given that there is no single catalog that lists all music? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jan 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for specific version of the Man of La Mancha '65 cast recording

I'm looking for a specific version of the Man of La Mancha musical that I had on cassette tape when I was young. Can anyone help me find it? [more inside]
posted by frobozz on Jan 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Identify a film musical featuring a song about Rin Tin Tin

Can you identify a classic film musical about a woman who meets a guy that turns out to be a film star? It includes a big song/dance built around people at a party name-dropping film stars, but the heroine only being able to remember the name "Rin Tin Tin". [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 22, 2013 - 4 answers

What play features Freud's On Dreams?

I'm going through some boxes of old books I had in storage and came across this one, which isn't what it seems. I suspect it was created as a prop fro a play, but I can't think of a play I worked on, or have read that features this book. What play might have used this book prop?
posted by Toekneesan on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Identifying a musical which has girls faces behind dusty windowpanes

I saw a 10-second clip from an old movie or television program, where a man is singing in front of a dirty window with multiple panes. As he sings, he wipes each windowpane with his rag, and behind each dusty windowpane is a woman singing. What was I watching?
posted by wivy on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the title of this movie I watched when I was a little kid?

The film was a musical/sing along deal featuring some kids who are transported to a black and white world that used to be in color, but lost color because everyone was sad or intolerant or something. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

How should I dress when seeing a musical

I'm seeing The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London this week. I've never been to a musical before. How should I dress? I did find this question in the archives, do the same rules apply here in the UK? The current plan is to go with what I typically wear: checked shirt/jeans/chucks.
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey on May 1, 2013 - 19 answers

How legal is Jon Cozart's brilliant quintuple parody, AFTER EVER AFTER ?

In AFTER EVER AFTER, make no doubt about it he uses the melodies and harmonic progressions of no less than five copyrighted Disney songs, slanders and tarnishes the good name of BP, and uses a lot of character names that are probably registered trademarks of a very powerful company. How legal is that? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you stage Peter Pan in a way that is respectful to Native Americans?

Is there a way to stage Peter Pan that is respectful to Native Americans? [more inside]
posted by straight on Mar 11, 2013 - 26 answers

What is the difference between musicals and operas?

I understand that a lot of musicals are basically theatrical performances with lots of music; however, what about musicals like Les Miserables that are told entirely through song? Why don't we call them operas as well?
posted by jamincan on Jan 18, 2013 - 19 answers

Are Bollywood musical numbers in-story or fantasy?

In Bollywood films, should I think of the musical numbers as something that exist in-story -- that is, the characters literally stop talking and break into a dance number, then return to normal -- or as fantasies that exist only in the lead actor's mind? Or would the best way to parse them be as kind of a Greek Chorus meta-comment?
posted by Shepherd on Jan 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000?

Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Suggestions for musical instruments for kids

Metafilter, do you have any thoughts or ideas on what might be a good instrument to buy for Chrismas, that the kids (6 and 3.5) can play with on their own (i.e. there won't be lessons) but can still gain skill and enjyment, that I can find second hand for under, say, $100. Recorder? auto harp? trupet? drums? We already have a piano and bells. Thank you!
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 29, 2012 - 27 answers

Donating a used musical instrument (UK)

Where/who in the UK can I donate my musical instrument to? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

The very model of an extended cut of a much-beleaguered semi-masterpiece

In the extended cut of Ken Lonergan's Margaret, there is a new scene in which Lisa's high school drama club is rehearsing a play. What play are they rehearsing? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Piano substitute for a traveller?

What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Aug 25, 2012 - 20 answers

How would a great singer play a mediocre one?

Broadway-musical-meta-performance-filter: In "shows within a show," do actors/singers/dancers typically play down from their top standard, if the character is not at the top of the profession? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jul 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Eating in-character for Cinderella - what would she eat?

What would Cinderella eat? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Movie musicals without show tunes?

What movies are like "The Blues Brothers" and "O Brother Where Art Thou" in that they have music, but not in the "show tunes" style of most musicals?
posted by TheophileEscargot on May 21, 2012 - 70 answers

Got Trouble finding River City

Is there a simple way to find out if a particular play will be performed near me? I have an itch to see The Music Man on stage and I don't care whether it's a school production, community theater, or further up the chain, I just want to see it. [more inside]
posted by apparently on May 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Has Anyone Preferred The Words To The Music?

Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 20, 2012 - 36 answers

Need to get just a little higher in my tower...

[Singing Filter] I was just cast in a musical. I generally sing alto but the role I'm playing (Rapunzel in Into the Woods) is soprano. I'm having some difficulty getting her highest note - it is one or two notes out of my range, depending on the day. Looking for tips, tricks, advice - anything! [more inside]
posted by firei on Feb 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Sensitivity, Sensitivity, I'm just loaded with that...

I am looking for a copy of the script for Once Upon A Mattress. Where can I get a copy for free? [more inside]
posted by Vinegaroon on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Integrated Instrument Case/Stand

I wish for a musical instrument case, that also transforms into a music stand for holding sheet music. Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by sandking on Oct 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me make my saw sing.

What songs would sound amazing on a musical saw? [more inside]
posted by maca on Aug 24, 2011 - 34 answers

A French movie with an affair. That should narrow it down.

Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Clarinet resources for the not beginner.

I'm picking up the clarinet again after more than a decade off and need some help improving my tone / getting my breath back. Are there any online resources that will help with this?
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 23, 2011 - 2 answers

HIV history and cultural consequences

Looking for books about the history of HIV/AIDS in North America. Wanting both clinical/ epidemiology and social narratives. Also, would love anything that touches on stage performers and the affect it had on creative fields during the 80s.
posted by asockpuppet on Jun 30, 2011 - 12 answers

They don't sell this at Guitar Center.

Asking for a friend, what is the instrument this guy is playing in the first moments of this Czech video? [more inside]
posted by Max Power on Jun 17, 2011 - 10 answers

And then all of a sudden the melody shows up.

What popular songs have an intro similar to this 8-bit tune? (16s in) [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Pity the child that can't find a production of his favorite musical

I love the musical "Chess." It is rarely ever produced, though. How or where can I get alerts in my email when a production of "Chess" is in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Oh, it's THAT song!

What are some melodies or samples that everyone recognizes but most people don't know the origin of? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 25, 2011 - 35 answers

Anyone recognize an obscure Show Tune?

In Bob & Ray's soap opera parody "Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife" the characters put on a show, and during one rehearsal a musical number is played, called "In Your Hat". It's obviously an original cast recording from some obscure musical, but what? Google returns no results except for references to the Bob & Ray usage itself. The lyrics are odd and the meter is strange, and the featured male singer sings off-key several times, but its no amateur production, as it has a full orchestra and chorus. Can anyone recognize it from the lyrics below? [more inside]
posted by bigguy1960 on Jan 28, 2011 - 9 answers

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