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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

Experimental/homemade musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 in the late '90s?

Do you know anything about the man whose experimental musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 (became MTV2) in the late '90s? I don't remember much about the instruments, but they were obviously handmade, mostly constructed out of household items. I seem to remember stringed instruments and organ-like things.
posted by anarch on Jan 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Do I want to see a show sooner or later in its run?

So, theatre and music folks, question for you - if a venue is hosting two presentations only of a concert/performance, and they're two nights in a row, on which night am I more likely to see the better show? [more inside]
posted by analog on Dec 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Find me a youth musical theater group in NY

I want to be involved in some sort of theater company, but my high school's theater program is less than enviable. Is there any youth musical theater group in New York I would be interested in? [more inside]
posted by auiricle on Oct 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Which banjo should I buy?

What to look out for when buying a banjo? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Find my kids some weird and wonderful rock and roll movies

Suggest some quirky rock and roll/pop music themed movies for teens. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Oct 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Sonata Banjo?

Need info on my banjo [more inside]
posted by healthykindofsick on Oct 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Best place to advertise creative/theatre/singing gig in NYC?

A small, cheerful, talented group of strangers will run into my girlfriend & I somewhere in NYC and break into song to help me propose to her. How do I find these fine folks? [more inside]
posted by shazzam on Sep 20, 2010 - 21 answers

This sketch is eluding me on about 9 levels

Comedy sketch filter. I'm trying to identify an American TV musical comedy sketch in which a man says something like "X is a whole lot easier to be around now that she's getting it regularly" and a woman responds, "Do you know that that offends me on about 9 different levels?" and then goes into a big musical number explaining the levels. [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde on Aug 21, 2010 - 2 answers

Physical Comedy Filter

How can I be funnier the next few weekends? (Brainstorming!) [more inside]
posted by bovious on Jul 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Prettydamncoolaphone

What's a weird musical instrument that would make a great gift for a composer? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 10, 2010 - 23 answers

Which musical instrument to offer to a very-busy and yound father?

BirthdayPresentFilter: looking for a a musical gift for my 35-yo brother (and possibly his son). [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Jul 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Recording of "RENT: The Musical" opening night?

Does anyone know if there is a recording of the original opening night of the "RENT" Musical; from the night after Jonathan Larson passed away, and if so, where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by linzenoonoo on May 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me be the next Dr. Horrible...or at least Mr. Terrible. Oh, did I mention the zombies?

Help me be the next Dr. Horrible...or at least Mr. Terrible. Oh, did I mention the zombies? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on May 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Lisa Simpson would know exactly what to do!

Help me better negotiate in the sale of a saxophone with surprising worth. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on May 5, 2010 - 14 answers

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