Playbill Mixtape: Musical Theatre 101, 1950s Edition

Playbill Mixtape   Playbill Mixtape: Musical Theatre 101, 1950s Edition
 
The 25 tracks from 1950s musicals every theatre fan must know.
Musical Theatre 101: 1950s Edition
Musical Theatre 101: 1950s Edition Graphic by Felicia Fitzpatrick

In our continuing series, this week’s Playbill Mixtape features the must-know songs from Broadway musicals of the 1950s. The middle of the 20th Century produced some of the most landmark works of the art form, including West Side Story, Gypsy, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music. Still, we’re betting you may need to brush up on less familiar tunes from Fiorello! (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama) or Bells Are Ringing. Here, we narrow down the decade to 25 tunes you should add to your repertoire.

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As an historical guide to accompany your listening:
“The Sound of Music” — The Sound of Music; Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“Seventy Six Trombones” — The Music Man; Meredith Willson
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” — Flower Drum Song; Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” — My Fair Lady; Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
“Fanny” — Fanny; Harold Rome
“Guys and Dolls” — Guys and Dolls; Frank Loesser
“The Hostess With The Mostess’ On The Ball” — Call Me Madam; Irving Berlin
“America” — West Side Story; Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
“I Won’t Grow Up” — Peter Pan; Mark “Moose” Charlap and Carolyn Leigh
“Swing!” — Wonderful Town; Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
“Steam Heat” — The Pajama Game; Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
“If You Hadn’t But You Did” — Two On The Aisle; Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
“Standing on the Corner” — The Most Happy Fella; Frank Loesser
“I’m Goin’ Back” — Bells Are Ringing; Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
“All of You” — Silk Stockings; Cole Porter
“Stranger in Paradise” — Kismet; Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright and George Forrest
“I Could Be Happy With You” — The Boy Friend; Sandy Wilson
“House of Flowers” — House of Flowers; Harold Arlen
“This Is All Very New to Me” — Plain and Fancy; Albert Hague, Arnold Horwitt
“Whatever Lola Wants” — Damn Yankees; Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
“Politics and Poker” — Fiorello!; Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
“Glitter and Be Gay” — Candide; Leonard Bernstein and Richard Wilbur
“We Kiss in the Shadow” — The King and I; Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“Happily Ever After” — Once Upon A Mattress; Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer
“Rose’s Turn” — Gypsy; Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim

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