12 Jul 2014
Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the best Broadway showtunes to sing along to during the summer.
Hot enough for ya? It was such a long, cold winter and it seemed like summer would never come, but here it is in full force. (For Playbill readers in the southern hemisphere, save this piece for January and button up.) One of the best ways to enjoy the weather — and sometimes to cope with it — is to listen to music with a corresponding feeling, or even better, songs that are about the season. Of course, no song can go deep into the human experience better than a showtune.
Click through to read my selections for the Top Ten Summer Showtunes.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.