It's Too Darn Hot! The Top 10 Summer Showtunes

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12 Jul 2014

Teresa Stratas

10. "Blame It On The Summer Night" by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz from Rags

One of my favorite things to do in New York in the summer is take long walks at night. It's less hot and humid, and the streets are less crowded. Charles Strouse's jazzy, introspective melody for "Blame It On The Summer Night" is a perfect match for starlit strolls. The operatic lilt in the song as originated on Broadway by soprano Teresa Stratas (and on the original cast album by Julia Migenes) gives the piece the extra emotional tug to carry the story and Stephen Schwartz's dramatic lyrics.


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