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Norbert to Norbert, Butz to Butz

Norbert to Norbert, Butz to Butz
Created by: PurpleCow17
Tracks: 14
Length: 01:04:15
Keywords 1. Mix Contest 5
2. Mix Contest 5
3. Mix Contest 5
Created on 10/29/06 01:26am
Level 5
Points 2056
Total visitors 110
Unique visitors 50
This mix was ranked #17 out of 18 entries for this contest
description:
As the unofficial Mixtape Collective showtunes fanatic, I decided to take it upon myself to make what will probably be the only showtunes mix in this contest.

The links between showtunes are actually really easy to find, and I kept finding I could end my mix multiple ways at only five or six songs, but that wouldn't have been any fun, would it?

We begin and end with songs sung by my favorite musical theater fellow, the wonderful Norbert Leo Butz. Now if only I could come up with less silly names for my mixes...

tracklist

1 Jason Robert Brown : The Next Ten Minutes
This show was written by Jason Robert Brown and starred Norbert Leo Butz and Lauren Kennedy in its initial Chi [...]
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Track 8 from The Last 5 Years
Length: 00:07:31
Year: 2002
Track Description:
This show was written by Jason Robert Brown and starred Norbert Leo Butz and Lauren Kennedy in its initial Chicago run. It then went to off-Broadway, where Butz stayed, but Kennedy was replaced by Sherie Rene Scott.
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2 David Yazbek : Like Zis/Like Zat
And for our first connection. Norbert Leo Butz won his first Tony Award for his role as Freddy Benson in Dirty [...]
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Track 12 from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005 Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:03:21
Year: 2005
Track Description:
And for our first connection. Norbert Leo Butz won his first Tony Award for his role as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the musical based on the movie of the same name. It ran on Broadway from March 2005 until September 3, 2006. That show also starred Sherie Rene Scott (a co-star in The Last 5 Years as well), John Lithgow, Gregory Jbara, and Joanna Gleason.

This song, sung by Jbara and Gleason, is one of only two love songs in the show. (Not including an insincere, hilariously melodramatic love ballad sung by Freddy in an attempt to seduce Scott's character.)
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3 Stephen Sondheim : Any Moment/Moments in the Woods
Joanna Gleason is the key to this connection. Her work in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels got her a Tony nomination, b [...]
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Track 15 from Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:04:57
Year: 1988
Track Description:
Joanna Gleason is the key to this connection. Her work in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels got her a Tony nomination, but it was in the 1988 Stephen Sondheim show Into the Woods that she truly shined, earning a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

The musical combined several different fairy tales, all intertwining, and won several Tony Awards itself, including Best Score. Gleason played the Baker's Wife, a woman who, in the first act, wants nothing more than to have a child, and, in Act Two, finds herself in a position to have a romantic fling with a prince.
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4 Lucy Simon : Lily's Eyes
That prince that the Baker's Wife had a fling with? In the original Broadway cast, that was Robert Westenberg, [...]
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Track 17 from The Secret Garden (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Length: 00:03:09
Year: 0000
Track Description:
That prince that the Baker's Wife had a fling with? In the original Broadway cast, that was Robert Westenberg, who also was nominated for a Tony for that show. Four years later he played opposite stars like Rebecca Luker and Mandy Patinkin in a musical adaptation of The Secret Garden.

Westenberg is no longer acting. He teaches college theater in Missouri, and has married his Into the Woods co-star Kim Crosby. (She played Cinderella, he played her Prince Charming.)
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5 Andrew Lloyd Webber : Waltz for Eva and Che
Twelve years before Mandy Patinkin played Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, he originated on Broadway the [...]
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Track 8 from Evita (1979 Broadway Cast) (disc 2)
Length: 00:03:45
Year: 1979
Track Description:
Twelve years before Mandy Patinkin played Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, he originated on Broadway the role of Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's biographical musical about Eva Peron, which starred Patti LuPone as Eva.

When the movie version of Evita was filmed (starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce), the filmmakers wanted the classic "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" scene to be filmed on location at the Casa Rosada, but the government of Argentina wouldn't let them unless they changed some of the lines that implied Eva's insincerity and hunger for power.
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6 Stephen Sondheim : Not While I'm Around
Patti LuPone's first acclaimed role was in Evita, but she also made a splash in her portrayal of Nellie Lovett [...]
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Track 5 from Sweeney Todd (Original Broadway Cast) (disc 2)
Length: 00:03:57
Year: 1979
Track Description:
Patti LuPone's first acclaimed role was in Evita, but she also made a splash in her portrayal of Nellie Lovett, in a 2000 concert version of Sweeney Todd. When the show was revived on Broadway in 2006, she was asked to revive her concert role.

The concert also featured the talents of Davis Gaines, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, George Hearn, and Lisa Vroman.
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7 Stephen Sondheim : Another National Anthem
In the concert version of Sweeney Todd, Neil Patrick Harris played a young, earnest Tobias Ragg. He drew more [...]
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Track 12 from Assassins (Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:05:27
Year: 0000
Track Description:
In the concert version of Sweeney Todd, Neil Patrick Harris played a young, earnest Tobias Ragg. He drew more attention when he played the role of the Balladeer in the 2004 revival cast of Assassins (also a Stephen Sondheim show).

Also appearing in the revival cast were Marc Kudisch and Michael Cerveris. Cerveris appeared in a production of Sweeney Todd featuring Patti LuPone - in the 2006 Broadway revival, he played Sweeney.
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8 Jeanine Tesori : The Speed Test
Marc Kudisch connects these two. He played the Proprietor in the Broadway revival of Assassins, but previously [...]
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Track 7 from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Original Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:05:54
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Marc Kudisch connects these two. He played the Proprietor in the Broadway revival of Assassins, but previously he was seen in the Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie. He played the handsome Trevor, employer of Millie (played by Sutton Foster).
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9 Jason Howland : Small Umbrella in the Rain
Sutton Foster and her brother, Hunter, both achieved Broadway fame at around the same time - she in 2002 with [...]
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Track 17 from Little Women: The Musical (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:04:22
Year: 2005
Track Description:
Sutton Foster and her brother, Hunter, both achieved Broadway fame at around the same time - she in 2002 with Thoroughly Modern Millie, and he in 2001 with Urinetown. Sutton, however, continued to originate roles in the next few years. She appeared in the 2006 original Broadway cast of The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as originating the role of Jo March in the 2005 musical adaptation of Little Women. The musical wasn't received very well, but she received a Tony nomination.
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10 Elton John : Like Father, Like Son
Most casual musical theater fans won't recognize the name John Hickok, but he's actually been in quite a few s [...]
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Track 15 from Aida
Length: 00:03:13
Year: 2001
Track Description:
Most casual musical theater fans won't recognize the name John Hickok, but he's actually been in quite a few shows and is one of my favorite performers. He played Professor Bhaer in Little Women, and the corrupt Zoser in Elton John's Aida. (He was also in Jason Robert Brown's Parade, which could immediately link back to the first song from The Last 5 Years, since both are shows by Jason Robert Brown... but that would end the mix just a tad bit early.)
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11 Jonathan Larson : What You Own
The casual musical theater fan is slightly more likely to recognize the name Adam Pascal - possibly from his w [...]
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Track 13 from Rent (Original Broadway Cast) (disc 2)
Length: 00:03:56
Year: 1996
Track Description:
The casual musical theater fan is slightly more likely to recognize the name Adam Pascal - possibly from his work as the hero of Aida, but more likely as depressed drug addict Roger from Rent. He also portrayed this character in the movie, along with five other cast members who reprised their Broadway roles: Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.
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12 Clark Gesner : Beethoven Day
That was Anthony Rapp singing with Adam Pascal on that last track. In Rent, he played Mark, an aspiring filmma [...]
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Track 7 from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Length: 00:03:08
Year: 0000
Track Description:
That was Anthony Rapp singing with Adam Pascal on that last track. In Rent, he played Mark, an aspiring filmmaker trying desperately to make a brilliant documentary. In 1999, he charmed audiences once again as the equally sincere Charlie Brown in a revival of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.
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13 Stephen Schwartz : Dancing Through Life
The role of Sally Brown in the You're a Good Man Charlie Brown revival was written into the show specifically [...]
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Track 6 from Wicked (Original Broadway Cast)
Length: 00:07:37
Year: 2003
Track Description:
The role of Sally Brown in the You're a Good Man Charlie Brown revival was written into the show specifically for Kristin Chenoweth, who received a Tony Award for her performance. She was nominated for another for her work in Wicked, where she played ditzy good witch Glinda.
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14 Jason Robert Brown : Shiksa Goddess
This song was actually not part of the original Chicago show. Instead, there was a song titled "I Could Be In [...]
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Track 2 from The Last 5 Years
Length: 00:03:58
Year: 2002
Track Description:
This song was actually not part of the original Chicago show. Instead, there was a song titled "I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You." However, Jason Robert Brown's first wife threatened him legally, saying the show resembled their own failed relationship too closely. Brown amended this by changing the female lead's name and removing all references to her Irish heritage. "I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You," a song all about being love with an Irish girl, was out the door, and "Shiksa Goddess" was in.

So we have been brought back around to the actor we started with (Norbert Leo Butz, who played the male lead in Wicked) and my personal favorite song ever.
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