GOOD MORNING BROADWAY FANS! You are waking up to New York Broadway Tours Top 30 Tony Awards Countdown playing you the best of Broadway performances from the past telecasts and getting ourselves hyped for Broadway’s biggest night just 29 Days Away!!
At #29 today is a Musical about that incredible feeling about making it in this industry and when something you created gets a lot of attention… there was YouTube with people going viral. It tells the story of a wise cracking composer who meets a laid back & off beat lyricist at a disco, who end up collaborating, making their dreams come true, and end up falling in love. The show was THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, loosely based on a real life true situation between the show’s real life composer the late Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. It was also written by playwright Neil Simon. Originally, the musical is considered as a two person show with pre-recorded voices as the Greek Chorus. However, some productions have included a real live Ensemble as the Greek Chorus in it.
From the 1979 telecast, the legendary Lucie Arnaz (daughter of the late iconic Lucille Ball) in her Broadway Debut and Comedic performer Robert Klein show off their ultimate “freak out” mode as they sing the show’s title song.
THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 1978 before heading to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in 1979 playing for 1,093 performances. It was nominated for 4 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) loosing all of it’s categories.
Several well known replacements in the original Broadway production included Tony Roberts, Rhonda Fareer, Victor Garber (who later opened the National Touring production), Stockard Channing, and Anita Gillette.
Doesn’t this show make you wanna disco and boogie your way to Broadway?!!