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  • Michael Bourne Interviews Bill Daugherty

    March 6, 2009. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    The Cast of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

    Bill Daugherty is the creator and star of the off-Broadway revue "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" It's all songs of the 1930's, songs that tell the story of America's first Depression. It's playing weekends at the Triad cabaret theatre on West 72nd. We also talked about other shows he's done, and I've included songs. Listen to the interview:

    Set list:
    "Humpty Dumpty Heart" from show When The Lights Go On Again
    Bill singing "I'm All Smiles" from album Look to the Rainbow
    Bill singing "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from show Broadway Unplugged 4
    Nancy Anderson singing "True Blue Lou" from album Ten Cents a Dance
    Bill singing "Look to the Rainbow" from album Look to the Rainbow
    -- MBourne
  • Broadway Unplugged: Michael Bourne Interviews Scott Siegel

    November 14, 2008. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    Broadway Unplugged LogoThe Town Hall was built in the 1920's for orators, and musicians also discovered that the acoustics are superb. None of today's audio tech existed back then, but no mics are ever needed there. "Broadway Unplugged" is an annual concert that gathers some of Broadway's best singers performing without mics and sounding that much more real. I've attended the last two years and I've been thrilled hearing (and feeling) all these beautiful voices, not amplified through speakers, but directly from the throats (and the hearts) of the singers.

    Scott Siegel is the producer and host. In this interview, we talked about the upcoming 5th annual "Broadway Unplugged" -- Monday the 17th at 8 at Town Hall -- for tonight's WBGO Journal. And we kept on talking, including listening to highlights from last year's show: Max von Essen and Sarah Jane McMahon singing "Tonight" from West Side Story, Lorinda Lisitza singing a heartbreaking "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End, Marc Kudisch singing "I'm Still Here" from The Glorious Ones, and Bill Daugherty singing a show-stopping "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls.
    -Michael Bourne