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December 29, 2005

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Randy West

Alright, by responding I guess I'm now out of the closet as a fan of Ken's ramblings. That's OK, more room for Seacrest!Annie, for bad showtunes look to Irving Berlin's final contribution to Broadway, the cast recording of "Mr. President"; it's on CD from Sony. Robert Ryan and Nanette Fabray play the all-singing, all-dancing Commander-in-Chief and wife. Memorable is first daughter Anita Gillete's first act lament, "The Secret Service makes me nervous..."Also, Dad should be able to put the touch on Milt Larsen for a copy of his CD of 16 Broadway inspired parodies, "Smash Flops - Bon Voyage Titanic and other songs that sank". It's occasionally available at the Magic Castle's lobby gift shop.Now please tell me that you are NOT majoring in Communications! Happy Jew Year.

chris

How bizzare, I'm a student of dramatic writing at NYU, and I read to pick up whatever I can on the craft. Yet, the one thing I can comment on is bad music.The worst show to hit Broadway was 'Carrie: The Musical,' based off the movie/Stephen King novel. You can find it under that title or under such mind altering recordings as Broadway Jukebox, Broadway Uncovered, etc. It opened and closed the same night... and by opened I'm pretty sure that's in regard to the previews (I could be wrong).Good luck.

John

Three words: "Seussical the Musical."

Kim

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Joshua

Second the Carrie nom, in fact, I was pissed someone beat me to it - The broadway musical IN MY LIFE just closed and it was so awful it was awesome to behold - written, composed, directed AND produced by one man - that would be up there - see if you can find it.

Guyot

About three years ago I saw Bob Eubanks in a Target. He made an off-color remark to my daughter.She was 9 months old at the time. I'm still recovering.

Jon

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Jon

Frank Wildhorn's catalogue makes for easy pickings (especially his subtext-free "Civil War" songs). And among the Boublil-Schoenberg scores, I've always thought "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miz is the perfect "going on at phenomenal length to travel very little distance" song. (It's "Shipoopi," by the way. Though why you equate silly songs with bad songs, I cannot say.)

Frank Strovel III

My suggestion: get out of radio! The corporates will eat you alive if you persue it.Broadway suggestion: "1776" soundtrack

Lloyd Thaxton

Hi Annie:I too had a radio show at Northwestern. As a matter of fact, WCAT was the first radio station broadcasting on the NU campus and I was one of the students that built it. That's why I got my own show. It was built into my construction contract.Go You Northwestern?

Charlie

Is playing the entire "Legs Diamond" cast recording an option?Barring that, I nominate "Zoltar Speaks" from BIG: THE MUSICAL.Charlie

Stephen Gallagher

I saw a show in the 70s called THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF AL CAPONE which included the number, Why Did They Build that Lousy Lake Right Next to this Beautiful Burg.

Constance Reader

With the exception of "Popular", "I'm Not That Girl" and "Defying Gravity", the songs in "Wicked" are really pretty goofy.

Stephen Benson

way to go! i love crappy theatre music. some of the shows i've been in the pit for the only way we could stifle the gag reflex was to make up our own lyrics. . .correct with lloyd webber. . .the dude's only written one song and it's in every show. i had a solo on "music of the night", one night i played "don't cry for me argentina" another night "memory" another night "i don't know how to love him" for really bad show music though check out stuff that came and went really fast like "capeman" by paul simon, there were some real stinkers in "carousel" too. . .i got fired from a college radio show at asu when my friend and i started our own religion on the air it was the church of jesus rocket and the latter space cadets but that's another story. . .

Howard Hoffman

Ken...Congrats on your first comment spam! (See "kim" selling fur boots, above.)Annie...I think anybody besides the cast who sings "Memory" from CATS sounds just plain dumb. Midnight and the kitties are sleeping. Even Streisand couldn't save that.If Gene Simmons sang it, it'd be a shoo-in for your show.And of course, any tune from the original Broadway cast of "Upfronts and Personal."

Jaime J. Weinman

Crummy showtunes I can think of include:"One Person" from Dear World (Jerry Herman). An incredibly lame march song, ripped off from every other song Jerry Herman has ever written, telling us that "If one person can beat a drum, then one person can change the world!" Probably not the best way to write a song for an adaptation of The Madwoman of Chaillot."Floozies" from The Grass Harp (great show, great score; this song sucks). "In secret rooms/ I tiptoe barefoot over naked bazooms.""It's Super Nice" from Superman (Strouse and Adams are the greatest songwriting team of their generation, but most of their scores have one real clunker like this). What can you say about a song that includes the line "There goes Supe-baby, my oh my?"There's a great Kander & Ebb flop score for the show 70, Girls, 70 that includes one real stinker, "Boom Ditty Boom." The lyrics are as follows:"Boom ditty boom ditty boom ditty ditty dittyBoom ditty boom ditty boom ditty ditty boomBoom boom ditty boom boom ditty boom boomDid he do it, ditty, did he ever do it, ditty ditty."And I can think of a few Sondheim songs I'd rather not hear again (chunks of Sunday in the Park With George, that lame "Kanagawa" number from Pacific Overtures, anything in Passion consisting of the words "uniforms, uniforms" repeated over and over again), but I have to refrain from actually citing them lest I be banned from commenting....

David Bishop

Broadway turkeys: 'Too Many Tomorrows' from Sweet Charity; 'Everyone Complains About the Weather' from Calamity Jane.Just awful.And anything from Mack and Mabel - I hate that show!

Stephen Benson

one other thing, after actors realize that musicians get laid way more than they do they always want to cut an album. there have been evil show tune albums by some total non-singers like shatner. . .they would be great source material.

Sharone Rosen

tell Annie to contact YudsonS@aol.com. He (Steve Yudson) produced a number of CDs of Broadway show flop songs!

Sharone Rosen

Hey... I wasn't done... from the Gershwin's OF THE I SING, the title song... anytime anyone sings that or WINTERGREEN FOR PRESIDENT a Gershwin decendent dies.(and anything Andrew Void Weber would be redundant, but, my vote for his worst, the title song from SUNSET BOULEVARD).okay...now I'm done... oh yeah, Ken... love your posts, too...

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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