(Vocal Selections). Our Broadway Vocal Selections book features a dozen fantastic songs from this Kander & Ebb blockbuster: All I Care About * And All That Jazz * Class * Funny Honey * A Little Bit of Good * Me and My Baby * Mister Cellophane * My Own Best Friend * Nowadays * Razzle Dazzle * Roxie * When You're Good to Mama.
Paperback, 64 pages
January 1st 1981
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
(first published January 1st 1973)
"Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen. You are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery - all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts." With that opening line, the audience is invited into a darkly satirical excoriation of the American Dream in a wicked and wonderfully jaded musical.
Dan Coates' arrangements in this easy piano book gave my hands quite a workout, jumping between octaves very quickly. That being said, it was definitely in the spirit of the musical with the rag and jazz feel to the music. I definitely enjoyed playing the songs in this book.
The first role I landed in college was Velma Kelly in Chicago. I played the same character the following year in Birmingham, England while studying abroad. It's still one of my favorite musicals - and to think I had never heard of the show before auditioning for it.