Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The cast of the newly-revamped 'Rent' Off-Broadway. The cast of the newly-revamped "Rent" Off-Broadway. (Joan Marcus)

If the story of the Broadway musical Rent sounds familiar, that’s because Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical Rent, used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Boheme. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. Kismet is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and The Song of Norway uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg's life.

Music used within the program:

Larson: Rent – "Seasons of Love"

Larson: Rent – "La Vie Boheme"

Puccini: La Boheme – "Musetta’s Waltz"

Larson: Rent - "The Tango Maureen"

Puccini: Girl of the Golden West – "Quello che tacete"

Webber: Phantom of the Opera – "Music of the Night"

Borodin: Prince Igor – "Polovtsian Dances"

Kismet – "Stranger in Paradise"

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 – Nocturne

Kismet – "And This is My Beloved"

Song of Norway - "Legend"

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Carmen Jones – "Dat’s Love"

Hosted by:

Naomi Lewin
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