the american musical sensation


“Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

Book by George C. Wolfe; Original book by F. E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles; Music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake

Music Box Theatre, 2016

Starring Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. Williams, Pamela Yasutake & Richard Riaz Yoder

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On this day in music history: August 18, 1958 - “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” by Domenico Modugno hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, it is the biggest hit for the Italian born singer, songwriter and filmmaker. The idea for “Volare” comes from fellow songwriter Franco Migliacci, who is inspired by a pair of paintings by Russian-French impressionist artist Marc Chagall. The song describes an abstract dream of a man painting himself blue and flying through the air. Migliacci and Modugno write the song originally titled “Sogno in blu” (dream in blue) before changing it to “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” with volare being the Italian word meaning “to fly”, and the latter translating to “in the sky, painted blue. The song is entered in the Sanremo Music Festival in January of 1958, with it receiving its first public performance. "Volare” wins the contest, leading to it being Italy’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Though it only places third in the competition, the attention generated at Eurovision will convince Modugno to record it. Originally released on the Fonit Cetra label, the song is an instant smash, selling over a million copies in Italy alone. “Volare” is licensed to Decca Records in the US, and takes a similar trajectory. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on August 4, 1958, it pole vaults to the top of the chart two weeks later, becoming only the second single to top the newly established chart. The only song in the Italian language to hit the top of the US charts, “Volare” is a sensation with American music fans. At the first Grammy Awards ceremony in May of 1959, “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” wins three Grammy Awards including Best Male Vocal Performance, and the first to win Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. A pop standard, “Volare” is covered many times, and is referenced numerous times in movies and television. Singer Sergio Franchi sings  the song in commercials for the Plymouth Volaré in the 70’s. Actor Kevin Kline sings a brief snippet of it in “A Fish Called Wanda”, and Vitamin C recording a cover for the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack. “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

I have made a playlist on my Youtube channel with all the videos to Phantom adaptations that I have, for your viewing convenience.

None of them are my videos, I’ve just gathered them all up into one place.

99+ videos, over 35 adaptations, all free on Youtube and easily accessible on my playlist

This includes:

  • Phantom of the Opera (1983 movie) with Maximilian Schell as Sandor Korvin (full movie in one video)
  • Phantom of the Opera (1925 silent movie) with Lon Chaney as Erik (full movie in one video)
  • Phantom of the Opera (ALW musical) with Ethan Freeman as the Phantom (full musical bootleg in one video)
  • Phantom of the Opera (ALW musical) with Ion Jon Bourg as the Phantom (full musical bootleg in one video)
  • Love Never Dies (Australian Cast) with Ben Lewis as Mister Y (full musical in on video)
  • Phantom: The American Musical Sensation (Yeston and Kopit musical) with Richard White as Erik Carriere (full musical separated into four videos)
  • Fantomu (2011 Takarazuka Flower Troupe production of the Yeston Kopit musical) with Ranju Tomu as Erik Carriere (full musical in one video)
  • Phantom of the Opera (1990 miniseries) with Charles Dance as Erik Carriere (full two-part miniseries, separated into twenty-one videos)
  • Phantom of the Opera (Rosen and Schierhorn musical) with David Staller as Erik (full musical in one video)
  • The Phantom of the Opera on Ice (full performance in one video)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Dirk Kuiper play) Dinuba High School’s production (full play in one video)
  • Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989 movie) with Derek Rydall as Eric Matthews (full movie separated into five videos)
  • El Fantasma de la Opereta Tin Tan (full movie in one video, no English subtitles)
  • Song at Midnight (full movie in one video, no English subtitles)
  • Pyro: The Thing Without a Face/Phantom of the Ferris Wheel (full movie in one video)
  • Popcorn/Phantom of the Cinema (full movie in one video)
  • Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus/Eyes Without a Face (full movie in one video)
  • The Phantom of 42nd Street (full movie in one video)
  • The MeatEater/Phantom of the Bijoux (full movie in one video)
  • Il Monstro dell’Opera/Vampire of the Opera (full movie in one video, no English subtitles)
  • Phantom of the Opera cartoon (full movie separated into six videos)
  • Wishbone - Pantin’ at the Opera (full episode separated into two videos)
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Spooks (full cartoon short in one video)
  • Babar - The Phantom (full cartoon episode in one video)
  • Hello Kitty - The Phantom of the Theater (full cartoon episode in one video)
  • Goosebumps - The Phantom of the Auditorium (full episode in one video)
  • Highlander - The Beast Below (full episode in one video)
  • Baywatch - Nevermore (full episode separated into five videos)
  • Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (full two-part episodes separated into two videos)
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (two episodes, one video each)
  • Phantom of the Opera radio show with Basil Rathbone as the voice of Erique Claudin (full radioplay separated into two parts)
  • The Phantom of the Opera CBS horror radio show with Court Benson as the voice of the Phantom (full radioplay in one video)
  • KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (full movie in one video)
  • La Bella e la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast Italian miniseries) with Alessandro Preziosi as Prince Leon (full two-part miniseries separated into two videos, English subtitles)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1987 TV show) with Tony Jay as Paracelsus (seven full episodes, separated into four videos each)

The last time they have seen each other they were normal teenagers. 

Six years passed and now she’s Lydia Martin, the country star (also known as the sweetheart of American music industry) and he’s Stiles Stilinski, a member of the sensational rock band Beacon

When their paths cross again it’s clear there’s an unspoken connection between the strawberry blonde and the boy with chocolate brown eyes, but love is a fragile flame. 

It could easily burn out, when you could build a castle out of all the bricks people throw at you.  

Or in other words Stydia Music Stars AU

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New Sensation
New Sensation

This specific song appears four times in American Psycho. It’s one of the novel’s many representations of hell as an eternal pop culture feedback loop.

The club is predictably dark except for the flashing strobe lights, and even with them, all I can really see is dry ice pumping out of a fog machine and one hardbody dancing to INXS’s “New Sensation,” which blasts out of speakers at a pitch that vibrates the body.

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Dueling Pianos

More of the amazing Dorothy Donegan (with Cab Calloway & His Band)

From the 1944 American musical-comedy film, "Sensations of 1945