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Broadway Close Up:
I've Heard That Song Before - The Songs of Jule Styne

Monday, December 08, 2014  |  7:30pm


“Any composer who could write for both a Sinatra and a Streisand in one lifetime is lucky,” observed Jule Styne, whose career spanned the Big Band Era, Hollywood and Broadway. With the scores of such Broadway classics as Gypsy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl to his credit, Styne ranks as one of the undisputed architects of the American musical theater. David Loud will serve as musical director, arranger and host with a cast that will include Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), Tony nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Julia Murney (Lennon), Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys) and Sally Wilfert (Assassins).

Tributes to Jule Styne

There's only one Jule Styne, and I love him.
— Frank Sinatra

The best popular songs in the world come from the U.S.A., and Jule Styne stands in that select hall of geniuses who know how to write them.
— Tony Bennett

Nobody Does It Better!
— Marvin Hamlisch

One of the greatest pleasures I have experienced during the last several decades had been the opportunity to sing so many of the attractive melodies fashioned by Jule Styne. If anyone has captured the true spirit of what the American popular song is all about, it is most certainly my old friend, Jule. For his brilliant score Gypsy, he ought to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and yet when you examine his body of work over the years, you come to realize that Gypsy is merely one of the many delights this extraordinary composer has given to the world. Whether collaborating with the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Sammy Cahn or, for that matter, any other lyricist, his adaptability and versatility mark him as a unique talent within the ranks of the genuinely great writers of popular melodies.
— Mel Tormé


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