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BestArts Weekly Highlights - November 7, 2008


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This Week's Selections

This week, we feature performances by Barbra Streisand and her 'Broadway Boys', Laura Workman McMurtrey, Curt Hansen Daniil Simkin, Gene Kelly, Jason Mraz, Peter Gosik, Nataly Dawn, Jack Conte, Debra Monk, Cortes Alexander, Brian Lane Green, Lindy Robbins and Gene Reed.


How We Chose...

We've come up with a new format for the "Weekly Highlights." We'll try to feature at least one performance from each of the major sections of theBestArts.com - followed by videos related to upcoming events.

Broadway - from BestArts on YouTube
  • The Tonics (Cortes Alexander, Brian Lane Green, Lindy Robbins and Gene Reed) give a magical Manhattan Transfer-like performance of "Good Thing Going" from Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along
  • Debra Monk's rendition of "Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier wiil make your day
Young Broadway
  • Barbra Streisand invited four 'Broadway Boys' to join her 2007 European tour: Michael Arden, Peter Lockyer, Sean McDermott, and Hugh Panaro. Sean posted a great video montage from the tour.
  • Laura Workman McMurtrey shows off her best blue alien voice in a 'Diva Dance' performance from the film Fifth Element - singing starts at 0:54
  • Daniel Bogart gives a heartfelt rendition of the beautiful love song "At Night She Comes Home to Me" from Baby
College
  • We first "discovered" Curt Hansen from this great video of him singing Jason Robert Brown's "On the Deck of a Sailing Ship" at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Curt is currently appearing on Broadway in Hairspray as Sketch and as swing for Link Larkin.
YouTube Singers
  • 'PomplamooseMusic' is Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte. They produce some of the most original music videos on YouTube.
  • Wade Johnston is an 18yo ukelele player/singer who produces great videos. We like the way this post seems influenced by Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte (see above) - but that Wade still makes it his own
Dance
  • Daniil Simkin is one of the great young stars of ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal soloist in September 2008 at age 21. This video is from his performance at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition at age 17 (winner, Grand Prix).
  • Cover Girl is the film that launched Gene Kelly as a star - and helped turn 19 year old Stanley Donen into one of Hollywood's top film directors. The 1944 "Alter Ego" dance remains one of the most advanced "special effects" segments ever produced without aid of computers. This clip includes a three minute behind-the-scenes description of the feat, followed by the entire four minute dance segment.
High School
  • Here's a fun high school rendition of "Two Ladies" from Cabaret.
Upcoming events

Don't miss upcoming shows by Stearns Matthews, Niki Scalera, Scot Wisniewski or Arbender Robinson. Since we've featured each of these shows/performers in the last several weekly highlights editions, we haven't included any upcoming events videos this week.


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