Archive for the 'Musical Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Did Paul Robeson Originate the Role of Joe in Show Boat?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Paul Robeson originated the role of Joe (and as a result, first sang the song “Old Man River”) in Show Boat. One of Paul Robeson’s most famous songs is the Jerome [...]

Was There Nearly a Muppet Version of Into the Woods?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Into the Woods was almost made into a film by Jim Henson Productions. Into the Woods was Stephen Sondheim’s second straight classic musical that had unfortunate timing on the year in [...]

Did Andrew Lloyd Webber Have a Hit Dance Song About the Video Game Tetris?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Andrew Lloyd Webber had a hit dance single on the British charts in 1992 with a song about Tetris (featuring music from the video game). Whatever else you might think of [...]

Did Cole Porter Work On Song Lyrics While Lying Crushed Under a Horse?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Cole Porter worked on song lyrics while lying crushed underneath a horse. Cole Porter is one of the all-time great songwriters, known for such classic songs as “Night and Day”, “I [...]

Was “Edelweiss” Based on an Austrian Folk Song?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s song “Edelweiss” is based on an Austrian folk song. “Edelweiss” was the last song that Oscar Hammerstein ever wrote. In fact, he was suffering from stomach cancer as [...]

Did the Kennedys Begin to be Called “Camelot” Because of the Musical Camelot?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: The Kennedys being referred to as “Camelot” came about directly because of the musical Camelot. When John F. Kennedy was elected as the President of the United States in 1960, he [...]