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A Parade In Town

From Anyone Can Whistle - Digital Sheet Music

A Parade In Town

From Anyone Can Whistle - Digital Sheet Music

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A Parade In Town sheet music from Anyone Can Whistle
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A Parade In Town from Anyone Can Whistle - Digital Sheet Music
From the Musical Production "Anyone Can Whistle"
Anyone Can Whistle opened on Broadway in April of 1964 and closed after only nine performances. However, the show refuses to die, retaining a cult following to this day. In many ways, it was a sacrificial lamb, challenging preconceptions of what musical theatre should be and paving the way for Sondheim's future experimentation. A surrealistic satire, Anyone Can Whistle proclaims the sanity of madness as well as the virtue of nonconformity. The mayoress, played by Angela Lansbury in the original production, is constantly escorted by four dancing chorus boys who provide plenty of glitter to cover up the lack of sincerity in her patronizing addresses to the townspeople. And in the "Cookie Chase", a stylized ballet sequence, the sane citizens attempt to capture forty-nine mad people. In fact, a large portion of the action is conveyed through dance, far more than in any subsequent Sondheim musical. In Anyone Can Whistle, Sondheim and Laurents create a fantastical world of symbols and prototypes in which the townspeople wear the painted faces and wigs of circus clowns and scenery morphs at the whim of the players. Perhaps the end of Act I best summarizes the style and content of the play. In a manner reminiscent of Peter Brook's production of Marat/Sade (Although Anyone Can Whistle preceded that production by four months!), the lights go almost black leaving only an eerie glow from the footlights. Two groups of players, a potpourri of the mad and the sane, rush across the stage chanting wildly, building to a frenzy. Then the lights fade to black, lingering for a moment on Hapgood who turns directly to the audience and pronounces with a smile, "You are all mad." At that moment the house lights snap on, revealing the entire company onstage, sitting in theatre seats, laughing and applauding grotesquely.
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Title:

A Parade In Town

From:

Anyone Can Whistle

Instruments:

Piano Voice Guitar

Scorings:

Piano/Vocal/Guitar

Original Published Key:

Eb Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0042472

Price:

$5.50
Includes digital copy + 1 print. Each additional print is $3.99

Number of Pages:

3

Lyrics Begin:

I see flags,

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From:

Anyone Can Whistle

Number of Pages:

3

Form:

Song

Instruments:

Piano Voice Guitar

Scoring:

Piano/Vocal/Guitar

Original Published Key:

Eb Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0042472

Tempo:

Moderato

Metronome:

q = 120

Styles:

Cabaret

Show/Broadway

Pop Vocal

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Composer:

Stephen Sondheim

Lyricist:

Stephen Sondheim

Date:

1964

Publisher:

Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0042472

Lyrics Begin:

I see flags,

From the Show:

Anyone Can Whistle

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