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Jeremy Jordan: No, This Is Not About ‘Smash’

Jeremy_Jordan_Smash_Season_2I had the great joy to hear Jeremy sing a new orchestration that I had done for the National Symphony Orchestra at a concert at the Kennedy Centre last week in Washington, DC.

Now this was a bit of a revelation for me, if only because I haven’t seen any episodes of Season 2 of Smash in which Mr. Jordan obviously appears.  OK, I don’t watch much TV at the best of times, I admit, but I don’t think Season 2 of this somewhat farcical television show has been aired on free-to-air yet in Australia?  Mind you, it’s ridiculous plot-lines don’t stop me watching it when I am around.  The music is still great – especially a couple of songs by the wunderkind writing team of Pasek and Paul.
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One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home

I think this mashup of two songs from the pens of the genii that is Burt Bacharach and the late, great, Hal David – orginally arranged for Barbra Streisand, and then rediscovered for Glee, as performed by Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth from that eponymous TV series –  is possibly my favourite double-song duet?  This performance is really fine, albeit the vocal mix pretty much drowns out the small stage orchestra.  Also, check out the fabulous piano playing/MD’ing from Rob Fisher (a class act in this profession).

But wait is there anything to match it?  But of course, there is:  Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shires’s ‘It’s Never That Easy / I’ve Been Here Before’ from their 1989 show, Close Than Ever.  You can listen to this song from the original cast recording here (sorry, there is no decent live performance on YouTube to watch!)  Come to think of it: this would be great for Lea Salonga and Liz Callaway!

Short and sweet today!

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