Drum Corps International
Spirit's 2005 program to be entitled ""The Spirit of Broadway""

Spirit's 2005 program to be entitled ""The Spirit of Broadway""

by Drum Corps International

From a Spirit press release: Spirit's 2005 is program entitled "The Spirit of Broadway!" Spirit will take audiences through an entertaining evening of great music and visual depictions of the theater as it gives patrons an experience using music from great Broadway musicals, past and present.
        
As the show opens, the music and visual ideas will represent the excitement and anticipation of entering a Broadway theater. From the sight of the deep red curtain to the powerful overture performed by the orchestra, the audience member will have a sense of the aura that is Broadway. Musically, the show opens with layered Broadway motifs, such as "Give My Regards To Broadway," "New York, New York," and "On Broadway," which sets this show in the direction of an entertaining theatrical experience. Act one includes music from the Marvin Hamlisch favorite, "They're Playing Our Song," sing "Entre Act" and "Not While I'm Around" from the Stephen Sondheim favorite, "Sweeney Todd," which serves as a backdrop for the opening of the musical. Act to serves as a dedication to musicals that are not currently on Broadway but have nostalgic meaning to the history of the Broadway musical. "Pie Jesu, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem," is beautiful yet haunting,and serves as a remembrance that will characterize this portion of the show. Act three takes the corps into a New York/Latin style, featuring "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" from "Guys and Dolls." This rhythmic, upbeat arrangement will give the corps' percussion section an opportunity to be highlighted and featured with driving Latin percussion styles, as well as strong brass moments from the upper brass giving the listener a true feel of how Broadway's style can be so diverse. Theatrical dancing and aggressive guard work will highlight this portion of the show. Act four brings modern Broadway into the spotlight. The corps will perform music from the smash Tony award-winning musical "Wicked." Musically, the corps will explore a more techno/modern approach to the Broadway musical scene. Listen for such favorites from this musical as "No One Mourns the Wicked," and "Defying Gravity." Momentum from the visual and musical programs will produce moments of velocity and exciting work from the color guard. As the show concludes, "the great curtain" will again be re-introduced and closed as the corps creates a "curtain-call" effect through fast-paced drill and cast recognition (the sections of the corps).