The songs of Midtown Live cover a wide range of titles from contemporary musical theater and from the pop music genre. Although those two styles seem worlds apart, they are more similar than you might expect.
When most people think of musical theater, what kind of music do they think of? My guess, at least for the less-experienced patron, would be something from the Golden Era, like Sound of Music or Oklahoma or Show Boat. While those musicals are classics for a good reason, the sound of the music is not always the most accessible to new audiences. American Idiot, a musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, and Waitress, a musical written by pop artist Sara Bareilles, though, are much more familiar sounds for modern audiences. But how many singer-songwriter and pop fans know that the new Broadway sound is right up their alley?
Highlighting the similarities of those distinct genres is one of the goals of Midtown Live! In the past we've covered artists from David Bowie to Beatles, from Carrie Underwood to One Direction, and from modern musicals from Spring Awakening and American Psycho--this year, we will cover similar music. The goal is to have a set list that brings in more diverse audiences and that helps the uninitiated become acclimated to musical theater in the context of a familiar format (a concert at a bar). We hope that people can leave saying that musical theater music is better than they had expected!
Come hear the similarities between contemporary musical theater and pop music for yourself as we cover songs from across those genres in this year's production of Midtown Live [four]!
Midtown Live [four] performs November 16-18, 2018, at the historic Rockefeller's on Washington. All performances begin at 8:00pm (with an additional 2:30pm matinee on November 18). Ticket prices range from $10-$40 and are available for purchase now at pitchmethis.com.