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Encyclopedia > Urban Cowboy (musical)
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Urban Cowboy is a musical with a book by Aaron Latham and Phillip Oesterman and a score comprised of numbers by Broadway composer-lyricists Jeff Blumenkrantz and Jason Robert Brown and a variety of country music tunesmiths, including Clint Black, Shania Twain, and Charles Daniels. The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... Aaron Latham is a journalist who wrote the article that inspired the movie Urban Cowboy and co-wrote its script with director James Bridges. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jason Robert Brown (born 1970 in Ossining, New York) is an American musical theater composer and lyricist. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA) is a neotraditional country music singer, songwriter and producer. ... Shania Twain, OC (born August 28, 1965, Windsor, Ontario) is a very successful Canadian singer and songwriter in the country and pop music genres. ... Charlie Daniels performed at a USO concert at Camp Victory, Iraq on April 10, 2005 Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American country music, Southern rock, and jazz singer, fiddler, and guitarist. ...


Based on the 1980 screenplay by Latham and James Bridges, which had been adapted from a magazine article about Texas nightlife written by Latham, the plot focuses on Bud Davis, a country boy who moves to the big city for an oil refinery job and begins spending his nights at Gilley's, the local honky tonk, where he soon meets cowgirl Sissy. The trials they face and hurdles they need to overcome throughout their courtship and marriage are played out against a background of country-western music. // Events April 30 - The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London. ... Urban Cowboy is a 1980 film movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger about the love-hate relationship between Travoltas cowboy character Bud Davis and Wingers cowgirl character Sissy. ... James Bridges (3 February 1936 — 6 June 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director. ... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... View of Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California. ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... The classic vision of the American cowboy, as portrayed by Frederic Remington A cowboy (Spanish: vaquero) tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches in North and South America. ...


Following a run at Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, the show transferred to Broadway. After 26 previews, it opened on March 27, 2003 at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for only 60 performances, the victim of reviews that described it as "vulgar and bland" and "assembled according to a low and specific assessment of audience expectations" [1] and "a musical whose creators weren't quite ready to get on the horse" filled with songs "used haphazardly and devoid of dramatic value" [2]. This article is about the city in Florida. ... The Coconut Grove Playhouse is a legitimate theater in Miami, Florida. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ...


Directed by Lonny Price, the cast of mostly newcomers included Matt Cavenaugh and Jenn Colella, both making their Broadway debuts. Urban Cowboy starred Matt Cavenaugh in his Broadway debut Matt Cavenaugh, born 31 May 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is an American stage, film, and television actor. ...


The show was Tony Award-nominated for Best Choreography and Best Original Score, with an unprecedented total of thirty composers and lyricists cited in the latter category. An original cast album never was released. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... A cast recording or original cast recording is a recording of a musical that is intended to document the songs as they were performed in the show and experienced by the audience. ...


Song list

Act I

  • Leavin' Home (Music and lyrics by Jeff Blumenkrantz)
  • Long Hard Day (Music and lyrics by Bob Stillman)
  • All Because of You (Music and lyrics by Jeff Blumenkrantz)
  • Another Guy (Music and lyrics by Jeff Blumenkrantz)
  • Boot Scootin' Boogie (Music and lyrics by Ronnie Dunn)
  • It Don't Get Better Than This (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
  • Dancin' the Slow Ones With You (Music and lyrics by Danny Arena and Sara Light)
  • Cowboy Take Me Away (Music and lyrics by Marcus Hummon and Martie Maguire)
  • Could I Have This Dance? (Music and lyrics by Wayland D. Holyfield)
  • My Back's Up Against the Wall (Music and lyrics by Carl L. Byrd and Pevin Byrd-Munoz)
  • If You Mess With the Bull (Music and lyrics by Luke Reed and Roger Brown)
  • Honey, I'm Home (Music and lyrics by Shania Twain and R.J. Lange)
  • That's How She Rides (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
  • I Wish I Didn't Love You (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)

Act II

  • That's How Texas Was Born (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
  • Take You for a Ride (Music and lyrics by Danny Arena, Sara Light and Lauren Lucas)
  • Mr. Hopalong Heartbreak (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
  • T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Music and lyrics by Jerry Chesnut)
  • Dances Turn Into Dreams (Music and lyrics by Jerry Silverstein)
  • The Hard Way (Music and lyrics by Clint Black and James Hayden Nicholas)
  • Git It (Music and lyrics by Tommy Conners and Roger Brown)
  • Something That We Do (Music and lyrics by Clint Black and Skip Ewing)
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Music and lyrics by Charles Daniels, Tom Crain, Fred Edwards, Taz DiGregorio, Jim Marshall and Charlie Hayward)
  • Lookin' For Love (Music and lyrics by Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan and Bob Morrison)

External link

Internet Broadway Database listing


 
 

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