Hoopla Staff Picks: American Songbook & Broadway

Possibly our most dynamic digital resource, Hoopla includes a variety of different formats from books to movies and music. In order to highlight some of these, we've gathered staff recommendations of just a few formats you can stream and download with your library card. Below are some album recommendations from Adult Services & Local History Librarian Austin Duffy and Adult Services Librarian Sharon Rothman.

The Great American Songbook picks from Austin:

Bing Crosby. Bing Sings the Great American Songbook.
Short, breezy covers of classics like “Manhattan” and “I’ve Got A Crush On You.”

Nancy Wilson. The Great American Songbook.
Elegant, varied renditions include “The Nearness of You” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

Mel Tormé. The Great American Songbook: Live At Michael's Pub.
Recorded October 8 and 9, 1992. Includes Tormé’s interpretation of seven songs composed by Duke Ellington.

Ethel Ennis. The Great American Songbook.
Ennis could have been a big jazz star but chose a quieter life near her hometown of Baltimore.

Carmen McRae. The Great American Songbook.
These live recordings show McRae’s vocal command and humor.

Bring the Great White Way to your home with these original Broadway cast recordings selected by Sharon:

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (2019)
The story follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Beetlejuice (2019)
Based on the 1988 film of the same name. Show about family, love, and making the most of every day-o.

Frozen (2018)
Disney’s film comes to Broadway including new songs and story material.

Hamilton (2015)
This biographical musical is inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton.

Mean Girls (2018)
Stage adaptation of the acclaimed 2004 movie by Tina Fey and book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosealind Wiseman.

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