Broadway Crush: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

If you read Monday’s post or have listened to this week’s episode about Jon Reilly’s Broadway Crush, Raul Esparza, then you know by now that this isn’t my area of expertise. I could probably get one Broadway question right on ‘Jeopardy’…during the week they bring children on to play. So when it came time to countdown I wondered how to go about this and then – I thought back to my chat with Jon and said to myself, ‘American Idol!’ 

I’d asked Jon if he was an ‘American Idol’ fan. He was not, but I asked because during the seventh season (the best season) they did a night of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs and he was even around as a…helper? I don’t quite remember, but I do remember he was weird and that my favorite performed a song from…’Cats.’ It was the top 6 so there isn’t going to be a full 10 this week but I will be ranking those and even tossing in the group performance of “All I Ask of You” from ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

Carly Smithson: “Superstar” from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ 

Everything about this play and performance confuses me. 

Brooke White: “You Must Love Me” from ‘Evita’ 

A good solid attempt at a song we all know thanks to Madonna.

Top 6: “All I Ask of You” from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

If there is one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of on ‘American Idol,’ it was the awkward group performances and this one was no different but at least they sounded great together. 

Syesha Mercado: “One Rock And Roll Too Many” from ‘Starlight Express’

I have no idea what ‘Starlight Express’ is but I liked this performance and even Randy Jackson said she could’ve been a Broadway star. 

Jason Castro: “Memory” from ‘Cats’ 

If you know me, you know that there was no one I cared about more in 2008 than Jason Castro but this was a questionable song choice. At least that’s what I thought at the time. However, listening all these years later alongside the rest…I don’t hate it as much as I did once upon a time. 

David Cook: “The Music of the Night” from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

I’m starting to think that when it comes to Webber, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is my shit?

David Archuleta: “Think of Me” from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

When a real-life Precious Moment figurine comes alive and sings like this? I mean, this is what ‘American Idol’ was about!

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