Blast! (musical)

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Blast! is a Broadway production created by James Mason for Cook Group Incorporated, the director and organization formerly operating the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. It was the 2001 Winner of the Tony Award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" [1] and also won the 2001 Emmy Award for "Best Choreography".[2]

Blast!'s instrumentation is exclusively brass and percussion, a nod to the show's roots in the drum and bugle corps activity. Blast!'s performers use trumpets, flugelhorns, mellophones, baritone horns, tubas, trombones (including one on a unicycle during "Gee, Officer Krupke!"), french horns, and a full complement of percussion instruments including snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, xylophones. vibraphones and marimbas, timpani, and other standard percussion equipment. In addition, Blast! adds instruments not normally found in drum corps, such as French horns, concert euphoniums, trombones and bass trombones, didgeridoos and synthesizers.[3][4] Accompanying the wind and percussion is the Visual Ensemble (or VE for short), a group of dancers who manipulate a variety of props, similar to a color guard.

History[edit]

The Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1984, began competition in the Drum Corps International circuit in 1985 and continued through the 1993 season.[5] Highly successful, it won the 1991 World Championship, and was a respected Midwestern corps. After an historic showing in the 1993 season, the program left the DCI circuit to tour with the Canadian Brass, in a new program dubbed Brass Theater. On December 14, 1999, Blast! premiered at the London Apollo in Hammersmith, and arrived in the United States on August 23, 2000, at the Wang Center in Boston, Massachusetts. On April 17, 2001, Blast! opened on Broadway at The Broadway Theatre, and later that year commenced its first national tour starting September 7 in St. Louis, Missouri.[6]

Following the success of the original production, Blast II Shockwave was developed and toured the United States in 2002-2003. This production added woodwind instruments. Shockwave has not been released on CD or DVD. Additionally, a second sequel, MIX:Music in Xtreme, debuted in 2006 and toured in Japan in 2008.

A shortened version of the show, called "The Power of BLAST!" played at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot in Orlando, Florida for the summer of 2001, before moving to the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California from November 22, 2001 until September 2, 2002.[7]

Musical Numbers[edit]

Blast![edit]

Act One[edit]

Overture of color

Violet

  • "Villa Borghese" – (O. Respighi) (Performed 1999-2000)
  • "Color Wheel" - (J. Lee)
  • "Split Complimentaries" – (J. Talbott)

Blue

  • "Everybody Loves the Blues" – (M. Ferguson/N. Lane)
  • "Loss" – (D. Ellis)

Green

Black

  • "Battery Battle" – (T. Hannum/J. Lee)
  • "Medea" – (S. Barber)

Act Two[edit]

Color Wheel

  • "Color Wheel Too" – (J. Vanderkolff)

Yellow

  • "Gee, Officer Krupke!" (from West Side Story) – (L. Bernstein/S. Sondheim)
  • "Lemontechno" – (J. Vanderkolff)

Orange

  • "Tangerinamadidge" – (B. Epperson/J. Vanderkolff)
  • "Land of Make Believe" – (C. Mangione)
  • "Marimba Spiritual"/"Earth Beat" – (M. Miki)/(M. Spiro)

Red

Recent editions of Blast! have omitted "Simple Gifts" and "Gee, Officer Krupke!", and moved "Tangerinamadidge" immediately before "Lemontechno".

Blast! II Shockwave[edit]

Act One[edit]

Act Two[edit]

MIX: Music in Xtreme[edit]

Act One

  • "Ourverture" - (V. Corradi)
  • "Shapes" - (J. Lee)
  • "Blue Rondo ala Turk" - (D. Brubeck)
  • "The Lady from 29 Palms" - (A. Wrubel)
  • "Night on Bald Mountain" - (N. Rimsky-Korsakov, M. Moussorgsky)
  • "Tribal Towers" - (J. Lee)
  • "Malaga" - (B. Holman)

Act Two

  • "o2" - (J. Vanderkolff)
  • "Didgeritoo" - (J. Mason, J. Lee, J. Vanderkolff)
  • "Star Children" - (D. Ellis)
  • "Uninvited" - (A. Morissette)
  • "Turkish Re-Mix" - (J. Vanderkolff, J. Lee)
  • "Turkish Bath" - (D. Ellis)
  • "Open Wide" - (D. Ellis)
  • "Lullaby for Nancy Carol" - (C. Mangione)
  • "Encore" - (J. Lee)

The Power of BLAST![edit]

Epcot version

  • "Boléro" – (M. Ravel)
  • "Color Wheel" - (J. Lee)
  • "Battery Battle" – (T. Hannum/J. Lee)
  • "Land of Make Believe" – (C. Mangione)
  • "Malagueña" – (E. Lecuona)

Disney's California Adventure version

  • "Boléro" – (M. Ravel)
  • "Battery Battle" – (T. Hannum/J. Lee)
  • "Lemontechno" – (J. Vanderkolff)
  • "Land of Make Believe" – (C. Mangione)
  • "Malagueña" – (E. Lecuona)[2]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Tony (Antoinette Perry) Awards". Infoplease. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Emmy Awards: 2001". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Brass Instruments & Model Numbers". blasttheshow.com. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Percussion Instruments & Model Numbers". blasttheshow.com. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Song History for Star of Indiana". Corpreps.com. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  6. ^ "Blast Timeline". blasttheshow.com. Retrieved December 20, 2005. 
  7. ^ "The Power of Blast at Yesterland". yesterland.com.