Urban Cowboy (musical)

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Urban Cowboy
UrbanCowboyPoster.jpg
Broadway poster
Music Jeff Blumenkrantz
Jason Robert Brown
Others
Lyrics Jeff Blumenkrantz
Jason Robert Brown
Others
Book Aaron Latham
Phillip Oesterman
Basis 1980 film Urban Cowboy
Productions 2003 Broadway

Urban Cowboy is a musical with a book by Aaron Latham and Phillip Oesterman and a score composed of numbers by Broadway composer-lyricists Jeff Blumenkrantz and Jason Robert Brown and a variety of country music tunesmiths, including Clint Black and Charles Daniels.

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.

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].

Directed by Lonny Price, the cast of mostly newcomers included Matt Cavenaugh and Jenn Colella, both making their Broadway debuts. Also in the cast was Broadway veteran Sally Mayes who garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Corene.

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.

Songs[edit]

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 James B. Cobb, Jr. and Buddy Buie)
  • If You Mess With the Bull (Music and lyrics by Luke Reed and Roger Brown)
  • 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

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