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Starmaker - Kids From Fame
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Starmaker – The Kids From Fame

STARMAKER - KIDS FROM FAME (BV)
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OUT HERE ON MY OWN - FAME
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Out Here On My Own – Irene Cara – Fame

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers London 1983 – 2012

Blood Brothers opened in London’s West End at the Lyric Theatre in 1983 to critical acclaim. The musical written by Willy Russell won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and Best Actress in its first year. After a successful first run, it did not appear for 5 years before being revived at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) in 1988 where it stayed for three years. It was then transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in 1991 where it remains today. Over two and a half decades, it has accumulated a host of Awards and has become one of the longest standing musicals on the West End.

The Story

Blood Brothers Musical is, at first, a heart-warming story of Mickey and Edward, two brothers separated at birth, brought together again through friendship. However, their familial relationship is concealed by their guardians who strive to keep them apart because of superstitious beliefs.

Despite relocating, their lives continue to intertwine, although the deep divisions between the privileged life of Edward and Mickey’s poverty-stricken existence are wholly apparent. As they try to conquer the social divisions which hinder their friendship, they must deal with the harsh realities of class consciousness; Edward goes on to study at Oxford whilst Mickey is forced into a life of crime through unemployment.

As adults, they are caught up in a vicious love triangle with Mickey’s childhood sweetheart Linda. Mickey’s imprisonment and subsequent depression pushes Linda into the arms of the conciliatory Edward. A desperate Mickey takes drastic action against his fraternal twin which will ultimately expose their true identities.

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BRIGHT NEW DAY - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Bright New Day

COUNCIL CHAMBERS - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Council Chambers

EASY TERMS - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Easy Terms

GYPSIES IN THE WOODS - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Gypsies In The Woods

I'M NOT SAYING A WORD - BLOOD BROTHERS
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I’m Not Saying A Word

JULY 18TH - BLOOD BROTHERS
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July 18th

KIDS GAMES - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Kids Game

LIGHT ROMANCE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Light Romance

LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Lazy Sunday Afternoon

MARILYN MONROE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Marilyn Monroe

MARILYN MONROE (ACT 1) - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Marilyn Monroe (act I)

MARILYN MONROE (ACT II) - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Marilyn Monroe (act II)

MY CHILD - BLOOD BROTHERS
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My Child

ONE DAY IN OCTOBER - BLOOD BROTHERS
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One Day In October

OVERTURE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Overture

SECRETS - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Secrets

SHOES UPON THE TABLE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Shoes Upon The Table

SUMMER SEQUENCE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Summer Sequence

TAKE A LETTER MISS JONES - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Take A Letter Miss Jones

TELL ME ITS NOT TRUE - BLOOD BROTHERS
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Tell Me It’s Not True

THAT GUY - BLOOD BROTHERS
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That Guy

THE ROBBERY - BLOOD BROTHERS
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The Robbery

Blood Brothers Sheet Music

Tell Me It's Not True Sheet Music
Tell Me It's Not True Sheet Music
Blood Brothers
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Tell Me It’s Not True – Sheet Music

 

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A Chorus Line Musical Backing Tracks

A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

What I Did For Love - Chorus Line
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What I Did For Love – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

I FELT NOTHING - CHORUS LINE
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 I Felt Nothing – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

ONE - CHORUS LINE
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One Singular Sensation – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

DANCE 10 LOOKS 3 - CHORUS LINE
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Dance 10 Looks 3 – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

I HOPE I GET IT - CHORUS LINE
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I Hope I Get It – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

LET ME DANCE FOR YOU - CHORUS LINE
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Let Me Dance For You – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

MUSIC AND THE MIRROR - CHORUS LINE
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Music And The Mirror – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

AT THE BALLET - CHORUS LINE
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At The Ballet – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

I CAN DO THAT - CHORUS LINE
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I Can Do That – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

SURPRISE SURPRISE - CHORUS LINE
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Surprise Surprise – A Chorus Line Backing Tracks

At an audition for an upcoming Broadway production, the formidable director Zach and his assistant choreographer Larry put the dancers through their paces.

Every dancer is desperate for work (“I Hope I Get It”).

After the first cut, 17 dancers remain. Zach tells them he is looking for a strong dancing chorus of four boys and four girls. He wants to learn more about them, and asks the dancers to introduce themselves. With reluctance, the dancers reveal their pasts. The stories generally progress chronologically from early life experiences through adulthood to the end of a career.

The first candidate, Mike, explains that he is the youngest of 12 children. He recalls his first experience with dance, watching his sister’s dance class when he was a pre-schooler (“I Can Do That”). Mike took her place one day when she refused to go to class—and he stayed. Bobby tries to hide the unhappiness of his childhood by making jokes. As he speaks, the other dancers have misgivings about this strange audition process and debate what they should reveal to Zach (“And …”), but since they all need the job, the session continues.

Zach is angered when he feels that the streetwise Sheila is not taking the audition seriously. Opening up, she reveals that her mother married at a young age and her father neither loved nor cared for them. When she was six, she realized that ballet provided relief from her unhappy family life (“At the Ballet”), as did Bebe and Maggie. The scatter-brained Kristine is tone-deaf, and her lament that she could never “Sing!” is interrupted by her husband Al finishing her phrases in tune.

Mark, the youngest of the dancers, relates his first experiences with pictures of the female anatomy and his first wet dream, while the other dancers share memories of adolescence (“Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love”). Greg speaks about his discovery of his homosexuality, and Diana recollects her horrible high school acting class (“Nothing”). Don remembers his first job at a nightclub, Richie recounts how he nearly became a kindergarten teacher, Judy reflects on her problematic childhood, and the 4’10” Connie laments the problems of being short. Finally, the newly-buxom Val explains that talent alone doesn’t count for everything with casting directors, and silicone and plastic surgery can really help (“Dance: Ten; Looks: Three [Tits and Ass]”).

The dancers go downstairs to learn a song for the next section of the audition, but Cassie stays onstage to talk to Zach. She is a veteran dancer who has had some notable successes as a soloist. They have a history together: Zach had cast her in a featured part previously, and they had lived together for several years. Zach tells Cassie that she is too good for the chorus and shouldn’t be at this audition. But she hasn’t been able to find solo work and is willing to “come home” to the chorus where she can at least express her passion for dance (“The Music and the Mirror”). Zach sends her downstairs to learn the dance combination.

Zach calls Paul on stage, and he emotionally relives his childhood and high school experience, his early career in a drag act, coming to terms with his manhood and his homosexuality, and his parent’s ultimate reaction to finding out about his lifestyle. Paul breaks down and is comforted by Zach. Cassie and Zach’s complex relationship resurfaces during a run-through of the number created to showcase an unnamed star (“One”). Zach confronts Cassie, feeling that she is “dancing down,” and they rehash what went wrong in their relationship and her career. Zach points to the machine-like dancing of the rest of the cast: the other dancers who have all blended together, and who will probably never be recognized individually. Cassie defends the dancers and replies, “I’ll take chorus, if you’ll take me!”

During a tap sequence, Paul falls and injures his knee that recently underwent surgery. After Paul is carried off to the hospital, all at the audition stand in disbelief, realizing that their careers can also end in an instant. Zach asks the remaining dancers what they will do when they can no longer dance. Led by Diana, they reply that whatever happens, they will be free of regret (“What I Did for Love”). The final eight dancers are selected: Mike, Cassie, Bobby, Judy, Richie, Val, Mark, and Diana.

“One” (reprise/finale) begins with an individual bow for each of the 19 characters, their hodgepodge rehearsal clothes replaced by identical spangled gold costumes. As each dancer joins the group, it is suddenly difficult to distinguish one from the other: Ironically, each character who was an individual to the audience seems now to be an anonymous member of a never-ending ensemble.

Les Miserables Backing Tracks

 

Les Miserables Backing Tracks

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FINALE - LES MISERABLES
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 Finale – Les Miserables

What Have I Done - Les Miserables
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 What Have I Done – Les Miserables

Turning - Les Miserables
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 Turning – Les Miserables

Master Of The House - Les Miserables
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 Master Of The House – Les Miserables

LITTLE PEOPLE - LES MISERABLES
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 Little People – Les Miserables

In My Life - Les Miserables
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 In My Life – Les Miserables

Drink WIth Me - Les Miserables
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 Drink With Me – Les Miserables

Come To Me (Fantine's Death) - Les Miserables
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 Come To Me – Fantine’s Death – Les Miserables

Confrontation - Les Miserables
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 Confrontations – Les Miserables

Castle On A Cloud - Les Miserables
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 Castle On A Cloud – Les Miserables

Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
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 Bring Him Home – Les Miserables

At The End Of The Day - Les Miserables
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 At The End Of The Day – Les Miserables

A Little Fall Of Rain - Les Miserables
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 A Little Fall Of Rain – Les Miserables

A Heart Full Of Love - Les Miserables
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 A Heart Full Of Love – Les Miserables

Do you Hear The People Sing - Les Miserables
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 Do You Hear The People Sing – Les Miserables

Empty Chairs At Empty Tables - Les Miserables
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 Empty Chairs At Empty Tables -Les Miserables

I DREAMED A DREAM - LES MISERABLES
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 I Dreamed A Dream – Les Miserables

JAVERT'S SUICIDE - LES MISERABLES
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 Javert’s Suicide – Les Miserables

LOOK DOWN - BEGGARS- LES MISERABLES
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 Look Down – Les Miserables

LOVELY LADIES - LES MISERABLES
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 Lovely Ladies – Les Miserables

ON MY OWN - GLEE
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 On My Own – Les Miserables

ONE DAY MORE - LES MISERABLES
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 One Day More – Les Miserables

PROLOGUE - CHAINGANG - LES MISERABLES
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 Prologue – Les Miserables

STARS - LES MISERABLES
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 Stars – Les Miserables

THE ABC CAF__¢ (RED AND BLACK) - LES MISERABLES
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 Red and Black – The ABC Cafe – Les Miserables

THE THENARDIER WALTZ OF TREACHERY - LES MISERABLES
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 The Thenadier Waltz of Treachery – Les Miserables

WHO AM I - LES MISERABLES
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 Who Am I – Les Miserables

 

Act I

In Bagne prison in Toulon, France, in 1815, the prisoners work at hard labour (“Work Song”). After 19 years in prison (five for stealing bread for his starving sister’s son and her family, and the rest for trying to escape), Jean Valjean, “prisoner 24601,” is released on parole by the policeman Javert. By law, Valjean must display a yellow ticket-of-leave, which identifies him as an ex-convict (“On Parole”). Valjean is turned away from many people due to him being a convict. However, The Bishop of Digne offers him food and shelter. Overnight, Valjean steals silver from the bishop, and the police catch him. The Bishop lies to save Valjean and not only lets him keep the silver he stole, but also gives him two more valuable candlesticks. The Bishop tells Valjean that he must use the silver “to become an honest man” and that he has “bought (Valjean’s) soul for God” (“Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven”). Ashamed of what he did, yet humbled by the bishop’s mercy and kindness, Valjean follows the Bishop’s advice and tears up his yellow ticket, breaking his parole (“Valjean’s Soliloquy” / “What Have I Done?”).

Eight years later, Valjean has assumed a new identity as Monsieur Madeleine, a wealthy factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. One of his workers, Fantine, has a fight when another worker discovers she is sending money to her secret illegitimate daughter,Cosette, who lives with an innkeeper and his wife (“At the End of the Day”). Fantine and the worker fight, and the Mayor breaks up the conflict but asks his factory foreman to resolve it. The other women demand Fantine’s dismissal, and because she had previously rejected his advances, the foreman throws Fantine out. Fantine reflects on her broken dreams and about her lover, who left her and her daughter (“I Dreamed a Dream”). Desperate for money, she sells her locket, her hair, and some of her teeth before becoming a prostitute (“Lovely Ladies”). When she fights back against an abusive customer (Bamatabois), Javert, now a police inspector stationed in Montreuil-sur-Mer, arrests her (“Fantine’s Arrest”). The Mayor arrives and, realizing his part in the ruination of Fantine, orders Javert to let her go and takes her to a hospital.

Soon afterwards, the Mayor rescues Fauchelevent, who is pinned by a runaway cart (“The Runaway Cart”); this reminds Javert of the abnormally strong Jean Valjean, whom he has sought for years for breaking parole. However, Javert assures the Mayor that Valjean has been arrested recently (actually a man named Champmathieu). At first, Valjean thinks the man could be his chance to escape his past life, but unwilling to see an innocent man go to prison in his place, Valjean confesses his identity to the court (“Who Am I?—The Trial”). At the hospital, a delirious Fantine thinks Cosette is in the room with her. Valjean arrives and promises to Fantine he will find and look after her daughter (“Come to Me” / “Fantine’s Death”). Happy upon hearing this, Fantine dies. Suddenly, Javert confronts Valjean. Valjean asks Javert for three days to fetch Cosette, but Javert refuses to believe his honest intentions. They suddenly argue, and Javert reveals that he “was born inside a jail” (“The Confrontation”). Valjean once again promises to Fantine he “will raise (Cosette) to the light.” He then knocks Javert out and escapes.

Meanwhile, in Montfermeil, the rascally innkeepers, the Thénardiers, have been working and abusing little Cosette, while indulging their own daughter, Éponine. Cosette dreams of a better life, and imagines “a room that’s full of toys” full of “a hundred boys and girls” and “a lady all in white.” Mme. Thénardier arrives and angrily accusses Cosette of “slacking,” and orders Cosette to retrieve water from the woods. Afraid of going alone, Cosette does not leave, and Éponine points to Cosette to show her mother this. Mme. Thénardier warns her to go or she will “forget to be nice,” while Éponine teases Cosette and pushes her out the door (“Castle on a Cloud”). The Thénardiers cheat their customers in various ways together, despite Mme. Thénardier showing contempt for her husband (“Master of the House”). Valjean finds Cosette in the woods and accompanies her back to the inn, and offers to pay them to take her away (“The Bargain”) The Thénardiers pretend to have concern for Cosette, and they tell Valjean his “intentions may not be correct,” so he pays them 1,500 Francs to let him take her away. They accept the money, and Valjean and Cosette leave for Paris (“The Waltz of Treachery”).

Ten years later, Paris is in upheaval because General Lamarque, the only man in the government who shows mercy to the poor, is ill and may soon die. The young street urchin Gavroche mingles with the prostitutes and beggars on the street, while students Marius Pontmercy and Enjolras discuss the general’s imminent demise (“Look Down”). The Thénardiers have since lost their inn, and Thénardier now leads a street gang. They prepare to con some charitable visitors who are about to arrive, who are Valjean and Cosette. Éponine sees Marius, whom she secretly loves, and she grabs his books, telling him she could have become a student herself and not to judge her on her appearance. Mme. Thénardier tells her daughter to keep watch for the police, and Éponine warns Marius to stay away; concerned over what may occur, Marius chases after her, but bumps into Cosette and immediately falls in love. Thénardier recognises the visitor as Valjean, and with his gang, they ambush him. Marius protects Cosette from the ambush. As Thénardier sees the brand on Valjean’s chest, Éponine warns that Javert is coming (“The Robbery”). Javert thwarts the Thénardiers’ attempt to rob Valjean and Cosette, not recognising Valjean until after Valjean takes Cosette and escapes. Thénardier informs Javert of the brand he saw on Valjean (“Javert’s Intervention”), and Javert vows to recapture him (“Stars”). Meanwhile, Éponine remembers Cosette from when they were children. Marius persuades Éponine to help him find Cosette. Despite her own feelings for him, she reluctantly agrees to help (“Éponine’s Errand”).

At a small café, Enjolras prepares a group of idealistic students for a revolution (“The ABC Café—Red and Black”). When Gavroche brings the news of General Lamarque’s death, the students march into the streets (“Do You Hear the People Sing?”). At Valjean and Cosette’s house, Cosette thinks about Marius. Although Valjean realizes that Cosette has grown up, he refuses to tell her about his past or her mother’s. Éponine leads Marius to Cosette (“Rue Plumet—In My Life”). Marius and Cosette introduce themselves and declare their love for each other, while Éponine sadly watches them (“A Heart Full of Love”). She suddenly sees her father and his gang attempting to rob Valjean’s house, and stops them by screaming (“The Attack on Rue Plumet“). Valjean hears the scream, and Cosette tells him that it was she who screamed. Valjean, believing that Javert was outside his house, tells Cosette that they must flee the country.

On the eve of the 1832 Paris Uprising, Valjean prepares to go into exile; Cosette and Marius part in despair; Éponine mourns the loss of Marius; Enjolras encourages all of Paris to join the revolution as he and the other students prepare for the upcoming conflict; hearing Marius ponder whether to follow Cosette to England or join the other students, Éponine takes Marius to where the other students are, and when the two reach them he tells Enjolras he will fight with them, while she secretly joins them as well; Javert briefs the soldiers under his command while he reveals his plans to spy on the students; and the Thénardiers hide underground and look forward to robbing the corpses of those who will be killed during the battle. Everyone ponders what this “tomorrow” will bring (“One Day More”).

Act II

As the students begin a barricade (“At the Barricade—Upon These Stones”), Javert, disguised as one of the rebels, volunteers to “spy” on the government troops. Marius discovers Éponine has disguised herself as a boy and that she too has joined the revolutionaries. She tells him that she knows she should not be there, but chooses to stay with him. Marius sends her to safety by having her deliver a farewell letter to Cosette. Valjean intercepts the letter, promising Éponine he will tell Cosette about it. In the letter, he learns about Marius and Cosette’s relationship. Éponine walks the streets of Paris alone, imagining that Marius is there with her, but laments that her love for Marius will never be reciprocated; nevertheless, she decides to rejoin him at the barricade (“On My Own”).

After the students defy an army warning that they surrender or die (“Back at the Barricade”); the disguised Javert tells the students that the government will attack (“Javert’s Arrival”). Gavroche exposes him as a spy (“Little People”), and the students detain him. Éponine is shot as she returns to the barricades and collapses. As Marius holds her, she assures him that she feels no pain and that he will keep her “safe” and “close,” and she dies in his arms (“A Little Fall of Rain”). Marius mourns her death, while Enjolras and the other students are left devastated at this first loss of life at the barricades (“Night of Anguish”). Valjean arrives at the barricades in search of Marius, dressed in an army uniform as means to get there safely. As the first battle erupts, Valjean saves Enjolras by shooting a sniper. He asks Enjolras to be the one to kill the imprisoned Javert, but instead he orders Javert to leave. Javert warns that if he releases him, he will still arrest him. Valjean says there are no “conditions” to letting him go, and holds no blame toward him. Valjean gives his address to Javert, and Javert leaves. Valjean shoots his weapon in the air to indicate Javert has been executed (“The First Attack”). The students settle down for the night and reminisce. Marius mourns over Cosette, and Valjean overhears him (“Drink with Me”). As Marius sleeps, Valjean prays to God to save Marius from the onslaught that is to come (“Bring Him Home”).

As dawn approaches, Enjolras realises that the people of Paris have abandoned the rebels. He sends away women and fathers of children but resolves to fight on (“Dawn of Anguish”). Gavroche climbs to the other side of the barricades to gather ammunition for the students, but is shot dead (“The Second Attack / Death of Gavroche”). Enjolras and the students realize that they will probably die. The army gives a final warning to surrender, but the rebels refuse, and all are killed except Valjean and Marius (“The Final Battle”). Carrying a wounded Marius on his back, Valjean escapes into the sewers, while Javert enters the sewers as well. Thénardier, also in the sewers, has been looting bodies (“Dog Eats Dog”). He takes a ring off Marius’ “corpse” as Valjean is passed out, and then escapes when he sees Valjean getting up. When Valjean reaches the sewer’s exit, he runs into Javert, who has been waiting for him. Valjean begs Javert to give him one hour to bring Marius to a doctor, and Javert reluctantly agrees. Because Valjean saved his life, Javert cannot bring himself to arrest Valjean. Unable to fit Valjean’s behavior into his own strict code of right and wrong and good and evil, Javert commits suicide by throwing himself into the Seine (“Soliloquy – Javert’s Suicide)”.

Back on the streets, women mourn the deaths of the young students (“Turning”) as Marius mourns for his friends (“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”). As he wonders who saved him from the barricades, Cosette comforts him, and they reaffirm their love. Valjean realizes that Cosette “was never (his) to keep” and gives them his blessing (“Every Day”). Valjean confesses to Marius that he is an escaped convict and must go away because his presence endangers Cosette (“Valjean’s Confession”). Valjean makes Marius promise never to tell Cosette, and Marius makes only a half-hearted attempt to hold him back. Marius and Cosette marry (“Wedding Chorale”). The Thénardiers crash the reception in disguise as “The Baron and Baroness du Thénard”. Thénardier tells Marius that Valjean is a murderer, saying that he saw him carrying a corpse in the sewers after the barricades fell. When Thénardier shows him the ring that he took from the corpse, Marius realises that Valjean saved his life. Marius strikes Thénardier, the newlyweds leave, and the Thénardiers enjoy the party and celebrate their survival (“Beggars at the Feast”).

Meanwhile, Valjean prepares for his death in a convent, having nothing left to live for. As the spirit of Fantine arrives to take him to Heaven, Cosette and Marius rush in to bid farewell. Valjean thanks God for letting him live long enough to see Cosette again. Marius thanks him for saving his life. (“Epilogue – Valjean’s Death”). Valjean gives Cosette his confession to read, and the souls of Fantine and Éponine guide him to Paradise, where those who died at the barricades ask once more: “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (“Finale”).

 

 

Joseph Musical Backing Tracks

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Joseph Musical Backing Tracks, Sheet Music, The Story of Joseph

Joseph Musical backing tracks – all in one place. The backing tracks of Joseph the Musical, the sheet music and the background of the story.

The Story of Joseph

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age, and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

(The brothers) saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

So when Joseph cam to his brothers they stripped him of his robe – the richly ornamented robe he was wearing –

and they took him and threw him into the  cistern.

As they sat down to eat their meat, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead.  Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, “ We found this.  Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”

He recognised it and said, “It is my son’s robe!  Some ferocious animal has devoured him.  Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”

 JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR’S WIFE

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt, Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of the Pharaoh’s officials, the caption of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused.

…she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house…

Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison…

THE CUPBEARER AND THE BAKER

Some time later the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt.

Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined.

…each of the two men – the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison – had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

“We both had a dream,” (they said), “but here is no-one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them.  “Do not interpretations belong to God?  Tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream.  He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches.  As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its cluster ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

“This is what it means,”  Joseph said to him.  “The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to when you were his cupbearer. But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness, mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”

When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favourable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream.  On my head were three baskets of bread.

In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

This is what it means,” Joseph said.  “The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and hand you on a tree.  And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

(On the third day Pharaoh) restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand, but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

PHARAOH’S DREAMS

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream.  He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.
After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows.  Then Pharaoh woke up.

He fell asleep again and had a second dream.  Seven ears of corn, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.  After then, seven other ears of corn sprouted – thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin ears of corn swallowed up the seven healthy, full ears.  Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt.  Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no-one could interpret them for him.

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same.  God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.

The seven good cows are seven years and seven good ears of corn are seven years, it is one and the same dream.

The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterwards are seven years, and so are the seven worthless ears of corn scorched by the east wind.  They are seven years of famine.

It is just as I said to Pharaoh.  God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,but seven years of famine will follow them.  Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.

The Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this know to you, there is no-one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders.  Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

JOSEPH IN CHARGE OF EGYPT

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring and put it on Joseph’s finger.  He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.  He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him,  “Make way!”  Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said.

And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in the whole world.

JOSEPH’S BROTHERS GO TO EGYPT

So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognised them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them.

THE SECOND JOURNEY TO EGYPT

When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.

He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about?”  Is he still living?

They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.”  And they bowed low to pay him honour.

As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?”  And he said “God be gracious to you, my son.” Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep.  He went into his private room and wept there.

After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “ Serve the food.”

A SILVER CUP IN A SACK

Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house.  “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.”  And he did as Joseph said.

As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys. They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward,  “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination?  This is a wicked thing you have done.’”

When he caught up with them he repeated these words to them. But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things?  Far be it from your servants to do anything like that! We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks.  So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become the lord’s slaves.”

”Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say.  Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.”

Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opening it.

Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest.  And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.

(And Judah said)  “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.”

JOSEPH MAKES HIMSELF KNOWN

Then Joseph said to his brother, “Come close to me.”  When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

”Tell my father about all the honour accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen.  And bring my father down here quickly.”

JACOB GOES TO EGYPT

Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel.  As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.

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