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Top 20 Broadway Songs for Halloween Parties – Halloween Showtunes

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If you’re having a big broadway Halloween party, you need broadway songs for Halloween.  There are a million to choose from and you can even tie in broadway songs from movie musicals too…which would technically make the Halloween showtunes instead of broadway songs for Halloween.  Either way, instead of our normal top ten broadway songs list, we’re going with the top 20.  When you take a group of people that dress up in costumes and make up to pretend to be someone else 8 times a week, you might as well go overboard on a post about songs that everyone else gets dressed up to enjoy while having fun on the holiday.

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Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera

What better for a party then Halloween showtunes about getting dressed up in masks and ballgowns and dancing for Halloween on Halloween. The main song from Phantom is probably more popular, but when it comes to broadway songs or Halloween showtunes for a party, there is no other splendid one then this, just ask “Andre”.

The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

You can’t have a Halloween showtunes theme without one of the most famous and classic dances of all “time”, the Time Warp. The Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture show is above and beyond one of the most famous Broadway songs for Halloween and is a must have at every party, even if people used to be in the cast and sort of hate it. Everyone knows it, loves it and no one can resist dancing to this amazing Halloween Broadway song. If you don’t want the movie version, you can always surprise people by playing the version from the show. Both are great but only Broadway fans will love the show version more.

Little Black Dress from Shock Treatment

A lesser known but still one of the most fabulous Broadway songs for Halloween is Little Black Dress. It is from the sequel but also prequel of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In this scene they are dressing Janet in a strapless, backless and timeless little black dress. Not only do people love to look chic and elegant on Halloween, but you can’t go wrong with the sexy and slutty costumes making Little Black Dress one of the best options for Broadway songs for Halloween parties.

Mean Green Mother from Outer Space from Little Shop of Horrors

Nothing is more mean than a plant that wants revenge. When it comes to this man eating fly trap named Audrey, Audrey will show you who the real mean green mother from outer space is. Martians take a seat because this plant has an attitude and is ready to eat with this Halloween showtune!

Freak Flag from Shrek the Musical

There’s nothing that screams costumes and fairy tale creatures than Freak Flag from Shrek the Musical. Not only do all of the famous characters come out in costume, but they sing about being a freak and letting it fly. If you want funny or ridiculous costume themed broadway songs for your party, this is the Halloween showtune that you need to add to your Halloween showtunes list.

I Put a Spell on You from Hocus Pocus

I love Bette Midler and mention her every chance I get. Unfortunately I didn’t add her show Priscilla Queen of the Desert to this list, but I did add one of the most famous Halloween Showtunes to it, I Put a Spell on You from Hocus Pocus. Who better than to have on a play list than Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Better Midler.

This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you want something classic that lets everyone know what Halloween is about and that it is time to party, this is is one of the perfect Halloween Showtunes from The Nightmare Before Christmas for your playlist. This Broadway song for Halloween is an awesome way to start the party, dancing or whatever else you are doing. This is a must have if you are doing a theme with broadway songs and Halloween showtunes.

Necronomicon from Evil Dead the Musical

Evil Dead is one of the more classic movies for Halloween.  When they put it on stage they kept all of the blood and death without leaving anything for the audience to imagine.  That is why it made our top Broadway songs for Halloween list.

When You’re an Addams from Addams Family the Musical

One of the most well known and loved families that screams Halloween is the Addams Family. If you don’t know what it takes to be part of their family, or what it means, then When You’re an Addams from the Addams Family Musical is perfect for your playlist. Everyone will love it and it is a fun one to act out if you have a ton of Broadway people at your party.

Impossible from Cinderella the Musical

Nothing is “Impossible” on All Hallows Eve..just ask Lea Salonga or Brandy who have both starred in the role of Cinderella on Broadway. Impossible is perfect for Broadway songs and Halloween showtunes because it isn’t only about magic, it’s about going to a party and having an amazing time. This is a perfect song for any party and also a great way to bring the energy back up in a room if you have a lot of dark and depressing music.

A Little Priest from Sweeny Todd

What’s more Halloweenish than a song about a demon barber and cannibalism? Adding in Stephen Sondheim and a bunch of people to kill with puns about their jobs and careers. A Little Preist from Sweeny Todd is one of the best Broadway songs for Halloween.

Putting on the Ritz from Young Frankenstein

One of the most loved Halloween monsters has to be Frankenstein. When you combine classic showtunes with Mel Brooks and one of the most loved and feared monsters you get one of the best broadway songs for Halloween. Putting on the Ritz is a dancing and singing version of Frankenstein that will leave you laughing and once you hear it it will definitely make your playlist of Broadway songs for Halloween.

Day-O from BeetleJuice

If you were born in the 80’s you went to the Movies to see Beetlejuice and one of the most memorable scenes is the dinner with the possessed shrimp and cast singing Day-o. This Halloween showtune is one of the most popular ones on a playlist and will make everyone at your party dance. Even though the movie never completely made it to stage, yet, it could still be added to the best Broadway songs for Halloween easy because it is a Halloween showtune and a fun song to sing.

Magic Dance from Labyrinth

Nothing is more Halloweenish than David Bowie in the movie Labyrinth. Combine Ogars, fire dancing monsters and goblins of every kind and you’ll have some of the best Broadway songs for Halloween.  It may be hard deciding which Broadway songs or Halloween showtunes to choose from. Because Halloween is all about monsters and mystery, Magic Dance from Labyrinth has to be on your playlist for broadway songs for Halloween.

The Desctruction from Carrie the Musical

Carrie isn’t only one of the most loved horror movies of all time, it also took Broadway by storm. This telekinetic diva will throw your mind into chaos while the stage goes flying, blood goes pouring and you hear some of the best Broadway songs for Halloween performed in front of you. I couldn’t choose which of the Broadway songs from Carrie the Musical to choose so I went for the big one which is when she is tearing apart the stage and covered in blood. This is the perfect scene and Halloween showtune for your holiday party. The prom songs were good but if you want Broadway songs for Halloween, The Destruction from Carrie the Musical is one of the best.

How Can I Say Goodby from Zombie Prom

Everyone is going crazy with Zombies right now so what better for our playlist than How Can I Say Goodbye from Zombie Prom. In this cult classic Halloween Musical you have everything a survivalist could want. Zombies, dancing and a sort of apocalypse.

Giants in the Sky from Into the Woods

There’s nothing more scary than an attack from the Sky, especially when you know it is coming from giant creatures that are ready to squash and kill. Spells, stones and nothing can kill these creatures so you have to work with witches, bakers and anything else at your disposal to try and kill these beasts. That’s why this is one of the best Broadway songs for Halloween from Into the Woods.

Murder Murder from Jekyll and Hyde

One of the more popular things in movies is to create a real situation where it could actually happen to you. Murderers and people who you wouldn’t expect to go crazy can, and that is one of the reasons Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scare people. Adding one of the more morbid Broadway songs Murder Murder to your list of Halloween Showtunes playlist is the perfect way to add in one of the more scary broadway songs to your Halloween Party.

No Good Deed from Wicked

Who doesn’t love the classic costumes from Wicked. Dressing up as the Wicked Witch of the West or Galinda never gets old. When you tie in broadway songs about casting spells and saving lives you turn Broadway songs into the perfect Halloween showtunes which is why No Good Deed from Wicked makes our list of the top Broadway songs about Halloween.

The Master’s Song from Dracula the Musical

The most famous monster, costume and pop culture hero is the Vampire and there is no Vampire more famous than Dracula. When you take Dracula to Broadway, they may have had matinee’s during the day, but Dracula’s henchman is the one who has to take the stage. When you have to pick one of the Broadway songs from Dracula the Musical it has to be the fear and hurt in the voice and words from The Master’s Song from Dracula the Musical.

No matter what Broadway songs or Halloween showtunes you choose for your party you cannot go wrong with a Broadway theme. There are thousands of Halloween showtunes to choose from and broadway songs that your guests will love to sing. You can choose the witches from Wicked or the characters from Shrek. No matter which songs you add, everyone will enjoy the background with Phantom or even the murder from the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Feel free to leave your favorite Halloween showtunes and broadway songs in the comments section below. Happy Halloween everyone!

Video of How Can I Say Goodbye from Zombie Prom The Musical

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Quick, what do zombies crave? If you said brains, you may be right most the time, but not in How Can I Say Good Bye from Zombie Prom. In How Can I Say Good Bye from Zombie prom, Jonny the zombie still wants an organ. However, in this case it is heart, and it is not to eat – it is to love.

Jonny says that love is all he’s got, and if you think about it, he is right. He doesn’t even have full life or death. While I haven’t seen the entire movie, it seems that Jonny isn’t even allowed in his high school after turning into a zombie and that the principle holds a strong vendetta against him. Literally all that he has going for him is his love of Toffee, the girl he is after, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be reciprocated – at least not immediately. That is why Jonny’s “skin is green and mood is blue.”

While How Can I Say Good Bye from Zombie prom starts off with Jonny looking solemn, dejected and almost crying after being thrown out of the school, you can tell that he quickly gains traction and support from everyone, except the principal. At first he is unnoticed by anyone in the library except for Toffee, but this wuickly changes.

First, Jonny gets a barber shop trio of harmonizing singers to back him up in his quest. By the time he infiltrates the lunch cafeteria, Toffee’s head is visibly swirling with hearts, and immediately after that he begins getting TV coverage. By 2:10 in How Can I Say Good Bye from Zombie prom, he has a killer stage presence and the whole school is singing along with him and supporting his cause – winning over Toffee. By the end of How Can I Say Good Bye from Zombie prom, he doesn’t sound upset anymore, rather Jonny sounds determined that he won’t say good bye to love, and that he will win over Toffee.

It’s nice to see a musical that paints zombies in a compassionate life. Sure, some zombies may be the undead and genuinely like eating people. But those are just a few bad apples. There are plenty of other, kind hearted and warm (well probably cold, because, you know, they are undead) zombies out there that just want to win over a special someone.

Will Jonny succeed in winning over Toffee’s heart? I don’t know, but fortunately the whole movie is up on YouTube, and is just over half an hour so you can figure out for yourself in no time. I just hope Jonny and Toffee don’t kiss – he has something far worse than mono, and there doesn’t seem to be any cure.

I Want it Now!!! Free Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cast Recording Giveaway!

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I’m very excited to announce that the PR company for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have contacted us and asked us if we’d do a giveaway for a free digital copy of the cast recording of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical which is now broadway bound.  Not only can I not refuse a cast recording (a cast recording is a broadway term for soundtrack, except it’s a cast instead of music from a movie or tv show) that begins with people singing the word chocolate, but the music is amazing!  They give all of the memorable characters their own new showtunes, but instead of the ones from the movie, they have reinvented them.

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One of my favorite moments from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is that they found a way to make Veruca even more of a brat. Instead of her singing I want it now like she did in the movie version, it’s her Dad singing about her being a brat and how he has to buy whatever she wants. Violet isn’t just a gum chewing blueberry, instead she is a rapping, gum chewing celebrity that is also known as a double bubble dutchess. Not only is her title royalty, they treat her like royalty…it gives a new meaning to blue blood with this ballooning blueberry. Mike isn’t just in tv in this, he is also a Hacker who hacks a life dream and hacks through the golden ticket contest. So you don’t complain, they still keep in Augustus falling into the chocolate river, Violet chewing gum and turning into a giant blue ball and all of the other fun mishaps that eliminate the kids from the contest to win the factory. The rest of the show carries you through an amazing world of candy, imagination and the chocolate factory that you fell in love with when you were a kid watching the movie.

If you got a chance to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London, then you know it is an amazing show that you must see. The cast recording is addictive and I’m listening to it while I’m typing this post. I can’t wait for it to finally come to broadway so US audiences can fall in love with it as well. Until then you can enter to win our giveaway for a free copy of the cast recording of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical. Thank you all for reading and entering the contest. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and come back every day for extra entries.

Exclusive Interview with John Tartaglia about Shrek the Musical, Puppets & More

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I’m very excited to announce that today I got to sit down with the king of Puppets and Broadway Star, John Tartaglia.  I’d like to thank John for taking some time to talk with us about the upcoming release of Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay next week on 10/15/2013 and about everything from puppets to being different and sending out positive messages to love your self as well as what he has in store with a new TV show from his undersea puppet show.  Below is the video of our interview, a video of his favorite song from Shrek the Musical which is also perfect for National Coming Out Day and National Bullying Month.  Thank you all again for reading and if you get a chance to see his touring show Imaginocean, I highly recommend going.  You should also buy Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay when it comes out next week where you’ll see him playing a puppet instead of with a puppet as well as Chris Sieber playing Lord Farquaad.  (I apologize in advance for my hair and everything.  They started doing construction on the apartment above mine so we had to rush to a friend’s apartment to do the interview and didn’t have time to clean up.)  (Also, I didn’t edit the typing, I wrote as I was listening to the interview so I apologize for the typos, grammar and that I didn’t give his full answers.  If you listen to the recording you’ll hear some really cool things that I left out on purpose because you have to hear them from him because they are way more funny coming from him!  Thank you again for reading.)

Here are the questions from the interview with John Tartaglia who plays Pinocchio on Shrek the Musical.  (The answers are cut down versions of the full ones.)

1.  You started playing with a puppet on your hand, then you became a puppet on a string and now you have puppets underwater.  Also, your puppets begin what P (Princeton, Pinocchio, etc…).  What’s going on here?

John:  Chuckles, I never really thought of that.  Princeton, Pinocchio, etc…  He was working on a TV show and went to the audition and was worried about missing the audition and the TV show and freaked out.  Then after the audition he got a call from a friend who said You’re Pinocchio.  He didn’t realize they meant the part of Pinocchio.  What was weird was being a puppet after controlling puppets after so many years.

2.  What was your favorite bloopers from Shrek the Musical?

John:  It would have to be his nose.  The nose worked with a motor and extender and it worked about 90% of the time.  Then at one show it wasn’t working and after we thought it was fixed, it randomly snapped and broke and was just hanging there.  That was a matinee show.  Then all of the sudden that night it broke and happened again.

3.  What is your favorite moment in the show and your OMG moment in Shrek the Musical?

John:  The finale.  It’s the only time we’re all together and the music with the song.  It’s also one of the only times he gets to see Sutton Foster.

4.  In the show there’s a cross dressing wolf, a fairly flamboyant Farquaad and a song called Freak Flag.  What other positive messages of encouragement and empowerment can parents expect to find in the show that can help make their kids and people watching feel better about themselves?

John:  That’s funny that you mention that.  The song Freak Flag is all about being who you are, accepting who you are and that it’s ok to be different.  The princess teaches girls that they don’t have to be perfect and that even a princess has flaws.  Even the most bizarre characters like a cross dressing wolf is ok, that’s just who he is and people should love him anyways.

He then goes on to talk about the production value which unlike other shows that have been filmed was filmed in front of a live audience and with 10 cameras.  It is a real production that can help you feel like you’re actually at a show.  It is going to be amazing.

5.  What did you do as an Actor to help audiences who may not have seen a ton of shows realize which broadway shows you were making fun of or spooking?

John:  John talks about the different shows like Wicked, A Chorus Line, Pippin and other shows that were somewhat obvious but only a broadway fan would get.  I’m glad you noticed and brought it up.  Having the spoofs of other shows will hopefully help get more people out to broadway shows and to start to see more theatre.

6.  Is Imaginocean going to tour again or what do you have in the works?

John:  Actually yes, we’re turning it into a TV show and we’re starting to film shortly.  It’ll hopefully be live within the next few years.

7.  What is your favorite moment in Shrek the Musical and what should everyone watching look for?

John:  Gosh it changes so much.  He talks for a while and really gets you excited about it but ends with Freak Flag being the best moment.  It is the one time in the show where everyone no matter how tired or worn out they were always energizes everyone, gets everyone ready to go and brings out the energy in everyone.

I’d like to thank John Taraglia again for taking time to talk with me today and to share what Shrek the Musical is about for him, what he is working on and even where he gets some of his cabaret music which can be anything from a ballad to something funny or anything in between.  I hope you all go out next week and buy Shrek the Musical on BluRay and DVD as well as watch Imaginocean when it goes on TV and the tour when it tours.   Thank you all again for reading.

Here is John Tartaglia playing Pinocchio in his favorite part of the show and song Freak Flag from Shrek the Musical.

Special Interview with Chris Sieber (Beiber with an S) about Shrek The Musical on DVD

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I’m very excited to share an interview we just did with one of the stars of Shrek The Musical which is about to become available on DVD and BluRay, Chris Sieber. Before we talk about the interview, I want to thank Chris for taking the time to talk to us, and I encourage you all to buy Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay when it comes out later this month. We also have another special guest interview with another star from the show tomorrow, so come back and see what this well known and amazing Actor has to say. (The performance of the song he talks about is at the bottom of the post.  It’s not the actual performance but is of the song he performed.)  (I apologize for the low sound quality coming from the phone.  The microphone and speakers did not connect well.  When we post the second interview later today or on Monday we’ll make sure to have the phone speakers or recording speakers closer to the iPad.)

Here is our phone interview with Chris Sieber about Shrek the Musical and his role as Lord Farquaad. (The sounds breaks up at certain points so I have the questions below.)

1. What was it like going from a dramatic knight to a drama king/queen to a Drag Queen?

Chris got a laugh out of this (Thank god) and talked about how the characters can have some similarities.  He thought it was very funny that he’s always playing royalty in different broadway shows.  He plays kings, queens, princes and recently did a stand in in Pippin which was amazing.  He played an evil King for about 2 to 3 weeks within the show.  The main difference between love in his roles as different royalty in the Drag Queen vs. the Drama Queen is that the Drama Queen was more in love with Felonious.

2. Shrek the Movie makes fun of a lot of movies, tv shows and fairy tales. Shrek the Musical makes fun of a lot of Broadway shows. Your character in particular has a moment where you spoof one of the most iconic moments from the hit musical Wicked where you mimic Elphaba in her high note during Defying Gravity. What challenges did you have as an Actor and what did you do to try and help the audiences get some of the Broadway Show spoofs, if the audience members have not have seen a ton of shows.

Chris was very honest with this answer. He talked about there being only so much that an Actor can do and then you have to hope for the best. If you listen, he even performs how he did it at rehersal and why that performance is how that part was added into the show.  The main thing is that they have a group of amazing Actors and fun people, the full support of Dreamworks so when he went and tried to hit the high note as a joke, everyone laughed for about 30 minutes non-stop.  From that point on the high note became part of Lord Farquaad’s character and role.

3. The cast of Shrek the Musical is made up of some of the most funny and talented people on Broadway. The movie and show is all about imagination, creativity and having fun. With this much talent and energy, what was your favorite blooper from the show either on or off stage.

Chris talked about getting ready for the curtain to go up and all of the sudden Lord Farquaad’s legs breaking. He instantly called for the Stage Manager and said his legs were broken. Unfortunately everyone thought it was Chris’s legs and not Lord Farquaad’s legs. Everyone rushed around worried that he was hurt and eventually they found out it was the character and not him. They gave him the spare legs and the curtain went up about 5 minutes later. His version is much funnier if you can hear it.  (You can see a video of the routine below at the Tony Awards and why broken legs wouldn’t work.)

4. We were running out of time so I asked one last question. What is your favorite thing about Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay, the show and what should people look for?

Chris: “Me! Just kidding.” The thing people will enjoy is that the film crew captured the show like you are actually at the show. You’ll love the costumes and everything about the production.

I snuck in one last question which was a favor for one of our readers. Can you please say hi to Mr. Sean C. Huff?

Chris: Sean C. Huff? Hi Sean C. Huff, Chris Sieber here.

I’d like to thank Chris Sieber for the interview again and taking time out of his day. Tomorrow we have another interview with another Actor from the cast of Shrek the Musical. I encourage you all to go out and buy a copy of Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay and thank you again for your time Chris.