During the 40s and 50s, the so-called Golden Age of musical theatre, it was common to hear songs from Broadway shows on the airwaves. These songs were the "pop music" of the day. Audiences would know a Rodgers and Hammerstein tune before they even stepped foot in a theatre, since they were often played on the radio or sung at parties.
This, however, is not the case today. The songs of musical theatre, while still popular among many, have not become quite as mainstream as today’s pop music.
But there are still many, iconic songs over the years that have made it on to the pop charts and into the popular consciousness.
Today on "From the Pit,” we talk about how iconic, pop cross over songs from musical theatre. We speak with Peter Jorgensen, a director, actor, teacher and producer of musical theatre in Vancouver, about these questions and many more. So let's see what's popular today… From the Pit.