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Food for thought

Does anyone know any repertoire about food?  It can't be too hard, no more than four parts.  Accompaniment is desired and piano only would be preferrable.  Extra points if it can be danced to.  Also, a recording of the work must be available.
Those are the parameters now I'll tell you what it's for.  Every year our church does two dramatic musicals.  These are big events with in house choreography, dancing, costumes, acting and singing.  For Easter I'm trying to to find music that will fit into a script we might be using.  One of the scenes ends with a joke about hospital food and the next begins with more talk about food.  It would be great to sing something in this spot.  We need the recording for the choreographers and the dancers.
Many thanks in advance. 
on January 8, 2014 5:57am
Hi Andrew,
One piece that comes to mind is "Banquet Fugue" from "The Reluctant Dragon" by John Rutter. I think it fits all your parameters - not sure if it can be danced to, but I think there are some possibilities there. It's not too difficult - I remember singing it as a high school sophomore in an 8th-10th grade choir. I know there's a recording of it in the iTunes store, and there are a number of YouTube performances. Hope this helps, and best wishes!
on January 8, 2014 7:19am
While in grad school, I directed a workplace community group of Bellsouth employees from about 1987 - 1991.  They had a choral arrangement of this:  "Some Little Bug" - in their files.  I have no idea whether you can get a choral printed copy, but it is a clever song..... if you can get over the slightly nerdy goofy-ness and the "ick" factor.  ;)
I do not own anything here!  Just passing the links... I was curious myself.   History at the bottom is surprising.
You might try those old Acheivement Series octavos at J.W. Pepper.  I seem to recall some of those fun songs written for H.S. and M.S. in the 80's and 90's. ... one was about pizza as I recall ..."Funiculli, Funiculla" - "...lot-sa mozze-rella on your face ..."   There is one called "Commercials" which had the Mars candy, "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.." and other memorable food/candy jingles.
Have you considered "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast ?   I used that as an opening for a dinner theatre once.   Lots of fun staging possibilities - little solo lines and small groups, if you wish.  Local H. S. or M. S. school directors might still have that in their files to lend.  It actually might still be for sale.
on January 8, 2014 9:58am
Paul Carey has a delightful piece, called Mashed Potato/Love Poem. It's quite funny, but mostly in its restraint. Food, Glorious Food (from Oliver!), Java Jive, Who Will Buy (also Oliver!). 
on January 8, 2014 11:01am
Hi Andrew,
Perhaps someone has already mention this, but just in case ...
There is already a repertoire page here at ChoralNet for food related pieces:
One piece not mentioned there is the Weasel Cantata, "The ONLY anthem on the Dietary Laws of Leviticus":
Best wishes,
Jane Nowakowski
on January 9, 2014 9:45am
I second "Food, Glorious Food" and would add "Fresh, Warm Bread" from "The Baker's Wife." Here's a shortened version for those who are unfamiliar:  (My friend Vira is the soprano).  (:
on January 9, 2014 10:34am
Hi, Andrew,
Another "ick factor" possibility is "A Hamburger and an Order of Flies" by Stephen L. Lawrence, a cute song with narration and an itching soloist.
Kirby Shaw has an Italian-flavoured "Pasta," which is especially fun if someone can play accordian, but it's fine with just piano. It makes a nice pairing with his "Pizza." His "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy" is also fun to sing, and could be conducive to dancing.
Carl Strommen's "The Roast Beef of Old England" is a rousing old British song set to an accompaniment that reminds me a bit of "The Piano Man."  This one is for men's chorus, though.
I haven't checked the availability of recordings, but Pepper might still have recordings available on their site.
Have fun!
Susan Korstanje
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