The Sound Of Music Of The Night

Jun 19, 2020

Composers Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez compete in an audio mashup game where they combine the titles of two Broadway showtunes.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So the last time you were on ASK ME ANOTHER - the March version of you being on ASK ME ANOTHER - we asked you to play a game called Wrecking Ball of Confusion. We played clips of two different songs that you had to mash up the song titles.

ROBERT LOPEZ: Yes.

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Right.

EISENBERG: It was a very, very difficult game.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: You hated it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And we felt so bad. We're going to play it again.

LOPEZ: Yeah.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Awesome.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: No, no, no. We're going to play a completely different game that's called The Sound of Music of The Night.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh, OK. Now we're talking.

LOPEZ: There we go.

COULTON: So we're going to play two clips. We're going to play clips of two different songs from Broadway musicals, and you are going to mash up the titles. For example, if we played the song, "The Sound Of Music" from "The Sound of Music" and "The Music Of The Night" from "Phantom Of The Opera," you would answer "The Sound Of Music Of The Night."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yes.

EISENBERG: OK. So you're working together on this one...

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh, good.

EISENBERG: ...Unless you feel so confident, you want to compete.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh, let's work together.

EISENBERG: All right. Here we go. Here is your first two clips.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I DREAMED A DREAM")

RANDY GRAFF: (Singing) But the tigers come at night.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's "I Dreamed A Dream."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAMGIRLS (FINALE)")

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER #1: (Singing) Every man has his own special dream...

LOPEZ: "Dreamgirls." "I Dreamed A Dreamgirls."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "I Dreamed A Dreamgirls."

COULTON: Yeah, that's correct. Well done.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "I Dreamed A Dreamgirls." That's fun to say.

EISENBERG: I know. It's kind of - yeah.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: (Singing) I dreamed a "Dreamgirls," dreamed a "Dreamgirls."

COULTON: (Laughter) It's like "Dreamgirls" "Inception."

EISENBERG: (Laughter) "Dreamgirls" meets "Inception."

COULTON: I don't know. I couldn't get all the way to a joke. I just had to say the words.

EISENBERG: That's amazing. No, that's, like, the kind of sci-fi, fun dance party romp we need right now.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK, here is your next one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WIZARD AND I")

IDINA MENZEL: (Singing) He'll say to me I see who you truly are.

LOPEZ: "The Wizard And I."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "The Wizard And I." That's Idina.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I HATE MEN")

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER #2: (Singing) Than ever marry one of them I'd rest a virgin rather, for husbands are boring lot...

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "I Hate Men."

LOPEZ: "The Wizard And I Hate Men."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "The Wizard And I Hate Men."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: So fast, so impressive.

EISENBERG: I want to see that show, "The Wizard And I Hate Men."

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah.

LOPEZ: That's the sequel to "Wicked." It's the one between "Wicked" and...

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: It's all about the first six months of your child's life.

(LAUGHTER)

LOPEZ: It's about breastfeeding.

COULTON: (Laughter) All right, here are the next ones.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HE LIVES IN YOU")

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER #3: (Singing) Into the water, into the truth.

LOPEZ: That's "The Lion King."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's "Lion King" - "He Lives In You."

LOPEZ: Yeah, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU WILL BE FOUND")

BEN PLATT: (As Evan Hansen, singing) So let the sun come streaming in 'cause you'll reach up, and you'll rise again. Lift your head and look around.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "You Will Be Found." So it's...

LOPEZ: "He Lives In You Will Be Found."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "He Lives In You Will Be Found."

EISENBERG: That is correct. A creepy new title, but yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: "He Lives In You Will Be Found."

COULTON: It is a pleasure to watch you guys listen to this music. And it immediately flashes into your face the knowledge of these tunes. Like, it's great to watch.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Well, and you picked such amazing, classic tunes, too. You picked just - for us, I don't know if you feel this way, but there's - it's like having dessert. When you hear great songs...

COULTON: Yeah.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: It just hits your body and makes you go like, oh, isn't it so great that there's such amazing songs in the world? It's nice.

COULTON: Yeah.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Didn't mean to get poetic here.

EISENBERG: Awesome. No, that makes me so happy. I feel like you - I feel like he lives in you. You will be found.

COULTON: All right, I'm sad to say this is your last clue.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: OK.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MICHAEL IN THE BATHROOM")

GEORGE SALAZAR: (As Michael, singing) I am hanging in a bathroom at the biggest party of the...

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh, "Michael In The Bathroom."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS")

LESLIE ODOM JR: (As Aaron Burr, singing) No one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh, in the room where - "Michael In The Bathroom Where It Happens."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

(LAUGHTER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's amazing.

COULTON: A rather unfortunate title, but yes, correct.

LOPEZ: That's amazing.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: For me, the bathroom isn't always the room where it happens.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Sadly, it doesn't always go the way I think it's going to go.

(LAUGHTER)

LOPEZ: It is the room where it happens. It just - it doesn't always happen.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, that was - you know exactly how you did on that one - perfecto, perfecto. That was...

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Thanks. That was a super fun category.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Thank you so much for joining us again. Thank you, Bobby. Thank you, Kristen, for again coming together for another amazing segment.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Thank you. We'll see you next week.

EISENBERG: Yeah, we'll see you next week.

COULTON: We'll see you next week, like always.

EISENBERG: See you next week.

LOPEZ: Every saga has a beginning.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's friends of the show Kristen and Robert Lopez. They wrote all of the Disney songs your children won't stop singing at you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.