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May 14, 2000

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A Night at the Opera With Mom

A Night at the Opera With Mom

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
We're Goin' Around Treemonisha (OC 1975) Company Joplin's second opera (the score of his first, A Guest of Honor (1905), was left behind in a hotel room and is lost to history) was self-published in 1911 but wasn't performed until 1975 by the Houston Grand Opera. The Opera Theatre of St. Louis production of Treemonisha (which opens May 20th) will be the first here in over 20 years.
Frolic of the Bears Treemonisha (OC 1975) Company Eight bears enter and, per the stage directions, "The bears frolic"—to a slightly goofy waltz.
Aunt Dinah Has Blowed the Horn Treemonisha (OC 1975) Company The horn indicates the end of the work day.
A Real Slow Drag Treemonisha (OC 1975) Carmen Balthrop, Cora Johnson, Company The finale and the most obviously ragtime-influenced number.
Dulcinea Man of La Mancha (OC 1965) Richard Kiley and male chorus This is Amy's mother-in-law’s (no jokes– Amy says she’s the world’s best mother-in-law!) favorite show tune.
Mother Machree Lost Empires (OS 1986) Joseph Ward Lost Empires is the seven-part serial produced by Granada TV from the novel by J.B. Priestley, "being Richard Herncastle’s account of his life on the variety stage from November 1913 to August 1914". Included here for obvious reasons. The song is was a sentimental favorite in the early years of the 20th century.
Momma, Momma, Momma I Can Get It For You Wholesale (OC 1962) Elliot Gould and Lillian Roth Another country heard from in this musical, which marked Barbara Streisand’s Broadway debut. As a side note, Lillian Roth was the legendary performer whose autobiography, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, was made into the 1955 Susan Hayward vehicle.
The Music of the Night The Phantom of the Opera (OC London, 1987) Michael Crawford Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music and Charles Hart wrote the lyrics for this song, which is Amy's mother’s favorite show tune.
If Momma Was Married Gypsy (OC 1959) Sandra Church (Louise) & Lane Bradbury (June) Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Laurents and Sondheim were two members of the brilliant group responsible for West Side Story, two years earlier.
The Glamorous Life A Little Night Music (OC 1973) Elaine Tomkinson, singing Desiree’s daughter, Fredrika This song is a bonus cut on the CD re-issue of the original cast recording, but it's actually from the 1978 film version (which misguided effort starred Elizabeth Taylor; Leonard Maltin describes the movie as "laughably stilted").
Finale: Children Will Listen Into the Woods (OC 1987) Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, ensemble More music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, collaborating with James Lapine, about the power of words to shape children’s (and adults’) dreams and lives


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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