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June 4, 2000

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The St. Louis Muse

Another in our on-going series of shows featuring music from local productions. This week: Anyhing Goes (Goldenrod Showboat), State Fair (Stages) and Hair (New Line Theatre)

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
I Get a Kick Out of You Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1987) Patti LuPone Anything Goes (music and lyrics by Cole Porter) opened on 11/21/1934 and ran for 420 performances. The idea came to producer Vinton Freedley while relaxing on a fishing boat off Pearl Island in the Gulf of Panama. He fled there in 1933 to avoid creditors after the failure of his musical Pardon My English earlier that year.
All Through the Night Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1962) Hal Linden, Eileen Rogers Although best known for his television and film work—especially the Barney Miller series (ABC, 1975—1982)—Linden also has substantial Broadway credentials. He appeared in (among others) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Subways Are For Sleeping, The Apple Tree and a revival of The Pajama Game in 1973. His Tony-winning performance in The Rothschilds (1970) led to the offer of the lead in Barney Miller. For more information, see his bio at nyalumni.com/bio.html.
Friendship Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1987) Patti LuPone, Bill McCutcheon This revival of Anything Goes ran 804 performances, nearly twice as long as the original 1934 production.
Let's Misbehave Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1962) Eileen Rogers, Kenneth Mars From the 1962 revival, which ran 239 performances and included some Porter songs not in the original, including this one. Mars is best known for his outrageous comedy roles in Mel Brooks films, among others.
Anything Goes Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1987) Patti LuPone LuPone, of course, first attained Broadway stardom in Evita (1979). She got a New York Drama Desk award and Tony Nomination for this performance.
Blow, Gabriel, Blow Anything Goes (Revival Cast, 1987) Patti LuPone LuPone's other New York stage credits include The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Master Class (as Maria Callas), and Pal Joey. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in London in 1994. Her complete biography can be found at www.pattilupone.net/bio.html.
It's a Grand Night for Singing Ron Raines: Broadway Passion Ron Raines, National Symphony Orchestra cond. by John Owen Edwards From State Fair. Raines first gained national attention as Gaylord Ravenal in the 1983 revival of Show Boat on Broadway (a role he later reprised here at the Muny). He has appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional theatre productions.
Boys and Girls Like You and Me Where Have We Met Before?&3151;Forgotten Songs from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley Judy Garland and George Stoll's Orchestra Originally part of the score for Oklahoma!, the song was cut during tryouts in New Haven (when the show was still titled Away We Go!). It didn't appear again until 1996, when it was interpolated into a Broadway revival of State Fair. This was released in 1944 as the "B" side of a recording of "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis.
It Might as Well Be Spring Ike Quebec: It Might as Well Be Spring Ike Quebec (tenor sax), Freddie Roach (organ), Milt Hinton (bass), Al Harewood (drums) From State Fair. Recorded in 1961. Quebec was active in the 1940s and recorded extensively for Blue Note, but went into semi-retirement in the 1950s. He returned to recording and performing in the 1960s.
I Believe in Love Hair (OC 1968) Melba Moore and Company This and the next two songs were cut from the original LP version of the original cast recording because of time constraints. They appear on the CD re-issue.
Going Down Hair (OC 1968) Gerome Ragni and Company Ragni is co-author of the book and lyrics.
Electric Blues Hair (OC 1968) Paul Jabara and Company  
The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) Hair (OC 1968) James Rado, Lynn Kellogg, Melba Moore, Company Rado is the other co-author of the book and lyrics. Composer Galt MacDermot played electric piano in the band.


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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