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October 1, 2000

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Well, Buckle My Swash!

Music from swashbuckling epics of the stage and screen.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Buckets of Gore "I Wants to Be an Actor Lady" And other Hits From Early Musical Comedies (1978) Philip Yutzy, Cincinnati's University Theater Orchestra cond. by Earl Rivers From the swashbuckling musical The Corsair, which opened at the Bijou Opera House on Broadway on 10/18/1887 and ran for five months (a good run back then). The New York Times described it as "pretty and entertaining and anatomical". The latter may refer to the fact that the hero was played by woman in a skimpy costume and flesh-colored tights.
Into the Fire The Scarlet Pimpernel (OC 1998) Douglas Sills, Company Sir Percy Blakeney (a.k.a. The Scarlet Pimpernel) and the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel sail to France to rescue innocent victims from the Reign of Terror.
Where's the Girl? The Scarlet Pimpernel (OC 1998) Terrence Mann Chauvelin tries to seduce Marguerite (his former lover and now Percy's wife) into helping him uncover the secret identity of the Pimpernel
The Riddle The Scarlet Pimpernel (OC 1998) Terrence Mann, Christine Andreas, Douglas Sills, Company Percy, Chauvelin, and Marguerite eye each other with suspicion, wondering who can trust whom.
They Seek Him There The Scarlet Pimpernel (OC 1998) Douglas Sills, David Cromwell, Sandy Rosenberg, Pamela Burrell, Company Percy continues to act the role of the brainless fop.
Learn more than you probably want to know about the show at www.thepimpernel.com You can find information on the literary origins of the character at www.sirpercy.org/info/books.htm
Prelude Cinema Century (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic cond. by Paul Bateman From Prince Valiant (1954) a "cardboard costumer" (Leonard Maltin) starring Robert Wagner as Hal Foster's comic-strip hero. The score is by Hollywood veteran Franz Waxman.
Overture Spellbound: The Classic Film Scores of Miklos Rosza (1976) National Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Philip Gerhardt From Ivanhoe (1952), a big-budget adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel shot on location in Britain and boasting an all-star cast that includes Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Taylor, Emlyn Williams and George Sanders.
Overture Cinema Century (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic cond. by Paul Bateman From Alfred Newman's score for The Mark of Zorro (1940), which starred Tyrone Power as the masked avenger and Basil Rathbone as his enemy.
Tornado in the Barracks The Mask of Zorro (OS 1998) Studio orchestra cond by James Horner The most recent screen incarnation of Zorro, with a score by James Horner. Zorro first appeared in 1919 in a series of stories by Johnston McCulley published in pulps such as All-Story Weekly and Argosy. McCulley wrote nearly 80 Zorro stories, the last one appearing in 1959. Find out more at www.zorro.com.
Overture Bernard Herrmann: Great Film Music (1996) National Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Bernard Herrmann From The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), a lavish action spectacle with stop-motion special effects by Ray Harryhausen.
The Duel With the Skeleton Bernard Herrmann: Great Film Music (1996) National Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Bernard Herrmann An example of those special effects, as Sinbad clashes swords with animated skeletons.


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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