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October 8, 2000

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Perfectly Lovely Couples

Three of them, all from the 1990s.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Perfectly Lovely Couple Do I Hear a Waltz? (OC 1965) Elizabeth Allen, Sergio Franchi, Company The show that gives us this week’s theme song was the first and only collaboration between Richard Rogers and Stephen Sondheim and was not a great success, lasting only 220 performances. The book was by Arthur Laurents (who also authored one of the featured shows this week - see below), based on his own play The Time of the Cuckoo.
Me Beauty and the Beast (OC 1994) Burke Moses, Susan Egan The massively self-absorbed Gaston proposes to the appalled Belle
If I Can’t Love Her Beauty and the Beast (OC 1994) Terrence Mann One of several new songs written for the stage version by Alan Menken and Tim Rice (Menken’s original collaborator, Howard Ashman, had died by the time the Broadway musical was in development).
Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast (OC 1994) Beth Fowler Probably the best-known song from the original film.
Be Our Guest Beauty and the Beast (OC 1994) Gary Beach, Beth Fowler, Heath Lamberts, Company A show-stopping production number in both the film and on the stage.
The official Beauty and the Beast web site is at disney.go.com/disneyonbroadway/beautyus/index.htm, but there are also numerous fan sites such as "Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway Musical" (www.columbia.edu/~zm4/BeautyandBeast/musical.html) and even a site dedicated to the legend as a whole, including various film versions, literary origins and more (lostillusion.net/).
Eleanor - An American Love Story began life as the one-act musical First Lady, commissioned and produced by the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington, where it was produced in 1987-88 for 16 weeks. The first full Equity production took place in 1990 in Pittsburgh. This recording comes from the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, which opened on March 15, 1999. Music and lyrics are by Thomas Tierney and John Foster, book by Jonathan Bolt.
Give Eleanor - An American Love Story (OC 1999) Anne Kanengeiser, Anthony Cummings, Children Eleanor is teaching immigrant children at a Lower East Side settlement house when she receives an unexpected visit from Franklin.
Running Before the Wind Eleanor - An American Love Story (OC 1999) Anne Kanengeiser, Anthony Cummings On their wedding night, Eleanor and Franklin Delano contemplate their life together.
Nick and Nora was a show that seemed to have everything going for it: book and direction by Arthur Laurents, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and even orchestrations by Stephen Sondheim’s collaborator Jonathan Tunick. And a cast of bankable stars, including Barry Bostwick, Joanna Gleason, Christine Baranski, Faith Prince and Chris Sarandon. It flopped anyway.
Is There Anything Better Than Dancing? Nick and Nora (OC 1991) Barry Bostwick, Joanna Gleason Nick and Nora in a romantic mood.
Everybody Wants to Do a Musical Nick and Nora (OC 1991) Christine Baranski Maybe that’s why shows like this one get written. Movie star Tracy Gardner, an old friend of Nora’s, explains her latest career move.
As Long as You’re Happy Nick and Nora (OC 1991) Barry Bostwick, Joanna Gleason Nick and Nora begin to get competitive in finding a solution to the mystery.


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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