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January 28, 2001

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So Long, Farewell

Stage Left leaves FM88's broadcast schedule to become the station's first Internet-only program (see our home page for details), so we close out our first phase of existence with a program of listener requests and a few songs about saying goodbye.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
So Long, Farewell The Sound of Music (OC 1959) The Children What can we say? One of Rogers and Hammerstein’s best-known (but not necessarily best) shows. The film made Julie Andrews a star but the original starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel.
Goodbye, My Lady Love After the Ball (1974) Joan Morris, Bill Bolcom (piano) Written in 1900 by Harry Von Tilzer, the song was introduced to the vaudeville stage by his wife, Ida Emerson. It may have been intended as a follow-up to their ragtime hit of the previous year, “Hello Ma Baby”.
So Long Dearie Hello Dolly (OC 1964) Carol Channing, David Burns It’s near the end of the show and Dolly, thoroughly disgusted with Horace Vandergelder’s self-centered stuffiness, says goodbye as only she can.
Runyonland Music; Fugue for Tinhorns; Follow the Fold Guys and Dolls (OC 1950) Stubby Kaye, Johnny Silver, Douglas Deane, Isabel Bigley, Chorus With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls has become an American classic. It opened on 11/24/1950 and ran for 1200 performances. There have been two Broadway revivals - one with an all-black cast in 1976 and another in 1995 that ran longer than the original. It was filmed in 1955 with Marlon Brando oddly miscast as Sky Masterson (a role originally sung by Alan Alda’s dad Robert).
Who Will Buy? Oliver (OC 1963) Bruce Prochnik and Chorus Like Guys and Dolls, this musical version of Oliver Twist is a perennial favorite of professional and amateur companies. Music and lyrics are by Lionel Bart and the book is by David Merrick and Donald Albery. It opened on 1/6/1963 and ran 774 performances. A 1984 revival with Ron Moody and Patti Lupone didn’t do nearly as well. Moody also appeared as Fagin in the 1968 film.
If I Loved You Carousel (OC 1945) John Raitt, Jan Clayton Another favorite, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is based on a downbeat 1921 play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. The show opened on 4/19/1945 and ran for 890 performances. Raitt repeated the role of Billy Bigelow in a 1965 Lincoln Center revival. A critically acclaimed 1993 London revival played Broadway in 1994 for 322 performances. The tour of that production played St. Louis in 1996.
If Ever I Would Leave You Camelot (OC 1960) Robert Goulet Lerner and Loewe hoped that Camelot would reprise the success of their 1956 blockbuster My Fair Lady and in fact it shared several two cast members (Julie Andrews and Robert Coote) with the earlier show as well as the director, music director, costume designer, scenic designer and orchestrator. It opened 12/3/1960 and ran 873 performances - not shabby, but nothing like My Fair Lady’s 2,717! Camelot was filmed (badly) in 1967.
Brotherly Love and Stage Life Electric Shadows (2000) China Symphony Orchestra cond. by Hu Bing Xu From Farewell My Concubine (1993), which looks at 20h century Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution and beyond by telling the story of the contentious 52-year relationship of two male childhood apprentices in the Peking Opera. The score is by Zhao Jiping (Ju Dou, Red Firecracker Green Firecracker, Raise the Red Lantern)
Electric Blues Hair (OC 1968) Paul Jabara and Company The “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” was first performed 10/29/1967at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre, with all tickets priced at $2.50. It finally made it to Broadway on 4/29/1968 where it ran for 1,750 performances. At one point there were seven road companies of Hair touring in the USA alone. St. Louis became momentarily infamous for attempts by a right-wing alderwoman to block the show from playing here on the grounds that it was “obscene” (translation: there’s about 30 seconds of nudity at the end of Act I). This song was cut from the original cast recording and were not available until the CD re-release in 1988.
We Will All Go Together When We Go The Remains of Tom Lehrer (2000) Tom Lehrer Recorded in 1960, this wasn’t released until 1997, when it appeared on the reissue CD Songs and More Songs by Tom Lehrer.
Good Night, Irene Bob Hope: Put It There, Pal! (1999) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland Live radio broadcast from 10/11/1950, complete with ad libs.
Let’s Say Goodbye Noël Coward: I’ll See You Again (1994) Noël Coward, New Mayfair Orchestra cond. by Ray Noble Recorded in 1932, this is from Coward’s revue Words and Music from the same year.
Thanks for the Memories Bob Hope: Put It There, Pal! (1999) Bob Hope, Shirley Ross Recorded 11/1938; Hope and Ross first performed this in The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope’s first feature film.


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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