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May 23 - 29, 2001

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My Way

Three new solo CDs and a touch of opera.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Quando me’en vo (“Musetta’s Waltz”) Tebaldi Festival (1969) Renata Tebaldi, New Phiharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge A traditional showstopper from Act II of Puccini’s 1896 La Bohème, a new production of which opened the Opera Theatre of St. Louis season on May 19th. At the Café Momus, Musetta publicly flirts with her former lover, the painter Marcello, in an attempt to goad him into a response.
Che gelida manina The Beloved Bjoerling Jussi Bjoerling, Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra conducted by Nils Grevillius Recorded in December, 1936. Bjoerling (1907 – 1960) was one of the great lyric tenors and Rudolfo was one of his greatest roles. “Che gelida manina” (“How cold your little hand is”) is from Act I of La Bohème, as Rudolfo clumsily tries to introduce himself to Mimi, with whom he is completely smitten. The aria ends with Rudolfo saying, in effect, “But enough about me; what about you?”
Si, mi chiamano Mimi Elisabeth Schwartzkopf: Opera Arias (mid-1069s) Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicola Rescigno Mimi responds with her capsule bio (“Yes. They call me Mimi”). Although only eight years younger than Bjoerling, it’s unlikely that Schwartzkopf ever sang Mimi to his Rudolfo.
Sally Mayes has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions and a number of cast recordings, including Closer Than Ever, She Loves Me, Bye Bye Birdie, Lost in Boston, Unsung Musicals, and Unsung Sondheim. Her Broadway credits include Welcome to the Club for which she received the Theatre World Award as well as an Outer Critics Circle nomination, and She Loves Me which earned her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. This is her third solo album. Find out more about her at www.sallymayes.com
I Dream in Technicolor Sally Mayes: Boys and Girls Like You and Me (2000) Sally Mayes, combo conducted by Dick Gallagher Music and lyrics by Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), from Technicolor: Ten Love Stories, a show which is still in development
You’re Awful / Nice She Ain’t Sally Mayes: Boys and Girls Like You and Me (2000) Sally Mayes, Boyd Gaines, combo conducted by Dick Gallagher “You’re Awful” has lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Roger Edens and is from the score for the 1949 film version of On the Town, in which all of Leonard Bernstein’s songs were replaced with generally mediocre material by Edens. “Nice She Ain’t” has lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music from Jule Styne; it was cut from Gypsy pre-Broadway.
Your Eyes Are Blue / All Things Bright and Beautiful Sally Mayes: Boys and Girls Like You and Me (2000) Sally Mayes, Brent Barrett, combo conducted by Dick Gallagher Two by Sondheim. “Your Eyes are Blue” was cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and “All Things Bright and Beautiful” from Follies.
If I Can’t Take it With Me Sally Mayes: Boys and Girls Like You and Me (2000) Sally Mayes, combo conducted by Dick Gallagher Lyrics by Walter and Jean Kerr and Joan Ford, music by Leroy Anderson; this was cut from Goldilocks, which opened on October 11, 1958 and ran only 161 performances, despite a couple of big names (Don Ameche and Elaine Stritch) in the cast.
Guy Haines made his recording debut on the Varese Sarabande album Unsung Musicals. Since then, the former tennis pro has shared the spotlight on innumerable Broadway recordings, including Fynsworth Alley's debut release The Stephen Sondheim Album.
Pick Yourself Up Guy Haines: Haines His Way (2001) Guy Haines, orchestra conducted by Todd Ellison By Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, from the Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers film Swing Time (1936). Ginger is a dance instructor and Fred, although a professional dancer, is trying to pass himself off as a hapless student in order to make a pass at Ginger.
Pitiful Penniless Bums Guy Haines: Haines His Way (2001) Guy Haines, Brent Barrett, orchestra conducted by Todd Ellison By Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, this is the opening number from Sugar (1972), based on the classic Billy Wilder - I.A.L. Diamond film comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). The bums in question are Robert Morse and Tony Roberts (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in the film), a couple of dance-band musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and go underground by posing as members of an all-girl band.
She Likes Basketball Guy Haines: Haines His Way (2001) Guy Haines, orchestra conducted by Todd Ellison By Burt Bacharach and Hal David, from Promises Promises (1968), based on another Wilder – Diamond collaboration, The Apartment (1960).
Every Street’s a Boulevard in Old New York Guy Haines: Haines His Way (2001) Guy Haines, orchestra conducted by Todd Ellison By Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard, from Hazel Flagg (1953), which lasted 190 performances and was later filmed as Living It Up (1954) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, among others. The book, by Ben Hecht, is based on his own 1937 screenplay for the Frederick March / Carole Lombard comedy Nothing Sacred, about a woman who thinks she’s dying of radium poisoning and the reporter who tries to exploit her.
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd Play it Cool (2001) Lea DeLaria From Sweeney Todd, given the cool jazz treatment here.
All That Jazz Play it Cool (2001) Lea DeLaria By Kander and Ebb, from Chicago


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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