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The Grand Tour, Part 2

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August 15, 2001

Our virtual world tour concludes.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
This Week Americans Do I Hear a Waltz? (OC 1965) Carol Bruce Music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Signora Fioria welcomes her American guests, whom she prefers other nationalities.
Salzberg Bells Are Ringing (Revival cast 2001) Beth Fowler, David Garrison Music by Jule Styne, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Anxious to get his hands on Sue’s savings, the bogus Sandor entices her with the oddly contradictory and geographically improbable wonders of "Salzberg".
You Will Remember Vienna Deep in My Heart (OS 1954) Helen Traubel Music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film is an all-star biography of Romberg, more notable for the many big names in the musical numbers than for the story itself.
In Old Bavaria The Producers (OC 2001) Brad Oscar Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. Franz Liebkind waxes nostalgic about the Good Old Days, backed by his pigeons.
Someone Woke Up Do I Hear a Waltz? (OC 1965) Elizabeth Allen, Company On the first day of her first visit to Venice, Leona Samish falls in love with the city.
We Open in Venice Kiss Me Kate (OC 1949) Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake, Harold Lang, Lisa Kirk Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The traveling players of The Taming of the Shrew take us on a quick tour of Italy.
See Rome and Live A Bag of Popcorn and a Dream (1998) Kathi Moss Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. This was originally from At the Grand (1958).
The Road to Morocco Put It There, Pal (1999) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby From the film The Road to Morocco (1942), the third in the duo's series of Road to.. comedies; Bing sells Bob to a slave trader and they both contend for the affections of princess Dorothy Lamour.
I’m Going Moroccan for Johnny A Bag of Popcorn and a Dream (1998) Joan Barber Originally from the World War II era, this song would later re-surface as “Rahadlakum” in Kismet.
The Road to Morocco Put It There, Pal (1999) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour From a 1947 radio broadcast.
The Gods Love Nubia Aida (OC 2000) Heather Headley, Schele Williams The rousing Act I finale, in which Aida rallies her captive countrymen with the reminder that “The pain of Nubia in only of the moment”. Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice
Not Since Nineveh Kismet (Revival cast 1965) Anne Jeffreys, Henry Calvin, Chorus The mostly mythical glories of ancient Baghdad. Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, based on themes by Alexander Borodin (in this case, from his opera Prince Igor)
In a Persian Market Spike Jones (1977) Spike Jones and His City Slickers Albert Ketèlbey’s best-known piece, given the Jones once-over. This is a live recording, probably from Jones’ TV show in the early 1950s.
The Heat is On in Saigon Miss Saigon (OC 1991) Jonathan Pryce, Company At the other end of the spectrum from 19th-century Japan (see below) is Saigon in 1975 – no serenity and lots of foreigners. The Engineer is ready to entertain them with his bar girls.
Come to The Supermarket (in Old Peking) Aladdin (OS 1958) Cyril Ritchard, Male Chorus Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Aladdin was Porter’s last score, written for a Du Pont Show of the Month broadcast on the CBS network in the USA. Despite a book by noted humorist S.J. Perelman and an all-star cast the included Sal Mineo, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Una Merkel, Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Howie Morris and the impressive Geoffrey Holder as the Genie, Aladdin was a critical and ratings flop. Porter was too ill to see it in any case. A revised version for the stage opened in at the Coliseum Theatre in London on December 17th, 1959.
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea Pacific Overtures (OC 1976) Mako and Company Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In this opening number The Reciter offers an introduction to life in Japan in 1853, serenely isolated from the outside world. Rarely performed, Pacific Overtures charts this history of Japan from the mid-1800s to the present, making extensive use of Japanese Kabuki theatre elements.
Siberia Silk Stockings (OS 1957) Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff Music and lyrics by our reliable world traveler Cole Porter. Three Soviet agents, who have been living the high life in Paris, face their return to Russia – and, probably, exile to Siberia.
Bali H’ai South Pacific (OC 1949) Juanita Hall To take away the chill of Siberia, we end our tour at the ultimate island paradise. Music and lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein, of course.

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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