A program of spooky stuff to go with your left-over Hallowe'en candy.
|| Topsy-Turvy (OS 2001)
||Shirley Henderson, Kevin McKidd, Martin Savage, orchestra conducted by Carl Davis
||From Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer (1877); John Wellington Wells invokes the asssistance of various supernatural entities in creating a love potion.
|My Name is John Wellington Wells
||A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala
||John Reed, Royal Philharmonic conducted by Isidore Godfrey
||Speraking of Mr. Wells, here's the patter song in which he introduces himself, sung by veteral Savoy Opera star John Reed.
|Ghosties and Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump in the Night; Hallowe'en Ballet
||Meet Me in St. Louis (OC 1990)
||Betty Garrett, Courtney Peldon, Ensemble
||The 1990 musical based on the classic MGM film suffers from the fact that the new songs written for it (like this one) are generally inferior to those for the film itself. On Broadway, the Hallowe'en Ballet featured ice-skating ghosts and other elaborate stage business.
|Me and the Ghost Upstairs
|| Starring Fred Astaire
||Fred Astaire, Perry Botkin and His Orchestra
||Originally recorded for the 1940 film Second Chorus but never used; the film associated with this has been lost. Interesting side note: the drummer with the Botkin orchestra is none other than Spike Jones.
|Over at the Frankenstein PlaceŻ
|| The Rocky Horror Show (OC 1974)
||Abigale Haness and B. Miller
||Brad and Janet think the old Frankenstein Place looks like safe haven in the rain. They're in for a surprise.
||The Rocky Horror Show (OC 1974)
||Tim Curry, Abigale Haness and B. Miller
||Here's the surprise: Dr. Frank N. Furter from planet Transylvania. New Line Theatre's production of Rocky Horror Show closes a successful run on November 2nd..
|Those Were the Good Old Days
||Damn Yankees (OC 1955)
||From the 1955 cast recording, Mr. Applegate (a.k.a. The Prince of Darkness) reminisces about better days. Well, better for HIM, anyway. Musical theatre veteran Walston would later become nationally famous as "Uncle Martin" in the popular TV series My Favorite Martian..