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November 28, 2003

New CD re-issues of musicals from the 1960s and 1970s

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Not for the Life of Me – Thoroughly Modern Millie Thoroughly Modern Millie (OC 2002) Sutton Foster, Ensemble Based on the 1967 musical farce set in the 1920s, Thoroughly Modern Millie copped the 2002 Tony for Best Musical, despite some negative notices. Just about everybody liked Sutton Foster as Millie, however. A touring company of the show plays the Fox Theatre in St. Louis December 2nd through 14th.
Coffee Break How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (OC 1961) Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Ensemble This parody of corporate culture is, for the most part, as timely now as it was in 1961. Here Bud Frump, Smitty and their fellow workers lament a shortage of that popular legal upper, coffee.
The Company Way How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (OC 1961) Robert Morse, Sammy Smith Mr. Twimble explains his corporate survivor’s philosophy.
Organization Man How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (OC 1961) Frank Loesser In one of several bonus tracks on this re-issue, composer Loesser performs a sharply satirical song that was essentially a rough draft for “The Company Way”.
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Lorelei (OC 1973) Carol Channing Lorelei was a re-written version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), which marked Channing’s Broadway debut to rave reviews. Despite lavish production values and additional songs by Jule Styne (who wrote the original score) and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Lorelei lasted only 320 performances. In turning the show into a star vehicle for Channing, much of the charm of the original had apparently been lost.
Opening Hair (Off-Broadway Cast, 1967) Orchestra RCA has just released a two-disc set of the Broadway and original off-Broadway cast recordings of Hair, along with bonus tracks (like this one, which acted as an overture for the off-Broadway production) and an interview with composer Galt MacDermot.
Dead End Hair (Off-Broadway Cast, 1967) Jill O’Hara, Company Neither this song nor the singer made it into the Broadway production.


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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