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July 7, 2004

Another program of new releases, concentrating on music from the Broadway stage.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Gibberish Rutland Weekend Song Book (1978) Eric Idle and Neil Innes It makes as much sense as anything else on the radio these days. The long out of print Rutland Weekend Song Book LP contained sketches and song parodies from the satirical TV series Rutland Weekend Television.
Anything Goes It's De-Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection (2004) Cole Porter, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Through the miracle of digital audio editing, Porter's voice tracks from 1934 (which were originally accompanied by Porter's own rather clunky piano playing) have been wedded to a contemporary performance of a 30s-era chart. The song, of course, is from the 1934 show of the same name.
You're the Top It's De-Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection (2004) Cole Porter, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Ditto, also from Anything Goes. In addition to Ethel Merman and William Gaxton, the original cast also featured Vivian Vance, who would later become famous as Lucille Ball's second banana. This disc arrived too late for my Cole Porter show, but it contains so many fine performances of Porter songs (both famous and obscure) that I had to include it here.
Fine and Dandy Fine and Dandy (2004) Carolee Carmello, Mario Cantone This 1930 musical was the first and only collaboration between Kay Swift and Paul James (actually her husband, the banker James Warburg), with a somewhat satirical book by Donald Ogden Stewart. This song - the only thing resembling a hit that Swift ever wrote - is a nice illustration of the "melodic inventiveness [and] the lyrical dexterity" that is typical of their work. Swift was also romantically involved with George Gershwin and would later become the composer in residence for the Radio City Rockettes. Her only other Broadway score was Paris '90 (1952), a one-woman show for Cornelia Otis Skinner.
Etiquette Fine and Dandy (2004) Mark Linn-Baker, Ensemble Edgar Little, assistant manager at the Fordyce Drop Forge Tool and Dye Company, tries to educate the workers on the importance of etiquette. It makes as much sense as anything else in the plot, trust me.
If I Were a Rich Man Fiddler on the Roof (Revival cast 2004) Alfred Molina This revival of the ever-popular 1964 Bock and Harnick hit opened on February 26, 2004 and is still running as of the date of this broadcast. Molina can also be seen at your local megaplex as Dr. Octopus in Spider Man 2.
The Raft Two Brothers (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Two Brothers follows the adventures of two tigers separated by fate. Post-Dispatch critic Kevin Wilson describes it as "a solid family film...it has a vivid storybook look, and its simple story is beautifully told."
Havoc Two Brothers (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck's scores include Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Brown, Charlotte Gray and Captain Corelli's Mandolin, as well as for the 1999 made-for-TV A Christmas Carol, which starred Patrick Stewart.
To Freedom Two Brothers (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman The director himself provides the whistling for this cheery track.


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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