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September 1, 2004

For the coming Labor Day weekend (and in contrast with the plutocrats holding their political convention in New York City), a program of music - and a bit of comedy - about working for a living.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Hot Rock Radio / Carumba! Give Us a Break Proctor and Bergman An obnoxious rock radio station ID and a commercial for the Official Luxury Car of the Republican National Committee from half of Tbe Firesign Theatre.
All the Livelong Day Working (OC 1978) Company This 1978 musical was inspired by the Studs Terkel book of the same name about the sorrows and joys of working Americans. The score is by Stephen Schwartz and a group of guest composers.
Millwork Working (OC 1978) Robin Lamont This is by one of those guest composers - singer/songwriter James Taylor. It was one of the more memorable moments in the 2003 production of Working by HotHouse Theatre here in St. Louis. The song describes the character's despair at the drudgery of millwork and her lack of other options.
Seeräuber - Jenny Kurt Weill - from Berlin to Broadway (1995) Lotte Lenya, Lewis Ruth Band conducted by Theo Mackeben This recording dates from 1930 and was made to correspond with a film version of Der Dreigroschenoper that same year. Jenny is another woman unhappy with her job. She seeks escape in a fantasy in which she is a pirate queen and her ship "with fifty cannons" destroys those who exploit her.
Chain Store Daisy American Musical Theatre, V. 2 (1989) Ruth Rubenstein, Harold Rome and Baldwin Bergersen, pianists Here's yet another woman who isn't particularly happy with her job. This 1938 recording is from Harold Rome's Pins and Needles (1937), which was produced in collaboration with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and which featured performances by Union members like Rubenstein.
Occupation: Foole Occupation: Foole George Carlin Beginning a set devoted to folks who are happy with their jobs, here are some reflections on being "America's fastest rising young fool".
The Pajama Game/Racing with the Clock The Pajama Game (OC 1954) Eddie Foy, Jr. and Company Even though the "time study man" Hines (Foy) keeps them on their toes, the employees of Sleep Tite Pajamas are happy campers. The Pajama Game opened on May 13th, 1954, with an advance sale of only $15,000 but went on to run for 1,063 performances. It was Bob Fosse's first big assignment as a choreographer and the first of two hits (the other was Damn Yankees) for Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. They might have produced more, but Ross died, tragically, at age 29 after Yankees opened.
There's No Business Like Show Business Everything the Traffic Will Allow (2002) Klea Blackhurst This hymn to what may actually be the world's oldest profession is originally from Annie Get Your Gun. Cabaret star Blackhurst uses it to bring her Ethel Merman tribute (which she presented here in St. Louis in 2002) to an appropriately rousing close.


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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