Thursday, March 27, 2014

Linda Lavin

Top, as Lois Lane with Bob Holiday in "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's..., 1966. Middle, as Alice, 1976-85. Bottom, in "The Lyons," on Broadway, 2012.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Art Lund, almost The Most Happy Fella...

Above with Jo Sullivan in The Most Happy Fella, and below on the cover of one of his albums.  (Mamselle, 1947...he recorded several hits in the 40s, but left the band stand in the 50s for Broadway!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Danny Kaye...

Top, whoa was he young!  Middle, with wife Sylvia Fine. Bottom, with Richard Rodgers, at the recording session of Two By Two.

Playlist for Sunday, March 30, 2014: Pretty...Classy!

2 On the Aisle goes LIVE again this Sunday...with some classic 42nd Street to start us off.  I've always loved Jerry Orbach's musical side; the Lenny Briscoe facet never did anything for me, to tell the truth.  I've also included a mini-theme of Stephen Sondheim, who did several songs with the word "pretty" in them (guess he liked that brittle little concept...not beautiful, not wondrous, but something smaller in scale.  Or was it just because it rhymed with stuff like pity and gritty and...). ANYWAY, we slide into Early in the Mornin', straight from Five Guys Named Moe, that Louis Jordan song that I love, sung here by Jerry Dixon and Your Feet's Too Big, compliments of Ain't Misbehavin's Ken Page ("Your pedal extremities are obnoxious!).  Turn that duo up!

Hope you can tune in...

Lullaby of Broadway (Jerry Orbach, Full Company, 42nd Street)
The Rhythm of Life (Arnold Soboloff, Sweet Charity)
Brotherhood of Man (Robert Morse, Ensemble, How to Succeed)
I Feel Pretty (Carol Lawrence, Ensemble, West Side Story)
Pretty Little Picture (Zero Mostel, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Pretty Lady (Mark Hsu Syers, Timm Fui, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Pacific Overtures)
Pretty Women (Len Cariou, Edmund Lyndeck, Sweeney Todd)
They Call the Wind Mariah (Ensemble, Paint Your Wagon)
Joey Joey Joey (Art Lund, The Most Happy Fella)
Early in the Mornin' (Jerry Dixon, Five Guys Named Moe)
Your Feet's Too Big (Ken Page, Ain't Misbehavin')
You've Got Possibilities (Linda Lavin, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman)
You Are Woman (Sydney Chaplin, Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
Ninety Again! (Danny Kaye, Two by Two)

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Due to weirdnesses (is that a word?), Jazz 90.1 played another pre-recorded show of mine, instead of the Jerry Herman one that was initially scheduled.  So apologies for posting a playlist that engendered only confusion!  The March 31 of 2013 show was replayed and below is the line up.  And P.S. that Jerry Herman show will make an appearance in May of this year, I promise!

Welcome to the Night (John Lithgow and Ensemble, Sweet Smell of Success)
Heart (Nathaniel Frey and Ensemble, Damn Yankees)
Politics and Poker (Howard DaSilva and Ensemble, Fiorello!)
It's a Perfect Relationship (Judy Holliday, Bells are Ringing)
I'm Just Taking My Time (Sydney Chaplin, Subways are for Sleeping)
Bread (Cast, The Baker's Wife)
Food, Glorious Food (Cast, Oliver!)
Why We Like Spelling (Cast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
Don't Be The Bunny (John Cullum and Cast, Urinetown: The Musical)
What Does He Want of Me (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Man of La     Mancha)
There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This (Ensemble, Sweet Charity)
Nightclub Sequence (Ensemble, On the Town)
Wrong Note Rag (Roz Russell, Edie Adams, Wonderful Town)
Kids (Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, Bye Bye Birdie)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We've Got Elegance...

Charles Nelson Reilly, Eileen Brennan, Jerry Dodge and Sondra Lee in the original Hello Dolly!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Playlist for Sunday, March 23, 2014: An Encore Performance!

This coming Sunday I won't be available to do a live show, so the Jerry Herman show, from January 19th, 2014, will be repeated.  It was a fun show to do, and Jerry's classics are always popular.  So I hope you won't mind a bit of repetition...

I'll be back on March 30th with a brand new LIVE show, and as usual, I will save you a seat!

Each Tomorrow Morning (Angela Lansbury, Dear World)
Look What Happened to Mabel (Bernadette Peters, Mack & Mabel)
I Won't Send Roses (Robert Preston, Mack & Mabel)
Elegance (Charles Nelson Reilly and Ensemble, Hello Dolly!)
So Long Dearie (Carol Channing, Hello Dolly!)
And I Was Beautiful (Angela Lansbury, Dear World)
Dear World (Angela Lansbury, Dear World)
A Little More Mascara (George Hearn, La Cage Aux Folles)
With You On My Arm (George Hearn, Gene Barry, La Cage Aux Folles)
Miss What's Her Name (Deborah Gravitte, Miss Spectacular)
Where in the World is My Prince? (Faith Prince, Miss Spectacular)
The Man in the Moon (Bea Arthur, Mame)
Gooch's Song (Jane Connell, Mame)
Confession to a Park Avenue Mother (Charles Nelson Reilly, Parade)
The Best of Times is Now (Gene Barry, George Hearn, Ensemble, La Cage Aux

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rehearsing "Flora"

Choreographer Lee Theodore, Bob Dishy, and Liza, practicing for "Flora the Red Menace," 1965.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Washing That Man Right Out of Their Hair(s)

Front Row, Mary Martin and the Nellies who replaced her in South Pacific, Janet Blair and Martha Wright.
Back Row, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstine.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Princess "Fred"...aka Carol Burnett

Once Upon a Mattress, 1959...with Jane White and Robert Weil.

Playlist for Sunday, March 16. 2014: Spring Pledge Drive at Jazz90.1

This Sunday's 2 on the Aisle is a special edition! Member Supported Jazz 90.1 is in the midst of our Spring Pledge Drive, and because of that, we will be spending a large amount of time urging folks to become new members of the station!  I say "we," because I will have a co-host with me for the hour, namely Carol Peterson, a fan extraordinaire of Jazz 90.1 and 2 on the Aisle.  We may not manage to get through the playlist below, but we will try valiantly to do so.

We're playing lots of Block Buster Broadway...from Oklahoma to The Sound of Music.. and we have a few requests: Liza! Carol! South Pacific! Hello Dolly!  If we don't chat tooooo much, we'll do em' all.  Hope you can listen, and if you're not yet a member of the station, please consider giving us a call (585 966 5299) during the show, 3 to 4:00pm, EST, and donate to "The Little Station That Could."  Thanks!

Cabaret (Liza Minelli, Cabaret)
Put on Your Sunday Clothes (Ensemble, Hello Dolly!)
Oklahoma (Ensemble, Oklahoma!)
Mein Herr (Liza Minelli, Cabaret)
Sing Happy (Liza Minelli, Flora the Red Menace)
America (Ensemble, West Side Story)
One (Ensemble, A Chorus Line)
The Swamps of Home (Carol Burnett, Once Upon a Mattress)
Call Me Savage (Carol Burnett, Fade Out - Fade In)
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (Mary Martin, South Pacific)
The Lonely Goatherd (Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music)
Brush Up Your Shakespeare (Harry Clark, Jack Diamond, Kiss Me Kate)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Forever Plaid!

The original production...Jason Graae, Stan Chandler, David Engel and Guy Stroman.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rex and Julie in My Fair Lady (hard to believe she was only 20!)

Playlist for Sunday, March 9, 2014: The Classics Just Keep On Comin'!

 Well, last week's show certainly had its share of eccentric songs and shows (read: weird!), so I thought I'd dial up the classic element this week, and play some real people pleasers.  Like "Hey Big Spender" from Sweet Charity, and "You Did It" from My Fair Lady....with Rex Harrison and Robert Coote expounding on Eliza's success at the ball.  And a request for Lauren Bacall's "Who's That Girl?" from Applause....and all I can think of is her at the age of 19 in all those film noirs of the 40s, with that hair, that stare...that everything.

And that also means including a mini-tribute to Shirley Temple, who although she didn't do Broadway, was an incredible movie musical STAR (in all caps, please!)...and where else than on 2 on the Aisle will you hear "On the Good Ship, Lollypop?"  I love it!

Hello! (Ensemble, The Book of Mormon)
Hey Big Spender (Ensemble, Sweet Charity)
Waiting, Waiting (Nancy Walker, Do Re Mi)
Old Devil Moon (Donald Richards, Ella Logan, Finian's Rainbow)
Those Were the Good Old Days (Ray Walston, Damn Yankees)
Fie on Goodness (Ensemble, Camelot)
My Own Morning (Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah, Baby!)
I Was Here (Marc Kudisch, The Glorious Ones)
Who Was that Girl? (Lauren Bacall, Applause)
One of a Kind (Len Cariou, Lauren Bacall, Applause)
You Did It (Rex Harrison, Robert Coote, My Fair Lady)
Show Me (Julie Andrews, John Michael King, My Fair Lady)
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Ensemble, Five Guys Named Moe)
Crazy 'Bout Ya' Baby (Ensemble, Forever Plaid)
On the Good Ship, Lollipop (Shirley Temple, Bright Eyes)
Goodnight, My Love (Shirley Temple, Stowaway)