Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Playlist for Sunday, October 25, 2015: I'm Glad I'm Not Robert Mitchum!

 J'ever notice?
(No one ever says "DID YOU ever notice?")
The more you get into anything, the more you start seeing one thing is intertwined with another...and the deeper you go, the less you seem to know. This is both intriguing and scary.

Like this composer...Cyril J. Mockridge (the fact that he kept the J must mean something, right?) wrote the song "River Of No Return" for the movie of the same name...well, he actually wrote the music for Lost In Space, that old TV show with Bill Mumy and The Robot.  Man, I loved that show...with Angela Cartwright as his sister? Yup. As well as the score for I Was A Male War Bride, Desk Set, etc. etc. etc. Like literally a hundred scores! Man, Cyril. Otto Preminger directed River (yes, we're back to that again) and tried to get Marilyn Monroe's acting teacher thrown off the set (for countermanding his direction to MM), but MM threw a tantrum and the acting teacher stayed. What Robert Mitchum was drinking when this all went down, I have yet to unearth, but he MUSTA!

Maurice Chevalier, who is so French you want to sock him, actually (innocently?) suggested the song idea for "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" to Alan Jay Lerner, in the middle of Gigi production. He was relieved he wasn't on that French cabaret circuit anymore, I guess, where croissants were stale, the hours quelle horror, and the wine whiney. Well, thanks to that old geezer with the boater, we have another standard...Gigi proved TWICE that good movie musicals (MGM's last biggie, in 1958) rarely succeed on Broadway. Think about it and name 2. The Producers, there! Name one more.

Enough prattling.  Send money to Jazz 90.1.  Make some fresh 20s in your basement and air express them. PLEDGE DRIVE!!!  

We're In The Money (Karen Prunczik, Wanda Richert, Ginny King, 42nd
America (Chita Rivera, Ken Le Roy, West Side Story)
Cool (Tucker Smith, Russ Tamblyn, Jet Ensemble, West Side Story)
Gee Officer Krupke (Russ Tamblyn, Tucker Smith, Jet Ensemble, West Side
She Is Not Thinking Of Me (Corey Cott, Gigi)
I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore (Maurice Chevalier, Gigi)
Gigi (Corey Cott, Gigi)
I Never Wanted This (Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You)
It Shoulda Been You (Chip Zien, Tyne Daly, Josh Grisetti, Ensemble, It 
               Shoulda Been You)
Where Did I Go Wrong? (Harriet Harris, It Shoulda Been You)
River Of No Return (Marilyn Monroe, River Of No Return)
It All Depends On You (Doris Day, Love Me Or Leave Me)
Do What You Do (Bobby Short, K-RA-ZY About Gershwin)
The Music And The Mirror (Donna McKechnie, A Chorus Line)
Seasons Of Love (Ensemble, Rent)
I Got Life (Gavin Creel, Hair)
Island (Sherie Rene Scott, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown)
The Microphone (Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous
Walking Among My Yesterdays (Robert Goulet, The Happy Time)
Long Before I Knew You (Barbara Cook, Bells Are Ringing)
Autumn (Margery Cohen, Starting Here, Starting Now)
Try To Remember (John Barrowman, The Fantasticks)
We Own The Night (Melanie Moore, Mathew Morrison, Ensemble,
              Finding Neverland)
When I Grow Up (Adrianna Bertola, Lauren Ward, Matilda)
Dear Theodosia (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton)
Wait For It (Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton)
His Name Is Lancelot (Darren Southworth, Tom Goodman-Hill, Spamalot)
We Saw The Light (Kate Reinders, John Cariani, Brooks Ashmanskas,
               Something Rotten!)

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