Thursday, March 31, 2016

Our Sunday Gals!

 Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday,
in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill.
The show started way back in 1986, when it played 
at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta,
so it was a long way to Broadway, 2014.
Audra won her sixth Tony with this show,
the only actress to win in all four categories.

 We'll hear Jane Russell's rendition of  "Do It Again,"
written by George Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva.
Marilyn's version nearly caused a riot at Camp Pendleton,
when she sang it for the troops there.
Jane's version is subtle by comparison.

 Mary Martin, above in Annie, Get Your Gun...
we'll hear her in a studio cast recording of 
Girl Crazy,
slingin' a slow "Bidin' My Time,"
another Gershwin classic, with lyrics by brother Ira.

 Helen Kane offers up a selection for our BAD set:
"I Wanna Be Bad,"
recorded in 1929, and written by 
Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
for a little show called "Follow Thru" which included
soon-to-be classics like "Button Up Your Over Coat" and
"Lucky Star,"
and starred Eleanor Powell!

 From Bea Arthur's one-woman show,
Just Between Friends,
we'll sample "Who Cares?"
(another Gershwin collaboration...this one from
Of Thee I Sing, the first musical to win a Pultizer).

Yuppers, we'll end with Shirley.
Here she is with Jack Haley and Alice Faye
in Poor Little Rich Girl, 1936,
singing the song about that damn "Spinach."

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