Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sunday Cameos...

 It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues (1999)
began as a 45 minute Off Broadway diversion,
but success jumped it to Broadway, a larger cast, and 
lots more songs.
The cast recording is souped up with B.B. King,
Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal appearances.
They knew what they were doing. 

 Carter Calvert, who we'll hear singing "Fever"
and Ron Taylor ("Hoochie Coochie Man"),
co-creator of the show.

 Barbara Cook and Jack Cassidy,
stars of the original She Loves Me.
We'll hear 4 selections from that show
including "Ilona" sung by Jack.

Hello, Gorgeous.
 Funny Girl...
the Broadway musical opened in 1964,
and was blown out of the Tony water by Dolly.
The movie did better, with an Oscar going to Babs for 
Best Actress (which she had to share with Kate 
for A Lion In Winter).
We'll sample "I'm The Greatest Star."
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Photo, bottom:

 Mark Blitzstein's Juno,
a 16 performance musical adaptation 
of Sean O'Casey's play, Juno and the Paycock.
Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas starred,
with Jack MacGowran as Joxer,
below second from the right, and producer Goddard Lieberson
at the music stand.
Back in the day, every musical (from the flops to blockbusters)
got a chance at a cast recording.


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