Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Playlist for Sunday, May 15, 2016: For They're (Most) Jolly Good Fellas!

Birthday boys: Israel Isadore Beilin, Frederick Austerlitz, and Henry Robert Merrill Levan!  Wow. Let's hear it, in other words, for Irving Berlin, Fred Astaire, and Bob Merrill!  (Well, wouldn't YOU change your name if it could get you on a marquee? Hmmm...) Anyway, that's who were celebrating this Sunday. Irving, writer of over 1500 songs (words AND music), 19 Broadway shows, and a passel of Hollywood musicals. Fred, well, come on! He's Fred...though sister Adele was supposedly the talented one. (One can only imagine!) And Bob Merrill, who began writing popular songs, like "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?" ...and who thankfully graduated from those novelty ditties to music and lyrics for Broadway (New Girl In Town, the lyrics for Sugar, Take Me Along, Funny Girl, leaving the "doggies" forever). So there'll be cake and ice cream and noise makers (figuratively...I wonder how figurative cake tastes) on Sunday for these natal celebrators.

'Course we gotta throw in some Frank Loesser and his overlooked Most Happy Fella...(My Fair Lady playing "down the block" and sucking up audiences like some creature for some black lagoon made for that "overlooking") and some West Side (not UPPAH...LOWWA) Story and my favorite (how many does she have?) Women on the Verge. I identify.

But bring some birthday candles, okay? These Broadway Joes have been around for awhile, and we need hundreds. I'll take the battery outta the smoke detector.  :)

Overture (Instrumental, Annie Get Your Gun)
You Can't Get A Man With A Gun (Betty Hutton, Annie Get Your Gun)
They Say It's Wonderful (Judy Garland, Howard Keele, Annie Get Your Gun)
Blue Skies (Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer)
Sisters (Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas)
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Ensemble, The Great Ziegfeld)
Isn't This A Lovely Day? (Fred Astaire, Top Hat)
We're A Couple Of Swells (Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Easter Parade)
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan (Jack Buchanan, Fred Astaire, The Band
Got A Bran' New Suit (Nanette Fabray, Fred Astaire, The Band Wagon)
How Can You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A
        Liar All My Life (Jane Powell, Fred Astaire, Royal Wedding)
Penniless Bums (Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Sugar)
Nothing Is New In New York (Ensemble, Breakfast At Tiffany's)
Quiet Coffee (Sally Kellerman, Breakfast At Tiffany's)
Yer My Friend, Ain't Cha? (Thelma Ritter, Cameron Prud'homme, New Girl In
When You Meet A Man In Chicago (Sheila Smith, Ensemble, Sugar)
Take Me Along (Walter Pigeon, Jackie Gleason, Take Me Along)
Nine O'Clock (Robert Morse, Take Me Along)
But Yours (Jackie Gleason, Eileen Herlie, Take Me Along)
Sadie, Sadie (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
I Want To Be Seen With You (Sydney Chaplin, Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
People (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
The Jet Song (Michael Callan, Ensemble, West Side Story)
I Feel Pretty (Carol Lawrence, Ensemble, West Side Story)
Tonight (Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, West Side Story)
The Most Happy Fella (Robert Weede, Ensemble, The Most Happy Fella)
I Like Ev'rybody (Shorty Long, Susan Johnson, The Most Happy Fella)
My Heart Is So Full Of You (Robert Weede, Jo Sullivan, The Most Happy Fella)
Abbondanza (Arthur Rubin, Rico Froehlick, John Henson, The Most Happy
Lovesick (Sherie Rene Scott, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown)
Invisible (Patti Lupone, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown)
Model Behavior (Laurie Benanti, Women On The verge Of A Nervous

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