Sunday, June 19, 2016

From Siberia to Summer Stock

 When Mary Martin appeared in Cole Porter's 
Leave It To Me!,
she sang "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"
in a Siberian train station, attired in JUST a fur coat
(well, that's what we were expected to believe...),
but above it seems they've dropped the train
and added some nice underwear.
 Edith Piaf
wrote "La Vie En Rose" in 1945,
but she shelved it for a year when friends thought it
not quite as good as the rest of her repertoire.
About a year later, she got new friends!
Released in 1946, it became an international success.
 Marin Mazzie
(star of The King and I, Bullets Over Broadway, etc. etc. etc.!)
joined in on the cast recording of Misia,
with the music of Vernon Duke and the lyrics of Barry Singer.
She sang the role of Misia Sert,
muse/mentor of many an artist in fin de siecle Paris.
I think Marin could do the same now.

 So many wonderful shots of Lena,
it's hard to pick!
We'll hear "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess,
which Lena recorded in 1959
on an album with Harry Belafonte.

 Judy in Summer Stock, 1950,
performing "Get Happy" to the cameras.
A Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen tune...
initially used in a 1930 Broadway revue called The Nine Fifteen.
It had more composers than performances
(of which there were 7).
 The big success of the thing was this song,
put over by Ruth Etting.
George Gershwin called it,
“the most exciting finale I have ever heard in a theatre.”

Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, and Marilyn Monroe
getting "Lazy" in
There's No Business Like Show Business.
The film tanked with audiences and critics;
Donald O'Connor was "overacting", Marilyn was "overwiggling".
Well, Irving Berlin liked it! 

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