Episode 195. Forgotten Broadway III

Episode 195. Forgotten Broadway III



Last summer, I produced a miniseries of episodes on Countermelody entitled “Forgotten Broadway,” the third and final segment of which was originally published as a bonus episode for my Patreon supporters. This week, my last one for the moment in New York City, is a busy one, so I have decided to pay tribute to the city by publishing that third Forgotten Broadway episode for all of my listeners. As I was preparing the series last summer, I enlisted the input and expertise of my dear pal John Coughlan. Like the first two episodes in the sequence, this one is once again, a veritable potpourri of delights, vocal, interpretive, and musical. It begins with a tribute to birthday icon Carol Burnett, who, at the beginning of her career, appeared in two different Broadway musicals, the second of which, 1964’s Fade Out Fade In, is featured. Additional shows presented include, among many others, Salvation, Raisin, Mack and Mabel, Redhead, I Had a Ball, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Baker Street, performed by such favorites as Lisa Kirk, Melba Moore, Gwen Verdon, Robert Weede, Mary Tyler Moore, Rosemary Clooney, Liz Callaway, and Peggy Lee, alongside such lesser-known lights as Diana Davila, Walter Willison, Salena Jones, and Gilbert Price. In addition, there is the “added plus” [sic] of Bea Arthur delivering a comic monologue from the 1955 Shoestring Revue that will have you in absolute stitches. And just for the gays (and all those with equally good taste), Judy and Liza each stop by, Judy to deliver a Frank Loesser show-stopper, while Liza offers more of “A Quiet Thing,” from her first Broadway show Flora the Red Menace.


Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green: Go Home, Train (Fade Out Fade In). Carol Burnett, Orchestra conducted by Colin Romoff [1964]

Bob Merrill: Mira (Carnival). Anna Maria Alberghetti, Orchestra conducted by Saul Schechtman [1961]

Peter Link, C.C. Courtney: Let’s Get Lost in Now (Salvation). Peggy Lee, Orchestra conducted by Benny Golson [1970]

Al Carmines, María Irene Fornés: The Passing of Time (Promenade). Gilbert Price, Ty McConnell, Orchestra conducted by Susan Romann [1969]

Al Carmines: Your Way of Loving (The Faggot). Al Carmines, Ira Siff [1973]

Gary William Friedman, Will Holt: If I Had a Million (The Me Nobody Knows). Melba Moore [1971]

Galt MacDermot, John Guare: What a Nice Idea (Two Gentlemen of Verona). Diana Davila [1971]

Judd Woldin, Robert Brittan: Sidewalk Tree (Raisin). Ralph Carter, Orchestra conducted by Howard A. Roberts [1973]

Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away (Mack and Mabel). Lisa Kirk, Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Donald Pippin [1974]

Moose Charlap, Norman Gimbel: Flattery (Whoop-Up). Rosemary Clooney, José Ferrer, Orchestra conducted by Sy Oliver [1959]

Albert Hague, Dorothy Fields: I’ll Try (Redhead). Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley, Orchestra conducted by Jay Blackton [1959]

Glenn Paxton, Robert Goldman, George David Weiss: Not Like Me (First Impressions). Polly Bergen, Orchestra conducted by Luther Henderson [1959]

Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman: I’ve Got Everything I Want (I Had a Ball). Karen Morrow, Orchestra conducted by Pembroke Davenport [1964]

Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel: I’d Do It Again (Baker Street). Inga Swenson, Orchestra conducted by Howard Hastings [1965]

Bob Merrill: Same Mistakes (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Mary Tyler Moore, Orchestra conducted by Stanley Lebowsky [live 1966]

Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim: Take the Moment (Do I Hear a Waltz?). Sergio Franchi, Orchestra conducted by Frederick Dvonch [1965]

Richard Rodgers, Martin Charnin: I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You (Two by Two). Walter Willison, Orchestra conducted by Jay Blackton [1970]

Mitch Leigh, William Alfred, Phyllis Robinson: Aggie, Oh, Aggie (Cry for Us All). Robert Weede, Orchestra conducted by Herbert Grossman [1970]

Gilbert Price and Melba Moore in Timbuktu!

Will Holt, David Baker: Come Summer (Come Summer). Gilbert Price, Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Mike Preston [1969]

Frank Loesser: Never Will I Marry (Greenwillow). Judy Garland, Orchestra conducted by Mort Lindsey [from The Judy Garland Show, first aired 15.III.64]

John Kander, Fred Ebb: A Quiet Thing (Flora the Red Menace). Liza Minnelli, Orchestra conducted by Howard Hastings [1965]

Bud McCreary: Couldn’t Be Happier (Ben Bagley’s Shoestring Revue). Beatrice Arthur, Dorothea Freitag [1955]

Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady: Play It Again, Sam (Play It Again, Sam). Salena Jones, arranged and conducted by Keith Mansfield [1970]

Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick: Where Do I Go from Here? (cut from Fiorello). Liz Callaway, Orchestra conducted by James Stenborg [1994]

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