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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Marvelous Music Monday - Songs from Broadway Musicals


Today's Theme for Monday's Music Moves Me is
Broadway Musicals
Standing on the Corner
from The Most Happy Fella (1956)

I could not find an original cast recording, but Dean Martin will do.

The Most Happy Fella is a 1956 musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The story, about a romance between an older man and younger woman, is based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard. The original Broadway production ran for 14 months and it has enjoyed several revivals, including one staged by the New York City Opera.

The original production was partially bankrolled by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The 1957 I Love Lucy episode "Lucy's Night In Town" focuses on the Ricardos and Mertzes going to a sold-out performance. Three songs from the show are heard in scenes showing the characters sitting in the theater. At one point, Fred Mertz is inspired by the title to remark, "The guy is not married."--From Wikipedia

Ol' Man River
from Show Boat
I chose the 1951 version sung by William Warfield

Give My Regards To Broadway
from the musical, Little Johnny Jones (1904)
by George M. Cohan
I found a version of this song sung by George M. Cohan, Jr and The Guild Chorus

George M. Cohan, Jr and The Guild Chorus - Give My Regards to Broadway .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

"Give My Regards to Broadway" is a song written by George M. Cohan for his musical play Little Johnny Jones (initiated 1904 in a Broadway theater).
1904 sheet music cover

Cohan, playing the title character, sings this song as his friend is about to sail to America, looking for evidence aboard ship that will clear his name for allegedly throwing the English Derby.

Cohan's life's work centered around the Broadway stage, so this song is as much about him personally, as about a character in a play. It is, of course, replete with references to his adoptive city.

The sentimental song has been recorded many times. It was featured prominently in a solo song-and-dance sequence done by James Cagney in his Oscar-winning performance in the 1942 film about Cohan's life, Yankee Doodle Dandy. It was also covered by Al Jolson. --Wikipedia

I hope you enjoyed my choices for today honoring the Great White Way.


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