Ooooh. Look at you big spender. $5 for this. Looked like a decent purchase at the time. I knew two of the names on the cover. Maybe, subconsciously in my mind, I was mapping out this month long salute to Broadway.
Beyond The Fringe, was a British Comedy revue which started in London’s West End and moved to Broadway as well as a US tour. The revue was written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Johnathan Miller. I believe this is where Moore and Cook met. Bennett and Miller were pursuing academic interests at time (which they both gave up upon the success of BTF). Cook, on the other hand, had an agent and negotiated a larger fee for himself. However, after his agent’s take, he ended up earning less than the other other three.
After a successful run in England, the show opened on Broadway in October of 1962 and ran for 667 shows. President John Kennedy attended a performance the following year . Overall, it was a successful production and is generally credited as among the influential pieces in the rise of 60’s British satirical comedy.
For a sample, I went with a two pieces combined. First is Peter Cook with a monologue about coal mining titled “Sitting On A Bench. Next is a piano piece fro Dudley Moore called “The Same To You’ which is a excellent variation on “Colonel Bogey”.
Good album. Satisfactory.