Broadway month just keeps going despite the fact that I am sick of it already. At least only two more weeks. I have had this album kicking around since about the sixth month I started this blog. Big Vivian Blaine fan from her work on both the stage and film version of Guys and Dolls.
Blaine, born in Newark, NJ in 1921, originated the role of Miss Adelaide, Nathan Detriot’s oft neglected girlfriend, on Broadway. She also performed on other stage productions as well as films with a good repertoire of both under her belt. Towards the end of her career, she had successfully transitioned to TV, with guest spots on various shows of the time. She would pass of heart failure in 1995 at age 74.
This is a collection of songs from two famous Broadway productions, neither of which were performed by Blaine. First we have yet another appearance of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Next we have what is probably the most famous work of Rodgers and Hart, Pal Joey. This is probably more due to the movie version with Frank Sinatra. But note, as discussed in previous posts, before the rise of the book musical as the dominate force in musical theater, this would probably explain why the songs are more famous than the actual work. Anyway, it opened in 1940 and with a run of ten months, it was the third longest running Rodgers and Hart production, despite mixed reviews. At also featured a young Gene Kelly in the staring role of Joey Evans. On a side note, obviously this month, I have gotten a lot of mileage out of these American Musical segments and totally suggest checking them out. Julie Andrews, I believe has been doing the narration.
But back to this album, here is a Broadway legend doing Broadway standards in a beautiful fashion. Released around 1959ish? by Mercury, by what I believe was the height of her fame, the only complaint is that the record is too short. I mean she hits the high point numbers of each work, but I wish she could have had more space to tackle the deeper cuts from both productions.
Oh, well. For a sample, I went with Zip from Pal Joey. From Annie, I went with “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. Honestly, I liked all the Annie selections, but I felt this was the best version of this song from all the albums, except maybe the original (which I believe I already posted a version on an earlier compilation).
Pretty good little record and I am a bit embarrassed it took me so long to post it. Satisfactory.