Flahooley (Original Broadway Cast)

Flahooley (Original Broadway Cast)

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Flahooley was a failed Broadway musical that ended up being remembered for various elements, most of them musical, so that the original Broadway cast album became a treasured keepsake for theater buffs. In particular, it marked the Broadway debut of Barbara Cook, who would go on to much greater success in The Music Man, among other shows. Also, itSee more details below

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Flahooley was a failed Broadway musical that ended up being remembered for various elements, most of them musical, so that the original Broadway cast album became a treasured keepsake for theater buffs. In particular, it marked the Broadway debut of Barbara Cook, who would go on to much greater success in The Music Man, among other shows. Also, it featured a score written by composer Sammy Fain and lyricist E.Y. Harburg that combined their chief attributes: the music was tuneful and the words were witty and clever. Harburg was also the co-librettist with Fred Saidy, the same team that had written the much more successful Finian's Rainbow. As in that show, they combined a fascination with fantasy (here there was a genie in a magic lamp instead of a leprechaun) and an interest in left-leaning social commentary (here there was a critique of capitalism instead of racism). All that was to the good, but the story, concerning a toy factory making a laughing doll (Flahooley, of course) that gets mixed up with a bunch of people from Arabia (apparently as an excuse to introduce the multi-octave exotic singer Yma Sumac), was too complicated to follow. The show opened on May 14, 1951, and closed only a month later. Happily, that was enough to justify the cast recording, which demonstrates the charm of Fain's score (even if the influence of Richard Rodgers is apparent) and Cook's early talent, notably in the songs "Here's to Your Illusions" and "He's Only Wonderful." Sumac, whose special material was written by Moises Vivanco, wordlessly wails from a high soprano to a very low alto, her appearances seeming random and irrelevant. The album has been reissued periodically, demonstrating its long-term appeal to collectors.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471905922
catalogNumber:
19059
Rank:
334145

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Tracks

  1. Prologue
  2. You, Too, Can Be a Puppet
  3. Here's to Your Illusions  - Jerome Courtland
  4. Telephone Switchboard Scene
  5. B.G. Bigelow, Inc.  -  Executives
  6. Najila's Lament
  7. Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?  - Jerome Courtland
  8. Flahooley  - Marilyn Ross
  9. The World is Your Balloon  - Jerome Courtland
  10. The World is Your Balloon  - Jerome Courtland
  11. Najila's Song of Joy / Arabian for "Get Happy"
  12. Inner-Office Scene
  13. Jump Little Chillun'  -  Ensemble
  14. Consternation
  15. No More Flahooleys  -  Ensemble
  16. Spirit of Capsulanti
  17. Birds / Enchantment
  18. Come Back, Little Genie  - Barbara Cook
  19. The Springtime Cometh
  20. Finale

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Barbara Cook   Vocals,Track Performer,cast,Interviewee
Yma Sumac   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Irwin Corey   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Louis Nye   cast
Maurice Levine   Musical Direction
Ted Thurston   Voices
Faye DeWitt   Vocals,cast
Ernest Truex   cast
Helen Tamiris   Staging
Marilyn Ross   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Jerome Courtland   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
John Anderson   Voices
Edith Atwater   cast
Bil & Cora Baird Marionettes   cast
Flahooley Cast Ensemble   cast
Flahooley Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Barbara Cook   Liner Notes
David Folkes   Costume Design
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer,Director,Lyricist,Writer,Direction,Book
Maurice Levine   Musical Director
Bob Norberg   Remastering
Teddy Royal   Orchestration
Alan Silverman   Remastering
Moisés Vivanco   Special Effects
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Helen Tamiris   Choreographer
Dan O'Leary   Producer
Howard Bay   Scenery
Cheryl Crawford   Presentation
Dan O'Leary   Reissue Producer
Fred Saidy   Direction,Book

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