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Flahooley (Original Broadway Cast)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471905922
  • Catalog Number: 19059
  • Sales rank: 254,141

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (0:35)
  2. 2 You, Too, Can Be a Puppet (2:41)
  3. 3 Here's to Your Illusions - Jerome Courtland (3:32)
  4. 4 Telephone Switchboard Scene (0:24)
  5. 5 B.G. Bigelow, Inc. - The Executives (2:54)
  6. 6 Najila's Lament (3:15)
  7. 7 Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus? - Jerome Courtland (2:08)
  8. 8 Flahooley - Marilyn Ross (1:10)
  9. 9 The World is Your Balloon - Jerome Courtland (2:34)
  10. 10 The World is Your Balloon - Jerome Courtland (2:52)
  11. 11 Najila's Song of Joy / Arabian for "Get Happy" (1:19)
  12. 12 Inner-Office Scene (0:26)
  13. 13 Jump Little Chillun' - Ensemble (1:41)
  14. 14 Consternation (0:53)
  15. 15 No More Flahooleys - Ensemble (0:54)
  16. 16 Spirit of Capsulanti (1:40)
  17. 17 Birds / Enchantment (2:59)
  18. 18 Come Back, Little Genie - Barbara Cook (1:48)
  19. 19 The Springtime Cometh (3:21)
  20. 20 Finale (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast 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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