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Flora, The Red Menace [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Flora, the Red Menace, which opened on Broadway on May 11, 1965, and closed after only 87 performances on July 24, is one of those musicals that is more memorable for the people who worked on it than for the show itself. It marked the beginning of the stage partnership of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who would go on to such successful works as Cabaret and Chicago. And it was the Broadway debut of 19-year-old Liza Minnelli. The story, based on Lester Atwell's novel Love Is Just Around the Corner, was set in New York in 1933 and concerned the romance between an aspiring fashion designer and a Communist party member, occasioning the amusing song "Sign ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Flora, the Red Menace, which opened on Broadway on May 11, 1965, and closed after only 87 performances on July 24, is one of those musicals that is more memorable for the people who worked on it than for the show itself. It marked the beginning of the stage partnership of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who would go on to such successful works as Cabaret and Chicago. And it was the Broadway debut of 19-year-old Liza Minnelli. The story, based on Lester Atwell's novel Love Is Just Around the Corner, was set in New York in 1933 and concerned the romance between an aspiring fashion designer and a Communist party member, occasioning the amusing song "Sign Here," in which Harry Toukarian Bob Dishy induces Flora Minnelli to join the party, which he represents as the embodiment of all things American and patriotic. Maybe even by 1965, theatergoers weren't ready to enjoy a humorous depiction of the Communist agitation of the Depression years, which brought on the Red Scare reaction of the '50s that was still being felt. Or maybe the show just didn't work. Kander's music is generic Broadway show music, while Ebb's lyrics have glimmers of wit, but this is not one of their more memorable scores. The young Minnelli sounds like a mixture of her mother, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and her own later self. She shines particularly on "A Quiet Thing." In a year without much competition, she won the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. Her star power is indicated by the album's commercial impact; despite the quick shuttering of the production, the LP spent a couple of months in the charts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1992
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266082124
  • Catalog Number: 60821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Liza Minnelli (3:32)
  2. 2 Prologue/Unafraid - Liza Minnelli (3:58)
  3. 3 All I Need Is One Good Break - Liza Minnelli (3:20)
  4. 4 Not Everyday of the Week - Liza Minnelli (3:45)
  5. 5 Sign Here - Liza Minnelli (3:51)
  6. 6 The Flame - Liza Minnelli (3:46)
  7. 7 Palomino Pal - Liza Minnelli (1:54)
  8. 8 A Quiet Thing - Liza Minnelli (4:00)
  9. 9 Hello, Waves - Liza Minnelli (2:38)
  10. 10 Dear Love - Liza Minnelli (3:58)
  11. 11 Express Yourself - Liza Minnelli (2:51)
  12. 12 Knock Knock - Liza Minnelli (3:11)
  13. 13 Sing Happy - Liza Minnelli (3:30)
  14. 14 You Are You - Liza Minnelli (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Vocals, Track Performer
Morgan Clark Vocals
Gilbert Falco Vocals
Jamie Donnelly Vocals
Harold Hastings Conductor
Bob Dishy Vocals
Anthony Falco Vocals
Les Freed Vocals
Louis Guss Vocals
Daniel P. Hannafin Vocals
J. Vernon Oakes Vocals
John Taliaferro Vocals
Dortha Duckworth Vocals
Joe E. Marks Vocals
Abbie Todd Vocals
Abie Todd Vocals
Barbara Christopher Vocals
Mary Louise Defender Wilson Vocals
Stephanie Hill Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Jay Newland Remastering
Ernie Oelrich Engineer
George R. Marek Producer
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes, Remastering
John Allen Liner Notes
Chucky Thompson Composer
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